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Conan O’Brien: Shameless Pandering

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The easiest way to win my heart? Talk about the thing I love the most.

Oh and leading off the song with my hometown made my shriveled heart inflate at least 3 sizes.

Good news for a change

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It’s fall (sorry summer lovers, but Sept. 1 sorta tears it. Not summer anymore) and that’s the time we usually do our big “What are the networks THINKING!?” posts. Astute readers will recall that last year, we didn’t do this because Jess and I were in Europe. And that is a shame, because there were many terrible shows that came and went that we didn’t even get a chance to make fun of properly.

This year, we are totally going to do it. You just have to be a little patient!

To tide you over, how about some good news for new shows that we are anticipating?

First of all, Conan O’Brien has named his new show that will air on TBS starting on Nov. 8. Of this year.

You heard it here… well, second or third probably. Whatever. CONAW!

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that THIS is the show I’m most excited for this fall. I really hope this works out for everyone involved. Conan is the best and he deserves a little good TV Karma after the cluster fuck that was this year.

Second, The Walking Dead is coming to AMC. It’s coming to get us, Barbara!

AMC has a pretty fantastic track record (Witness how Mad Men and Breaking Bad won ALLL the Emmys Sunday) as taste makers, so I’m pretty darn excited for this show, that is based on a graphic novel of the same name. Emphasis on the graphic. AMC seems confident about it. So much so that they’ve decided to pick up the series for a second season before airing a single episode. It premieres on AMC Oct. 31. Savvy. Halloween is an opportune time to air a show about a zombie outbreak.

Yeehaw! That is good news all around!

Let’s go have some coffee and tackle our day that starts at noon because we stay up late! (That’s just me? OK. I’ll go do that. You guys have a good day!)

Slash is Team Coco, Max Weinberg not so much

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You thought all this Conan O’Brien stuff was going to calm down, I bet. Well you were wrong.

Longtime Team Coco member Saul Hudson (AKA Slash) has always been happy to appear on Conan’s late night couch, stage and even took part in a sketch where he and Conan went guitar shopping on Craigslist.

Well, Slash’s loyalty was cemented last night when he performed on Jay Leno. Because he did so wearing a Team Coco pin.

Not like you’d see much of it. NBC went out of their way to edit around it. Gawker has a clip of the performance.

But rumours are spreading (and who are we to ignore rumours?) that Conan’s bandleader Max Weinberg (Also of E-Street Band fame) is ready to jump ship to be Jay Leno’s bandleader when Kevin Eubanks leaves. Say it with us: GROSS. Join us in hoping that this isn’t true.

Also, an article in the New York Times discusses Conan’s adaption to websites like Twitter. And asserts that he had help from his staff in joining the social media site. Which prompted the hash tag #helpingconan to start trending.

Oh, Coco. So much drama!

Conan sells out

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In record time, too!

The Internet’s favourite beleaguered late-night host is coming to cities near us (and you!) and we could not be happier.

The Mean Girls have been following the post-feud news like crazy. We all follow Conan on twitter, we watched Andy Richter bitterly savage NBC and Leno on ABC’s Regis and Kelly, we watched the soft-focus Oprah interview with Jay (THE WORST!) and then ignored his terrible, terrible return to the Tonight Show, and now, we are all attending Conan’s North American “legally prohibited from being funny on television” concert tours.

Four for you, Coco!

Two of us will be in the Big Smoke when Conan comes North (thanks for not holding those Olympic closing ceremonies against us, Coco) and one of us will be looking on in Hotlanta (if Ticketmaster ever stops being a g-d b).

If I was a rich a-hole, I’d be all over these meet and creep tickets, but I can’t afford that shizz, so floor seats in the T-dot will have to do. I’m pumped!

You can try your luck at ticketmaster, but I went straight to the venue for tickets. For more info, visit TeamCoco.com.

Bye everybody, bye!

Keep cool, my babies. Keep cool.

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Class. Act.

Class. Act.


“All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical.
I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”

— Conan O’Brien

Celebrate good times COME ON!

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It’s Conan’s last week on The Tonight Show and he’s going out with a bang.

His contract allegedly gives him $40 million and the opportunity to go work for another network as soon as possible, so long as he no longer makes fun of NBC.

WHATEVER, NBC. YOU ARE TERRIBLE AND YOU DESERVE EVERYTHING YOU GET! ENJOY THE TASTE OF LAST PLACE!

Ahem.

But they didn’t tell Conan he couldn’t sing about how dumb they are. So he broke out into a couple of bars of “Morons! Incompetent morons!” It’s a retro pastiche that will clearly never be a breakaway pop hit, but I like it. It’s got moxie! And zazz!

So now that he’s accepted that this is it, that he will have to give up the Tonight Show so that Jay Leno can return to telling Brokeback Mountain jokes to sleepy red staters, Conan appears to be having a great time sticking it to NBC and being a pain in the network’s ass for the brief time he has left.

There was a huge rally in L.A. the other day and hundreds of fans showed up carrying “I’m with Coco” posters and wearing t-shirts with supportive slogans. I’d imagine it feels pretty good knowing that almost everybody  in the world who is not an NBC executive or Jay Leno is on your side.

Speaking of people who are on Conan’s side, old friend Norm Macdonald dropped by last night to give Conan a card he meant to give him back in June. He read it out loud to hilarious effect. I’ll paraphrase:

“Congrats on finally getting your permanent gig hosting The Tonight Show. That’s something they can never take away. This is one of the shrewdest programming decisions the NBC braintrust has ever made.”

Comedy! That’s how you do it, Jay.

Speaking of schooling the world on how comedy should be, you might remember Norm as THE BEST TALK SHOW GUEST OF ALL TIME because of his appearance on Late Night when he did this:

Last night’s episode was perfect. I don’t think I could have asked for more. Norm, Quentin Tarantino and Spoon. I love Spoon. Some people (Salome) tell me I have a thing for tall, gangly, goofy-lookin’ funny guys with reddish hair. Guilty as charged. So watching the very tall Conan shake hands with the very tall Britt Daniel after Spoon played Written in Reverse, well that was a moment I will be replaying in my mind for awhile.

Thanks, Conan.

Ratings surge for Conan

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Whoops! Could there be anything more personally satisfying than trouncing your newfound enemy in the ratings almost immediately after one of his big-wig pals calls you an astounding failure?

I really would like Conan to have Norm MacDonald on his show. They could talk about how various NBC executives have told them that they are unfunny losers right after firing them.

Speaking of Norm, he warned Conan this would happen.

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