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Ellen DeGeneres Out-Gifts Conan OBrien During Surprise Appearance (Video)

A two-night bit paid off on TBSs Conan on Tuesday when Ellen DeGeneres made a surprise walk-on appearance. It all started on Monday when a woman acted like she had just arrived from to Conan after attending an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.   Read More... //

Santa Claus Reveals Hideous Secrets on 'Conan'

Santa Claus: innocent old man or frightening Scientologist? Conan O'Brien investigated.    Read More... //

Mindy Kaling Tries to Make Clean Episodes of The Mindy Project And Fails (Video)

Mindy Kaling dropped by TBS's Conan where she both laughed at and lamented the fact that her Fox sitcom The Mindy Project seems to come on with a warning before every single episode. My inner pervert can't not do these episodes, as it turns out, she told Conan O'Brien . We try. We're like, Okay guys, let's be classy for once in our lives, she said. Let's not have an episode that needs a warning at the beginning to tell you to hide your children. And it never works, Conan. Kaling then detailed the episode this past season that even she couldn't believe made it on the air at Fox. After an elaborately vague description of the episode, Kaling felt the need to clarify things.  Read More... //

Conan Transforms Into a Dangerous Biker to Welcome Full Sons of Anarchy Cast (Video)

Conan O'Brien pieced another full cast together for the first time, when the group behind FX's hit Sons of Anarchy visited the Burbank, Calif. talk show Tuesday to bid adieu to their motorcycle gang series. To fit in, O'Brien even created a new cold open and credit sequence for the occasion, unleashing his inner biker badass which is about as tough and terrifying as you might imagine. Let's just say when it comes down to a choice between a hog and a little girls bike, O'Brienknows on which seat he belongs.  Read More... //

Conan: Premiere Episode Review

"Welcome to my second annual first show." Man, it's great to have Conan back on TV! I don't know if different people were expecting different things from the lanky, pale Harvard-educated comic because he switched over to a basic cable network, but I for one was glad to see him sticking to his "talk show" guns and delivering a solid hour of traditional late night fare. As time progresses, maybe we'll see O'Brien shake things up a bit and get a little more haywire with the format. But for now, it was just comforting to see him back behind a desk, playing around with sidekick Andy Richter as they both tried on generically-labeled creepy Conan Halloween masks (titled "Ex Talk Show host"). "Inside it smells like tears," quipped Andy. To Read More Click Here.

Mostly Cuckoo for Conan

On his first night back in the late-night saddle, Conan O'Brien killed — and was killed, Sonny Corleone-style, riddled with bullets as he left the NBC gates in his hilarious cold open. Then the guests came on, and he died a little. And then he roared back to life, jamming and clowning with his musical guest. At times, Conan's opening night on TBS Monday felt like a very special occasion, and at other times, it felt like just another night in the long-running life of a late-night talk-show host in career transition. And maybe that's as it should be. To Read More Click Here.

Conan - Review

Opening with a four-minute taped piece spoofing (among other things) "The Godfather," Conan O'Brien's new TBS latenight show -- on the basic-cable network that made him an offer he couldn't refuse -- not surprisingly looks a whole lot like his earlier programs. And that's fine. O'Brien's problem was never about talent but reach, with the host possessing a later-night sensibility that didn't sustain the broader appeal of his blander predecessor and successor. In this new venue, O'Brien can happily whack away at material for a young-male demo to his heart's content. Cue the Masturbating Bear. Inevitably, the host had to address his departure from NBC and "The Tonight Show," which not only played out publicly but transformed him into a cause célèbre for many fans. He dutifully did so in the taped sequence as well as a mostly self-deprecating monologue that took an obligatory jab at his former network ("It's not easy doing a latenight show on a channel without a lot of money and that viewers have trouble finding. So that's why I left NBC"). Funny stuff, but given that guests will surely feel compelled to weigh in sympathetically on past events, O'Brien would be well-advised to keep the canned "I got canned" bits to a minimum beyond week one, if only to avoid looking like an object of self-pity. TBS also received a few pokes in the ribs, with O'Brien saying he "dreamed of being a talkshow host on basic cable ever since I was 46," and that TBS was cable for people too cheap to buy HBO. Once he got past the opening, very little in the premiere could be called inspired. The set didn't break any ground cosmetically, and director Allan Kartun's fondness for shooting O'Brien from behind during the monologue seemed perplexing, if not distracting. Guest Seth Rogen did his part by saying "shit" -- which was bleeped -- opening the door for O'Brien to express gratitude for cable's laxer standards. The segment with "Glee's" Lea Michele, meanwhile, proved disappointingly flat, as O'Brien broached her controversial GQ photo shoot but didn't get much mileage out of it. The smart money says O'Brien will flourish in this new home, on a network (witness the waves of promotion) that's thrilled to have him. It's only too bad O'Brien appears to suffer from the same "The Tonight Show" preoccupation -- a common ailment among comics -- that has dogged his closest spiritual kin, David Letterman, to this day. Ultimately, O'Brien faces one existential challenge with this new endeavor -- doing well enough to ensure he's remembered as something other than the shortest-tenured "Tonight Show" host in history. As the guy who kicked off his previous gig by running across America, O'Brien can no doubt testify that completing such a journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Source Here