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Jay's Final Tonight Show Will Include Conan, "Really Unusual" Ending

Conan O'Brien might want to prepare a few bars of "One for My Baby," just in case. The host-in-waiting is not only primed to be Jay Leno's successor to the Tonight Show desk but will be the final guest when Leno's late-night reign comes to an end on May 29. A company man to the end, Leno praised his redheaded replacement as a "smart, great guy" and "a lot of fun." "I like the guy, we're friends," Leno said of O'Brien. "Unlike the Miss California USA pageant, this is a peaceful transition of power." Leno says he has some surprises in store as he ends his 17 years as late-night's No. 1 star. "I have something really unusual and different planned...Something really out of left field that we're gonna end on. It's something really personal and unusual." Tantalizing tease aside, the rest of Leno's final show, he confirmed, will feature some of his best hits, including highlights from Leno favorite "Jaywalking" and a musical appearance by James Taylor, but don't expect the same air of finality as Johnny Carson's goodbye. To Read More Click Here .

TVGuide.com's Top Moments of the Week: Catfights, Costumes and Conan - Featured

What a great week for confrontation: Bachelorette vs. Bachelorette. President Obama vs. a potential 2012 rival. American Idol vs. music itself. We scratched through catfights and lightsaber duels to get to the ultimate faceoff in our No. 2 spot... and the historic reunion at the top. 11. Worst Idol Performance: The competition is fierce in this week's race to the bottom, but Nick Mitchell's alter ego, Norman Gentle, dressed in a silver shirt, sweat band and shorts, claims top dishonors with a nasally and almost-insulting version of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," a song recently re-popularized by genuine Idol talent Jennifer Hudson. And we are telling you, we're not going... to watch much longer. 10. Most Forceful Workout: Star Wars enthusiast "Master Flynn" makes the Today cast don Jedi robes and wield lightsabers to learn a new Jedi workout incorporating moves like the Rebound, Follow-Through and the Lock. We hope it works, because no one who's into this kind of thing will shed any pounds having sex. 9. Blandest Dish: Top Chef 's final meal. It's fun to see former runner-ups return as sous-chefs, but we don't get to see their personalities as much as we'd like. (Um, Marcel, what's happening?) The whole episode is just more Hosea hating on Stefan, Padma making pretentious comments about the food, and Hosea hating on Stefan some more. And Hosea getting crowned the winner? They couldn't have picked someone more boring? 8. Best Wedding-Day Confession: Brenda Leigh is usually the one to get confessions, but this week The Closer herself has something to cop to. "I love you with all my heart," she tells new husband Fritz. "But sometimes I think my heart is only this big!" Fritz counters that it has room to spare. That, coupled with Brenda's Ding Dong-wedding cake mash-up, makes for a delicious season finale. 7. Least Compelling Catfight: The Bachelor stretches out a no-stakes dispute pitting long-ago-ousted Natalie against pretty much all the other women in the house. Honestly, who cares if Natalie gets mad at people for splashing her in the pool? It's just the latest in a series of bogus controversies the show has used to justify its overlong two-hour running time. 6. Most Compelling Catfight: The Bachelor, take note: Real Housewives of Orange County stages a saucer-of-Veuve-worthy confrontation when fiery Tamra accuses new girl Gretchen of getting paid to care for her older, ailing fiance while keeping a boyfriend on the side. When Gretchen denies it, Tamra coolly tells her, "I think you're a troubled girl." Nothing stings like an understatement full of a tacit insinuation - in this case, "You seem like a total hooker." 5. Worst Road Trip: This week's Big Love builds on what could have been a Vacationesque series of mishaps to a heartbreaking (and Emmy-worthy) conclusion: Sarah (the increasingly brilliant Amanda Seyfried) has a shocking and spontaneous miscarriage that reunites her bickering brood. The Griswolds they aren't. 4. Best Hope for the Future: Oh right, this is why Obama won. As sick as we are of the president showing up all over the dial, like he's Angelina Jolie or something, the man gives an inspiring speech - and came through for sure in his first major address to Congress and the nation. Whatever you think of his economic plan, you have to like his "We are not quitters" message. Because really, quitting in this economy? Good luck getting another job. To Read More Click here

Andy Richter Follows Conan O'Brien to 'Tonight Show'

It may be the end of Conan O'Brien in "Late Night" but it's not the end of his combined force with Andy Richter. By the time O'Brien takes over "Tonight Show" from Jay Leno this summer, he will be joined by his "Late Night" co-host Richter who will be a full announcer. "Andy is one of the funniest people I know, and we've maintained a close friendship since he left Late Night," O'Brien said. "We have a proven chemistry that will be an incredible asset to The Tonight Show." He added as a joke, "I'm looking forward to working with Andy on a daily basis again, particularly since he owes me $300." Not only will he be a full announcer, Richter will also appear in some of the comedy sketches. The duo will make their debut on June 1 along with their "Late Night" house band, Max Weinberg and the Max Weinberg 7. Andy Richter was a sidekick to Conan O'Brien between 1993 and 2000. He quit to do his own two shows, "Andy Richter Controls" and "The Universe and Andy Barker, P.I." Source here

Conan O'Brien Signs Off of Late Night Tonight! - Featured

If ever there was a night to watch Late Night with Conan O'Brien - it would probably be tonight, as it will be Conan's last appearance. Fear not, as of course it is not as if Conan is leaving our TV screens forever; he's merely relocating to an earlier hour (and a new set - in Los Angeles) in a few months. Still, it's the end of an era - Conan has been with Late Night for 16 years! The show airs at 12:35am, so set your DVRs. If you want some more Conan goodness, check out: Five memorable moments from 'Late Night' - EW Best of Conan: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Interviews Star Wars Nerds Colbert Surprises Conan with an Invisible String Dance Off A Farewell to Masturbating Bear

Tonight's TV Hot List for Friday, Feb. 20, 2009

Monk (9 pm/ET USA) The seventh season wraps up tonight with a case that has special significance to Monk. He's investigating the disappearance of a city official who was lobbying to preserve a parking garage. But what's so personal about that? Well, it's the garage where Monk's wife was killed by a car bomb that he believes was intended for him. The series is scheduled to return for its eighth and final season this summer. Late Night with Conan O'Brien (12:35 am/ET NBC) After 16 years and 2,725 episodes, flame-haired host Conan O'Brien closes the curtain on his consistently entertaining late-night show tonight. Don't expect a Bette Midler tune to send him off à la Johnny Carson's last show - but then again, you never know with Conan's twisty sense of humor. We do know that he's got visceral garage-rock blasters the White Stripes on the slated performance roster. In addition, expect choice comic bits from episodes past (Conan's been doing that all week), plus favorite guests of the show and a surprise or two. Conan's not moanin', however: He returns to NBC on June 1 as the new host of The Tonight Show. Psych (10 pm/ET USA) Shawn finds himself in a heap of trouble in tonight's Season 3 finale. The elusive Yin Yang serial killer, who's been off the police's radar for years, suddenly reappears with - of course - his sights set on Shawn. Cybill Shepherd reprises her role as Shawn's mom, Madeline, and Rachael Leigh Cook guest stars as Shawn's high-school crush, Abigail. There's nothing like being hunted by a serial killer to bring the whole crew together, huh? Real Time with Bill Maher (10 pm/ET HBO ) Tonight's seventh-season premiere is notable not just for an earlier time slot, but it's the first time the show, which debuted in 2003, will take place with a Democrat in the White House. Of course, that doesn't mean Maher won't have some choice words about Barack Obama's nascent presidency, but there are certainly other fish to fry. Among tonight's guests are Tina Brown, publisher of the website the Daily Beast, and Chrystia Freeland, U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times. Battlestar Galactica (10 pm/ET SCI FI) Tonight's chapter takes a page from the Clash's songbook as Ellen's return has the skin jobs wondering, "Should I stay or should I go?" With Galactica in need of a major overhaul, the rebel Cylons consider making a fresh start of things by ditching the Colonials. Will the final five show their mettle and stand by Adama and Co. - or are they really fair-weather friends? Source here

The Best Conan O'Brien Characters Ever

From column A, choose from one of several funny words or phrases, like "jet pack," "masturbating," or "horny." From column B, pick a funny animal, like a bear, raccoon, or manatee. Congratulations. You've hit upon one method of creating Conan O'Brien characters. (In this case, Jet Pack Raccoon, Horny Manatee, and Masturbating Bear.) But others from Late Night's grotesque menagerie defy any formula, and seem to have fallen, jet pack and all, from comedy heaven. In recognition of O'Brien's finale episode of Late Night this Friday and in the hopes that some of his upsetting little friends will join him in his move to The Tonight Show we now present our five favorite Conan characters ever. (We had to disqualify the elusive Pimpbot half '70s pimp, half '50s robot who has apparently destroyed all usable video of himself.) 5. Horny Manatee: One of the dumbest and therefore funniest Conan O'Brien characters, he or she first appeared posing in front of a web-cam. O'Brien's off-the-cuff joke about a fictional website called "Horntmanatee.com" led to NBC's purchase of the site, which O'Brien's staff quickly populated with man-on-manatee action (and other erotic thrills). The site continues to thrive today. * For The Video Click here . 4. Andy's Little Sister Stacy: Played by Amy Poehler before most people knew who she was, Stacy bore a crush on Conan and deep antipathy for any who awakened her wrath which wasn't hard to do. Her anger seemed to be closest to boiling over around major holidays, as seen in this Thanksgiving clip. * For The Video Click Here . 3. Pierre Bernard: Like some of the best O'Brien characters, Bernard seems to be a real person - and a Late Night employee. From his "Recliner of Rage," he offers pointed and indignant commentaries on such topics as The Anime Network, Robotech, and other things no one cares about. * For The Video Click Here . 2. Masturbating Bear: An exhibitionist, diaper enthusiast, and chronic masturbator. What happened to the good old days when bears just mauled people? * For The Video Click Here . 1. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog: You knew he would come out on top, right? After all this time, we still can't quite explain why we're in tears every time we see him maybe because he's always making fun of our costumes at comic book conventions. * For The Video Click here . Source here

Jimmy Fallon: 'I've Got Some Big Shoes To Fill'

Jimmy Fallon who will take over as the "Late Night" show host on March 2, sat down with current host Conan O'Brien on Wednesday -- and the funnyman proved he has done his homework for his upcoming television endeavor. After catching up with Jimmy and showing him a clip of his previous appearance on the show, Conan asked his successor how he felt about taking over. "I'm excited and nervous," Jimmy admits. "It's amazing, this feels good." During the interview the 34-year-old explained all the ways he is preparing for the new hosting gig including watching DVDs of old talk shows, practicing different ways for a host to walk out on stage, and even undergoing surgery! "I can't see far away and I know this show uses cue cards," Jimmy says. "I got Lasik surgery... I'm doing anything I can to make this show work." Conan also made sure to leave the "SNL" alum with some friendly advice: "For the love of God, don't do anything I do." Source here

Conan O'Brien Saying Goodbye To ''Late Night'' In February - Featured

NBC announced on Thursday that Conan will vacate his seat on February 20. Jimmy Fallon will step in and take over the long running show beginning March 2. Conan will head West to California, where he take over The Tonight Show, beginning June 1. Jay Leno's last Tonight Show broadcast will be on May 29. Source here

Jimmy Fallon Starts His Hosting Duties Online Tonight

It'll be a few months before Jimmy Fallon officially slides into Conan O'Brien's chair as the host of NBC's Late Night, but starting tonight, he'll be doing some practice runs - and we can all watch online. At 12:30 a.m. each day, NBC will post a new video of Fallon on this new website. The idea is that people will get used to seeing Fallon at 12:30 - and that he'll be able to test out material without having to see how it goes over in front of a live TV audience. Variety says the five-minute webisodes will be "lo-fi, freeform-style looks at what Fallon is up to on the eve of his hosting gig." NBC's supposed to be announcing an official premiere date for Fallon's show this week, but March 2 is the latest rumor. That would give Conan O'Brien a few months off the air while he prepares to fill Jay Leno's Tonight Show shoes starting in June. Most of you thought Fallon would make a good Late Night host before, but now that the transition is getting closer, do you still feel the same? Source

More on the Late Night Brouhaha

We've mentioned it before. Come 2009 (and now the day has been set to May 29th ), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno will be no longer. No longer with Jay Leno, that is. NBC is replacing Leno with Conan O'Brien and Leno has been quite vocal that he is none too happy about the suggested early retirement. Now, rival late night host David Letterman (who famously was glossed over for Leno back when Leno originally received the slot) has weighed in on the issue, stating: "Unless I'm misunderstanding something, I don't know why, after the job Jay has done for them, why they would relinquish that." Letterman added, "I guess empathy is the right word. It's hard to know what he felt about it. I have to believe he was not happy about it." Classy move on Letterman's behalf, especially given their history. Regarding Letterman's own future, he said, "The way I feel now, I would like to go beyond 2010, not much beyond, but you know, enough to go beyond." Sources: People and TV Guide