February 7, 2014 |
* THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO. 11:35 tonight, NBC10. I DIDN'T think it was possible, but I'm feeling a little sorry for Jay Leno. Tonight, it'll be deja vu all over again as Leno says goodbye to "The Tonight Show," which he's hosted - on and off - since 1992, when he replaced Johnny Carson. (That transition, chronicled in Bill Carter's terrific book "The Late Shift," led to a passed-over David Letterman fleeing NBC for CBS.) Nearly five years after the top-rated late-night host stepped aside for Conan O'Brien (only to return in 2010 after a ratings dive sent NBC into panic)
June 24, 2011 |
When CBS got rid of Charlie Sheen, it was like a fed-up landlord evicting a bad tenant. There was some chest-puffing on both sides, an exchange of dudely insults, and Sheen got to stomp back in and get his gas grill and his record collection. When NBC got rid of Conan O'Brien, the tone was much different - this was a messy romantic catastrophe, made worse by the fact that the jilted redhead never saw it coming. Miss Peacock didn't cancel Conan, she ditched him. For another guy. An old flame.
June 14, 2011 |
Why is it that the very folks who are helping The Forces of Darkness dismantle Western Civ are the most insightful about the evil that they do? Take Conan O'Brien , who on Sunday imparted some very funny - albeit also very depressing - wisdom to a sea of girls and boys with his commencement address at Dartmouth University. Conan wasn't the only boldfacer there: George H.W. Bush came with wife Barbara to accept an honorary doctor of laws degree. "Before I begin, I must point out that behind me sits a highly admired president of the United States and decorated war hero," Conan said, "while I, a cable television talk-show host, has been chosen to stand here and impart wisdom.
November 11, 2010 |
'The most anticipated television event since television's last most anticipated event," screamed the TBS billboard, ever so ironically, not only in Times Square and a few million other places across the country, but throughout cyberspace. The object of the hoopla, Conan O'Brien, joked Tuesday that the best thing about the debut of his new show, Conan , might be that all that TBS promotion would be ending. Professional critics gave decidedly mixed reviews to the first-night festivities.
October 13, 2010 |
P HIL COLLINS said it - maybe not best, but he said it: Doesn't anybody stay together anymore? Quirky actors Courteney Cox and David Arquette ? Done, after 11 years of marriage, one kid and, he admitted yesterday, a pair of wandering eyes. Lovely actress Laura Dern and lovely Grammy winner Ben Harper ? Five-plus years and two kids, then an apparently blindsided delivery of divorce papers from him to her. Now, in the same week, glamorous singer Christina Aguilera and dorky-cute music industry exec Jordan Bratman , together eight years, married five and parents of one, have announced they're over.
August 27, 2010 |
IF CONAN O'BRIEN wins an Emmy Sunday night - a definite possibility, says TV writer Ellen Gray - someone at host network NBC may have his finger poised near the censor button. No one's really concerned that the former "Tonight" show host will turn into Conan the Vulgarian, there are simply limits to what Conan can say about his old bosses at the peacock network. The Hollywood Reporter says that Conan's settlement deal contains strict rules against making "disparaging" comments about NBC or NBC Studios, Jay Leno and NBC executives Jeff Zucker , Dick Ebersol , Jeff Gaspin and Marc Graboff . Those limitations end Sept.
June 8, 2010 |
CONAN O'BRIEN took the stage at the Tower Theater last night in a Flyers jersey and later was joined by a surprise musical guest - Phish front man Trey Anastasio , also decked out in Flyers garb. And Upper Darby native Tina Fey joined Conan on stage for a bit, too. Earlier in the day, Conan and wife, Liza , lunched outside at Panini's Trattoria (317 Market). O'Brien went for fettuccine with shrimp, tomatoes and arugula while his wife had the restaurant's Michelangelo sandwich with prosciutto, provolone and roasted peppers.
June 1, 2010 |
Getting shafted by NBC was the best thing that ever happened to Conan O'Brien, the brand. One minute the 6-foot-4 redheaded comic was leading The Tonight Show to its worst ratings ever. The next he was a late-night martyr and hero to the tweeting masses, exiting broadcast TV with principles intact and an "et tu, Leno?" knife in his back. O'Brien isn't allowed to perform on TV or online until fall by contractual agreement with NBC, which gave him a $32 million handshake and "sent my skinny Irish ass out the door" - as he sang in a reworked take of Gloria Gaynor (and Cake's)
April 13, 2010 |
This should improve those slumping unemployment statistics. After only three months out of work, Conan O'Brien is back punching the clock - albeit a little earlier at night. TBS announced Monday that it has signed the fret-locked and lanky redhead to host a new talk show in the fall, originating from Los Angeles. The five-year deal, which makes O'Brien the owner of the show, calls for a Monday-Thursday schedule starting at 11 p.m., probably in November. That would give O'Brien's program, which doesn't yet have a name, a half-hour head start on Jay Leno and The Tonight Show.
January 23, 2010 |
This wasn't your typical misty-eyed farewell last night. But then Conan O'Brien wasn't leaving Tonight under auspicious circumstances. NBC's continued mismanagement of its late-night talent had left the rangy redhead the odd man out. Warm and cuddly was never his style anyway. After a sustained standing ovation from the audience, O'Brien opened the monologue with an invitation to loot: "Ladies and gentlemen, we have exactly one hour to steal every single item in this studio. " He cast the movie that he suggested HBO will inevitably make about NBC's late-night fiasco, asking that he be portrayed by actress Tilda Swinton.