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With much ado, TBS introduces the 'Conan' show, staring Conan O'Brien.

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As you all know, our very first show premieres Monday night at 11/10c on TBS - and if you're like me, then you'll be inviting a ton of your friends (hey, Xbox Live friends are still friends) to come over and watch Conan's triumphant return to television!! But what kind of party do you throw?! What do you serve!? WATCH THE VIDEO AND LEARN HOW TO THROW AN AWESOME CONAN PREMIERE PARTY OF YOUR VERY OWN!

Also, because we love you, we've made a Facebook Event Invite - so make sure to join up and join the fun!! We'll be liveblogging the premiere (for both coasts) tomorrow night right here on TeamCoco.com, so make sure to 1.) Set your DVRs for our first show, and 2.) stop by the TeamCoco blog while the show is going on, so you don't miss a drop of the awesome action!!

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High Hopes for Conan O’Brien’s Debut

By BILL CARTER

Only 17 months after his last reappearance in a starring role on late-night television, Conan O’Brien is back.

Things will be noticeably different this time, of course: now he’s on cable.

How much the switch to cable will really matter may not be immediately discernible, though that will not keep observers of the late-night world from making instant comparisons to his past performance, beginning with whatever results Mr. O’Brien puts up in his first new show on Monday night, starting at 11 p.m.

When he made his debut as host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC in June 2009, Mr. O’Brien attracted a spectacular audience of more than six million viewers, with a huge rating among the prized late-night audience group of viewers 18 to 49.

He seems unlikely to pull in quite that many on Monday, though his new channel, TBS, has certainly gotten out word of Mr. O’Brien’s arrival, using a ubiquitous baseball-and-blimp-based promotion campaign.

In the long term, TBS’s only stated expectation for Mr. O’Brien is that he attract a younger audience than he did on NBC, though Michael Wright, the chief programmer for TBS, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week that he believed Mr. O’Brien would settle in with a “healthy, robust audience.”

Robust in cable would most likely translate to about one million viewers or slightly more, with a rating among 18- to 49-year-olds of 0.5. That would probably be enough to make Mr. O’Brien’s show a solid profit center for TBS.

Brad Adgate, the senior vice president for research at Horizon Media, is predicting big numbers for Mr. O’Brien’s premiere week. He said in an e-mail that he thought Mr. O’Brien would average 2 million to 2.2 million viewers this week. (David Letterman on CBS won late night last week with 3.8 million.) But he said he thought Mr. O’Brien could win the premiere week in late night in the 18-to-49 audience.

By comparison, Jay Leno on NBC and Mr. Letterman have been battling for leadership this season with modest national ratings among that group, averaging about a 1.0 rating. (And in the latest week’s ratings, Mr. Letterman beat Mr. Leno for the first time since Mr. Leno displaced Mr. O’Brien last winter.)

Mr. O’Brien would have to return with a true vengeance to surpass that number. And more will be different for Mr. O’Brien this week than just a shift in delivery systems from broadcast to cable. Unlike his last entrance, in the sleepy month of June, with few big movie stars making the rounds, Mr. O’Brien is coming on to a noisy, crowded, midseason stage.

Every other late-night show is up and running this week, heavily booked with major names looking to push their fall projects. On CBS, Mr. Letterman, who made a conscious decision in June 2009 to take a breezy, low-intensity week and allow Mr. O’Brien his inevitable heavily attended opening bow, is hardly laying down this time. On Monday, he has booked Harrison Ford and the music act of the moment, Cee Lo Green; on Tuesday, it is Denzel Washington and Bon Jovi; on Wednesday, Russell Crowe; and on Thursday, Cher.

In June 2009, Mr. O’Brien did not have to think about competition from Mr. Leno, who had left late night for prime time. This week, Mr. Leno will face Mr. O’Brien’s new show on Monday accompanied by a Conan of his own, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor of California, a former Conan the Barbarian, is one of Mr. Leno’s most reliable, ratings-generating guests. Later in the week, Mr. Leno will counter with other stars, including Kim Kardashian and Diane Keaton.

But probably the biggest challenge for Mr. O’Brien starting this week, and thereafter, will be his head-to-head competition on cable, in the form of the two hottest performers in late night, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Coming off their hugely attended Washington rally and an intense week of political coverage, the two hosts, on Comedy Central, have enormous momentum.

Mr. O’Brien has a flush first two weeks of guests himself, starting with Seth Rogen on Monday and followed by a lineup that includes Tom Hanks, Jon Hamm, Michael Cera, Russell Brand and Jesse Eisenberg.

“I think Conan will get the same kind of big opening his first night,” said one former late-night writer-producer. “He’ll get a little time to shine; maybe a bit less than everyone thinks.” The reason, said this person, who spoke only on the condition of not being identified because of continuing ties to a competing show, has to do with the time of year: November, a special ratings period called sweeps month, has the unrelenting pressure of competition as more and more late-night shows fight for a diminishing share of the audience.

“After a few nights, I think Conan will come down to his real level,” the writer-producer said. “And that will have nothing to do with him. He’s great. But you just can’t get a whole lot of people to watch any one of these shows anymore.”

This person predicted, “Conan will settle in and be fine, and he’ll run on TBS for long time.”

Mr. Carter is the esteemed author of "The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night", which was made into an HBO Film, and the new book on the late night TV happenings last fall, "'The War for Late Night".

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Conan O’Brien is returning to late night with his brand new show Conan, which premieres tonight on TBS.

Tonight is a big night for late night television because it marks the official return of Conan O’Brien. Conan’s new talk show, simply titled Conan, airs at 11pm on TBS and should add some spice to the late night pot. This is the first time in his career that Conan will basically be taking on Letterman and Leno at the same time. Conan, however, also will have to go head-to-head with late night local news all over the country as well and Jon Stewart’s very popular The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert and The Colbert Report. It is some stiff competition, but Conan seems up for the job and TBS seems to be willing to stick with him and let him develop an audience.

Conan O’Brien has been running a poll on his site to see who will be his very first guess. At this time it seems like it may be Arlene Wagner who is the curator of the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum. They have over 6,000 nutcrackers and rumors are Conan has booked her and that she is flying into LA over the weekend. After Arlene has shared her nutcrackers with Conan he will also have Seth Rogen, Lea Michele and music from Jack White. The rest of the first week will see guests such as Tom Hanks, Jon Hamm, Michael Cera, Soundgarden and Julie Bowen. He has booked Russell Brand, Harrison Ford, Kid Rock, Venus Williams and Rosario Dawson among others for his second week on the air.

There were questions swirling recently about his ability to take some of his signature characters with him to TBS. Some speculated that NBC would not let him take characters like the Masturbating Bear with him because they owned it. Conan O’ Brien believes they belong to him and said he would fight in court to get them if he had to. He even joked that he hoped they would end up in court because he wants to see the Masturbating Bear take the stand and hear a judge rule on who own it. He vowed to have the bear one way or another promising that he “will not be denied his Masturbating Bear!”

Conan seems ready to go, in fine form and now in a place where he will pretty much be allowed to do whatever he wants to do. I look forward to seeing how he does and I have a feeling he will be taking away some of Letterman and Leno’s audience. Even if he doesn’t I think he will do just fine on his own. Andy Richter is back at his side and all eyes are on him. I have a feeling he will deliver.

Watch Conan O’Brien return to late night with his brand new show, Conan which will premiere tonight at 11|10c on TBS.


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I thought the HD quality was poor as the picture was soft. Others? Also surprised that Lopez has a bigger name guest than Conan: Janet Jackson. But that is fine with me as Lopez has perhaps the best HD quality of any talk show and inarguably the best camera work with those floor cameras. Further, love the seats and lack of desk with Lopez, even though didn't go over too well with Leno. With the combo of the camera work and seats with no coffee table you have a great view of beautiful actresses.

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pCRPenjo6U (Sofia Vergara) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QxnLhkns6Q (Mel B) for illustrations of the preceding statement.

Wonder why the West Coasting airing is at 10:00; when Lopez was showing at 8:00 Eastern, the Western feed was at 11:00.
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Not very exciting for such a highly anticipated opener. Just a typical Late Night show.

I expected funnier in the music number. Having Conan playing along just made it look like it was done for his benefit more than the audience. His contribution could have been done by any musician.

At least TBS didn't bury it completely under their usual promo crap.


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Ok, expected, lets see in a little while if it picks up........
As far as guests go, i don't really care as long as it's funny. I love George but he shouldn't have a daily talk show, it's cringe worthy.

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The "Conan" set looks like a cable version of the exact same set Conan had on the "Tonight Show" (except for the 'moving' moon) and they even had the closing music from the old "Late Night/Tonight Show" programs. Surprisingly predictable and 'safe' first show (even the use of the Masturbating Bear was subdued by the lack of mentioning his actual name), almost like Conan wants to prove to his old bosses at NBC that he can triumph by using the exact same thing that they soundly rejected and terminated. Andy Richter was on fire though, almost every one of his comments was hilarious (the complete opposite of Andy's "Tonight Show" batting average). Will watch, but nothing new or ground-breaking here. It's downscaled "Tonight Show" Conan without Max, without a tie (wow, a rebel! ) and so far without a care in the world.
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Loved this first Conan episode. It was funny as H, E, double hockey sticks. The set was definitely NOT as good as his Tonight Show set. The NBC set was spectacular. Other than the moving moon, the backdrop was kinda boring. Also, they need to get rid of that red mic sitting on the desk. The red stuck out like a sore thumb. It kept gathering my attention.

Tried to watch Lopez Tonight, but that monologue was brutal. I had to turn it off before Janet Jackson came on. His set is WAY more spectacular than Conan's. I didn't see it before, but apparently it just got improved upon.

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The opening bit with the refusal to go on at 12:00am and then the DST time change this past weekend was good 'ole Conan humor. I'm glad he's back, Leno's gone downhill since returning and just can't seem to recover from the backlash.

My wife and I were in NYC back in Dec '08 and caught a live taping of Late Night with Conan O'Brien before he left for the Tonight Show and he's a truly talented comedian and entertainer. Go Team CoCo!
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Just watched it. Loved the opening bit. Loved the monologue. Overall the show was the opposite of how his Tonight Shows felt to me. Those seemed to last forever, whereas this episode flew right by. Perhaps there were more commercials, I don't know. Seth and Lea were boring beyond words, but Jack White was great as usual, and I loved that Conan played in the band as he did on the tour this summer.

From a technical standpoint, it felt oddly like a basic cable show. The camera work needs a lot of work. And I'm not sure what happened on the first east coast commercial break but it was really abrupt and unexpected. I hated his run on the Tonight Show. It was boring, tame, and just not Conan. He felt a million miles away from Andy, the band, and the audience. This show is the complete opposite of that, and he even makes mention of how there's no barrier anymore between him and the crowd.

All in all in felt like a very relaxed, fun, and funny show that I want to tune in to and watch grow.
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I thought the show was OK -- looked good, but was disappointed by the amount of audio compression that was applied. When the band played, I felt like my eardrums were being sucked out. No dynamic range at all -- zero. My guess would be this is happening at TBS, and not at the stage.
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Just watched it. Loved the opening bit. Loved the monologue. Overall the show was the opposite of how his Tonight Shows felt to me. Those seemed to last forever, whereas this episode flew right by. Perhaps there were more commercials, I don't know. Seth and Lea were boring beyond words, but Jack White was great as usual, and I loved that Conan played in the band as he did on the tour this summer.

From a technical standpoint, it felt oddly like a basic cable show. The camera work needs a lot of work. And I'm not sure what happened on the first east coast commercial break but it was really abrupt and unexpected. I hated his run on the Tonight Show. It was boring, tame, and just not Conan. He felt a million miles away from Andy, the band, and the audience. This show is the complete opposite of that, and he even makes mention of how there's no barrier anymore between him and the crowd.

All in all in felt like a very relaxed, fun, and funny show that I want to tune in to and watch grow.

Totally agree with everything you said. When I first saw Andy standing at the podium again I was hoping he didn't stay there the whole show again, that was awful, but he sat down just like the good old days. His comment on the moon was hilarious. "It's got that realistic lunar wobble."
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I expected funnier in the music number. Having Conan playing along just made it look like it was done for his benefit more than the audience. His contribution could have been done by any musician.

I knew that Jack and Conan would be playing together when they announced Jack White(by himself) as the musical guest. Conan did the album with Jack White back in the summer and it is sold exclusively by Jack White's record label. Gotta push those albums somehow.

Plus, Conan loves music, loves Jack White and has always been a White Stripes fan. I'm sure it's an honor for him to play on national tv with him. Thought it was a good musical performance and both guys seemed to be having a good time with it.

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'Conan' Draws 2.8 Rating

O'Brien's Monday debut featured guests Seth Rogen, Lea Michele, Jack White

By Jon Lafayette -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/9/2010 8:32:54 AM

Conan O'Brien's new show on TBS drew a 2.8 overnight rating in its debut Monday night.

Turner Broadcasting expected the first show to draw a big number, but expects the number to be about 1 million viewers when the excitement settles down.

O'Brien's first show featured several jokes about the unfortunate end to his late-night career on NBC, and guests Seth Rogan, Lea Michele and Jack White.

In a blog post last night, TV researcher Steven Sternberg said "TBS's relentless (and quite good) promotional efforts should result in decent viewer sampling, but then it will be up to him to maintain that audience. If he tries to appeal to a younger audience, there are more than 20 cable networks in primetime with average median ages under 40. He might be able to accumulate enough viewers from them to survive, and maybe even thrive."

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Wow. Amazing how much Conan cares about show details! Caught a Monday evening promo showing his visit to India, carefully shopping for spools of silk. Then furious work stomping berries for dye, then sweating behind a hand loom, weaving cloth. Followed by work in a pool of water, with smiling Indian women, preparing his red stage curtains. Finally a shot of Conan admiring his curtains just before stepping on stage. ;-) Enjoyed the familiar wacky humor of the show's background intro. Maybe , for kicks, they'll mix in a welcome back from his Finnish-politician look-alike . -- John
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We loved the show. The first half hour was absolutely hilarious. The new theme song got the thumbs up from everyone at my house. Best line of the night. "I named the show just Conan so I can not be easily replaced". The band sounded tight and enjoyed the Jack White number. We all thought the show flew by as well. All in all, I think he is going to be alright, Oh Come on !
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Was Labamba in the band? I looked at one point but didn't see him. Also I hope this week we see the return of Twitter Tracker (did NBC keep that too?), and I hope he mocks some of his own tweeting from the past six months.

Loved the appearance, albeit brief, of the masturbating bear.
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Just had to watch the first half of Conan's new show. Loved the opening sequence, but I wish he had blasted Leno more. The set was nice, and very intimate, and his energy was good. I've never been a big Conan fan, but after he was screwed by NBC and Jay, I wanted to lend him my insignificant support, if only for a half-hour each night. I wasn't disappointed.

However, once I turned to CBS at 11:35, it was like watching big-boy TV. Letterman's show has a definitively more professional feel, and he (Letterman) is more natural in his delivery, more confident, and less in need of encouragement from the crowd, not that he doesn't get it in spades.

I wish Conan all the luck and success in the world. He'll get me for exactly one half-hour every night before Letterman comes on. Here's hoping that Leno dies a slow, painful death over at NBC, much like he has already begun to experience.
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Yeah Labamba was in the band.
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Just had to watch the first half of Conan's new show. Loved the opening sequence, but I wish he had blasted Leno more. The set was nice, and very intimate, and his energy was good. I've never been a big Conan fan, but after he was screwed by NBC and Jay, I wanted to lend him my insignificant support, if only for a half-hour each night. I wasn't disappointed.

However, once I turned to CBS at 11:35, it was like watching big-boy TV. Letterman's show has a definitively more professional feel, and he (Letterman) is more natural in his delivery, more confident, and less in need of encouragement from the crowd, not that he doesn't get it in spades.

I wish Conan all the luck and success in the world. He'll get me for exactly one half-hour every night before Letterman comes on. Here's hoping that Leno dies a slow, painful death over at NBC, much like he has already begun to experience.

I could never go from Conan to Letterman. Talk about buzz-kill!
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Just had to watch the first half of Conan's new show. Loved the opening sequence, but I wish he had blasted Leno more. The set was nice, and very intimate, and his energy was good. I've never been a big Conan fan, but after he was screwed by NBC and Jay, I wanted to lend him my insignificant support, if only for a half-hour each night. I wasn't disappointed.

However, once I turned to CBS at 11:35, it was like watching big-boy TV. Letterman's show has a definitively more professional feel, and he (Letterman) is more natural in his delivery, more confident, and less in need of encouragement from the crowd, not that he doesn't get it in spades.

I wish Conan all the luck and success in the world. He'll get me for exactly one half-hour every night before Letterman comes on. Here's hoping that Leno dies a slow, painful death over at NBC, much like he has already begun to experience.

I wouldn't call the difference between Conan's and Letterman's show 'more professional'.

Letterman is filmed in a theater - Conan in a studio (along with every other late night show). that's where the atmosphere changes
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Looks promising. I hope they add some polish to the camera work, though.
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Nice touch with the Jon Hamm/Don Draper bit during the "Last season on Conan" opening. (Boy, Mad Men is being drizzled all over the place, ain't it?)
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Looks promising. I hope they add some polish to the camera work, though.

Yeah, the camera work was pretty bad but it is to be expected for the first show. I'm sure they will iron it out eventually.
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I loved the clown wig. Andy being allowed to shine is a huge plus as he's an incredibly funny guy.
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Early Conan Ratings Beat Leno

By Brent Lang

Published: November 09, 2010 @ 9:02 am

Ratings are the best revenge. And if these numbers hold, "Conan" had a very sweet debut for TBS.

In his first night back on the air in over nine months, Conan O’Brien bested David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and -- most importantly for O'Brien -- Jay Leno.

Conan’s new TBS show scored a 2.8 rating among Nielsen’s 56 metered markets. In contrast, Leno earned a 2.7 rating, Letterman drew 2.5, and Kimmel received a 1.7.

Against his Comedy Central competition, the ginger-haired comic also fared well. "The Daily Show" earned a 1.5 rating, while "The Colbert Report" nabbed a 1.1 rating. However, those numbers are subject to change once national figures come in later today.

Moreover, with the exception of Stewart, they do not represent head-to-head matchups, as Leno and Letterman both kick off their show at 11:30 p.m., while O'Brien begins his 30 minutes earlier.

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Saw most of the first program last night, which to me did not seem a lot different than either of his previous efforts. Like all of the late night hosts, each is a different cup of tea, and each has its admirers and detractors. There will never be another program like The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

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It was nice to see Conan return to his "budget comedy that nobody is watching anyway" type of style. This loose sense of freedom was sadly missing during most of his Tonight Show run (it came back in the final episodes, which were great). Craig Ferguson also uses this style to great effect.
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Conan' Premiere Averages 4.2 Million Viewers, 2.5 Adults 18-49 Rating

By Bill Gorman- November 9, 2010

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Conan O'Brien's Long-Awaited Return to Late-Night Television Attracts a Young Audience with Median Age of 30

Conan O'Brien's new TBS talk show was a hit with young viewers Monday night, delivering an audience with a projected median age of just 30. Conan - which featured guests Seth Rogen, Lea Michele and Jack White - was watched by 2,451,000 adults 18-34; 3,285,000 adults 18-49; and 4,155,000 viewers.

O'Brien has a strong following among younger viewers, and social media has proven to be a key way for him to connect with his fans. Conan's audience has been very vocal online, and he clearly made a smooth transition from Twitter to TBS, said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. Conan delivered an extraordinary audience and stands out as the youngest late-night talk show on television.

Tonight, Conan will welcome guests Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and Soundgarden. Upcoming guests include Jon Hamm, Fistful of Mercy and Charlyne Yi on Wednesday; andMichael Cera, Julie Bowen and Jon Dore on Thursday.

Conan originates from Stage 15 at Warner Bros. Studios and is produced by Conaco LLC. Jeff Ross is the executive producer.

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It was nice to see Conan return to his "budget comedy that nobody is watching anyway" type of style. This loose sense of freedom was sadly missing during most of his Tonight Show run (it came back in the final episodes, which were great). Craig Ferguson also uses this style to great effect.

I agree. My viewing habits now during this time period is as follows.

Watch Conan 11-12 pm
Watch the ( 11pm ) local news that I DVR'd at 12-12:30
Watch Craig Ferguson 12:35-1:35 am

Works out perfect!
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