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Team Conan!

If "The Tonight Show" gets moved to 12:05 a.m. to accommodate Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien says he won't do the show anymore (and I don't blame him.).  Read Conan's full statement here.  He has what I think are some great reasons for not wanting to be a part of the move to 12:05. 

Plus, be sure to watch last night's episode below (from Hulu) or by clicking here, especially the monologue...he threw zingers at NBC left and right, and it was one of the funniest episodes I've seen in a while (which makes me even more sad that he might be finished with "Tonight" forever).  There's also a great dig at NBC when Conan is interviewing Gary Oldman, so check out that part, too; Oldman's the first guest.

Tangentially related:  watch Gary's impression of all four Beatles on Conan last night. Impressive and hilarious.


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Jan. 13th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
Wow. His monologue is everything people have said it was. I'm definitely tuning in tonight.

I liked Oldman's all-four-Beatles bit, but his DeNiro was even better. :-)
Jan. 13th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
I was originally planning on going to bed early (the first two days back at law school really drained me), but then I realized that after today's announcement, Conan is probably going to be hitting NBC even harder tonight, so I can't NOT watch. It's going to be epic.
Jan. 13th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
The DeNiro was awesome. He's really talented! :-)
Jan. 13th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
His DeNiro is spot-on. He also does a good Burt Lancaster and -- believe it or not -- James Brown. :-)
Jan. 13th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
I've been having a great time reading all the takes on this on HuffPo.

I don't think NBC could be imploding more spectacularly if they tried.

There may be a lot of hate going around for Leno, I don't know, but as soon as I saw Leno's own response to it, I'm fine with him. It's certainly not his fault that the network is being run by imbeciles.

I've never really had a problem with Leno - I mean, I don't really watch him, but I don't carry animosity...it's the network that I was cheesed at, for killing five hours of scripted dramas.

I'm loving FOX's 'grin and sit back and wait' response. Especially knowing that FOX's Kevin Reilly used to head NBC. :-) I think if they do it right, Conan could be a great fit for FOX, what with the network's increasingly better take on the pulse of entertainment - smart, snark, and dark, mixed with the more intelligent reality shows (AI, SYTYCD). I was really excited to hear that Brad Whitford's new show will be on FOX, for example.

And I think that what NBC overlooked is...people are *much* more plugged-in to their favorite programming these days, including dramas. It's not just a handful of people chatting on some multi-fandom bulletin board anymore - even the smallest shows have devoted, vocal followings. And once you have fans tweeting and interacting with the show's creators and talent...well, let's just say that fans get *pissed* when you cancel the work of their *new friends*.

It was a pretty concerted effort across the board to not have anything to do with Leno's 10pm show. Fans prevail, baby. I'm just amused that NBC was adamant that they were going to keep Leno there for a couple of years, regardless of ratings....until the affiliates got out the torches and pitchforks. :-)
Jan. 13th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
I think you're right about Conan fitting in at Fox. I would love to see him over there.

Twitter was saturated today with Conan O'Brien stuff. At one point this afternoon, half the trending topics were Conan/Jay/NBC related! It's amazing how the social networks, etc. have completely changed the face of "fandoms." If only someone at NBC would grow a brain and consider what the viewers want for once.
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