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HollywoodProducer
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posted October 07, 2010 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message
Max Weinberg Says Heart Surgery Kept Him From Re-Joining Conan

The drummer and band leader decided to stay on the East Coast after a health scare
By Fancast

Speculation as to why bandleader Max Weinberg decided not to follow Conan O’Brien to TBS can end now: the drummer decided not to move to L.A. following open-heart surgery this year, reports Fancast.

The lifelong Jersey boy says he just couldn’t pull up stakes in his home state at age 59 for a new life in Los Angeles, though he did follow Conan there for his short-lived stint as host of "The Tonight Show" on NBC -- a gig which abruptly came to an end last January.

The famed drummer -- a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band since 1974 (since Springsteen’s third album, “Born to Run”) and a fixture in late-night TV as Conan’s musical director (and sometime comic foil) for 17 years -- revealed for the first time that he underwent life-saving open-heart surgery just two weeks after the demise of Conan’s "Tonight Show" last winter and how this “life-changing” experience influenced his decision to stay put on the East Coast.

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DavidChang
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posted October 19, 2010 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidChang   Click Here to Email DavidChang     Edit/Delete Message
The house band on Conan O’Brien's upcoming TBS talk show will be called The Basic Cable Band. Traditionally, late-night show bands carry the name of the show they play on, and, while he was the host of The Tonight Show, Conan's band was called The Tonight Show Band (though he already broke tradition on Late Night where he was accompanied by The Max Weinberg 7). The Basic Cable Band has a nice, off-beat ring to it, and Conan might have felt uncomfortable with a band carrying his name as that's the name of his TBS show, Conan. Following the recent departure of Conan's long-time band leader Max Weinberg, Jimmy Vivino, former associate music director, arranger, guitarist and vocalist for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, has been officially named new band leader. He will be joined with returning band members Scott Healy (keyboards); Mike Merritt (bass); Mark Pender (trumpet); Richie “LaBamba” Rosenberg (trombone); Jerry Vivino (saxophone, woodwinds and vocals); and James Wormworth (drums). Conan debuts Nov. 8.

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fred
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posted October 20, 2010 09:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Conan O’Brien didn’t really embrace the Web until he was just about out of his last job at NBC. But now he’s in a well-documented digital bear hug: O’Brien and his team use Twitter, Tumblr and viral videos to promote the man and his new show on Time Warner’s TBS.

The newest venture–a 24-hour live “behind the scenes” Webcast, produced in conjunction with Google’s YouTube (another recent Conan ally).

It kicks off at 1 pm ET today on O’Brien’s YouTube channel, and it’s pretty self-explanatory.

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posted October 21, 2010 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Conan's bookers may have been shooting for the Pope and Russian president Vladimir Putin but they ultimately settled on Hollywood types to appear on the first week of the comedian's late-night TBS show. Here is Conan's first guest lineup:

Monday, Nov. 8 – Seth Rogen and musical guest Jack White

Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and musical guest Soundgarden

Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Jon Hamm, Charlyne Yi and musical guest Fistful of Mercy

Thursday, Nov. 11 – Michael Cera, Julie Bowen and comedian Jon Dore

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JayMcBee
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posted November 05, 2010 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JayMcBee   Click Here to Email JayMcBee     Edit/Delete Message
Conan O'Brien ready to break in cozy new studio
The Associated Press
| 05 Nov 2010 | 08:33 AM ET

BURBANK, Calif. - Conan O'Brien is ready to reach out and touch the audience in his cozy new studio — if the lawyers don't stop him.

O'Brien says he wanted an intimate atmosphere for his late-night TBS show, which launches 11 p.m. EST Monday. At NBC's "Tonight Show," he was given a large studio that held more than 300 people. For "Conan," O'Brien is holding court in a smaller, 250-seat house and will stand about a dozen feet away from the audience during his opening monologue.

"I really want to be able to walk over and touch people, which probably I'm going to get in trouble for. I'm finding out through my lawyers that not everybody likes that," O'Brien joked.

It was his post-"Tonight" comedy and music tour that pointed him toward a smaller set, one that evokes the atmosphere of theater spaces in which he played nationally, O'Brien said. The audience seats are on a sharper rake, or slant, than usual to add to the studio's theater ambiance.

"I really like the feeling of a theater and I liked the sense that the show had a 'this is happening right now feel,'" O'Brien said. "Sometimes in television you can get separated from the audience, there can be a distance, kind of a 'you all just sit back and be quiet while I do my thing.'"

Otherwise, the Warner Bros. studio is decorated talk-show traditional, with a desk for O'Brien and sofa for his guests. The set is clean and simple, with the dominant feature a nighttime seascape depicting the California coast under the glow of a full moon.

In a flip-flop from "Tonight," the "Conan" show house band will be to O'Brien's right, with guest musicians performing to his left.

The studio, with adjoining dressing rooms for O'Brien, sidekick Andy Richter and the show's guests, was built in three months, Drew Shane, a spokesman for the show, said. That's in contrast to the lengthy and costly construction for O'Brien's "Tonight" studio that he used for a mere seven months.

He left the show rather than move his time slot back a half hour to allow Jay Leno to return to late-night after Leno's prime-time comedy venture flopped.

Stage 15 has a long history, starting with "Golddiggers of 1935." It's also where the 1976 "A Star Is Born" with Barbra Streisand was shot, as well as "All the President's Men" and "Ocean's Eleven."

For "Conan," the Monday debut guests will be Seth Rogen, Lea Michele and Jack White.

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posted November 07, 2010 07:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidChang   Click Here to Email DavidChang     Edit/Delete Message
Monday night. I'll be watching. Expecting exactly the same show as he did on the Tonight Show but still - it's historic for late night TV. Hope it works.

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posted November 09, 2010 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Early Conan Ratings Beat Leno, Letterman, Stewart
By Brent Lang

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

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 and his followers -- 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.

ALSO READ THEWRAP'S REVIEW: Conan Returns to Late Night With a Message for NBC: 'Go to Hell' [1]

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.

The real challenge will be maintaining the lead over the next few weeks and months. An executive from a rival show said that he expects O'Brien's numbers will dip once the curiosity factor wanes.

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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posted November 10, 2010 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JayMcBee   Click Here to Email JayMcBee     Edit/Delete Message
A ratings dropoff after the big Monday night premiere of Conan was inevitable: the question was how steep it was going to be. In the metered markets, the TBS show posted a 2.1 rating last night (when adjusted for Mountain time zone), down 28% from the premiere, which beat all latenight shows. Last night, Letterman drew a 3.0/8, Leno 2.5/7, and Nightline 3.2. More data will be available soon.

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posted November 19, 2010 08:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for EmilySachs   Click Here to Email EmilySachs     Edit/Delete Message
It's week 2 - anyone still watching?

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RobinRafe
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posted December 13, 2010 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RobinRafe   Click Here to Email RobinRafe     Edit/Delete Message

Conan Ratings Slip to Lowest in Fifth Week
By Tim Molloy
Published: December 13, 2010 @ 8:33 am

Conan O'Brien's week 5 ratings were the lowest of any week since his show's debut.

"Conan" averaged 1,386,000 viewers overall, shedding more than half the audience -- many of them just curiousity-seekers -- who made up its debut-week average of 2,929,000 viewers. Its overall viewership has declined every week since the show debuted Nov. 8.

Also read: Week 4: "Conan" Audience Down But Up in Key Demos as Show Gets Weirder [1]

O'Brien was also down in the key demos of 18-34 and 18-49 in week 5, after an uptick in the demos in week 4.

O'Brien still holds the bragging rights to the youngest audience in late night. Both "Conan" and its TBS follow-up, "Lopez Tonight," had a median audience age of 33 in week 5.

Among adults 18-34, O'Brien averaged 633,000 viewers, down from 722,000 the week before. He averaged 1,038,000 adults 18-49, down from 1.13 million.

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posted December 23, 2010 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RobinRafe   Click Here to Email RobinRafe     Edit/Delete Message
Last night, we were the first to point out the striking similarities between a video on Conan last night about Sarah Palin shooting Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and a similar skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live 2 weeks ago. Now, Conan O'Brien has issued a video apology to the folks from Jimmy Kimmel.

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