Lol! Never more honest words spoken.
Source: Hollywood Reporter, November issue, 2010
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.14.10~
Ten Things About Conan O’Brien’s Return To Late Night TV:
On launching with a nod to India, a week prior: ” Conan” the show started up a week ago, “with a 3-minute walk-on to new late-night neighbor George Lopez‘s Lopez Tonight Show which “Conan” has bumped to midnight; with an impressive American Express commercial in which O’Brien travels to India to buy, weave and dye the silk for the curtain for his new show.
Does the new show still bleep the bad words?: Yes!
About “The Set”: A seascape and a big moon background are it. The moon Conan can move by remote control. “It cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars and we’re using up a lot of fossil fuel” Conan states.
What did getting fired achieved from his last gig? A lot. Conan has talk show content like no other host on late night to draw from. Banned from television by NBC, Conan toured like a rock star, played cover boy for Rolling Stone, chalked up 2 million followers on Twitter, and, became the laid off American worker’s hero.
A well paid poster boy for Freedom of Speech and Expression: Yes! O’Brien got paid more than $30 million not to host a TV talk show, so why he is a hero of the working class and the unemployed, is a testament to his appeal, to make these people laugh with wit, humor and the right balance of sour.
The show opener: A “Godfather”-inspired parody on O’Brien’s career saw him being shot by men in black suits, applying to John Hamm‘s Don Draper for a job, the gag: “You have no advertising experience; plus, it’s 1965 and you’re 2 years old.”
Did Larry King make an appearance? Yes! Playing his TV talk show therapist, Larry sums up O’Briens dastardly treatment in TV talk land by saying (with angel wings): “I have two words for ya. Basic. Cable.”
Well received? Yes. O’Brien is legend. His ovation, was ridiculous.
Young Hollywood favs were his guests: A youth-friendly trifecta of Lean Michel, Seth Rogan and Jack White were his guests.
Rogen discussed his engagement, Proposition 19 and getting in shape to play the Green Hornet.
O’Brien is back and a big hit on cable.
[Special thanks to - Robert Lloyd of LA Times for this break down]
Picture II of Julia Gillard - Prime Minister of Australia, someone who’d make a good guest on O’Brien’s show. The feisty redhead had this to say about Australia’s bank’s today hiking interest rates: “I understand the community’s white hot anger and it’s time the banks understood that white hot anger too,” Ms Gillard said. See, with this heroic stance of the Aussie underdog… she’s perfect for a Conan Show. “White hot” –who says these words in a PC day and age, an Aussie. Of course. She’d make a good TV talk show guest in America.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.8.10~
“Those weeks after the tour, where not much was going on, Conan was miserable…That was when he was the most depressed. He was in the house all the time,” Powel recalls. “I said, ‘This can’t last – it’ll drive us crazy!’ Literally every 10 minutes, he’d poke his head in the room and say, ‘I don’t wanna bother you, but do you know where the Band-Aids are?’ ‘I don’t wanna bother you, but do you know how to use the phone?’ He was so sweet about it, and I felt like such a jerk. But seriously, I almost rented an office for him.”
Conan O’Brien‘s wife Liza Powel for Rolling Stone.
Conan’s new show starts up on TBS, Nov 8th. What a battle this man had, to have the right for freedom of expression again, on air.
[Source - Conan O'Brien]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.27.10~
A story of England in an age of ‘austerity’ as it looks at slashing it’s deficit caught my eye today in the Washington Post. For all of the nations of the Commonwealth, they will be following suit, to this conservative example of reducing debt.
Quite big news, outside of the US.
On The Post’s website, here’s what the people are most looking at in the nation’s Capitol.
It’s good to see Conan rate well in Washington DC. His sense of political satire is all good.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California, USA. 10.21.10~
A big shout out to Team Coco, who I hear totally rocked the Emmys.
Don’t get too drunk, especially you Sharon Hardy!. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.29.10~
There’s nothing like a good retweet: This from Radio producer ScottRMiller:
“ConanOBrien: Just booked the first guest for my new show. Tune in to see me cuddle a pygmy tufted-ear marmoset.”
Ha ha! Cute. America is full of freaks n’ geeks n’ geeky freaky geeks. Love it. They’re the baddest.
“Just smile. Peace is better than being right.” Yep, true that.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.15.10~
After going to LACMA Art Gallery today see the beauty that is Renoir as a timeless artist and to check out the stunningness of American Stories exhibit–consisting of paintings from America in the 18th and 19th centuries–this picture of Conan O’Brien and Zaha Hadid really caught my eye today in Hollywood.
In Time Magazine‘s list of 100 Most Influential People of 2010, it struck me that redheads are viewed as endangered species–because there is getting fewer of them each decade of breeding. Conan O’Brien is one of them. Here’s what George Lopez says of this artisit who poses as a late night talk show, when allowed to work and actually be seen on air, for the American clever that he possesses:
“When Conan O’Brien, 47, took over Late Night in 1993, comics like me were skeptical. He wasn’t a performer; he was a writer. But then I watched, and I recognized his unique perspective. He said things that made me laugh, and I started to feel him. He kept fighting — and I started to respect him. In the world of comedy, his was a Cinderella story in size-15 shoes.
When a man has a good brain America needs, why turn him into an outcast of television?
Red on Tour: American Express have put their corporate kahnoas on the line to be, ousted NBC talk show host, Conan O’Brien‘s major sponsor for a 30 cities US tour.
With Conan’s cult following (demonstrated by O’Brien’s instant twitter following] amongst 20-40 somethings in the US of A, this guy could run for Vice President in the future. He’s way smart enough to, anyways.
For ticket info and what cities O’Brien will be visting, go here. Props to O’Brien who is contracted not to appear on a rival network to NBC until September 2010. So, to keep his team employed, the red headed brother is going on the road. A smart strategy to go wide, round up, and come back in against his bullying oppressors. Go boy!
Word from O’Brien’s producing team here in Hollywood, is that O’Brien will be filming his tour, archiving footage, ready to splice real American faces he meets on the road, into a new TV show, when he returns to a new network. How cool is that. We’ll get to see real Americans gleaned from across 30 other US states in an LA made TV show. Only American Idol does that, so… that’s too awesomery! O’brien is very democratic, creatively. Props! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.11.2010~
“I once had a TV show… then I had a different TV show… now I have a twitter account”–Conan O’Brien
Conan O’Brien left NBC last night. Conan says that he’s been with NBC for 20 years appearing as a part of SNL, The Conan O’Brien Show and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Like a gentleman, Conan O’Brien thank NBC. He then thanked his “goofy outrageous rallying fans” who “made a sad situation joyous and inspirational.”
His closing words were directed to young people, when O’brien urged: “Please do not be cynical… Nobody in life gets what they want, but if you work really hard amazing things will happen.”
What a great message to leave his audiences.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.23.2010~
It’s supposedly, the last week of Conan O’Brien‘s late night talk show on NBC.
Conan is really spicing up the mix inviting E! Entertainment‘s host of The Soup show, Joel Mchale to appear with him on NBC.
Says McHale via his twitter account: “I am going to be on Conan tomorrow. I haven’t been this excited since the birth of my children or the time I had nine cappuccinos.”
Should be a great show.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.19.2010~
America loves the USA’s TV talkers. As mentioned last night, Conan O’Brien fans braved the LA rain to protest outside NBC, the departure of their favorite Late Night Talk Show host. Similar rallies occurred in NYC and Chicago for Conando too.
TMZ is reports that CoCo O’Brien and NBC have reached a settlement agreement that promises that NBC will pony up $32.5 million into O’Brien’s pocket to just disappear off NBC and give his time slot back to Jay Leno.
Another $7.5 million NBC is believed to also cough up for Conan’s staff. He’s a team player this man. If Conan doesn’t sign a contract with another network, NBC is obligated to pay the full amount, but if Conan went to FOX for $25 mill, NBC will only owe him $7.5 million and will pay the difference.
O’Brien can be on air from as early as September on a rival network to NBC. If ever there was time to have a paid vacation… this is it for O’Brien. He could just give his staff a paid vacation too. In their downtime they could work up new sketches ideas, which is what made Conando loved from California as a host. He is clever and creative with lightning wit. A lethal winning combo. Let’s see what he will do.
You must have quite a bit of power, when you’re getting paid $40 million to shut up and disappear. What are NBC afraid of? Conan’s version of ‘the truth?’
In any event, Conan O’Brien has become a symbol of Americans disempowered in workplace downsizing due to the recession. He’s found his niche as NBC hang him out to dry. He is the man of the people as these images show.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollwood California USA. 1.19.2010~
Yes! Even in the rain, Late Night Talk Show host’s Conan O’Brien had fans who rocked out with Team CoCo signs, to protest NBC’s decision to give Jay Leno his old time slot back and send Conan packing off the air in Hollywood tonight.
Conan is getting paid $40 million to leave NBC, E! Entertainment reported tonight. He has an option in his contract where he can go to air with a show on another network too if he wants as early as September.
The good thing about O’Brien is that his deal gives him the option to take his team with him. $40 million for thinking up your next show? That’s not a bad situation to be in.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.18.2010~
NBC is reportedly paying Conan O’Brien out with a $30 million payout.
NBC is listed as the most dysfunctional TV family.
Enjoy the watch and the Leno Vs O’Brien critique in this clip. Big News in America today.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.16.2010~
A different view today from Hollywood.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.12.2010~
You can trust a Scotsman to break it down.
Jay Leno‘s new show has been bumped to a later time slot, affecting the Conan O’Brien show on NBC, after Conan moved cities from New York to LA to take over Jay’s old time slot.
NBC works the controversy for publicity, with O’Brien saying he is not sure yet whether he will stay on the air in his new later time slot, or just bail.
Check out Craig Ferguson‘s comments in this video clip on the matter. The Scottish-American of late night talk has a point.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.8.2010~
LA late night talk show host, Conan O’brien was hospitalized last week with concussion when he took a fall reinacting Teri Hatcher of Desperate Housewives, triathlon race win in a sketch.
Here’s Conan’s big ouch moment, released via his publicist.
Congrats to Jay Leno. His new show in a new earlier time slot has provided ratings gold for NBC.
Los Angeles King of Late Night, achieved a 12.1 preliminary metered-market household rating and 19 share for Jay’s big debut.
Leno’s off the chain ratings are 70% stronger than the final national household rating for the debut of Leno’s NBC talk show peer, Conan O’Brien, whose program runs on directly after Jay Leno, on NBC too.
Together they are now quite a powerful 2 hour team of talk TV! I bet that David Letterman is no longer saying, Leno Who? in New York! The ratings speak volumes. Congrats Jay Leno and NBC! Here’s Letterman and Leno together in 1979. Polyester suits rivalry all the way!
Kanye West on Jay Leno tonight talked about how hurting another’s emotions, like how he stole Taylor Swift’s moment at the VMA Awards is something that he regrets for his rudeness.
He cited his mother’s tragic death and not taking time off to properly grieve, but just launching into his music career as being an area where unprocessed grief, is something that he needs to take time off to deal with.
Expect to see the Kanye West and Taylor Swift duet at next years VMA Awards. You know it. That’s how the wheels of show biz spin.
He looked extremely sincere. (See clip) Rihanna and Jay-Z were amazing too, performing with Kanye, Jay-Z’s big hit Run This Town for Jay Leno’s first show in his new time slot. All the best Jay Leno. I thought you were great!
Conan Obrien’s show concentrated on turning Kanye West’s interruption of Taylor Swift’s speech into a Kanye-esque rap song. Hilarious! I love America. Such a sense of humor! O’Brien noted how Kanye was asked to leave the VMA’s for his behavior, noting that MTV has a lower tolerance for inappropriate outbursts than Washington DC’s congress sitting on healthcare reform policy.
Noted! Good point Conan!
Forget David Letterman and Conan O’Brien’s big ratings war in the 11.35pm late night spot of American TV. The real news is in daytime TV shows.
Judge Judy just whopped Oprah in the ratings for highest day time show of blah blah TV for ratings taken to May 31. Who would have thought, that Judge Judy is the new Oprah and the judges bench is more appealing than Oprah’s A-Listed couch at the moment?! That’s impressive.
It’s all about pairing a hand crocheted doily, over a judges black cape. She’s America’s Super Granny of Justice. And we like that! But seriously… (more…)