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April 1, 2013 | By Meg James
Turner Broadcasting has extended "Conan" through November 2015, solidifying the network's relationship with late night host Conan O'Brien. Time Warner-owned Turner scooped up the red-haired O'Brien in 2010 shortly after red-faced NBC executives displaced the comic to shuffle Jay Leno back into his longtime perch at 11:35 p.m. on "The Tonight Show. " O'Brien had hosted NBC's marquee late night program for seven months, but ratings proved to be an issue. O'Brien's ratings on TBS are not huge either -- the show is averaging 906,000 viewers an episode.
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April 16, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Is "Oh, Jesus" really a new series on TBS?  No, but it is part of the mini-sketch Conan O'Brien aired on his show Tuesday night riffing on the news that an ancient papyrus scroll had been discovered with purported proof that Jesus had a wife. "We have something better than a 'scroll' to prove that Jesus was married," O'Brien told the audience. "Don't ask us how, we actually have very rare footage. " He couldn't even get through the set-up without laughing at the ridiculousness of it. So in O'Brien's "footage" we see Jesus and wife in not exactly domestic bliss.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2010 | By Meg James and Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Conan O'Brien is not going to take one for the team. The host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" released a statement this afternoon saying that he would not move his show from 11:35 p.m. to 12:05 a.m. to make room for Jay Leno's return to late night. Since news broke last week that NBC wanted to move Jay Leno out of prime time and put him back in late night, speculation has centered around whether O'Brien would be willing to move his show or walk. In a statement, O'Brien said that he was disappointed but "after only seven months with my "Tonight Show" in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their horrible difficulties in primetime in making a change in their long established late-night schedule.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Conan O'Brien has gotten a lot of comic mileage out of his distinctive pompadour of red hair that juts up in the middle of his scalp like a wave. But it wasn't until O'Brien hosted the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday that he finally revealed the secret (and the work) behind how he gets that hair. "A lot of snafus last night," O'Brien told his audience during his Monday night monologue. "I almost wasn't ready for the show when it began. It came right down to the wire. " If the setting looks familiar in this video, it's because O'Brien is parodying Christian Bale's introduction in "American Hustle," meticulously arranging the final wisps of hair on top of his scalp.  PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times While O'Brien may have been taken enough with "American Hustle" to do a parody of it, the MTV Movie Awards audience chose to honor "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as the favorite movie of the year.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Conan O'Brien may not have much to talk to Jay Leno about these days, but the rival talk-show hosts do share at least one thing in common: They both go a little gaga in the presence of Halle Berry. Leno couldn't help ogling Berry when she stopped by “The Tonight Show” Monday night wearing a plunging black minidress. On Wednesday, it was O'Brien's turn to lose his cool over the Oscar-winning beauty, meaning that, in one way at least, he's still following Leno. After a fun flashback to an appearance Berry made 20 years ago on a very early episode of O'Brien's NBC talk show "Late Night," wearing a hat that looked like it was borrowed from the “Blossom” wardrobe department, the conversation turned to her line of perfumes - specifically, how and where to apply them.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Conan O'Brien is looking to get a jump on all the Dave, Jimmy and Jimmy talk by announcing his own late-night move next summer. He's going to become the first late-night host to broadcast his show from San Diego's Comic-Con International. "Conan" will be in San Diego in 2015, doing the TBS show from the Spreckels Theatre from July 8-12. With Comic-Con such a major destination for Hollywood talent these days, especially the kind starring in big summer tent-pole movies, the guest lineup for O'Brien's shows that week should be impressive.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Mr. O'Brien is going to Washington. Conan O'Brien has been selected to headline the White House Correspondents' Assn.'s annual dinner. It will be the second time that O'Brien, who hosts the TBS late-night show "Conan," has performed at the event, which will be held April 27. O'Brien appeared at the 1995 dinner when he was starting his 16-year-run on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien. " "Conan is one of television's most innovative and influential talents, and I am absolutely thrilled that he has agreed to be this year's featured act," said association President Ed Henry in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The FCC has gone cuckoo over Coco -- and not in a good way. The federal agency that regulates the airwaves wants to hit TBS with a $25,000 fine for a promo of Conan O'Brien's nightly talk show. The reason? The spot for "Conan" that aired this summer spoofed the Emergency Alert System, which the FCC takes seriously. The EAS -- a successor to the old Emergency Broadcasting System, whose tests would interrupt TV and radio broadcasts -- is designed to ensure that top government officials can communicate directly with the public during national crises or natural disasters.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The "Conan" promo used the familiar and jarring tones that precede EAS messages -- which is a no-no for the FCC, which helps administer the system.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Attention, children of the '80s: Conan O'Brien and Johnny Galecki -- a.k.a. Rusty from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" or David from "Roseanne" -- have teamed up to re-create one of the decade's finest cinematic achievements, "The Goonies. " As Galecki -- known to children of the '00s as Leonard from "The Big Bang Theory" -- told O'Brien on Wednesday night, "Conan" is filmed on the same Warner Bros. lot as Richard Donner's beloved adventure comedy film. He then asked O'Brien for a "personal favor": Would he join him in a reenactment of one of the movie's most memorable scenes?
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August 30, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
This just wasn't Conan O'Brien's year. NBC didn't let him keep his dream job as host of "The Tonight Show," and the red-haired comedian came up short with Emmy voters Sunday night. Instead, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" kept its winning streak alive, bagging its seventh straight Emmy for variety, music or comedy series. It had been one of the most anticipated categories of the evening, threatening to pose an awkward moment or two for NBC, which was broadcasting the Emmys, and host Jimmy Fallon.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Conan O'Brien is playing nice in late-night land. The comedian and former host of “The Tonight Show” praised the choice of Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman on the “Late Show” in 2015. Colbert's brand of wit, satire and high jinks, which is expected to be refashioned in his new role, is at least partly a move by CBS to go after a younger audience after a long reign by the cranky but endearing 67-year-old Letterman. “I love Stephen. I think Stephen's great. I'm a huge fan of his as a comic and as a human being,” O'Brien, who hosts “Conan” on TBS, told the Associated Press.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The MTV Movie Awards depart pretty seriously from most award shows, forsaking prestige and formality -- and, for that matter, voting by an elite body -- in favor of freewheeling fun, fan-driven prizes, 11-pound gilded popcorn trophies and zany honors like best shirtless performance and most WTF moment. Still, though an unabashedly commercial affair -- its April date was chosen mainly so studios could hype spring and summer movies -- the ceremony offers a temperature read on what will be popular in the months ahead, and can offer some entertaining television to boot.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Conan O'Brien is looking to get a jump on all the Dave, Jimmy and Jimmy talk by announcing his own late-night move next summer. He's going to become the first late-night host to broadcast his show from San Diego's Comic-Con International. "Conan" will be in San Diego in 2015, doing the TBS show from the Spreckels Theatre from July 8-12. With Comic-Con such a major destination for Hollywood talent these days, especially the kind starring in big summer tent-pole movies, the guest lineup for O'Brien's shows that week should be impressive.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Conan O'Brien will host the youthful, pop-oriented MTV Movie Awards for the first time on April 13 at the Nokia Theatre, the late-night host announced on "Conan" on Tuesday. At 50, he is the oldest performer ever to host the show, which tends to favor twenty- and thirty-something comedians for its podium gigs. O'Brien is a seasoned awards show emcee, having hosted the Emmys in 2002, 2003 (as a co-host) and 2006. He could lend a bit of legitimacy to an MTV event that previous hosts such as Rebel Wilson (2013)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | by Scott Collins
This "Late Night" thing might work out OK for Seth Meyers. The former "Weekend Update" newscaster on "Saturday Night Live" delivered the NBC talk show's highest ratings in nine years with his premiere on Monday. Well, technically it was Tuesday morning - 12:35 a.m. to be exact. But "Late Night With Seth Meyers" delivered a 2.6 rating/9 share in households from the top 56 markets in the nation, according to Nielsen. That compares with the 1.6 rating that "Late Night" has been averaging this season.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
If you watch local news, especially in the days before Valentine's Day, then chances are good you've heard this phrase: "Those with a special someone may look to their mobile device to help them say 'I love you.'" Sound familiar? If not, it definitely will after watching this segment from Thursday night's "Conan" in which Conan O'Brien once again pointed out the depressing sameness of local news around that country with prepackaged stories that various anchors read with varying degrees of inflection.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2010 | By Meg James
Conan O'Brien rolled out his 30-city Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour on Thursday, billing it as "a night of music, comedy, hugging and the occasional awkward silence." The comedian's live tour will begin in Eugene, Ore., on April 12 and make a stop, on April 24 and 25, at Universal Studios in Los Angeles (yes, the same entertainment complex owned by O'Brien's longtime employer, NBC Universal, and just a stone's throw away from the glitzy studio that NBC built for O'Brien to host "The Tonight Show," a job that lasted less than eight months)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Conan O'Brien has gotten a lot of comic mileage out of his distinctive pompadour of red hair that juts up in the middle of his scalp like a wave. But it wasn't until O'Brien hosted the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday that he finally revealed the secret (and the work) behind how he gets that hair. "A lot of snafus last night," O'Brien told his audience during his Monday night monologue. "I almost wasn't ready for the show when it began. It came right down to the wire. " If the setting looks familiar in this video, it's because O'Brien is parodying Christian Bale's introduction in "American Hustle," meticulously arranging the final wisps of hair on top of his scalp.  PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times While O'Brien may have been taken enough with "American Hustle" to do a parody of it, the MTV Movie Awards audience chose to honor "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as the favorite movie of the year.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Television Critic
Thursday night, for the second time, Jay Leno resigned his commission on "The Tonight Show," which he had captained from 1992, with time off for Conan O'Brien. A victim of time, of corporate self-interest and the phenomenon that is his successor, Jimmy Fallon, he left this time without a fight. He went gently out of that late night. There are two ways, roughly speaking, to face the end of the world. You go crazy and forget the rules - or you do what you always have done, show up for work, cook the dinner, clean the house.  PHOTOS: A day on set with Jay Leno There was a moderate amount of crazy over the course of Leno's last hour, but it was mostly business as usual, with old friends, talking about old times, on familiar ground, telling the same kinds of jokes about the expected subjects.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
One of the jokes that's emerged from the 2014 Olympic Games concerns the strange toilets of Sochi. There's the sign, tweeted by snowboarder Sebastien Toutant, that forbids standing on or fishing in the toilet (among other things). Plus the so-called buddy toilets and one backward seat . Sochi 2014: Why can't Russian builders get TOILETS right at the Winter Olympics? http://t.co/EEWojXMEXe pic.twitter.com/EC6IshGBWF - Daily Star (@Daily_Star) February 6, 2014 Then there's the audience toilet, featuring one throne and three chairs.
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