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April 13, 2010 | Joe Flint and Maria Elena Fernandez
First Oprah, now Conan. In the latest sign that the field has leveled between broadcast and cable television, former "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien has decided to make his late-night comeback this fall on TBS, a cable network that has largely been synonymous with old network reruns and Atlanta Braves baseball. "This is the day the last brick wall fell down between broadcast and cable," declared Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. O'Brien, dumped by NBC as host of "The Tonight Show" in favor of his predecessor, Jay Leno, just four months ago, will return in November on TBS with an 11 p.m. show.
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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)
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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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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
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
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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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February 1, 2014 | By Scott Collins
The sign advertising his show still looms over the NBC parking lot, and for a few more days throngs of fans will crowd the studio gates in Burbank before tapings. But Jay Leno says he's ready to leave - and this time, he says he really means it. After more than 40 years, "The Tonight Show" is leaving Southern California and heading back to New York, with the 63-year-old Leno, who first became host in 1992, handing off the show to Jimmy Fallon, just 39. Four years have passed since NBC botched a similar passing of the torch to Conan O'Brien.
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January 30, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
This may be Super Bowl weekend, but for a certain percentage of the population, anticipation may be higher about the prospect of seeing the "Full House" dads reunited again on screen in an ad for Dannon yogurt. But for those unable to wait until Sunday, Jimmy Fallon provided America with a quick hit of "Full House" goodness on Wednesday's show. Fallon kicked off the show with a little sketch in which he woke up from a nightmare induced by his anxiety about leaving "Late Night" for "The Tonight Show," which he's due to take over Feb. 17. And to make the moment something that people would talk about, he added the dads from "Full House," Bob Saget, John Stamos and Dave Coulier.
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January 21, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman stirred up a lot of discussion with his rant after the NFC title game in which he trashed San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree. But Conan O'Brien saw a way for Sherman to maximize his profit off the rant. On "Conan" on Monday night, O'Brien played the Sherman rant with an added twist: The rant became an endorsement of Crabtree & Evelyn, the company that makes body and home products using more than 160 "natural botanical ingredients.
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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)
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March 17, 2010 | By Meg James
Fox Broadcasting is inching closer to bringing Conan O'Brien back to late night. Key Fox executives, including Rupert Murdoch, are on board with the plan and would like to finalize a deal in coming weeks so they can make a splash on May 17 when the network unveils its fall lineup. Several significant issues remain and the Fox talks could fall apart, according to people close to the negotiations who asked anonymity because the discussions were meant to be private. But people close to O'Brien are cautiously optimistic.
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November 21, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Ever-classy 1970s TV anchorman Ron Burgundy (a.k.a. Will Ferrell) dropped by Conan O'Brien's show Wednesday night to talk about a lot of things, including his Dodge Durango ads and what to do in the event of a prison riot. But what he was most excited about was being able to sing the new reelection campaign song for his "dear, dear, dear friend" Rob Ford. Remember? The crack-smoking mayor of Toronto? "He is the best," Burgundy said. "He's a controversial figure," O'Brien said.
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.
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