Conan is an American late-night talk show airing each Monday through Thursday on TBS in the United States. The hour-long show premiered on November 8, 2010, and is hosted by writer, comedian and performer Conan O'Brien. The program's host previously starred on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien for 16 years, then presented The Tonight Show for seven months until Jay Leno's return to his version of The Tonight Show due to the 2010 Tonight Show conflict.
Describing itself as a traditional late-night talk show, Conan draws its comedy from recent news stories, political figures and prominent celebrities, as well as aspects of the show itself. The show typically opens with a monologue from Conan O'Brien relating to recent headlines and frequently features exchanges with his sidekick, Andy Richter, and members of the audience. The next segment is devoted to a celebrity interview, with guests ranging from actors and musicians to media personalities and political figures. The show then closes with either a musical or comedy performance.
In January 2010, after The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien had been on the air for seven months, it was announced that NBC intended to move Jay Leno from primetime back to his original timeslot, with O'Brien's show starting shortly after midnight. Following a brief conflict, NBC announced that they had paid $45 million to buy out O'Brien's contract, ending his relationship with the network. Months after his official leave, O'Brien went on a comedy tour called The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour, which was largely inspired by the outpouring of support for O'Brien on the Internet during the conflict. It was announced on the first day of the tour that O'Brien would be joining TBS in November.
On TBS, Conan airs Mondays through Thursdays beginning at 11:00 p.m. eastern time, and is immediately followed by reruns of The Office. The show had been followed by comedian George Lopez's talk show, Lopez Tonight, until its final episode on August 11, 2011. Comedian and actor Andy Richter continues his role as sidekick to O'Brien, and as the show's announcer. Conan's long-time house band continues with the host under the new moniker Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band, with Max Weinberg being replaced as bandleader by guitarist Jimmy Vivino and as drummer by regular substitute James Wormworth, both of whom regularly substituted for Weinberg during his brief departures.
This Friday, Jean-Claude Van Damme reruns to the big screen in his latest action epic Pound of Flesh. And in a move to promote the movie, he made an appearance on last night's Conan. It was here that the host convinced the action icon and living legend to recreate one of his most infamous scenes. Yes, that's right! Wearing dark sunglasses and a ball cap as if in incognito, Jean-Claude Van Damme busted out his dance moves from the 1989 classic Kickboxer.
What many people forget or do not realize is that before he was a black belt karate and bodybuilding champion, Jean-Claude Van Damme was a classically trained ballerina who studied ballet for more than 5 years. He put those skills to good use in his breakout role as Kurt Sloane in Kickboxer, which brought the star to acclaim, and made him on of the biggest action mainstays of the 1990s. While Kurt's main goal in the movie was to learn the ancient art of Muay Thai to avenge his brother, he had time to break out a dance that would be remembered in the annals of cult film history forever.Read More
A galaxy of fans were quite upset at Disney this past weekend, as the Studio gleefully promised some sort of Star Wars: Episode VII update at their big D23 summit in Anaheim. Angry fans had shelled out up to $170 dollars a ticket, and in return, they got no real update of any kind.
On last night's Conan, Star Wars: Episode VII star Harrison Ford, who will be returning as the iconic Han Solo, played to the D23 conceit, gladly taking $1000 from the host for the promise of any new details in regards to J.J. Abrams epic sci-fi sequel, probably the most anticipated movie in the history of the medium. He then delivered a Star Wars update worthy of D23.Read More
Nearly two years after Paramount Pictures passed on Anchorman 2, the project has been brought back from the dead and given a green light by the studio. Star Will Ferrell made a surprise appearance on Conan today, announcing that this sequel is finally happening. Take a look at his hilarious video announcement.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy director Adam McKay will return to direct Anchorman 2, working from a script he is co-writing with Will Ferrell. Judd Apatow will produce the sequel. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy co-stars Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Fred Willard are all expected to reprise their roles for the sequel.Read More
TBS has officially canceled George Lopez's late night talk show Lopez Tonight, airing its final episode Thursday night, August 11.
Lopez Tonight has been on the air for two seasons, but experienced a 40% drop in ratings once Conan O'Brien's Conan took over in the 11:00 pm time slot, pushing Lopez Tonight to midnight.Read More