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The 2010 Emmy Nominations Are In And It’s A Big Year For “Glee,” “Mad Men,” And Conan O’Brien

This morning, the Primetime Emmy nominations were announced and, as usual, there were few surprises. The Lead Actor in a Drama series category is especially competitive, in my TV-obsessed opinion, with “Mad Men”‘s Jon Hamm facing off against critical faves Hugh Laurie (“House”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), and Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad,” my current favorite show) — Matthew Fox (“Lost”) scored his first nomination, as did Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”). I love me some Don Draper and Dexter Morgan, but I’m pulling for Cranston, who plays Walter White on “Breaking Bad,” but like I said, I have a meth-like addiction to that show. Not that I know what meth addiction is like. Keep reading »

Quotable: Conan O’Brien Wouldn’t Have Pulled A Leno

“He went and took that show back and I think in a similar situation, if roles had been reversed, I know – I know me, I wouldn’t have done that. [He] surrendered ‘The Tonight Show’ and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well – and then … six months later… But that’s me, you know.”

— Conan O’Brien in his first interview since unceremoniously leaving the “Tonight Show,” scheduled to air on “60 Minutes” Sunday [via People]
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Conan O’Brien Is Such A Doll!

Are you with Coco? Late night’s favorite spurned redhead gets the Etsy treatment — with a detachable beard to show whether he’s on air or off, natch. [Etsy] Keep reading »

Good News For Those With Coco

Conan O’Brien (backed up by a report on CNN) announced on his Twitter that he would be returning to TV in a new show for TBS. Keep reading »

Conan Plans His Final “Tonight Show”

It’s official. Conan O’Brien‘s final show as the host of the “Tonight Show” will be tomorrow night. The official reports say that his final guests will be Tom Hanks and Will Ferrell. I find this terribly disappointing because: A) I love Conan and don’t like the idea of waiting until September for him to be able to move to another network; B) neither Tom nor Will has been relevant in the past few years and both bug the mess out of me; and C) Conan’s “achievement” was making the “Tonight Show” audience younger, so this hardly seems like a fitting send-off. I wish he’d booked someone a little more interesting. Scott Brown to talk about his big win? Heidi Montag to talk about her new face? George Clooney and/or Brad Pitt to talk Haiti/whatever they feel like? Maybe he could arm-wrestle Jeff Zucker, the president of NBC? What would you have liked to see for Conan’s final show? [Buddy TV] Keep reading »

Conan O’Brien Could Get $32 Million In Severance Pay

On the Golden Globes red carpet Sunday night, Tina Fey joked, “It’s not rain—it’s just God crying for NBC.” She of course meant that her network is not only sagging in ratings, but got itself in a pickle by creating a 10 p.m. “Jay Leno Show” and moving Conan O’Brien to “The Tonight Show,” only to go back on that decision a few months later and try to rejigger their late-night lineup. When Conan stood up to them and said that the switcheroo would “seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting,” he seemed to win in the court of public opinion. And now it appears that his bank account will win, too. A deal is being worked out between NBC and Conan as we speak. And insiders say the severance package would give Conan $32.5 million dollars to exit gracefully. This deal would block him from further bad-mouthing NBC and would keep him from penning a contract with another station for a year. After that, he’d be a free agent. The deal also takes into account Conan’s staff—giving them $7 million in severance pay. While this sounds like not a terrible deal, given the situation, I’m sad that we won’t see Conan’s red hair on late-night TV until 2011. What do you think—fair or no? [Huffington Post, NY Post] Keep reading »

Is Conan O’Brien Going To Be In A Porn Movie?

Now that his late night talk show host job is in jeopardy, Conan O’Brien is trying to figure out what to do next. Is he seriously considering taking a porn company up on their offer to star in a hardcore movie? Find out! Keep reading »

A Coco T-Shirt That Isn’t Chanel

Conan fans can now wear their pride for all to see—Busted Tees’ latest design pays homage to O’Brien, his plight, and his flaming hair. [Busted Tees] Keep reading »

Late Night’s Real Lineup Problem: Where The Ladies At?

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Leno is going on later and Conan’s threatening mutiny and talking to Fox. It’s Apocalypse NBC! In fact, the whole thing has turned messier than one of those Dave Letterman segments with kids’ science experiments. I’m a Craig Ferguson fan myself, so none of this affects me. Well, except in one strange way. Late night is playing a serious game of musical chairs and yet none of the names being shuffled in the mix are women. Why are all the funny female talk show hosts stuck in daytime? It’s like late-night programming is the new glass ceiling. Gals, we’ve got to break on through to the other side! Here are some women who we think should climb that ladder to late night. Keep reading »

Ode To The Late-Night Shake-Up


Conan and Leno may be the center of the current late-night shake-up, but that isn’t stopping the other late night hosts from having a little fun with the situation. Last night Jimmy Kimmel did an impeccable Leno impression while Chevy Chase did a terrible Conan. Letterman made sure to get in a few jabs at his former (and soon-to-be-again) biggest competition, and Craig Ferguson has some choice words for the peacock network causing all the commotion. By the way, what do you guys think of Conan’s letter and how neither he nor Leno seems to think any of this is their fault? I agree that NBC is jerking them around, but if either of them had decent ratings, none of this would have happened. Call me crazy, but in my book the responsibility for making a show successful lies mostly with the host. If the host is boring or unlikable, there’s not a lot the network can do about that. [via NYMag.com] Keep reading »

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