Conan O’Brien Returns To The Airwaves Next Week
After some late-night controversy between Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien—which turned into much more of a debacle than anyone expected, complete with slogans, picket signs and protests—you may remember NBC moved Leno back into late night and stuck Conan (or Coco, as his fans affectionately refer to him) with the graveyard shift.
Of course, the Harvard graduate refused to agree to such terms and was thus paid to exit. Under the agreement, he could return to late-night as early as September. After some persuasion from George Lopez and some time on the road, he chose to pull a Wyclef and stay gone til’ November.
O’Brien’s new late-night show, simply entitled Conan, will debut Monday night on TBS. In an upcoming interview with Playboy magazine, he discusses his feelings on his departure from NBC and his new archrival, Jay Leno.
“I am an incredibly fortunate person… And as crazy as this sounds, my career with NBC was overwhelmingly positive until [being fired from 'The Tonight Show']. The entertainment business has an amazing way of turning really lucky people into bitter, angry, rage-filled, jealous, resentful wretches who can’t believe they got screwed. Some things have worked out great for me, some things haven’t. You keep going.”
It’s easier to look at things from such a calm perspective when your contract is bought out for $45 million.
Don’t expect much of a change from Coco in the new show, as it is expected to follow the same format of monologue, sketches, guests, performer. The writers from O’Brien’s previous work are also back, as well as sidekick Andy Richter. The only noticeable change from his earlier shows will be the new frontman in the band.
There’s something else viewers might as well never expect from O’Brien, too: an appearance from Jay Leno on the show.
“[Jay] can come as the musical guest, because that I want to see. No one knows he has an operatic range. No, there are certain things I will not do, regardless of the price.”
‘Nuff said. Because he’ll have to compete in his time slot with The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, and will also cut across Letterman and Leno’s shows, we’re sure Coco’ll have his hands full. Here’s a brief sample of Conan, debuting Monday night, November 8 at 11 PM EST on TBS.