Conan O’Brien

Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘It’s Always Sunny’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Both Renewed Forever

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, FX and Bravo announce upcoming slates, an Office alum stops by New Girl, and Game of Thrones continues forever. … Read More

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Jimmy Fallon Had a Great First Night — But Can He Keep Leno’s Fans Without Alienating His Own?

Last night, Jimmy Fallon started his new gig as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, taking over for Jay Leno. All eyes were on Fallon for a number of reasons: The Tonight Show is a beloved establishment on NBC, people were a little hesitant after the Conan O’Brien/Jay Leno late-night war, and there was the question of whether Fallon’s brand of humor would translate to an earlier time slot. The biggest concern, as always, was ratings. According to Nielsen, yesterday’s Tonight Show averaged a 7.1 in overnight household ratings (estimated total viewers haven’t been released yet, but it’s expected to be in the vicinity of 10 to 11 million). To put this in context, it’s much higher than Fallon’s previous 4.8 high on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, predictably lower than Leno’s most recent exit on February 6 (9.2), and, oddly enough, tied with O’Brien’s Tonight Show debut back in 2009. … Read More

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Would Padma Approve? Nick Offerman Offers Gastronomically Questionable Recipe for Getting Into Sundance

Nick Offerman seems to be infallible — even when he’s not being particularly funny, we can stare at his bedraggled… Read More

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Louis CK’s First Film, ‘Tomorrow Night,’ Is an Odd, Messy Curio

Half the battle when selling an independent film is the backstory, and Louis CK’s Tomorrow Night has a good one. Louie wrote, produced, and directed the low-budget comedy back in the late ‘90s, when he was working as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. It premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, where (for the sake of proper time placement) it played alongside The Opposite of Sex, Pi, Smoke Signals, Buffalo ‘66, Next Stop Wonderland, and Slums of Beverly Hills. And that was the last anyone saw of it. It didn’t find distribution, and Louie went on to direct Pootie Tang, become a stand-up superstar, and create one of television’s best comedies. The movie ended up, he later said, stored under his bed — where it stayed for a decade and a half, until he decided to dust it off, get it a digital transfer, and sell it on his website for the customary five bucks. … Read More

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Why Do We Hate Jay Leno So Much?

The other night, while fast-forwarding through the commercials during Parks and Recreation, one of the Peacock’s ads caught my eye: a spot for The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno. Leno commercials aren’t usually worth stopping (or even slowing down to 2x) for, but this one was worth consideration, and a chuckle: it was a syrupy reminder that Jay’s tenure as host of Tonight was winding down, and won’t you join us for these last few shows, as these beloved celebrities drop in for one last trip to the Leno couch? The commercial made me laugh out loud — the first time anything Leno-related has provoked that reaction in a good 20-plus years. Because after all, haven’t we done this before? And why should we think we’re not going to do it again? There’s certainly nothing in Leno’s behavior (particularly his passive/aggressive interviews) to indicate he’s going happily this time, and the fact that he can’t resist, at least subtly, playing the petulant child on his way out is doing little to reconfirm his status as the TV personality you love to hate. … Read More

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Watch Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell in a ‘Conan’ Sketch from 1997

The larger-than-life personas of Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell make it easy to forget that they weren’t always incredibly famous,… Read More

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Late-Night TV’s Best Responses to the Government Shutdown

In Washington, DC, a bunch of overgrown children are about to end their third day of negotiating basic human rights guaranteed to citizens in the majority of Earth’s most powerful countries. Yes, the United States government is still closed, and this week on late-night TV, we’ve seen a lot of wonderfully biting responses to the bafflingly vicious battle for American healthcare. Check out some of our favorites below, but keep in mind that the best shutdown parody of all is the shutdown itself. … Read More

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