The Super Bowl is just a day away, and to stoke the proverbial fire, late night host Conan O’Brien pitted competitors Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks and Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski of the New England Patriots against each other in an epically hilarious Mortal Kombat X showdown. The next-gen MK title doesn’t drop until April, but luckily Conan was able to get his hands on it for his “Clueless Gamer” segment; if you haven’t watched these, ahem, video game reviews you’re sorely missing out. This latest installment featuring NFL heavyweights duking it out before Sunday’s big game is an instant classic. Plus, MKX pushes the violence to a whole ‘nother level (fair warning!) and it looks incredible. Enjoy!
Conan tweeted this image from the set of Arrested Development today. He said:
Here’s the 1st official photo from the new Arrested Development on @Netflix. Spoiler alert: I’m an amazing actor.
Soak it all in people. Conan and his trusty talkshow sidekick Andy Richter will take part in the resurrection of the cult comedy. It returns with Jason Bateman’s Michael Bluth in tow next year. Bateman is so in character in this photo; he’s got that classic dumbfounded “nothing going on upstairs” Michael look plastered on his face.
Another win for #TeamCoco! Today TBS announced that Conan will remain at his relatively new late-night talk show through 2014. Here’s a quote from Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies: “We are proud to be in business with Conan O’Brien for the long run. Night after night, Conan and his team have put together terrific shows that draw a young and fiercely loyal audience. As if that weren’t enough, they have also built a dynamic online presence that keeps fans engaged like no other show in late night.” Here’s a more entertaining one from Mr. O’Brien himself: “I am excited to continue my run with TBS because they have been fantastic partners. This means I’ll be taping episodes of Conan well into the Ron Paul presidency.”
Beard or no beard, Conan is here to stay.
A kid named Cudi stopped by Conan last night not to perform but to chat. After showing off his squeaky clean Nike “Back to the Future” Mags (he bought five of them!), Cudder gave Coco the sleek leather jacket he designed with Surface to Air. Watch the funny happen up top.
From the creators of Batman: The Animated Series and the Masturbating Bear comes THE FLAMING C, Conan O’Brien’s superhero alter ego! At Comic Con, Conan crashed the Warner Bros. panel for Green Lantern: The Animated Series to reveal his new trailer for The Flaming C, a movie that is coming to a theatre near you “sometime…maybe.” If you’ve been living under a rock for the past year (or if you’re just not an avid Conan viewer), hop after the break to watch the origin story behind red-haired, oven mitted superhero. In December Conan visited the home of DC Comics and animator Bruce Timm brought to life Conan’s vision of his very own superhero. Like everything Conan does, it’s a riot! READ MORE Conan gets animated in faux trailer for ‘The Flaming C’
At long last Apple’s Time Capsule gets a refresh. The sleek device that serves as a wireless base station and a backup hard drive comes in two sizes: 2TB and 3TB. The 1TB model has been discontinued. But now you get more bang for your buck! While the local storage increases, prices remain the same: $299.99 for the 2TB model and $499.99 for the 3TB model. Besides the bump in storage, Apple claims that “new technologies in Time Capsule and refinements to Time Machine make backing up to Time Capsule using Snow Leopard up to 75 per cent faster than before.” Get yours at Apple’s online store today.
In related Apple news, the company has let loose its totally revamped version of Final Cut Pro. The video editing software is built on 64-bit architecture and boasts a completely redesigned UI which includes a Magnetic Timeline, Content Auto-Analysis, and and background rendering. Jump after the break for more details. Final Cut Pro X is available today exclusively from the Mac App Store (read: no disc) for $299.99. Motion 5 and Compressor 4 are also available for download in the Store for $49.99 a piece.
Update: Watch Conan slam the new FCP in the hilarious clip posted after the break! There’s been public outcry concerning lack of features and backwards compatibility; such omissions could lead one to madness.
Yesterday morning late night talk show host Conan O’Brien delivered the main address at Dartmouth College’s 2011 commencement exercises. The 25 minute speech is chock full of jokes, but it’s the latter half that really hits home for the students. Conan’s transition from NBC to cable TV proved to be an enlightening experience for the comedian, and so he was able to share valuable advice with the graduating class. A couple choice quotes:
“It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention.”
“Whether you fear it or not, disappointment will come. The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.”
Watch it in full above.
Yep, Conan’s back alright.
Conan O’Brien returns to the boob tube. Tonight. 11PM ET. TBS. Do it.
Tonight’s guests are Seth Rogen, Lea Michele, Jack White, and the guest we voted on (Team Coco is still tallying the results). The remainder of this week’s guests include Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer, Jon Hamm, Charlyne Yi, Fistful of Mercy, Michael Cera, Julie Bowen, and Jon Dore. Conan airs Monday through Thursday.
Bonus! Look after the break to see the “Conan Pale Whale” by artist Yiying Lu. It really makes for a wonderful desktop background.
Update: Deadline reports that the Conan premiere attracted 4.2 million viewers last night, making this telecast the most watched late night talk show of all time on basic cable. He beat out fellow cable hosts Stewart and Colbert, as well as network TV competitors Letterman, Kimmel, and yes, Jay Leno. He drew in 3.3 million adults 18-49 and 2.5 million in 18-34. The projected median age of the viewers was 30–the youngest of all late night talk shows. READ MORE TV Reminder: ‘Conan’ premieres tonight on TBS [Update: the ratings are in…]
Five days ahead of his TBS late night premiere, Conan O’Brien made his first televised appearence since his falling out with NBC on Lopez Tonight. Watch the funny ensue above. Welcome back to TV land, Conando.
Conan doesn’t premiere on TBS for another week (we’re only one week away, woohoo!), but that won’t stop the former Late Night host from interacting with his fans. Tonight (11/1) Conan will be streaming live “Show Zero”, a short webisode that should give fans a taste of what to expect when his TBS debuts for real. Tonight’s show will feature Conan along with sidekick Andy Richter and The Show Zero House Band. Brought to you by–you guessed it–Coke Zero. It all goes down at 11PM in “TRIPLE-SIMULCAST action”; the stream can be accessed at TeamCoco (which has received a handsome relaunch design and new logo), YouTube, and Facebook. Happy streaming, and welcome back Coco!
Update: Wow, that lasted a whole 5 minutes. Conan wasn’t lying when he said this would be “the fastest talk show ever.” Conan introduced viewers to his offices, blasted through one monologue joke, and invited guests Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Steel Train (who only played the first chord off their new self-titled album) to make extremely brief cameos. The house band consisted only of Jerry Vivino on the flute. And Andy Richter was there to promote Diet Coke (not Coke Zero, strangely). Anyway, watch the mini-mayhem unfold after the break. READ MORE Conan O’Brien testing the Internet waters in pre-TBS premiere with ‘Show Zero’ [Update: watch it here!]
On October 20th at 1PM EST/10AM PST Conan’s HQ in Los Angeles started broadcasting LIVE to the Internet! They shoved a camera in the stairwell of their “comedy bunker” and you don’t want to miss all the crazy shenanigans that’s going down right now. The camera will remain on for a whole 24 hours. So far you’ve missed dancing tacos and a dude in a dog suit playing poker and drinking a water bottle through his eye hole. Watching the live stream is quite mesmerizing in the strangest way possible. Click here to access the stream. And if you’re on Twitter, go on and request the production crew/interns that pass by to do something crazy; don’t forget to hashtag your tweet with #LiveCocoCam. Right now it’s 4:30AM EST on the 21st, and there’s a late-night party going down, so whatcha waitin’ for?
Update: It’s over, folks. Head over to Team Coco to watch highlights from the 24 hour cam. Every wonderful shenanigan has been saved for posterity in video and still image formats. Fun fact: according to early estimates, some 660,000 people tuned into the live stream at some point during the 24 hour period. As Deadline so emphatically points out, that is the average audience TBS gets in the 11PM hour with George Lopez! Get ready America, Coco is coming.
Conan’s late night house band has gone through a couple names in recent years. The Max Weinberg 7 stuck for a whole 16 years during Conan’s tenure at Late Night with Conan O’Brien. The Tonight Show Band didn’t last nearly as long for reasons you should be aware of. And it then changed to The Legally Prohibited Band this year when Conan brought the band with him on The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour. Today the house band gets a brand new name that will hopefully stick for years to come: The Basic Cable Band. It’s got a nice ring to it, huh? As we already know, drummer Max Weinberg has left the band and guitarist Jimmy Vivino will take over as band leader. He will be joined by returning band members Scott Healy (keyboards), Mike Merritt (bass), Mark Pender (trumpet), Richie “LaBamba” Rosenberg (trombone), Jerry Vivino (saxophone, woodwinds, and vocals), and James Wormworth (drums).
Yesterday it was announced on the TeamCoCo blog that the fans will have the power to decide the TBS late night show’s very first guest. Potential guests include Tom from MySpace, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Jack Nicholson, Pope Bendict XVI, Vladimir Putin, REO Speedwagon, Hassanal Bolkiah (The Sultan of Brunei), Thomas Pynchon, Gerhard Ertl, Arlene Wagner, and the full cast of the live-action “Fat Albert” movie (not including Kenan Thompson). Click here and get your vote on! You are restricted to one vote per day, but you can vote as many times as you want and for how ever many people you want. Take heed of this disclaimer, though: “None of these people have actually been booked on our show. For one reason or another, we haven’t contacted any of these people – In fact, we’re kind of hoping that, if someone on this poll starts getting a lot of votes, these folks will actually feel a bit guilty and will agree to be our first guest!!”
Conan premieres November 8 at 11PM on TBS.