The Conan O’Brien premiere on TBS rocked last night. Did you watch the Conan O’Brien premiere? Or did many Americans forget to check cable since Conan is no longer on network television? It’s an interesting question and it will be interesting to see how many people did watch Conan O’Brien during his premiere.
In case you missed it, here’s how to watch at least clips of the Conan O’Brien premiere.
TBS has the a filmed open, the opening monologue and other clips with guests from the debut last night here.
If there is any problem with the watch–you might have to sit through a commercial or two. But it’s definitely worth it.
The opening scene is hilarious. Conan, who is sitting at his supposed NBC desk, gets the news over the phone that he is being bumped in favor of Leno. He basically tells the person on the other end that he won’t do it. But in the parody of all Conan parodies, Conan not only gets the boot from NBC but is met by several guys who fill his body up with machine gun bullets. It’s an incredibly funny moment for the premiere. Conan then moves on to try several odd jobs like being a clown. He is shown with a woman who is supposed to be his wife and their many kids. The wife tells Conan he better get a job. Even Larry King makes a brief cameo during the opening skit on the Conan O’Brien premiere. Let’s just say this opening scene was incredibly Conan. We’ve come to expect this kind of shenanigans. If you watch Conan O’Brien, you won’t be dazzled in different ways–it’s the same Conan only on cable. It’s just great fun and Conan makes the most of his warped sense of humor–that ironically probably made him a little too non-commercial for the NBC early shift.
The opening monologue was hilarious as expected. The Conan O’Brien premiere also includes an appearance from Seth Rogen who announces he is engaged to long time girlfriend Lauren Miller. All in all, it was a triumphant debut for Conan O’Brien. The question now is will fans tune in to watch Conan O’Brien on TBS for the long term? Is it worth switching normal viewing habits for many Americans who are accustomed to watching late night television? Does Conan factor in against Leno, Letterman and a rising Jimmy Kimmel. The late night talk show circuit is certainly loaded with options for viewers to choose from. The Conan O’Brien factor might be just another alternative or develop it’s own fan niche(with a strong base following Conan over from NBC).
It’s interesting to note that there are four powerhouse talk show hosts on late night television right now. How do viewers choose? Or will they inevitably flip from channel to channel depending on the guests? It’s hard for viewers to use a DVR to tape 3 programs and watch another–not to mention the time restraints would make it nearly impossible. So something has to give eventually. My guess is Conan O’Brien will have a long period of time since he is now on cable where ratings don’t mean a pink slip that quickly. O’Brien will get his share of time to grow a fan base and if that happens the guy will probably be a long term staple for the cable outfit-even if the ratings aren’t phenomenal and take a dip after his premiere last night. I think all four of the late night talk show hosts have tremendous talent and it’s a very competitive race–or should be. I think most will probably tune in to Leno because he has a broader appeal. Letterman is getting close to the end of his tenure at CBS and probably won’t renew. So that means the late night talk show war will probably soon be between Leno, Kimmel and Conan. I prefer Kimmel first, Conan second and Leno third. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love watching Leno, too.
It’s just a little too mainstream sometimes for me. I like the edge of Kimmel and the fun he has with guests.
Conan is hilarious, too–but sometimes his self-deprecating humor is a little too much for me. Although Conan gets the nod on being the most creative guy off the bunch. His skits are always first rate and usually a hit or miss. That’s kind of what makes it fun.