Conan’s new show is much like Conan’s old shows. Conan comes out and makes a few jokes. He gets some support and heckling from sidekick Andy Richter. He feeds off the energy of the audience. He chats up random famous and semi-famous and wanna be famous people. If you like Conan, you’ll like his new show.
By far the best bit I’ve seen is a commercial where Conan goes to India to create the perfect set of red curtains for his show. I have no idea what this commercial is for, or if it is, in fact, for anything. But I like it. On the actual show Conan I liked the Moon Dance and his obsession with the Conan Blimp.
My favorite bit on the new show was when Conan talked about the various rejected titles for Conan-among them Plan B with Conan O’Brien, though I think it should be more like Plan E or Plan K. One Hour To Lopez and One Hour Closer To Death were also kind fun.
Conan has keep the beard, which I think is a good decision and he seems more like his old Conan self and less like the poor put upon Conan of his brief Tonight Show days.
I can’t help but think of all the failed late night talk shows I have watched over the years. The Arseno Hall Show, which lasted a longer than most. The Joan Rivers Show. The Chevy Chase Show. The Pat Sajak Show-seriously, what where they thinking there? But most of the new late night talk shows have hung in there, though I am not sure why.
So Conan should do fine on TBS, I’ve always hated watching local news shows anyway.