The late-night wars are back | Boston Herald
Now the fun begins. After a week in the sun of L.A. — and the even harsher glare of the media spotlight — Conan O'Brien has settled in as host of "The Tonight Show." Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam have come and gone. NBC's booster rocket has fallen away. The redheaded Elvis is on his own now, with no special advantage over his main rival David Letterman other than the prestige of TV's premier late-night franchise. [Read More]
Letterman beats NBC's 'Tonight Show' | The Live Feed
David Letterman overtook Conan O'Brien in the household ratings Tuesday night. CBS "Late Show" earned a higher overnight number than NBC's "Tonight Show" for the first time since the NBC late-night franchise switched hosts from Jay Leno to Conan O'Brien last week. Marking the seventh day of Letterman vs. O'Brien, CBS earned a 3.4 metered-market household rating to NBC's 2.9. "Late Show" was also up 13% from last week and 17% from last year. [Read More]
The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien - Episode 1 | A.V. Club review
In his very first outing, Conan struck a nice balance between appeasing old fans like myself and courting new ones. It's still a little weird to see a quintessential New York type like Conan in LA and Andy Richter wasn't given much to do tonight but it feels damn good to have our Conan back. [Read More]
Conan O'Brien making `Tonight' show debut | The Associated Press
Conan O'Brien debuts as "Tonight" show host Monday, taking over television's most historic late-night franchise in a transition five years in the making. The network built a new studio for O'Brien, who is moving West after hosting NBC's "Late Night" in New York. O'Brien expects much of his comedy in the early going will reflect the lanky, red-haired personality's move from an East Coast culture to California. Will Ferrell, who made several memorable visits to O'Brien's "Late Night," will be the ... [Read More]
Letterman vs. Conan vs. Colbert: How Will You Set Your DVR? | New York Magazine
In this week's New York Magazine, Sam Anderson wonders what Conan O'Brien's new job as host of the Tonight Show will mean, philosophically, for David Letterman. In a practical sense, though, what will it mean for our TiVos? [Read More]
Jay Leno: Conan O'Brien Doesn't Need My Advice | Rolling Stone
"I don't need to give Conan advice. Conan's very good at what he does. Conan was a writer before he was a performer. So when he started the show, his performing skills weren't particularly honed, but the writing was sharp. He was saying clever things; he just hadn't learned how to say them in the physically funniest way yet. His show has been number one [in its time slot] for the past 15 years. So I'm sure he'll make that transition fine." [Read More]
O'Brien: Leno Helps 'Tonight Show' Transition | WDIV Detroit
O'Brien credited Leno's kindnesses for helping on the transition. He said he'll be looking to his predecessor for what comedy to do on Friday's shoot. "It's Jay's night," he said. "I don't have any illusions that it's going to be my night." [Read More]
Heeeere's . . . Conan!!! | NYTimes
On a chilly Thursday night in late January, four weeks from his last show as host of "Late Night," Conan O'Brien was strumming a guitar behind his beat-up desk in his cluttered office at Rockefeller Center, figuring out how to say goodbye. After 16 years and 2,725 shows, O'Brien would be moving, along with almost all his staff, to Universal City in California to take over "The Tonight Show." He'd had time to ponder his farewell. [Read More]
Will Ferrell to Inaugurate Conan's New Tonight Show | Broadway.com
Newly minted Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien will chat up Tony nominee Will Ferrell as his very first guest, according to The New York Times. O'Brien, who takes the Tonight reigns from former host Jay Leno, will begin his new NBC gig on June 1. Ferrell was nommed as a Special Theatrical Event for his Broadway show, You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush. [Read More]
First Look at the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Set! | TV Guide Magazine
Here's your exclusive first look at the still-under-construction set of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, shaping up on the newly built Stage 1 at Universal Studios. "I don't think it's going to blow anybody's mind or anything," says Conan's once-and-future sidekick Andy Richter, who still doesn't know where he's going to sit, or if he'll even be allowed on the furniture. [Read More]