The Week: Most Recent Television:Leno vs. Conan recent posts.en-usMon, 08 Nov 2010 14:29:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Television:Leno vs. Conan from THE WEEKMon, 08 Nov 2010 14:29:00 -0500Conan vs. Leno: Behind the scenes<img src="" /></P><p>The bitter war of words between Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno played out publicly in January of this year, as each host made ever more pointed jabs at the other. But behind the scenes, reports Bill Carter in <em>Vanity Fair</em>, a drama of a different order was playing out as NBC attempted to persuade both Leno and O'Brien to form part of a revamped late night line-up. Conan, far from his online persona as a mischievous prankster, negotiated in a "calm [and] totally professional" manner, but inside he was boiling with anger at how he was being treated. Leno, on the other hand, "outwardly affable but emotionally...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 08 Nov 2010 14:29:00 -0500Jay Leno's ratings slump: Ironic?<img src="" /></P><p>Score one for Team Coco. When NBC execs reinstated Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show" this January, they justified the decision to fire Conan O'Brien by citing his "astounding failure" in the ratings. So far, however, Leno's actually faring worse: According to The Nielsen Company, his viewership has fallen 0.1 points below O'Brien's "Tonight Show" ratings average, and more than 0.5 points below Conan's year-to-year numbers. Unsurprisingly, commentators are savoring the irony:<br /><br /><strong>As George W. Bush would say...</strong><br />Well, says the blog <em>What Would Tyler Durden Do</em>, if it was "NBC's plan was to piss away...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 25 Jun 2010 17:02:00 -0400And the Oscar goes to...Conan?<img src="" /></P><p>Judging from recent developments, Conan O'Brien's ousting from the "Tonight Show" have been an odd blessing. As negotiations continue regarding a O'Brien show on the Fox Network this fall, Deadline Hollywood reports that "early talks are underway" to give his upcoming live-comedy tour, <em>Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television, </em> a "documentary feature treatment." Will people line up for <em>Conan: The Movie</em>?<br /><br /><strong>Not if it's a simple concert-style film:</strong> I'm not "convinced," says Edmund Mullins at Black Book. Will "scads of people" want to "pay at the multiplex" for what they can "normally get...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 19 Mar 2010 17:27:00 -0400Will Conan's comedy tour bomb?<img src="" /></P><p>Jay Leno may be back beating David Letterman on late-night TV, but ousted "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien isn't just moping at home. Although he is contractually forbidden from being on TV until the fall, the red-haired funnyman just announced an ambitious, 32-city live comedy tour. What Conan calls his "half-assed" variety show is already a huge box office success, selling out big venues in hours. But will the comedian's quirky brand of late night comedy work in a live setting? (Watch a report about Conan's announced comedy tour)</p><p><strong>Conan is made for the stage:</strong> A live variety show is perfect for...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 12 Mar 2010 17:53:00 -0500Conan O'Brien's road show: A Q&A guide<img src="" /></P><p>Conan O'Brien's "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour" hits the road April 12 in Eugene, Ore., the first of 30 cities (so far). What his team has vaguely described as "a night of music, comedy, hugging, and the occasional awkward silence" is already selling out, prompting wider curiosity:</p><p><strong>Why a live show?</strong> <br />As part of O'Brien's exit deal with NBC, he has to stay off of television until Sept. 1. As he explains, "It was either a massive 30-city tour or start helping out around the house."&nbsp;</p><p><strong></strong><strong>Who's going on tour with Conan?</strong> <br />Sidekick Andy Richter, most of his "Tonight Show" band...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 12 Mar 2010 07:45:00 -0500NBC's Conan fiasco: By the numbers<img src="" /></P><p>After weeks of feuding, the Leno-Conan-NBC standoff has finally come to a close. Last night, Conan O'Brien and NBC finalized a $45 million exit deal that will give both the ousted host and his staff a generous severence. But that's just a fraction of the fortune NBC has blown on its doomed late-night shuffle. Here, a by-the-numbers breakdown of the renowned disaster:<br /><br /><strong>11:35:</strong> Current time slot of <span >The Tonight Show</span>, which the program has occupied since Sept. 2, 1991.<strong><br /><br />12:05:</strong> New time slot NBC proposed for Conan O'Brien's<span > Tonight Show </span>so that it could give Jay Leno a half-hour show beginning at 11:35 p...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 21 Jan 2010 12:03:00 -0500Conan's next move: 5 theories<img src="" /></P><p>With only three shows left in Conan O'Brien's brief tenure as host of NBC's the "Tonight Show," journalists are full of ideas as to where the late night funnyman will take his act:</p><p><strong>Comedy Central:</strong> "If there were ever a perfect setup for O'Brien," says Patrick Goldstein in the Los Angeles Times, it would be following the "powerhouse double bill of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert." Yes, the audience is "small (by network standards)." But it's also "intensely loyal" and already "primed for his droll, irony-filled comedy routines."<br />"After the NBC late-night bloodbath: What is Conan O'Brien's future...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 20 Jan 2010 03:56:00 -0500Top 7 'Jay Leno and NBC' takedown videos<img src="" /></P><p>The unfolding drama over NBC's decision to push back Conan O'Brien's "The Tonight Show" to ease Jay Leno's return to late night is only getting tenser: Reportedly, NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker has countered Conan O'Brien's "I'm not moving" ultimatum with thuggish threats of his own. As lawyers and executives wrangle, the late-night hosts themselves &mdash; along with their network rivals &mdash; are happily making acerbic jokes at the the Peacock network's expense. Here, the 7 most buzzed-about clips:</p><p><strong>1. Jimmy Kimmel channels Leno:</strong><br />The host of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," impersonated Jay...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 14 Jan 2010 11:58:00 -0500