November 8th, 2010
10:28 PM ET
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But tonight, we'll finally get to see what Conan O'Brien will bring to TBS at 11 p.m. ET. We're ready to get this live-blogging going - join in after the jump.
10:33 p.m. Less than half an hour to go! Does everyone have their Coco costumes on? We're all dressing up, right? Right?
10:38 p.m. I guess I should officially kick this thing off... you know, for both of you currently joining me. (Hi, mom and dad. Send money.) So, for the next hour and twenty minutes we'll be recapping the very first episode of "Conan" on TBS. Sit back. Relax. Clean out your shot glasses, and stay tuned for the greatest thing on television since the invent of "Cops."
10:55 p.m. Five minutes! I think my excitement has frightened the dog. Though he might just be a little gassy. Yeah. It's probably that.
10:59 p.m. One minute! One minute left in regulation!
11:00 p.m. Bring it!
11:01 p.m. "Godfather" cold open. Conan gets lit up like Sonny on the causeway! Survives. Becomes a deadbeat, unemployed dad. Eventually takes on some loser jobs. (Apologies to any clowns.)
11:03 p.m. Still in the cold open... CNN's own Larry King saves a suicidal Conan from jumping off a bridge and encourages him to go to basic cable. Nice!
11:04 p.m. First look at the new open. Snazzy. Love that the band is called the Basic Cable Band. Great to hear Andy intro Coco again!
11:05 p.m. Seriously. What did my dog eat? Awful.
11:06 p.m. First look at the new set... she's a beauty! Desk is in the center and he's doing his monologue in front of it. Background appears to be Santa Monica. That, or Havana.
11:07 p.m. Joked that the show's name is "Conan" so he can't be replaced.
11:09 p.m. "Comma, Brett Favre's penis." Thus ending Conan's recap of everything that's happened since he left the "Tonight Show."
11:11 p.m. Yes! Only eleven minutes in and we already have the Masturbating Bear! I've literally dreamed of this moment. (Things are weird at home.)
11:14 p.m. First commercial. Stinky dog is going outside immediately. Now, for those of you who were wondering: The beard is here. It's amazing that it's become as big a part of his persona as his hair. Overall, I'd say the opening bit was decent, and the monologue was surprisingly tame. I think they're saving the good stuff. But at least we've got our favorite bear back!
11:17 p.m. First shot of Andy and Conan together at the desk – strange ginormous moon hanging between them. OK, apparently it's remote controlled. I wonder how much they spent on this? Totally worth it.
11:19 p.m. Conan busts out a Coco Halloween mask which Andy thinks looks like an Asian Val Kilmer. The packaging says "Ex-Talk Show Host." Andy and Conan each put one on and it looks like they're about to rob a bank. Andy says "inside it smells like tears."
11:22 p.m. Fun Ricky Gervais bit – he recorded several congratulatory messages for Conan, each predicting failure and wishing him well with his next career move (good luck at the Food Network). This led to next commercial break and a nice sweeping shot of the studio – really looks terrific. Very classy.
11:28 p.m. First guest revealed – the curator of something something something Nutcracker. Basically, it was some random old lady with a giant nutcracker. And now she’s in the parking lot. Naturally. Before she left, she gave Coco a leprechaun nutcracker.
11:29 p.m. “Second” First Guest: Seth Rogen. “I’m so glad everyone more famous was busy right now.” Mentions that he’s engaged. Whatever. I miss fat Seth Rogen.
11:30 p.m. Seth Rogen drops first curse word, but because we're a family-friendly blog, we can't repeat.
11:33 p.m. Bulk of the conversation with Seth Rogen is about marijuana. Then they move on to talking about his new movie "The Green Hornet." So, we're starting off with weed and comic books. The Leno audience is never going to watch this. And that's just fine. It's the old Coco!
11:35 p.m. Not liking the plant behind the desk and guest chair. It looks faded and fake. I should know. I have the only house in Atlanta with blooming flowers. Thanks, Michael’s!
11:40 p.m. We're back. Next guest is Lea Michele from the show "Glee." Conan also addresses the expense of the moving moon, which he jokes cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
11:42 p.m. Talking about the controversial GQ Glee photo shoot. I’m a classy guy, so I have the magazine right here in front of me. If only I could read.
11:44 p.m. Random crashing sound in the background. Conan makes a basic cable joke. Something expensive is probably now broken. Meh. Drop in the bucket.
11:50 p.m. Conan jamming with Jack White – beautiful black and gray Gibson Les Paul. The whole band is in on this very Elvis-sounding song, and Jack is absolutely killing it! I'm assuming this is the stage they'll be using for future musical guests; it has a rough industrial warehouse feel to it – sort of like the storage unit where I was born. They'll make movies about me someday... no they won't.
11:52 p.m. I think I heard Conan mention that he and Jack wrote this song together. (Though I may have just made that up.) Hopefully we'll see more of Coco jamming with his guests. He's got the chops.
11:58 p.m. Jack White on the set discussing the record he made with Coco. Conan’s photo on the album looks like a mug shot. Also just noticed that Conan’s ditched the tie. Rock Star Conan!
11:59 p.m. …And show number one is in the books. Overall it was a fairly solid performance. Glad that they didn't try to cram every old joke and gimmick into this one – plenty of time for all that. The best part is that Conan, Andy and the band all seem totally at ease, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all plays out in the coming weeks and months.
12:00 a.m. Time to let the dog in.
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