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“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee,” a new weekly series on TBS fronted by the “Daily Show” grad, drew solid sampling of more than 2 million viewers across multiple Turner networks in its premiere last night.
Airing at 10:30 p.m., telecasts of “Full Frontal” combined to draw 2.16 million viewers on Adult Swim (986,000), TBS (629,000), TNT (402,000) and TruTV (142,000). Roughly 1.22 million of the viewers were adults 18-49, with Adult Swim accounting for about 570,000 and TBS about 355,000.
“Full Frontal” will be serving as the lead-in to “Conan” every Monday night, and last night it easily outdrew over the long-running talkshow in the ratings. “Conan” on Monday averaged 368,000 viewers, including 236,000 adults 18-49.
It will take a few weeks to see how “Full Frontal,” which will air opposite the Grammys in its second week, settles in when it plays solely on TBS. Cable congloms have done similar roadblock programming in the past, including Viacom with the “MTV »
- Rick Kissell
Conan O'Brien's Super Bowl edition of "Clueless Gamer" is back, which means it's now a Super Bowl tradition, like the Puppy Bowl and being let down by the commercials. Last year, Conan, New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski and Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch played "Mortal Kombat X" in a Marriott conference room. This year, Conan had Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman and Denver Broncos' Von Miller play "Doom" in a Marriott conference room. Conan welcomed Miller, even though, he claimed, Miller made his daughter cry when he tackled Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady all those times in the Afc Championship game. (It's very likely that it was actually Pats fan and Boston native Conan who did the crying.) Watch as Conan, Norman and Miller chainsaw demons apart and punch their heads off, talk about fashion, sip wine, plan organic chicken farm ad campaigns, and enjoy the company of a special guest star. »
- Sara Morrison
Conan O'Brien recently ventured to Qatar to bring his late-night show to U.S. troops stationed in the Middle East. While there, the host performed a rendition of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" alongside Grace Potter and a band of service members. Their full version of the Elephant opener, which featured new lyrics written by O'Brien to fit the audience, wasn't broadcast on Conan, but the show did provide the whole performance as a web exclusive.
"I should not play guitar / Or shovel pork products into my jaw »
Anyone who watches It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on a regular basis knows that Danny DeVito's Frank Reynolds has gone through some hard knocks. And every season, the gang almost does him in with their shenanigans. The show's unprecedented Season 11 just launched a few weeks back. And as star Charlie Day tells it, it was almost the last for poor Danny DeVito.
Danny DeVito is in his early 70s, but that doesn't stop him from participating in the outlandish behavior that a show like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia requires. He is usually game to participate in whatever stunt the gang asks of him. But one of these incidents got a little out of hand, and the legendary sitcom and movie actor almost drowned. Charlie Day recounted the harrowing moments on set to Conan O'Brien earlier this week. Here's what happened.
"We did an underwater sequence, and Danny's incredibly buoyant-like a bouey. »
Samantha Bee’s new program, “Full Frontal” is slated to air on TBS. When it airs for the first time pn February 8, however, it will also appear on TV networks like TruTV, Hln, Adult Swim and TNT, as the networks’ owner, Turner, tries to bring the comedienne to the notice of a broader suite of potential viewers.
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” will air Monday nights at 10:30 p.m. on TBS, followed immediately by Conan O’Brien’s late-night show, “Conan.” TBS bills the show as a satirical take on weekly news that will also explore in-depth stories that are more or less overlooked by traditional media outlets.
Turner is adopting a promotional technique already embraced by rival Viacom, which has aired flagship programming such as the MTV Video Music Awards and the debut of Trevor Noah on “The Daily Show” across several of its holdings.
The show is executive-produced by Samantha Bee, »
- Brian Steinberg
"The Revenant" is up for 12 Academy Awards this year, with Leonardo DiCaprio considered *thisclose* to a lock for Best Actor. Conan O'Brien addressed the film in his "Conan" monologue, and mentioned the "pretty intense scenes with animals, particularly bears and horses." He added, "A lot of animal rights groups would normally be concerned about this, but the director went pretty far out of his way to show that no animals were harmed during the making of 'The Revenant.' You can tell when you watch the movie."
He then posted a clip from the movie, which includes a shot you probably don't recall seeing in the theater, where a horse that looks like it's about to fall off a cliff magically flies away, then tells the audience, "See? I'm fine, everybody! I die peacefully in my sleep eight years from now. So long!"
Here's the clip:
It is kind of funny that audiences are much, »
- Gina Carbone
Last night, on the TBS Conan TV show, Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter fondly recalled the late actor, Abe Vigoda. The Barney Miller and Fish TV series star was a great friend of NBC's old Late Nite with Conan O'Brien TV show, when it was shot in New York. Watch O'Brien's Abe Vigoda tribute, below.
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Abe Vigoda is known for his role as detective Phil Fish in Barney Miller, but the late actor also made regular appearances on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien. On Tuesday's Conan, host Conan O'Brien and writer Andy Richter took a moment to honor Vigoda, who died in his sleep that morning, in a touching tribute video compiled from several clips of Vigoda's Late Night work. "I have to acknowledge to our longtime viewers, people that have been watching us for 22 years or 23 years, Abe was a huge part of our show in New York," said O'Brien, 52. "I »
- Aurelie Corinthios
Abe Vigoda has many credits to his name, and one of them, too, should be his frequent late-night appearances. Vigoda was a favorite of Conan O'Brien, so when news of Abe Vigoda's death broke (yes, really) it was only fitting that the late-night host pay tribute to the man who appeared in so many guises: Abe Viyoda, as a Vigodal eclipse, Christmas-tree Vigoda, and hitchhiker Vigoda. Good-bye, Abe. Be free. »
- E. Alex Jung
Abe Vigoda, the “Godfather” and “Barney Miller” star who died today at age 94, was dogged by reports of his death as far back as the early 1980s — so much so that the whole thing became a running gag across late-night television and elsewhere, with Vigoda often in on the joke. In a 1980s appearance on “Late Night With David Letterman,” Vigoda showed up to prove that a recent news story about his untimely demise was untrue. (See video above.) Later on, he regularly popped by “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” to poke fun at his own still-alive persona. In the. »
- Joshua Rich
We knew this day would come eventually, but that doesn't make it any easier: Actor Abe Vigoda has actually, truly died at the age of 94, TMZ reports. He had reportedly been under hospice care for a week. The Barney Miller star was first reported dead in an issue of People magazine in 1982, and the subject of his mortality became a long-running Hollywood joke in the years afterward, with Vigoda often joining David Letterman and Conan O'Brien to make fun of his supposed demise. The rumor of Vigoda's death even prompted the creation of a single-line website, AbeVigoda.com, which simply reported that the actor was still alive; on Tuesday, the site was updated for the first and only time. »
- Nate Jones
According to TMZ, legendary actor Abe Vigoda passed away today at the age of 94. Vigoda gained fame playing Sal Tessio in The Godfather but was perhaps best known for his role as Sgt. Phil Fish on the sitcom Barney Miller and its short-lived spinoff Fish. Vigoda was also famous for being misreported as dead. In 1982, People mistakenly referred to him as "the late Abe Vigoda." Vigoda, in turn, posed in a coffin for a funny photo shoot holding the erroneous magazine copy. In 1987, a TV reporter in Secaucus, New Jersey also called Vigoda "late." Since then, Vigoda mocked his strange press history in various appearances on David Letterman and Conan O'Brien's talk shows. Once he even got to scream at Letterman, "I'm not dead yet, you pinhead!" To honor the memory of Sgt. Fish, here's one of his many appearances with Conan O'Brien. Fast-forward to 7:20 to see him »
- Louis Virtel
Joanne Froggatt is quite charming. Anna Bates, too, is a charming (albeit incredibly hapless) character on Downton Abbey. So when the Duchess of Cambridge herself, Kate Middleton, stopped by the set last year for a visit, Froggatt and fellow Downtonian Michelle Dockery tried to exude as much class and decorum as humanly possible while in the presence of royalty. Alas, it fell apart quickly. As she explains to Conan O'Brien (speaking of O'Briens — do you think she's still living her life as a lady's maid in India, or ... ?) while on Conan: "We were doing a scene in the bedroom. I said, Yeah, not many people get to come in Lady Mary's bedroom. And then I was like, Oh, my God, what have I just said?" Anna! What would Mr. Carson think? »
- Devon Ivie
Although Conan O'Brien is used to making America laugh every night on TV, the talk show host had his family in stitches while sitting courtside at the Clippers game on Monday in Los Angeles. Conan was joined by his wife, Liza Powel, daughter Neve, and son Beckett, while they sat front row at the Staples Center, animatedly cheering on the team and laughing it up. Keep reading to see more photos of the comedian and his adorable mini me children (seriously - the resemblance is uncanny!), and take a look at what happened when he hijacked a student driving lesson with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart! »
- Quinn Keaney
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog will sniff out the kind of b.s. that's unique to the campaign trail in Triumph's Election Special 2016, set to air on Hulu in February.
The hour-long special is being presented with Funny or Die and will find the foul-mouthed dog crashing campaign events, ridiculing the press and tackling the tough issues voters care about most. Triumph will visit the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, and, per a press release, has already dropped by a Democratic debate, a Tea Party »
What do you do when Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, visits your show's set? If you're Joanne Froggatt, you accidentally make a raunchy comment. Froggatt, who has won a Golden Globe for playing Anna on Downton Abbey and been nominated for three Emmys, told Conan O'Brien about her accidentally dirty comment. "You're just getting more and more nervous," Froggatt said on Conan about the constant updates on Middleton's visit. She and Michelle Dockery were the only ones filming that day. "We're doing this scene and she's very beautiful, lovely. She has this amazing aura when she walks in the room…before we actually said hello we had to act right in front of »
Megan Mullally stopped by "Conan" the other day to promote her upcoming series "You, Me and the Apocalypse," but Conan O'Brien wanted to talk about her past. Specifically, that time she sang a duet with presidential candidate Donald Trump on the Emmys. It was 2006, a gentler time, when Trump was the host of a reality show called "The Apprentice" and Mullally was still on "Will and Grace." "American Idol" was a huge success, so the Emmys made a bunch of people do "Emmy Idol," where they sang famous TV theme songs and viewers voted for the best one. Trump and Mullally did "Green Acres." Mullally was in her "Will and Grace" character Karen Walker, and Trump was in his "Apprentice" character as a guy who thinks he's much smarter than he actually is. "At the time, he was just the kooky guy from 'The Apprentice,'" Mullally said. Here's »
- Sara Morrison
“Archer” has gotten its season seven premiere date from FX, network CEO John Landgraf announced Saturday at a TCA executive session. The animated spy comedy features the voice of H. Jon Benjamin as Sterling Archer, the top agent at an international intelligence agency, formerly known as Isis, run by his mother (Jessica Walter). In response to the real-world Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has been shortened to Isis in the media, the FX animated series abandoned that acronym on the show. See video: 'Archer' Forces Conan O'Brien Into Animated High-Speed Shootout FX renewed the series for »
- Joe Otterson
Director Zack Snyder visited Conan O'Brien's show last night and brought the first clip from "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" which includes a tense moment towards the end of an early scuffle between the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight. It's essentially an extended version of the TV spot that was released the other day, and the film itself opens March 25th.
- Garth Franklin
As the world mourned the loss of David Bowie, late-night hosts took to the airwaves with heartfelt tributes to the late icon on Monday. A somber Jimmy Fallon honored Bowie near the top of The Tonight Show, reflecting on the man he got to know first-hand. "Before we begin, I'd like to say, rest in peace, David Bowie," said Fallon. "Great artist, one-of-a-kind singer, songwriter, actor, fashion icon, mad genius who also had one of the greatest senses of humor of anyone I've ever met." Fallon continued, "We would actually email each other jokes every now and then, and he »
- Nick Maslow, @nickmaslow
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