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Sacha Baron Cohen,
Conan Returns in grande form, or at least what a TBS budget will allow....
First of all, try not to scoff at my overall 6/10 rating. Thats not bad for me, considering I do not generally enjoy late night talk shows. As a reference, I'd give Letterman a 5/10, Leno a 3/10 and Fallon doesn't even get a ranking...
That said, the thing that Conan's TBS show is missing is not the Classic-Conan wit, but overall production quality. If his old show at NBC looked like it was produced by NBC, his TBS show looks like it was produced by Comedy Central. There isn't a lot going on, aesthetically. This may NOT matter to some people, but it really does to me. The other thing that I didn't quite enjoy was Conan's apparent ball-less-ness. He looked like he was about to have a heart attack when his first celebrity guest, the sort of famous Seth Rogen, dropped the word "$hi+" a couple of times, and then started talking about his enjoying of marijuana. I get it Conan, you're not looking to let things get out of hand, but this is cable. You can cuss, you can talk about drugs, Jay Leno isn't going to saunter down the hallway, descend upon your set and bend you over his knee, take it easy.
Creative was the musical segment. Conan actually hopped on stage with musical guest Jack White and performed a song that the two had written and recording previously while visiting at White's home in Nashville Tennessee. It was a refreshing, youthful change of pace, despite the fact that Conan didn't seem to be taking it seriously as he sang in a pseudo-Elvis voice while his guitar was BARELY EQ'd into the sound mix. On one hand it wreaked of phony-ness, but was at the same time at least a bit original. If Conan plays his cards right, he could end up with a winner on his hands. He just HAS to remember that he's NOT on network TV and realize that he can get away with content that would have been frowned upon at his old network. I wish him the best of luck, and I'll be tuning in for episode 2, as his musical guest will be Soundgarden.
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