TV Junkie: Conan FTW; Fey Gets Mark Twain Tonight; The Return of Olbermann
Of course "Conan" opened to stellar ratings last night but as we discussed yesterday, the trick for O'Brien will be to see if he can sustain an audience and continue to convert his new media followers into regular viewers of his TV show. It seems highly unlikely that he will be able to keep the same numbers as he had last night, but if he held onto even half of them, "Conan" would be an overwhelming success.What did you think about the show? There was a reassuring familiarity about it, from Andy Richter to most of the band being the same, this was the "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" that we know. The set is gorgeous, we love the moon gimmick, as well as the easy access to the audience, which we're sure will play into future gags and music formats. But if you listen carefully to the Seth Rogen interview that O'Brien did, this was definitely not a show that you'd see at 11pm on one of the Big 4 networks. From a fairly open discussion about pot, to expletives, even to Rogen's simulated erect penis (his finger) - these are things that you won't see on Leno or Letterman anytime soon. We know that O'Brien and his writers will be stepping over that line in the sand to further differentiate the show and to be the most confrontational of the late night offerings.