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The show has a cursing quota. As soon as Rogen opened his mouth, TBS's censors started beeping. "I broke the 'shit' rule," the Knocked Up star boasted. But Richter warned him not to get too carried away: "We only get three a night," he said.
Conan is wearing more makeup than a beauty pageant contestant. While talking to Michele, O'Brien made the requisite reference to the controversial GQ photo spread she did with her fellow Glee cast-members. After declaring he was not offended by the racy photos, he suggested a way to make them less sexy: by Photoshopping in a picture of him from high school. Michele was so horrified by the skinny, pasty teenaged O'Brien that she squealed, "Why are you so pale?" O'Brien explained why he looks more rosy-cheeked on TV, "I have 40 pounds of makeup on right now. I really am that scary-looking."
O'Brien has a plan to be sure he doesn't get fired again. His explanation for why he gave his show the laughingly obvious name Conan: "I did it so I'd be harder to replace."
But if TBS doesn't work out, has plenty of fallbacks. Midway through the show, O'Brien presented his audience with a pre-taped good luck message from Office creator Ricky Gervais. After wishing his friend the best with new cable show, Gervais went onto imagine where O'Brien might be in a month or two: the Food Network. And then he guessed what would come after that: a weatherman gig at a local station in Dayton, Ohio. What's last on the media totem pole for Conan? Satellite radio.
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