We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every afternoon The Atlantic Wire highlights the day's video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today:
Conan O'Brien has quietly rebounded from an inconsistent and weirdly flat first few months on TBS in recent week. We've seen 70 percent of the shows he's done since making the move and last night's was by far the strongest he's looked since his Late Night days. Along with getting Marisa Tomei to talk about skinny-dipping with Charlie Rose and rattling off two blistering monologue jokes about Chaz Bono and the French, the episode's pretaped skit about writer Deon Cole's attempt to create his own Tyler Perry-esque sitcom managed to be both a devastating bit of media criticism and the most well-observed sitcom parody in recent memory. It's the running montage that really makes it sing. [TBS via Movieline]
Meanwhile, on O'Brien's old network, Jay Leno gave Seth MacFarlane a phone and let him call new NBC late night boss Paul Telegdy and talk to him in the voice of Family Guy's evil baby Stewie. Admittedly, this was funny. [NBC]
You can't turn on FM radio these days without hearing Adele's "Someone Like You," so it makes sense that the song is finally getting a music video. What's less clear is why only the first 30 seconds were leaked online, unless they prettified the ending and the couple featured in the song ends up getting back together. Considering the video's filmed in the kind of black-and-white music video directors only use when they want to show someone's sad and/or going to visit the town where they grew up, this seem unlikely. [MTV via Hit Fix]
The Early Show delivered a snappy two minute of Andy Rooney's greatest "Have you ever noticed?" moments. It was enough to Mystery Science Theater 3000's dueling Andy Rooneys sketch from 1997. Pure gold, and a practice that needs to be revived before he signs off for good on Sunday. [CBS via TV Squad]
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to email@example.com.