Conan talks about Conan at Turner bash
"Can anyone explain what the hell happened?" Conan O'Brien asked advertisers as he kicked off Turner Entertainment's upfront presentation in Manhattan Wednesday morning.
Conan was there to tout his new TBS late night series which will debut Nov. 8. But, naturally, the conversation wound its way around -- immediately -- to how shafted Conan feels at the hands of NBC. DId you see his interview with Steve Kroft on "60 Minutes"? It was like that.
"The plot to 'Lost' is more plausible," Conan said of his professional life over the past 12 months. Conan began to tick off what he'd been doing the past year: he debuted as host of NBC's iconic "The Tonight Show," he "lost" the franchise a few short months later (actually, he walked away from it when NBC wanted to change his timeslot), he embarked on a 32-city "Legally Prohibited from being Funny on Television" tour, he took a position with the Obama administration, he resigned from his position with the Obama administration in the wake of scandal, and he perfected a mechanical heart. And now, he noted, he's here at Turner's upfront presentation, ready to rumble, looking particularly thin in a blue suit and red beard -- just like Paul Bunyan with an eating disorder.
"I really believe in basic cable television," Conan told advertisers jammed into the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan.
"Basic cable is what makes America great," he said, cynically we think.
Conan said his tour (which is coming to Washington June 8) has been the happiest experience of his career. "I've learned stuff on the road that has changed me as a performer," he said.
Those things he's learned on the road he plans to incorporate into his new TBS show (which is bumping George Lopez's TBS late night show to a later timeslot but it's okay because Lopez is totally fine with it, right? There is only room in Conan World for one victim -- and that victim is Conan, okay?).
Specifically, Conan told advertisers, "I have a hunch that what 32-year-old males want to hear a lot of are corny jokes -- and country music!"
He promised his new show would be a new take on the TV classic, "Hee Haw."
He was kidding.
We're pretty sure.
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