Zombies, Conans and the cockroach-like survival abilities of Hung.
It's a damn shame, people throwing away a perfectly good robot show like that.
One hand giveth a terrible celebrity, another taketh away their screen time.
The worst possible thing that could happen at a network upfront event actually occurred this morning for TBS and TNT... and it turned out to be the best possible thing that could've happened. In front a packed house of advertisers, media buyers, network executives and journalists, the meticulously choreographed presentation ground to a screeching halt not once, not twice, not thrice, but four times due to technical difficulties that prevented the giant video screens from displaying picture. But what could've been a devastating embarrassment for the networks resulted in a series of live, unrehearsed performances that had more electricity than any of the sitcoms previewed by NBC, Fox and ABC earlier this week.
Last night Conan O'Brien arrived at his new basic cable home with Andy Richter, Jimmy Vivino and even the Masturbating Bear (surprise!) in tow, and the show felt... a little like both of his old shows! It was stiff and cautious at times, like The Tonight Show was, and then there'd be a five minute video sketch about Conan getting assassinated at a toll-booth, Godfather-style (I remember reading years ago that he'd begged Entertainment Weekly to let him do that on their cover and they refused, so glad TBS is really making his dreams come true here) and it felt like the relaxed silliness of Late Night all over again. The premiere as a whole wasn't exceptional, or even exceptionally funny throughout, but there is probably wisdom in starting out cautiously. Either way, I really wouldn't say it was a bad episode, so that certainly is something.
The Creative Arts Emmys were held this past Saturday, and though most of the categories are for essential yet unglamorous jobs we don't care to hear about, they are increasingly cramming more and more actually important (to us) categories into the oft-overlooked Schmemmys. By way of PSA, here are the night's awards and winners you probably do care about that you shouldn't be looking for in the real Emmys broadcast this Sunday.
Betty White on SNL, Conan O'Brien on stage, a Mad man on Betty, a football player on VH1, a crappy game show on ABC, Elisha Cuthbert on a comedy, and Dr. Drew on why he could've saved Corey Haim's life.
Today's news is best enjoyed to the tune of War's "Why Can't We Be Friends?" People may only be reuniting because of money and contract obligations, but the important thing is that we stay one big happy family, at least until Lost comes back on Tuesday. Do whatever you want after that; the rest of the world will be too busy to care about your paycheck.