More Andy! More Chelsea! More Devlin! More 30 Rock! More reality! More werewolves! More "celebrities"! The downside? Less Smits.
The Voice's first season just ended, which means now it's time for record deals, tours and contract renewals.
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.
It's been an incredibly busy week, so why not wind down with today's TWoP news?
Sadly, former Tonight Show fixture Ed McMahon, who played second fiddle to Johnny Carson for 30 years, passed away earlier this week. We weren't sure we could pay tribute to such an icon of television, but luckily, Conan O'Brien did it for us, with a selection of his funniest Tonight Show moments, which you can see below.
It's Wednesday, which means that I'm just sitting here trying to will the time to move faster (where's Faraday when I need him?) so that I can get home to indulge in a gluttonous amount of TV, including (but not necessarily limited to) Lost, American Idol, Biggest Loser, Top Chef, Little Miss Perfect and Man v. Food. I have a problem. Do you think Faraday could also find a way to invent a DVR that can record like four things at once? That'd be helpful too. Anyway, to help make the time pass a little more quickly, here's some news.
I kind of adore Andy Richter. I loved him on Conan. Andy Richter Controls the Universe was must-see TV for me, I even watched most of Andy Barker, P.I., and I thought he was sweet as a dopey divorcee on New Adventures of Old Christine ... though my love didn't extend enough to make me watch more than one episode of Quintuplets. Anyway, I'm excited now because he's going to be on an episode of Bones, which I watch weekly and end up blogging about a lot. I look for any excuse, really. EW's Ausiello says the Richter episode in January (or some other far off date) will be circus themed, and I'm still kind of freaked out by the creepy clowns on last week's Pushing Daisies, so I hope that since he's the ringmaster he keeps them under control. Or at least that one of the corpses is a clown. That would ease my irrational fear.
Neil Patrick Harris singing about anything is pretty much all it takes to make me happy (see my summer ramblings about Dr. Horrible). We don't lovingly refer to NPH as our patron saint around the office for nothing. He does magic, he can sing, he's Barney, he used to play a doctor on TV. Just all around awesome. So of course I was going to love the latest offering from Funny or Die. They had the amazing Marc Shaiman (he wrote all of those infectiously addictive songs for Hairspray) cook up a special musical number about the Prop 8 controversy. It's a joyful and silly star-studded affair and has succeeded in finally getting me out of my funk.
All of this focus on overweight reality shows -- Biggest Loser, Dance Your Ass Off, More to Love -- has drawn our attention away from the original plus-size primetime stars. You know, the fictional ones? Most of the great TV shows of the modern era have included at least one character from this increasingly sizable segment of society, and nine times out of ten they ended up being our favorite character on the series. Here are ten who float to the top of our favorites list.