Conan O'Brien touts show at TBS upfronts
Conan O'Brien is officially promoting his upcoming talk show after spending Wednesday at the TBS upfronts in Minneapolis, and in typical Conan form, he was yukking it up from the start. At least someone's laughing about late-night TV.
The New York Times says Conan was all jokes at first, saying the plot of Lost was more plausible than his ouster from NBC and that he was stealing advertisers from the network. But he got all serious on us by praising his new bosses at TBS.
“They believe in me, I believe in them, and I cannot wait to get back to having fun on television again. That’s all I want to do," O'Brien said. He also said he was actually grateful for the road show he's been doing since NBC prohibited from being on TV until this fall.
“My life tour has been my happiest experience in 20 some odd years in show business,” he said. “I am learning stuff on the road that is changing me as a performer.”
He then predicted he would pick up where Hee-Haw left off, filling his hour with corny jokes and country music, even taking the stage to sing a satirical version of On The Road Again. That news should make Max Weinberg very happy, indeed.
[Photo: Conan with George Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith and Kyra Sedgwick. He's rolling with the big boys now. AP]