Tuesday, November 9, 2010

'Conan:' First impressions

Last night was the first episode of Conan O'Brien's new show "Conan." What I liked about it was it felt like he was himself again.

Say what you want about all the controversy, but let's face it, Conan never really felt comfortable on "The Tonight Show."

This show signaled a return to his old "Late Night" laid back comedy, which made it a much funnier show.

Everything is pretty much the same, minus Max Weinberg. He came out and did the string dance, had a pre-taped bit that featured the masturbating bear and repeatedly made fun of his hair and pale complexion.

It was vintage Conan.

His first guest was Seth Rogen, who sort of promoted "Green Hornet," but really just hung out and told embarrassing stories.

Lea Michele from "Glee" was charming and the only man paler than Conan, Jack White, was the musical guest, playing a rockabilly number with Conan and the band.

According to tvbythenumbers.com, the early ratings are good with 4.1 million viewers total and 2.4 million in the coveted 18-34 demographic.

Of course, those numbers are bloated because it's the first show. It will be interesting to see how things turn out once the new talk show smell wears off.

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