Somewhere in between watching my beloved Yankees lose the ALCS and watching “King of Queens” repeats, something occurred to me: Conan O’Brien is coming to TBS. The network placed it on the sidebars during the commercials, Craig Sager plugged it during every sporting event, and little Conan animations popped up during “House of Payne.” The whole station just looked more orangey than usual.
This is great news for everyone who’s ever been Team Coco or better yet, anti-Leno. Conan’s premiere on cable was to be Conan’s big redemption and revenge on the major networks that had wronged him in the past. On top of all the hype that came with his exit from NBC and agreement with TBS, the trailers for Conan’s new show promised that the show would be EPIC. Everyone was on the edge of their sofa’s waiting for the clock to strike 11 O’clock on Monday November 8th, 2010.
In fact, so many people were waiting and watching and clenching their pearls, that Conan trounced the competition. Not just beating the red hot Daily Show and Colbert Report (who’s ratings last month were the highest ever for the two shows,) but also beating the big wigs of Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman and of course, the evil Jay Leno. Point awarded to Team Coco.
But getting an audience after a much hyped premiere is easier than getting an audience on day two. The first show was filled with F-U’s to Jay Leno and NBC, many jokes about getting fired, and funny thoughts about being on network cable. But then, the second show was filled with the same thing… as was the second, and third show. Conan is becoming Taylor Swift and NBC is looking like Joe Jonas. But at this point, we get it. You got dumped in a 27 second phone call; time to write a song about something else.
On top of weak and redundant jokes/sketches this week, the opening week guests were lack luster. As per usual, Tom Hanks was a great guest. I enjoyed Conan’s Wednesday bit on having the stars of basic cable stop by: Bruce Jenner, a hoarder and the Alaskan crabs from “Deadliest Catch.” But I could live without seeing Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi be their emo/awkward selves/characters two days in a row. Are they really a great “get”?
We all know Conan’s potential. We all remember the great things that came out of his NBC late night show, such as Triumph, the masturbating bear, hornymanatee.com, etc. They are all still with Conan so as soon as he gets his sea legs over at TBS we should be able to see Conan and his characters be funny again, right?
It’s almost like when Conan got moved to 11:30, the funny in him got sucked out and now he’s got to find it again. Hopefully, he finds it soon because the Jay Leno jokes are getting old. The last thing we want to do is to have to watch Jay Leno to avoid hearing about Jay Leno.
I understand that not everyone comes bursting out of the gate at full speed. Especially when you’re used to network executives breathing down your throat, so I am pulling for Conan to really pick up steam as his run continues. I’ve already had to deal with a losing season for my Yankees (yeah yeah I know, I’m a spoiled Yankee fan, we spend a lot of money, yadda yadda yadda,) but I can’t handle another loss! Team Coco needs to be a winning team.