The Conan O’Brien Pre-Publicity Train continues to chug along as the debut of his new show on TBS approaches (November 8). TOOT TOOOOOOOT, indeed. There was the Ask Conan a Question campaign on Facebook, to which the question “Where do you get your ideas?” was dutifully submitted and resoundingly ignored. TEAM HARD QUESTIONS! There was also the news yesterday that Max Weinberg’s exit is official and confirmed. I’m not actually sure if that counts as publicity, but whatever. And now: 9 new television commercials for Conan O’Brien’s new show. I’ve posted all 9 of them after the jump for some reason. Seriously, like I don’t actually know why. I guess because I honestly don’t give a shit whether or not Sarah Palin was booed by three people in the audience at Dancing with the Stars last night, because that show is dumb and Sarah Palin is a fucking horrible person for whom three boos is literally the least she deserves. But we’ve got to talk about something, right? What if the Internet didn’t say something for 10 minutes and the whole world collapsed?! Yikes. So:

Well? What did I tell you? That was DEFINITELY 9 commercials for Conan O’Brien’s new show on TBS. FACT.

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  1. Did you guys see Steven Seagal cameo in the bus stop promo?

  2. vg: very factual

  3. Guys, I have the song “Missing You” stuck in my head for some reason.

    • Semi-related, semi-funny story: In American Idol season 6, contestant Phil Stacey sang this song and dedicated it to his friends who were stationed back in Iraq (or one of those war countries). And it was very funny to me, cuz he’s like “I ain’t missing you!” to them! And he didn’t realize the irony! And I was watching American Idol! …

  4. i would like to officially submit my papers to lead the “i’m over it” campaign. you may hate me for it now, but you’ll know exactly what i’m talking about when gabe posts the video of betty white’s appearance in the first week of the new show.

    • you’re probably over things like this as well but……

      I still love making them

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      • To be fair, I’ve never heard Conan actually whine about the sum of money he received in compensation for his leaving NBC. In fact, I’ve never heard Conan suggest that he wasn’t paid enough. If anything, he often poked fun at how much money NBC was/had wasted by building him his set and paying for everyone to move to LA, etc…

        I know this probably goes under the “Being White is Hard” header, but I always bristle at the popular notion that having/getting money somehow diminishes getting lied to or stolen from or whatever.

        I think his issue was more in line with feeling kind of like he was getting jerked around by his bosses, something with which I’m sure we can be sympathetic.

        HAVING SAID THAT, this ad campaign IS a little tone deaf. Does anyone actually miss Conan O’Brien? He’s been incessantly public during his hiatus from hosting one late night celebrity talk show in a sea of celebrity talk shows. If anything, Conan should be the one sitting behing a pretend desk in his garage with a soccerball that has Tom Selleck’s mustache on it.

        And my last thought (hooray!) on all this is that Conan made a mistake in naming his show “Conan.” He REALLY should have named it “Tonight’s Show with Conan O’Brien,” if for no other reason, to tie up NBC’s legal department for years while they sort out the intellectual property rights to the words Tonight and Show in conjunction.

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          • How screwed over did he get?

            NBC: Remember how a few years ago we promised you that after all these years you would actually, unlike most people ever, achieve your life dream?
            Conan: YES!
            NBC: HERE IT IS! Your life dream!
            Conan: Yayyyyy!
            NBC: Okay, done now, we’re taking it back and giving it to someone who is an embarassment to your profession.

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          • Your epilogue, which happened well after his reaction to NBC yanking away his life goal, is meant to show that he shouldn’t have acted the way he did?

          • you realize that was just an sketch and they didn’t ACTUALLY bought that car, right? just checking

          • “Refreshing before posting? Nonsense!!”
            swaz! (1986 – 2012)

          • But he DID pay for that race horse and that giant cashmere snuggie, right? And what about that expensive football footage? Conan was SO WASTEFUL towards the end.

            PSYCH! (as popularized by S. Winwood)

          • Oh my God, you guys, poor TV comedian! Completely unaware that some person on the internet is saying things! Super commenters to the rescue!!!!!! If only he were an inner city teacher, or some sort of nurse???

            You guys win. Dexterbotwin the super villain must be stopped.

            Eye roll.

          • He didn’t actually buy the car??? He’s a hero of the Doctors-Without-Borders persuasion!! To arms, to arms!

          • TBS does not equal The Tonight Show, at all. I mean, even George Lopez has a talk show on TBS

        • Ok, I don’t actually think you DO “understand his position.” Here is some transcript of his final Tonight Show airing in which he was incredibly gracious, adult , and…OPPOSITE of “PETTY”:

          “Before we end this rodeo, a few things need to be said. There has been a lot of speculation in the press about what I legally can and can’t say about NBC. To set the record straight, tonight I am allowed to say anything I want. And what I want to say is this: between my time at Saturday Night Live, The Late Night Show, and my brief run here on The Tonight Show, I have worked with NBC for over twenty years. Yes, we have our differences right now and yes, we’re going to go our separate ways. But this company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible.
          Walking away from The Tonight Show is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Making this choice has been enormously difficult. This is the best job in the world, I absolutely love doing it, and I have the best staff and crew in the history of the medium. But despite this sense of loss, I really feel this should be a happy moment. Every comedian dreams of hosting The Tonight Show and, for seven months, I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret a second. I’ve had more good fortune than anyone I know and if our next gig is doing a show in a 7-11 parking lot, we’ll find a way to make it fun.

          And finally, I have to say something to our fans. The massive outpouring of support and passion from so many people has been overwhelming. The rallies, the signs, all the goofy, outrageous creativity on the internet, and the fact that people have traveled long distances and camped out all night in the pouring rain to be in our audience, made a sad situation joyous and inspirational.

          To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I’ll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere.

          Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”

          I mean, maybe you don’t feel sorry for him – I don’t either, really. I am a huge fan and I’m just glad he’s going to be back on TV for me to enjoy. But if you’re not a fan, what could your problem possibly be with the way he’s marketed himself?

  5. I’m glad Conan will be back, but I’m sad that I will have to exert energy to change channels at 12:30 to watch Jimmy Fallon. I really like Fallon, you guys.




  7. Offtopicgum. Did anyone see the wreck on Australia’s Top Model where they gave the wrong girl the title on live TV? Failure is so funny!

    • Man, could any of them have handled that any better though? Seriously, woman who turned out to be the winner turning to the other to see how she was doing before celebrating, the woman who turned out to the be the loser making sure everyone else felt okay about it? Classy all around. Stupid Austrailians.

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  9. I used to miss watching his show (I watched it every night), but kind of don’t know what I’m missing anymore since it feels so long ago. But every now and then, I’ll find a reference to Conan and I’m like these commercials.

  10. I’m not a legally practicing psychologist, but I think these people are in denial. I think they actually miss Conan.

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