“When we invited Conan O’Brien to come to TBS, we knew he would bring with him a passionately loyal following of young adults,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “Conan and his colleagues at Team Coco have gone far beyond that by making CONAN the top late-night brand in the digital arena. We are proud to extend our relationship with Conan as he continues to forge the future of late night. I just wish we didn’t decide to tell him on April Fools’ Day.”
In November, Conan O’Brien announced the formation of the “Occupy CONAN” movement, challenging fans to work together to produce an entire episode. Fans immediately began re-creating scenes from CONAN and jockeying to have their versions chosen for the final episode. The resulting episode will premiere on TBS Thursday, Jan. 31, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT), sponsored by the all-new Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. During the episode, Conan O’Brien will be blogging live through the Emmy®-winning Team Coco tablet app, available free at http://teamcoco.com/sync.
The Lot, What to Know if You Go
Event Date: March 17, 2012
Lauren A – Senior Reviewer
When TheTwoCents visited LA last month, we were in search of the true television fan experience. We definitely found it at the Warner Bros. Studio. With so many film classics under the Warner Bros. umbrella and hit shows like Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Pretty Little Liars and many more currently filming on the lot, there was plenty to see and learn! We toured the lot on a rainy Saturday – not ideal for star spotting (most shows don’t film on weekends), but perfect for the crowd who doesn’t want to miss out on visiting sets just because they’re closed for filming. We had an amazing tour guide who appreciated our pop culture proficiency, and got to see much more than we paid for. Our tour guide’s phrase of the day was, “We’re going rogue because I know you’ll love this!”
The most impressive parts of the studio are the extensive backlot sets. These permanent exterior sets are used for shows and films by Warner Bros. and many other studios – if you’ve ever watched television or seen a movie, you’ll definitely recognize some of these places!
With 30 sound stages on the Warner Bros. lot, Stage 18 was just the beginning. Although we didn’t get a peek inside each stage, what we did see was lots of fun! Some of the shows we haven’t mentioned that are currently filming on the lot include: Mike and Molly, Harry’s Law, Two and a Half Men, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Conan, The Voice, and oh so many more! We had no idea that shows from so many networks all came together to film in one place. The sheer star power is overwhelming, and celeb trailers line the drive between the stages.
TBS has extended the popular late-night series CONAN through April 2014, demonstrating the network’s solid commitment to the Emmy®-nominated show and its host, Conan O’Brien.
Since premiering in November 2010, CONAN has been a hit with TBS’s core audience of young adults. The show recently charted its third consecutive month of audience growth. The success of CONAN also extends well beyond the show’s TBS telecasts to include widespread DVR, online and mobile viewing; interaction through Twitter, Facebook and TeamCoco.com. In the past year, CONAN has conducted special events throughout the country, including a week of shows from the Beacon Theater in New York and fan art exhibits in New York City and San Diego. In June 2012, CONAN will travel again, this time for a week of shows in Chicago.
Following the extremely successful “Live Coco Cam,” a 24-hour look behind-the-scenes at the Conan offices, Conan O’Brien is letting his fans in on the ultimate warm-up for his new TBS show. O’Brien will host “Show Zero” on Monday, Nov. 1, at 11 p.m. (ET)/ 8 p.m. (PT). “Show Zero” will be triple-simulcast, streaming on TeamCoco.com, YouTube.com, and Facebook.com. “Show Zero” will feature celebrity guests, elements of “The Basic Cable Band” and Andy Richter as they help O’Brien warm up for the main event.
“Show Zero” will originate from the Conaco Production offices at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank. TBS’s Conan premieres Monday, Nov. 8, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT).
The premiere night of Conan from Stage 15 at Warner Bros. Studios will feature Seth Rogen and a musical performance from Jack White.
The rest of Conan’s premiere week will feature a lineup of special guests, rare performances and longtime friends of O’Brien:
· Monday, Nov. 8 – First Guest Poll winner, Seth Rogen and musical guest Jack White
· Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and musical guest Soundgarden
It’s ground-breaking, it’s original, it’s imaginative, it’s… well, just watch.