So apparently I needed a week off after Conan left the air (repeats don't count!) before talking about late night television again. And it's true, the winner of our Best Overall Late Night Show of 2009 award is still on the air in repeats for one more week before Vancouver Olympics coverage kicks in -- though you wouldn't know it from visiting NBC's website. Despite still airing Conan's Tonight Show on their network for another week, as of last Friday, they've eliminated all mention of Conan O'Brien from their web properties -- no videos, no bios, no anything. Every section or dedicated site that linked to something Conan-related -- including the "Twitter Tracker" and "Conando" sites, blogs, videos on NBC.com and Hulu.com -- have been erased from their servers (and not just his Tonight Show stuff, as all his old Late Night video archives are gonzo, too). They even took down a great Tonight Show history website they had set up, going over all the great moments from Steve Allen and Jack Paar, through Johnny Carson's 30 years and Jay's first run as host, because it mentioned Conan O'Brien. It's all a bit odd.
And speaking of odd, did you guys watch the Super Bowl? (I'm guessing you did, since over 100 million people in the U.S. -- plus no doubt millions more up here in Canada -- caught the minor upset by the New Orleans Saints over the Indianapolis Colts.) Did you catch the Late Show with David Letterman ad that featured Dave (of course), Oprah Winfrey, and... what?! Who?!? Jay Leno?!?!? That's right, Jay Leno appeared in a Super Bowl ad for The Late Show, and even spent 20-30 minutes secretly filming the spot at the Ed Sullivan Theatre with Oprah and Dave last Tuesday. Now, we all know how friendly Jay is with Oprah, after the wonderful job she did trying to help him save face after the late night fiasco, but David Letterman? Sure, they have a LONG history, going back to doing stand-up in L.A. in the early 70s and writing for Good Times together. But since Jay got The Tonight Show over Dave back in 1992, there's clearly been no love lost between them. Reports say that the two were "very friendly, very professional, totally cordial," but I'd still have killed to be a fly on the wall of that commercial shoot. Anyway, enjoy the commercial below in case you missed it (or want to see it again).
Now, after all that, you probably just want to get to the guest line-ups for this week. I'm still going to give you my Top 5 picks for the week, but I'll save you more of my blabbering and will forgo the wordy explanations. You're welcome!
Louis C.K. (Wednesday on Conan) – He's the best working stand-up today (in my humble opinion), and even though it's a repeat, it's also the second-last TV airing ofThe Tonight Show. (Plus, Wednesday's Conan also has Megan Fox swooning over CoCo.)
Donald Glover (Tuesday on Ferguson) – We may have our own interview with theCommunity star coming up in the near future, but in the meantime, check him out chatting with Craig.
Jeff Bridges (Friday on Letterman) – The odds-on favourite for the "Best Actor" Oscar stops by to talk to Dave.
Willie Mays (Wednesday on Stewart) – Jon Stewart is a massive baseball fan -- and specifically, a Mets fan -- so seeing him get to talk to one of the all-time legends of the game should be really fun!
Tegan & Sara (Tuesday on Strombo) – You've seen them perform, but rarely do you get to see them sit down and talk. Here's hoping we get BOTH onThe Hour!
Paul Little is the founder and Managing Editor of ShowbizMonkeys.com. When not interviewing his favourite musicians and comedians, he can also be found at The Purple Room in Winnipeg, where he is Artistic Director. (@comedygeek)