Last night was the debut of the new Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, following in the historic path of Steve Allen, Jack Parr, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He's off to a good start...with strong opening ratings and plenty of funny. He kept Max Weinberg and his band (along with the opening theme from the Late Show), brought back his original co-host Andy Richter and even kept his trademark cutting of the puppet strings move.
Liked the run-across-America move to open the show, his hanging with new fabulous LA friends watching a Lakers game, the entrance of first guest Will Ferrell and first musical guest Pearl Jam.
Very different first show than his debut on The Late Show September 1993.
With all the changes in late night programming (Leno earlier, Jimmy Fallon replacing Conan), late night just got fresher.
Good of NBC to open up the show video clips to share and embed on their site instead of containing it only on Hulu.
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Tuesday, June 02, 2009,