“Tonight Show” with Conan O’BrienJune 2nd, 2009 - 4:37 pm ICT by GD
Conan O’Brien took over reins of NBC’s “Tonight Show” on Monday night. The show witnessed a change of face after having had the famous anchor Jay Leno on board for a span of almost 17 years. The “Tonight Show” is arguably the most famous and historic late night talk show on American television. Conan O’Brien was introduced by Leno himself in the latter’s last episode as the anchor for the “Tonight Show”.
O’Brien’s first guest on the “Tonight Show” on Monday night was Will Ferrell. His “musical guest” for the show was Seattle based heavy metal band, Pearl Jam. Conan O’Brien is the fifth in line to take over as the h0st of the “Tonight Show” after such names as Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.
O’Brien is moving West towards Los Angeles in order to host the “Tonight Show”. Conan O’Brien earlier hosted NBC’s “Tonight Show” in New York. NBC has built a new studio for O’Brien for his show. The adjustment to the Californian culture from that of the East Coast is expected to feature largely in O”Brien’s comedy in the start up days, as hinted by O’Brien himself.
The “Tonight Show” on NBC has been the pioneer of late night talk shows in television history. When Jay Leno had stepped in as the host for the “Tonight show”, it had been topping the TRP ratings widely. But the Leno’s show lost out to that of David Letterman a few years down the line. Soon however, Leno was successful in reviving the show to its top spot, following which it clung on to the position for more than a decade.
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