Conan Stumbles on Second Night

... Conan O'Brien is back, baby! And of course that means a big splash and then... reality. Conan's second episode dropped a third in total viewers, from 4.2 million viewers for the premiere episode to 2.8 million viewers last night. David Letterman and Jay Leno's shows were back on top again, beating Conan's 2.1 rating with a 3.0 and 2.5, respectively. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Biggest Loser is losing some weight it'd like to have back. Crew members for the NBC reality hit have walked out with the intention of unionizing. Producers obviously have a problem with this. No word on when we can get back to watching overweight people panting and sweating for our enjoyment. [LA Times]

... Steven Weber and D.L. Hughley are teaming up for TNT's adaptation of the novel The Rabbit Factory, about a recently divorced detective. Weber and Hughley previously worked together on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Gene Shalit, that guy who looks like he should own some wacky magical toy store, is leaving the Today show after 40 years of doing whatever it is he did on the NBC morning show. I'm going to miss all those things that he did or didn't say, and those wacky sayings of his that he may or may not have had. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Shirley's ex-husband has been a somewhat mythical being on NBC's Community for some time now. All we know is that he's a big jerk. Or at least that's what Shirley seems to think. But we'll find out for sure when he makes an appearance later this season. And playing the character will be Malcolm-Jamal Warner, nee Theo Huxtable from The Cosby Show. Perfect casting. [EW]

... Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore is going back to big ships with a new action-adventure series: NBC has nabbed his drama The McCulloch, about a fictional Coast Guard crew who travels the world. [The Live Feed]

... Bristol Palin can not be voted off Dancing With the Stars, no matter how many times the judges put her in last place. The public's phone-in vote has been a life saver for Palin, who says it's her non-celebrity status that has kept her alive. "I think lots of people see themselves in me because I'm pretty untouched when it comes to celebrity status," she said. [E! Online]


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Am I the only one who sees the oxymoron in a coast guard crew travelling the world?
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2nd show wuz funnier then the premiere. Giggled all the way through...
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Guess its not bad numbers for basic cable. Love Coco!
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Yeah, because Caprica was such a huge hit.
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Conan should take Leno on a long long fishing expedition. The first is not funny and the second is past its prime.
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I'm sorry, but Palin has got to go! She has no talent for this sort of thing as far as I'm concerned. Apparently the "Tea Party" (not to lose face with Mama) keeps this ball rolling! Come on! This is no longer a Ballroom Dance contest, it's become a popularity contest and that's just wrong!
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The majority of Leno and Letterman's viewers are old folks. Talk about awkward, when Leno interviews a woman and gets all pervy. It's gross. The real truth is no one watches TV anymore, we watch it on our own time or download it from the internet. Late night is dead. But I wish only the best for Conan and Letterman, Leno can take a leap from a window sill, or overdose on sleeping pills or better yet take a dive on a live grenade. ...and that's true vitriol y'all!
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lol Conan's numbers dropped because he's not funny. the man is just awkward. The late night game belongs to Leno and Letterman.
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The 2.1 is still generous...I expect that to come down soon enough.
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Maybe Shirley's ex-husband couldn't stand any more of her self righteous harping and just split. Don't blame him; she and Annie are just way too obnoxious for words. Love the rest of the cast, but not those two losers.
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I dont understand how people are. Premieres, finales, big episodes, etc. always have crazy huge numbers? Do people just tune into stuff they don't normally ever watch then never watch again? What kind of sick behavior is that...
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I'm excited for Malcolm-Jamal Warner on Community, I love him! It's nice to finally put a face to Shirley's ex-husband and it should be fun to see what the writers decide to do with him.
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Not to surprised about Conan (He's on basic cable after all). Kind of cool to see Malcolm on Community, I have a feeling that his character is this really cool kind of guy that Jeff and the others probably like (well except Shirley).
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I thought Moore was already busy doing another BSG show now that Caprica is canceled. Sounds like he's stretching himself thin.
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Literally not a single piece of news I care about.
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I PRAY every week its Bristols time to be gone. Alas, every week, she's still there. And I'm excited to see MJW on Community.
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I never cared for Shalit. He was always more interested in the sound of his own voice and trying to appear literary than in actually giving a proper review.
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Bristol Palin is delusional, and she is definitely not "untouched". What a poor choice of word right there, phfff...
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