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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