Conan Debuts, Michael J. Fox Returns To TV, Amazing Race - November 9, 2010
Conan O'Brien debuted his long awaited new show on TBS last night. I enjoyed it and it was this feeling of redemption to see him back doing late night TV. The opening sequence was well done with him showing the fallout of his decision of not taking the new time slot for The Tonight Show. It involved him getting shot at Godfather style on the studio lot and then showing all of the other jobs that he had attempted after leaving NBC. It was classic Conan stuff. I'm impressed with the look of the studio and the remote control moving moon in the background was a fun touch. He didn't pull any punches with his line of "it's not easy doing a late night show on a channel without a lot of money and that viewers have trouble finding. So, that's why I left NBC." Ricky Gervais was very funny with his pre-recorded messages congratulating Conan and then recording others as well in case things didn't work out was a clever idea. A fun first show and just what you would expect out of Conan. He is on weeknights at 10pm central time on TBS. The ratings are also in on the premiere and Conan beat all the talk shows including Leno and Letterman.
Michael J. Fox returns to TV tonight guest starring on the show, The Good Wife. Fox will play a lawyer that is fighting for the pharmaceutical companies and is using his Parkinson's condition to his advantage in court. I'm thrilled to have Michael back on TV and I'm a huge fan of his.
A costly rule was broken on The Amazing Race this week. It wasn't just one team that broke it but several. The teams had to walk instead of taking a cab on one point of this leg of the race. Brooke and Claire realized what they had done and went back to make the walk which avoided the penalty. They still finished second on this leg despite having to go back. Chad and Stephanie took a penalty but Michael and Kevin got the double penalty. Their penalty was longer and those two teams were at the line last so Michael and Kevin were eliminated. It was a bummer to see them get eliminated like that on a penalty but it's part of the race. Nat and Kat finished in first place.