Max Orders Four-Episode Series ‘Conan O’Brien Must Go’

Max has ordered “Conan O’Brien Must Go,” a new international travel series from Conan O’Brien.

The four-episode series is currently in production and will feature O’Brien visiting friends he’s met through his podcast “Conan O’Brien Needs a Fan.”

“My fans around the globe never asked me to visit them, so I did,” said O’Brien in a statement.

Produced by Conaco, the series is executive produced by O’Brien and Jeff Ross.

“Conan is a national treasure … at least that’s what he keeps telling me,” Nina Rosenstein, EVP of HBO Programming, said in a statement. “It’s been an absolute dream to work with him, Jeff, and the whole Conaco team. They’re everything you’d hope for — insanely smart, ridiculously funny, and nicer than they’d probably want to admit.” 

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O’Brien recently concluded his 11 year run with “Conan” on TBS. He’s had a 28 year career as a late-night talk show host, one of the longest tenures in late-night television history. His Emmy  winning TBS travel series “Conan Without Borders” has visited 13 countries and his podcast “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” has tallied more than 427 million downloads since its launch in 2018.

 

Conan O’Brien Launching His First FAST Channel on Samsung TV Plus

Samsung Electronics America and former late night TV host Conan O’Brien May 2 announced a partnership to bring his original Emmy Award-winning show “Conan” next month exclusively to Samsung TV Plus, the consumer electronics manufacturer’s free ad-supported TV service (FAST) that delivers more than 250 live channels in the U.S. and thousands of shows and movies on demand to Samsung Smart TVs and Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

The Conan O’Brien TV channel will deliver 24/7 programming, uniquely curated as 30-minute collections of clips featuring the best of Conan’s late-night archives, including sketch comedy, celebrity guests and more.

“Samsung TV Plus is the ideal home for Conan’s first FAST channel, given the scale and credibility of the service within the FAST sector,” Jeff Ross, executive producer of the Conan O’Brien TV channel, said in a statement

The Conan O’Brien TV channel is the latest partnership between Samsung TV Plus and content creators, networks and studios following the launch of Kevin Hart’s the LOL! Network earlier this year.

“We greatly value our collaboration with such innovative and creative partners and look forward to continuing our efforts to deliver laughs, fun and entertainment to audiences at home and on-the-go,” said Salek Brodsky, SVP and GM of Samsung TV Plus.

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Murderville

STREAMING REVIEW:

Netflix;
Comedy;
Not rated.
Stars Will Arnett, Haneefah Wood, Lilan Bowden, Phillip Smithey, Conan O’Brien, Marshawn Lynch, Kumail Nanjiani, Annie Murphy, Sharon Stone, Ken Jeong.

The hilarious new comedy series “Murderville” offers a spoof of police procedurals with a twist. Each episode, homicide detective Terry Seattle (Will Arnett) takes on a new trainee partner in the form of a celebrity guest star playing themselves. The catch is, the celebrities haven’t been given a script to let them know what’s going on, forcing them to improvise their way through the scenes, leading up to them choosing which of the episode’s three suspects they think is the killer.

Think of it as “Law & Order” meets “Police Squad” with touches of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and one of those murder mystery party games, as the premise, inspired by the British TV series “Murder in Successville,” serves as an excuse to subject the celebrity guest to humiliating scenarios while distracting them from trying to notice clues.

For instance, the first episode ensnares Conan O’Brien in a situation in which he has to keep eating a sloppy joe even as Arnett keeps pouring hot sauce on it. Another set-up sees former NFL star Marshawn Lynch pretending to be the mirror image of a suspect he looks nothing like because the two-way mirror in the interrogation room is missing.

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There are also running gags that flow through all six of the episodes, giving sharp-eyed viewers plenty to appreciate. Arnett shines as the detective at the center of it all, acting as ringleader to egg on the celebrities while guiding them through each case, not to mention the audience, who can play along at home.

You know you’re dealing with an elevated level of silliness when one of the secondary objectives seems to be trying to make the actor playing the corpse crack up (and a couple of times it almost works). Even the skilled performers guest starring or playing suspects aren’t immune to breaking from time to time, which just contributes to the dumb fun.