It's just not cool when somebody tries to be cool. Or funny. And Turner Entertainment should remember that when it puts together its next upfront presentation.
The show started with a pretaped bit where "Anchorman" Will Ferrell joked that he bought Turner but doesn't care about CNN, TNT, and TruTV. He introduced the new boss: Charles Barkley. Then they showed clips of shows with Barkley plopped into frame. Ferrell asked, "Can you really go wrong with me as CEO of Turner, and Charles, can you really go wrong?"
The show got infinitely better once Conan O'Brien took over for a live performance that Deadline calls "more relaxed" than last year's. And now, Conan's greatest hits:
He laid down the law with advertisers.
"Why don't we cut to the chase? Just give us your fricking money."
He got us thinking about a soap (opera) called Lavender Mist.
While discussing the new wave of shows produced by Netflix and Amazon, he teased upcoming projects: "Wait until you see the shows from Crabtree & Evelyn."
He told us about Sen. John McCain's favorite channels.
Sen. John McCain has a new bill calling for pay-per-selection TV, and Conan relayed the senator's plea: "Why should I pay for 100 channels when I only watch Logo and BET?"
Then there was some recorded stuff again — eh — and then more — double eh — but finally, he brought out the self-proclaimed "lesbian Val Kilmer" otherwise known as Pete Holmes, host of "The Midnight Show With Pete Holmes."
He got "My Heart Will Go On" stuck in our heads.
It's true. That's what happened when Holmes talked about how his mother calls Celine Dion "Salon Dijon." But it's all good. We will still check out his show.
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