After taking a long hiatus to go on tour and start a podcast, Conan O’Brien returns to TBS this month to launch the reworked and slimmer version of his late-night show. The network confirmed today that the half-hour Conan returns next Tuesday, January 22, and O’Brien will be kicking off his big return with an equally big guest: Tom Hanks. Here’s the rest of the lineup for the show’s first two weeks back, including the cast of The Good Place, Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, and comedians like Tig Notaro, Bill Hader, Pete Holmes, and Gary Gulman:
Wednesday, January 23: The cast of The Good Place starring Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, and Manny Jacinto
Thursday, January 24: Bill Hader
Monday, January 28: Tig Notaro
Tuesday, January 29: Gina Rodriguez
Wednesday, January 30: Pete Holmes
Thursday, January 31: Matt LeBlanc and comedian Gary Gulman
Hmmm. Strange things are afoot at the Circle K. (Thanks to Alyson for the heads up)
I get what they were going for, but my mind immediately went towards thinking this was some weird new season of Making a Murderer
The Directors Guild of America Awards have announced nominees in their TV, commercials, and documentary categories ahead of tomorrow’s feature film nominations announcement. The TV nominations consist of a pretty swell batch, from Barry’s Bill Hader to Atlanta’s Donald Glover and Hiro Murai. On the drama side, Adam McKay scored a nomination for helming the Succession pilot, and Cary Joji Fukunaga received a much-deserved nomination in the Limited Series category for Maniac alongside Sharp Objects helmer Jean-Marc Vallée. The winners will be announced on February 2nd.
(Bill is up for Comedy Series “Barry”-read whole post here at Collider.)
Bill Hader was making America laugh with his roles in skits like The Californians or as his popular Weekend Update character Stefon, but he was not laughing behind the scenes. Hader said his first five seasons were especially tough, as his future on Saturday Night Live was never guaranteed. Hader told Variety that executive producer Lorne Michaels did assure him after that he had a spot on the program indefinitely, but added his anxiety never fully went away.
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