Fr 5/14: Donald Trump, the Jonas Brothers on theTHE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. One of the most popular teenaged groups of the 2000s, the Jonas Brothers crafted hook-filled power pop anthems in the vein of McFly, Hanson, and the Modern Lovers. The young New Jersey natives (while readying their 2006 debut, brothers Joseph, Kevin, and Nicholas Jonas topped out at 16, 17, and 13, respectively) were reared in the city of Wyckoff under the tutelage of musical parents. Nicholas showed a particular flair for singing; by the age of six, he’d already begun a modest career as a Broadway performer. The young vocalist also took an interest in songwriting, even co-writing a Christmas tune in 2002 alongside his father. Several years later, his soulful voice had wowed enough executives at Daylight/Columbia Records to warrant a solo album, and Nicholas began writing original material with help from his two brothers. The siblings’ songs impressed the president of Columbia, who ultimately signed the trio in 2005. The Jonas Brothers’ full-length debut, It’s About Time, was released in August 2006. Featuring the songwriting talents of Desmond Child and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, the album peaked at number 91 on the Billboard charts and earned the siblings a modest audience, particularly among fans of Radio Disney. Nevertheless, the Jonas Brothers were dropped from Columbia’s roster in early 2007. They bounced back by signing with Hollywood Records, a Disney-owned label that helped the group exponentially expand its fan base. An eponymous sophomore album, Jonas Brothers, arrived in August 2007, supported by a number of Jonas Brothers appearances on the Disney Channel’s various programs. The band also toured in support of the record, selling out shows coast to coast — including a stop at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, which was the fastest sold-out show in the venue’s history. The reality television show Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream documented the band’s life on the road, and the band’s TV presence was furthered along by Camp Rock, a 2008 Disney Channel television movie that featured the brothers and up-and-coming star Demi Lovato. The movie was watched by nearly nine million viewers and launched the Jonas Brothers’ next single, “Burnin’ Up,” which helped whet demand for the release of A Little Bit Longer later that year. In 2009, the trio released Music from the 3D Concert Experience, along with a live concert film of the same name. Later that year, they released their fourth studio album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times
Conan O’Brien Says He Wouldn’t Have Done What Jay Leno Did. Had their roles been reversed, Conan O’Brien said he wouldn’t have done what Jay Leno did to him. In his first interview since he left NBC, the ousted “Tonight Show” host slams Leno for returning to his old post when he already gave it to him. Speaking to CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Conan O’Brien also said that he had to leave the peacock network because he felt they don’t want him there anymore. He said of Leno, “He went and took that show back and I think in a similar situation, if roles had been reversed, I know… I know me, I wouldn’t have done that.” “If I had surrendered The Tonight show and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well and then… six months later. But that’s me, you know. Everyone’s got their own, you know, way of doing things.” And if he were Leno, he would have “done something else, go someplace else.” He continued, “I think this relationship [with NBC] is going to be toxic and we just need to go our separate ways. That’s really how it felt to me… and I started to feel that I’m not sure these people even really want me here.” O’Brien, who is scheduled to host his own late-night show on TBS, will be bumping George Lopez from his current time slot. However, Lopez said that he has not been “Lenoed,” insisting that he is welcoming the slightly younger funnyman with open arms. TBS first opened up their idea of asking O’Brien to join their team to Lopez, telling him that if he didn’t approve of it, they wouldn’t ask O’Brien. But Lopez thought it was a great idea, and when Coco first refused the offer thinking that he didn’t want Lopez to suffer the same fate that he did when NBC tried to move him, Lopez called him to assure him he’s completely on board with the idea. His “60 Minutes” interview is set to air Sunday on CBS.
Conan O’Brien Giving First Post-“Tonight Show” Interview To “60 Minutes” Conan O’Brien is granting his first post-“Tonight Show” interview to CBS news magazine “60 Minutes.” As per his exit contract with NBC, the 47-year-old funnyman is free to do interviews after May 1. On the Sunday show, reported by correspondent Steve Kroft, Coco will talk about his current stage tour but it will center on his decision to leave the late-night show on the peacock network to make room for Jay Leno’s return. And while he is still under contract restrictions not to criticize the network or Leno, O’Brien is expected to “flirt with the restrictions,” Kroft told New York Times, which first reported the interview He is, however, free to talk about his new late-night show on TBS. And because O’Brien is not allowed to appear on TV before May 1, CBS cannot promote the show on-air this week. Kroft said, “I think we’ll just show me talking to him and have to blank his face out.” O’Brien is currently on his “The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” tour
Conan O’Brien To Hold First Stage Show In April. Conan O’Brien is returning in front of a live audience. The ousted “Tonight Show” host will be doing live stage shows, with the first schedule set in April in Phoenix. Ticket sales company Ticketmaster confirmed the performance to TMZ. The first Coco stage show will be at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Arizona on April 30. Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 8. It is not known what exactly he would bring on stage, but as a comic and a former “Saturday Night Live” writer, it is not difficult to guess that an improv show may be planned. The 46-year-old funnyman was recently spotted sporting an “unemployment beard” while in vacation with his family in Hawaii. His $33 million departure contract from NBC forbids him from joining another network until September. But a stage show is safe.
Leno seems unfazed by the hullabaloo on the late night mess. The returning “Tonight Show” host has no definite answer for the future of his program after the scandal that surrounds the timeslot switch on NBC.
Conan O’Brien has just wrapped up his last “Tonight” hosting gig after seven months of inheriting the title from Leno. Floods of support from fans, viewers, and celebrities came to Coco’s defense, believing Leno and the peacock network worked together to edge him out of the program. But Leno is taking it all in stride. When asked by Inside Edition if he is worried the mess is tarnishing his good guy image, he just replied, “You know what’s good for tarnish? Vinegar and ammonia.” He also said that he hopes he is still friends with O’Brien and just said all the nastiness surrounding the program is just “show business.” And when asked if he’s confident he will beat longtime rival David Letterman in the ratings, he said, “I’m not confident about anything.” Meanwhile, Tilda Swinton is agreeable to play O’Brien in a film. Coco jokingly said on Friday that if NBC would make a film about the show, he wants the Academy Award-winning actress to play him on screen. Luckily for him, Swinton is more than happy to do so. When Kyle Buchanan from the Movie Line asked the actress about the prospect of playing the redhead funnyman, she answered, “I’ve heard about Conan! I’m so thrilled. I would just be only too happy. Yes, yes, yes, absolutely.”
This can only happen in the US.
Now it’s official. Conan O’Brien has signed aridiculous high amount $45 million deal with NBC to leave the “Tonight Show.” Jay Leno will be taking over the show again as O’Brien and his staff exit the peacock network. The new deal sees Coco getting hold of a cool $33 million for himself and an additional $12 million for his crew. It’s a lot more than the first reported $32.5 million for the redhead funnyman and only $7.5 million for the nearly 200 employees, who relocated from New York to California for “Tonight.” Our source added that unlike the previous draft, O’Brien would get the severance pay in whole regardless of whether he gets another hosting gig or not. The catch: the contract includes a non-disparagement clause, meaning he may not bash NBC anymore. He will also not be able to host another show with a competing network until this fall. His last “Tonight” gig will be on Friday, with Robin Williams and Barry Manilow scheduled for guesting on Thursday and Tom Hanks and Will Ferrell slated for Friday’s appearance. Leno will be taking over “Tonight” again starting March 1 after the peacock network wraps up its Winter Olympics coverage.