November 2010

He had a show. Then he had a different show. Now, The Comedy Network and CTV bring Coco back to Canada, as Conan O’Brien’s new late-night series, CONAN, premieres November 8. Airing Mondays – Thursdays, the hotly anticipated 60-minute series airs at 11 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network and at 1 a.m. ET on CTV (visit thecomedynetwork.ca and CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

New episodes of CONAN are available on demand the day following their television broadcast, exclusively on thecomedynetwork.ca and CTV.ca.

“According to NAFTA, since Canada gave us Justin Bieber, we owe Canada me,” said O’Brien. “Everybody wins!”

“Canadians have always had a special appreciation for Conan, and Conan for Canada,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV’s President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “The arrival of CONAN sets up an unbeatable late-night lineup for both CTV and The Comedy Network.”

CONAN kicks off its inaugural week with a hot celeb line-up including Tom Hanks, Jon Hamm and Canada’s own Seth Rogen, Michael Cera and Jon Dore. Musical guests include rock powerhouses Jack White and Soundgarden among others.

Here is the breakdown of special guests, rare performances and longtime friends of O’Brien featured in the first week of CONAN:

·         Monday, Nov. 8 – First Guest Poll winner, Seth Rogen and musical guest Jack White

·         Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and musical guest Soundgarden

·         Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Jon Hamm, Charlyne Yi and musical guest Fistful of Mercy

·         Thursday, Nov. 11 – Michael Cera, Julie Bowen and comedian Jon Dore

Fans pumped about the arrival of O’Brien’s new series can stay on top of all things CONAN by checking in regularly with teamcoco.com for updates, breaking news and mind-blowing …err…car-blowing videos. Fans are also encouraged to ask Conan questions directly on his Team Coco Facebook page. Selected questions will be answered by Conan via YouTube!

With just 17 days before the premiere, Team Coco is rounding into form. Last week, it was announced that O’Brien and Andy Richter are teaming up again, reuniting one of the longest-running duos in late-night television.

“I’m thrilled to be going back to work with Conan, and very excited to start a whole new venture,” said Richter. “However, I am mostly looking forward to getting out of the house again.”

“This decision was made without my authority,” added O’Brien. “I will get to the bottom of this.”

It has also been announced that Jimmy Vivino — former associate music director, arranger, guitarist and vocalist for THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O’BRIEN and LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN — will serve as band leader for CONAN, accompanied by The Basic Cable Band: Scott Healy (keyboards), Mike Merritt (bass), Mark Pender (trumpet), Richie “LaBamba” Rosenberg (trombone), Jerry Vivino (saxophone, woodwinds and vocals) and James Wormworth (drums).

Also recently recruited is Allan Kartun as Director. Kartun previously directed THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O’BRIEN, which earned him an Emmy® nomination earlier this year for Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series.

Hot on the heels of the announcement revealing Glee’s Cory Monteith as host of the 25th Annual Gemini Awards, Global and Showcase, along with the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television proudly welcome a robust lineup of A-list talent eager to celebrate the nominees.

The special presenters confirmed to date include Grace Park from this fall’s #1 new series, Hawaii Five-0; the cast of the #1 new Canadian drama series, Rookie Blue with Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma, Charlotte Sullivan and Travis Milne; Dan For Mayor’s Fred Ewanuick; Republic of Doyle’s Allan Hawco; Flashpoint’s Enrico Colantoni; Lost Girl’s Anna Silk; and Canada’s ice dance champions from the 2010 Winter Olympics, Gold Medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

“Canada is teeming with incredible talent and they’re coming to celebrate at the Geminis,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Shaw Media. “With all the glitz and glamour, this gala evening is going to be a phenomenal night for Canadian audiences nationwide as we celebrate our television industry.”

The Gemini Awards will be broadcast live Saturday, November 13 – 8pm on Global and Showcase. This year’s broadcast will be preceded by glittering red carpet arrivals featuring some of Canada’s biggest names in television.

“The Gemini Awards is a celebration of excellence as well as a tribute to the collegiality that strengthens and reinforces our community,” said Sara Morton, CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “This year’s presenters hail from some of the year’s best TV shows and we are honoured and excited by their enthusiasm and support for their peers.”

TV lovers across the country can continue to vote for their favourite Canadian series from the last 25 years at www.favetvshow.ca. Compiled by a group of seasoned television critics, these shows encompass drama, comedy, reality and lifestyle genres. Voting concludes on Wednesday, November 3 when the results will be tallied. Special guests will present the countdown of Canada’s favourite TV shows throughout the broadcast.

Launched by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in 1986, the 25th Annual Gemini Awards will bring together Canada’s most gifted performers, craftspeople, producers and decision-makers over several evenings of special events.  

For a complete list of nominations, please visit www.geminiawards.ca.