I’m With Coco

I think my rave review of Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show debut explained my love for Coco enough for you to understand my disappointment over NBC’s decision to replace him with a dinosaur devoid of humor.

NBC had a great late night pairing with Conan followed by the new Jimmy Fallon Show (it doesn’t get much better than The Roots), and I’m sorry to see them mess it up with such a huge step backwards.

In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, NBC has announced that it will move Jay Leno’s corpse of a show back into Conan’s timeslot and Conan released a statement declining their pathetic offer to keep his job in order to avoid ruining The Tonight Show or bumping Jimmy Fallon’s show back further.

I’ll still watch Jimmy at whatever time he ends up at, but before that I’ll follow Conan wherever he goes.

Tonight Show w/ Conan O’Brian Official Site

DVD: The Great Buck Howard

In The Great Buck Howard, John Malkovich deftly portrays a washed up, prima donna “mentalist” who hires law school dropout Troy (Colin Hanks) as his personal assistant and road manager.

The character of Buck Howard is loosely based on magician The Amazing Kreskin, a Tonight Show regular who once employed writer/director Sean McGinly as his assistant and appears in one of the dvd’s bonus features. The film also includes cameos by Tom Hanks, Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart, Tom Arnold, George Takei, and Jay Leno.

As the story unfolds, Buck’s career enjoys an unexpected revival – unexpected, that is, to everyone but the egotistical and eccentric Buck.

Jay Leno unwittingly becomes Buck’s nemesis by first refusing to book the magician on The Tonight Show, then by bumping him in favor of Tom Arnold – an act that results in the film’s funniest scene, during which Buck calls Jay “Satan!”

The movie lags when Malkovich is absent from the scene, but it is worth seeing him play such an uncharacteristically flamboyant character.

Buy @ Amazon