After 10 months following "The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour," Conan O'Brien fans will gather, J.Bieb-style, outside the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank at 11 p.m., where their ex-NBC sweetheart will officially resume bobbing his "Little Mermaid" bangs for cable network TBS.
That is, if they're not too busy watching the "The Daily Show."
O'Brien may have a half-hour head start on NBC replacement Jay Leno, but he'll face more cutting competition at 11 p.m.: Not only in the form of world's-favorite-fake Jon Stewart on Comedy Central, but harsh critic Chelsea Handler on E! and "Family Guy" on the Cartoon Network.
It's easy to out-funny an old-dog dweeb like Leno -- and O'Brien has done so, on reruns alone -- but Stewart and Peter Griffin are a whole new ball game.
Leno's guest tonight will be Arnold Schwarzenegger, for a battle of the chins. Conan, ever the small-town goof, one-ups his rival with the curator of a nutcracker museum, "Glee's" Lea Michele and Seth Rogan. (We suggest a retro-MTV round of "Celebrity Death Match.")
But how will we turn from our nightly dose of Republican-bashing on "The Daily Show," where Stewart will be hosting Texas Governor Rick Perry?
Thank heaven for On Demand.
In a dreadfully unfunny preview to the "Conan" premiere (and hopefully this doesn't foreshadow anything), a Team Coco leader in an '80s wildlife Tee drafts your shopping list for the party: orange soda, Cheetos and corn dogs dipped in nondescript "cheese sauce." Sounds like a blast.
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