When you’ve gone down as long a road as Conan O’Brien has to get to a brand new talk show on TBS, you hope that the first week when your show premieres you can knock it out of the park with guests. You also might hope to stray, at least a little, from the usual cavalcade of Hollywood types that populate most talk shows these days.
For good or ill, it looks like Conan is going to be having the same people on his new show that everyone else has. How do we know? He’s announced his first week of guest that’s how.
Here’s the list (With a bit of commentary thrown in):
Monday, Nov. 8 – Seth Rogen and musical guest Jack White (Don’t really care, Sorta care).
Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and musical guest Soundgarden (Sorta care, Don’t care, Care quite a bit).
Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Jon Hamm, Charlyne Yi and musical guest Fistful of Mercy (Care, Really don’t care, Don’t care).
Thursday, Nov. 11 – Michael Cera, Julie Bowen and comedian Jon Dore (Meh, Care, Don’t know, don’t care).
So, to add things up, that’s quite a few “Don’t care” and some “Sorta care” with only a smattering of “Care.” Come on Conan talent bookers, we want this new show to be a huge success. Please try harder.