I am not going to make you search for what NBC knew and TBS is just finding out about Conan. I am going to say it right now. Conan O'Brien is a better follower than a lead-in. The only thing saving Conan from being cancelled like "Lopez Tonight" is his ad buy rate and that he got nominated for an Emmy.
Conan is on cruise control and if he can shift into high gear, he will be getting cancelled this time next year. It is just how he was on "The Tonight Show" when he took over. Only after getting threatened by NBC to put Leno back did Conan switch into high gear and become funny. Now, he is back to his usual self, even shaving off his beard a couple of months ago.
I am not going to hate on Leno. Anyone with a brain should have known they gave him that 10 p.m. time slot just in case Coco couldn't do it. Why couldn't he see that? Just because an executive says you have a job doesn't mean you stop trying n act like you don't need to do anything but show up. You hear everything about Leno. He is unfunny. Safe. Old. Tired out. You never hear about his work ethic. He kills it. That is why "The Tonight Show" was back to number 1 as soon as Jay was put back in the seat.
Jimmy Fallon's success is mainly because Leno is a good lead-in for him. If NBC did not pull Conan when they did, it would have been Fallon getting cancelled and Lopez still on at 11 going strong. Conan sucks as a lead-in. George's ratings at 11 were fine but have him follow Conan at 12, Conan was losing 40% of the viewership before G.Lo even went on the air.
There was a reason last year when I said Fox should sign Conan to late night but bring "Lopez Tonight" to Fox and let George be the lead-in and Conan the follower. If TBS wasn't so hard for Conan and his demands, George would have been the 11 P.M. guy and Conan would have followed and they both would still have a job.
Conan was the man from 2002 til 2005. Almost 10 years ago. Jimmy Kimmel is edgier and that is saying something. Fallon tries harder . He stopped laughing at his own jokes and has that Leno lead-in. Bottom line; If Conan is better than Jay, he better start proving it already.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: Team Coco? More Like Team No-No
We have been hearing about this for a week and TBS made it official this morning; they are cancelling "Lopez Tonight" and the last episode will be Thursday. We wonder how George Lopez feels about this.
We also wonder if Conan did not push "Lopez Tonight" to midnight if George would still be on the air.
TBS has been discussing cancelling "Lopez Tonight" for months. I was surprised last week when it was brought to my attention that TBS was leaning in that direction.
We will have more on this story later.
Diagnosis: Sold Out Or Sell Out?
With 21 Nights done in Los Angeles, Prince wants to thank you, the quarter of a million people who saw him during his 21 Night Stand.
Special thanks to George Lopez, The Troubadour, House Of Blues, Live Nation, The Fabulous Forum, and all of you Purple People who will keep Inglewood Swingin'!
What a fun and funktastic time it was. Much Love to Prince and all of you for making this happen.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: Can We Do It 1 More Time? No? OK
Prince performed "The Beautiful Ones" for the very first time on Television on "Lopez Tonight" with dancer Misty Copeland.
This song holds a special place in my heart n I like Misty's dancing in it.
What do you think of the performance of this Prince classic?-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: "The Beautiful Ones Always Smash The Picture..Always...Everytime....
Here is last night's "Lopez Tonight" interview by George Lopez of Prince.
Haven't seen Prince laugh like that in a while. Check out the interview above and let us know what you think.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: Artichoke Funky!
Prince announced last week that he'll be playing a Twenty One Nite stand in the Los Angeles area as part of his Welcome 2 America concert tour. We got more details today in a press release from LiveNation. Highlights include:
- The first 3 shows will be at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, April 14, Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, April 12 at 10am Pacific time via ticketmaster.com.
- In an effort to make the show affordable for all of his fans, Prince has declared that roughly 85% of all tickets will be available at $25, inclusive of all service fees.
- Citi cardmembers will have access to preferred seats through Citi's Private Pass Program. For complete details visit citiprivatepass.com
No word yet on who the special guests will be for each show, but past artists in New York, Oakland and the Carolinas have included Esperanza Spalding, Maceo Parker, Graham Central Station, Santana, Lalah Hathaway, Cee Lo Green, Cassandra Wilson, and Sheila E.
So that's 3 shows we know of so far, 18 more to go. LiveNation says that additional L.A. dates and special guests will be announced shortly. We're loving those ticket prices because that means more purple hippies will be able to go multiple shows.
And don't forget to tune into the Lopez Tonight show on TBS this Wednesday night to catch Prince and the NPG performing live.
Hold on 2 your wigs, y'all! It's about 2 get funky. - Dr.FB
Diagnosis: L.A. Will Never Be The Same. Never!
Update: I want to send an apology to Prince and his camp and Drfunkenberry readers. We were sent this fantastic image over the weekend along with other information. Unfortunately, it hit an old email address and was not posted/shared as quickly as we normally do. This problem has been taken care of n the Dr. takes responsibility on his end n rest assured, as soon as we get info, it will be shared with DrFunkenberry.com
For those that missed it when we exclusively told you that PRINCE was going to call into Lopez tonight and announce that he will be doing George's show next week, and kicking off 21 nights at The Fabulous Forum, here it is.
L.A., it's about to get funky. Um...can you pass some of that footspray over?-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: The Puerto Rican Brother From Another Mother Is Ready
Update: Notice how we say he will be kicking off the shows at the Forum. Reason why we did not say all shows is not all shows will be at Forum. Will update as info becomes available...