October 23, 2017
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Sokolsky on the Arts and Entertainment
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It’s finally happened. That long awaited debut of Conan O’Brien’s late night show has arrived on the TBS cable network.

And, according to Arts and Entertainment Editor Bob Sokolsky, its first week “wasn’t too bad.” It did not create huge waves of viewer laughter. “But neither did it suggest we turn off our sets and go to bed.”

The best news about it, Sokolsky says is that the current Conan O’Brien is getting closer to his earlier mischievous self and, happily, is no longer behaving like “a kid forced by his mom and dad to ‘entertain’ their guests by reciting an insufferable monologue.”

Sokolsky says O’Brien was at “his best and worst” in his several sketches that spoofed NBC, scoring with some, falling flat with others.

But he now wonders whether NBC and CBS still have long range plans for O’Brien—like thoughts of grabbing him to replace Jay Leno or David Letterman whose ratings while respectable, have been slipping.
Episode Date: November 12, 2010
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