Conan The Barbarian’s Jason Mamoa is awesome when he’s drunk

Ya know, that Conan The Barbarian remake was looking kind of typical from the trailers, but it did have Jason Mamoa as the lead, and I was kind of on the fence about watching it.

Then Jason is interviewed a couple of weeks back at some Mixed Martial Arts fight, and Jason is a bit, uh, tipsy. Instead of giving the standard interview, he shows off his passion and opens up a bit. All sorts of respect for his MMA training come out, and its so sincerely expressed that the interview is a very fun watch.

Click and watch for yourself, and tell me you don’t have a bit of a man crush on him:
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Conan talks iPad2

Here’s a video from Conan’s show on the iPad2

The iPad2, if you haven’t been made aware as yet, it’s this very expensive tablet that you can browse the web with.

The reason you want to buy the iPad2 is because… well, just watch.
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Much ado about hardly anything

So, after all is said and done, and all the noise is blasted across the airwaves, it turns out that NBC might have simply been rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Leno’s vaunted return to the Tonight Show are actual lower (yes lower) than Conan’s opening night some six months earlier…

NBC’s “Tonight Show” returned Monday evening to a solid if unspectacular rating that exceeded Leno’s comparable “Tonight” average from last year, yet underperformed Conan O’Brien’s “Tonight Show” debut from last June.

“Tonight” drew 6.6 million viewers and a 1.6 adults 18-49. That’s down 58% from Conan O’Brien’s first night as the new “Tonight” host — which was out of season, and without an Olympic run-up.

Seriously, where is Dick Cavet when you need him?

The Perfessor

Talk TV — perhaps not the best idea ever…

So we’re about two weeks into the Leno-Prime Time experiment and, well, it appears that the brain trust that decided that putting a talk show five nights a week in prime time at 10:00 P.M. might not have thought it all the way through, because, well, there is something of a ripple effect that is going on here.

It is not just a question of how the new “Jay Leno Show” itself is faring in the ratings, but also what the show’s occupation of the 10 p.m. hour on NBC means to the network as a whole.

As Shari Anne Brill, the senior vice president and director of program analysis for the advertising agency Carat, put it, “It’s really looking like dominoes.”

nbcleno_650The dominoes in question are the other parts of NBC’s schedule affected by the network’s decision to relocate its late-night star, Mr. Leno, to prime time. Even though, as NBC executives point out, it is early in this experiment, signs of potential collateral damage have already emerged.

Shows seem to have suffered because they have been displaced to new time periods, like “Law & Order SVU,” which was the leading drama when it played at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, but now is finishing last after moving to 9 on Wednesdays.

Plus, the effect goes later as well. Apparently there is a drop-off in viewership around the 10:30 mark, leading to lower viewer numbers watching the 11:00 news, meaning less people watching The Tonight Show, and even less watching…well, whatever follows Conan.

Don’t believe me? well then read this.

To which I have to say…Brilliant, effin, brilliant!

The Perfessor

Sarah Palin’s Final Speech, done by Shatner

Because @cuppacafe is out and about in the real world again and has no more time to waste on the Internet, I’m posting this on his behalf because I know he’d enjoy it.a

UPDATE: @Cuppacafe back, and YouTube’s already pulled the thing, so if you don’t mind a 30 second commercial, here’s the same version on the official Hulu.com, embedded for your dining and dancing pleasure. And I just want to add, YES YOU HAVE TO HEAR THIS.

UPDATE 2: Re edit, to put in the NBC embed, which is the same video; smaller but without the lead in commercial

AND YOU STILL HAVE TO HEAR THIS