It doesn’t have a start date, a format or a band leader yet, but the fact that Conan O’Brien is returning to television is exciting. Trying to predict who will be on his first show is a fool’s errand (consider how absurd booking Justin Bieber would have been at this time last year — mostly because nobody knew who he was), but that isn’t going to stop us from making up a wish list of people we hope end up on Conan’s couch (if he even has a couch).
As the greatest comedian to ever sit opposite O’Brien on television, MacDonald never really needs an excuse (he’s almost never plugging anything), but always brings the funny. His spots on “The Tonight Show” were the funniest during O’Brien’s brief run on that program, and considering the leash will likely be a little looser on cable, MacDonald will probably be able to get away with just about anything on TBS.
Both Leno and O’Brien have stated that their sota-feud (which saw other late night hosts taking sides against each other) is now water under the bridge, but Leno should come on Conan’s show to bury the hatchet once and for all.
Their faux-feud on Twitter has been brutally amusing. Who wouldn’t want to see them finally sit down and chew the fat?
O’Brien’s former co-host and announcer has been at his side for years, so it seems only fitting that he sit on the couch (or do some sort of bit) during his foray into the unknown world of cable television.
He helped begin O’Brien’s stint on “The Tonight Show” and also helped him close it with a surreal performance of “Free Bird.” Since he has been around for so many milestones, it would feel appropriate to put him in the starting lineup. Plus, they have excellent chemistry.
A close friend of O’Brien’s, Young helped close out the Conan era of “The Tonight Show” back in January with a performance of “Long May You Run.” It was a quiet, melancholy send off, so Young should come back to bust out a big, stomping rocker to announce O’Brien’s comeback — perhaps “Rockin’ in the Free World,” “Like a Hurricane” or “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black).”
Assuming that she wins “American Idol,” Bowersox will have her debut album ready to go around the time O’Brien’s show makes its debut. Why not try to steal away a key member of the Fox family for his first show?
Whoever Wins The World Series MVP
Baseball will be coming to a close in November, so O’Brien should be the first host to get whoever is declared MVP of the World Series. (It most certainly won’t be New York Mets choke artist Gary Matthews, Jr., for what it’s worth.)
Because everybody loves a stabbing robot.
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