As we saw last night, Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter are already thinking about life after The Tonight Show. Andy read his own statement to “the television industry” explaining that he thought he’d have 10 to 12 years of job security with the show, so, well, “I spent some money… I spent a lot of money.” He will now take any job it can offer: “You want me on one of those celebrity rehab shows? You name the drug, and I will get hooked on it tomorrow.” Conan, meanwhile, took the liberty of thinking up titles for the porno he’s been asked to star in based on his battle with NBC. A few of my favorites: Two Hosts, One Slot; Changing Time Sluts; and NBC Lawyer Gang Bang: The Backend Deals.
Now selfishly, I hope Conan ends up with a talk show airing after Stewart and Colbert on Comedy Central. (Yes, it’d be midnight, on cable, but at least he’d be following two people his audience respects.) Thinking more short-term, I’d urge Conan to consider the offer Kurt Sutter, creator of FX’s Sons of Anarchy (one of Ken Tucker’s Top 10 series of 2009), has issued to him on his blog. “I have no doubt you’ll land on your feet, wavy red hair intact,” Sutter writes. “I know appearing in a dramatic role on cable television is probably the last thing you’d ever want to do, but I want you to know that you have an open invitation on my show, Sons of Anarchy. We have an IRA story line that will continue to play out this coming season and I could use a bad-ass O’Brien on my team. Guns, blood, fist fights — you could really work some shit out. Think about it.“
Yes, Conan. Think about it. What’s your dream guest spot for O’Brien? Pitch away.
Photo credit: Conan: Virginia Sherwood/NBC; Sons: Prashant Gupta/FX