Last week, Conan O'Brien promised the world that he'd preview his new TBS show one week early on the Internet. But while he told us that "Show Zero" would indeed stream live from TeamCoco.com, few details were known about what it would entail. Last night at 11 p.m., we found out what exactly "Show Zero" was: an experiment to perform the "fastest talk show ever" to give us a taste of "Conan," which premieres next Monday at 11 p.m. on TBS.
Conan introduced the show from the corridors of his new TBS office, which are looking much busier and more crowded than we've seen in the past. After explaining to viewers his intention to perform a talk show on the fly, he marched into a makeshift "studio" (his office conference room with a desk shoved at the end) as Andy Richter announced his arrival and longtime Conan sax player Jerry Vivino played a piccolo (Conan explained that he "couldn't get the whole band.")
After winkingly reading a single lifted-from-the-headlines monologue joke, Conan quickly introduced his first guest, star of "The Big Bang Theory" Jim Parsons. Parsons exited after answering a simple greeting and Richter gave a nod to Diet Coke, the sponsor of "Show Zero." As any talk show needs a musical guest, Conan introduced the band Steel Train to come out and play the first chord from their new song, which they did. The proceedings were ended with staffer Christian Lynch as The Dancing Taco, a memorable part of the Team Coco Livecam, as the credits rolled.
In all, "Show Zero" delivered on what was promised -- an ever-so-slight taste of what is to come on Conan's new show. Conan and his crew have done a masterful job of utilizing "new media" to foster anticipation for the show's debut on Nov. 8th, and it seems that all memories of NBC will soon be swept away. Although "Show Zero" was set at a breakneck pace, how nice was it to once again see Conan sitting behind a desk, introducing guests?