Far be it for me to accuse poor beleagured NBC of limiting web access to Conan's show last night...but it sure looks that way.
Normally, the very generous NBC.com posts everything - the entire show and individual chapters, or parts, of both "Tonight" and "Leno."
But not this morning. I wonder why?
Good thing I watched last night,.
It was all fine - Conan didn't do a "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," but instead delivered an amusing monologue and show.
And by the way, NBC News hasn't been exactly soft - best I can tell - on this story. Lee Cowan just delivererd one of the toughest assessments I've seen anywhere - on "The Today Show."
"If NBC can't figure it out it may be the beginning of the end of an American institution."
Here's the monologue, via Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune... A clip of the Brokaw interview follows...
"Hello, my name is Conan O’Brien, and I may soon be available for children’s parties.
"Welcome to NBC. Where our new slogan is, 'No longer just screwing up prime-time.'
"When I was a little boy, I remember watching 'The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson' and thinking 'Someday, I’m going to host that show for 7 months.'
"NBC says they’re planning to have the late night situation worked out before the Winter Olympics start. And trust me, when NBC says something – you can take that to the bank!
"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is still under fire for remarks he made about President Obama’s 'blackness.' Sources say Reid could face Congressional censure, or even worse, be promised the 'The Tonight Show' at 11:30.
"The CEO of Domino’s Pizza Patrick Doyle says their pizza has been bad in the past but they’re coming out with a new recipe. Perhaps, part of the problem is their pizza’s made by a guy named Patrick Doyle.
"A university student in England has come up with a math equation to explain why he doesn't have a girlfriend. I don’t even know the guy but I think I understand why he doesn’t have a girlfriend.
"This week in Las Vegas, the world’s first life-size sex robot was unveiled and she
comes with 5 different personalities. Because let’s face it, what a guy is looking for
in a sex robot is a nice personality.
"The movie reviewer at the Vatican newspaper has called the film “Avatar” simplistic,
superficial, bland, sappy and unoriginal. Sounds like someone forgot to get stoned."