Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Conan O'Brien: New show will be like a "high-end steak restaurant"

In an interview with TV Week, Conan O'Brien's exec producer Jeff Ross said the new "Tonight Show" will begin with a familiar theme: a reworked version of the "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" music. Writer Josef Adalian describes the song as "less manic" than the original rendition.

Ross also revealed that "James Wormworth, a frequent substitute performer in the old Max Weinberg 7, is joining the late-night show as a permanent member of the house band. The new group will be known as Max Weinberg and the Tonight Show Band."

The new "Tonight" opening will not feature animation, as the "Late Show" opener did. The goal of the new theme and titles are designed to give the new "Tonight Show" a "elegant feel," according to O'Brien: "I wanted it to look like a really high-end steak restaurant," he said. "I want people salivating when I'm in the monologue."