The public narrative of Conan O'Brien has always been compelling, going back to his early days when the late night host was plucked from obscurity to compete against Leno and Letterman with hardly any prep time. It took awhile to soar, but he soared...and soared...and walked away from NBC with a mighty fine settlement. If the first fifteen or so years of Conan's television career constitute the first act of his career, his fleeting stint as host of The Tonight Show was the dramatic second act. Now comes the crowdpleasing third act, with the genial goofball launching a national roadshow and heading back to television with a new show on TBS. It's the best finale to play out under media scrutiny since Obama's Hope campaign, although Conan has far lower expectations and seems pretty much guaranteed a happier ending, since we already know what we're going to get.
Here's Conan on "Inside the Actor's Studio":