Up at the crack of dawn, the critics covered late night Wednesday, slogging onto a bus to go to the Warner Bros. lot. And the big news is: Don't expect a Conan O'Brien-Jay Leno sitdown anytime soon.
"There's nothing to be figured out," said O'Brien. "Life is short. I've got kids and a family, and I don't think about it too much, but I'm sure he's busy anyway."
The crits sat in the cavernous George Lopez Show studio ("I know we're in this for the long haul," said Lopez. "They installed this giant air conditioner.") and then segued to O'Brien's much smaller one. "I was shocked and amazed," O'Brien said when I asked him if he felt dissed by the relative sizes. Then he explained that he wanted it that way.
One of the first meetings the show's brain trust had was to discuss how to construct a studio that would recapture the feeling of the concert tour he took last year, while waiting for NBC's no-new-TV-show contract clause to run out. "It's an intimate lab to screw around in and try things," O'Brien said.