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"I want to welcome everyone who couldn't get a ticket to tonight's Braves game," Conan O'Brien told a cheering audience Monday afternoon at the first Final Four week Atlanta taping of his TBS "Conan" late night show at the Tabernacle downtown. Longtime fans like Jas Chahal and Stephanie Kasper, who had won their tickets through the TeamCoco.com website, had been milling about on Luckie Street all day. Chahal had driven up from Orlando for the occasion and from their second row seats, they had orange signs reading "ATL Luvs Coco" and "Conan Hug Me" signs at the ready (note to fans attending this week's shows at the Tabernacle: the show's stage manager requests that the audience refrain from displaying your Conan love signage since it will interfere with the cameras swinging around capturing the show in progress).
"Conan" fans are no doubt still celebrating from last week's announcement that the late-night talk show has been picked up for two more years by Atlanta-based TBS. Or as Conan O'Brien himself put it: "I'll be taping episodes of 'Conan" well into the Ron Paul presidency." On Monday, TBS sent us more good news for fans: The free Team Coco tablet app is now patiently awaiting your download in the iTunes app store. Presented by launch sponsor AT&T, we're told the tablet app (available for both iOS and Android platforms) will feature Automatic Content Recognition. ACR is the tech geek way to explain the app's awesome real-time features as viewers tune into O'Brien each night. The app was designed to deliver as many as 25 pieces of exclusive synchronized content throughout each episode, including video clips, live billboard comments, background info on guests, polls and quizzes plus Facebook and Twitter feeds.
With O’Brien, TBS has toppled one of the last bastions of broadcast: late night. And Turner, who once tried to woo Johnny Carson away from NBC, must love that. That is, one imagines that Ted Turner would love all these things—if he were still in charge of his namesake networks, headquartered in Atlanta.