Conan O'Brien was on Charlie Rose last night for the hour, and it was one of the best interviews I've heard in quite some time. Anyway, the discussion was far ranging -- his time on the Harvard Lampoon, SNL, the Simpsons, how Conan approaches the work for Late Night, the special relationship with Finland and his disturbing resemblence to the female Finnish president, his work ethic, how he feels about taking over The Tonight Show, his conversation with Johnny Carson just a few months before Johnny passed away, among many other subjects. And though he never said it directly, it became clear to me that he really is going to be more like Johnny than Jay or Dave, in that, as he put it, he's not afraid, like other comedians, of sacrificing his "dignity," (he noted how Johnny wouldn't think twice about getting into a hot tub with Don Rickles -- something Conan would do, but you'd NEVER see with Dave or Jay). Anyway, the comment that struck me was when he said that this was "the golden age of TV" and that's it hard to know that it is a golden age when you're in the middle of it. ("The Greeks didn't know it, but a couple centuies later, they said, "Gee, we made some great pots, didn't we?'") He made the argument that the writing has never been better, and that if he were starting out now as a writer, he'd be intimidated. His view is that TV is so great because there is so much competition, and everyone is working REALLY hard to be good. Shows he mentioned: Lost, House, 24.