Conan O’Brien Filmed a Conan Episode in Cuba

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Conan O’Brien filmed a Conan episode in Cuba
Over the weekend, Conan became the first American late-night talk show host to film in Cuba since the U.S. embargo began. The episode, airing March 4, will provide a rare glimpse of Cuban daily life.

Jessica Williams: “I am extremely under-qualified for the job!,” so I’m not taking over The Daily Show
Williams addressed the speculation in wake of Jon Stewart’s retirement announcement last night on Twitter: “At this age (25) if something happens politically that I don’t agree with, I need to go to my room & like not come out for, like, 7 days,” she tweeted. PLUS: Daily Show writers react to Stewart’s exit.

SNL‘s 40th anniversary celebration felt like an endurance test
Sure, there were many highlights. But the overlong opening credits was a sign that this was going to be a bloated special. As Brian Lowry put it, “Star studded and nostalgic, the telecast demonstrated the network’s determination to milk all things SNL beyond the breaking point creatively speaking, as well as the media’s willingness to treat another arbitrary milestone like an event. To paraphrase the Church Lady, sorry, but this just wasn’t that special.” PLUS: It was a long night of sheer comedy bliss, it nailed the essence of SNL, having 4 musical performances was unnecessary, the best and worst moments, is Chevy Chase okay?, how awkward was that Eddie Murphy cameo?, watch the auditions of Jim Carrey, Kevin Hart, Stephen Colbert and Zach Galifianakis, Jerry Seinfeld mocked Brian Williams — and so did Jim Carrey, the special took a jab at Bill Cosby, and the whole special was “a bit exhausting, often padded, sporadically dull, frequently pleasurable, sometimes not.”

House of Cards boss addresses the Season 3 leak
“There’s plenty of speculation on the Web in terms of what people gathered from watching those first 20 minutes or people who scrubbed ahead to subsequent episodes,” Beau Willimon tells The Hollywood Reporter. “And all I will say is some of that speculation is right and some of it is wrong. But I won’t tell you which is which.” PLUS: Watch a “White House Portrait” teaser.

Brian Williams’ NBC News future could hang on a “morality clause” in his contract
Williams, according to his contract, could be fired if he offended “a significant portion of the community” or brought himself “public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule.” PLUS: Williams made 146 talk show appearances between 2006 and 2011.

The Middle in limbo? Charlie McDermott to play Super Clyde on CBS
McDermott, like all Middle stars, doesn’t have a contract for next season, so he was free to take on the role of “a meek, unassuming fast-food worker who finds his calling.”

Dakota Johnson will become the 2nd member of her family to host SNL
The Fifty Shades of Grey star hosts Saturday Night Live on Feb. 28. Her mom, Melanie Griffith, hosted a year before Johnson was born, in 1988.

Lena Dunham reacts to Girls‘ “shocker”
“It felt like the end of an era, at least for a moment,” she says of Sunday’s episode.

Larry Wilmore on Jon Stewart leaving: “I was devastated just like everyone else…”
“I slapped him,” Wilmore said, jokingly. “Shook him a little bit.” But Wilmore, who learned about Stewart’s decision early, added, “but talking to him about it and everything, it feels like it’s time for him to move on.”

Check out the Iranian version of Friends
Eshgh Taatil Nist, the Iranian Friends, isn’t the only Persian version of an American sitcom. There’s also an unauthorized “Modern Family” remake, which excludes the gay couple.

The Simpsons pays homage to The Jetsons
Sunday’s episode had a Jetsons-style opening.

Why was Kerry Washington standing in front of the White House?
The Scandal star teased she was in Washington, D.C. late last week “for something huge.”

Shonda Rhimes thanks Scott Foley’s abs in WGA speech
The ABC TGIT honcho was honored Saturday with the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award. PLUS: Louie, True Detective win WGA Awards.

The Walking Dead is stuck in an existential crisis
“It’s one thing to drill down into the characters,” says Brian Lowry, “and another to risk turning an episode of a show that features zombies into an Ibsen play.” PLUS: A gay character on The Walking Dead?

George Eads exits CSI after 15 seasons
Showrunner Don McGill says of Sunday’s departure: “I think there [was] a really great emotional kind of tear jerker ending, even as we have a little bit of a cliffhanger going. I hope people will really embrace the duality of that finale.”

Game of Thrones star Lena Headey is expecting her 2nd child
“I only hope that this announcement can help me to regain some of the privacy I have recently lost to prying photographers and ask that they please respect my privacy and let me enjoy this time,” the actress said in a statement. PLUS: HBO created a giant Ice Throne to promote Season 4.

John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight takes on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
“How is this still a thing?”

BET’s The Book of Negroes is Roots for the 21st century
The three-night miniseries kicking off tonight — starring Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr. — tells the story of slavery from a woman’s perspective.