Conan O'Brien, 'American Idol' And Jay Reatard: This Week's Deep Cuts

It's been a busy week here in the MTV Newsroom, as we've been dealing with the return of "American Idol," the meltdown on late-night TV and the horrors of the disaster in Haiti. And even though it's a long weekend, that doesn't mean that there won't be plenty to follow on MTV News. Be sure to stay tuned all weekend for our coverage of the Critic's Choice Movie Awards on Friday night (January 15) and the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday (January 17). Check back often for updates, interviews and live blogs over at the MTV Movies Blog. Before you get your full dose of movie award news, be sure to take a look at anything you might have missed this week.

» We were a little obsessed with the new late-night war currently going on between Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno. It started when Leno's show was officially canceled (joining a pantheon of spectacular failures), leading to doubts about Conan's future. But he shouldn't worry, because the dude has options.

» As for Leno? He's got options too.

» The late-night wars weren't the only thing happening this week, as "American Idol" returned. But the premiere was undone slightly by the announcement that Simon Cowell would be leaving after this season is complete. Who will be Simon's replacement?

» Even more pressing: Paula Abdul's absence, which was deeply felt by the audience.

» With all that in mind, the show got off to a rocky start in Boston but created at least one star in Atlanta in Larry Platt and "Pants on the Ground."

» The disastrous earthquake that hit Haiti this week has left the Caribbean nation in ruins and has inspired people around the world to reach out and help. Former MTV staffer Liz Nord told her story of visiting the island last year.

» There rock world mourned the death of Jay Reatard, who passed away in his sleep at the age of 29.

» One of our New Year's resolutions? Date more.

» Finally, we paid tribute to the young filmmakers who made "Badder Romance." We encourage them to remake "Russian Roulette" next.