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Talk-show tango: Jan. 12-16

In late night, midseason 2009, nbc, television on 01/11/2009 at 11:27 pm

Oprah offers something predictable this week (not that there’s anything wrong with that) in her Monday episode of Falling Off the Wagon Follow-up. Which presumably will have her following up on fessing up to what everyone who watches the show and passes by a magazine rack knows: Oprah has not gotten her weight under control, which probably wouldn’t have been as tantalizing a bit of observation had she not made herself and then declared herself thin every 10 months or so. But I digress. This will be interesting. Sure. But on Friday, Oprah will host… the most bad boy of bad boy comics and foul-mouthed actors Denis Leary. Oy. Who knows what will happen? But I’ll be watching (or recording, unless I have a “sick” day which of course would never happen).


Late Show with David Letterman (11:35 p.m. ET on CBS and E!)

Monday: Billy Crystal (PBS’s Make ‘Em Laugh), Kara DioGuardi (American Idol)

Tuesday: Salma Hayek (30 Rock)

Wednesday: Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino), Randy Rogers Band

Thursday: Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Gwen Ifill (The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama)

Friday: Zach Braff (Scrubs), comic Ari Barker, The Airborne Toxic Event

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m. ET on CBS and E!)

Monday: John Corbett (The United States of Tara)

Tuesday: Kristin Scott Thomas, Tracie Thoms (Cold Case), The Submarines

Wednesday: John Waters, news anchor Norah O’Donnell

Thursday: Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Glasvegas

Friday: Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire)

Tonight Show with Jay Leno
(11:35 p.m. ET on NBC)

Monday: David Duchovny (Californication), film critic Richard Roeper, The All American Rejects

Tuesday: Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Toni Collette (The United States of Tara), John Legend

Wednesday: Cherie Blair, Brett Dennen

Thursday: Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop), Emma Roberts (Hotel for Dogs), Mutemath

Friday: Hugh Laurie (House), White House correspondent Chuck Todd, Band from TV

Late Night with Conan O’Brien
(12:35 a.m. ET on NBC)

Monday: Daniel Radcliffe, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Eric Hutchinson

Tuesday: Rosario Dawson (The Spirit), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Susan Tedeschi

Wednesday: Salma Hayek (30 Rock), Paul Bettany, Patty Loveless

Thursday: Fred Armisen (SNL), Robert Schimmel

Friday:  Brooke Shields, Robert Reich, Amos Lee

Last Call with Carson Daly
(1:35 a.m. ET on NBC)

Monday: tba





Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05 a.m. ET on ABC)

Monday: Keri Russell (Bedtime Stories), Steve Martorano, The Fray

Tuesday: Kiefer Sutherland (24), Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers), David Cook

Wednesday: Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), sportscaster Michael Strahan, comic Morgna Murphy

Thursday: Dustin Hoffman (Last Chance Harvey), pilot Eric Scott, Crooked X

Friday: Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), Delta Spirit

Daily Show with Jon Stewart (midnight ET, CTV)

Monday: tba




The Colbert Report (12:30 a.m. ET, CTV)

Monday: tba




The Hour (11 p.m. ET, CBC)

Monday: Adrian Brody, Parag Khanna

Tuesday:The Smashing Pumpkins, Geoff Green

Wednesday:Dave Salmoni

Thursday: tba

Charlie Rose (11:30 p.m. ET, PBS)

Mr. Rose announces his guests only on the day of broadcast, so please click on the show-name link above for the most recent guest announcement.

Real Time with Bill Maher (11 p.m. ET, Fridays only, on HBO Canada)

Friday:repeating through early Feb when new season starts.


Live with Regis and Kelly (9 a.m. ET, NBC and CTV)

Monday: Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl)

Tuesday: Zach Braff (Scrubs)

Wednesday: Daniel Craig (Defiance)

Thursday: Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road)

Friday: Brendan Fraser (Inkheart)

The View 11 a.m. ET, ABC and CTV)

Monday: Hot Topics

Tuesday: Ed Westwick and Chase Crawford (Gossip Girl)

Wednesday: Richard Belzer and Richard Lewis (An Evening with Richard Belzer and Richard Lewis), James Earl Jones (SAG lifetime achievement award)

Thursday: George Stephanopoulous (This Week)

Friday: Toni Collette and Diablo Cody (The United States of Tara)

The Bonnie Hunt Show (2 p.m. ET on Citytv and NBC)

Monday: Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), Jason Mesnick

Tuesday: Carnie Wilson, Derek Luke (Notorious)

Wednesday: Gary Sinise (CSI: New York), Jaime King (My Bloody Valentine 3D), Whitney Casey (The Man Plan)

Thursday: Camryn Manheim (Ghost Whisperer)

Friday: Jennifer Beals, Kyle Bornheimer (Worst Week), Charles Mattocks (The Poor Chef)

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (4 p.m. ET, CBC)

Monday:  Wolf Blitzer

Tuesday: Randy Jackson (American Idol), winner of Biggest Loser

Wednesday: Dustin Hoffman (Last Chance Harvey), Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire)

Thursday: tba

Friday: Nicollette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives), Howie Mandel (Howie Do It), the All-American Rejects

Oprah 4 p.m. (NBC and CTV)

Monday: Falling Off the Wagon Follow-up

Tuesday: Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio and Movies Oprah Loves

Wednesday: When Life Breaks You Open

Thursday: Biodentical Hormones, Part 1

Friday: Oprah Fridays Live with Denis Leary

— Denise Duguay


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