Talk-show tango: Feb. 23-27

Big week for Jimmy Fallon. After months of preparation, including his daily video podcast, an astounding array of promos that you won’t be able to avoid during NBC prime time, a recent guest appearances on the Tonight Show (repeating Friday) and on Late Night with Conan O’Brien (which you can watch below), Fallon is now counting the hours until he launches his own Late Night show next Monday, March 2. While he’s counting down, he’ll also get up early on Friday, Feb. 27 to guest on NBC’s Today show at 9 a.m. And then… Here’s Fallon’s first week guest list and then on to our usual week of talk-show guest lists, (a highlight of which is: if you missed Joaquin Phoenix’s flameout on Letterman not too long ago, you can see it or see it again — definitely worth it in a schadenfreude kinda way — Thursday night on Letterman).

Preview — Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’s debut-week guest list (so far) includes: Robert De Niro and Van Morrison on Monday March 2; Tina Fey, Jon Bon Jovi and Santogold on Tuesday March 3; Cameron Diaz, Billy Crudup on Wednesday March 4, Donald Trump, Serena Williams and Ludacris on Thursday March 5; and Drew Barrymore and Mario Batali on Friday March 6.

LATE NIGHT Feb. 23-27

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

Monday: Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road), Marv Albert (R)

Tuesday:  Super Bowl champ Ben Roethlisberger, Steve Martin (Pink Panther) (R)

Wednesday: Rene Zellweger (New in Town), Tony Dungy (Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance), Graham Nash sitting in with the band (R)

Thursday: Joaquin Phoenix (Two Lovers), SI Swimsuit cover model Bar Rafaeli, Anthony Hamilton (The Point of It All) (R)

Friday: Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino), Randy Rogers Band (Randy Rogers Band) (R)

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

Monday: Trace Adkins, blogger Perez Hilton (R)

Tuesday: Michael Clarke Duncan, Richard Zoglin, Adele (R)

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

Thursday: Tom Selleck, Glen Campbell (R)

Friday: Rosie O’Donnell, The Knux (R)

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

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

Tuesday: Drew Barrymore (He’s Just Not That Into You), Serena Williams, (R)

Wednesday: Jennifer Aniston (He’s Just Not That Into You), Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes (R)

Thursday: Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler), animal handler Grey Stafford, comic Ty Barnett (R)

Friday: Jimmy Fallon (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Lee Ann Womack (R)

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

Monday: Josh Brolin, Shaun Ellis and Helen Jeffs, Nikka Costa (R)

Tuesday: Tina Fey, Peter Sarsgaard (R)

Wednesday: Seth Green, Artie Lange, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band (R)

Thursday: Paul Rudd, John Stamos, Boz Scaggs (R)

Friday:  Hugh Laurie, Joel McHale, The Gaslight Anthem (R)

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

Monday: The Jonas Brothers, Darius Rucker

Tuesday: comic Don Rickles, Ben Sollee

Wednesday: Rob Lowe (Brothers and Sisters), Khloe Kardashian (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), The Living Things

Thursday: Calista Flockhart (Brothers and Sisters), John Michael Higgins (Fired Up!), comic Nick DiPaolo

Friday: Jimmy Kimmel Live’s After the Academy Awards, with Mel Gibson and Robin Thicke (repeated from Sunday)

Daily Show with Jon Stewart (midnight ET, CTV)

Monday: Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO)

Tuesday: Ricky Gervais

Wednesday: Tom Selleck (Jesse Stone: Thin Ice)

Thursday: news anchor Brian Williams

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

Monday: Helen Fisher

Tuesday: Cliff Sloan

Wednesday: Mayor John Fetterman

Thursday: Kris Kristofferson

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

Monday: Chris Cornell

Tuesday: Gordon Pinsent, Michael Muhammad Knight

Wednesday: Joe Clark, Eugene Levy

Thursday: Scott Taylor, Colin Mochrie

Friday: 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: new episode but guest list tba


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

Monday: tba





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

Monday:  Jane Fonda (33 Variations), money tips

Tuesday: Tom Jones

Wednesday: Jeff Foxworthy, LaBelle

Thursday: Mutt Dog Show

Friday: Rob Lowe (Brothers and Sisters), Jason Mesnick (The Bachelor), Joy’s Month in ReVIEW

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

Monday: tba





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

Monday: tba





Oprah 4 p.m. (NBC and CTV)

Monday: After-Oscar party with Hugh Jackman

Tuesday: Octuplet Controversy: Dr. Oz Weighs In

Wednesday: 10 Cities in America: Lisa Ling Special Report on the Economy

Thursday: Oprah on Location at the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre

Friday: Oprah Fridays Live

— Denise Duguay


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