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Talk-show tango: March 9-13

In late night, talk show, television, tv on 03/08/2009 at 3:18 pm

Well, Jimmy Fallon made it through his first week and the critics have weighed in. So now Fallon can calm down and get down to making the show his own. And now that that particular distraction is done with for now, the talk shows are abuzz with week with Dwayne Johnson, whose Rock Obama skit on SNL was one of the strongest moments on SNL in a while (although of course it went on too long); he’s stumping for Race to Witch Mountain, the March 13 opener which is firmly in the Rock-as-friend-to-kids-everywhere side of his movie-making ledger. On the other side of the spectrum, closer to grossout bromance in the spirit of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, is I Love You Man, which is getting the promo treatment this week with a slew of appearances by stars Jason Segel and Paul Rudd. I was lucky enough to see a sneak peek screening and if you like Forgetting, Rush and public discussion of “blowies”, you will laugh out loud. Many times. It opens in Montreal March 20. Here’s the trailer for I Love You Man.


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

Monday: Russell Brand (My Booky Wook), Jungle Jack Hanna

Tuesday: Stupid Pet Tricks, Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man)

Wednesday: Tom Brokaw (Global Warming: The New Challenge with Tom Brokaw), Razorlight (Slipaway Fires)

Thursday: Paul Teutul (American Chopper), cast of Broadway’s West Side Story

Friday: Will Ferrell (You’re Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush), Cursive (Mama, I’m Swollen)

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

Monday: Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother and film I Love You, Man), comic Dave Attell

Tuesday: Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman DVD), Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen)

Wednesday: Egyptologist Kara Cooney, Tim Daly (Private Practice)

Thursday: Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory), Sara Bareilles (Little Voice)

Friday: Christina Ricci (Saving Grace), comic Mike Birbiglia

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

Monday: Elisabeth Hasselbeck (The View), Demetri Martin (Important Things with Demetri Martin), Rocco de Luca & The Burden (Open Pages)

Tuesday: Whoopi Goldberg (The View), Elle Fanning (Phoebe in Wonderland), Keysha Cole (A Different Me)

Wednesday: Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen Show), Christopher Mintz0-Plasse (Role Models), Raul Malo (Lucky One)

Thursday: Dwayne Johnson (Race to Witch Mountain), Heather Headley (This Is Who I Am)

Friday: American Idol Kara Dioguardi, Randy Travis (I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis)

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m. ET on NBC)

Monday: Amanda Peet (Important Things with Demetri Martin), Rose Byrne (Damages), Joshua Topolsky (engadget)

Tuesday: Emily Blunt, Michael Stipe, Pussycat Dolls (Doll Domination)

Wednesday: Russell Brand (My Booky Wook), Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht (Diggnation), The Virgins (The Virgins)

Thursday: Tracy Morgan (30 Rock), Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Glen Hansard (Swell Season)

Friday: Jarod Miller, Trace Adkins (X)

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

Monday: Jonas Brothers (Jonas Brothers: the 3-D Concert Experience), defending NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson, Darius Rucker (Learn to Live)

Tuesday: Heidi Klum (Project Runway), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Chris Cornell (Scream)

Wednesday: Jaime Pressly (I Love You, Man and It’s Not Necessarily Not the Truth: Dreaming Bigger than the Town You’re From), animal trainer Kirstin McMillan, The Pretenders (Break Up the Concrete)

Thursday: David Hasselhoff (Ready 2 Rumble Revolution), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse), Pendulum (In Silico)

Friday: Dwayne Johnson (Race to Witch Mountain), Kristen Stewart (Adventureland), The-Dream (Love vs. Money)

Daily Show with Jon Stewart (midnight ET, CTV)

Monday: Nathaniel Frank (Unfriendly Fire)

Tuesday: Craig Mullaney (The Unforgiving Minute)

Wednesday: Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man)

Thursday: Tom Zoellner (Unarium)

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

Monday: tba




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

Monday: Natalie Brown (Sophie), Scott Kersterton

Tuesday: Jason Segel and Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man),

Wednesday: Kat Von D

Thursday: CBS News’ John Roberts, Biff Naked

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: guests include Sarah Silverman


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

Monday: Dwayne Johnson (Race to Witch Mountain)

Tuesday: Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives), Whitney Port (The City)

Wednesday: David Boreanaz (Bones), High School Musical’s Corbin Bleu

Thursday: Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man), Pussycat Dolls (Doll Domination)

Friday: Larry the Cable Guy (The Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy), Kelly Clarkson (All I Ever Wanted)

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

Monday: Miley Cyrus (Miles to Go), Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Tuesday: Jay Leno (Tonight Show with Jay Leno), Lady Gaga, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman (Dancing with the Stars)

Wednesday: Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy), Bob Iger (Disney co.)

Thursday: James Denton, Kyle Maclachlan and Doug Savant (Desperate Housewives), Maurice Benard (General Hospital), Keysha Cole (A Different Me)

Friday: Sally Field and Calista Flockhart, Matthew Rhys (Brothers and Sisters), Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (The Hills), Sherri Shepherd behind the scenes on Dancing with the Stars

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

Monday: Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds), Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney (The Bachelor)

Tuesday: Sherri Shepherd (The View)

Wednesday: Garry Marshall (Race to Witch Mountain), Nathan Fillion (Castle), Rocco Deluca and the Burden (Open Pages)

Thursday: Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen), T.I. (Road to Redemption), latest exes of Amazing Race

Friday: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig (Race to Witch Mountain)

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

Monday: Paris Hilton

Tuesday: Sean Combs, Carla Gugino (Watchmen)

Wednesday: Carole Burnett (Law & Order: SVU), Taylor Hicks (The Distance)

Thursday: Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives, film Phoebe in Wonderland), Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas (Dancing with the Stars), Rascal Flatts (Greatest Hits)

Friday: Dwayne Johnson (Race to Witch Mountain), Elle Fanning (Phoebe in Wonderland)

Oprah (4 p.m. ET on NBC and CTV)

Monday: Ruby, Little People Just Married: the New Stars of Reality TV

Tuesday: Medical Mistakes: Dr. Oz Talks to Actor Dennis Quaid

Wednesday: Celebrity Chefs Move in with Viewer Families

Thursday: tba

Friday: Live tba

The Tyra Show (10 a.m. ET on ABC)

Monday: One More Date With My Ex

Tuesday: Straight Girl, Gay Crush

Wednesday: Dr. Drew on Sex with Mom and Dad

Thursday: Deadly Teen Dating

Friday: Toddlers and Tiaras

— Denise Duguay


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