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Talk-show tango: April 20-24

In late night, talk show, television, tv on 04/20/2009 at 7:34 am

Hugh Jackman for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Robert Downey Jr. for The Soloist and even Jeff Goldblum for Law & Order: Criminal Intent. These are a few of my favourite actors so this is a good week. But, sigh, I must also report that Billy Bob Thornton, he of the CBC tirade that led to his Montreal show absence, will be making a couple of stops this week also. I hate to give the guy any more press, but my music blogging colleague Bernard Perusse is adamant that at least his band The Boxmasters deserve it at least. And so…


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

Monday: Jeff Goldblum (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), ventriloquist Jeff Dunham

Tuesday: Nathan Lane (Waiting f or Godot), Tinted Windows

Wednesday: Beyonce Knowles (Obsessed), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Thursday: Jamie Foxx (The Soloist), Paula Abdul (American Idol), The Dead

Friday: Michael Keaton (The Merry Gentleman), Lily Allen (It’s Not Me, It’s You)

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

Monday: Simon Cowell (American Idol, Britain’s Got Talent), Jean Smart, Erin McCarley

Tuesday: Rob Morrow (Numb3rs), Jean-Michel Cousteau

Wednesday: Kristin Chenoweth (Sit Down Shut Up), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory)

Thursday: Breckin Meyer, Martina McBride

Friday: Bob Barker, P.W. Singer

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

Monday: Martha Stewart, Tracy Ullman (State of the Union), The Killers

Tuesday: Hugh Jackman (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Abigail Breslin, Ida Maria

Wednesday: Robert Downey Jr. (The Soloist), Alexandra Wentworth  (Headcase), comic George Wallace

Thursday: Jules Sylvester and reptiles, Ryan Reynolds (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Friday: Anderson Cooper, comic Kathleen Madigan, Brad Paisley

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

Monday: Terrence Howard (Fighting), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), Rick Ross

Tuesday: Jerry O’Connell, Thomas Lennon, Chester French

Wednesday: Seth Meyers, Michelle Trachtenberg, BMG biker Mike Spinner

Thursday: Ali Larter (Obsessed), Tinted Windows

Friday: Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Emily Deschanel (Bones)

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

Monday: Vin Diesel (Fast and Furious), Anna Faris, Eli Young Band (R)

Tuesday: Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters, Dancing with the Stars castoff

Wednesday: Justin Timberlake (The Phone), Eliza Coupe (Scrubs), The Whip

Thursday: Channing Tatum (Fighting), Elisha Cuthbert (24), Depeche Mode

Friday: Jamie Foxx (The Soloist), Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost)

Chelsea Lately (12:35 a.m. ET on E!)

Monday: tba





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: Jimmy Carter, Eckhart Tolle (R)

Tuesday: David Byrne, Erin Brockovich (R)

Wednesday: Paul Rudd and Jason Segel (I Love You, Man), Nickelback (R)

Thursday: Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee (R)

Friday: Garry Marshall (R)

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: P.J. O’Rourke, Alan Cumming


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

Monday: Chevy Chase (Chuck), American Idol’s 7th finalist

Tuesday: Jimmy Fallon (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Neil Sedaka

Wednesday: Jennifer Lopez, Brooke Shields, Cirque du Soleil

Thursday: Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

Friday: Jamie Foxx (The Soloist), Ali Larter (Obsessed)

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

Monday: Hot Topics with Dr. Steven Lamm

Tuesday: Exceptional Women, with Sally Quinn and Quinn Bradlee (A Different Life), Candy Spelling (Stories from Candyland), Susan Welch (10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea), Lily Allen (It’s Not Me, It’s You)

Wednesday: Jeremy Irons (Impressionism), Clark Sisters

Thursday: Meghan McCain, Beyonce (Obsessed), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Friday: Jamie Luner (All My Children), Lil Wayne, best products of the year from Self magazine

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

Monday: Olivia Newton John Easterling, Bruno Tonioli

Tuesday: Jorge Garcia (Lost), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse)

Wednesday: Mary Tyler Moore (Growing Up Again), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), wunderkind Carrick McCullough

Thursday: Heather Graham (Baby on Board), Barry Watson (Samantha Who?)

Friday: Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters, Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing with the Stars)

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

Monday: Pussycat Dolls

Tuesday: Jimmy Kimmel

Wednesday: Jennifer Love Hewitt

Thursday: Lindsay Lohan, Prince

Friday: Matthew Perry (17 Again)

Oprah 4 p.m. (NBC and CTV)

Monday: Released from Prison: A Mom of 3 Goes Home

Tuesday: Oprah’s Most Memorable Guests

Wednesday: Earth Day Special 2009

Thursday: Where Are They Now? Tonya Harding, Lorena Bobbitt and ’90s Newsmakers

Friday: Oprah Fridays Live

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

Monday: Teen Talk: Ending Violence Before It Starts

Tuesday: Patti LaBelle, pop chef

Wednesday: Advice Squad, Dara Torres, America’s Next Top Model castoff

Thursday: Pressue to Be Promiscuous

Friday: Teen Pregnancy

— Denise Duguay


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