Talk-show tango: April 27-May 1

What the hell was the big deal about Jay Leno’s sick days? Or so says Leno himself, who will, dammit, be back at work Monday, April 27, AND appear at a benefit in Knoxville, Tenn. on May 2. Or so Leno said to Terry Morrow of the Knoxville Sentinel News when he called — to make good on a previously scheduled phone interview — moments before being checked out of the hospital on Saturday.

Most news reports now say the problem was exhaustion or dehydration, but Leno did not tell Morrow why he’d gone to the hospital and cancelled a couple of Tonight Show tapings last week. He did say he was amused by the massive news coverage.

“It’s flattering people are concerned. That’s very nice,” he said. “It definitely does not seem like a news story. One guy here tried to sneak in (dressed) as a Jesuit priest. It’s hilarious. You get on the blogs and (it reads), ‘He’s really dead, and they are pretending he’s still alive.’ It’s hilarious. It’s unbelievable.”

A few reports on Saturday wondered if Leno’s first sick days in 17 years might have been related to the impending Tonight Show finale on May 29, followed by Conan O’Brien’s takeover — reunited with Andy Richter!!! — on June 1. I’m not convinced Leno, man of steel (and with a prime-time talk show starting next fall), gets stressed by anything.


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

Monday: Matthew Fox (Lost), Carol Leifer (When You Lie About Your Age the Terrorists Win), The All-American Rejects (When the World Comes Down)

Tuesday: Dolly Parton (9 to 5), Zachary Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek)

Wednesday: Jennifer Garner (The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, Manchester Orchestra (Mean Everything to Nothing)

Thursday: Regis Philbin (Live with Regis and Kelly), Broadway’s Hair

Friday: Kiefer Sutherland (24), comic Jim Norton, Bat for Lashes (Two Suns)

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

Monday: Breckin Meyer (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), Shirley Manson

Tuesday: John McEnroe, Stana Katic (Castle)

Wednesday: Kenneth Branagh, Antony and the Johnsons

Thursday: Michael Douglas (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), Carrie Ann Inaba

Friday: Henry Winkler (Sit Down Shut Up), boxer Ricky Hatton

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

Monday: Eric Bana (Star Trek), blue ribbon baker Margorie Johnson

Tuesday: Michael Douglas (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately), Country Bones

Wednesday: Jimmy Fallon (Late Night with…), Chris Matthews (Hardball), Zac Brown Band

Thursday: Matthew McConaughey (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), Earvin Magic Johnson, StarSailor

Friday: Arsenio Hall, Ziggy Marley

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

Monday: Regis Philbin, Kat Von D, Jon Glaser, Morrissey (R)

Tuesday: Jason Segel, The Amazing Kreskin, Universal Record Database (R)

Wednesday: Glenn Close, Kristen Wiig (SNL), Gomez (R)

Thursday: Tina Fey (30 Rock), Jon Bon Jovi, Santigold (R)

Friday: Lauren Graham, Judah Friendlander (30 Rock), Cold War Kids

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

Monday: Zac Efron (17 Again), Patti Stanger (The Millionaire Matchmaker), Franz Ferdinand (R)

Tuesday: Michael J. Fox (Rescue Me), latest ex of Dancing with the Stars, Asher Roth

Wednesday: Dominic Monaghan (Lost, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), superfan Steve Zaragoza, Bang Camaro

Thursday: Brooke Shields, Balthazar Getty (Brothers and Sisters), standup comic Kumail Nanjiani

Friday: Matt McConaughey (The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), TV judge Kara DioGuardi, Jason Aldean

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






Daily Show with Jon Stewart (midnight ET, CTV)

Monday: Christine Legarde (French minister of finance)

Tuesday: Cliff May (head of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies)

Wednesday: Doris Kearns Goodwin (Team of Rivals)

Thursday: Hugh Jackman (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)

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

Monday: The Decemberists (The Hazards of Love)

Tuesday: Richard Engel (NBC chief foreign correspondent), Daniel Gross (Dumb Money)

Wednesday: David Kessler (The End of the Overearting)

Thursday: Ethan Nadelmann, advocat for drug legalization

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

Monday: Charlie Kaufman, Jamie Kennedy, Malcolm Gladwell (R)

Tuesday: Joshua Jackson, Chris Noth, Shai Agassi (R)

Wednesday: 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: Fareed Zachariah, Barney Frank


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

Monday: Allison Janney (9 to 5), American Idol exes, Broadway: Mary Poppins

Tuesday: Matthew Fox (Lost), Jill Hennessy (Lymelife), Broadway: Billy Elliot

Wednesday: Matthew McConaughey (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), Broadway: Rock of Ages

Thursday: Hugh Jackman (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Broadway: West Side Story

Friday: Jennifer Garner (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), Broadway: Shrek the Musical

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

Monday: Hot Topics

Tuesday: Emily Deschanel (Bones), Kim Kardcashian (Keeping Up with the Kardashians)

Wednesday: Harrold Perrineau (The Unusuals)

Thursday: Real Life Hot Topics (as opposed to????)

Friday: Dolly Parton, Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block and Megan Hilty (Broadway’s 9 to 5), Jay Mohr (Gary Unmarried)

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

Monday: William Shatner (William Shatner Presents), Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), chef Tom Colicchio (Wichcraft)

Tuesday: Carson Daly (Last Call), Brandon McMillan (Night on Animal Planet), Phil Keoghan (Ride Across America, Amazing Race)

Wednesday: Kristin Chenoweth (A Little Bit Wicked, Sit Down Shut Up), Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (The Kosher Sutra), Ask Alice

Thursday: Dominic Monaghan (Lost, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Lacey Chabert (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), chef John Hemple

Friday: Henry Winkler (Sit Down Shut Up), Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), viewer mail

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

Monday: Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds (American Idol), Kristin Chenoweth (A Little Bit Wicked, Sit Down Shut Up)

Tuesday: Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Dierks Bentley

Wednesday: Michael Douglas (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past),

Thursday: Ryan Reynolds (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)

Friday: 1,000th show with Matthew McConaughey (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past)

Oprah 4 p.m. (NBC and CTV)

Monday: tba





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

Monday: The Gay Kingdom

Tuesday: Love Decoded and Mantrums

Wednesday: Kim Kardashian, America’s Next Top Model castoff

Thursday:  Jamie Foxx (The Soloist)

Friday: Tori Spelling plus Daphne Oz and YouTube stars

— Denise Duguay


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