Talk-show tango: May 11-15

Sweet jaysus mary and joseph! Do not watch Susan Boyle on Oprah on Monday. Do not! Nothing to see here. Just keep moving.

Montrealer-on-a-talk-show-alert: Now that makes me sound like a dork, right? But I just wanna make sure that you know that I spied Andy Nulman’s name on the guest list this week for Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show. Of course that’s Andy Nulman of Just for Laughs fame and author of Pow! Right Between the Eyes: Profiting from the Power of Surprise! As if you needed me to tell you that. Here’s Nulman writing about it on his own blog. He mentions an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction. Just so you are warned.

Elsewhere, you will not be able to avoid  noticing, on this week’s couches, that the new Tom Hanks/Ron Howard adaptation of the Dan Brown thriller Angels & Demons is in theatres starting this Friday. If that floats your boat, here’s the trailer. If it doesn’t, if, say you remember Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, he’s making a couple of stops this week also to promote his album Roadsinger. If you are so into talk shows you need the double stimulus of one talk-show host visiting another’s show, let me advise that Jay Leno visits Ellen and that Jimmy Fallon visits the Tyra show. Now here’s that trailer. Have a good week.


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

Monday: Tom Hanks (Angels & Demons), The Killers (Day & Age)

Tuesday: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Maya Rudolph (Away We Go), Chrisette Michele (Epiphany)

Wednesday: Robin Williams (Night a the Museum 2), Wynton Marsalis (He and She)

Thursday: kid scientists, Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives), Dick Ross and the Magazeen (Deeper than Rap)

Friday: John Goodman (Waiting for Godot), comic Tommy Tiernan, Mastodon (Crack the Skye)

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

Monday: comic Steven Wrights, Bryce Dallas Howard

Tuesday: model Paulina Porzikova, Andy Nulman

Wednesday: Laurence Fishburne (CSI), Paula Poundstone

Thursday: Howie Mandel, Laura Lippman

Friday: Ewan McGregor (Angels & Demons), All American Rejects

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

Monday: Russell Brand, Ciara

Tuesday: Dennis Miller, piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick, Kelly Clarkson

Wednesday: Kevin Spacey, Yusuf Islam (Roadsinger)

Thursday: Katie Couris, Ewan McGregor (Angels & Demons), the Decemberists

Friday: Kings of Leon

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

Monday: Susan Sarandon, Randy Jackson (American Idol), Soulja Boy

Tuesday: Andy Samberg (SNL), Jorge Garcia (Lost), comic Bo Burnham

Wednesday: Jeff Goldblum (Law and Order: Criminal Intent), Jeff Probst (Survivor), The Beat Freaks dance crew

Thursday: Maya Rudolph, Damon Wayans Jr., Asher Roth

Friday: Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Steve Kroft, Yusuf Islam (Roadsinger)

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

Monday: Matthew McConaughey (the Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), Kara DioGuardi (American Idol), Jason Aldean

Tuesday: Paula Abdul (American Idol), Dancing with the Stars ex, comic Todd Glass

Wednesday: Matthew Fox (Lost), Benjamin McKenzie (Southland), Ciara

Thursday: Andrien Brody (Brothers Bloom), Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner (Anvil! The Story of Anvil), Airborne Toxic Event

Friday: Eminem

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

Monday: Taryn Manning (A Million Trillion Stars), comics Chris Franjola, actress Candis Cayne, Ross Matthews

Tuesday: Michealle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl), comics Jen Kirkman, Randy and Jason Sklar

Wednesday: Bob Saget (Surviving Suburbia), comics John Caparulo and Todd Glass, actress Arden Myrin

Thursday: Krysten Ritter (Gossip Girl), comic Brad Wollack, Tanika Ray (Extra), comic Billy Gardell

Friday: Mel B. (Peepshow), comic Jo Koy, Natasha Leggero, Joanna Coles (Marie Claire)

Daily Show with Jon Stewart (midnight ET, CTV)

Monday: tba

Tuesday: Tom Hanks (Angels & Demons)

Wednesday: Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S.

Thursday: Lisa P. Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency

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

Monday: Tamara Draut (Strapped)

Tuesday: Ron Howard (Angels & Demons)

Wednesday: Michael Pollan (In Defense of Food)

Thursday: Yusuf Islan (Roadsinger)

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

Monday: tba

Tuesday: Joseph Boyden, Christopher Hitchens

Wednesday: Ricky Jay, Terry Gould

Thursday: William P. Young, Tom Green

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: David Simon (the Wire), economist Elizabeth Warren, Amy Holmes, Richard Brookhiser (The national Review)


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

Monday: Eric Bana (Star Trek), 4th Amerioan Idol finalist

Tuesday: Tom Hanks (Angels & Demons)

Wednesday: Ewan McGregor (Angels & Demons), Jewel

Thursday: Jeff Probst (Survivor)

Friday: Nathan Lane (Waiting for Godot)

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

Monday: Steve Harvey, En Vogue

Tuesday: Melina Kanakaredes (CSI New York), Maya Rudolph (Away We Go)

Wednesday: Michael Emerson (Lost), Cheryl Saban (What’s Your Self-Worth)

Thursday: Brooke Shields, Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives)

Friday: Tom Hanks, Ron Howard and Ayelet Zurer (Angels & Demons)

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

Monday: Joan Lundun (Good Morning America), Scott Speedman (Adoration), Bethenny Frankel (Skinny Girl/Real Housewives of NYC), Maury Marler

Tuesday: Emily Deschanel (Bones), Diahann Carroll (The Legs Are the Last to Go), Ask Alice

Wednesday: James Denton (Desperate Housewives), snowboarder Shaun White, Lee Woodruf (Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress)

Thursday: Alyssa Milano (Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic), Bethenny Frankel (Real Housewives of NYC), Dierks Bentley (Feel That Fire)

Friday: Tori Spelling and Dean McCermott (Tori and Dean Home Sweet Hollywood), Yara Shahidi (Imagine That), chef Eric Ripert, Amazing Race winners Tammy and Victor Jih

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

Monday: Yuto Miyazawa, Allison Iraheta

Tuesday: Matthew Fox (Lost), Lady Gaga

Wednesday: Jay Leno, Ciara

Thursday: Anderson Cooper, Kelly Clarkson

Friday: Pink

Oprah 4 p.m. (NBC and CTV)

Monday: Simon Cowell (American Idol)

Tuesday: Embarrassing Questions and Lifesaving Updates: The Best of Dr. Oz

Wednesday: Oprah’s Comedy House: Dane Cook, Mo’Nique and George Lopez

Thursday: Released From Prison After Killer Her Father

Friday: Amazing Animals

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

Monday: Trading Popularity — High School Edition

Tuesday: What Is Good Hair

Wednesday: cycle 12 graduation party from America’s Next Top Model

Thursday: Jimmy Fallon and Kathy Griffin

Friday: Mario Lopez and Saved by Tyra

— Denise Duguay

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