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Talk-show tango June 1-5: Conan 2.0

In series debut, summer 2009, talk show, television, tv on 06/01/2009 at 7:47 am

I could blather on and on about the passing of the Tonight Show crown and will Conan O’Brien be able to … let’s face it, will Conan O’Brien be able to dumb down his conceptual hipster humour for my mother (Conversations I Don’t Ever Want to Have: “Dear, what IS that bear doing with his paw? Ooooooh! Myyyyyy! Gawwwd!”). I could. And you might notice I just nipped myself in the bud. So to speak.

So let me just repeat what Conan O’Brien told James Lipton about performing comedy in front of a live audience, from an interview for Inside Actors Studio conducted before O’Brien left his Late Night post a while back.

“When it’s going well, I’ll do it for free. When it’s not going well, I would rather do anything else. Because it’s … you know, painful. There’s a lot of my career that’s just pain prevention. I’m trying to avoid getting hurt in front of people.”

Tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC, it will be that best-night-worst-night adrenaline-dread cocktail to the power of 10 as  Conan O’Brien debuts his version of the 55-year-old franchise, The Tonight Show.  He’ll be accompanied by his old/new sidekick Andy Richter and a pocketful of Tums. Guests will be Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam.

LATE NIGHT

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

Monday: Bill Cosby, Paula Abdul (I’m Just Here for the Music)

Tuesday: Jack Hanna, John Krasinski (Away We Go)

Wednesday: Jessica Biel (Easy Virtue), Steve Earle (Townes)

Thursday: Elvis Costello (Secret, Profane, Sugarcane)

Friday: Paris Hilton (Paris Hilton’s My New BFF), comic Steven Wright

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

Monday: Mary Louise Parker (Weeds), Guillermo del Toro, Tori Amos

Tuesday: Denis Leary (Rescue Me), Diane Birch

Wednesday: Jeffrey Tambor, Gabrielle Anwar

Thursday: Elizabeth Perkins, Mark Burnett, Bernie Williams

Friday: Seann William Scott, John Cho (Star Trek)

Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (11:35 p.m. ET on NBC)

Monday: co-host Andy Richter, guests Will Ferrell (Land of the Lost), Pearl Jam (10 Legacy Edition)

Tuesday: Tom Hanks, Green Day (21st Century Breakdown)

Wednesday: Julia Louis Dreyfuss, Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Sheryl Crow (The Very Best of)

Thursday: Gwyneth Paltrow, John Mayer Trio (Try)

Friday: Ryan Seacrest, Chickenfoot (Chickenfoot)

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

Monday: Anne Hathaway, Will Forte, Jon Favreau, Mario Batali

Tuesday: Steve Martin, Vanessa Williams, Paul Simon

Wednesday: Danny McBride (Land of the Lost), Dave Matthews Band

Thursday: Jessica Biel (Easy Virtue), Rachel Dratch, Jason Sudeikis, Doves

Friday: Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Denise Richards, Mandy Moore

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

Monday: Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), Dancing with the Stars’ Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas, No Doubt

Tuesday: Danny McBride (Land of the Lost), Nia Vardalos (My Life in Ruins), Taking Back Sunday

Wednesday: Heather Graham (The Hangover), Lance Krall (Free Radio), Katie Melua

Thursday (3 p.m. special b/c of NBA playoffs): Thomas Haden Church (Imagine That), Ed Helms (The Hangover), 311

Friday: Michael J. Fox, Dancing with the Stars castoffs Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough, Asher Roth

Sunday (7 p.m. special b/c of NBA playoffs): guests tba

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

Monday: tba

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:

Daily Show with Jon Stewart (midnight ET, CTV)

Monday: Bob Woodruff (Earth 2100)

Tuesday: PJ O’Rourke (Driving Like Crazy)

Wednesday: Michael Lewis (Home Game)

Thursday: Will Ferrell (Land of the Lost)

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

Monday: Byron Dorgon (Reckless)

Tuesday: Katty Kay (Womenomics)

Wednesday: Eric Schlosser (Food Inc.)

Thursday: Dag Soderberg (Illuminated World)

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

Monday: Lynn Johnston, Ali Velshi

Tuesday: Alan Bell, Moby

Wednesday: tba

Thursday: Christopher Buckley, Randy Bachman

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: D. L. Hughley, Council of Foreign Relations president Richard Haas, novelist Paula Froelich (Mercury in Retrograde), journalist Jeremy Scahill, Fortune editor Matt Miller

DAYTIME

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

Monday: Pat Sajak cohosts, John Goodman (Waiting for Godot), Jillian Harris (The Bachelorette)

Tuesday: Pat Sajak cohosts, Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Scripps Spelling Bee winner

Wednesday: Will Ferrell (Land of the Lost), MC Hammer, animal expert Peter Gros

Thursday: Anderson Cooper cohosts, Denise Richards (Dancing with the Stars), Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice)

Friday: Anderson Cooper cohosts, Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Catherine Bell (Army Wives)

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

Monday: Paris Hilton

Tuesday: Whoopi from London, Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Nia Vardalos (My Life in Ruins)

Wednesday: Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), Claire Shipman

Thursday: Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy star on Broadway in Chicago), Paula Froelich (Mercury in Retrograde)

Friday: Neil Patrick Harris (Tony Awards), Lionel Richie

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

Monday: Howie Mandel, Labelle

Tuesday: Molly Sims (Fired Up), Chris Jericho (WWE Monday Night Raw)

Wednesday: Brian Williams (NBC Nightly News), Christine Lahti (Yonkers Joe), Rocco DeLuca

Thursday: Lance Bass (Dancing with the Stars), chef Todd English, Neicy Nash (Reno 911)

Friday: Donnie and Marie Osmond, David Tutera (My Fair Wedding)

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

Monday: Paris Hilton (Paris Hilton Is My New BFF)

Tuesday: Dwayne Johnson, Elle Fanning

Wednesday: Portia de Rossi, Jasmine Murray

Thursday: Christina Applegate, Keith Urban

Friday: Jessica Biel (Easy Virtue), Kellie Pickler

Oprah 4 p.m. (NBC and CTV)

Monday: How to Handle Life’s Stickiest Situations

Tuesday: Dr. Oz on hair transplants, heart attacks and more

Wednesday: Nate Makes a Mother’s Wish Come True

Thursday: Beautiful Boy — A Father’s Heartach, An Addict Son

Friday: Can You Afford That with Suze Ormon

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

Monday: Girl on Girl Kissing

Tuesday: Age-defying Makeovers

Wednesday: Isis

Thursday: I Lost Weight and Lost My Friends

Friday: Paris Hilton

— Denise Duguay

When it’s going well, I’ll do it for free. When it’s not going well, I would rather do anything else. Because it’s you know painful. there’s a lot of my career that’s just pain prevention. i’m trying to avoid getting hurt in front of people.
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