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Talk-show tango Aug. 31-Sept. 4: Jay-Z and Bill Maher worth repeating

In television on 08/30/2009 at 11:32 pm

Lot’s of stuff going on this week, but let’s start with last week. If you missed Real Time last Friday, with Bill Maher going one-on-0ne with Jay-Z, you should really check it out. Jay-Z is not exactly one of my peeps, you understand, but the back and forth was fantastic. It’s so nice to see to see Maher drop the auto-sarcasm in these extended interviews. And Jay-Z’s few words in answer to most questions were brilliantly chosen. The man is not only a spoken-word and music genius — or so the kids tell me — he’s also a very thoughtful, smart guy with fantastic comic timing. Click this link from Rap-Up.com, where the action is covered in two vids.

And now to this week… All the nighttime players except Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and George Stephanopolous are done with repeats. The films Extract (Jason Bateman) and All About Steve (Mila Kunis, Sandra Bullock) are trying to create some momentum, but consider also: Rex Lee from Entourage and Rutina Wesley from True Blood on Chelsea Lately.

LATE NIGHT

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

Monday: Howie Mandel (Deal or No Deal), Dock Diving Dogs, Rumer Willis (Sorority Row), Dirty Projectors (Bitte Orca)

Tuesday: Jeremy Piven (Entourage), The Black Crowes (Before the Frost … Until the Freeze)

Wednesday: Jason Bateman (Extract), Dr. John P. Holdren (White House office of sience and tech policy)

Thursday: Billy Crystal, John Fogerty (The Blue Ridge Rangers)

Friday: Neil Patrick Harris (Emmys), comic Steve Mazan, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (Up from Below)

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

Monday: Emily Deschanel (Bones), Terry Crews

Tuesday: Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Jason Ritter

Wednesday: Mila Kunis (Extract), Alex Dryden

Thursday: Carrie Fisher, Ron Livingston (Defying Gravity)

Friday: Radha Mitchell, DJ Qualls (All About Steve)

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

Monday: Norm MacDonald, Thomas Haden Church (All About Steve), Pitbull

Tuesday: Elijah Wood, Mila Kunis (All About Steve), Cheap Trick

Wednesday: Senator John McCain

Thursday: Sandra Bullock (All About Steve), Gina Yashere

Friday: Jennifer Connelly

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

Monday: Rachel Maddow, Tommy Davidson, Jet

Tuesday: Joan Allen, Rob Zombie (Halloween II), Michael Franti

Wednesday: John Leguizamo, Smokey Robinson

Thursday: Jason Bateman (Extract), Ashlee Simpson, Shadows Fall

Friday: Bob Costas, Jamie Lynn Sigler (Entourage), Pet Shop Boys

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

Monday: Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen), Rob Zombie (Halloween II), Friendly Fires (R)

Tuesday: Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Patton Oswalt (Big Fan), Datarock

Wednesday: Emile Hirsch (Taking Woodstock), Amber Valletta (Gamer), St. Vincent

Thursday: Kathie Lee Gifford (Just When I Thought I’d Dropped My Last Egg: Life and Other Calamities), Milo Ventimiglia (Gamer), R. Kelly

Friday: Gerard Butler (Gamer), Nate Berkus (The Nate Berkus Line on HSN), Maxwell

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

Monday: Rex Lee (Entourage), comics Chris Franjola, Gina Yashere and Josh Wolf

Tuesday: Rutina Wesley (True Blood), comics John Caparulo, Jen Kirkman and Ben Gleib

Wednesday: Antonion Sabato Jr. (My Antonio), comics Heather McDonald and Jo Koy and Jason Kennedy

Thursday: Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind; Ursa Major), comics Bryan Callen, Nathasha Leggero and blogger Perez Hilton

Friday: The Backstreet Boys (This Is Us), Ross Matthews (The Insider), comics Don Levy and Chris Franjola

Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11 p.m. Comedy Network, midnight ET, CTV)

Monday-Thursday: repeats

The Colbert Report (11:30 p.m. Comedy Network, 12:30 a.m. ET, CTV)

Monday-Thursday: repeats

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

Monday-Friday: repeats

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: repeat this week.

DAYTIME

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

Monday: Relly Awards

Tuesday: Relly Awards

Wednesday: Relly Awards

Thursday: Relly Awards

Friday: Relly Awards

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

Monday: Meryl Streep, Nora Ephron and Amy Adams (Julie & Julia) (R)

Tuesday: Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), chef Tyler Florence

Wednesday: Julianne Moore (Save the Children), Whitney Port (The City)

Thursday: Kevin Spacey (Shrink)

Friday: Lil’ Wayne, Jamie Luner (All My Children)

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

Monday-Friday: repeats

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

Monday-Friday: repeats

Oprah 4 p.m. (NBC and CTV)

Monday-Friday: repeats

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

Monday: Trading Popularity: High School Edition

Tuesday: Shocking Teen Trends

Wednesday: He Cheats: Take Him Back or Dump Him?

Thursday: Secret Lives of Teens Revealed

Friday: I Don’t Need a Husband or a Baby

— Denise Duguay

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