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Talk-show tango Sept. 21-25: Obama and Letterman save America

In television on 09/21/2009 at 8:51 am

It’s so great to get past the summer reruns and back to business as usual on the talk-show circuit, where, this week, the spectrum goes from “Former Child Star Mackenzie Phillips’ Stunning Revelations” (Oprah on Wednesday) to U.S. President Barack Obama conscripts David Letterman to calm a health-care hysterical American nation (tonight on the Late Show). Good grief. Makes last week’s Talk-show tango subject — fear of a Jay Leno Show success at 10 p.m. — seem a little tame. I’m not sure how that Jay Leno thing worked out. Did anyone make it through even one episode? Hello? Robert Seidman on tvbythenumbers.com comments that although Leno’s ratings slid predictably last week after his prime-time debut, this week will be more telling, especially with CBS rolling out season premieres of its big shows all week long.

LATE NIGHT

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

Monday: President Barack Obama

Tuesday: former president Bill Clinton, Lebron James (More Than a Game)

Wednesday: Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Mary J. Blige

Thursday: Craig Ferguson (American on Purpose), Snow Patrol

Friday: Bruce Willis (Surrogates), LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles), Noisettes

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

Monday: Marg Helgenberger (CSI), Dule Hill, Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears

Tuesday: Reba McEntire, Dave Annable

Wednesday: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ken Tucker, Arctic Monkeys

Thursday: Jason Schwartzman (Bored to Death), Angela Kinsey

Friday: Ted Danson (Bored to Death), Chris Miller and Phil Lord

The Jay Leno Show (10 p.m. ET on NBC)

Monday: Jennifer Garner, Barney Frank

Tuesday: Pee Wee Herman, Amy Poehler

Wednesday: Vince Vaughn, Bob Costas

Thursday: Rush Limbaugh, Smokey Robinson

Friday: Hugh Laurie, Lebron James

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

Monday: Ricky Gervais, “Chicken” Charlie Boghosian, Lynyrd Skynyrd

Tuesday: Robecca Ronijn, Lisa Lanpanellil, Monsters of Folk

Wednesday: Martin Short, Tim Gunn (Project Runway), Wynonna

Thursday: tba, Joel McHale (Community), India Arie

Friday: Teri Hatcher, Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy), Rodrigo Y Gabriela

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

Monday: Clive Owen, Joanna Garcia, Living Colour (R)

Tuesday: Seth Meyers, Chris Paul

Wednesday: Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Parkour Atheletes

Thursday: Megan Fox, Anthony Anderson, Phoenix

Friday: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Kevin Smith

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

Monday: repeat

Tuesday: Robin Williams, Bobcat Goldthwait, Matt & Kim

Wednesday: David Duchovny (Californication), Carmelo Anthony, Kid Cudi

Thursday: Coureney Cox (Cougar Town), Jessica Capshaw, Dancing with the Stars castoffs

Friday: Rob Lowe (Brothers & Sisters), Lisa Lampanelli, Tommy Lasorda

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

Monday: tba

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:

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

Monday: Bill Clinton (R)

Tuesday: Vali Nasr (Forces of Fortune: The Rise of hte New Muslim Middle Class and What It Will Mean for Our World)

Wednesday: Tom Ridge (The Test of Our Times: America Under Seige … And How We Can Be Safe Again)

Thursday: Rod Blagojevich (The Governor), former Illinois governor

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

Monday: The Flaming Lips (R)

Tuesday: Shai Agassi, electric car entrepreneur

Wednesday: AJ Jacobs (The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment)

Thursday: Ken Burns (The National  Parks: America’s Best Idea)

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

Monday: Tony Bennett

Tuesday: Malcolm Gladwell

Wednesday: tba

Thursday:

Friday:

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: tba

DAYTIME

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

Monday: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), David Gray

Tuesday: Christian Slater (The Forgotten), LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles)

Wednesday: Clive Owen, Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: New York)

Thursday: Laurence Fishburne (CSI), Whitney Port

Friday: Jeff Probst (Survivor)

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

Monday: Alexandra Wentworth co-hosts, Lebron James (More Than a Game)

Tuesday: Mika Brzeninski co-hosts, Paula Deen, Craig Ferguson (American on Purpose)

Wednesday: E.D. Hill co-hosts, Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Julie Bowen (Modern Family)

Thursday: E.D. Hill co-hosts, Chynna Phillips, Joseph Fiennes (Flash Forward), Michael Moore (Capitalism: A Love Story)

Friday: Hugh Jackman (A Steady Rain), Liz Smith, Candace Bergen

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

Monday: Queen Latifah (Persona), Aaron Carter (Dancing with the Stars)

Tuesday: Chris O’Donnell (NCIS: Los Angeles), Wayne Dyer (Excuses Begone), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds)

Wednesday: Betty White, Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race), Jeff Ross (I Only Roast the Ones I Love)

Thursday: Dana Delany (Desperate Housewives), Naturi Naughton (Fame), Sam Tsui

Friday: David Duchovny (Californication), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)

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

Monday: Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer)

Tuesday: Jennifer Garner (The Invention of Lying), Paolo Nutini

Wednesday: Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Ricky Gervais (The Invention of Lying), Jessie James

Thursday: Christina Applegate (breast-cancer-fundraising campaign Lee National Denim Day), The Noisettes

Friday: Cheryl Burke and Tom Delay, Patricia Arquette (Medium)

Oprah 4 p.m. (NBC and CTV)

Monday: Oprah Goes Back in Time — the ’60s (with Jon Hamm and January Jones from Mad Men)

Tuesday: America’s First Face Transplant and the Only Living Mermaid Girl

Wednesday: Former Child Star Mackenzie Phillips’ Stunning Revelations

Thursday: Icon Jay-Z and Living Legend Barbra Streisand

Friday: Oprah Live (and if you missed last Friday’s next book-club selection, click here)

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

Monday: Kathy Griffin

Tuesday: Hell to Pay: Gay Teen Exorcism

Wednesday: You Gust Gave Birth — What No One Tells You

Thursday: Serena Williams, Michael Strahan and Nelly Furtado

Friday: Stephanie Pratt’s Battle with Bulimia

— Denise Duguay

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  1. […] It’s so great to get past the summer reruns and back to business as usual on the talk-show circuit, where, this week, the spectrum goes from “Former Child Star Mackenzie Phillips’ Stunning Revelations” (Oprah on Wednesday) to U.S. President Barack Obama conscripts David Letterman to calm a health-care hysterical American nation (tonight on the Late Show). Good grief. Makes last week’s Talk-show tango subject — fear of a Jay Leno Show success at 10 p.m. — seem a lRead more at https://d2tv.wordpress.com/2009/09/21/talk-show-tango-sept-21-25/ […]

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