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Talk-show tango Nov. 2-8: nearly naked Chelsea Handler, welcome Wanda Sykes and Radio Strombo

In television on 11/02/2009 at 1:13 am


I have a bit of news and a bit of, well, not nudity, but… Yes, that Chelsea Handler on the cover of Playboy’s December issue in all her Xmas glory. On her blog, she confesses she ate nothing but turkey and grapefruit for a few weeks before the photo shoot. Talk about a testimonial.

And now to the news: This weekend, Wanda Sykes starts her Saturday-night Fox talker, filling the spot left by Spike Feresten. She’s on Leno on Thursday to talk about it. Also next Monday, Nov. 9, George Lopez starts Lopez Tonight, his weeknight talk show for TBS. And finally, if you like my other boyfriend, he’s starting a new Sunday-night music show on CBC. That would be The Strombo Show, hosted by The Hour’s George Stroumboulopoulos, Sundays from 8 p.m. to midnight on CBC Radio 2.


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

Monday: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Guy Fieri (More Diners, Drive-ins and Dives), Carrie Underwood (Play On)

Tuesday: Al Gore (Our Choice), Brad Paisley (American Saturday Night), Michael Buble

Wednesday: Bill Cosby, Ryan Bingham (Roadhouse Sun)

Thursday: Bill Maher (Real Time with Bill  Maher), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), Keith Urban (Defying Gravity)

Friday: Ricky Gervais (New York Comedy Festival), comic Brian Regan, Ralph Stanley (Man of Constant Sorrow)

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

Monday: Valerie Bertinelli, George Eads (CSI), Jack Ingram

Tuesday: Billy Connolly (The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day), Dave Barry

Wednesday: No Nique (Precious), Stephen Fry

Thursday: Denis Leary, Jena Malone

Friday: tba

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

Monday: Mariah Carey (Precious), Cirque de Soleil (Kooza)

Tuesday: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Wednesday: Jenna Bush Hager, Laura Bush

Thursday: Wanda Sykes, Rachael Ray

Friday: Elizabeth Banks (Scrubs)

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

Monday: Ewan McGregor (Men Who Stare at Goats), Shaun White

Tuesday: Neil Patrick Harris, Paul Teutul Sr. (Orange County Choppers),  Creed

Wednesday: Amy Poehler (Parks and Rec)

Thursday: Jim Carrey (A Christmas Carol), Olivia Wilde (House), Zac Brown Band

Friday: tba

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

Monday: Taylor Swift, Scott Wolf (V), Say Anything

Tuesday: Reggie Jackson, Matthew Bomer (White Collar), Reba McEntire

Wednesday: Cameron Diaz (The Box), Shaun White, Monsters of Folk

Thursday: Ian McKellen, Paula Patton, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon

Friday: Rosie O’Donnell, Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire diaries), Josh Topolsky (Engadget)

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

Monday: Jack Black, Chuck Liddell, Cobra Starship (R)

Tuesday: Pamela Anderson, DWTS castoff, Manny Pacquiao, White RAbbits

Wednesday: Joshua Jackson (Fringe), Big Bird, Slayer

Thursday: Jesse Williams, Florence and the Machine

Friday: Ted Danson (Bored to Death), Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom, Chickenfoot

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

Monday: Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Heather McDonald, Lavell Crawford, Dan Levy

Tuesday: Gabrielle Union (FlashForward), John Caparulo, Jo Koy, Arden Myrin

Wednesday: Valerie Bertinelli, Josh Wolf, Sarah Colonna, Ross Mathews

Thursday: Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom, T.J. Miller, Chris Franjolo, Natasha Leggero

Friday: repeat

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

Monday: Senator Bob Menendez

Tuesday: David Plouffe (The Audacity to Win)

Wednesday: Al Gore

Thursday: Susan Rice

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

Monday: Nicholas Thompson (The Hawk and the Dove)

Tuesday: Andrew Sullivan (The Atlantis)

Wednesday: Harold Evans (My Paper Chase)

Thursday: Iliam Bratton, former L.A. police chief

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

Monday: Ted Sorenson, Sugar Sammy

Tuesday: Jason Reitman, Taylor Branch

Wednesday: Margaret Atwood, David Jacobson

Thursday: RCMP Commissioner William Elliott

Friday: Michael Moore, Peter Sarsgaard

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: repeats through Feb. 20, 2010.

Wanda Sykes Show (Saturday, 11 p.m. ET, Fox)

Saturday: tba


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

Monday: Jenny McCarthy, Ted Danson (Bored to Death)

Tuesday: Reba McEntire, Emeril Lagasse

Wednesday: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Sean Kingston

Thursday: Carrie Underwood, Bernadette Peters

Friday: James Marsden (The Box), Project Runway finalists

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

Monday: Lisa Niemi, Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives)

Tuesday: Ivanka Trump, Aisha Tyler

Wednesday: Al Gore, Joel Osteen

Thursday: Ian McKellen, Shepherd Smith

Friday: America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Guy Fieri

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

Monday: Lily Tomlin (Not Playing with a Full Deck), David Zinczenko (Eat This, Not That)

Tuesday: LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles), John Irving (Last Night in Twisted River), Rumer Willis (90210)

Wednesday: Disney stars

Thursday: Jenna Fischer (The Office), Nate Berkus, Paul Scheer (The League)

Friday: tba

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

Monday: Jim Carrey (A Christmas Carol), Faith Hill

Tuesday: Mo’nique (Precious), Abby Rike, Justin Bieber

Wednesday: Mariah Carey (Precious), Jonathan Safran Foer

Thursday: Amy Poehler (Parks and Rec), Fran Drescher

Friday: Countdown to Ellen on O

Oprah 4 p.m. (NBC and CTV)

Monday: Shoe, Handbag and Accessory Intervention

Tuesday: Oprah career flashback, plus first-job reflections by Kirstie Alley, Suze Orman and Martina McBride

Wednesday: “Step Out of Your Box” Challenge with Ali and Hilary Swank

Thursday: Oprah’s Karaoke Challenge: Round 1

Friday: Life with Mo’nique (Precious), Anderson Cooper (CNN) and Karaoke Challenge results

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

Monday: Teen Pimps and the Teen Girls They Made Prostitutes

Tuesday: Black Market Plastic Surgery

Wednesday: Get Your Shape In Shape with Tyra’s Nutritionist

Thursday: “Take Away the Fake” Intervention

Friday: The Women with Two Vaginas

— Denise Duguay


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