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Talk-show tango Jan. 18-22: Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show dies Friday

In television on 01/18/2010 at 9:11 am

So, Conan O’Brien will do his last NBC Tonight Show Friday, with some of the parting settlements for his staff  likely coming out of his $40-million walking-away deal. Not surprising for a guy who paid his staff out of his own pocket during the writers’ strike a while back. Likely contenders, according to the same Hollywood Reporter dispatch, for picking up his show are Fox (good) or its cable sister channel FX (bad, since we don’t get it here, although there could be a separate Canadian carrier).

But what’s this? The masturbating bear is dead? Triumph the insult dog will be put to sleep? According to a number of reports, this one from the Hollywood Reporter’s blog, NBC will likely keep a number of O’Brien’s characters, claiming they own the intellectual property rights. I believe life will go on and that O’Brien will show, as he always has (taking his time to do it on both Late Night and the Tonight Show), that he is nimble enough to dance around this, too.

A Leno/O’Brien highlight for this week (or at least, highlight that we know of): In case you missed it the first time around, on Monday, Jimmy Kimmel Live repeats last week’s episode in which Kimmel impersonated Jay Leno for an entire edition of the show. Worth seeing.

A non-Leno/O’Brien highlight: Erin Karpluk will be on The View to talk about her series Being Erica (the CBC show is a hit now on U.S. channel SOAPnet).

LATE NIGHT

Lopez Tonight (11 p.m. ET on TBS, aka TLN Videotron 250, Bell 700, Shaw 69 and 280)

Monday: Mark Valley (Human Target), Amber Valletta

Tuesday: Brendan Fraser (Extraordinary Measures), Khloe Kardasian, Lamar Odom

Wednesday: Tyrese Gibson, Betty White, Hannibal Buress

Thursday: Samuel L. Jackson, Omarion

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

Monday: Kristen Bell (When in Rome), Randy Jackson (American Idol), The Heavy (The House That Dirty Built)

Tuesday: Dwayne Johnson (Tooth Fairy), Bettina Luescher (Worlf Food Program), The Swell Season

Wednesday:  Claire Danes (Temple Grandin), Will Arnett (When in Rome), James Taylore and Carole King (Troubadour Reunion)

Thursday: Harrison Ford (Extraordinary Measures), Blind Boys of Alabama with Lou Reed (Duets)

Friday: Catherine Zeta-Jones (A Little Night Music), comic Jeff Stilson, Charlotte Gainsbourg

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

Monday: Marion Cotillard (Nine), Steve Jones

Tuesday: Alan Alda, Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air)

Wednesday: Keri Russell (Extraordinary Measures), Jake Johannsen

Thursday: Adam Goldberg, Abbie Cornish

Friday: Mythbusters, Hotrats

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

Monday: Emily Blunt (Young Victoria)

Tuesday: Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately)

Wednesday: tba

Thursday: tba

Friday: tba

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

Monday: Martin Scorsese, Colin Firth (A Single Man), Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza

Tuesday: Tom Hanks (The Pacific), Paul Bettany (Creation, Legion), Spoon

Wednesday: tba

Thursday: tba

Friday: tba

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

Monday: Ashley Judd (Tooth Fairy), Jimmie Johnson, The Cribs

Tuesday: Randy Jackson (American Idol), Paul Teutul Sr. (American Chopper)

Wednesday: tba, Switchfoot

Thursday: Queen Latifah, Fela

Friday: Brendan Fraser (Extraordinary Measures), Tracey Ullman, Beach House

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

Monday: Jimmy as Leno, Chevy Chase (Community), Elisha Cuthbert (24), Melanie Fiona (R)

Tuesday: Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Dennis Quaid (Legion), Orianthi

Wednesday: Paul Bettany (Creation, Legion), The Bachelor: Jake Pavelka, Pearl

Thursday: Dwayne Johnson (Tooth Fairy), Swayne Kennedy

Friday: Jared Harris, Heartless Bastards

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

Monday: tba

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

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

Monday: tba

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

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

Monday: Harrison Ford (Extraordinary Measures), John Cassidy

Tuesday: Joey McIntyre, Vincent Nguyen

Wednesday: Jann Arden, Greg Mortensen

Thursday: Cheryl Tiegs, Keny Annan

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)

New season starts Feb. 19

DAYTIME

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

Monday: Carrie Underwood, Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries), Peter Gros

Tuesday: Randy Jackson (American Idol), Ashley Judd (Tooth Fairy)

Wednesday: Dwayne Johnson (Footh Fairy), Beck Newton (Ugly Betty)

Thursday: Brendan Fraser (Extraordinary Measures)

Friday: Harrison Ford (Extraordinary Measures)

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

Monday: Larry Platt (American Idol), John Stossel

Tuesday: Megan Mullally, Dr. Doris Day

Wednesday: Martin Short, Erin Karpluk (Being Erica)

Thursday: Julie Andrews (Tooth Fairy)

Friday: Diane von Furstenberg

The Bonnie Hunt Show (2 p.m. ET on NBC, 3 p.m. ET on Citytv)

Monday: Billy Ray Cyrus (The Spy Next Door), Keke Palmer, JJ Virgin

Tuesday: Richard Simmons

Wednesday: Kara DioGuardi (American Idol)

Thursday: Camryn Manheim

Friday: Paul Bettany (Creation, Legion)

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

Monday: Jake Pavelka (The Bachelor), Keith Urban, LMFAO

Tuesday: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Tom Ford (A Single Man), Matt Morris

Wednesday: Dennis Quaid (Legion), The Bachelor’s Michelle

Thursday: Colin Firth (A Single Man), Dr. Drew, Orianthi

Friday: tba

Oprah 4 p.m. (NBC and CTV)

Monday: James Cameron (Avatar), Lady Gaga

Tuesday: tba

Wednesday: tba

Thursday: tba

Friday: tba

— Denise Duguay

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