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Talk-show tango Feb. 8-12: Leno, Letterman, Oprah, Celine Dion… Oh yeah!

In television on 02/08/2010 at 12:52 am

I miss ONE Super Bowl. One! And I miss the ad of the night! Here it is and here is the L.A. Times inside scoop on how Jay Leno, David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey pulled off possibly the most secret Super Bowl ad ever.

Nice move by Leno, coming off like a regular fun guy in the face of his losing end of the chaos a couple of weeks back when he accepted NBC’s offer to retake the Tonight Show, after Conan O’Brien refused to move his version of the Tonight Show back to midnight. End result then was that a vocal minority expressed intense dislike for Leno and NBC and canonized St. O’Brien. Will this fun little spoof ad last night repair a bit of Leno’s dented image? Does it mean that Leno’s truly sorry that during the 10 days or so of intense monologue mockery he returned Letterman’s fire with a personal attack at Letterman’s messy staff liaison scandal? STay tuned to As the Talk Show Turns…

Now then, to the talk-show highlights. Well Ellen celebrates here 1,100th show on Monday and, oh yeah, makes her debut on American Idol Tuesday. Which I’m sure no one will even notice. And elsewhere, Sport Illustrated Swimsuit Edition models are making the rounds. And so is enormous cast of the ensemble movie Valentine’s Day. One last thing? Leno goes dark starting Wednesday, when it is replaced by Law & Order: SVU (then The Office and the Olympics opening ceremonies). Finally, Celine Dion’s back. She’s on Oprah on Wednesday promoting her new theatrical spectacle Through the Eyes of the World — and that’s not a Las Vegas theatre. It’s a movie theatre near you. And now, the guest list…


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

Monday: Jamie Foxx and Garry Marshall (Valentine’s Day)

Tuesday: Topher Grace (Valentine’s Day), Jewell

Wednesday: Ashton Kutcher (Valentine’s Day), Emma Roberts, Carter Jenkins

Thursday: Jennifer Garner and Hector Elizondo (Valentine’s Day), Steel Magnolia

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

Monday: Super Bowl MVP Saints QB Drew Brees, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover, Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Josh Turner (Haywire)

Tuesday: Jennifer Garner (Valentine’s Day), SI Swimsuit Model Sade, Sade (Soldier of Love)

Wednesday: Jessica Biel (Valentine’s Day), Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), Allison Moorer (Crows)

Thursday: Regis & Joy Philbin (Just You, Just Me), Benicio Del Toro (The Wolfman)

Friday: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), comic Joe Wong, The Soft Pack (The Soft Pack)

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

Monday: Pierce Brosnan (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), Patty Griffin

Tuesday: Carrie Fisher, Donald Glover

Wednesday: Kristen Bell (When in Rome), Jeff Stilson

Thursday: Don Rickles, Sonya Walger

Friday: tba

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

Monday: Emma Roberts (Valentine’s Day), Charles Barkley

Tuesday: Ashton Kutcher (Valentine’s Day), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), Bob Costas

Wednesday: pre-empted for Law & Order

Thursday: pre-empted for two episodes of The Office

Friday: pre-empted for Olympics opening ceremony

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

Monday: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Eric Hutchinson (R)

Tuesday: Mike Tyson, mentalist Keith Barry, Matisyahu (R)

Wednesday: Megan Fox, America’s Got Talent winner, Louis CK (R)

Thursday: Sienna Miller, Steve Schirripa, Deon Cole (R)

Friday: pre-empted for Olympics opening ceremonies

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

Monday: Stephen Colbert, Willie Garson, Eric Ripert

Tuesday: Bill Paxton (Big Love), James Van Der Beek (Grey’s Anatomy), Jeff Musial, Regina Spektor

Wednesday: Dick Cavett

Thursday: John Lithgow, Kings of Convenience

Friday: Benicio Del Toro (The Wolfman), Selena Gomez

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

Monday: Eric Dane (Valentine’s Day, Grey’s Anatomy), Kourtney Kardashian, The Bravery

Tuesday: Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart), Dave Salmoni, Ryan Bingham

Wednesday: Emily Blunt (The Wolfman), Byran Greenberg (How to Make It in America), Editors

Thursday: Patrick Dempsey (Valentine’s Day, Grey’s Anatomy), Lake Bell (How to Make It in America), comic Greg Giraldo

Friday: Mark Wahlberg (How to Make It in America), Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model, Dashboard

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

Monday: Jenny Sanford (Staying True)

Tuesday: Newt Gingrich (To try Men’s Souls)

Wednesday: Hall of Famer Willie Mays

Thursday: tba

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

Monday: Jonathan Safran Foer (Eating Animals)

Tuesday: George Stephanopoulos

Wednesday: Claire Danes (HBO’s Temple Grandin)

Thursday: Al Michaels

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

Monday: 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 but look for Bill’s standup special on HBO Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10 p.m. ET (repeating several times after); it’s called But I’m Not Wrong.


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

Monday: Bill Paxton (Big Love)

Tuesday: Rosario Dawson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief)

Wednesday: Jennifer Garner (Valentine’s Day)

Thursday: Eric Dane (Valentine’s Day), Kim Kardashian

Friday: Jessica Biel (Valentine’s Day)

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

Monday: Jenny Sanford (Staying True), Dr. Oz

Tuesday: Brooke Shields co-hosts, Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), Kevin and Hannah Salwen (The Power of Half)

Wednesday: Jackie Collins (Poor Little Bitch Girl), Tim Gunn, Sade

Thursday: Benicio Del Toro (The Wolfman)

Friday: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Katharine McPhee

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

Monday: Colbie Smulders, Kelly Cutrone, David Rasche

Tuesday: Melinda Kanakaredes (CSI New York), Ricky Schroder, Shorty Rossi

Wednesday: Chris Kattan (The Middle), Giuliana Rancic, Bill Rancic

Thursday: Kevin Nealon, Brandon T. Jackson

Friday: Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race), Dorothy Hamill

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

Monday: 1,100th show, Jessica Alba, Jersey Shore cast

Tuesday: Bradley Cooper (Valentine’s Day), Emily Blunt (The Wolfman)

Wednesday: Demi Moore, Channing Tatum (Dear John), Michael Buble

Thursday: Patrick Dempsey (Valentine’s Day, Grey’s Anatomy), Kym Douglas

Friday: tba

Oprah 4 p.m. (NBC and CTV)

Monday: No-Holds-Barred Conversation with Child Molesters

Tuesday: Lisa Ling Goes Inside the World of a Modern Geisha and a Real-Life Nunnery

Wednesday: Celine Dion’s Show-stopping Surprise (Celine Through the Eyes of the World)

Thursday: tba

Friday: Live

— Denise Duguay


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