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Talk-show tango Sept. 20-24: The return of George Stroumboulopoulos

In television on 09/19/2010 at 10:10 pm

Sure, it’s the biggest week of the fall season with a glut of new shows premiering and returning for new seasons. But what’s stopping the presses on Talk-show Tango this week is the return of Strombo’s week-night talk show. It starts the fall season with a new length (half hour) and a new name (George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight). Guests are damn fine: Robert Plant, Paul Haggis, Anthony Bourdain, Zach Galifianakis and Molly Parker. And if that’s not excitement enough for you, please help me celebrate a major personal victory: I have finally cracked the code of the new Ellen website, so I actually have guest names this week. Good times.

LATE NIGHT

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

Monday: Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy), Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope), Daughtry

Tuesday: Kevin Nealon (Weeds), Michael Franti and Spearhead

Wednesday: Anthony Anderson, Morgan Spurlock, Santana with India. Arie

Thursday: Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (Jersey Shore), Rob Schneider

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

Monday: Bill Clinton, Chromeo (Business Casual)

Tuesday: Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Snooki (Jersey Shore), Maroon 5 (Hands All Over)

Wednesday: Joaquin Phoenix (I’m Still Here), Tom Jones (Praise & Blame)

Thursday: James Franco (How), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Shakira

Friday: Shia LaBeouf (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), comic Brian Regan, Jimmy Eat World (Invented)

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

Monday: Minda Kaling, Steve Hartman

Tuesday: Patricia Heaton (The Middle), Adam Brody, Sara Bareilles

Wednesday: The cast of the Big Bang Theory

Thursday: Jon Hamm (The Town, Mad Men), Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death)

Friday: Jason Schwartzman (Bored to Death), Willie Nelson

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

Monday: Justin Timberlake  (The Social Network), Jane Lynch (Glee), OK Go

Tuesday: Ed Helms (The Office), Casey Affleck (I’m Still Here), Sheryl Crow

Wednesday: Ryan Reynolds (Buried), Betty White, Tommy Lee’s Methods of Mayhem

Thursday: Jimmy Smits, Jackie Evancho, Brian Wilson

Friday: Dwayne Wade, Zachary Levy (Chuck), Gloria Gaynor

Keeping watching this space: Conan O’Brien’s new show, called Conan will debut on Nov. 8, in Canada on CTV, Monday to Thursday nights at 1 a.m. (after Colbert), and two hours earlier in the U.S., on TBS.

Until then, click this link for his Twitter patter. 140 characters of witty bits.

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

Monday: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Cory Monteith (Glee)

Tuesday: Tina Fey (30 Rock), Colin Hanks (Good Guys)

Wednesday: tba

Thursday: Josh Brolin (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Ben Rappaport (Outsourced), Jeff Musial, Kerry Simon

Friday: Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation, The Social Network)

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

Monday: Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Bruno Tonioli (Dancing with the Stars)

Tuesday: Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)

Wednesday: Jeremy Renner (The Town), Jaime King (My Generation)

Thursday: Zach Galifianakis (It’s Kind of a Funny Story), Jessica Capshaw (Grey’s Anatomy)

Friday: Joaquin Phoenix (I’m Still Here), Primus

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

Monday: Jimmy Carter (White House Diary)

Tuesday: Sigourney Weaver (You Again)

Wednesday: Edward Norton (Stone)

Thursday: tba

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

Monday: Pavement (Quarantine the Past)

Tuesday: Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Wednesday: Guillermo Del Toro (The Fall)

Thursday: Los Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (the new half-hour version of the show formerly known as The Hour) (11 p.m. ET, CBC)

Monday: Robert Plant (Band of Joy)

Tuesday: Paul Haggis (Artists for Peace and Justice)

Wednesday: Anthony Bourdain (Medium Raw)

Thursday: Zach Galifianakis (It’s Kind of a Funny Story)

Friday: Molly Parker (Trigger)

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 (10 p.m. ET, Fridays only, on HBO Canada)

Bill makes his fall season debut on Sept. 17. Counting the days…

DAYTIME

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

Monday: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Cory Monteith (Glee)

Tuesday: Shia Labeouf (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Jim Belushi (The Defenders)

Wednesday: “High Heel a Thon”

Thursday: Judge Judy, Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

Friday: Susan Sarandon (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Tom Selleck (Blue Bloods)

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

Monday:  Jimmy Carter (White House Diary)

Tuesday: Sigourney Weaver (You Again), Tori Spelling

Wednesday: Nathan Lane (Modern Family), Rob Morrow (The Whole Truth)

Thursday: Tina Fey (30 Rock) on the 3,000th episode of The View

Friday: Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives), Michael Eisner

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

Monday: Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Alex O’Loughlin, OK Go

Tuesday: Hugh Laurie (House), Tanner Edwards, Michael Franti and Spearhead

Wednesday: Brooke Shields, Selena Gomez and the Scene (A Year Without Rain)

Thursday: Ed Helms (The Office), Kelly Osbourne (Fashion Police), Le Reve

Friday: tba

Oprah 4 p.m. (NBC and CTV)

Monday: Waiting for Superman: The Movie That Can Transform America’s Schools

Tuesday: Jon Stewart (Daily Show) and Liza Minnelli

Wednesday: Ingrid Betancourt, The Bravest Man in the World

Thursday: Cybill Shepherd, Linda Evans, Teri Hatcher

Friday: Waiting for Superman Follow-up

— Denise Duguay

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