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Talk-show tango Jan. 17-21: Oprah, Betty White, Natalie Portman and more

In television on 01/17/2011 at 7:02 am

Oprah is airing her mega super deluxe amaaaaaazing Australia episodes this week, which I’m sure will be, you know, over the moon. However, she’s starting the week out with a look back at race on her show for the last 25 years and as much as I write the gal off for the increasing number of tabloidy topics in the last few years, the woman also knows how to hold a decent conversation with guests, which will include Jay-Z. DVR, you know what to do.


Chelsea Lately (11-11:30 p.m. ET on E!, formerly Star!, Videotron digital 125, Bell 621, Shaw Direct 168 and 527)

Monday: Denis Leary, Josh Wolf, Natasha Leggero, Jason Sklar

Tuesday: Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Jo Koy, Heather McDonald, John Caparulo

Wednesday: Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love), Greg Proops, Whitney Cummings, Ross Mathews

Thursday: Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Chris Franjola, Diablo Cody, Dan Levy

Friday: Roseanne Barr (Roseannearchy), Bobby Lee, Loni Love, T.J. Miller

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

Monday: Jack Hanna, Steven Tyler (American Idol)

Tuesday: Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Kima nd Kourtney Kardashian (Kim and Kourtney Take New York), The Script (Science & Faith)

Wednesday: Martin Short, Darius Rucker (Charleston, SC 1966)

Thursday: Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory), Piers Morgan (Piers Morgan Tonight), Wanda Jackson and Jack White (The Party Ain’t Over)

Friday: Nathan Lane (The Addams Family), comic Mike Palascak, Esperanza Spalding (Chamber Music Society)

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

Monday: Rashida Jones (Parks and  Recreation), Tony Goldwyn

Tuesday: Larry King, Shannon Woodward

Wednesday: Emily Deschanel (Bones), Rich Fulcher

Thursday: Maria Bello, Dan Riskin

Friday: Jeff Bridges (Tron Legacy, True Grit)

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

Monday: Gordon Ramsey (Kitchen Nightmares), Kathleen Madigan, Maroon 5

Tuesday: Ashton Kutcher (No Strings Attached), Aubrey Plaza, Neon Trees

Wednesday: Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Thursday: Ben Affleck (The Company Men), The Decemberists

Friday: Kathie Lee Gifford and  Hoda Kotb (Today)

Conan (midnight ET on Comedy Network, 1 a.m. on CTV)

Monday: Cameron Diaz (The Green Hornet), Dax Shepard (Parenthood), My Chemical Romance

Tuesday: Jennifer Garner, Gabriel Iglesias, Social Distortion

Wednesday: Natalie Portman (Black Swan, No Strings Attached), Chris Pratt

Thursday: tba

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

Monday: Gwyneth Paltrow (Country Strong), Wyatt Cenac, Jeff Musial

Tuesday: Steven Tyler (American Idol), Chace Crawford

Wednesday: Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries)

Thursday: Ashton Kutcher (No Strings Attached), Fred Armisen

Friday: David Duchovny (Californication), Greta Gerwig

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

Monday: Matt LeBlanc (Episodes0, Julie Benz (No Ordinary Family), Michael Carbonaro

Tuesday: Randy Jackson (American Idol), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), comic Andrew NOrelli

Wednesday: Don Rickles, Wilmer Valderrama (From Prada to Nada), New Politics

Thursday: Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine), Kourtney Kardashian (Kourtney and Kim Take New York), Ra Ra Riot)

Friday: Terry Bradshaw (Fox NFL Sunday), Jim Sturgess (The Way Back), KT Tunstall

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

Monday: Peter Bergen (The Longest War)

Tuesday: Neil deGrasse Tyson (ScienceNOW),

Wednesday: tba

Thursday: Kambiz Hosseini and Saman Arbabi (Parazit)

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

Monday: Sherry Turkle (Alone Together)

Tuesday: Cornel West (Hope on a Tightrope)

Wednesday: Ron Reagan Jr. (My Father at 100)

Thursday: Chris Matthews (Hardball)

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (11 p.m. ET, CBC)

Monday: Karen Armstrong (Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life)

Tuesday: Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, The Bang Bang Club)

Wednesday: Christopher Plummer (Barrymore)

Thursday: Denis Villeneuve (Incendies)

Friday: Polar Bear Special

Charlie Rose (11:30 p.m. ET, PBS)

Mr. Rose announces his guests only on the day of broadcast, check the show’s Twitter account for daily guest announcements.

Real Time with Bill Maher (10 p.m. ET, Fridays only, on HBO Canada)

Friday:  Rachel Maddow,Russell Simmons, Steve Moore, David Stockman


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

Monday: David Duchovny (Californication), Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law)

Tuesday: Steven Tyler (American Idol), Angie Dickinson

Wednesday: Kim and Kourtney Kardashian (Kim and Kourtney Take Manhattan), Joan and Melissa Rivers

Thursday: Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples), Martin Short

Friday: Jason Statham (The Mechanic), Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss)

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

Monday: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Nichelle Nichols (classic Star Trek)

Tuesday: Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), James McDaniel (Detroit 1-8-7)

Wednesday: Valerie Bertinelli Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves  (Hot in Cleveland), Ted King (One Life to Live)

Thursday: Marilu Henner, Louise Owen, Bob Petrella on superior memory

Friday: Ed Harris (The Way Back)

The Talk (2 p.m., CBS)

Monday: Paula Abdul (Live to Dance)

Tuesday: Bob Newhart

Wednesday: Ice Cube

Thursday: William H. Macy (Shameless)

Friday: Maria Bello

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

Monday: Seth Rogen (The Green Hornet), Deena Nicole Cortese (Jersey Shore)

Tuesday: Jennifer Lopez (American Idol), Matt Bomer (White Collar)

Wednesday: Natalie Portman (Black Swan, No Strings Attached),

Thursday: tba

Friday: tba

Oprah 4 p.m. (NBC and CTV)

Monday: Race in America: a 25-year Look Back

Tuesday: Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure

Wednesday: Oprah’s Ultimate Adventure Part 2

Thursday: Oprah in Australia: Ultimate Wildest Dreams

Friday: Oprah in Australia – Hugh Jackman, Bono and More

— Denise Duguay


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