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Talk-show Tango Dec. 19-23: Rufus Wainwright, Michael Buble, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

In television on 12/19/2011 at 10:08 am

This being the week before Christmas, there is a blitz of music (holiday-themed and otherwise) on our fave talk shows as well as a big push for big movies. Highlights of the former: our own Rufus Wainwright on Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night on Tuesday plus Strombo’s Friday-night holiday music special. Movie highlights? Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol goes head to head with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Get ready. Here’s trailers for both of those. Oh, and have a holly jolly xmas if that’s your wont. Otherwise, like, see you next week.


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

Monday: Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Mitt Romney, Anthony Hamilton (Back to Love)

Tuesday: Harry Connick Jr. (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), Scott Van Pelt (ESPN), Mariachi El Bronx (Mariachi El Bronx)

Wednesday: presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, J. Cole (Cole World: The Sidelined Story)

Thursday: Anderson Cooper (Anderson), skier Lindsey Vonn, Childish Gambino (Camp)

Friday: Jay Thomas, Darlene Love (Christmas (Baby Please Come Home))

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

Monday: Regis Philbin, Goo Goo Dolls

Tuesday: Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Parker Young

Wednesday: Jason Lee (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked), Felicity Jones, Black Dub

Thursday: Kyra Sedgwick, Frankie Ballard

Friday: Christmas Email Spectacular

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

Monday: Sandra Bullock (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), Diablo Cody, Pink Martini

Tuesday: Charles Barkley, Berenice Bejo, Amber Riley

Wednesday: Thomas Haden Church (We Bought a Zoo), Turtleman Ernie Brown Jr., Johnny Mathis

Thursday: Jonah Hill (The Sitter), Chris Paul, Il Volo

Friday: Terry Bradshaw, Bailee Madison, Chris Isaak

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

Monday: tba




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

Monday: Jeremy Renner (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Carole King

Tuesday: Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Joshua Topolsky, Rufus Wainwright

Wednesday: Louis CK, Paula Patton

Thursday: Jerry O’Connell, Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Jeff Musial, The Rockettes

Friday: Seth Meyers (New Year’s Eve, SNL), Kim Wayans, The Muppets

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

Monday: Armie Hammer (J.Edgar), Jeri Ryan  (Body of Proof), T-Pain (R)

Tuesday: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid (The X-Factor), Anna Faris (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked), The Kooks (R)

Wednesday: Christina Applegate (Up All Night), Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Jack’s Mannequin (R)

Thursday: Jeremy Renner (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Judy Greer (The Descendants), Chevelle (R)

Friday: tRobert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Lenny Kravitz (R)

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

Monday: tba





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

Monday: Ed Gillespie (R)

Tuesday: Ralph Fiennes (R)

Wednesday: Jonah Hill (The Sitter) (R)

Thursday: Ben Lowy (R)

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

Monday: David Hallberg (R)

Tuesday: Jack Abramoff (Capital Punishment) (R)

Wednesday: Jimmie Johnson (R)

Thursday: The Black Keys (El Camino) (R)

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

Monday: The Best of: Leading Men – Kermit, Hugh Jackman, Woody Harrelson

Tuesday: Russell Peters, Nickelback, Shania Twain

Wednesday: Margaret Atwood, Ian Rankin

Thursday: Michael Buble, Chris Isaak, Josh Groban

Friday: Holiday Music Special with guests Martin Short, Michael Buble, Trombone Shorty, Down with Webster and more

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 guest announcements.

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

New episodes return Jan. 13, 2012


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

Monday: Mark Consuelos cohosts, Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Lady Antebellum

Tuesday: Mark Consuelos cohosts, Scarlett Johansson (We Bought a Zoo), Radio City Rockettes

Wednesday: Seth Meyers cohosts, Jennifer Connelly, Robert Pattinson, Lauren Graham, Swamp Brothers

Thursday: Andy Cohen cohosts, Aaron Eckhart, John Leguizamo

Friday: Mark Consuelos cohosts

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

Monday: Florence and the Machine

Tuesday: Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia)

Wednesday: comic Chuck Nice

Thursday: Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn)

Friday: Meryl Streep (Iron Lady), Mario Cantone, Joey McIntyre

The Talk (2 p.m., CBS)

Monday: Miranda Lambert

Tuesday: Jeremy Sisto

Wednesday: Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

Thursday: Jamie Oliver

Friday: Margaret Cho

Anderson (weekdays at 3 p.m. ET on CTV Two and NBC, 5 p.m. ET on CTV)

Monday: Angelina Jolie and cast (In the Land of Blood and Honey)

Tuesday: Jane Fonda

Wednesday: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning (We Bought a Zoo)

Thursday: families with uncommon physical challenges

Friday: Holiday Show

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

Monday: Brad Pitt and Chris Pratt (Moneyball), Kelly Clarkson (Mr. Know It All)

Tuesday: Luke Bryan, Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)

Wednesday: Armie Hammer (J. Edgar)

Thursday: Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men)

Friday: tba

Denise Duguay



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