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Talk-show Tango Feb. 6-10: In praise of Nicolas Cage and Ghost Rider

In television on 02/05/2012 at 5:34 pm

Nic Cage. He has the honour of being in the only movie at the public screening of which I could not stop myself from shouting out loud at the screen. Gone in Sixty Seconds. Ridiculous. So many leaps of logic I sprained my medulla oblongata. Or something. So why do I love Ghost Rider so much? It’s true, but no fun at all, to argue that I don’t expect realism from a movie about a living dead flaming avenger with a crispy hot motorcycle. More like Ghost Rider – sequel of which opens Feb. 17 – is possibly the only character that can grant joyful freedom of (over) expression to the wildman of scenery chewing. And I know you fans of the comic book hated the first film. But you people are never happy are you? (Kidding! But seriously, you’re not ever happy with film treatments, are you?) Here’s a trailer. He’s on Letterman on Thursday. Burn baby, burn.


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

Monday: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Ringer), Joe Scarborough (Morning Joe), Die Antwoord (Tension)

Tuesday: Denzel Washington (Safe House), The Fray (Scars and Stories)

Wednesday: Ryan Reynolds (Safe House), Ellie Kemper (The Office), Dierks Bentley (Home)

Thursday: Nicolas Cage (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), The Kills (Blood Pressures)

Friday: David Spade, Betty Wright (Betty Wright: The Movie)

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

Monday: Mark Harmon (NCIS), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)

Tuesday: Kenneth Branagh

Wednesday: Christina Applegate (Up All Night), Brad Goreski

Thursday: Lisa Kudrow, Weird Al Yankovic

Friday: Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?), Dan Riskin

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

Monday: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Miranda Cosgrove, OKO from Cirque du Soleil

Tuesday: Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?), John Huntsman, 2 Cellos

Wednesday: Chris Pine, Lisa Lampanelli, Anthony Hamilton

Thursday: Denzel Washington (Safe House), Octavia Spencer (The Help), Estelle

Friday: Rachel McAdams (The Vow), Cee Lo Green

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

Monday: Kristen Bell (House of Lies), Bret McKenzie (Flight of hte Conchords)

Tuesday: Phil McGraw, Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Alabama Shakes

Wednesday: Martin Short, Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Dr. Dog

Thursday: Carol burnett, Jon Glaser (Delocated)

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

Monday: tba




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

Monday: L.L. Cool J. (NCIS: LA, Grammys), Angela “Big Ang” Raiola (Mob Wives), Pitbull

Tuesday: Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn), Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings), 50 Cent

Wednesday: Nathan Fillion (Castle), Josh Hutcherson (Jorney 2: The Mysterious Island), Far East Movement

Thursday: Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Tony Bennett

Friday: tba

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: Tilda Swinton (We Have to Talk About Kevin)

Tuesday: Lou Dobbs

Wednesday: Jonathan Macey

Thursday: Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

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

Monday: Drew Barrymore (Big Miracle) (R)

Tuesday: Laurence H. Tribe (R)

Wednesday: Christiane Amanpour (R)

Thursday: Ameena Matthews (The Interrupters) (R)

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

Monday: Mark Tewksbury, Michelle Shephard

Tuesday: Clara Hughes, Dave Bidini

Wednesday: Alan Thicke, Brad Peyton

Thursday: Jill Hennessey, Caroline Rhea, Jeffrey Ross

Friday: best of the week and Adam Cohen

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)

Friday: Al Sharpton, Zanny Minton Beddoes, Reihan Salam,


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

Monday: Derek Hough, Debra Messing (Smash), Atticus Shaffer, Sally Hogshead

Tuesday: Michael Strahan, Sarah Michelle Gellar (Ringer), Michael Weatherly (NCIS)

Wednesday: Michael Strahan, Denzel Washington (Safe House), Vanessa Hudgens (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island)

Thursday: Jerry O’Connell, Ryan Reynolds (Safe House), Sammi and Deena (Jersey Shore)

Friday: Jerry O’Connell, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), Rebecca Romijn

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

Monday: Madeleine Stowe (Revenge), Taylor Armstrong (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)

Tuesday: Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Ali Westworth, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Wednesday: Faith Hill, Tim Mcgraw Andie MacDowell (Jane By Design)

Thursday: Viola Davis (The Help), White House chef Cris Comerford

Friday: Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), David Arquette, The Cranberries, Michael Fazio

The Talk (2 p.m., CBS)

Monday: Neil Patrick Harris

Tuesday: Kunal Nayyar (Big Bang Theory)

Wednesday: Phil McGraw (Dr. Phil)

Thursday: John Stamos

Friday: Daniel Radcliffe (Woman in Black)

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

Monday: Joan and Melissa Rivers, My Mom’s a Hoarder

Tuesday: Howie Mandel, OCD Is Ruining My Life

Wednesday: How My Husband Became My Wife, plus The Latest Theory on Why Men Cheat

Thursday: Barbara Sheehan plus What You You Do? wiht Jon Quinones

Friday: Town Affected By Mystery Ilness plus My Strange Addiction

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

Monday: Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory), Miley Cyrus

Tuesday: Martin Scorsese (Hugo), Rachel McAdams (The Vow)

Wednesday: Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Josh Hutcherson (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island)

Thursday: tba


Denise Duguay



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