Late night guest line-ups: November 16-22

Hi everybody! So... whoops? I'm a day late in posting this week's talk show guests. I guess I'm still so excited about that Kevin Pollak interview posted last week that I've completely lost track of what day of the week it is. But that's okay, Monday's guests were mostly uninteresting anyway (unless you're a Twilight fangirl, in which case you may have missed Kristen Stewart on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and Taylor Lautner on The Jay Leno Show -- but you can catch them all sorts of places this week as you'll see below).

Anyway, there's not much else to say this week, so I'll just get right to who you shouldn't miss (or might not want to miss, depending on your tastes)...

  • Twilight: New Moon stars (Kristen Stewart: Wednesday on Fallon, Friday on Kimmel; Robert Pattinson: Wednesday on Letterman, Friday on Kimmel; Taylor Lautner: Thursday on Fallon, Friday on Kimmel) – So I'm not a fan of Twilight. Not being a teenage girl, I haven't read the books (yes, yes... I know many people have read the books and aren't teenage girls, but they sure act like one when they talk about it). And even though I see a lot of movies with this gig, I haven't seen the first film and have no plans to see New Moon. However, Twilight is huge. The buzz for the new film is absolutely through the roof. And if you're one of the many, many fans of the books and movies, you'll want to watch every appearance by the films' stars this week. And if you're not a fan like me, you won't really be able to avoid it if you're watching late night TV this week, so just enjoy the ride.
  • Spencer Pratt & Heidi Montag (Wednesday on Conan) – More people I'm not a fan of! However, unlike the Twilight actors (who are in a movie I'm not interested in, but seem like delightful people), Spencer & Heidi are just horrible people. But that's why I want to see this and why YOU should want to see this. Over the last year or so since "Speidi" seemed to really capture the entertainment world's attention (for whatever horrific reason), nobody has derided them and rightfully put them in their place on late night more than Conan, first on his Late Night show and then on The Tonight Show. He even had a recurring segment based on Spencer being the world's biggest "douchebag". So how will they react on his show? And how will he get through an interview without calling them out for being horrible people? He probably won't be able to, which will make for GREAT television!
  • Norah Jones (Wednesday on Colbert) – In the mood for something more pleasant? How about the delightful Norah Jones sitting down with Stephen Colbert (and if we're lucky, singing a new tune). After appearing earlier this year on The Lonely Island's debut album (guesting on the track "Dreamgirl") and later performing on a TV special with jazz legend (and one of my heroes) Wynton Marsalis and country legend Willy Nelson, she has a new album of her own out. (In fact, we'll be giving away a Norah Jones poster soon right here on, so keep a look out for that.)
  • Lou Dobbs (Wednesday on Stewart) – Back to the nasty, awkward television. Sure, sitting Vice President Joe Biden will be appearing on The Daily Show on Tuesday, but I'm more interested in seeing former CNN mainstay Lou Dobbs sit at Jon's desk on Wednesday. The man who went from talking about financial issues for years to crusading against illegal immigration will talk with the comedian who spent last week playing clip after clip making him look off his rocker right after his CNN departure. This should be good!
  • Malcolm Gladwell (Tuesday on Colbert) – Yes, there's a lot of Comedy Central appearances on the list this week, but it's a good week of guests for the fake news shows. Gladwell is a brilliant and entertaining author, whose nonfiction books are as interesting as they come. He's also a great talk show guest, especially against a foil like in-character Colbert, because he's extremely quick on his feet and ready for a great retort to one of Stephen's ludicrous statements.

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (NBC)

  • Mon 11/16: Kristen Stewart, Judd Apatow, Carrie Underwood
  • Tue 11/17: 50 Cent, Jane Lynch
  • Wed 11/18: Seth Green, Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt, the Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • Thu 11/19: Nicole Kidman, Anderson Cooper, Leona Lewis
  • Fri 11/20: Eva Mendes, Jon Bon Jovi, Bon Jovi

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)

  • Mon 11/16: Sharon Stone, Seth Meyers, Wyclef Jean with Cyndi Lauper
  • Tue 11/17: Penelope Cruz, Joe Cada, the Script
  • Wed 11/18: "Stupid Human Tricks", Robert Pattinson, Ray Davies
  • Thu 11/19: Stephen Colbert, John Mayer
  • Fri 11/20: Viggo Mortensen, Paula Poundstone, Lyle Lovett

The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

  • Mon 11/16: Taylor Lautner, Heather Locklear
  • Tue 11/17: Tyra Banks, the latest Biggest Loser castoff, Arsenio Hall
  • Wed 11/18: Larry the Cable Guy, Mikey Day
  • Thu 11/19: Dakota Fanning, Jane Krakowski
  • Fri 11/20: Jay Mohr

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

  • Mon 11/16: Tim McGraw, Anna Torv, Josh Capon
  • Tue 11/17: Cheech and Chong, Neko Case
  • Wed 11/18: Kristen Stewart, Brothers
  • Thu 11/19: Taylor Lautner, Katey Sagal
  • Fri 11/20: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elvis Costello

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS)

  • Mon 11/16: LL Cool J, Mindy Kaling, Ben Harper & Relentless7
  • Tue 11/17: Woody Harrelson, Joe Theismann
  • Wed 11/18: David Duchovny, Lewis Black
  • Thu 11/19: Sandra Bullock, Ben Foster
  • Fri 11/20: Neil Patrick Harris, David Gray

Jimmy Kimmell Live (ABC)

  • Mon 11/16: Ted Danson, Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom, Chickenfoot (Repeat)
  • Tue 11/17: John Stamos, Emily VanCamp, the latest Dancing with the Stars castoff, OneRepublic
  • Wed 11/18: 50 Cent, Marv Albert
  • Thu 11/19: Carrie Underwood, Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt
  • Fri 11/20: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Death Cab for Cutie

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, CTV)

  • Mon 11/16: Jake Adelstein
  • Tue 11/17: Vice President Joe Biden
  • Wed 11/18: Lou Dobbs
  • Thu 11/19: Jack's Mannequin

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, CTV)

  • Mon 11/16: Paul Goldberger
  • Tue 11/17: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Wed 11/18: Norah Jones
  • Thu 11/19: Elvis Costello

Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC)

  • Mon 11/16: Thomas Jane, Anya Marina (Repeat)
  • Tue 11/17: Chuck Klosterman
  • Wed 11/18: David Plouffe
  • Thu 11/19: Bill Simmons
  • Fri 11/20: Morena Baccarin

Lopez Tonight (TBS)

  • Mon 11/16: Charlie Sheen, Demi Lovato, Slash
  • Tue 11/17: Andy Garcia, Real Housewives of Orange County (Jeana Kehough, Alexis Bellino & Tamra Barney), Justin Bieber
  • Wed 11/18: Oscar De La Hoya, Bill Engvall, Amerie
  • Thu 11/19: Ted Danson, Floyd Mayweather, Orianthi

The Hour with George Stroumboloupoulos (CBC)

  • Mon 11/16: Alex Caine, Andre Agassi
  • Tue 11/17: Julie Payette, Cory Monteith, Battle of the Blades winners Craig Simpson and Jamie Salé
  • Wed 11/18: Sheila Fraser, Andrea Martin
  • Thu 11/19: Stephen King

Kevin Pollak's Chat Show (Online)

  • Sun 11/15: Visual Effects Director Robert Legato (Titanic, Avatar)

Tags: The Tonight Show, Late Night, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Hour, Conan O'Brien, Kevin Pollak, talk shows

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Paul Little is the founder and Managing Editor of When not interviewing his favourite musicians and comedians, he can also be found putting on and promoting music and comedy events with The Purple Room in Winnipeg, or co-producing the live comedy game shows Pants on Fire and The Great Patio Showdown. (@comedygeek)

Original Comments Posted (3)

ariana says...

I would recommend seeing the Twilight films because they're hilariously bad (the first one in how it's made--can't speak for the second yet--but definitely both of them for a glimpse of the absolute horror that must be Stephenie Meyer's mind, because last time I checked it wasn't romantic to be stalked by a vampire, or for that matter a vampire and a werewolf; maybe I'm wrong), but don't read the books, which are too bad to even provide any hilarity.

Nov 17, 2009 1:45pm

ariana says...

By the by, the photo accompanying this post is hilar.

Nov 17, 2009 4:19pm

sarahm says...

I'm a little bit disappointed that Rob Pattinson is not doing Fallon because seriously it would be so funny if they could do a segment of "Rob Pattinson is bothered!" together.

Nov 18, 2009 3:16pm

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