In the wake of the news that Jay Leno would be exiting his 10 p.m. time slot and returning to 11:30, the talk show landscape is going to look pretty different in a little over a month. But until then, it’s business as usual on all your favorite after-hours shows (all of which have wrapped up their holiday breaks and are back at full-steam this week).
Though Conan O’Brien’s future has yet to be determined (depending on what report you read, he could either do the show after Leno or walk away completely), “The Tonight Show” soldiers on with a great set of guests. Vampire Weekend will play live on Monday night (January 11), with Golden Globes host and “Extras” star Ricky Gervais stopping in on Wednesday (January 13) and Lifehouse playing live on Friday (January 15). Over on CBS, David Letterman welcomes “24″ star Kiefer Sutherland to “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Wednesday and superstar Denzel Washington on Thursday (January 14).
Jimmy Kimmel will talk to comedian and hip-hop fan Aziz Ansari on Wednesday and Lakers star Kobe Bryant on Thursday. Jimmy Fallon’s “The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon” has perhaps the best roster of the week, with Ke$ha on Wednesday, “Avatar” star Sigourney Weaver and “The Hurt Locker” lead (and Oscar contender) Jeremy Renner on Thursday and Sutherland on Friday.
In the daytime, Mary J. Blige will celebrate her birthday on today’s episode of “Ellen,” while the newest “American Idol” judge will chat with Kara DioGuardi on Tuesday.
Maybe this week is the best time to jump into “The Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” The host was judged the best among those who voted in our poll last week, and he has an eclectic batch of guests in Mila Kunis (Monday), Richard Lewis (Wednesday) and Vampire Weekend (Thursday).