Jimmy Fallon should feel pretty good about himself and his still-developing late night program “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” He is constantly improving as a host, his writing team is top-notch and his commitment to online-exclusive content (like the excellent “Lost” parody “Late”) is clearly setting the stage for the future. He has also developed a knack for booking musical guests that other shows are clearly paying attention to. This week, many of the late night hosts have made esoteric choices for their musical guests. Take Jay Leno, who will welcome Limp Bizkit to “The Tonight Show” on Monday (May 10) and will follow that up with a visit from Macy Gray on Wednesday (May 12) and the Jonas Brothers on Friday (May 14).
That’s a pretty eclectic week, though not nearly as all-over-the-place as David Letterman, whose “The Late Show” will have performances from MGMT on Tuesday (May 11) and Brooklyn brooders the National on Thursday (May 13). Letterman will also welcome “American Idol” reject Aaron Kelly on Monday, as well as the cast of “Million Dollar Quartet.”
Jimmy Kimmel, on the other hand, has gone the more mainstream route this week, with appearances by Michael Bolton (yes, that Michael Bolton) on Tuesday and the chart-topping B.o.B on Wednesday. But worry not, as he’ll still have some crunch from Crash Kings (Monday) and Dirty Heads (Thursday). And while Craig Ferguson doesn’t normally have many must-see musical performances on his “Late Late Show,” he is opening the week with Wilco (Monday) and Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi (Tuesday), both of which should make for incredible television. Also a sure-fire hit? The Hold Steady on “The Colbert Report” on Thursday.
If you prefer your music on television while the sun is still out, you’re sort of out of luck this week (save for Paramore’s appearance on “Ellen” on Friday). Then again, LL Cool J will be on “The View” on Thursday, and though he probably won’t perform anything, he’s always an electric presence.
Who are you most looking forward to seeing on late night TV this week? Let us know in the comments!