Shouldn’t logic dictate that the late night shows were off this week as well? With Labor Day coming up and considering most everybody has been off for the better part of August, you would assume that they’d squeeze one last week out of summer vacation and return ready to go next Tuesday. But the streets can’t wait for after-hours comedy, interviews and music, which is why just about every one of the late night shows is back this week. Jay Leno will welcome an eclectic batch of musical guests to “The Tonight Show,” including Cyndi Lauper and Johnny Lang (Monday, August 30), Norah Jones (Tuesday, August 31), Goo Goo Dolls (Wednesday, September 1) and Sara Bareilles (Friday, September 3). Leno will also chat with Kim Kardashian (Tuesday) and Louis C.K. (Friday) in what should be two very different interviews.
David Letterman counters with Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses (Monday) and Merle Haggard (Tuesday), along with the likes of Jessica Alba (Monday), Donald Trump (Wednesday) and Will Arnett (Thursday, September 2). “Jimmy Kimmel Live” remains on vacation, though the Thursday night episode featuring Jerry O’Connell and T.I. is a particularly excellent rerun.
But this week belongs to Jimmy Fallon, who gets right back on the horse after his performance at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night (August 29) to welcome Black Mountain (Tuesday), Heart (Thursday) and Never Shout Never (Friday) to “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” He’ll also sit down with actor and WWE wrestler John Cena on Wednesday, which should be a highlight. (That same episode also features Anna Wintour and the cast of “Yo! Gabba Gabba,” which should make it the weirdest hour of the week.)