With the summer basically over and everybody back to work and school, it’s time to get back to the business of late night hosts chatting up celebrities and throwing to hot musical acts. Everybody is back with a vengeance this week, save for the perpetually-on-hiatus Carson Daly and, strangely, “Lopez Tonight”), meaning that there will be a glut of big-time stars keeping you up well past your bed time. If you’re into a louder sort of slumber, tune in to “The Late Show With David Letterman,” as he’ll welcome the always-excellent Black Angels (Wednesday, September 8th) as well as Jamey Johnson (Thursday, September 9).
For a kinder, gentler late night experience, “The Tonight Show” should be your destination. In addition to chatting with the adorable Carey Mulligan (Tuesday, September 7) and Video Music Awards host Chelsea Handler (Wednesday), Jay Leno will welcome the musical stylings of Ray LaMontagne (Wednesday), David Gray (Thursday) and Sarah McLachlan (Friday, September 10). LaMontagne also makes an appearance on Thursday’s edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week, along with Scissor Sisters (Tuesday) and Interpol (Wednesday). Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon’s eclectic guest list includes Ashley Tisdale (Tuesday), “Nikita” star Maggie Q (Wednesday) and entertainment legend Jerry Lee Lewis (Thursday).
On cable, you should probably tune into “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” to watch his conversation with Tim Gunn (Tuesday), then stay tuned to catch Stephen Colbert talking to Anthony Romero on “The Colbert Report.” In preparation for the VMAs, Chelsea Handler will talk to performer B.o.B on Tuesday’s episode of “Chelsea Lately.” And hey, even though it’s a repeat, it’s worth tuning into Thursday night’s episode of “Lopez Tonight,” if only because it’s the wildly entertaining entry featuring the cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore.”