The holiday season is upon is, and though none of the talk shows appear to have booked Santa Claus or Frosty the Snowman, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t also getting into an extra-festive spirit. Oscar hopefuls, holiday movie headliners and bit-name musicians looking to shift copies of high-profile albums again dominate the lineup this week, though there are plenty of late-season surprises in store for anybody willing to sacrifice his or her bedtime in favor of after-hours entertainment.
There are some huge names on “The Late Show With David Letterman” this week, including Johnny Deep (Tuesday, December 7), Bill O’Reilly (Thursday, December 9) and Reese Witherspoon (Friday, December 10). “The Tonight Show” counters with comedian Russell Brand (Monday, December 6), country superstar Keith Urban (Tuesday), “True Grit” and “Tron: Legacy” star Jeff Bridges (Wednesday, December 8th), Oscar winner Halle Berry (Thursday) and “American Idol” runner-up Crystal Bowersox (Friday, December 10). As is always the case, Jimmy Kimmel throws a lot of curveballs on this week’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” including “Black Swan” star Mila Kunis (Monday) and “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest (Thursday). Kimmel also has some great musical guests this week, including Social Distortion on Monday and Crystal Castles on Thursday.
Of course, music is the bread and butter of “The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon,” and this week is no exception. R. Kelly will spend both Monday and Tuesday night on the show playing songs from his upcoming album Love Letter. Fallon will also chat with the likes of Martha Stewart (Monday), “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall (Tuesday), Ben Affleck (Wednesday), Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (Thursday) and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider (Friday). That’s an intense week for Fallon, who undoubtedly has one of the best shows on TV this week.
Of course, he has stiff competition from “Conan,” which will feature the likes of Nicole Kidman (Monday), “The Office” star Rainn Wilson (Tuesday) and comedian Sarah Silverman (Thursday). “The Daily Show” also has a big week ahead, including interviews with Michelle Williams (Wednesday) and James Franco (Thursday). And don’t forget to tune in to “The View” on Thursday morning, as it’ll feature both Seth Green and Trey Songz. If that isn’t the weirdest, most wonderful hour of television this week, we don’t know what is.