It’s a new year, which means that the holidays are over and it’s time to get a handle on your resolutions. But if one of your goals for 2011 is to get more sleep, there’s no help for you here, as all of your favorite talk shows are back from their Christmas breaks and ready to deliver big doses of comedy and celebrity straight to the part of your brain that resists going to bed. It’ll be a tough struggle, but you can make it through this.
With everybody back in business, it’s sort of impossible to decide where to begin, but “The Late Show With David Letterman” is as good a place as any. The host will welcome the likes of Paula Abdul (Monday, January 3), Shaquille O’Neal and Keri Hilson (Tuesday, January 4), Seth Rogen (Thursday, January 6) and (in a very Jimmy Fallon-esque booking) No Age (Friday, January 7). “The Tonight Show” counters with Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (Monday), Jamie Foxx (Wednesday, January 5), Hilary Swank (Thursday) and “True Grit” breakout star Hailee Steinfeld (Friday). Snooki will also be making an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday, while Kimmel will also chat with Matt LeBlanc (Tuesday) and “Gossip Girl” star Leighton Meester (Thursday).
In typical “Late Show” fashion, Jimmy Fallon is heavy on excellent music this week, as his show will feature indie-riffic performances from Best Coast (Monday), the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Wednesday) and Iron & Wine (Thursday). Fallon will also joke around with Gwyneth Paltrow (Monday), “Jersey Shore” star DJ Pauly D (Tuesday) and “Blue Valentine” actress Michelle Williams.
Meanwhile on cable, Conan O’Brien will ring in the new year by talking to the likes of Christina Aguilera (Monday), the Kardashian sisters (Wednesday) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Thursday). That leaves Janet Jackson (Monday), Denzel Washington (Wednesday) and Jamie Foxx (Thursday) as the highlights of “Lopez Tonight,” while Chelsea Handler’s “Chelsea Lately” will feature Kevin Spacey (Wednesday) and Tim McGraw (Thursday). And if you really can’t get enough Snooki, she’ll be on the couch on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday.