Can you believe it’s already March? One-sixth of 2011 is already gone, and in those two months there have already been some great moments on late night television (mostly thanks to David Letterman’s embrace of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit models and Jimmy Fallon’s insistence on booking Odd Future and Bel Biv Devoe in the span of a week). There will certainly be more on tap moving forward, starting with this week, which features a number of great actors and killer musical acts. You’ll get some of everything on “The Tonight Show,” including Matt Damon and musical guest Cake (Tuesday, March 1), Simon Cowell (Wednesday, March 2) and Jerry Seinfeld (Thursday, March 3). Over on “The Late Show With David Letterman,” the host will sit down with “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (Monday, February 28th), “Red Riding Hood” star Amanda Seyfried (Tuesday), “The Celebrity Apprentice” host Donald Trump (Wednesday) and an incredible tag-team of Howard Stern and Naughty by Nature (Friday, March 4).
Jimmy Kimmel has another strong music week that will feature performances by Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding (Monday), Staind frontman Aaron Lewis (Tuesday) and Michael Franti (Thursday). Kimmel will also welcome Amanda Seyfried to the couch of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday. On “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” the other Jimmy will be bringing in the likes of Topher Grace (Monday), Motörhead (Wednesday), Miley Cyrus (Thursday) and Lupe Fiasco (Friday). If that lineup doesn’t prove that Fallon has the most adventurous booking style of any late night host, then what does?
However, Conan O’Brien could probably give Fallon a run for his money, as this week’s episodes of “Conan” feature Marisa Tomei and Fitz & the Tantrums (Monday), Chelsea Handler and Mavis Staples (Wednesday) and Emily Blunt, Martha Stewart and Taio Cruz (Thursday). And it’s probably worth your time to tune in to “The Daily Show” on Monday, as Jon Stewart will chat with Howard Stern in what should be an interesting, engaging conversation.