The first full week of the new year brought the first new episodes of most late night (and other) talk shows. For those repeats that did air this past week, of note is the January 10 (Friday) repeat of The Late Late Show. Christian Slater, who stars in Mr. Robot as one of the hackers seeking to foment revolution, appeared on the show. It originally aired in September.
This past week’s new programs were, as has been the case the last couple of years, light on science and technology guest bookings. The January 8th edition of The Talk featured the cast of Criminal Minds, which has started airing its last season in the United States. Matthew Gray Gubler plays Dr. Spencer Reed, one of the FBI agents on the show. He has many scientific degrees, and relies on that knowledge to help him solve crimes on the show.
While there weren’t any science or technology guests on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert did cover some technology topics during this past week. On Monday’s (January 6) show, some of the tech products announced at the latest Consumer Electronics Show were mocked. On the Thursday program (January 9) Colbert criticized the recent Facebook report concerning its influence on the 2016 election and its disinterest in taking strong action in the upcoming presidential election. Granted, Colbert is doing this mainly to flex his extensive knowledge of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, but the criticism is still valid.
As is usually the case, most programs were off for the year-end holidays. Of the repeats this past week, I draw attention to the New Year’s Day edition of The Late Late Show. Neil deGrasse Tyson was one of the guests, on an episode that originally aired in October.
And that’s a wrap on 2019. Happy New Year, everyone!
With Christmas landing mid-week, the late night shows were in repeats this week, if not pre-empted.
Of the repeats, one that comes close to being included here is Friday’s (December 27) edition of The Late Late Show. A repeat from November, it features Evan Rachel Wood. While she’s promoting the animated film Frozen II, she also plays one of the androids in Westworld. That same night you can see Natalie Portman’s October appearance on A Little Late with Lilly Singh. Portman was on promoting her film Lucy in the Sky, where she plays an astronaut.
Now there was a new segment of note this week, but we have to go to the daytime talk shows for it. “Science Bob” Pflugfelder made an appearance on Monday’s (December 23) edition of Live with Kelly and Ryan.
Expect next week to continue with the pre-emptions and reruns. May everyone have a safe New Year’s Eve and a happy 2020.
With the end of the year fast approaching, most shows wrapped their new episodes for the week last week. As has been the case the last couple of years, the pickings were slim.
A segment of note last week was this piece from The Daily Show on the challenges facing African-Americans in finding mental health care. It ran on December 17.
For most programs reruns will be the norm until early in January. I’ll note any repeats worth catching (again) in the next couple of posts.
Before I discuss last week’s science and technology content on late night, a note about the week of December 2. I missed an appearance by Kevin Delaney on The Tonight Show. Delaney appeared on the December 3 program and conducted a science demonstration, as he has done on the show several times. Delaney was the lead science demonstrator at the Arkansas Museum of Discovery, and hosted the Science Channel program Street Science.
Perhaps it’s just as well that I missed Delaney’s appearance the previous week, as it’s been tough to find anything of note in last week’s late night content. I have nothing of note to pass along at this time.
It was a light week for science and technology bookings on late night, much like this year has been. You could have caught a repeat on The Late Late Show of Arnold Schwarzenegger promoting the latest Terminator film where he once again plays an android. That was on December 3.
Nick Offerman was on The Kelly Clarkson Show on December 2 to promote the second season of the crafting competition Making It. Offerman is an actor and woodworker, and the show highlights the efforts of people who build things with all different kinds of materials and tools.
Most, but not all, late night programs were in repeats this past week due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. Of those repeats, the November 29 edition of The Late Show bears noting, as Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch was a guest. Middleditch also appeared in a new episode of The Late Late Show on November 25.
For new Silicon Valley content, the new place to be was A Little Late with Lilly Singh on November 25. Besides Middleditch, cast members Martin Starr, Zack Woods and Amanda Crew were on the program.
Found in my perennial efforts to catch up on watching The Daily Show, a segment to pass along is the first one from the November 12th program, where Trevor Noah discussed the glitchy rollout of the streaming service Disney + and allegations of gender discrimination by Apple in its credit card practices.