He may be in repeats a good chunk of the week, but a brief word on the announced retirement of David Letterman. He will step away from his program sometime next year. No word yet (and not likely for a while) as to who may succeed him.
Letterman may not have had on science guests with the frequency or the stature of his junior colleagues Stewart, Colbert and Ferguson. But he was no slouch in the department. Climate change is a particular concern of Letterman’s (he’s pretty convinced we’re screwed), and that motivated the appearances of many guests, including John Holdren – twice (once prior to his current position) – and James Hansen. Letterman has two entries this week. Jamie Edwards, a young British lad that managed to perform nuclear fusion in a school lab, visits on Wednesday. On Thursday we have a repeat of the visit last month from Sgt. Brendan Marrocco and the lead surgeon on his double arm transplant, Andrew Lee.
In other news, this is a busy week. The cast of the new HBO series Silicon Valley makes the rounds of various programs. Kumail Nanjiani sits with Conan Tuesday night, and Thomas Middleditch will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesday.
The cast of Transcendence, a movie focused on artificial intelligence, is also on the circuit. That film premiers on April 18 in the U.S., and the director, Wally Pfister, talks with Carson Daly Wednesday night. Paul Bettany talks with Jimmy Kimmel, and Morgan Freeman returns to talk with Craig Ferguson on Thursday. Johnny Depp and Bettany will stop by to see Ellen Degeneres on Friday.
Tonight (heck, as I type this) mathematician Edward
Frankel Frenkel visits Stephen Colbert to talk about his book on the beauty and elegance of math. Fellow mathematician Danica McKellar will visit The Tonight Show Thursday, but that’s likely due to her current stint on Dancing With The Stars. On Tuesday Jane Goodall talks with Stephen, and this is the longest late night listings post in an age.