Science and Technology Guests on Late Night, Week of December 15

The offerings this week are thin, and reruns are coming for most shows for the rest of the year.

I mentioned Ascension yesterday.  One of the stars of the show, Tricia Helfer, will be on with Carson Daly late tonight (Monday).  Helfer is perhaps the best known of the cast, having made a name for herself in the reboot of Battlestar Galactica.  On Tuesday one of the panelists on @midnight is Brooke Van Poppelen.  She will host a forthcoming show on lifehacks called Hack My Life.  Given the nature of @midnight, it’s unlikely much time will be spent on the upcoming show.

It should be noted that this is the last week of shows for two mainstays in these pages: The Colbert Report and The Late Late Show with Craig FergusonColbert will return sometime in the second half of 2015 on the CBS network, taking over The Late Show from David Letterman.  The nature of Colbert’s Late Show will be different from The Colbert Report, but I’d be surprised if it was devoid of science and technology guests.

Ferguson already has a game show airing in several markets across the United States.  He is also executive producing a television version of the popular web science aggregator I F-ing Love Science. (only the title has profanity, as far as I can tell)  When originally announced, it was expected to premiere on the Science Channel during the last quarter of 2014.  With just half a month to go, this seems unlikely.  There have also been rumors that Ferguson may return with a talk show at some future date.

The replacement show for The Colbert Report, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, premieres next month.  Ferguson’s successor at The Late, Late Show, James Corden, will take over in March.  CBS will air guest hosts starting in January.


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