Science and Technology Guests on Late Night, Week of September 7

Today is Labor Day in the United States, and most shows are off, at least for today.  The Late Show with Stephen Colbert premiers tomorrow night, and most shows are not cutting the new(ish) guy any slack.  All the other network late night programs will be on this week, with only Conan giving Stephen space this week.  (Conan and Stephen notably collaborated with Jon Stewart during the 2007-2008 writers strike, which might explain why Conan scheduled its late summer vacation accordingly.)

Repeats of note include tonight’s (Monday’s) repeat of the Carson Daly program, when Alicia Vikander will be on.  She played one of the androids in Ex Machina, and the repeat is from shortly after the film’s premiere earlier this year.  On Thursday you can revisit an August appearance from The Talk‘s technology correspondent, Chi-Lan Lieu.

For the new shows we will start with the new(ish) guy.  This week Stephen Colbert will have two technology company CEOs on his program.  Wednesday night SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk will be a guest, and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will be on Thursday night.  While no science or technology guests are scheduled for next week, the bookings to date suggest Colbert will continue to book guests from a variety of fields.  Colbert will continue to have an online presence, but may not produce as much online content now that he has five episodes a week to fill.

It’s almost strange for there to be a week when someone playing a scientist or engineer on The Big Bang Theory is not on a program.  This week it was Kunal Nayyar, who appeared on today’s (Monday’s) edition of Live with Kelly and Michael.

There are two other guest scheduled this week that might qualify.  Bradley Cooper will be on with Jake McDorman on Tuesday’s Late Late Show.  Cooper starred in a film called Limitless, and makes an appearance in at least the first episode of the upcoming television program of the same name.  The premise involves taking a pill to utilize the full capacity of the brain.


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