On this holiday in North America (Columbus Day for us in the United States, Thanksgiving for our neighbors to the north), several shows are off for the week. Given the political hay made over the weekend, this seems like a multitude of lost opportunities (or an acknowledgement of weariness at the last 15 months of crazy). Regardless, you can catch George Takei celebrating Star Trek‘s 50th with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday’s Late Show rerun. Friday’s Late Late Show repeat features Silicon Valley actor Zach Woods from his September appearance.
Harry is a new daytime program hosted by musician Harry Connick, Jr. This past Friday (October 7) he had on Chase Wiley, a teenager who prepares science videos, to do some experiments. Wiley was on again today for more experiments with Harry. Some video is available online through the show’s website and YouTube channel. If you don’t have the show in your area, the E! network is repeating the show at 3 a.m. the morning after it airs.
I missed mentioning StarTalk last week. That episode featured an interview with Philippe Petit, a wire walker who came to fame in the 1970s after crossing the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Tonight’s new episode focuses on time travel, and the main interviews are with Christopher Lloyd and Michelle Gomez, who portray time travelers in the Back to the Future films and Doctor Who (respectively). StarTalk host Neil deGrasseTyson continues to promote the new season with an appearance this Thursday on The View.
Tonight (Monday) Taraji P. Henson is on The Tonight Show. Her television show Empire recently started its third season, but it’s possible that she will talk some about her upcoming film Hidden Figures. She plays one of the human computers featured in the film who worked for NASA in the early years of the space race. On Wednesday Bryan Christy, a conservation journalist for National Geographic, will be a guest on The Daily Show.