Yes, I’m late. Apologies, but physical labor and a head cold can sometimes make one sleep for many, many hours.
The biggest science and technology-themed entries this week are focused on Dr. Ken, a sitcom starring former doctor Ken Jeong. He will be on Thursday’s edition of Conan, and is joined by Suzy Nakamura, who plays his wife on the show (both characters are doctors) on Thursday’s edition of The Real. Another TV doctor is Rob Lowe (currently on Code Black) who is on with Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday. (So is animal expert Dave Salmoni, but I don’t usually list these segments.)
I’ll take Carla Gugino’s appearance on Wednesday’s edition of Live with Kelly as a chance to note the film The Space Between Us. The film chronicles the return to Earth of the first human born on Mars. Gugino has a small part in the film, which is being promoted as a teenage romantic film. How much science (including the biological impacts of birth on another planet) will be in the film isn’t clear. It premieres this Friday in the U.S.
Once again, not much to offer. The Search continues for the next crop of MythBusters, but I am not happy with the eliminations to date (anything more is spoilage). Then again, I’m not crazy about the idea of hosts being selected through a competition rather than a more conventional process.
This week the CBS programs are on repeats. A relevant one to catch (again?) this week is Thursday’s Late Late Show. That night you can see Chris Pratt’s recent appearance, where he was promoting the film Passengers.
An item I missed from last week was the return of Kevin Delaney to late night. A science educator and star of the new Science Channel program Street Science, he appeared on The Tonight Show Friday night.
The new offerings are light. Emily Deschanel, who plays a forensic anthropologist on Bones, will be on Wednesday’s edition of Harry. And that’s it. To fill that void, there’s a new episode of MythBusters: The Search on Saturday, and Delaney’s show airs new episodes Wednesdays on the Science Channel.
I’m still digesting what to make of the new administration with respect to science and technology policy. I hope to post on that later in the week.
The week starts off with two repeats of note tonight (Monday). Amy Adams, who plays a linguist in the recent film Arrival, is on tonight’s Jimmy Kimmel Live repeat (it originally aired last week). If you missed the MythBusters build team (Kari Byron, Tori Belleci, and Grant Imahara) on Last Call last month, it’s on again late tonight. The first season of their new program, White Rabbit Project, is available on Netflix.
As happens occasionally, cast members who play scientists on The Big Bang Theory make the rounds. This week Johnny Galecki can be seen Thursday night on The Late Show, and his co-star Jim Parsons will be on Late Night. Parsons can also be seen in Hidden Figures, the film about NASA mathematicians in the early space race.
On Tuesday, Lyft co-founder John Zimmer will be a guest on The Daily Show (which is airing a rare Friday episode in connection with the Inauguration). Michael Lewis will sit down with Conan O’Brien that same night, likely to discuss his latest book, The Undoing Project, which chronicles a scientific collaboration on decision-making research.
All shows are back on in new episodes this week. The pickings are relatively slim, unfortunately.
Hidden Figures, which just took first place in the U.S. box office this weekend, dominates the listings. A repeat of Kevin Costner’s appearance with Jimmy Kimmel (he plays a senior NASA official in the film) is on again Friday. Apologies for overlooking this in last week’s post. Also visiting Mr. Kimmel from the film is Octavia Spencer. She’ll be by on Thursday. Arrival star Amy Adams visits the show on Tuesday.
Tonight (Monday) is yet another new episode of Star Talk. The main guest is astronomer Jill Tarter and the topic of discussion is aliens. Also tonight on The Daily Show you can watch Trevor Noah interview new editor-in-chief of National Geographic Susan Goldberg.
MythBusters: The Search continues on Saturdays, but only through the end of February.
Welcome to 2017, everyone. Regrettably outside forces are keeping me to a weekly posting schedule, but I am still Tweeting.
Some shows are continuing their holiday breaks this week, even if just for tonight. Of this week’s repeats, Thandie Newton’s recent appearance with Carson Daly airs again on Wednesday. Newton plays one of the androids on the HBO series Westworld.
StarTalk continues Season 3 tonight with a focus on sports. The main guest is soccer goalie Hope Solo, and sports psychologist Brent Walker is also part of the show.
Relevant guests from this week’s new programs are courtesy of the historical drama Hidden Figures, which chronicles the work of some of the human computers the agency employed during the space race. The movie is opening wider, and you can catch Taraji Henson talk about it on Tuesday with Jimmy Kimmel. The same night her co-star Janelle Monae will talk with James Corden. Corden hosts another Hidden Figures actor, Jim Parsons, on Wednesday.
As I type this the MythBusters MegaMarathon is in it’s final 13 hours. The competition to find the next set of MythBusters starts on Saturday, with the television show MythBusters: The Search. I’m not sanguine about reality competition shows, but that is likely my only serious concern with an attempt to do a MythBusters sequel that involves all new hosts. After all, if part of what makes MythBusters good television is the chemistry of the hosts, I’m not sure how that’s effectively reviewed in a competition show. And if former MythBusters Imahara, Byron and Belleci weren’t already doing a new project on Netflix, I might be more put off by The Search. Regardless, 10 contestants will somehow be whittled down to some smaller number to attempt to put lightning back in a bottle. Good luck with that.