While Hidden Figures didn’t win at last night’s Academy Awards, Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson in the film) joined the lead actresses on stage during the cermony.
In other science and technology television news, MythBusters: The Search concluded, announcing two new MythBusters but nothing yet about when we might see them busting myths on The Science Channel.
But on to the listings…as thin as they appear to be.
Octavia Spencer may be officially promoting a new film, but I have to think Hidden Figures will still be top of mind when she appears on Thursday’s edition of The Tonight Show and on Friday’s edition of Live with Kelly.
As best as I can tell, Ms. Spencer is the first and last this week for science and technology related guest content. It’s possible that Conan O’Brien might have something in his Mexico special, which airs in prime time on Wednesday. In his foreign programs Conan often features some local manufacturer or technological concern, but there are no guarantees.
I will close with a segment from Stephen Colbert’s Friday program, where he visited NASA to ‘participate’ in astronaut training. The segment was connected to the Boeing Dreamliner capsule, and parts of it are probably not safe for children.
Perhaps Stephen (or Elon Musk) will use this segment to generate a similar opportunity with the SpaceX Dragon capsule rated for crew.
This week some shows are off, while others are just off tonight due to the federal holiday. Of those repeats (or in the case of The Daily Show, theme shows) none appear to have science or technology guests or content.
The new shows are similarly scarce. Former doctor who now plays one on TV Ken Jeong will be on The Tonight Show this Wednesday, but that’s it. Not even an animal expert to sort of tide one over for next week.
MythBusters: The Search will end its run on Saturday and reveal the people who will be part of a new MythBusters program. Four contestants remain, and one of the questions remaining besides who will ‘win’ is how many of them will ‘win.’ Producers have indicated there will be more than one MythBuster in the new program, but there could be a team of three rather than two busting myths for the audience. There is, of course, no guarantee of this new program lasting as long as its predecessor, but a fellow can hope, right?
We start the week with a rare daytime entry. Pauley Perrette, who plays a forensic scientist on NCIS, was on The Talk today (Monday).
We end the week (yes, it’s that thin a roster) with Tatiana Maslany. She stars as several clones in Orphan Black, which airs on BBC America. It’s final season premieres later this year.
There’s little else. StarTalk is done with its third season, and MythBusters: The Search airs another new episode on Saturday. The boy is from Mars, girls is from Earth film The Space Between Us came and went from the theaters, leaving February so far much emptier of science and technology entertainment content than I anticipated.
There is something new to look forward to. Bill Nye Saves The World will premiere on Netflix on April 21. The first season has 13 episodes, and this trailer provides highlights, including Bill’s extensive roster of correspondents and special guests.
If you thought you saw food scientist Alton Brown in the clip, you’re absolutely right. To learn more about the show’s correspondents, check out this video:
Before I dive into this week’s listings, an apology of sorts to StarTalk, which ends its third season tonight. Comedian Bill Maher is the main guest, and the Real Time host might actually dive into some scientific topics when talking with host Neil deGrasse Tyson.
I offer the apology as I’ve been inconsistent with noting the program this season, missing several episodes. While the show has emphasized pop culture a bit more this season, Tyson still brings things to science, even if it’s just to try and better understand exactly what a direwolf is (devotees of Game of Thrones will have some idea what I’m talking about).
Similarly, I’ve been negligent in noting new episodes of Science Goes to the Movies, also airing its third season through CUNY-TV and several PBS stations. Faith Salie is the sole host this season (possibly because co-host Dr. Heather Berlin is involved with an off-broadway show on neuroscience with her husband, rapper Baba Brinkman).
Anyway, on to this week’s listings. Hidden Figures continues to deliver at the box office, and star Janelle Monae sits down with Conan tonight (Monday). She plays one of the three NASA computers featured in the film. Jim Parsons is also in the film, but he’s more likely recognizable from The Big Bang Theory. His recent appearance on The Late Late Show re-airs on Thursday.
Also on tonight (Monday) is Johnny Galecki, who plays another one of the scientists on The Big Bang Theory. He’ll be on Last Call with Carson Daly.
MythBusters: The Search continues this Saturday on Science Channel. Three episodes and six contestants remain.