Science and Technology Guests on Late Night, Week of September 25

Before diving into the week’s listings, a note that Star Trek: Discovery lead Sonequa Martin-Green was promoting the show on more than just the late night CBS programs last week.  Martin-Green, who plays a xenoanthropologist on Discovery, was on both The Talk and Rachael Ray’s daytime talk show last Friday.  Discovery premiered in the U.S. on September 24th and is available on CBS All Access in the United States and other streaming services worldwide.  Early reviews suggest that the third episode – which will be available starting October 1st – will have a storyline involving the use of science and technology by the military.

Continuing with last week’s programs, TBS aired a prime-time Conan episode on September 19 where the host traveled to Israel.  Part of the program involved Conan O’Brien’s visit to the headquarters of Waze, the company with a successful traffic analysis app.

On to this week.  Wisdom of the Crowd is a new CBS show starring Jeremy Piven as a man who developed ‘crowdsourced crime-solving’ technology after his daughter’s murder.  Piven promoted the program on The Late Late Show Monday night.

Once again, cast members of The Big Bang Theory are out promoting the latest season.  However, Jim Parsons, who plays one of the scientists on the program, is also promoting the new show, Young Sheldon, which features his Big Bang Theory character as a nine year old kid entering high school.  Clips suggest that at least some of the program will feature the budding young scientist doing research.  He was on Late Night this past Monday.

Last night journalist Kathryn Miles was on The Daily Show to discuss her new book Quakeland.  The book focuses on the history of human-induced earthquakes, which arguably pre-dates the recent increase in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The big guest of the week is “Science Bob” Pflugfelder, who returns to Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight (Wednesday).  And once again I wonder why Pflugfelder is only on Kimmel’s program and the various editions of what is now “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”



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