The week’s highlight was likely this morning (Monday), when “Science Bob” Pflugfelder appeared on Live with Kelly. For whatever reason Science Bob appearances are generally on Live or with Jimmy Kimmel. I think he could branch out, but I won’t presume to be his representation.
Scarlett Johansson plays the lead in the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Machine. As suggested by the previews, she plays a cyborg. The film premieres in the United States this Friday, and Johansson will promote it on tonight’s (Monday’s) edition of The Tonight Show and Tuesday’s edition of Late Night.
Ken Jeong, who was a doctor and plays one on the comedy Dr. Ken, will visit with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday.
And that, as they may say, is that. We have less than a month before Bill Nye Saves the World premieres on Netflix, so I guess we’ll just have to be patient.
I guess we start the week with a ‘maybe.’ On tonight’s (Monday’s) edition of @midnight, one of the guests in Dominic Monaghan. He hosts a wilderness show called Wild Things, but given the format of @midnight (a comedic panel show that looks like a game show), it’s unlikely they will talk much about the program (or the movie he’s promoting in which he plays a worker in a nuclear power plant).
A more definite entry today was in the afternoon. Actress, mathematician and writer Danica McKellar was on Harry Monday to discuss her latest book, Goodnight Numbers, which is aimed for a much younger set than her previous math books.
The basketball tournament continues, so there will be delays and repeats this Thursday and Friday. Regrettably, none have notable science and technology guests to note for a repeat viewing.
This week you can see the stars of this week’s new film Life. It is a horror film set on board the International Space Station. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the crew doctor, and he’s on The Tonight Show. Ryan Reynolds is also in the film, and he will chat with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday.
There are a couple of recent segments of The Daily Show worth noting. On the March 9th episode correspondent Jordan Klepper reported on recent efforts to preserve U.S. climate data. On March 15th, correspondent Ronny Chieng aired his latest tech segment (Today’s Future Now), which focused on the consequences of so-called ‘smart’ technology.
It’s another light week for listings. The first relevant booking this week was this afternoon (Monday) on The Talk. Emily Deschanel, who plays a forensic scientist on Bones, was on the show. Coming in a close second is Dominic Monaghan, who is on Monday’s edition of The Late Late Show. He is likely promoting a new film involving renewable energy, Atomica. I do not know if he has new episodes of his wildlife program, Wild Things, coming up.
The NCAA college basketball tournament starts this week, and that is prompting a few late night shows to air repeats on Thursday and Friday (when games will likely push their programs past the scheduled start time). Thankfully, Neil deGrasse Tyson is scheduled for Tuesday’s Late Show, and won’t be pushed out of its normal timeslot.
That would be it. I’ve been behind in watching The Daily Show, and I must point out that on the March 7th edition, Lewis Black had a commentary on Uber’s recent problems. As is customary, Black’s commentary has a few choice (bleeped) words that might be not safe for work.
Regrettably the week’s offerings are pretty slim. The NBC programs are in repeats, so you can see Ken Jeong, a former doctor playing one on TV, in his February Tonight Show appearance this Tuesday night. Jeong was also on today’s (Monday’s) edition of Harry.
You’ll have to wait for Friday for any additional content. That morning “Science Bob” Pflugfelder will return to Live with Kelly. In the meantime, I’d encourage you to watch Science Goes to the Movies via the program’s website (unless you can access CUNY TV or one of the NPR stations carrying the show). I need to spend time with Season 3, which wraps up next week.
And that’s it. While there is a Mars-themed movie coming out later this month (called Life), it’s a horror film (think the original Alien). I’m not sure how much science and technology content will be in the film or how accurate it might be. I’m also guessing that there might not be a big promotional campaign behind the film, which sometimes happens with horror pictures.
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: