Last week the holiday reruns were in full effect. Two of them featured science and technology-themed guests. The July 6 repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! featured Evangeline Lilly, who plays one of the researchers in Ant-Man and the Wasp. She was also in a new episode of The Talk that aired on July 5.
In other repeats from last week, you could have gotten your Big Bang Theory fix when Jim Parsons’ last appearance on The Tonight Show re-aired on July 5.
And in other new programs last week, you could have seen the lead of the new CBS All Access (online streaming service in the U.S.) historical drama series Strange Angel. The show’s lead, Jack Raynor, was on the show July 5th. He plays Jack Parsons, a figure in early American rocketry that also was involved with the occult in Los Angeles.
I’ll close this post by noting a recent appearance from a scientist on the radio. Fabien Cousteau, part of the Cousteau oceanography dynasty, appeared on the NPR program Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! on June 30. Cousteau, who studies sharks, was on the show’s Not My Job segment, where notable people are asked about topics unrelated to their expertise. In his case, Cousteau was asked about the jam band Phish.
Last week marked the end of the Comedy Central program The Opposition with Jordan Klepper. The program was a satirical take on the news from the perspective of an conspiracy theorist ‘news organization.’ No word yet on what will replace the program. The lead-in for The Opposition, The Daily Show, is in repeats for the next two weeks. If past practice is any guide, any weeknight program replacement is at least a few months away.
With the Fourth of July approaching, many shows opted to take at least some of last week off. (Nearly all will do so this week.) In those repeats, you can once again catch some appearances by the cast of Silicon Valley. Thomas Middleditch’s last appearance on Conan was reran on June 25, and Kumail Nanjiani’s recent visit with James Corden aired again on the 26th.
The lone new program of note was the June 28th edition of The View. Michael Douglas was a guest. He plays Hank Pym in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Pym is a technology researcher who helped develop the technology behind both title characters.
So, there’s a new Jurassic Park film out now, and Jeff Goldblum reprises his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm, a mathematician. So his appearances last week on the TV merit mention here. However, one of them is the June 18th repeat from his latest Conan appearance, and he was not promoting Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at the time. However, Goldblum’s appearance that same night with Jimmy Kimmel was live and to promote that film.
There’s another Marvel movie coming out soon, and one of its stars, Evangeline Lilly, plays a researcher (and one of the title characters) in Ant-Man and the Wasp. She visited Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday the 20th and The View on Friday the 22nd.
Last Monday was the day (and night) for science and technology guests. Bill Nye’s May appearance with Carson Daly ran on the 18th. The 3rd season of Nye’s Netflix show is airing now. That morning, “Science Bob” Pflugfelder appeared on Live with Kelly and Ryan.
Carson Daly’s program also reran it’s latest episode with Jeffrey Wright on Friday the 22nd. Wright plays one of the robots on the HBO series Westworld, which just wrapped its second season.
Last week was pretty thin on science and technology content in late night. We have the semi-regular appearance of a cast member from The Big Bang Theory. This time it was Jim Parsons on the June 11 edition of The Tonight Show. Parsons plays a scientist on the television program, but was likely promoting his new film.
Lance Ulanoff, a technology reporter, appeared on Live with Kelly and Ryan on June 12th, showing new gadgets in advance of Father’s Day. And because this post is pretty light, I’ll mention Nick Offerman’s recent appearance on Conan. Best known as an actor, Offerman is also a woodworker who runs a shop in the Los Angeles area. He showed some of his wares on the program.
Those playing doctors on film or television were the highlights of last week’s guest bookings. Jodie Foster plays a doctor in the film Hotel Artemis. She was on Jimmy Kimmel Live on June 4 (Monday) and with Conan O’Brien on Wednesday the 6th. Lucy Liu, who plays Doctor Joan Watson on Elementary, made the rounds promoting her new film. On June 4 she visited The View, and Tuesday she sat down with James Corden.
In last week’s repeats, you could have re-watched Evan Rachel Wood on Monday’s The Tonight Show. She plays a robot on the HBO series Westworld.
Of interest to readers may be the forthcoming Neil Armstrong biographical film The First Man. Ryan Gosling stars as Armstrong, and he visited with Jimmy Kimmel on Friday, the 8th during a pre-NBA Finals episode of the show.
The Memorial Day holiday on the 28th prompted more repeats for late night and other shows. Last week’s repeats offered a chance to re-see Silicon Valley actor Zach Woods on Late Night (May 30) and the Late Late Show (June 1).
In new programs last week, there was the semi-regular appearance from a cast member from The Big Bang Theory. Jim Parsons was on Live with Kelly and Ryan May 29th. The same day, Alan Cumming, who plays a behavioral scientist on Instinct, was on The Talk.
Some programs took off the whole week for the Memorial Day Holiday, and others opted to air a repeat on the 25th. The Daily Show decided to air best of episodes featuring their correspondents. On the one focused on Ronny Chieng, you could see his December 2017 segment on cryptocurrency. The Opposition aired repeats this past week, and on the 21st you could have seen tech executive Bari Williams April appearance where she discussed increasing diversity in technology employment.
In new episodes last week, we had another robot appearance. Jeffrey Wright, who plays one on Westworld, was on with Carson Daly on the 21st. Shannon Woodward, who plays a programmer on the same show, was on The Talk May 23rd. On the 22nd Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch appeared on The Late Late Show.
With the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, expect more shows to be off at least tomorrow, if not all week.