Memorial Day is creeping up in the United States (it’s next Monday), meaning the late night and other talk programs are starting a repeat cycle. Of this week’s repeats, none are worth noting. However, The Late Show has yet to announce its guests/repeats for Thursday and Friday.
Tonight (Monday), Mo Rocca will be on The Tonight Show. On Saturday mornings you can see him on CBS as host of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, a series co-produced by The Henry Ford, a museum in Detroit focused on innovation. Rocca is a comedian and has hosted other programs in the past, so it’s not clear how much innovation he’ll talk about with Jimmy Fallon.
There are a couple of Silicon Valley actors making appearances this week. T.J. Miller will visit Conan on Wednesday, and Zach Woods talks with James Corden on Thursday.
Alan Alda will be on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Friday morning. Besides his extensive acting and writing, he is also the founder and namesake of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
That’s it for the week. If there is additional late night news for this week, do check this space.
First, a few notes on segments from earlier in the month:
Both The Late Show (May 5) and @midnight (May 9) noted the resurrection of the National Space Council (to be headed by the Vice President) earlier this month. The Daily Show has also made available an extended version of its May 4 interview with behaviorist Robert Sapolsky.
The guests of note start on Tuesday. Zach Woods, who plays one of the tech workers on Silicon Valley, will be on Harry. Mayim Bialik, the neuroscientist who plays one on The Big Bang Theory, is on The Talk. And wrapping up the week early this week is Live with Kelly and Ryan. Thursday they will have the 2017 Mathcounts competition winner Luke Robitaille on the show.
This week is perhaps Stephen Colbert’s strongest science and technology showing on his current show. On tonight’s (Monday’s) Late Show we have Rami Malek from Mr. Robot and Bill Nye. On Thursday neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, who plays one on The Big Bang Theory, stops by. And if we want to get old-school technological, actor and woodworker Nick Offerman is on Wednesday’s edition of the program.
Dr. Bialik is also on The View this Wednesday, and her co-star Jim Parsons is on tonight’s (Monday’s) edition of Watch What Happens Live.
This week the technically-oriented comedy swamping the talk shows is Silicon Valley. Thomas Middleditch will be on with Conan Tuesday night, and with Carson Daly late Thursday night. His co-star Zach Woods is on Late Night on Wednesday.
Neil deGrasse Tyson has a new book out, and will be on Wednesday’s Conan.
The comedy Angie Tribeca is featuring some heavy science and technology in its recent episodes. Last week’s action revolved around androids, and tonight’s mystery has an outer space angle. Be warned, it is an intentionally dumb police comedy.
Finally, a note that the latest edition of Last Week Tonight focused once again on net neutrality. The show covered the topic in 2014 before the FCC decided (to the surprise of many) to establish guidelines for net neutrality. These rules will soon be reviewed and likely rescinded by the Commission, prompting Oliver to revisit the subject. Both times the FCC website struggled to keep up with the demand, though this time the Commission has stated the website was subject to denial of service attacks intended to prevent legitimate commenters.
I’ll mix it up this week by noting two clips from The Daily Show last week. The President had a conversation with the International Space Station, and Trevor Noah discussed it on the April 24th program. On the April 27th program, Roy Wood, Jr. spent time in the Alabama woods with an environmental activist.
Peak science and technology related late night content is likely tonight (Monday), with Neil deGrasse Tyson returning to The Late Show. And because it’s been a couple of weeks, another actor playing a scientist on The Big Bang Theory is on a talk show. This time Jim Parsons chats with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday.
What is possibly the most interesting booking of the week is Robert Sapolsky, who is scheduled for Thursday’s edition of The Daily Show. The Stanford neuroscientist will talk with Trevor about his latest book, which focuses on human behavior.
The full season of Bill Nye Saves the World is now available via Netflix. The 13 episodes run around 25-30 minutes in length. If you burn through those quickly, Netflix also has episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy available for viewing.
None of this week’s guest listings suggest an obvious link to the March on Science. However, there could be some mention of the march in tonight’s monologues or comedy news pieces.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has a new book out, focusing on her grief after the loss of her husband. She’ll be on The Late Show tonight (Monday), sitting with Ellen DeGeneres later this afternoon (also Monday), and on The View Thursday.
Silicon Valley is starting a new season, and castmembers Kumail Nanjiani and Thomas Middleditch are making the rounds. Nanjiani is on Conan tonight (Monday), and Middleditch appears with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday, and on The Late Late Show Thursday.
The Circle is a film based on a book by Dave Eggers, and premieres in the United States on Friday. It focuses on a tech company that preaches better living through surveillance. Of course it doesn’t go well. Co-star Patton Oswalt will be on The Tonight Show Tuesday night, and on Conan Thursday. Lead Tom Hanks will be on the Friday edition of The Late Show.
I wanted to point out last night’s (April 19) edition of The Daily Show. While the episode didn’t have a theme as such, water was prominent in two segments.
First, correspondent Hasan Minhaj visited a town in Texas that is dealing with contaminated water. And Marc Edwards sat down with Trevor Noah. Edwards is a professor at Virginia Tech and was one of several scientists who drew attention to the problems Flint, Michigan continues to have with its water.
In Monday’s post I neglected to mention the premiere date of the HBO film of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. You can watch it on the pay cable network starting Saturday April 22.
First and foremost, Bill Nye Saves The World arrives on Netflix this Friday.
The other big news of the week is that promotion is starting for the film version of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Oprah Winfrey, who plays Lacks’ daughter Deborah, will be on The Talk today (Monday). Rose Byrne, who portrays the book’s author, Rebecca Skloot, is on Live with Kelly Wednesday morning and on The Late Show Wednesday night. Renee Elise Goldsberry, who plays Henrietta, is on The Late Show Friday.
In other listings, Kumail Nanjiani of Silicon Valley is on tonight’s (Monday’s) edition of The Late Late Show. And there is a repeat of note, as Scarlett Johansson’s recent appearance on Late Night is airing again Thursday night. She was promoting her film Ghost in the Shell, in which she plays a cyborg.