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.
The spring has been light on science and technology guests, which makes a week of repeats even lighter. Scanning the week’s listings, The Late Show repeats offer some opportunities to catch up. Tonight (Monday) former doctor playing one on TV Ken Jeong visits with Stephen. You can see Ryan Reynolds promoting his recent space horror film Life on Wednesday.
Over on The Tonight Show, they are repeating Morgan Freeman’s latest appearance on Friday. While it was to promote his latest film, the last season of his Science Channel program Through The Wormhole premieres in the U.S. later this month.
Instead of running repeats this week, The Daily Show is airing episodes focusing on the work of their correspondents. Ronny Chieng, who occasionally has a tech segment on the show, will be featured Tuesday night. One of his tech pieces may run during the show.
Remember, Bill Nye Saves the World premieres on Netflix April 21.
April has come in with a whimper where science and technology guests are concerned. Tonight’s (Monday’s) men’s college championship game has pushed many shows to take a break from new episodes. This week’s repeats, however, do not provide a chance to catch a science or technology guest you may have missed the first time around.
The original episodes have just a few more opportunities. Tonight’s edition of The Daily Show features Dr. Willie Parker, an medical doctor who has recently published a memoir of his practice. Morgan Freeman will be on The View Thursday. He is with the co-stars of his latest film, but Freeman may mention the start of the last season of his Science Channel show Through the Wormhole.
I’ll just end with the positive note that the premiere of Bill Nye’s new television show (on Netflix), is coming later this month – April 21.
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.