TV Junkie: Jimmy Fallon & 'Chelsea Lately' Are Late Night Best Bets
Late night TV tonight has been a pretty darn good so far this week. "Chelsea Lately" has been solid, for example the Emmy-nominated Martha Plimpton of "Raising Hope" was an excellent guest last night, and we've been watching Craig Ferguson hilariously fool around in Paris for the past couple evenings as well. As a Francophile I'd love to keep watching Ferguson but he will be usurped by an incredible line-up on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon": Jason Bateman guests and he has a lot of rapport with Jimmy, then we have Freida Pinto of Slumdog Millionaire fame, singer Tony Bennett will also be on and I'm sure he will talk about his work with the recently deceased Amy Winehouse, and the evening will be capped off with a performance by Big Audio Dynamite which I'm almost sure will be supplemented by the Roots. Hands-down, can't beat that - looking forward to it.
"Entourage" creator Doug Ellin has cast Michael Rapaport to star in his new comedy series "40." Ed Burns in also in the ensemble comedy, which revolves around four lifelong friends who help each other navigate life at 40Comedian Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up) has been cast as a new regular on Fox's "House" next season. Does this mean that "House" will become a bit more funny and less dark? There's also the joke that "House" continues on as a series. I know that there are some very talented people working on that show but don't the have enough money yet to branch out and do something a bit more creative? Look at Olivia Wilde who branched out her career and now has her own production company (per our conversation with her), surely there are other similarly driven people there?
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "The Franchise: A Season With the San Francisco Giants," "Royal Pains," "Rescue Me," "Chelsea Lately," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Actor Jason Bateman; actress Freida Pinto; singer Tony Bennett; Big Audio Dynamite performs)
8:00pm Into the Shark Bite Discovery - Shark Week Observing attacks at point blank range.
8:00pm The Franchise: A Season With the San Francisco Giants Showtime - Again, I wait for a Dodgers fan to complain about my including this (great show) about the Giants in this column.
9:00pm Royal Pains USA - An Apple a Day Hank treats a wound that will not heal; Paige shares the condition for agreeing to marry Evan.
9:00pm How Sharks Hunt Discovery - Shark Week Sharks' unique ferocity and specialized methods of hunting make the animals perfect killing machines.
10:00pm Rescue Me FX - Brownies A controlled interview ends in a full-on brawl; the guys survive a harrowing scenario at a call.
10:00pm Necessary Roughness USA - On An entrepreneur worries that his frequent nightmares may threaten his success; Dani attends her high school reunion.
10:30pm Jon Benjamin Has a Van Comedy Central - House on the Lake Jon talks to a Broadway producer while his van is being towed out of Times Square; hits the streets on a mission to dispel stereotypes.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Interview guest is Lisa Kudrow, roundtable to include Heather MacDonald, Brad Wollack, and Jo Koy.
11:00pm Conan TBS - Actress Olivia Wilde; tennis player Novak Djokovic; Russell Howard performs.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Emma Stone; Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Jeremy Piven; TV personality Kelly Osbourne; Mariachi El Bronx performs.
12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Adrian Grenier; actor Affion Crocket; Matt Nathanson perfo
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor James Franco; 12-year-old baseball fan Ian McMillan; Coldplay performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Craig visits the Louvre; environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Jason Bateman; actress Freida Pinto; singer Tony Bennett; Big Audio Dynamite performs.