The big news on the talk show circuit this week isn’t in late night but rather in the daytime hours, as Monday (October 18th) marks the premiere of “The Talk,” the new “The View”-esque show that features Sharon Osbourne, Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur discussing the news and discussion topics of the day (though with a more particular focus on motherhood and familiy issues). Though their scope will likely be expanding in the coming weeks, their first set of guests includes Christie Brinkley (Monday), Jennifer Lopez (Tuesday, October 19) and Jamie Lee Curtis (Friday, October 22).
It’s a good thing there are new things happening in the afternoon, because the late night scene will be strangely quiet. “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show With David Letterman,” “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” “Last Call With Carson Daly,” “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” are all in reruns this week, meaning that your pickings are awfully slim.
But Jimmy Kimmel is still around to save you, and with no other shows to compete with for bookings, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” happens to have a killer lineup this week. Performances this week include MGMT (Monday), Die Antwoord (Wednesday, October 20) and Rod Stewart (Thursday, October 21). He’ll also chat with Heidi Klum (Tuesday) and Clint Eastwood (Thursday). If that doesn’t satisfy you, there’s always “Chelsea Lately” (host Chelsea Handler has “Parenthood” star Monica Potter on Tuesday and former MTV staple Jenny McCarthy on Thursday) or “Lopez Tonight” (Lopez welcomes Shakira on Monday, the “Jackass” crew on Tuesday and John Legend on Wednesday). And you should probably tune in to “Ellen” on Monday, as she’ll be talking with Russell Brand, and since every Russell Brand interview is sort of amazing, consider that a can’t-miss.