Sunday, January 11, 2009

Guests of the Week: Jan. 12-16, 2009

Here are our picks for the guests who will be worth watching during the coming week. Feel free to weigh in if you have a guest to recommend.

Jay Leno welcomes the cleverly-named Band From TV on Friday. The "supergroup" features Talk Show News fave/"House" star Hugh Laurie tickling the ivories, as well as "Heroes'" Greg Grunberg, ex-"Bachelor" Bob Guiney, "Desperate Housewives'" James Denton, "Cashmere Mafia"'s Bonnie Somerville. We just hope that they have more talent than the Rock Bottom Remainders. Craig Ferguson has a couple of always-entertaining talk show guests: John Waters (Wednesday) and Wanda Sykes (Thursday). Stephen Colbert will talk to Obama poster artist Shepard Fairey on Thursday. Also on Thursday, Jimmy Kimmel brings back jet pack pilot Eric Scott; the first time he appeared, his equipment failed and he remained earthbound. Will he succeed this time? Recently axed talker "The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet" is doing a week of Where Are They Nows, including (on Wednesday) "Small Wonder"'s Tiffany Brissette, who played Vicki the Robot.

Don't Bother: Just the thought of watching Ann Coulter sit down with the ladies of "The View" (Monday) gives us the hives.

This week's Pluggernaut Award for promotional ubiquity goes to the stars of "American Idol," who are revving up for the new season. New judge Kara DioGuardi will appear on "Late Show" on Monday and "Regis and Kelly" on the 19th; Randy Jackson dances with Ellen on Tuesday and stops by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on the 20th; and reigning champ David Cook will appear with Kimmel on Tuesday.