Saturday, May 23, 2009

May 25-29: Your guide to avoiding holiday week reruns

Looking for fresh late night shows next week? Here's where to find 'em:

"Late Show with David Letterman" will be airing five repeats, but oddly enough, "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" will feature fresh shows on Monday and Tuesday with reruns the rest of the week. Bob Saget and P.W. Singer (author of Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century) will sit down with Craig on Monday, while Chris Isaak and "Terminator" actress Moon Bloodgood are scheduled to appear Tuesday.

Of course, most late night viewers will be tuned to "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" during its final week, and Jay has corraled a lot of big-name guests, including Mel Gibson and Lyle Lovett on Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (maybe he'll tell Jay what he intends to do about California's budget crisis!) and Dwight Yoakam on Tuesday, Wanda Sykes and Sarah McLachlan on Wednesday, Billy Crystal and Prince on Thursday, and finally, Conan O'Brien and James Taylor on Friday. If you leave the TV on after Leno, you'll find all-new shows on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and, Tuesday-Friday, "Last Call with Carson Daly," too.

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart will both be taking the week off, but "Chelsea Lately" will air new shows Monday-Thursday, beginning with a visit from VH1 "stars" Real and Chance on Monday. It's also a vacation week for Jimmy Kimmel, but if you're a Kimmel fan, be sure to tune into "Live with Regis and Kelly" on Monday, as Jimmy will be the guest co-host. He and Kelly will be forced to make conversation with ubiquitous reality stars Heidi and Spencer Pratt.