Friday, February 5, 2010

Olympics: How will the Games affect talk show schedules?

"The Jay Leno Show" will air its last episode on Tuesday, Feb. 9. On Wednesday, an episode of "Law & Order: SVU" will be shown, and on Thursday, two "Office" repeats will run in the 10 PM timeslot. Friday, of course, marks the start of the Olympics, with the Opening Ceremony airing on NBC all evening long. Late local news will come on at midnight in most markets, with a new "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (featuring Benicio Del Toro and Selena Gomez) to follow. After that, Fallon and Carson Daly will disappear from the airwaves until the Games end on Feb. 28.

"The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" will air repeats through Thursday, Feb. 11; check out the lineups page for the schedule. On Monday, March 1, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" starts up again. (His first-week guests will include the cast of "Jersey Shore," because heaven knows those folks haven't gotten nearly enough TV exposure lately.)

So far, it looks like David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson will be airing new shows during the Games (although, of course, Kimmel shows a rerun every Monday night), to satisfy viewers who prefer comedy to winter sports.

I have been trying to get someone at Comedy Central to confirm the dates that Stephen Colbert will be broadcasting from Vancouver, to no avail. "The Colbert Report" (and "The Daily Show") will be in repeats during the week of Feb. 15, so if Stephen does head to Canada, it's going to be during the week of Feb. 22. That will give his staff a week to prepare. Why not just issue a press release and be done with it, CC folks? Anyway, there will be lots of speed skating medal events for Stephen to cover that week.


  1. Anonymous said...

    They took down Conan's Tonight Show site. I know because I even heard the bulldozers this morning. ~

  2. Review-Bot said...

    Are we sure Colbert will be doing live shows from the Olympics? Comedy Central has been quite vague about it all. I'd love for there to be live shows, but I kinda get the impression that we might also just be getting a bunch of pre-taped segments of Stephen at the Olympics after the Olympics are over.

  3. Anonymous said...

    Hi i am not sure exactly what night it was but David Letterman was talking about the Olympics and I am not sure if he is in Vancouver. But I am and sure the weather is not co-operating and the tragic accident happpened on Friday, but over all I think and so do alot of other people that the olympics are going prety good. Did you David happen to see the news clips about the other olympics where there were problems. This is The West Coast after all, givethem a break. You don't hear the athletes complaining on national television. I have been watching your show since 1983 and enjoy it,(obviously), i didn't go bad mouthing Indianapolis when we came to the Indy 500. A Loyal watcher.