Monday, July 5, 2010

Summer Reruns: Where are the new shows?

Every time a talk show goes into reruns, I start getting a bunch of hits from Google searches along the lines of, "why is [show] in repeats." The answer, of course: it's the summer, and who doesn't want to enjoy some time off? Plus, viewership levels are lower than they are during the fall, winter and spring, which is why some programs, like "Last Call with Carson Daly" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," just take the whole summer off.

Still, unlike, say, the week between Christmas and New Year's, at least the talkers aren't all taking off at the same time! Here's where you can see new content, and when:

David Letterman: Off this week, but back with new shows on July 12. Best bet: "Inception" actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and avant-garde musical icon Laurie Anderson on Wednesday the 14th.

Jay Leno: Tonight's show will be a rerun, but the workaholic Leno will be back tomorrow with actor Jason Segel, "Jersey Shore"'s Jenni "JWoww" Farley and crooner Enrique Iglesias.

Jimmy Kimmel: Two weeks of reruns; Kimmel will return on the 19th. Best bet: former "Man Show" co-host Adam Carolla on the 21st.

Craig Ferguson: Like Letterman, he'll be back on the 12th.

 Jimmy Fallon: Also back on the 12th.

"The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report": New shows this week -- don't miss former "Even Stev/phen" cohort Steve Carell on "Colbert" this Wednesday! -- but both programs will be dark from July 12-23, returning on the 26th. Let's hope no funny sex scandals happen during the break.

"Lopez Tonight" is off this week.

"Chelsea Lately" will feature new shows tonight, Tuesday and Thursday, and will air repeats all next week.


  1. Irony said...

    The irony that I googled that phrase, and here I am and its the exact date you posted this, one year later, and you listed all the shows I've been noticing are reruns. Let me just say, I'm going to hope those dates still stand for the year. ;)