Late night TV: Five guests to watch this week – January 11, 2021

Brie Larson (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Brie Larson (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) /

Here who is coming to late night TV this week that should get fans excited

We may be in a new year but it certainly feels like the tidal wave of bad news from 2020 is still hitting hard. Perhaps a brand new week of late night TV can help raise our collective spirits.

Last Wednesday’s assault on the Capitol has cast a shadow over the country. Another impeachment of President Donald Trump is likely, meaning things in Washington, D.C. won’t be cooling down anytime soon.

Late night TV has done its best to respond to the situation with the appropriate tone while also trying to provide some comic relief. Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and Stephen Colbert especially stood out for their commentary and comedy last week.

The topic should continue to dominate monologues this week as late night TV returns. President Trump’s potential second impeachment and his Twitter ban should also be on the table.

Some of this week’s guests provide hosts the chance to take a break from politics while some guests should provide more commentary on what’s going on in D.C. With that in mind, here are Last Night On’s picks for the five guests to watch this week.

Late night TV guests to watch: Jake Tapper

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Jimmy Kimmel Live! will try to get some perspective on last week’s events to start things off. CNN anchor Jake Tapper joins the show on Monday, Jan. 11.

Tapper currently hosts The Lead on CNN and has been covering the Capitol violence since it began. Both on television and Twitter, Tapper has not been shy about blaming President Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Josh Hawley, and others for encouraging protestors.

Expect Kimmel to ask Tapper about the historical context of what happened and where things go from here. The CNN journalist should also react to the impeachment news that continues to develop.

Late night TV guests to watch: Bill Burr

One of late night TV’s best guests returns this week. Don’t miss Bill Burr on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, Jan. 11.

Burr’s rants on Conan are the stuff of legends and he’s brought the same energy to The Tonight ShowJimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Tonight Show. While the hosts of those shows don’t have the same chemistry with Burr as Conan O’Brien, the comedian typically does his thing no matter who is sitting across from him.

Beyond whatever trivial thing is on his mind, Burr has a lot to talk about with Jimmy Fallon. He returned in season 2 of The Mandalorian and received critical and fan praise for his performance. Burr also hosted Saturday Night Live earlier this season for the first time while his animated Netflix series F is for Family was renewed for a fifth and final season.

So whether you want to hear about Burr’s projects or just hear his thoughts on whatever is bothering him, you won’t be disappointed.

Late night TV guests to watch: Brie Larson

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Brie Larson comes to A Little Late with Lilly Singh to help get season two off to a fast start. Catch the actress on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

A Little Late returns to NBC for season two this week with new episodes for the first time since May 2020. The show will look a little different as it films from a house in Los Angeles rather than a studio due to pandemic restrictions.

Larson is always an entertaining late night TV guest and things should be no different when she chats with Lilly Singh. Expect the conversation to cover Larson’s YouTube channel. Nobody knows more about YouTube than Singh so she may have some tips and/or praise for the Captain Marvel star.

Late night TV guests to watch: Bryan Cranston

Another fantastic late night guest is in the spotlight this week. You can see actor Bryan Cranston on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

If you’ve seen past interviews with Cranston, then you know that he is an excellent storyteller and someone willing to share all kinds of experiences from his life and career. Even though the past year has significantly restricted what people can do, there is a good chance that Cranston will still have a story for Kimmel

The actor will also be promoting his new Showtime miniseries Your Honor. It premiered on Dec. 6 and Cranston has received solid praise for his performance.

Late night TV guests to watch: Senator Bernie Sanders

Close out your week with another appearance by Senator Bernie Sanders on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He returns on Thursday, Jan. 14.

It’s safe to say that this week will be unlike any other in recent history. The country is still reconciling with what happened at the Capitol, President Trump is likely to be impeached for a second time, and the pandemic is still raging.

Stephen Colbert typically has Sen. Sanders on during uncertain times to provide a realistic assessment of where we are as well as an optimistic view of where we can go forward. Expect Sen. Sanders to hold nothing back when asked about President Trump, his role in the Capitol attack, and his legacy as his presidency comes to an end.

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