Late-Night TV: The Complete Guide for Halloween Week

One week, 10 shows and hundreds of guests — broken down for your convenience
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What's on tap for this week's late-night talk shows? And will they be particularly spooky? Here are all of the guests (and our "must watch" recommendations) for the week of Oct. 27.

MONDAY, Oct. 27

Must watch: Our heart says Amy Poehler on Letterman, but our gut says Charles Barkley on The Tonight Show. Seinfeld writer Peter Melhman once told us Barkley is a "comedy genius" — the guy has timing — and it's just rare to see him on a late-night show. It's too hard to pass this one up, as funny as Poehler is.

The full lineup …

Conan (11 p.m., TBS): Blake Griffin, Max Greenfield and musical guest Bear Hands

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (11 p.m., Comedy Central): Texas State Senator Wendy Davis

The Colbert Report (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central): Meredith Vieira

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (11:35 p.m., ABC): Melissa McCarthy, Frank Grillo, and music from Billy Idol

The Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS): Amy Poehler, Sen. Jeff Flake & Sen. Martin Heinrich, performance from Mastodon, and Jerry Lee Lewis

The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon (11:35 p.m., NBC): Ewan McGregor, Charles Barkley. Also: Wilco perform, Herbie Hancock sits in with The Roots.

@Midnight (12 a.m., Comedy Central): Rob Corddry, Dannah Phirman, Alison Becker

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS): Ray Romano, actress Tessa Thompson

Late Night With Seth Meyers (12:35 a.m., NBC): Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, Mark Consuelos. Also: T.I. performs.

Last Call With Carson Daly (1:35 a.m., NBC): Wyatt Cenac, Margaret Brown. Also: Porter Robinson performs.

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TUESDAY, Oct. 28

Must watch: George R.R. Martin on Late Night. Seth Meyers is a huge Game of Thrones fan, and we can only imagine the amount of endearing geeking out he will do. Plus, Martin is always hilariously candid in his interviews.

The full lineup ...

Conan (11 p.m., TBS): Ashton Kutcher, Krysten Ritter and musical guest Beck

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (11 p.m., Comedy Central): Rep. Joaquin Castro

The Colbert Report (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central): Michael Lewis

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (11:35 p.m., ABC): Nicole Kidman, Dylan McDermott, music from Blood Orange

The Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS): Taylor Swift and Tom Mison

The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon (11:35 p.m., NBC): Daniel Radcliffe, Mike Tyson, Sturgill Simpson performs

@Midnight (12 a.m., Comedy Central): Doug Benson, Ari Shaffir, Bobby Lee

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS): Quentin Tarantino

Late Night With Seth Meyers (12:35 a.m., NBC): Amy Poehler, George R.R. Martin, Captain Sensible performs

Last Call With Carson Daly (1:35 a.m., NBC): Jason Schwartzman, Alex Ross Perry, and a performance by Rey Pila with Leo Flowers

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29

Must watch: Bob Odenkirk on Conan. Conan O'Brien has a long history working with the Breaking Bad cast, so we expect him to get a few worthwhile Better Call Saul teases out of Odenkirk.

The full lineup ...

Conan (11 p.m., TBS): Jon Cryer, Katharine McPhee and comedian Bob Odenkirk

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (11 p.m., Comedy Central): TBA

The Colbert Report (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central): Author Jill Lepore

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (11:35 p.m., ABC): Will Arnett, Lisa Kudrow, music from Lady Antebellum

The Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS): Jim Carrey, David Tennant

The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon (11:35 p.m., NBC): Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Reubens. Also: She and Him perform, George Clinton sits in with The Roots.

@Midnight (12 a.m., Comedy Central): Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS): Justin Long, Jessica Lucas

Late Night With Seth Meyers (12:35 a.m., NBC): Edward Norton, Michael Lewis. Also: Jessie Ware performs.

Last Call With Carson Daly (1:35 a.m., NBC): Tone Bell. Also: Coves perform; The Overnighters is spotlighted.

 

THURSDAY, Oct. 30

Must watch: Gordon Ramsay on The Tonight Show. There's really nothing better than Jimmy Fallon interviewing alpha males, whose personalties tend to contrast hilariously with Fallon's nice-guy persona. We will never forget that painfully awkward first Late Night interview with Robert De Niro in 2009.

The full lineup ...

Conan (11 p.m., TBS): Jake Gyllenhaal, Judy Greer and musical guest The War on Drugs

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (11 p.m., Comedy Central): Spoon

The Colbert Report (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central): David Miliband

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (11:35 p.m., ABC): Scott Foley

The Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS): Brian Williams, music from Perfume Genius

The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon (11:35 p.m., NBC): Gordon Ramsay. Music guest: Little Big Town. Also: "Fallonventions."

@Midnight (12 a.m., Comedy Central): Steve Agee, Brian Posehn, Aisha Tyler

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS) Cedric the Entertainer, Jayma Mays

Late Night With Seth Meyers (12:35 a.m., NBC) Zooey Deschanel, Ken Marino, Brad Meltzer.

Last Call With Carson Daly (1:35 a.m., NBC): Dan Gilroy, Broods, Grant Cotter

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FRIDAY, Oct. 31

Must watch:Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s Halloween special. What!? Jimmy Kimmel on a Friday? And Andy Samberg is involved? Say no more. We are tuning in.

The full lineup ...

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (11:35 p.m., ABC): Halloween special with Andy Samberg, Rosie Perez, music from The Flaming Lips

The Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS): Brian Regan, music from Run the Jewels

The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon (11:35 p.m., NBC): Kevin Spacey, Olivia Munn, The Lucas Bros.

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS): Ted Danson, comedy performance by Alingon Mitra

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