Late-Night Lately: Fallon's 'Gilmore Girls' Obsession, Corden's 'Fantastic Beasts,' Metallica's 'Tonight Show' Sing-Along

8:00 AM 11/19/2016

by THR Staff

THR's Late-Night Lately rounds up the best sketches and guests with a look at what's to come next week.

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The Hollywood Reporter's Late-Night Lately is a one-stop shop for all of the most memorable moments of late-night TV, coming to you each Saturday morning to ease you into your weekend.

So fill up your coffee, set your DVR for the week and sit back. Below are a few of the week's best, funniest and strangest late-night moments you can't afford to miss.

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • Jimmy Fallon Is a Big 'Gilmore Girls' Fan


    Jimmy Fallon is only on season four of Gilmore Girls, but he's already very worried about Rory. 

    On Tuesday's Tonight Show, Fallon shared that he's trying to finish watching the show before the Netflix revival Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life drops on Nov. 25. He just finished season four, so he wanted to discuss his five favorite characters on air and talk about his concerns.

    First of all, he's Team Jess. Other than Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, his favorite characters include: "Five is the mayor dude [Taylor Doose]," then Luke ("he's got a big heart") and Kirk ("unbelievably funny, one of the best actors out there"). 

    "Number one, obvious: My girl Paris Geller," he said to cheers from the audience. "Paris is smart, she's got the brains, but she's having a tough time right now, and I'm a little concerned." 

  • Eddie Redmayne, James Corden Star in 'Fantastic Beasts of the TSA'

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    The Wizarding World faces off against the TSA in The Late Late Show's latest sketch.

    In honor of Eddie Redmayne's Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, out Friday, the actor and host James Corden imagined what it would be like if Newt Scamander had to travel coach. TSA agent Corden stops Redmayne in order to check his bag after he sees some questionable things through the X-ray. 

    "Don't make me blow this whistle. So help me God, I will blow this whistle," said Corden. "If you back me into a corner I will whistle my way out of it." 

    "Don't say I didn't warn you," Redmayne tells him, as some of Fantastic Beasts appear to share their impatience to get where they're going. 

  • Metallica, Jimmy Fallon Perform 'Enter Sandman' With Classroom Instruments

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    Metallica traded their amps for classroom instruments when they delivered an unthinkable performance on The Tonight Show.

    The Hall of Fame-inducted rockers teamed up with the late-night host and The Roots for a never-to-be-seen-again rendition of "Enter Sandman" from the band's eponymously titled fifth album.

    Just for one night, James Hetfield took on the toy clarinet, Lars Ulrich beat a Fisher-Price drum, Kirk Hammett got to work on a melodica and Robert Trujillo tackled the baby electric ax.

  • Stephen Colbert Jokes About Trump and Putin in Recut Interview

    Stephen Colbert did a mock interview with Donald Trump as his cold open Monday, splicing together Trump's 60 Minutes interview answers with Colbert's questions.

    In the new compilation, Colbert asks Trump about Putin sending him a large wooden horse and Trump responds by saying how big and enormous the horse is.

    "Have you thought about looking inside the horse to see if there's anything in it before you open the gates and bring it in to America?" asked Colbert. "No," responded Trump.

    The "interview" revealed that Trump only wants to be POTUS for 15 years max and that he hired a "coffee can with googly eyes glued on it" as energy secretary.

    Colbert continued to talk about the new president-elect in his monologue. "I converted my panic room into a 'let's give him a chance room,'" joked Colbert of his weekend activities, saying the only difference is the sign on the door. 

    He teased Reince Priebus ("Penis Rice-a-Roni") for not effectively reining Trump in during the campaign. He echoed the concern many people are having about Stephen Bannon becoming chief strategist, describing Bannon's former website Breitbart as "the news your racist uncle gets sent to him from his racist uncle."

    He also mocked Trump's soft-spoken "Don't be afraid" answer in his 60 Minutes interview: "That's kind of serial killer talk. I don't remember any new president ever having to say that out loud."

  • Bernie Sanders Brings His Revolution to 'The Late Show'

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    Stephen Colbert welcomed Bernie Sanders to The Late Show on Tuesday night, telling the Vermont senator he was the person Colbert had most wanted to chat with since the election.

    After walking out to an enthusiastic crowd — who chanted "Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!" — Sanders immediately fell solemn when the CBS host asked how he was doing, now living in a president-elect Donald Trump world. "It's been a tough week," said Sanders.

    "Above and beyond the incredible bigotry of the Trump campaign, what he did is he tapped into a lot of pain and anxiety, and angst the American people are feeling," Sanders said, adding that it's rarely reported in the media or understood by the punditry. He continued. "At the end of the campaign, Trump was posing as a 'hero of the working-class America.' I happen not to believe him, I hope I'm wrong and that he does follow through on some of his ideas of creating jobs and raising wages."

    Espousing that Trump's beliefs are the "minority," he stressed that people now need to get involved in the political process: "When millions of people stand up and fight back, we will not be denied."

    "This country is not an oligarchy, it's a democracy," he said. "You're not going to split us up by attacking our Muslim friends or our gay friends or women, or anybody else. We're going to stand together and fight for a government and an economy that works for all of us."

  • Here It Is, Your Moment of Zen...

    Signing off from Full Frontal this week, Samantha Bee wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and added, "I hope you spend it in your happy place like this guy," showing a clip of Jon Stewart singing to himself and drawing in a meditation coloring book.

    "I'm coloring a turkey and its over," he sang. 

    "I've really turned into quite an odd person with the little horses and the coloring," Stewart said to himself.

  • Late-Night Lineup: November 20-26

    Many late-night shows are on hiatus for Thanksgiving, but come back next week to see who is slated for your favorite shows! In the meantime, check out past editions of Late-Night Lately below:

    Nov. 12Late-Night Lately Election Edition: Hosts Abandon Jokes for Solemn Monologues

    Nov. 5Late-Night Lately: Benedict Cumberbatch's Mad Lib Theater, Ryan Reynolds' 'Notebook 2,' Mel Gibson's Regrets