A casual glance at talk shows could lead to three conclusions:
1. We are a culture that loves to watch people talk. The sheer volume of time devoted to talk — be it about politics, entertainment, food, health, gossip, fashion, parenting or just the news of the day — is nothing short of all-encompassing.
2. Women hold court during the daytime. Ellen, Whoopi, Wendy, Sharon, Julie, Kelly, Joy, and all the rest populate the daylight hours, leaving just a bit of room for Drs. Phil and Oz; though they all exist in the shadow of the one-time ruler of daytime TV, Oprah.
3. Late-night talk is a men’s club. Jimmy, Jimmy, James, Seth, Conan, Stephen, Noah and Larry hold down the fort when it comes to post-primetime talk. Chelsea Handler, whose talk show “Chelsea Lately” aired on E!, served as the lone woman in late-night until ending her seven-year run in 2014. (Handler is currently developing a new talk show to air on Netflix later this year.)
Samantha Bee is set to make the nighttime a bit more female-friendly.
Bee, a veteran of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” brings her singularly sharp eye for comedy to TBS Monday with a weekly half-hour show that doesn’t shy from anything. “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” is a newsmagazine-like approach to current events; think more “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” than “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” to mention two shows from other “Daily Show” alumni.
Fans of Bee’s “Daily Show” field reports — talking to politicos at the 2008 Republican National Convention about Sarah Palin was a particularly memorable piece; find it on Comedy Central’s website, cc.com — will feel right at home as she dives into some of today’s hot-button topics, like sexism in the pages of comic books.
Her show won’t feature celebrity interviews so much as it will provide a fresh perspective on stories that Bee believes deserve attention. And skewering. She is a comedian, after all.
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” premieres at 9:30 p.m. Monday on TBS.
Speaking of “Late Show”: For the first time since people began keeping records of this kind of thing, a late-night show will occupy the post-game time slot following the Super Bowl. “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will air a live broadcast filled with five-star guests and other surprises after CBS completes its coverage of Sunday’s game, the timing of which can only be approximate.
Colbert is no stranger to getting jostled by the NFL; a handful of his Thursday shows were pushed past their regular time slots, starting 30 to 45 minutes late, thanks to games that lasted longer than anticipated, as they often do.
On Sunday, Colbert’s guests — set to include Tina Fey and Margot Robbie, Will Ferrell, Megyn Kelly, and Key and Peele — will have to be on their toes, because, unlike the previous shows, this one is not taped ahead of time. The live, post-Super Bowl “Late Show” will air at 9 p.m.-ish Sunday on CBS (Ch. 3).
Speaking of “Late Late Show”: Not to be left out of the party, “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” which usually follows Colbert’s broadcast, will air following Sunday’s local news broadcast (which will follow Colbert).
Corden’s planned guests include Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine, while Elton John will perform in the show’s Carpool Karaoke. The episode will also feature re-creations of classic Super Bowl ads.
“Late Late Show” will air at 10:35-ish Sunday, again depending on when the game ends, on CBS.
The fur will fly: Hallmark Channel’s “Kitten Bowl III,” featuring Montee Hairball and Stray J. Watt, among others, airs at 11 a.m., and will be repeated at 2 and 5 p.m., Sunday. And Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl XII,” a decidedly ruff-er affair, airs at 2 p.m., with repeats through midnight.