Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Live music performances on television shows this week include:
v Beck: Tonight on “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)
v Brandi Carlile: Tonight on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)
v Spoon: Thursday on “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)
v Prophets of Rage: Thursday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)
v Midland: Friday on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC)
“The Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS): The 30th season of kicks off from Washington Square Park in New York City with some of the most competitive and accomplished group of racers ever to take on the race. The teams will travel to their first destination, Iceland, where they must traverse a massive canyon high above the Geitargljufur River.
“X-Files” (8 p.m., Fox): Picking up after the last event series’ cliffhanger, Mulder and Scully learn that they aren’t the only ones desperately searching for their long-lost son, William. The very fate of the world may depend on it in the “My Struggle III” season premiere episode.
“Modern Family” (9 p.m., ABC): The second half of season 9 of this sitcom, starring Youngstown’s Ed O’Neill, begins with a request by Claire (Julie Bowen) to build a “She Shed” in their backyard denied by the homeowners association and only Luke (Nolan Gould) and Phil (Ty Burrell) know the real reason why.
“Chicago PD” (10 p.m., NBC): Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) puts his credibility and career on the line to help solve a case with ties to his new girlfriend.
TV listings, C3
NBC names Kotb replacement for Lauer on ‘Today’
NBC News opened the new year Tuesday by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the “Today” show’s first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November.
Kotb, 53, will continue to co-host the show’s fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford.
It will be the first all-female team headlining “Today” in the show’s 65-year history. Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts blazed that path for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in the 2000s, but morning shows have traditionally paired a man and a woman as host. With an audience dominated by women in an era where news of badly behaving men is frequent, the Guthrie-Kotb pairing may be particularly timely.
“Today” won’t be an all-female zone in its first half, however, with longtime weather forecaster Al Roker and correspondent Carson Daly as regulars. Megyn Kelly hosts the show’s third hour.
“This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made and I am so thrilled,” Guthrie said on Tuesday.
Lauer’s eventual replacement had long been the subject of internal angst but with a sudden decision forced upon the network, Kotb’s performance made it easier. She’s subbed for Lauer since the day he was fired and “Today” has won four straight weeks in the ratings.