TV Daily

Wednesday: Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon and Robin Williams make appearances on "American Idol: Idol Gives Back." Plus: What did you think of "Secret Talents of the Stars" on Tuesday?

By Salon Staff

Published April 9, 2008 9:00AM (EDT)

Prime Pick

Fox / Jackson Hill

While watching those plucky "American Idol" whippersnappers singing and dancing to bad Barry Manilow hits might make you cringe, tonight's extravaganza, "American Idol: Idol Gives Back" (7:30 p.m. EDT on Fox), should be applauded for its honorable goal of raising money for charity. We're not talking chump change, either: Harnessing the financial power of its countless enthusiastic fans, last year "Idol Gives Back" raised $75 million for a handful of charities. This year, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon and Robin Williams make appearances, and Fergie and Heart perform "Barracuda." Yes, cheese tastes better when it's melted for a good cause!


"Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures" concludes with a trip to the Amazon (8 p.m. EDT on PBS, check listings). Then, "Top Chef" airs at 10 p.m. on Bravo, while the finale of "High School Reunion" airs at 10 p.m. on TV Land. And fittingly enough, on tonight's episode of "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil," Black and his comic minions compare the relative evils of "American Idol" to high school (10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central).

Last night

What did you think of "Secret Talents of the Stars" on Tuesday? Go here to discuss.

On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

Keanu Reeves, guest co-host Pat Sajak

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Trisha Yearwood, Eddie Izzard

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Jimmy Kimmel, the winner of "Make Me a Supermodel"

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

"A New Earth" author Eckhart Tolle

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings


Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT

Sen. John Kerry, Rep. Joe Sestak, other guests TBA

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT

Steve Coll

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Jeff Gore

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Will Ferrell, Michael McDonald (Repeat)

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Ellen Page, Donny & Marie Osmond, Angie Stone

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Rep. Joe Sestak

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Tom Arnold, Bret Michaels, Human Giant

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Tapes 'N Tapes

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Roseanne Barr, Kaley Cuoco, Counting Crows

Contributors: Molly Eichel, Heather Havrilesky, Amy Reiter, Charly Wilder

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