(The Root) — The late-night shows have it. From a hip-hop great who’s made a big career move to saving ourselves from advertising disaster, it was all very, very entertaining.
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Thursday, 12:35 p.m. ET; NBC)
“When it comes to money, things get funny.” —RZA
Highlights: We know and love him as one-ninth of the Wu-Tang Clan, but now we can call him something besides a great rapper. RZA’s making his directing debut and doing a little acting, too, (like the rhyme?) in The Man With the Iron Fists. On last night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, RZA talked about making the movie with Quentin Tarantino.
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Thursday, 11 p.m. ET; Comedy Central)
“Jon, the advertising onslaught here has been devastating. Obviously, we’ve taken shelter in this underground bunker but from what I’ve been hearing on the outside, tragically, almost 99 percent of the population here in Ohio still has electricity.” —Wyatt Cenac
“It’s not all bad, Jon. There is a real sense of community our here amongst the suffering. I mean, neighbors are helping neighbors stack sandbags to hold back the campaign-ad onslaught, huddling together around WiFi dead spots.” —Wyatt Cenac
Highlight: Tired of Hurricane Sandy coverage? Say hello to Wyatt Cenac, swing-state analyst. He’s out in Ohio where people are facing a disaster of different proportions — too much campaign coverage! Our advice? Get your bottled water and turn off the TV, it’s going to be a while.
For a recap of some of the recent best moments in black TV, check out this week’s previous Black TV Watch posts:
On Monday, we recapped some very scary weekend TV. Halloween at 666 Park Avenue and more zombie slaughtering on The Walking Dead. If you’re on the East Coast, just make sure you’ve got enough power in that backup generator to make it. Wouldn’t want to get stuck in the dark after watching these shows. Read more: Black TV Watch: Michonne Gets Captured.
Tuesday we told you about Basketball Wives L.A. star Draya’s Halloween costume of choice: Jackie. Let’s just say that didn’t go over well. Plus, Shekinah’s got a new bod on T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, Chrissy & Mr. Jones may or may not be making it work. Read more: Black TV Watch: Draya’s Jackie Costume.
On Wednesday, Tracy Morgan told Jimmy Kimmel about how he was tracking Hurricane Sandy and building an ark, complete with his hood relatives. Plus, Keyshia Cole supported her man through surgery on Keyshia and Daniel: Family First, and we learned about Ole Miss’ football team on ESPN’s The Ghosts of Ole Miss. Read more: Black TV Watch: Was Tracy Morgan Tracking Hurricane Sandy?
On Thursday, we watched Key & Peele run from racist zombies — or were the zombies running from them? Read More: Black TV Watch: Racist Zombies on Key & Peele.
Celeste Little is an editorial intern at The Root.