Justin Timberlake, Donald Trump Appearing on “Tonight Show” as “Colbert” Battle Begins

The battle between NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” commences next week.

NBC enters that battle with a star-studded “Fallon” lineup.

According to an NBC press release, next week’s roster of “Fallon” interview guests includes high-profile stars like Richard Gere (9/8), Justin Timberlake (9/9), Ellen DeGeneres (9/9), Carrie Underwood (9/10), and Donald Trump (9/11).

Musical performers include Keith Urban (9/8), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (9/9), Underwood (9/10), and Pharrell (9/11).

While curiosity and hype will certainly favor “Colbert,” NBC’s “Fallon” lineups–particularly for the 9/9-9/11 episodes–possess significantly greater star wattage.

NBC may not be able to top CBS during premiere week, but those lineups should help produce a more interesting race.

Full “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” listings follow:

Tuesday, Sept. 8

Richard Gere

Jessica Simpson

Keith Urban

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Justin Timberlake

Ellen DeGeneres

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Thursday, Sept. 10

Andy Samberg

Carrie Underwood (talk and musical performance)

Friday, Sept. 11

Donald Trump

Terrence Howard

Pharrell Williams

Written by Brian Cantor

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