To Skip, Stream, or Watch Live: Seth Meyers’ First Week of “Late Night”

The pressure is on for Meyers' "Late Night" premiere this evening. Whereas Jimmy Fallon comes to his new gig with a slew of established sketch routines—and the one and only Roots crew—Meyers is staring directly at a blank slate. Here's hoping he can mix things up with his signature deadpan flair and enjoy a long and healthy run behind the desk. Not sure which nights to tune in, stream it late, or skip it altogether? We've made a week's worth of hasty and reckless predictions.

Monday: Amy Poehler, Joe Biden, A Great Big World

It'll be a sentimental kickoff with his former "Weekend Update" co-host Poehler, who was there to bid him adieu from "SNL" earlier this month. Hopefully Leslie Knope's gigantic Biden crush carries over into real life? Verdict: Stream/DVR

Tuesday: Kanye West, Russell Wilson, Author Robyn Doolittle

Give Kanye the floor for the whole show and we'll tune in. We expect Robyn Doolittle's story about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to provide some low-hanging comedy fruit. Verdict: Stream/DVR

Wednesday: Kelly Ripa, Brad Paisley

Talk show vet Ripa should have some fun pointers for Seth. We can only hope that Paisley and band-leader Fred Armisen find some time to jam together. Verdict: Skip

Thursday: Lena Dunham, Anthony Mackie, John Mayer Trio

Dunham will surely delight (why hasn't she hosted "SNL" yet?), and film star Mackie will be sly and charismatic as ever. John Mayer Trio reunites for the gig, which is neat and all, but a John Mayer duet with Katy Perry singing "Who You Love" would have been a scintillating Week 1 treat. Verdict: Stream/DVR

Friday: Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Sophia Bush, Michael Che

By now Meyers will have found his stride, and regardless, we'd make time for close friends and frequent collaborators McKellen and Stewart any day of the week. Fingers crossed they do a sketch that allows Stewart to dust off his "quadruple take." Verdict: Cancel your Friday plans and watch this one live.

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