Jay Leno will be returning to NBC’s “The Tonight Show” on March 1st and the guest list for his first two weeks has been revealed. Surprisingly it doesn’t look that bad, and even though the general public has branded him as public enemy number one he’s managed to get several notable actors to appear on the show. It looks like Leno may still have a few aces up his sleeve.

A lot of people thought that Leno would be on the receiving end of a huge backlash from Hollywood due to all the drama surrounding his return to “The Tonight Show.” But in the end, actors, producers, and directors are contractually obligated to promote their projects and whether or not they like the behind the scenes politics of Leno or NBC they’ve still got a job to do. Starting next week, “The Tonight Show” will return with all new episodes led by Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and a musical performance by Brad Paisley.

Here’s the rest of the roster for the next two weeks…

  • March 2nd – Guests include Sarah Palin, Olympic snowboarder Shaun White
  • March 3rd – “Jaywalk All-Stars” with the cast of “Jersey Shore“, Chelsea Handler, Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and a musical performance by Avril Lavigne
  • March 4th – Guests include Matthew McConaughey and Jason Reitman
  • March 5th – Guests include Morgan Freeman and Meredith Vieira
  • March 8th – Guests include Simon Cowell
  • March 9th – Guests include Christoph Waltz, Animal Expert Dave Salmoni and a musical performance by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
  • March 10th – Guests include Kristen Stewart and Guy Fieri
  • March 11th – Guests include Dana Carvey and Kim Kardashian, with a musical performance by Colbie Caillat
  • March 12th – Guests include Dakota Fanning and Judd Apatow

The first week is so-so, but the guests scheduled for week 2 might draw a crowd. Stewart and Fanning will both be on the show supporting the release of The Runaways, which should bring plenty of viewers from their Twilight fanbase. There aren’t that many young girls who care about Team Leno or Team Coco as much as Team Edward and Jacob. Also, Simon Cowell is sure to put asses in the seats to discuss “American Idol” and his upcoming departure. After looking at this I wonder if people will actually stay away like they originally planned or give in and deal with the cards they were dealt?

Will you watch The Tonight Show when it returns on March 1st? Do you think Leno will be able to regain his audience?

Source: USA Today