With Jay Leno's departure from the The Tonight Show chair, Conan O'Brien's move an hour up, and Jimmy Fallon's debut in O'Brien's old slot all on the horizon, the late-night talk show scene is about to look a whole lot different.
However, these is one thing that will continue to look the same--ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. The network has extended its contract with the comedian-turned-talk show host, keeping him behind his desk through 2010, says Variety. Kimmel's contract would have expired next year.
Once considered a big underdog in the late-night circuit, Kimmel has grown his audience since his debut in 2003. This season he's narrowed the gap between his show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien and surpassed Late Night with Craig Ferguson for viewers for the first time.
Kimmel, who is dating potty-mouthed Sarah Silverman, was also part ...Read more
The little Man is all grown up.
Last week, ABC signed Jimmy Kimmel to a fifth year of hosting his late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live. The former Man Show star, speaking today in a conference call with reporters, said he was never sure the show would make it.
"When we first started out, we had no idea what we were doing," he joked. "And not just me. I mean, I didn't know what I was doing. But also, not one person on the staff new what they were doing, either. We were all learning to do a late-night talk show together."
Next week ABC airs the prime-time special Jimmy Kimmel Live's All-Star Salute to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a "best of" show that features highlights from the show's four years on the air. The special airs Wednesday, September 13, at 10 p.m.
The funnyman says that ...Read more
ABC has renewed late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live for another year. The new deal will keep the show on the air through 2008.
"I am delighted to have been asked to host a fifth year of Jimmy Kimmel Live. I watch it all the time," Kimmel said in a statement.
Kimmel premiered in January 2003 to an average 1.55 million viewers. Last year, the show had increased that to an average 1.64 million. Competitors Jay Leno and David Lettemran average 3.5-4 million viewers nightly.
"Jimmy Kimmel is the future of late-night television, and we're thrilled to have him on ABC," said Andrea Wong, executive vice president of alternative programming, specials, and late-night for ABC Entertainment. "His show exhibits great creative strength, which is reflected in his growing audience. As the only late-night host whose ratings are up versus last year, we expect his momentum to continue ...Read more
ABC said Monday that it has picked up a fourth season of Jimmy Kimmel Live, extending the late-night talk show through January 2007.
The network cited recent ratings growth in its announcement, noting that the show has seen its viewership grow in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demo in recent weeks. ABC said Kimmel draws an average audience of 1.5 million viewers per night.
"It was an easy decision to make," said Andrea Wong, executive vice president of alternative programming, specials, and late-night at ABC Entertainment. "The show continues to grow creatively, and Jimmy is at the top of his game right now, delivering a hilarious show night after night."
Joked Kimmel: "ABC is on a roll. It seemed inevitable that they'd do something like this to screw it up."
Kimmel, which premiered in January 2003, airs at ...Read more
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