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ABC thinking of bumping Nightline for Kimmel

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 29th 2009 10:04AM
Call it the start of the slow destruction of Nightline or the unwavering confidence the network has in Jimmy Kimmel. Either way, someone is getting bumped and someone is getting dumped.

It's the high school prom all over again.

The New York Times reports that ABC is considering switching Jimmy Kimmel Live with Nightline's time slot sometime before or after Conan O'Brien makes his move from Late Night to The Tonight Show. That means Kimmel would no longer be messing with the natural order of late night television. He would be a direct competitor to Conan's new show when it hits the air later this year.

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Is Nightline a goner?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 12th 2008 1:01PM
NightlineSo we all know that Conan O'Brien is taking over for Jay Leno next year, and that when he does Leno might go some place else, perhaps ABC, which might bump Kimmel to 12:35am. But what about the other late night player in all of this, Nightline?

The long-running news show will probably be dumped and its employees out of jobs if ABC pays Leno a bunch of money to come over to the network to host a show at 11:35pm and go up against David Letterman. Even though Nightline's ratings are good (they often beat Letterman) and it's makes money, they'll make more with Leno.

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Lisa Ling joins ABC's Nightline

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 11th 2008 8:23AM
Lisa Ling ABCIf you're a regular watcher of The Oprah Winfrey Show, you -- like me -- will recall the powerful reports created by Lisa Ling. The journalist attacks interesting stories and is intrepid and dogged in her reporting. She's found a new place to do her work. Lisa Ling is joining Nightline.

"I have wanted to work with Lisa for a long time," said James Goldston, ABC News and Nightlines' executive producer. "She is a terrific journalist with a very distinctive style that fits really well with the Nightline sensibility."

Lisa will continue with her Oprah appearances. She will also host National Geographic Ultimate Explorer.

Lisa's initial report for Nightline debuts tonight. It's a look at the growth of luxury retirement communities. If you're thinking Del Boca Vista, the Seinfeld show condominium where Jerry's parents lived, so did I.

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Leno's options: Could he replace Letterman at CBS?!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 27th 2008 4:23PM

LenoYou know how people say stuff like "if CBS cancels Moonlight, I'm never watching that stupid network again!"? I think those proclamations are usually silly, but I might be in that group if the following happens: CBS replacing David Letterman with Jay Leno.

That's one of the options listed in this handy Hollywood Reporter guide to what Leno will do after his stint on NBC is over in 2009. The other options are going to ABC at 11:35, going to FOX at 11:35, a syndicated show with Sony, he stays at NBC and does some other primetime show, he takes over for Larry King on CNN, or he goes back to doing standup full-time. Taking over for Letterman would happen if (and when - he could extend his contract) Letterman retires in 2010.

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Reporting for Nightline from the Congo, it's ... Ben Affleck?

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 27th 2008 2:41PM
Ben Affleck in the CongoIf you tuned in to Nightline last night, you saw a report from the Congo about the political and humanitarian crisis there. But, the interesting part about it was who was reporting the story: Ben Affleck.

According to Reuters, Affleck has made three trips out to the Congo, and he contacted ABC News to see if they wanted to send a camera crew along with him. He also wrote an essay about his trips for the late-night news program's website. It's a refreshing view from Ben, whose trips to the war-torn country have mostly been under wraps.

"I view this as a long and ongoing learning experience to educate myself before making any attempt to advocate or 'speak out,'" Affleck writes. He also says that "it makes sense to be skeptical about celebrity activism. There is always the suspicion that involvement with a cause may be doing more good for the spokesman than he or she is doing for the cause."

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Jimmy Kimmel Live renewed through 2010

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 18th 2008 1:39PM

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Have you noticed that Jimmy Kimmel Live has slowly but surely become a big force at ABC? It doesn't do Jay Leno numbers, but the ratings have increased in the past few months, the network has given him prime real estate on prime time during the NBA Finals, and there just seems to be a buzz about the show. ABC must have noticed too because they've extended Kimmel's contract through the 2010 season.

This is good news for Kimmel fans, as there has been much talk about what would happen to Kimmel if ABC were to grab Leno after Leno exits his show on NBC and Conan O'Brien takes over. Would Kimmel be pushed to 12:35 if Leno comes aboard, or even later if ABC also decided to keep Nightline? Of course, there's no word on whether or not this new contract guarantees Kimmel the 12:05am slot. Leno leaves his show in 2009.

I hope Kimmel stays around for a long time. I can't get into his musical guests, but he has the best monlogue on late night, in my opinion.

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Leno and Nightline beat Letterman in the ratings

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 2nd 2008 9:24AM
Jay LenoIt seriously sends a message to CBS when even Nightline as well as Leno is beating Letterman in the ratings. Nightline averaged 3.6 million viewers for the week ended May 19. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno averaged 5 million and The Late Show with David Letterman averaged 3.4 million according to latest Nielsen Media Research data.

It's tough to believe that David Letterman has fallen from grace so far and is now largely irrelevant. Given the gap, perhaps NBC should look into keeping Leno for a little bit longer rather than have him leave in 2009, particularly considering that even Craig Ferguson is beating Conan O'Brien in the ratings.

I remember when Letterman was a shot of adrenaline to the late night wars. What has Letterman done (or not done) to place him in the number three position? If CBS decided to replace Letterman, who would be the logical choice for the timeslot?

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Late night hosts may return in January

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 14th 2007 11:05AM

Tonight ShowLooks like the late-night talk shows may be coming back sooner rather than later, and this regardless of what happens with the strike. Variety admits that nothing official has been said and no one will comment one way or another, but insiders are saying the time may be nearing. Carson returned after two months of the '88 writers strike. With ratings taking a nosedive, January 7 has been pegged as a possible return date for the NBC hosts (Leno and O'Brien), with the others starting the same time or soon thereafter.

They initially shut down production in deference to their writers and stayed dark to help the writers maintain some leverage in negotiations, even going so far as to pay non-writing staffers out of their own pockets. But, when reruns of Spike TVs MANswers are beating your reruns, and your ratings are half what they were (as is the case with the NBC pair), it's time to rethink everything.

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ABC day 2: predictions on Isaiah, 24, Grammer & Trees come true - TCA report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 26th 2007 11:01PM
James Tupper and Anne Heche ABC crammed in eight (!) panels today on new and returning series as the TV Critics summer 2007 press tour -- finally -- came to an end.

As predicted in my preview story about today's sessions, Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy; Private Practice) was indeed asked about ex-GA cast member Isaiah Washington, who was canned last month by ABC and then scooped up by rival NBC for a role on Bionic Woman.

A reporter wanted to know what Rhimes thought about NBC president Ben Silverman saying he was in talks with Washington prior to the actor being let go at the end of the TV season.

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ABC day 2 preview: Nightline, Kyle XY, Private Practice - TCA report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 26th 2007 10:38AM
Tim Daly and Kate Walsh Today is the last day of the 2007 summer TCA press tour and one of its panels in particular is highly anticipated as ABC rolls out more shows to present to the TV Critics membership.

Shonda Rhimes is coming to the Beverly Hilton today with Kate Walsh, Tim Daly and other cast members of Private Practice to tout the Grey's Anatomy spin-off. But you just know that Rhimes will be asked about the controversial exit of Isaiah Washington from GA at the end of the season.

Where's Dr. Bailey when you need her?

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted May 13th 2007 9:14AM

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Is Kimmel being bumped to 12:35 ... or out completely?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 14th 2007 2:21PM

KimmelThe New York Observer is reporting that ABC has filmed two secret pilots for a new hour-long version of Nightline. The shows were filmed on Feb. 9, but ABC and Disney haven't decided to go through with the new version of the show or not.

Of course, if this new hour-long show were to happen, that means it would air from 11:35PM to 12:35AM. Jimmy Kimmel Live starts every night at 12:05AM, so (one assumes) Kimmel's show would be pushed back to the 12:35 slot, starting at the same time as Late Night With Conan O'Brien and The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson. But the article also states that execs have said that Kimmel's show is losing "buckets of money." So could Kimmel be pushed out of the network completely?

If Kimmel stays and goes to 12:35, I probably won't watch the show anymore. As it is I usually only watch the monologue (he has one of the best in late night, in my opinion), but the rest of the show falls a little flat to me. Plus I'm getting old and can't stay up really late like I used to.


Andy Dick removed from Jimmy Kimmel set - VIDEO

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ABC to woo Leno, move Kimmel to 12:30?

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 24th 2006 12:30PM
Jay LenoBloomberg News (via the Chicago Tribune) has a story that, according to a media analyst, ABC is poised to go after Jay Leno and sign him to a contract after his NBC contract expires in 2009.

The analyst, David Miller from the Sanders Morris Harris Group, writes in a report that ABC would put Leno at 11:30, cancelling Nightline in the process. They will then push Jimmy Kimmel Live to 12:30. Both ABC and NBC spokespeople denied that there is any merit to this report, but you never know what's going on in the background.

If I'm Jimmy Kimmel, I'd be pretty pissed about being pushed to 12:30 after what would be six years of dutiful service at midnight, especially for the comedy black hole that Leno has become. But Leno gets the ratings, doesn't he? For ABC, it might be worth pissing people off.

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Kirk Cameron on Nightline tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 17th 2006 5:06PM
Kirk CameronDon't waste another minute on some other show at 11:35 tonight, check out Nightline. Kirk Cameron will be on to tell viewers how and why he became a Christian Evangelist. Seems he became very religious during his Growing Pains days, around the age of 16, and it changed his life. He's now co-head of the "Way of The Master" organization, hosts a weekly TV show and stars in the Left Behind movies and other films/TV shows.

Cameron has been married to his former Growing Pains co-star Chelsea Noble for several years, and they have six children.

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What's on tonight: new Office, Earl, Idol, Survivor, Chris, and CSI

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 2nd 2006 4:09PM
  • CBS has a new Survivor at 8, followed by new eps of CSI and Without A Trace.
  • NBC has Deal Or No Deal at 8, followed by new eps of My Name is Earl, The Office, and ER (with the return of Noah Wyle).
  • ABC has the movie Sweet Home Alabama, followed by a new Primetime.
  • FOX has a new American Idol at 8, followed a new Skating With Celebrities.
  • The WB has a repeat Smallville, then a new Beauty and the Geek.
  • UPN has new eps of Everybody Hates Chris, Love, Inc, Eve, and Cuts
  • Also at 8: FX has X-Men.
  • At 9, Larry King interviews Roseanne Barr on CNN, while TBS has the movie Tommy Boy.
  • HGTV has new eps of Divine Design, Designer's Challenge, and House Hunters, starting at 9.
  • Also at 9: HBO has Dodgeball.
  • At 11:30 on ABC, David Straithern guests on Nightline.
  • At 12:30, Cartoon Network has a new Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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