We are in the throes of awards season with somber hit after hit are let loose on our critical world. While a Pitt led or Affleck starring drama is to be had, there has to be a host to facilitate the long outstanding tradition of the Academy Awards. Now, Variety has learned, Jimmy Kimmel will be that host. The late night guru has done all in terms of awards hosting. He's tackled the 2007 ESPYS, 2012 and 2016 Emmys, and America's own American Music Awards five whole times. Can Kimmel handle the limelight of the Oscars as well as his other hosty friends? Find out when the 89th Academy Awards take over on Sunday, February 26.
It's like the convergence of two different late night TV shows. Andy Richter is hosting a Jimmy Kimmel game show that's based on a bit from the latter host's show. Dubbed Big Fan, the Hollywood Reporter says the six episode weekly series comes from the apparently popular -- although I was hard pressed to find more than the one video of it -- game on Jimmy Kimmel Live called "Who knows...?" in which a celebrity is matched against a fan to answer trivia questions. But ABC doesn't care about establishing new IPs; they want to get into that sweet, sweet late night show sketch turned game show game. This comes after Spike and Jimmy Fallon's Lip Sync Battle became a ratings vacuum and the very same network picked up Caraoke Showdown, a series with similar premise to that thing James Cordon does. Kimmel is, of course, set to executive produce the series.
Bob Odenkirk is a smart man as evidenced by his comedy. Naturally, a smart person wants the right questions asked instead of pandering around with inane small talk. During his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, Odenkirk gave his own pre-prepared Emmy questions to the only host he thought could handle the job. He also reveals the Mr. Show spiritual successor on Netflix, With Bob and David, is slated to premiere this fall.
Jimmy Kimmel Live may be trailing behind the Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on the internet video views but Kimmel is working his way back by writing fan fiction. On last night's Live, the host informed Aniston that he had some faction that he would love for her to act out with him. Kimmel took the reign as Ross while Aniston, Cox, and Kudrow reprised their roles on a replica of the famous apartment from the series.