Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jimmy Kimmel's new work week: Monday-Thursday

I thought perhaps "Jimmy Kimmel Live" had aired on Mondays during the past two weeks to capitalize on ABC's "Bachelor" finale and the momentum from his "After the Academy Awards" special, but it turns out Kimmel's move is permanent. The show will continue producing four new episodes a week, but now they'll air Monday-Thursday instead of Tuesday-Friday, according to Broadcasting & Cable.

"[N]etwork and show insiders say the move was done to capitalize on synergies and promotional opportunities with ABC's Monday-night lineup, which includes reality hits like 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette,'" reports B&C. "Castoffs and stars from ABC reality shows are mainstays on Kimmel's show, so the hope is to add late-night audience through primetime promotion on Mondays."

One of Kimmel's most popular bits, "This Week in Unnecessary Censorship," will now be seen on Thursdays.

The article also notes that ABC is mulling a Kimmel prime time special pegged to the "Lost" series finale; the host is a big fan of the show and frequently mentions it during his monologue.

"JKL" will be airing reruns all week next week, but Kimmel will be making an appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" on Tuesday the 16th.