�JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE�S ALL-STAR SALUTE TO JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!�
ABC�s Popular Late-Night Talk Show Renewed for Fifth Season and
Reveals Plans for Fall Primetime Special
The ABC Television Network has announced that it will renew popular Late-Night talk show �Jimmy Kimmel Live,� carrying the show through 2008.
�I am delighted to have been asked to host a fifth year of �Jimmy Kimmel Live.� I watch it all the time,� said Kimmel of the renewal.
�Jimmy Kimmel is the future of late night television, and we�re thrilled to have him on ABC,� said Andrea Wong, executive vice president, Alternative Programming, Specials and Late-Night, 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 next season.�
The show has also revealed plans for a fall primetime special entitled �Jimmy Kimmel Live�s All-Star Salute to Jimmy Kimmel Live!,� set to air WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. The one-hour special will include many of the best moments from the show�s past three and a half years, and will be taped in front of a live studio audience.
Kimmel continued about the primetime special: �If people don�t watch this, I am going to be so mad, you won�t even believe it.�
�Jimmy Kimmel Live�s All-Star Salute to Jimmy Kimmel Live!� will be packed with surprise guest cameos, memorable celebrity guest appearances, ground-breaking music performances and signature �Jimmy Kimmel Live� comedy segments, including highlights from regular correspondents --Jimmy�s Cousin Sal, Uncle Frank, Aunt Chippy and the show�s parking lot security guard, Guillermo.
Since �Jimmy Kimmel Live�s� network debut on January 26, 2003, the show has welcomed hundreds of celebrity guests, including such notables as Jennifer Garner, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Shaquille O�Neal, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, Teri Hatcher, Robin Williams, Regis Philbin, Mariah Carey, Jack Black and Britney Spears. The show also hosted the farewell performance of Destiny�s Child. In January of 2006, �Jimmy Kimmel Live� celebrated its third anniversary with special guests Eminem, Kid Rock and Jessica Alba at Super Bowl XL in Detroit, followed by a post-Academy Awards� show featuring Jon Stewart, Quentin Tarantino and Johnny Knoxville.
ABC�s �Jimmy Kimmel Live� has delivered consistent growth in its numbers this year. During the 2005-06 TV Season, �Jimmy Kimmel� increased its overall audience by 6% (1.64 million vs. 1.55 million) and gained 17% in Adults 18-49 (0.7/4 vs. 0.6/3) over the prior season. In fact it was the only Late-Night entertainment talk show to post an increase during the season in the key Adult 18-49 sales demographic. Additionally, �JKL� turned in an impressive performance during the just completed 2006 July Sweep, as its audience grew faster than any of its competitors, and the show enjoyed its most-watched July Sweep in its history. �Jimmy Kimmel Live� also stands as the fastest growing Late-Night talker of Summer 2006, jumping 17% in Total Viewers and 20% in Adults 18-49 from a year ago, marking its most-watched summer ever.
Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers. Jason Schrift and Douglas DeLuca serve as co-executive producers. �Jimmy Kimmel Live� is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with Touchstone Television. The show airs at 12:05 am on ABC.
�Jimmy Kimmel Live�s All-Star Salute to Jimmy Kimmel Live!� will air with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.