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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

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Jimmy Kimmel 'Live' Once More!

Post by: Sal

Source: Zap2It

ABC is following the lead of NBC in bringing its late-night talk show back onto the air.

The network says "Jimmy Kimmel Live" will go back on the air Wednesday, Jan. 2 -- the same night that NBC is scheduled to bring "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" back on the air. All three shows, along with the late-night offerings at CBS and Comedy Central, have been in repeats since the writers' strike began in early November.

Like Leno and O'Brien, Kimmel is a member of the Writers Guild of America. And like his NBC counterparts, he stresses that his return to live shows is a reluctant one.

"Though it makes me sick to do so without my writers, there are more than a hundred people whose financial well-being depends on our show," Kimmel says in a statement. "It is time to go back to work. I support my colleagues and friends in the WGA completely and hope this ends both fairly and soon."

The guild's strike rules essentially prohibit late-night hosts from doing opening monologues, and other sketches would probably be out as well. That would presumably leave more room for guest interviews and musical performances.

CBS has yet to say when "The Late Show" or "The Late Late Show" will return. Worldwide Pants, the production company that's run by David Letterman and that owns both shows, is said to be working on an independent deal with the Writers Guild that would allow writers to work on the two programs.

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