FROM Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel: Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jimmy Kimmel's days of struggling to book celebrity guests are long over. Now one of the signature segments on Jimmy Kimmel Live! is "Mean Tweets," in which celebrities read outrageous insults that have been hurled at them on Twitter. Years before Kimmel became a late night host on ABC he started out working at small-market radio stations, eventually landing in Los Angeles. Longtime fans of the Kevin and Bean show on KROQ will remember him as "Jimmy the Sports Guy." His TV career started in 1997 as co-host of the game show Win Ben Stein's Money on Comedy Central. Kimmel recently sat down with Michael Schneider, host of KCRW's podcast The Spin-Off, and said that long before he got started in radio, he was obsessed with late night, and David Letterman in particular. It was surreal for Kimmel, decades later, to technically become Letterman's competitor, but Kimmel said it never really felt that way because Letterman was "like a mountain" to him. Kimmel takes us through the struggle of his early days with the show, to the current late night landscape where he's one of the longest serving hosts currently on the air. Over the years, Kimmel has taken on many other hosting jobs, including the American Music Awards, the ESPY Awards and the White House Correspondents Dinner. He also hosted the Emmys in 2012. That's a job he's taking on once again this year, which will air on his home network, ABC, on September 18. In addition to hosting, he's also a nominee. Kimmel's show is in contention for Outstanding Variety Talk Series. The show has been nominated for the past four years as well, but has yet to win. Kimmel said he doesn't expect that trend to change this year, but you never know...now that neither Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert are nominated for the first time in more than a decade, the field is wide open.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.