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.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
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."