Talk show host Jimmel Kimmel and actor/writer Justin Theroux have sold a unique comedy special to ABC. The “Untitled Kimmel and Theroux Project” will bring viewers classic sitcom scripts from the 70s, 80s and 90s, to be acted out live by today’s biggest names in comedy.
Channing Dungey, ABC’s President of Entertainment, made the announcement at todays Upfront.
The 89th Academy Awards® show was a rousing success – unexpected, fun opening with Justin Timberlake performing his Oscar®-nominated son, Can’t Stop the Feeling, as he danced into the Dolby Theater; on target but carefully modulated (and funny) opening monologue by host Jimmy Kimmel (and I’m not just saying that – he made me laugh and I am definitely not a fan); some surprisingly effective banter between presenters, and unexpected winners (take a bow, Suicide Squad!).
The show was well-paced – even if it did run over a half-hour long – with some nifty surprises (Kimmel’s riff on providing food for the audience; bringing an unsuspecting busload of tourists into the theater and the resulting genial chaos) and even a mention of Bill Paxton, whose death yesterday made it impossible to include him in the In Memoriam montage (accompanied by Sarah Bareilles’ stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s Both sides Now).
89th Oscars® producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd have announced eight key members of this year’s production team: supervising producer Rob Paine (20-year Oscars® veteran); Production Designer Derek McLane (5th consecutive year on the Oscars® team); returning writer Billy Kimball (second year on the team); returning writer and 8-time Emmy Nominee John Macks; orchestrator, composer, conductor, record producer and arranger Harold Wheeler; returning talent producer Taryn Hurd; lighting designer Robert Dickinson (28th Oscars®, multiple Emmy winner), and Raj Kapoor, designing screen content and performances.
Jimmy Kimmel will the host the 89th Academy Awards®, which air live on Sunday, February 26th on ABC.
The first group of presenters for the 68th Primetime Emmys® has been released and two-thirds of the twelve presenters on the list have either won or been nominated for Emmys® or Golden Globes.
Of the the two thirds, James Corden is a triple-nominee (Outstanding Interactive Program, Outstanding Variety Music Or Comedy Special, Outstanding Variety Series Talk for “The Late Late Show with James Corden”); Larry David has won and is nominated again this year (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for SNL, Curb Your Enthusiasm), and Julie Bowen is a two-time winner (Modern Family).
Follow the jump to see the complete list. The 68th Primetime Emmys® will air live on ABC, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, on Sunday, September 18th (7/6C).
ABC had announced that it is extending Jimmy Kimmel’s run on Jimmy Kimmel Live for another three years – which will him to providing his annual snarkfest for a few more ABC Upfronts. Details follow the jump.