Jimmy Kimmel Live! is planning to come out swinging in its first month at 11:35 PM next year. The ABC late-night show will kick off its new time slot January 8 with Jennifer Aniston and No Doubt as guests. Jimmy Kimmel Live announced today that Jamie Foxx, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Gosling, Sofia Vergara, Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Lowe, Amy Brenneman, Nicki Minaj, Mindy Kaling, Julie Bowen, Naomi Watts, and Kim and Kourtney Kardashian are scheduled to appear on the show during its first month in the new slot. Along with No Doubt, January’s musical guests include Brad Paisley, Bruno Mars and LeAnn Rimes. ABC announced in late August that after 10 years it was moving Kimmel from midnight to 11:35 PM. This will put Kimmel Live in head-to-head competition with NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman.
It’s a strong play being that the younger-leaning Kimmel has seen 7% growth year-over-year in total viewers and just came off its most-watched November sweep. The change will see ABC’s longtime late night newsmagazine Nightline move to 12:35 AM. Kimmel will have a bit of time to find his sea legs in the new slot. Earlier this year, he signed a new two-year extension to his contact with ABC. He closes out his time in the midnight slot January 7 with a special Jimmy Kimmel Live: Goodbye To Midnight retrospective.
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