Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage
Jimmy Kimmel only found out yesterday afternoon that he’d have to get out of bed at an ungodly hour this morning to announce the Primetime Emmy nominations along with Kerry Washington of ABC’s Scandal, subbing for stranded Parks And Recreation co-star Nick Offerman. But Kimmel’s predawn trip to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood — appropriately enough, in his pajamas — turned out to be well worth his while: His ABC late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live received its first nomination in the Outstanding Variety Series category on its 10th try. As Washington read the best variety series nominees, Kimmel appeared surprised. “Should I give a speech now or what?” he asked.
The speech can wait until September 23, when Kimmel will be hosting the Emmys live on ABC from the Nokia Theatre at LA Live. The man is clearly on a hot streak, even if he dressed for nominations announcement duty in something he described as being from “the husky baby collection.” After years of flying mostly under the radar with his late-night show known mostly for its viral celebrity-driven videos (it won the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category in 2008 for the “I’m F**king Matt Damon” ditty), JKL seems to be hitting its stride, posting significant ratings growth this past season and getting boosts from Kimmel’s post-Oscars and pre-NBA Finals stints. (more…)