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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:39 PM

Jimmy Kimmel takes 'Nightline' slot next year

(This CNN article is from August. However, I just saw a commercial during the Heat/Thunder basketball game on ABC promoting the earlier start time of Jimmy Kimmel Live. I previously did not know that ABC would schedule Kimmel for 11:35 and Nightline for 12:35.)


The late-night TV talk war grows more competitive in January when ABC moves "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to an 11:35 p.m. start, pushing the long-running "Nightline" back an hour.

ABC cited "increased revenue potential for entertainment programming" as a motive for moving Kimmel from the midnight timeslot he's occupied since January 2003.


Although "Nightline" is moved back to 12:35 a.m., the show will get a Friday night primetime hour at 9 p.m. starting March 1 to "ensure that the program has even more opportunities to continue its incredible, award-winning reporting," Sweeney said.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:50 PM

1. good, nightline is mostly a joke, tabloid type crap mostly

hopefully they will just cancel it in the near future.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:11 PM

2. I agree, I watched it regularly in 2006 and 2007 and found mostly infotainment little in-depth stuff

However I have videotapes of Nightline's coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen protests that my parents recorded before I was born. Such great coverage with Ted Koppel that you'd nearly think you were watching PBS!

The reason I watched it was every Friday night I'd watch Jimmy Kimmel for the "Unnecessary Censorship" segment. out of curiousity I'd record also Nightline and maybe the late local news' sports highlights.

And are you old enough to remember the Iran hostage crisis, the event that essentially created the Nightline show?

I found on YouTube a "Best of Nightline" compilation that was done around the early '90s.

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Response to alp227 (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:35 PM

3. The really sad thing is that you will get more balanced and relevant news

from Kimmel's monologue than you will get from any of the so-called "news" programs on any of the major networks. Humor has a way of leading one right to the nub of the issue.

Maybe Kimmel is a bad example. This is certainly true of Stewart, and quite often with Letterman.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:24 PM

4. If this had happened while Koppel was still there i'd be pissed but Nightline has slipped greatly.

And Kimmel is not bad at what he does.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:33 PM

5. well, the quality of Nightline has sunken

to being little more than an ABC promo show. I won't miss them

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