The late night TV wars heat up tonight when ABC moves Jimmy Kimmel‘s popular midnight talkfest smack dab up against THE LATE SHOW with David Letterman and THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno at 10:35 p.m. Central.
Should make for quite a horse race.
Except in Kansas City.
Here KMBC-TV, Channel 9 has once again chosen to keep its highly profitable late night syndicated rerun programming – ‘Two and a Half Men’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ – intact at 10:35 p.m. and 11:05 p.m.
That’s followed by the delayed playback of ABC’s Nightline. And FINALLY at midnight, Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Ironically tonight’s premiere of Kimmel’s new (and now competitive) show is entitled Jimmy Kimmel Live-Goodbye To Midnight.
ABC’s promos pitching the new 10:35 p.m. start time are running on Channel 9, which its promotions department apparently decided not to block. Go figure.
Speaking of late night, Letterman’s been having a ball of late with Playboy founder, 86 year old Hugh Hefner‘s recent marriage to 26 year-old hottie Crystal Harris—or as Letterman likes to call her, Crystal Tiffany.
He presented one of his funniest Top 10 lists in some time on Friday’s show.
It was entitled Things Overheard During Hugh Hefner’s Honeymoon. Or as Letterman described it “the most glorious, fun filled six weeks of their lives.”
In case you missed it, we share the list, courtesy of Worldwide Pants:
# 10–”Look—A gift basket from Pfizer”
# 9—”It’s three o’clock—we’re late for dinner”
# 8—”My hip!”
(Extra: “…If she dies, she dies”)
# 7—It’s been more than four hours—Call a doctor”
# 6—”Oh, my other hip!”
# 5—”It’ll just take a minute to inflate”
# 4—”Now that’s what I call wrinkled”
# 3—”9-1-1? Hi, it’s Crystal again”
# 2—”Now will you blow on my soup?”
# 1 (drum roll)—”CLEAR!”