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[05/04/09 - 09:52 AM]
Jimmy Kimmel Live to Air Primetime Specials Starting June 4 at 8:00 P.M., ET on Abc
Like last year, the half-hour specials will lead into the network's NBA Finals coverage.

[via press release from ABC]

"JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE" TO AIR PRIMETIME SPECIALS STARTING JUNE 4 AT 8:00 P.M., ET ON ABC

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" will air special half-hour primetime shows on each night ABC airs the basketball finals, beginning Thursday, June 4. During last year's primetime specials, host Jimmy Kimmel welcomed notable guests including then-Senator Barack Obama, Senator John McCain, David Beckham, Adam Sandler, Edward Norton, Charles Barkley, Eminem, Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson, Liv Tyler and New Orleans Hornets guard and 2008 MVP contender Chris Paul.

Airing around the basketball finals in various time periods across the country last year (with 94-98% U.S. Coverage), the six "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night" specials delivered broad exposure for the ABC late-night talker in primetime. On average, the "JKL Game Night" specials were up by 76% in Total Viewers (3.0 million vs. 1.7 million) and by 67% in Adults 18-49 (1.0/3 vs. 0.6/3) over the show's 07-08 TV Season average in late-night.

Primetime specials to air:

Thursday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Sunday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Tuesday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Thursday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Sunday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET (if necessary)

Tuesday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET (if necessary)

Tuesday, June 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET (if necessary)

Packed with hilarious comedy bits and a house band led by Jimmy's childhood best friend, "Jimmy Kimmel Live" features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. Each night, Jimmy delivers up-to-the minute news addressing the hottest topics of the day in his monologue and recently has welcomed such notables as Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., Cameron Diaz, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Don Cheadle, Hilary Swank, Orlando Bloom, Reese Witherspoon, Robin Williams, Kanye West, Heidi Klum, Kobe Bryant, Janet Jackson and Hugh Jackman, as well as performances by Coldplay, The Killers, Ozzy Osbourne, Kelly Clarkson, Linkin Park, Incubus, Destiny's Child, Tim McGraw, Avril Lavigne, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey and many more, including Matt Damon´┐Ż well, almost Matt Damon.

Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers and Jason Schrift and Douglas DeLuca serve as co-executive producers. Emmy Award-winning "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios. For more go to www.jimmykimmellive.net.





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