Friday, October 26, 2007

Live with JIMMY and Kelly

Being without cable, local television and the main broadcast channels has actually not been that bad, considering. I do miss Sports Center, TCM, the History/ Discovery Channel, and yes, Nickelodeon. But, as long as I am able to watch Family Guy and the Office, I am a content human being.

What I am actually excited about is my new common routine of watching Live with Regis and Kelly at 9:00 am.

I am somewhat an early riser and am blessed with classes which do not start before 11:00 am. So what is there to do when you're up at 8:00 and have about 3 hours at your disposal, no tests to study for, no Internet to surf and no cable to pass the time? You engage in a highly rated morning talk show!

I have been a viewer for several weeks now, but what was especially interesting about this week was Jimmy Kimmel would be replacing Regis Philbin as co-host! I am a fan of Jimmy and knew that this week was going to be a riot.

And indeed it was! Not for the sake of Jimmy's quick-witted humor and sarcastic/slightly risque remarks, but Jimmy would now be traveling back and forth from New York to Las Angeles to host his own late night t.v. show.

What anyone can guess, Jimmy was on a complete lack of sleep which made his usually camera personality a little "buzzed" and incredibly more unpredictable.

I am questionable though. Why did the networks pick Jimmy Kimmel as co-host for this week knowing that he would have a tough time and a long, repetitive journey ahead of him? LIVE has used other co-host before when Regis was absent; what makes this occasion different?

Is it because:
  • Jimmy 's show is also an ABC networked program, (and perhaps he wasn't going to get paid as much?)
  • Lack of sleep and an overdose of vitamins/herbs provided by LIVE's executive producer Michael Gelman will create a delusional host?
  • Late-night wanted a crack at the morning audience?
  • "This is a ridiculous idea. The only reason I'm doing it is to try to get Kelly to make out with me on the plane." (Jimmy Kimmel's response)
  • All of the above?
Whatever the case may be, (and I have a feeling it was generated towards the top answer,) Jimmy's performance was hilarious and it was twice as nice to view him twice a day.

Another quirky anecdote is Jimmy has actually received a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most traveled miles in a single work week by one human being! Congrats ;-)

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