It seems like the dust has only recently settled from the debacle of Conan O'Brien's "Tonight Show" implosion and move to TBS but a new skirmish begins this week as ABC moves "Jimmy Kimmel Live" from 12am to 11:35pm. Twenty-five minutes doesn't seem like a lot but the late night audience stratification has always seemed like a delicate arrangement and to put Kimmel in direct competition with Jay Leno and Kimmel's idol, David Letterman, is provocative. It will be interesting to see if Kimmel's format changes, including his announced-sponsor segment at the opening of the show, among other mechanics. Kimmel has lined up a number of A-listers for his premiere week, including Jennifer Aniston, No Doubt, Ryan Gosling, Dr. Oz, Sofia Vergara, and Bruno Mars with Letterman and Leno responding with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ryan Seacrest, Michael J. Fox, Ben Affleck, and Kristin Bell.
The awards season is also getting underway with "The People's Choice Awards" on CBS tomorrow night, "The Critics' Choice Movie Awards" on the CW this Thursday, and "The Golden Globes" on NBC, Sunday night.
DVR This: A ton of premieres hit the air/cable-waves this week: Tonight - "Cougar Town" begins its tenure on TBS and "Justified" returns to FX and the irreverent "The Burn With Jeffrey Ross" starts up with guests Lisa Lampanelli, Anthony Jeselnik, and Bobby Lee; as mentioned above, tonight ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" moves to 11:35pm with Jennifer Aniston and No Doubt as guests; Jeff Bridges; guests on Fallon's show; Brody Stevens, Arden Myrin, and Jo Koy panel on "Chelsea Lately." Wednesday - Steven Wright is on Craig Ferguson's show. Thursday - "1600 Penn" debuts at its regular time slot of 9:30pm on NBC; on Jimmy Fallon's show we've got the cast of "30 Rock" and John Cale performs. Saturday - On IFC the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Sunday - Anthony Jeselnik's Comedy Central special, "Caligula," premieres. Showtime's Sunday lineup rolls out with "Shameless," "House of Lies," and "Californication," up against HBO's "Girls" and "Enlightened."
Podcasts of Note: Boston-bred comic, Gary Gulman, who has a Comedy Central special premiering soon, was on Fitzdog Radio last week; Marc Maron had a remarkable conversation with Michael Keaton on WTFpod ; comedy icon Dom Irrera was an excellent guest on Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank.
Events: Every year it seems impossible for the Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest to get any better but they're doing it again at PaleyFest 2013 which will include screenings and panels with stars from "American Horror Story," and the innaugural PaleyFest Icon Award being given to Ryan Murphy. More shows at the festival will be announced tomorrow.