Tonight "Jimmy Kimmel Live" will move to 11:35pm tonight, going up against Jay Leno, David Letterman, and "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"
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.