LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will mark the first anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic – or, as the show calls it, “the first anniversary of our national incarceration,” with a special episode next Thursday.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live: Coronaversary Show” will replace a regular episode of the late-night talker on March 11 at 11:35 p.m. ET. Among the guests, US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, back on the show exactly one year after hosting his late show.
This episode hosted by Buttigieg in March 2020, scheduled long before the outbreak of the pandemic, was notable in that it had no studio audiences – only “Kimmel” staff members and Buttigieg’s entourage. . And it was also the last episode of his late-night talk show before production went to a complete halt due to fears of the rapid spread of COVID-19.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” and the other late-night talk shows went dark for several weeks before slowly returning with truncated virtual edits from their hosts. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” traded slots with “Nightline” for two weeks, and reduced to 30 minutes until September. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” eventually returned to his studio at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, but continues to rely on staff for studio audiences. In January, as COVID-19 rates soared, Kimmel moved the show to his home again – but he’s been back at the El Capitan since January 25.
Besides Buttigieg, other guests for the March 11 special will be Joel McHale and the musical performance by Adam Duritz.
Kimmel turned several editions of late-night talk shows into specials over the show’s 18-year history. Last year he paid a special tribute to Kobe Bryant after the death of the basketball legend. In 2010, he did an entire episode posing as Jay Leno. In 2019, one episode became the satirical “Intermission Accomplished: A Halftime Tribute to Trump.”
The show also had on-site specials in Brooklyn and Las Vegas, as well as its “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” events and episodes devoted to television and film franchises, such as the “Lost” finale and “Jimmy Kimmel Live After Darth: A Star Wars Special”, with the cast of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”. And he did benefit shows (RED) in honor of World AIDS Day with Bono.
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