Thursday, September 06, 2012

Jimmy Kimmel Lives, on TV Guide Magazine

Jimmy Kimmel TV Guide

There have already been a ton of highlights in my early (just a year and a half so far!) tenure at TV Guide Magazine, from two Comic-Cons to two major, newsy Chuck Lorre/"Two and a Half Men" covers. But this ranks right up at the top: Our big cover package on late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. Jimmy, who's hosting the Emmy Awards on September 23, agreed to dress up as characters from all six of the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy nominees ("Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones"). Plus, I had the opportunity to spend a day at the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" studios on Hollywood and sit down with the host for a lengthy interview.

There was a ton to talk about. This has been an amazing year for Kimmel, who was tapped to host both the White House Correspondents Dinner and the Emmy Awards for starters. Then there was his big Oprah moment on his annual post-Oscars special. Just a few weeks ago he got engaged to his longtime girlfriend. And now, ABC has rewarded him with a timeslot upgrade (come January) to 11:35 p.m. This story was already in the works when he got the official greenlight for his promotion -- and it just solidified the reasons behind doing this story now.

All four covers are on stands now:

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And you can read an extended version of my Q&A with Kimmel here.

Meanwhile, direct from the photo shoot, I also had a second opportunity to interview Kimmel, this time while he was dressed as "Breaking Bad's" Walter White. Watch a video of the photo shoot below:

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