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The Morning Fix: Kimmel makes big move. Strahan gets 'Live!' gig.

August 22, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • Jimmy Kimmel will get to go to bed earlier with his new time slot.
Jimmy Kimmel will get to go to bed earlier with his new time slot. (Associated Press )

After the coffee. Before lobbying for the time slot following Jimmy Kimmel.

The Skinny: I hope I'm never kidnapped and tortured but if I am I'll tell my captors that I withstood every episode of HBO's "The Newsroom," so do your worst. Wednesday's headlines include ABC's big bet on Jimmy Kimmel; Michael Strahan gets ready to take over morning television; and Los Angeles Times writer Patrick Goldstein pens his final column.

Daily Dose: Cable programming giant Discovery Communications led a $31.5-million financing for Lumosity, a company described by Discovery as "the leader in online brain training." Lumosity, which has 25 million members, researches human cognitive performance. Maybe they'll discover why we love TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."

Here's Jimmy. ABC is giving Jimmy Kimmel a promotion. The network is moving his late-night talk show from midnight to 11:35 p.m. where he will go head-to-head with NBC's Jay Leno and CBS' David Letterman. The move is bad news for "Nightline," which will move from 11:35 p.m. to 12:35 a.m., where its ratings will certainly tumble. While "Nightline" has actually been a solid performer, ABC is betting it can make more in advertising with Kimmel in an earlier time slot and that the aging Leno and Letterman are vulnerable. Analysis of the move from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Filling the gap. Former football great turned sports broadcaster Michael Strahan looks like he won the bake-off to co-host the morning talk show "Live!" with Kelly Ripa. The job has been open since Regis Philbin stepped down last November. During that time, Ripa has had 59 different guest co-hosts. Besides Strahan, "Saturday Night Live's" Seth Meyers sat in a lot as did Neil Patrick Harris. The office announcement is expected in a few weeks, but Broadcasting & Cablescoops that Strahan is a done deal.

Shoot first, aim later. Ratings for ABC's "Good Morning America" and "World News Tonight" are on the rise. At the same time, though, the credibility of the network's news division has taken a beating lately because of some questionable reporting. As Variety columnist Brian Lowry observes, "ABC News releases seem to come in two varieties lately: Crowing about ratings gains -- especially in their competitive position relative to NBC -- and apologizing for, or backpedaling from, something they got wrong."

Coke or Pepsi? Singer Nicki Minaj is the latest name to surface as a potential judge for Fox's "American Idol." But nothing is ever simple. Minaj is a Pepsi endorser and "American Idol" is sponsored by Coca-Cola. Fortunately, Advertising Age says the two soft drink giants have indicated that both are OK with Minaj joining "American Idol." Of course, we'll have to wait and see whether Minaj actually drinks a Coke if she gets the job. 

Tony's tale. In April, just months before he would tragically take his own life, director Tony Scott sat with the Hollywood Reporter for a special section the magazine was doing on his director brother Ridley Scott. "We have enormous pain resistance," Scott said of himself and his older brother. 

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Patrick Goldstein pens his final column with a plea to the movie industry to stop being so formulaic and take risks. TV shows and movies may be abandoning Southern California, but Web productions are filling some of the void.

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