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Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel on Time 100 list

April 18, 2013|By Patrick Kevin Day
  • Late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon, left, and Jimmy Kimmel aren't just funny, they're influential too, according to the Time 100 list.
Late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon, left, and Jimmy Kimmel aren't just… (AFP / Getty Images )

It's not as juicy as Forbes' annual highest-paid celebrities list, but the Time 100 list of the world's most influential people always provides plenty of conversational fodder, especially when it comes to which TV personalities made the list.

Though many people maintain that the era of the networks' late-night TV dominance is on the wane, two late-night hosts, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, made the list. Fallon for his impending ascension to the "Tonight Show" throne and Kimmel for his half-hour earlier promotion on ABC.

HBO's lightning rod of controversy, Lena Dunham, also made the list for writing and starring in "Girls." As Claire Danes writes about her, "Lena's unique lack of vanity or shame allows us to consider that we may also be able to accept and express ourselves fully."

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Two singers with strong TV presences made the list: Christina Aguilera, who was on "The Voice" last season, and Justin Timberlake, who joined the august ranks of the Five-Timers Club when he hosted "Saturday Night Live" this season.

Other actors making the list include Bryan Cranston, whose run on "Breaking Bad" comes to a conclusion this summer, and Mindy Kaling, whose "Mindy Project" is returning on Fox in the fall.

Steven Spielberg also made the list, not just for his big screen work on "Lincoln," but also for his prolific TV producing, including "Under the Dome," which airs on CBS this summer.

Not everyone on TV comes from Hollywood. Bassem Youssef, described as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," made the list. Earlier this year, Youssef was detained by authorities for allegedly insulting Islam and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

But of all the names on the list, the one who could have the most impact on the future of televison is Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer of Netflix, which has become a very active player in TV with new original series, including the revival of "Arrested Development."

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