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ABC Will Put Kimmel Against Letterman and Leno

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - "Jimmy Kimmel Live" airs every weeknight, (12:00 - 1:06 a.m., ET), following "Nightline," packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for THURSDAY, JULY 26 included actress Jessica Biel ("Total Recall"), Adam Richman ("Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America") and musical guest Rick Ross. (ABC/RICHARD CARTWRIGHT)
JESSICA BIEL, JIMMY KIMMEL

Jimmy Kimmel will face off against David Letterman and Jay Leno come January, ABC announced today. Jimmy Kimmel Live will move to 11:35 p.m. to compete against his elders starting January 8, pushing Nightline to 12:35 a.m. (Nightline will add an additional primetime hour starting in March, so don't worry. There will still be plenty of Nightline.) Kimmel's having a pretty big year, between doing the White House Correspondents' Dinner this past April and hosting the upcoming Emmys in September, and Leno and Letterman aren't getting younger — plus this move puts Kimmel in a different category from that other late-night Jimmy. It's like Late Night Wars: The Next Generation, but with less vitriol and more strategy!

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