On Tuesday, September 6, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will pay tribute to Uncle Frank Potenza. This show will celebrate many moments from Uncle Frank’s nine-year tenure as a security guard and on-air contributor for his nephew’s late-night show. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will pay homage to Uncle Frank by highlighting his comedy pieces, notable interviews with everyone from Tom Cruise to Kermit the Frog, plus a visit from comedian and friend Don Rickles, who will reminisce with Jimmy about this kind and irreplaceable man who was indeed an Uncle to all who knew him.
Packed with hilarious comedy bits and a house band led by Jimmy’s childhood best friend, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The recipient of a 2010 Clio Award for innovative media, each night Jimmy delivers up-to-the minute news on hot topics of the day in his monologue, and has welcomed such notables as Clint Eastwood, Ryan Gosling, Jeff Bridges, Cameron Diaz, Kevin Spacey, Amy Adams, Sigourney Weaver, Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Zach Galifianakis, Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Diane Sawyer, Sylvester Stallone, Zac Efron, Sofia Vergara, Bill Cosby, Gabourey Sidibe, Robert Downey Jr., Charlize Theron, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Jim Carrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mel Gibson, Josh Groban, Diddy, Harrison Ford, Michael Douglas, Robin Williams, Heidi Klum, Janet Jackson and more, including Matt Damon… well, almost Matt Damon.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” was awarded a SILVER CLIO in the Innovative Media category for its partnership project with Warner Brothers’ film “The Informant,” as the two teamed up to create “Guillermo in the Informant.” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was recognized with its award in the digital gallery of the Skylight Studios Soho in New York during last night’s CLIO Awards presentation of Interactive & Innovative Awards.
The CLIO Awards is one of the world’s most recognized awards competitions for advertising, design and communications, celebrating creative excellence, honoring a powerful form of communication and its impact on modern culture.
“We are happy that we were able to collaborate with Warner Brothers uniting their brand with our audience through an original comedy segment,” said “Jimmy Kimmel Live” co-executive producer, Doug Deluca. “’Jimmy Kimmel Live’ has become a place where brands can reach consumers through creative and comedic integrated content that delivers the product message in the signature ‘JKL’ voice. Besides, it’s always fun for us to work with Matt Damon.”
“Guillermo in the Informant” stars “Jimmy Kimmel Live” parking lot security guard Guillermo Rodriguez, who gets into a fist fight with Matt Damon while Joel McHale looks on. The piece was directed by Andy Fischer, written by Will Burke and field produced by Jeff Sammon for “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
As part of their nightly program, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” generates original integrated creative content by pairing the show’s writing and production forces with many of the world’s most recognizable companies. Key integration examples include “JKL’s” joint venture with Ford to create “Guillermotion” — a choreographed Cinco de Mayo fiesta/musical number which overtook Hollywood Boulevard, Pontiac for the now viral sensation “I’m F—ing Ben Affleck” — and with Disney Pixar for the digital insertion of Kimmel’s parking lot security guard Guillermo in “Up,” serving as the animated young Boy Scout character.
The “Lost” series finale event just got bigger with a half-hour extension of the finale episode, SUNDAY, MAY 23 from 9:00-11:30, p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network. With so much story to tell, the timeslot needed to be expanded. Preceding the finale will be the retrospective special, “Lost: The Final Journey,” from 7:00-9:00 p.m., ET, which takes a look back over the past six seasons of this groundbreaking show. Additionally, Jimmy Kimmel bids farewell to “Lost” in his own indelible manner on “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost,” airing from 12:05-1:05 a.m., ET.
The critically acclaimed, hit drama “Lost” premiered on September 22, 2004. The series was nominated for numerous awards and was a 2008 recipient of the prestigious Peabody Award, and awarded the 2005 Emmy and 2006 Golden Globe for Best Drama Series. At the end of its sixth and final season, “Lost” will have aired 114 episodes (121 episodic hours).
Oceanic Air flight 815 tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island, leaving 48 passengers alive and stranded on a remote island in the South Pacific. The survivors include a diverse group of people from different walks of life — a doctor, an escaped fugitive, a con man, an Iraqi interrogator, a married Korean couple and a man formerly confined to a wheelchair who is now inexplicably healed. As the castaways attempt to get home, flashbacks (and forwards) illuminate their troubled lives before and after the crash, as the island that they find themselves stranded on begins to slowly reveal its mysterious nature. Faith, reason, destiny and free will all clash as the island offers opportunities for both corruption and redemption… but as to its true purpose? That’s the greatest mystery of all.
“Lost” stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Ken Leung as Miles, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Terry O’Quinn as Locke and Zuleikha Robinson as Ilana.
“Lost” was created by Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof. Abrams, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Jean Higgins, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers. “Lost,” which is filmed entirely on location in Hawaii and premiered on September 22, 2004, is from ABC Studios. For more information on “Lost,” visit ABC.com
After the final episode, longtime “Lost” fan Jimmy Kimmel hosts an hour-long analysis of and farewell to one of television’s most beloved series with appearances from executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, alternate endings, and live interviews with cast members.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost” is the culmination of a six year-long relationship between “Lost” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Each Tuesday night, Kimmel discusses the show and features “Secrets of ‘Lost’” (comedic “insight” into the mysteries of the island from Evangeline Lilly, Michael Emerson, Jorge Garcia, Daniel Dae Kim, Elizabeth Mitchell, and more). Cast members including Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway, Jorge Garcia, Michael Emerson, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Terry O’Quinn and former cast members Dominic Monaghan and Elizabeth Mitchell appear regularly on Kimmel’s couch, and producers Lindelof, Cuse and JJ Abrams make regular guest appearances as well.
For any fan of “Lost,” this event is not to be missed. After the secrets of the island are revealed, go back in time one last time with Jimmy Kimmel. The “Lost” finale event airs Sunday, May 23 from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET on ABC, and “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost” will air immediately after the local news from 11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m., ET.
Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Jason Schrift and Douglas DeLuca serve as co-executive producers. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios. For more go to www.jimmykimmellive.net
Television columnist Lisa de Moraes of The Washington Post reports that the former co-star of TLC’s Jon and Kate + Eight-turned occasional The View co-host stand-in will be announced as one of the new cast members of the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars when ABC reveals the list throughout the season finale of The Bachelor on Monday night.
In related news, ABC has announced that on March 1, Jimmy Kimmel will interview one of the new celebrities set to compete in this season’s competition as well as the new Bachelorette.