Scott Thompson at Hamilton's Talk Radio CHML checks in this week about--what else?--the never ending writers strike and the big news for Thursday night: Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel guesting on each other's shows. Listen here.
As far as I can recall, no two network late night talk show hosts have ever pulled this kind of stunt before. David Letterman was an early guest on Conan O'Brien's Late Night to revisit his old NBC studio and give the new kid a much-needed at the time pat on the back, but I'm pretty sure Letterman was off that week.
Here's what makes this double host trick doable: Leno usually tapes Tonight from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time up in Burbank. Jimmy Kimmel Live (which isn't really live) tapes later, around 7 p.m. at his studio on Hollywood Boulevard (right across from the famous Chinese Theater). Jay and Jimmy have a half hour to share a cab down the Cahuenga Pass.
Both hosts are pissed that they have to produce their nightly shows without writers. In addition, Leno is getting plenty of grief from the Guild for performing his usual nightly monologue. What really has them both steamed, however, is that picket lines and other industry pressures have chased A-list guess away from their couches--forcing them to interview themselves! Could be the most entertaining night in late night since the strike--and the highest rated.
Meanwhile, more radio talk: tune in to London, Ont.'s The Hawk (103.9 FM) Thursday morning at 7:45 a.m. to hear Mr. TV Feeds My Family blab on and on to McArthur in the Morning about his favorite subject: Truth and Rumors: The Reality Behind TV's Most Famous Myths. Will this shameless self promotion never end?