“Jimmy Kimmel Live” moves up to the 11:35 p.m. ET/PT (10:35 p.m. CT) slot in ABC’s late-night lineup — and out of its long-held midnight slot — starting Jan. 8, and the network is backing up the move with a strong slate of guests.
Among the celebrities on tap for guest spots early in the run are Jennifer Aniston, Ryan Gosling, Sofía Vergara, Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Lowe, Jamie Foxx, Mark Wahlberg, Amy Brenneman, Nicki Minaj, Mindy Kaling, Julie Bowen, Naomi Watts and Kim and Kourtney Kardashian.
Aniston is reportedly set for the first show in the new slot, Jan. 8, along with musical guests No Doubt. Other musical performances set for the first few shows include Brad Paisley, Bruno Mars and LeAnn Rimes.
To make room for “Kimmel,” the network is moving the half-hour news program “Nightline” to an hour later start time, leading out from “Kimmel.”
ABC notes in its announcement: “On average for the 2012-13 season, ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ is up over the same point last season by 7% in total viewers (1.985 million vs. 1.854 million), marking its biggest-ever audience through this point in a broadcast year. In addition, ‘JKL’ is the only late-night network talk show to grow its overall audience year over year.”
The show marks its 10th anniversary Jan. 26, 2013.