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Jimmy Kimmel on His First Hollywood Job and How He Got Into TV

16 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jimmy Kimmel got his start while in high school, with a cheeky radio show on Kunv in Las Vegas. After that, he worked as a radio-show sidekick in various cities before landing his debut solo show in Palm Springs, Calif. He was first mentioned in Variety on May 8, 1997, when he was the sports reporter on the “Kevin & Bean” show on L.A.’s Kroq. His big (and surprising) TV break came when he was hired as co-host of “Win Ben Stein’s Money” — a gig that resulted in a Daytime Emmy.

Since then, he has received multiple Emmy nominations for his late-night ABC show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” now in its 13th season. He hosted the Emmys in 2012, the last time the awards show was on ABC, and will host the 68th annual awards on Sept. 18.

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Michael Dann, CBS Programming Chief in 1960s, Dies at 94

31 May 2016 6:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Michael Dann, the longtime CBS executive who steered the network’s winning primetime strategy in the 1960s with hokey and hip shows ranging from “The Beverly Hillbillies” to “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” has died. He was 94.

Dann died May 27 at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., according to the New York Times.

Dann held the role of CBS programming chief from 1963 until 1970, when he was replaced by his protege, Fred Silverman. Hits delivered on Dann’s watch included “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Mannix” and the venerable “60 Minutes.”

Dann’s long run at CBS was credited in part to his “uncanny ability to gauge (CBS chief) William Paley’s probable reaction to most program ideas,” according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Dann brought the Smothers Brothers to CBS, but then battled with the brothers and producers over the show’s liberal political bent. »

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