‘Jimmy Kimmel Dwell’ to Air Coronavirus Anniversary Special


ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell” will mark the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic — or because the present calls it, the “one-year anniversary of our nationwide incarceration,” with a particular episode subsequent Thursday.

“Jimmy Kimmel Dwell: Coronaversary Present” will take the place of an everyday episode of the late-night talker on March 11 at 11:35 p.m. ET. Among the many visitors will probably be U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, returning to the present precisely a 12 months after he visitor hosted “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell.”

That Buttigieg-hosted episode in March 2020, scheduled lengthy earlier than the pandemic unfolded, was notable in that it didn’t have a studio viewers — solely “Kimmel” staffers and Buttigieg’s entourage. And it was additionally the ultimate episode for “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell” earlier than manufacturing fully shut down over considerations that COVID-19 was quickly spreading.

“Jimmy Kimmel Dwell” and the opposite late evening speak exhibits went darkish for a number of weeks earlier than slowly returning with truncated, digital editions from their hosts’ properties. “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell” swapped slots with “Nightline” for 2 weeks, and shrunk to half-hour till September. “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell” ultimately returned to its studio on the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, however continues to depend on staffers for a studio viewers. In January, as COVID-19 charges spiked, Kimmel once more moved the present to his home — but it surely’s been again on the El Capitan since Jan. 25.

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Pete Buttigieg internet hosting “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell” in 2020.
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In addition to Buttigieg, different visitors on the March 11 particular will probably be Joel McHale and a music efficiency from Adam Duritz.

Kimmel has turned a number of editions of “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell” into specials over the present’s 18-year historical past. Final 12 months, he hosted a particular tribute to Kobe Bryant after the basketball legend’s dying. In 2010, he famously did a complete episode impersonating Jay Leno. In 2019, one episode grew to become the satirical “Intermission Achieved: A Halftime Tribute to Trump.”

The present has additionally finished specials on location in Brooklyn and Las Vegas, in addition to its “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell: After the Oscars” and “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell: Recreation Evening” occasions and episodes devoted to TV and movie franchises, such because the “Misplaced” finale and “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell After Darth: A Star Wars Special,” with the forged of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” And he was finished (RED) profit exhibits in honor of World AIDS Day with Bono.


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