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Jimmy Kimmel gets hot and sweaty with Minka Kelly -- PHOTO

As fans of Kimmel’s Handsome Men’s Club sketch from last year’s post-Oscar Jimmy Kimmel Live!, we were pretty stoked to get our hands on two photos (see them both embedded after the jump) from this year’s Academy Awards JKL lead-out, featuring new Charlie’s Angel Minka Kelly hanging out with Kimmel, who’s, ahem, letting it all hang out in a pair of short shorts. (You’ve got nothin’ on him, Richard Simmons!) Apparently, the sketch — which also features Jessica Alba, Kelly Ripa, and Eva Longoria — centers on Kimmel helping Hollywood’s hottest ladies get fit. You’ll have to stay tuned after the Oscars to find out what exactly Kelly and Kimmel do while getting physical, but we can offer you some scoop: Kimmel’s guest for the post-Oscar show will be none other than two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks. Maybe Robert Langdon can us decipher Kimmel’s top-secret sketch! READ FULL STORY

Chelsea Handler announces stand-up tour

Chelsea-HandlerImage Credit: Brandon Hickman/E! Entertainment TVChelsea Handler and three of the regulars from her E! show, Chelsea Lately, will embark on a 19-date stand-up tour beginning May 10. The tour shares its title with her upcoming fourth book, Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me – also due May 10 — and will feature comedians Brad Wollack, Josh Wolf, and Heather McDonald. Tickets go on sale Feb. 18. The entire list of tour dates is after the jump.


May 10, 2011 Boston, Mass. Agganis Arena
May 11, 2011 Chicago, Ill. Chicago Theatre
May 12, 2011 Denver, Colo. Wells Fargo Theatre
May 13, 2011 Phoenix, Ariz. Comerica Theatre READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus to host 'Saturday Night Live'

miley-cyrusImage Credit: Amy Graves/WireImage.comMiley Cyrus will host Saturday Night Live on March 5. The 18-year-old won’t necessarily be singing, as the show will also feature a still unannounced musical guest. But Cyrus might have an opportunity to share the stage with Vanessa Bayer, the cast member who frequently lampoons her during “The Miley Cyrus Show” sketch.

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Is David Letterman retiring? 'There's [been] no discussion about his leaving,' says producer Rob Burnett

Howard-Stern-LettermanOh, CBS, how tricky you are: Though a clip of David Letterman’s Late Show interview with Howard Stern — in which the shock jock dissed Leno — has been running rampant throughout the Web today, it was cut short before Letterman told Stern that he would only be hosting the show for a couple more years. Before long, fans who watched the show live last night took the the Internets, wondering if that meant retirement was in Letterman’s future.

As Rob Burnett — CEO of Worldwide Pants and executive producer of Late Show — tells EW, don’t count on it. “I think the first time Dave said he was going to leave in two years was back in 1987,” Burnett says. READ FULL STORY

'SNL' exclusive promo photo: Jim Carrey loves you, Studio 8H

SNL-Jim-Carey-WiggImage Credit: Dana Edelson/NBCWhy are Saturday Night Live host Jim Carrey, Kristen Wiig, and musical guests The Black Keys laughing in this exclusive promo photo for this Saturday’s episode? I’d like to think it’s because someone’s headed over with two jean jackets to help Wiig and Dan Auerbach complete the Canadian Tuxedo look. Seriously, they were two-thirds of the way there! Massive lapse in judgment not completing that look, guys.

Who’s psyched for this Saturday’s show — and secretly hoping Carrey talks out of his butt, Ace Ventura-style?

More on Jim Carrey from EW :
Jim Carrey on Inside the Actor’s Studio: EW exclusive sneak peek!
Jim Carrey’s ‘SNL’ promos: He’s back!
‘Saturday Night Live’ starts 2011 with Jim Carrey and the Black Keys
‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ but we hate you Ace Ventura: PopWatch Rewind looks back on Jim Carrey’s career
‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ EW review

Gwyneth Paltrow, Cee Lo Green set for 'SNL'

Gwyneth Paltrow will host Saturday Night Live on Jan. 15, with musical guest Cee Lo Green, NBC announced today. Paltrow has previously hosted twice, but this will be her first appearance since 2001; this will be Green’s first appearance.

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Dick Clark rocks New Year's Eve ratings

ABC and Dick Clark rocked its competition on New Year’s Eve, more than doubling its holiday rival in the ratings. Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest drew 9.1 million viewers during its 10 o’clock hour, dwarfing Carson Daly’s special on NBC, which was viewed by 3.9 million. CBS’s repeat of Tom Selleck’s Blue Bloods grabbed 6.1 million viewers. According to Variety, Nielsen had not yet released figures for the post-primetime timeslots, but ABC and Dick Clark’s show were expected to dominate the midnight hours as well.

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'Saturday Night Live' starts 2011 with Jim Carrey and the Black Keys

Jim Carrey will host Saturday Night Live on Jan. 8, marking his second time headlining the show. The I Love You Phillip Morris star will be joined by musical guests the Black Keys.

Robert De Niro, Paul Rudd, and Jeff Bridges to host 'SNL'

Robert De Niro will be talkin’ to us … on the Dec. 4 episode of Saturday Night Live, according to NBC. The star of the upcoming Little Fockers — who has hosted twice before — will be joined by musical guest Diddy-Dirty Money. The next week, How Do You Know headliner Paul Rudd will host for the second time with musical guest/living legend Paul McCartney, while Dec. 18′s show will be hosted by TRON: Legacy‘s Jeff Bridges, returning for his second stint with musical guest Eminem. Can we expect Shy Ronnie to make his second appearance of the season?

'Conan' is the most watched late-night show of the week among young viewers

According to TBS reports, Conan O’Brien’s new talk show, Conan, averaged 2.2 million viewers between ages 18-49 in its first week, topping all other late-night programs. A total of 4.2 million tuned in to Conan‘s Nov. 8 premiere, and the show averaged 2.9 million viewers for the week, with a projected median age of 32. “Conan is a big hit among young viewers, with a median age that is more than two decades younger than the show’s rivals on broadcast,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

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'Conan' early ratings: How many folks saw his TBS debut?

Conan O’Brien drew 4.2 million viewers to his new 11 p.m. cable talk show last night, according to TBS figures. Conan earned a 2.8 rating among Nielsen’s 56 metered markets. That means an average minute of Conan was watched by 2.8 percent of the homes in those markets. Conan nabbed 3.3 million viewers who were in the important 18-49 demo, and the projected median age for its viewers was a youthful 30.

George Lopez’ Lopez Tonight, which aired after Conan, earned a 1.1 rating.

Changes in store for 'Lopez Tonight'

george-lopezImage Credit: Gavin Bond/TBSThe much-anticipated debut of Conan O’Brien’s talk show Conan Nov. 8 on TBS will give George Lopez the rare opportunity to relaunch his year-old TBS talk show, Lopez Tonight, in a new midnight time slot. This season, Lopez has been in 21st place among basic-cable shows, averaging 864,000 people ages 18–49, behind 11 p.m. competitors like Family Guy reruns (1.5 million), Law & Order: SVU repeats (929,000), and The Daily Show (917,000). Now executive-produced by late-night guru Robert Morton (Late Show With David Letterman), Lopez Tonight will follow O’Brien’s production schedule—four days a week, up from three. And just like O’Brien and the other late-night hosts, Lopez will start performing live to tape.

Previously Lopez would spin his wheels in front of cameras for two and a half hours before his show was edited for broadcast. “I’m a big believer in old-school training,” Morton tells EW. “We have to make it feel like it’s happening now, live. It has to have that pace.”

Other tweaks that Morton says are in store for the show include moving the taping from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day to attract “better audiences” looking for that “night-out experience,” along with a new set that will separate Lopez’s desk from the performing area (“Viewers like to know the geography of a show”). Look for more conceptual funny pieces and remote packages, Morton promises, and shorter interviews. “These guys just needed liberation,” explains Morton. “I told George not to sell the comedy card too hard. He should feel free to write anything. Conan’s taking chances, so he should follow that lead.”

Lopez’s relaunch-week guests include Denzel Washington, Hilary Duff, and Bret Michaels.

For now, TBS is keeping mum about what type of ratings it hopes O’Brien’s new show will average or whether Conan is expected to eclipse The Daily Show at 11 p.m. “We expect him to be competitive,” says Michael Wright, head of programming for TBS. But Wright has no doubt that O’Brien will have an immediate impact on TBS’ existing late-night franchise. “George has done an admirable job developing a brand-new show from scratch with four different lead-ins on four different nights,” says Wright. “Audience flow is crucial. We expect Conan to be a win-win for George.”

Letterman ties Leno among adults 18-49 for first time this season

late-night-ratingsAll eyes have been on the winners and losers in prime time since the 2010-11 season started last month, but the competition in late night has stayed no less fascinating. To wit: For the week ending Oct. 8, David Letterman matched Jay Leno among adults 18-49 for the first time this TV season and won the week in adults 25-54, according to Nielsen ratings.

The Late Show and The Tonight Show both posted a 0.9 rating/4 share in the key demographic. Leno still led Letterman in total viewers (3.5 million versus 3.4 million) but its always worth noting when the CBS host manages to catch up (or even beat) the chinned one in the demo NBC traditionally dominates in the 11:30 hour. Each 18-49 ratings point represents 1.3 million viewers.

But the season is still young. In fact, Tonight has led Late Show by a 5 percent margin in 18-49 viewers (1.2 million vs. 1.2 million) for the first three weeks of the season, NBC reports, which reverses the order at this same point a year ago, when Late Show held a 12 percent lead (1.5 million vs. 1.3 million). In total viewers, Tonight also leads Late Show through three weeks of the new season by a 3 percent margin (3.7 million vs. 3.6 million).

Season to date, Leno is leading in 18-49 in late night with a 1.0/4, followed by Nightline (1.0/4), Letterman (0.9/4), Jimmy Fallon (0.6/3), Jimmy Kimmel (0.5/3), Craig Ferguson (0.5/3) and Carson Daly (0.4/3). In total viewers, Leno also leads with 3.7 million, followed by Nightline (3.7 million), Letterman (3.6 million), Kimmel (1.7 million), Late Night (1.7 million), Late Late Show (1.8 million) and Daly (1 million).

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