Jimmy Kimmel continues trying to make noise in the walk-up to Jimmy Fallon’s takeover of NBC’s Tonight Show, announcing today his Jimmy Kimmel Live will shut down Hollywood Boulevard on Monday – the first day of the official 2013-14 broadcast TV season – when Paul McCartney makes his first appearance on the show and, after an in-studio interview, performs on the street. Kimmel’s ABC late-night show announced it’s expecting a “record-breaking” crowd, though it’s unclear what record it’s referencing (McCartney did something similar when he performed atop the theater sign at David Letterman’s Ed Sullivan Theatre in Manhattan in 2009). Anyway, they think it will be big and so — lucky area residents — Hollywood Blvd. will be shut down from Highland to Sycamore, and traffic will be diverted in an effort to contain the anticipated crowd. The next night, Kimmel will do it all over again – close down Hollywood Blvd., that is, not interview McCartney. On Tuesday, Justin Timberlake will share songs from his new album, The 20/20 Experience, which hits stores September 30, and chat with Kimmel about his role in his new movie. Tuesday night’s maybe not so special, since Timberlake shows up on NBC late-night programs so often it’s like he’s on staff – which may be why Kimmel booked him, which would be pretty sly. Kimmel’s already closed down streets around his show’s Hollywood studio for concerts with Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Depeche Mode, but nothing on this scale.
Earlier this month, Kimmel revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he’d faked the “Worst Twerk Fail EVER – Girls Catches On Fire!” video that went viral and snagged 9 million viewers in under a week, setting off outrage among TV reporters who’d fallen for the gag, and much navel lint gazing among pundits who cover the media. “Good thing nothing is happening in Syria,” Kimmel snickered, noting some of the outlets that fell for the prank blamed Miley Cyrus, whose engagement-killing twerky performance was all the talk after the VMA’s, maybe surprising Justin Timberlake, who was expected to be The Big News out of the VMA’s, what with him reuniting with ‘N SYNC in a performance.