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ABC gives Jimmy Kimmel more airtime with game show “Generation Gap” plus more staging of live classic sitcoms

ABC is doing everything it can to keep Jimmy Kimmel happy in 2019.

First, the network is letting Kimmel go “home” to Brooklyn once more this October during the week of Oct. 21, 2019, broadcasting from the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. Kimmel has broadcast from Brooklyn four times before.

ABC also has given the go-ahead for two more installments of Live in Front of a Studio Audience, so named for the phrase TV viewers heard across America before just about every classic sitcom of the 1970s and 1980s. With Norman Lear, creator of such classics as All in the Family and The Jeffersons, they staged live, all-star re-enactments of episodes in May which garnered Emmy nods. They’ll team up in both the winter, and next spring, for more such events. The other executive producers on these specials: Brent Miller, Will Ferrell and Justin Theroux.

Last but not least, ABC is jumping in on the craze of promoting late-night games to full-fledged game shows — Kimmel will get Mark Burnett as a producing partner for Generation Gap.

As seen above, this recurring segment pits pairs together from different generations to see if they can correctly identify things that were or are famous to the other generation. Timing on the full game-show version of Generation Gap was not yet disclosed.

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