Shrewd Jimmy Kimmel worked the first half of this week while the rest of TV’s late-night hosts took a breather, so the late-night spotlight’s been on Kimmel in these days leading up to Thursday’s Fourth of July holiday.
As the only one producing new shows this week, Kimmel has taken the opportunity to mark Independence Day, particularly on Wednesday — July Fourth Eve (a coinage that’s not in wide use yet, but we predict it will be).
Among the things Kimmel did on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”: He assigned a crew to go out on Hollywood Boulevard to interview kids on the subject of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and ask them what they knew about our national anthem and its sometimes puzzling 19th-century lyrics. The result of this kid-on-the-street foray was seen Wednesday night on “JKL” — it’s the clip you can (and should) watch, above.
Of course, it wouldn’t have been July Fourth Eve without a little fireworks, so Jimmy enlisted sidekick security officer Guillermo to light up a portion of the ABC parking lot with a load of explosives arranged on a backyard barbecue.
Also on Wednesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”: Michael C. Hall of Showtime’s “Dexter” and Miranda Cosgrove.