“Jimmy Kimmel Live” will be less live than usual on Tuesday (June 22), but it will be distinctive in another way: The show was shot entirely using the webcam on Kimmel’s Macbook.
It wasn’t a stunt or product placement for Apple (though we’re sure they’ll accept the free publicity). Instead, it was a matter of necessity. An hour before Kimmel’s scheduled Monday taping, the power went out in the “Live” control room, broadcast transmission center and tape operations area, ABC says. But the guests — Seth Rogen, “Wipeout” host John Henson and country singer Dierks Bentley — were already there, and so was the audience.
So Kimmel improvised, firing up his Mac and taping the whole show with its webcam. Bentley accommodated the scaled-down filming with an acoustic performance next to Kimmel’s desk, and during Rogen’s interview Kimmel ran what was to be the premiere of the trailer for Rogen’s new movie “The Green Hornet” (perhaps his wifi was still working).
ABC aired a “Kimmel” rerun Monday because of the power outage. You can see the DIY webcam show at 12:05 a.m. ET Tuesday.