Dashing and undaunted: Jimmy Kimmel entered the intensely competitive arena of late night talk shows Tuesday when his eponymously named ABC program first went up against well-established competitors Jay Leno on NBC and David Letterman on CBS.

ABC photo / Bob D'Amico

Dashing and undaunted: Jimmy Kimmel entered the intensely competitive arena of late night talk shows Tuesday when his eponymously named ABC program first went up against well-established competitors Jay Leno on NBC and David Letterman on CBS.

In Kimmel, late-evening star rises

By Lynn Elber
The Associated Press

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LOS ANGELES – During production of his final post-midnight show, Jimmy Kimmel’s studio audience waited patiently while he taped a string of promotional spots.

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