'Jimmy Kimmel Live' debuts tonight on changing late-night scene


Today’s brief stroll through the pop-culture world finds a new Johnny Carson (he hopes), Mr. David Bowie, other things, and the mystery music video.

NEW LATE-NIGHT LANSCAPE: It’s all about comedy, per the New York Times, “Starting on Tuesday night, all three traditional broadcast networks will, for the first time, go head-to-head at 11:35 with entertainment-talk shows, as Jimmy Kimmel on ABC joins Jay Leno on NBC and David Letterman on CBS. “Yes, I’m helping to further cheapen the medium,” Mr. Kimmel said in a telephone interview.

“The truth is, Mr. Kimmel has worked doggedly for a decade to carve out his own identity in late night. And over the last several years, especially in 2012, Mr. Kimmel has begun to emerge as a well-respected, distinctive late-night star, one ABC finally deemed ready for the big stage, the show right after the late local newscasts.”

OBIT: Just the facts, per The Wrap, “Ada Louise Huxtable, the architecture critic who was awarded the first Pulitzer Prize for criticism, has died. She was 91. Huxtable, who was the architecture critic for the New York Times from 1963 to 1982 and, later, the Wall Street Journal, died Monday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.”

ZIGGY PLAYS GUITAR: Again, per Rolling Stone, “David Bowie celebrated his 66th birthday this morning with a surprise for everyone else: he broke a long musical silence with the new single "Where Are We Now?" from a forthcoming album, The Next Day, which is due in March. Recorded in New York with longtime collaborator Tony Visconti producing, the album is Bowie's first collection of new material since 2003.”

CLOSE CALL: But everything’s cool, per People, “Larry Miller – a familiar face from his appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, The Nutty Professor and several Garry Marshall-directed movies (Princess Diaries, Runaway Bride, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve) – has recovered from a life-threatening brain injury. The actor, 58, fell and hit his head last April. He had just finished a podcast with comedian Adam Carolla when he lost his footing and hit the back of his head on a sidewalk.”

TOMMY: Sorry but that’s who he is, per Entertainment Weekly, “Joseph Gordon-Levitt will get his dark and mysterious on for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, playing the new character of Johnny, who will figure prominently in the intersecting stories in the hard-boiled sequel to 2005?s green-screen film noir Sin City. He’ll join Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, and Rosario Dawson, reprising their roles from the first film, as well as newcomer Dennis Haysbert.”

BACK OFF, WASHINGTON: Don’t tread on me, per The Hollywood Reporter, “As they received trophies in New York City, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal sent a warning shot directed squarely at Washington, DC. The director and screenwriter of Zero Dark Thirty accepted the best director and best picture awards at Monday night's New York Film Critics Circle Awards and used the opportunity onstage to address simmering controversies: the debate over their film's use of torture, as well as the impending Senate investigation into their sources in crafting the movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)