With New York City starting the process of recovering from Monday’s historic hurricane, visiting late-night host Jimmy Kimmel will go ahead with plans to produce a show Tuesday night originating from Brooklyn.
At least, that’s where things stood Tuesday morning, as an announcement came out of the Kimmel camp that Tuesday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will go on, originating from the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Kimmel’s much-anticipated week of shows from Brooklyn, the city of his birth, was supposed to begin Monday night. But his plans were derailed by Hurricane Sandy — something no one could have anticipated when this week of shows was scheduled months ago.
The big problem for Kimmel on Monday: The raging storm and subsequent shutdowns of public transportation and bridge-and-tunnel access to Brooklyn meant that audience members and guests could not have made it safely to the “Kimmel” show’s temporary venue.
Even on Tuesday, however, with the rain and wind having moved on from New York City, mass transit was still shut down, although some river crossings to Brooklyn were reopened. And bus service was due to return to the city — at least in the unflooded parts — by 5 p.m. Tuesday, while the subways remained closed. Despite the challenges, Kimmel’s reps are saying Tuesday’s show will go on, with guests Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan, and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.
How these guests will get to Brooklyn is probably still being worked out. As for the show’s audience, it remains to be seen if the “Kimmel” show will fill all 900 seats in the theater that the show is occupying this week. On Monday, two New York-based late-night shows — CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” and NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” — produced shows without studio audiences.
On Monday, a rep for the “Letterman” show said Tuesday’s “Late Show” would also be done without an audience, but that plan could change. Weather Channel correspondent Jim Cantore is reportedly booked for Tuesday’s “Letterman” show.
As for “Fallon,” that show will have an audience in the studio on Tuesday, an NBC press rep told us. Fallon’s guests will be Donald Trump, Bravo’s Andy Cohen and musical guest Trey Anastasio.
Both the “Letterman” and “Fallon” shows are produced in midtown Manhattan, where access to celebrity guests and audience members is easier than Brooklyn.