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TV Junkie: Kimmel Grows, LA Court Corrects HBO

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Photo of Roman Polanski in LA | Photo via HBO by Los Angeles Times Collection, UCLA Library Department of Special Collections

Remember when Jimmy Kimmel Live first came out and hired street teams out on Hollywood Blvd. were practically begging tourists to check out the late-night show? Those days are definitely over as the best late-night option continues to increase viewership. The NY Post's TV blog reports that Kimmel had its "best numbers in total viewers (1.9 million) and adults 18-49 (week of May 19) in nearly seven months, topped by the May 20 show, featuring "DWTS" champ Kristi Yamaguchi (2.4 million viewers)."

Also on the increase are the number of channels the average family has in a household. Hello 119 channels of... um, quality?. Additionally, households are watching more channels on average -- from 10 to 16. With that, TV Squad correctly points out that "if you can't find anything to watch tonight it's from a lack of quality and not a lack of quantity."

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The Los Angeles Superior Court sent out a notice to the media today regarding tonight's premiere of the Roman Polanski documentary on HBO. Apparently, there's unsupported facts which HBO might be fixing before it airs:


COURT CHARACTERIZES ASSERTION IN ROMAN POLANSKI DOCUMENTARY TO AIR ON HBO TONIGHT, CONCERNING MANDATORY TELEVISION COVERAGE OF SENTENCING HEARING AS "COMPLETE FABRICATION" The Los Angeles Superior Court is aware of a documentary on film director Roman Polanski scheduled to air tonight on HBO. The documentary makes an assertion that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge attempted to impose a condition on a reported sentencing agreement in 1997 under which Polanski would have had to agree to his sentencing being televised. This assertion concerning televising of the sentencing hearing is a complete fabrication, entirely without any basis in fact and completely unsupported by the court record. No such condition was ever suggested or proposed by the judge in question, either in 1997 or at any other time. The Los Angeles Superior Court has made HBO aware of this egregious error and believes the network intends to rectify this misstatement of fact later today. [h/t LA Observed]

Listings

Roman Polanski: Wanted & Desired @ HBO, 9:00 p.m.

Twisted Eats: Licorice, Cheetos, etc @ Unwrapped, Food Channel, 9:00 p.m.

Tom Brokaw, Elettra Weidemann, Gnarls Barkely @ David Letterman, CBS, 11:35 p.m.

Russell Brand, Bill Engvall, Aimee Mann @ Jay Leno, NBC, 11:35 p.m.

Sidney Pottier Interview, Part 2 @ Tavis Smiley, PBS, 12:00 a.m.

Betty White, Evan Handler, MGMT @ Craig Ferguson, CBS, 12:35 a.m.