ABC gives Kimmel a day off

Skien gets a sked adjustment

ABC is hoping less is more with “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Alphabet has quietly switched Kimmel’s latenight talker to a four-shows-per-week production schedule. Skein now airs repeats on Thursday nights, with originals on the four other weeknights.

Andrea Wong, ABC’s exec VP of alternative programming and latenight, said the goal of the sked adjustment is to allow Kimmel and his producers to work on more pretaped and staged comedy bits.

“We’ve been making improvements to the show, and in one of our conversations with (the Kimmel camp), we asked if it would be a good idea to not shoot a show one day a week,” Wong said. “Jimmy liked the idea, so we’re doing it on a trial basis.”

NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” has long been dark on Mondays in order to allow the show’s producers to work on sketches and pretaped bits.

ABC chose Thursday nights to air repeats because the net’s ratings on the night are already pretty low. Net recently renewed Kimmel’s skein until 2006 (Daily Variety, Oct. 20).

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