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TV Bulletin Board (Mon., March 26) -- Kimmel gets Emmy call


Jimmy Kimmel with recent guest Jessica Simpson. ABC photo

Jimmy Kimmel will be the second late night comic in the last three years to host the prime-time Emmy awards when they air Sept. 23rd on ABC.

Kimmel got the nod Monday, with the network and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences also announcing that evergreen Don Mischer will be executive producer for a record 12th time.

ABC surprisingly didn't include any throwaway quip from Kimmel, who has been the network's late night funny man in residence since Jimmy Kimmel Live premiered on Jan. 26, 2003. Jimmy Fallon hosted the Emmys in 2010 and Jane Lynch of Fox's Glee presided over last year's ceremony. This will be Kimmel's first time.

***Mischer also will be producing a two-hour Fox 25th anniversary special set for Sunday, April 22nd.

Scheduled participants include Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate and David Faustino from Married . . . With Children and Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and creator Chris Carter of The X Files.

Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) and Shannen Doherty and Jason Priestly (the original Beverly Hills, 90210) also are on the guest list. Fox will be trickling out more cast reunions as the date approaches. But bet against Johnny Depp popping in to remind viewers he once was the star of Fox's first drama series, 21 Jump Street, which now is a hit feature film.