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Jimmy Kimmel will host Emmys

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Jimmy Kimmel will host this year’s Emmy Awards broadcast. ABC announced Monday that Kimmel, host of that network’s late-night Jimmy Kimmel Live, will return for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, which airs Sept. 18.

Kimmel’s comment on the news: “I have a feeling I’m going to be great.”

It’s the second time for Kimmel, who first hosted the Emmys in 2012. The show will originate from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Nominations for the Emmy Awards will be announced July 14.

Accidental shooting

Los Angeles authorities say the wife of former Eagles band member Randy Meisner was killed when a rifle she was handling accidentally discharged and shot her in the head.

A police news release says officers found 63-year-old Lana Rae Meisner dead on Sunday from a single gunshot wound at the couple’s home in the San Fernando Valley. Investigators say Lana Rae Meisner lifted the rifle from a storage case when another item inside shifted and hit the trigger, causing the gun to fire.

Randy Meisner co-founded the Eagles and co-wrote and sang the hit Take It To the Limit. He played bass and guitar and left the band in 1977.

‘Downton’ a film?

The TV series ended Sunday, but could we someday see Downton Abbey the movie? It’s under serious consideration by series creator Julian Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame.

“Julian and I would like to make the movie. We’re having detailed thinking about it all,” Neame said. “But there’s a lot to be worked out. Turning a TV show into a movie is not straightforward, it doesn’t happen very often, and it’s not uncomplicated.”

Reassembling the large ensemble cast, many of whom have moved on to other projects, is one challenge.

“That can sometimes take a while. But in principle, those of us who have given many years of our lives over to the show would be keen to do it if we could make it work,” Neame said.

Kevin Doyle, who played butler-turned-teacher Mr. Molesley, said he’s discussed the possibility of a film with other cast members and found “a sort of general acceptance that it might well get made.” But, he added, “I’m not convinced it’s necessary. I think the story has kind of been told. I’m not sure what more we could tell or should tell about those characters.”

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