For a long time the world has dreamed of a time when holographic technology is a part of everyday life, and while there have been high-profile examples before of the entertainment industry picking it up, it has never been done ‘live’ in a mainstream capacity… until next month.
The person lucky enough to be the subject of a holographic appearance is comedian and TV host Jimmy Kimmel, who on his ABC late-night show will appear on two stages at once for a special November television event.
The network have announced that Jimmy Kimmel Live! will see a segment broadcast directly to live viewers of the 48th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville (Tennessee, USA) as it is happening at the live recording of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Los Angeles (California, USA).
Scheduled for Wednesday 5 November, the innovative event will be produced by Hologram USA who have the technology to take Kimmel’s live image from one stage to the other for a simultaneous run of his late-night monologue at the awards show.
Making sure the technology cuts both ways, though, Kimmel, after interviewing a first guest from Hollywood, will have a second that is a Country Music Association Award winner that is shown in the studio as a hologram, whilst conducting the interview on the Nashville stage. In addition, the band Florida Georgia Line are to be shown as holograms from the awards show to perform live in a manner that suggests they are on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor stage. In less remarkable news for the special, the episode will include appearances from CMA Awards host Brad Paisley and married country music power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Set to air from 11:35pm ET on 5 November, will the holographic innovation being attempted by ABC in this special be something that is quickly replicated by other networks? It could even cut down on travel costs… or something.