Entertainment Tonight

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Entertainment Tonight
Entertainment Tonight Logo.png
Format Entertainment news
Created by Al Masini
Presented by Weekday edition:
Nancy O'Dell (2011–present)
Rob Marciano (2013–present)
Weekend edition:
Brooke Anderson (Saturday; 2012–present)
Rocsi Diaz (Sunday; 2013–present)
Rob Marciano (2013–present)
Theme music composer Michael Mark (original)
will.i.am (2012 recomposition)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 33
No. of episodes 10,157 (as of February 21, 2014 - 8465 weekdays, 1692 weekend)
Production
Executive producer(s) DJ Petroro
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 21 minutes (weekdays)
44 minutes (weekend)
Production company(s) Paramount Domestic Television (1981–2006)
in association with:
Cox Broadcasting (1981–1997)
Taft Entertainment Television (1981–1987)
Great American Broadcasting (1987–1991)
TeleRep (1981–2006)----CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006–2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007–present)
Distributor Paramount Domestic Television (1981–2006)
CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006–2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007–present)
Broadcast
Original channel Syndicated
Picture format 1981–2008:
NTSC (480i)
2008–present:
HDTV 1080i
Audio format Stereophonic
Original run September 14, 1981 – present
External links
Website

Entertainment Tonight, nicknamed ET, is a daily tabloid entertainment television news show that is syndicated by CBS Television Distribution throughout the United States, in Canada on Global, and in many countries around the world. Until the start of the 2013-14 television season, the program made the claim that it is "the most watched entertainment news magazine in the world" (though by what measures this claim was verified was never revealed). It is the longest-running entertainment news program, with its first broadcast on September 14, 1981, and was the first syndicated program distributed via satellite. Mary Hart served as the show's primary anchor from 1982 until her departure on May 20, 2011. Mark Steines and Nancy O'Dell took on the roles of primary hosts of the show once Hart left. O'Dell then became the sole host of the show after Steines left the show on July 27, 2012. Rob Marciano became Nancy O'Dell's permanent co-host on January 7, 2013.

It was announced on January 30, 2006, that Entertainment Tonight was renewed through the 2011–2012 season, which was the show's 30th season. On September 8, 2008, Entertainment Tonight began to air in high definition with the move of the program from their longtime home at Stage 28 on the Paramount Pictures studio lot to Stage 4 at CBS Studio Center, one of the final steps involving the incorporation of Paramount's former syndication arm, Paramount Domestic Television, into CBS' distribution arms and the adoption of the then-new CBS Television Distribution name, which all took place following the breakup of the original Viacom in 2005.[1]

In its early years, ET was co-produced with TeleRep (who left after 1991), Cox Broadcasting (who left after 1997), and Taft/Great American Broadcasting (who left after 1991). Paramount Domestic Television would later absorb syndication companies that the latter two had once owned: Rysher Entertainment (formerly owned by Cox) and Worldvision Enterprises (formerly owned by Taft/Great American).

The show celebrated its 10,000th episode on August 22, 2013.

Overview[edit]

Format[edit]

In its current form, Entertainment Tonight airs as half of a one-hour entertainment news block that also includes a spin-off, The Insider. Three versions of the show are compiled and made available to broadcasters: a "standalone" version, a version for stations that air The Insider just beforehand, and one for those that air The Insider immediately after. Recently, only the "standalone" version is aired, even on stations that air ET and The Insider back-to-back (or vice-versa).

ET Weekend (formerly known as Entertainment This Week), a one-hour weekend edition, is also produced. Originally a recap of the week's news, most or all episodes later transitioned to have some sort of special theme; though the weekend edition has begun to use either format, most commonly editions showing replays of stories that were shown during the previous week's editions, depending on the episode. ET Radio Minute, a daily radio feature, is syndicated by Westwood One.

Composed of breaking news stories, exclusive set visits, first looks at upcoming film and television projects, and one-on-one interviews with Hollywood talents and celebrities, ET's regular segments include "The Latest News," a quick round up of the day's biggest stories; "Story from Studio 4," a lengthier analysis of Hollywood's hottest topics; "Real or Rumor," where rumors circulating Hollywood are confirmed or denied.

Background[edit]

Veteran television producer Alfred Masini, coming off his success with the 1980 debut of Solid Gold, was the program's creator. Richard Frank, president of Paramount Television, his vice president of programming, John E. Goldhammer, and his vice president of development, Mel Harris, hired managers and producers from local news stations such as original managing editor Jim Bellows, formerly of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. Early on, Frank, Goldhammer, and Harris held many discussions with producers, writers, and directors about what kind of program ET should be. Although the pilot was executive produced by Jack Haley Jr., Andy Friendly was hired as the show's first producer. (Haley still remained on as executive consultant.) He left the show after 6 weeks and Goldhammer took it over. Goldhammer established the program's unique look, sound, pace and reporting style. Friendly put together a diverse staff ranging from former rock roadies to veteran television reporters of the Vietnam War era—some of whom continued to work on the show for more than twenty years. In 1982, Goldhammer hired Mary Hart and Leeza Gibbons to host the daily and weekend shows.

Controversy[edit]

In the early years, Entertainment Tonight, following a local newscast format, consisted primarily of coverage of the latest movies, music, and television. During Bellows' years the series also developed a series of investigative reports about Hollywood's drug use and hiring practices; but during the 1996–97 season ET began to include more sensational fare, featuring paid exclusive interviews with controversial and infamous newsmakers of the day, including disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, who became notorious for her role in the conspiracy to physically attack rival Nancy Kerrigan at a 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships practice session; Amy Fisher, who appeared with Joey and Mary Jo Buttafuoco, reunited after Fisher's infamous assault on Mrs. Buttafuoco; convicted child molester Mary Kay Letourneau, who married Vili Fualaau;[2] and attorney Howard K. Stern, from the Anna Nicole Smith paternity controversy.[3][4] ET has also aired exclusive stories related to Anna Nicole Smith, including coverage of her funeral, and her surviving daughter.[5]

In 1996, actor George Clooney decided to boycott Entertainment Tonight to protest the presence of intrusive paparazzi after Hard Copy did an exposé about his love life, violating an agreement he had with Paramount, which produced both shows.[6] In a letter he sent to Paramount, Clooney stated that he would encourage his friends to do the same.[7] Although Clooney has since ended his boycott, Entertainment Tonight has continued to broadcast video and photography taken by celebrity-stalking paparazzi, with some of the staff of Hard Copy absorbed into the staff of Entertainment Tonight after that program's 1999 cancellation.

Special correspondents[edit]

Entertainment Tonight has many special correspondents who report on particular features for the show, usually having had a role in the program they work on. Paula Abdul was a special correspondent for ET's coverage of American Idol, and Dancing with the Stars had correspondents for the second season (Tatum O'Neal), third season (Lisa Rinna), fifth season (Donny Osmond), ninth season (Marie Osmond) and eleventh season (Niecy Nash). Diane Diamond is a special correspondent for high-profile trials; she featured coverage of the investigation following Michael Jackson's death in June 2009. Adam Lambert was the fashion correspondent at the 2010 Grammys. Melissa Rycroft was a special correspondent covering parties, award shows, and premieres.

On-air staff[edit]

Current[edit]

Anchors[edit]

Correspondents[edit]

  • Brooke Anderson - correspondent/Saturday weekend co-anchor (2012–present)
  • Rocsi Diaz - correspondent/Sunday weekend co-anchor (2013–present)
  • Joe Zee - fashion (industry/red carpet) correspondent (2013 - present)

Former[edit]

International versions[edit]

An Australian version was produced by Nine Network for their primary channel during the 1990s, presented by Richard Wilkins and Marie Patane, with journalist Terry Willesee as guest host. The show was a mix of locally produced stories and those imported from the American program. Due to cost considerations in 2000 it was replaced by the American version. To further more cost savings on June 30, 2012 it was decided not to renew the contract for the show with CBS Television Distribution which the GO! and the Nine Network had been airing for 30 years from 1982. The show was replaced with another entertainment show called Extra on 2 July 2012, which was acquired as part of their existing contract with Warner Bros. Television Distribution.

Entertainment Tonight UK, hosted by Irish celebrity Amanda Byram, launched in January 2005 on Sky One, which additionally airs each US episode a day or two the American broadcast.

Entertainment Tonight Canada was launched on Shaw Media's Global from September 12, 2005, with host Cheryl Hickey and lead correspondent Rick Campanelli. It airs back-to-back with the American version in most Canadian markets.

There have been two non-English versions that have since been cancelled. The French version for France under the name Exclusif, hosted by Thierry Clopeau (1998), Emmanuelle Gaume (1998–2000), Flavie Flament (2000–2001), Valérie Bénaïm (2001–2002) and Frédéric Joly (1998–2002) with correspondents such as Ness, Stéphanie Pillonca, Génie Godula and Jonathan Lambert. And the Portuguese version for Brazil, called TV Fama (TV Fame) hosted by Nelson Rubens and Flávia Noronha.

International carriage[edit]

Indonesia's JakTV aired the show for only a year during 2005.

India's Big CBS Prime began airing the show with a special broadcast from November 29, 2010.

New Zealand's TV3 originally only broadcast the weekday center-cut edition until November 6, 2012 with a separately sourced SD 16:9 widescreen version for the weekend edition. SD 16:9 widescreen versions are now used for both the weekend and weekday editions. The weekday show currently airs the same day as the US on Four after 11PM (re-run the next morning on TV3) with the weekend edition at 5PM Sundays on FOUR (re-run after 11PM).

Australia's Network Ten from July 30, 2012, announced they had acquired the free to air rights as part of their existing contract with CBS Television Distribution who part owns Eleven to begin airing the previous days episode on Ten from August 6, 2012 at 3.30pm weekdays. A re-run of that episode airs after midnight on Eleven. Also shown on Foxtel's Arena channel after 10PM.

The show also currently airs on the Philippines' 2nd Avenue and on the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Competition[edit]

Despite stiff competition from Access Hollywood, Extra, TMZ, its own "sister" program The Insider, Inside Edition, Showbiz Tonight, and E! News, Entertainment Tonight remains one of the top 10 highest-rated syndicated programs. Back in the fall of 2007, its daytime TV rankings were fluctuating between fourth and fifth place due to competition from fellow CBS-syndicated program Judge Judy.[9][10]

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