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Nancy O’Dell Exits as Co-Host of ‘Entertainment Tonight’ After Nearly Nine Years

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Nancy O’Dell Exits as Co-Host of ‘Entertainment Tonight’ After Nearly Nine Years
Longtime “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Nancy O’Dell is leaving the newsmagazine show, revealing the news to viewers on Friday’s broadcast.

O’Dell first joined as anchor of the show in 2010, replacing Mary Hart, after spending 13 years co-anchoring “Access Hollywood.”

“For almost nine years, Nancy has welcomed viewers to ‘Et’ every night with her signature southern charm,” said “Entertainment Tonight” executive producer Erin Johnson. “From anchoring both royal weddings, gracing every major award show red carpet and interviewing the likes of Garth Brooks, JLo and Oprah, her expertise behind the microphone is undeniable. We can’t thank Nancy enough for her dedication to keeping ‘Et’ the gold standard in entertainment news and we have no doubt she will continue to succeed in all future endeavors.”

The move comes just a week after the death of her manager and agent of 20 years, John Ferriter. He had recently told O’Dell that “life is too short,
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Nancy O’Dell Exits ‘Entertainment Tonight’ As Co-Host After 9 Years

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Nancy O’Dell is leaving her perch as co-host of Entertainment Tonight after nearly a decade with the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine. The veteran showbiz journalist made the announcement at the end of today’s broadcast.

“Tonight, I’m excited to tell you about the start of a new chapter in my life,” she began. “A new chapter for this small-town, grateful girl from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, who used to watch fellow Carolinian Leeza Gibbons and Mary Hart on Entertainment Tonight thinking, ‘Wow, what beautiful, powerful women and what a cool job they have!’ … to now having that job for nine years and being a veteran host on the red carpet for almost 25 years.”

O’Dell went on to say a friend suggested she make a “life list” by putting her career milestones on one side, and what she still wants to accomplish on the other.

“The first list contains
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Mario Lopez Joins ‘Access Hollywood,’ Sets Development Deal With Universal TV

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Mario Lopez Joins ‘Access Hollywood,’ Sets Development Deal With Universal TV
Mario Lopez has signed on to be a co-host of NBCUniversal’s “Access Hollywood” and “Access Daily” starting in the fall.

Lopez will join Kit Hoover and Scott Evans as the frontmen of the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine as of Sept. 9. “Access Hollywood” has undergone a shakeup in recent months with the departure of co-host Natalie Morales and longtime exec producer Rob Silverstein.

Lopez is coming off a 12-year run as co-host of rival syndicated newsmagazine “Extra,” distributed by Warner Bros. As part of his pact with “Access,” Lopez has set a deal to develop a range of TV projects for Universal TV and Universal TV Alternative Studio.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Mario’s caliber join our ‘Access’ team,” said Maureen FitzPatrick, who was named senior executive producer of both “Access Hollywood” and “Access Daily” in March.

Mario has grown up in the business and is able to
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Mario Lopez Joins ‘Access Hollywood’ and ‘Access Daily’ as Host

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Mario Lopez Joins ‘Access Hollywood’ and ‘Access Daily’ as Host
Mario Lopez is joining “Access Hollywood” and its companion daytime program, “Access Daily,” as the entertainment news programs’ newest host, NBCUniversal announced on Wednesday.

The longtime “Extra” host will join Kit Hoover and Scott Evans as a host on both shows beginning Monday, Sept. 9, filling the seat vacated by Natalie Morales in April.

In addition to his new role on “Access,” Lopez has also signed an overall deal with Universal Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio to develop and produce both scripted and unscripted content for the studios.

Also Read: Natalie Morales to Exit NBC's 'Access Hollywood' and 'Access Live'

Lopez has hosted Warner Bros. TV Distribution’s syndicated entertainment newsmagazine “Extra” since 2008. He also hosts the iHeartMedia radio shows “On with Mario Lopez” and “iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez,” in addition to a number of other TV hosting duties.

Mario is a multi-talented television personality. Drawing from
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‘Punchline’ Returns To Fox Television Stations With Melissa Peterman As Host

‘Punchline’ Returns To Fox Television Stations With Melissa Peterman As Host
Exclusive: Fox Television Stations will air a six-week run of Punchline, a comedy/current events game show hosted by Melissa Peterman.

The show, which Fox tested two years ago, will begin its summer run on July 15 across the 28 stations in the Fox portfolio, which reaches nine of the 10 top markets with duopolies in New York, La and Chicago.

Fox’s station unit describes the show as “a daily, half-hour, current events driven game show.” The format sees two teams, comprised of two comedians each, compete to come up with the best punchlines based on news headlines.

“We loved this summer test when we did it two years ago and now with a few tweaks and a new superstar, comic host Melissa Peterman, we think we have a fresh summertime hit for our stations,” Evp of Programming and Development Stephen Brown said.

Peterman is an actress and comedian best known for playing Barbra Jean on Reba.
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You're Right, Murder Mystery Isn't Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler's First Movie Together

You're Right, Murder Mystery Isn't Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler's First Movie Together
Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler recently joined forces for their new Netflix film, Murder Mystery, but if you're a fan of their tight-knit friendship, you know this isn't their first movie together. After meeting in the '90s and bonding over French toast, the pair starred in 2011's Just Go With It. In a previous interview with Access Hollywood, Sandler couldn't help but gush about how much he loved working with Aniston in the romantic comedy. "I couldn't believe how quick and funny Jennifer [is]," he said. "I know she is [funny] in real life, but it was pretty amazing when we were together how much fun [we had] and how she added and ended up beating me in scenes. I'd walk back to the trailer saying, 'I gotta get some writers to help me.'" I can't wait to see them together again in Murder Mystery, which hits Netflix on June 14.

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David Spade Late-Night Show Gets Premiere Date at Comedy Central

David Spade Late-Night Show Gets Premiere Date at Comedy Central
Will David Spade succeed where Larry Wilmore and Jordan Klepper failed?

Comedy Central on Thursday announced that Lights Out With David Spade will premiere Monday, July 29 at 11:30 pm, where it will follow The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Monday through Thursday each week.

Lights Out will include Spade’s “signature take on the pop culture news of the day” and feature “a rotating group of his comedian and celebrity friends, while also incorporating sketches and field segments,” according to official logline.

Spade’s late-night effort marks Comedy Central’s third attempt at a Daily Show companion since The Colbert Report
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David Spade’s New Late-Night Show, ‘Lights Out,’ Debuts July 29 on Comedy Central

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David Spade’s New Late-Night Show, ‘Lights Out,’ Debuts July 29 on Comedy Central
The debut of David Spade’s new late-night program is drawing closer.

Comedy Central said the program, “Lights Out with David Spade” would debut after its signature “The Daily Show” Monday, July 29 at 11:30 p.m. eastern. The series, will follow Trevor Noah’s evening program Monday through Thursday each week.

Lights Out” is something different for Comedy Central – a program in the post “Daily” slot that doesn’t center on political discussion. For years, the Viacom-owned cable outlet has followed “Daily” with variations on its theme: comedic program that analyze the day’s social and political headlines. “Lights Out” will fill a place previously occupied by Stephen Colbert’s “Colbert Report,” Larry Wilmore’s “Nightly Show” and Jordan Klepper’s “The Opposition.”

Spade is expected to focus instead on news about popular culture. The series will include a rotating group of Spade’s comedian and celebrity friends, while
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Jason Statham in Crank Arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray May 21st

The adrenaline inducing film, Crank comes to 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (Plus Blu-ray and Digital) on May 21 from Lionsgate.

One of action-superstar Jason Statham’s most iconic roles – as Chev Chelios – will be seen in Ultra High Definition for the first time ever when Crank arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) and on Digital in 4K Ultra HD May 21 from Lionsgate. Starring alongside Statham are Amy Smart, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Efren Ramirez, Carlos Sanz, and Dwight Yoakam in a film that “Access Hollywood” calls “an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride!” Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision® Hdr, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker.
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Billy Bush to Anchor New Version of 'Extra' in Fall

Billy Bush to Anchor New Version of 'Extra' in Fall
Billy Bush has found a new TV home.

The former Today host will anchor Extra Extra, a new iteration of the syndicated entertainment show, which will debut this fall when Extra moves to Fox, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The job is Bush's first hosting gig since he left NBC's Today show after the infamous Access Hollywood audio leaked of him talking with then-Apprentice host Donald Trump.

Bush was let go from Today in 2016 shortly after audio emerged of him and then-presidential candidate Trump talking on the Access Hollywood bus in 2005. In the footage, obtained and published by The Washington Post a month before the 2016 ...
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Natalie Morales Makes It Official, Saying So Long To ‘Access’

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Natalie Morales Makes It Official, Saying So Long To ‘Access’
Natalie Morales followed through on her expected exit from NBCUniversal’s Access, in a memo to staff sent on a quiet holiday Friday.

Morales is expected to keep up her relationship with NBC News, as a Today correspondent out of Los Angeles, and Dateline contributor.

On the nationally syndicated daytime celeb-news program, Morales is expected to be replaced by Mario Lopez, of Extra fame.

(In January, Deadline reported Billy Bush may be en route to his TV comeback by joining Extra, as it prepares to make a major move from NBC to Fox stations in many markets in fall of 2019. In the rough-and-tumble world of celebrity-news shows, the hire would mark a rebound for Bush who, two years earlier, became the one to get the hook from the third hour of NBC News’ Today in the wake of WaPo’s release of an old hot-mic conversation between then Access Hollywood
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Natalie Morales to Exit NBC’s ‘Access Hollywood’ and ‘Access Live’

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Natalie Morales to Exit NBC’s ‘Access Hollywood’ and ‘Access Live’
“Access Hollywood” and “Access Live” co-host Natalie Morales is leaving both NBC entertainment news programs after three years with the shows, an individual with knowledge of her decision tells TheWrap.

She will continue in her roles as West Coast anchor for “Today” and as a correspondent for “Dateline,” both NBC News programs, the individual said.

It is not expected that Morales’ replacement will be named right away, with anchor Kit Hoover continuing to lead “Access” and also co-hosting with Scott Evans on “Access Live,” the individual says.

Also Read: Rob Silverstein Exits as Executive Producer of 'Access Hollywood' Franchise After 20 Years

News of Morales’ exit from both shows comes a month after longtime “Access” executive producer Rob Silverstein stepped down from his post as head of the franchise and Maureen FitzPatrick took over.

Morales announced her departure in a memo to staff Friday, which you can read below.
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Natalie Morales to Exit ‘Access Hollywood’ and ‘Access Live’ (Exclusive)

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Natalie Morales to Exit ‘Access Hollywood’ and ‘Access Live’ (Exclusive)
Natalie Morales is bowing out of NBC’s “Access Hollywood” and “Access Live” after three years as co-host of the daily entertainment news programs.

Morales will continue working for NBC News as West Coast anchor for “Today” and as a correspondent for “Dateline.” Her departure comes a month after “Access” underwent an executive producer shuffle with Maureen FitzPatrick replacing longtime leader Rob Silverstein. Word that Morales was on her way out of “Access” first surfaced last month in the Daily Mail.

Morales is not expected to be immediately replaced. Kit Hoover will remain anchor of the early-evening “Access” newsmagazine, and co-host with Scott Evans of the daytime news and talk show “Access Live.”

Here is a memo Morales sent to “Access” staffers as she announced her departure on Friday:

To my dear Access family:

And I do mean family! I have had a wonderful 3 years here with you and will
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Natalie Morales Out as 'Access' Anchor

Natalie Morales Out as 'Access' Anchor
About a month after longtime executive producer Rob Silverstein was let go at Access and Access Live, anchor Natalie Morales is following him out the door.

Morales is out at Access, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed, but is staying with NBC News as Today West Coast anchor and Dateline correspondent.

Co-anchor Kit Hoover is staying with Access and will anchor the show solo for the time being. Scott Evans will also remain as co-host of Access Live.

Morales joined the twin syndicated shows in 2016.

In a memo to staff on his last day, Silverstein — who had been with what was then called Access Hollywood since ...
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Stars To Take Part In 18th Annual Comedy For a Cure

On Sunday, April 7, 2019, the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (Ts Alliance) will present its 18th Annual Comedy for a Cure, which raises funds to support research into a rare disease called tuberous sclerosis complex (Tsc).

Comedy for a Cure will be held at Academy La starting at 5 pm with a 1.5 hour reception and silent auction, followed by a short program, live auction and comedy show. The event will also celebrate the Ts Alliance’s 45th Anniversary.

This year’s comedian lineup features headliner John Henson with additional performances by Kate Flannery, Orny Adams and Karen Rontowski. The event’s hosts include long-time Ts Alliance supporters Jim O’Heir and Alex Skuby.

In addition, the Szilagyi Family of Southern California will be presented with the “Courage in Leadership Award” for their tenacity and inspiration to everyone living with Tsc. Dr. Joyce Wu, Founder and Director of the UCLA Tsc Clinic, will also be
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Rob Silverstein Exits as Executive Producer of ‘Access Hollywood’ Franchise After 20 Years

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Rob Silverstein is leaving as executive producer of NBC’s “Access Hollywood” entertainment newsmagazine franchise. He will be replaced by Maureen FitzPatrick.

FitzPatrick will now steer both the nationally syndicated daily entertainment news program “Access” and the daily one-hour syndicated entertainment news talk show “Access Live.” FitzPatrick has previously worked on Judge Judy’s “Hot Bench,” “Daily Blast Live,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Dating Game.”

“Over the past several months we have been discussing the creative direction of ‘Access’ and ‘Access Live,'” Silverstein said in an internal memo. “My vision of the show moving forward differs from the management team, so we have agreed today will be my final day as Ep.”

FitzPatrick has been with both shows since early 2018 as a consultant. She also developed several concepts and pilots for the syndication division and oversaw the development and pilot production of
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Rob Silverstein Out as ‘Access Hollywood’ Executive Producer After 20 Years

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Rob Silverstein, exec producer of NBC’s entertainment newsmagazine “Access Hollywood” and its spinoffs, is leaving the syndication franchise after 20 years at the helm. He’ll be replaced by “Hot Bench” alumnus Maureen FitzPatrick.

Silverstein’s departure was announced Tuesday morning at a staff meeting for “Access” producers. Silverstein was also exec producer of the hourlong talk show “Access Live,” hosted by Kit Hoover and Natalie Morales, and the hourlong weekend edition of “Access.” In a note to “Access” staffers, Silverstein acknowledged that his “vision of the show moving forward differs from the management team, so we have agreed today will be my final day as Ep.”

FitzPatrick came into the NBCUniversal fold last year and had been working as a consultant on the “Access” shows. NBC execs felt the time was right to bring in a fresh perspective on the series and evolve the format. Silverstein will continue to
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CBS’s Becky Brooks Joins Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg & Meg Whitman’s Mobile TV Startup (Exclusive)

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CBS’s Becky Brooks Joins Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg & Meg Whitman’s Mobile TV Startup (Exclusive)
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman continue to round out Quibi’s executive ranks: Their latest hire is Becky Brooks, who is exiting CBS Television Distribution after five years, Variety has learned.

Brooks most recently was CBS Television Distribution’s senior VP, multiplatform programming and branded content. She’s joining Quibi as a content executive, working alongside Ryan Kadro, formerly executive producer of “CBS This Morning,” on the short-form mobile TV service’s Daily Essentials programming team, according to a source familiar with the move.

A rep for Quibi confirmed Brooks’ hire but declined to provide additional info.

Brooks will lead lifestyle programming — including entertainment, fashion, beauty, health/wellness, and trending topics — while Kadro is overseeing news. Brooks will be based at Quibi’s main offices in Hollywood. Quibi’s Daily Essentials is overseen by Janice Min, former editorial director of THR.

Quibi’s big — and unproven — bet is that smartphone-centric
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‘World of Dance’ poll: How does new host Scott Evans compare to Jenna Dewan?

‘World of Dance’ poll: How does new host Scott Evans compare to Jenna Dewan?
The dance competition series “World of Dance” recently returned for its third season, and not much had changed beyond a couple of small details here and there, like increasing the score needed to qualify in the first round from 80 to 85 points. But there was one big shift. Host Jenna Dewan left the show after presiding over its first two seasons. Taking her place is Scott Evans. So how is he doing so far? Scroll down to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.

Evans comes to “World of Dance” from “Access Hollywood,” the syndicated show where he serves as the New York correspondent and has covered major entertainment events and red carpets. Before that he was a news, sports and entertainment reporter in Indiana and Los Angeles. So he has plenty of experience that should lend itself to wrangling dance acts from around the world.

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David Spade Will Launch Late-Night Show at Comedy Central

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David Spade Will Launch Late-Night Show at Comedy Central
David Spade is returning to late-night TV, in a bid from Comedy Central that will shake up the way the network does business around midnight.

David Spade, the comedian once famous for delivering the “Hollywood Minute” during the “Weekend Update” segment on “Saturday Night Live,” will devote considerably more time going forward to the Viacom-owned network, where he will later this year launch a new late-night series that will follow the network’s flagship “Daily Show.” At 11:30, Spade will go head to head with opening monologues from NBC’s Jimmy Fallon, CBSStephen Colbert and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel.

The series marks the first time in years the network hasn’t sought to follow “The Daily Show” with talent that initially came to light in that landmark program. In recent years, Comedy Central has stocked 11:30 with Stephen Colbert, Larry Wilmore and Jordan Klepper, all of whom first
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