NBC Local Media will debut the new, one-hour daily entertainment news talk show, “Access Hollywood Live,”as daytime fare in September on six of its stations. The new show is coming from NBC Universal sister company NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.
The six NBC O&Os committed to carry the new show are WNBC-TV New York, KNBC-TV Los Angeles, WMAQ-TV Chicago, KNTV-TV San Francisco, KNSD-TV San Diego and WVIT-TV Hartford.
“Access Hollywood Live” will focus on the latest celebrity dish, opinions, Hollywood happenings and all the day’s big news. The new show, which will be broadcast live, will feature in-studio guests, a cast of regular contributors and female-friendly segments on the most up-to-date styles, fashion, design trends and more. Executive Producer Rob K. Silverstein and the experienced “Access Hollywood” production team will produce “Access Hollywood Live” from Los Angeles.
“The team at ‘Access Hollywood’ does entertainment news better than anyone and we are thrilled to extend this successful franchise to a new daypart. ‘Access Hollywood Live’ is going to give the daytime viewers on the NBC Local Media stations an opportunity to get all the latest Hollywood news, styles and trends in a live new format,” said Barry Wallach, President, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.
“We’re excited to work with the team at ‘Access Hollywood’ to add a new, live entertainment program to our daytime lineup. ‘Access Hollywood Live’ will be a great complement to our new fall schedule, offering viewers the latest news and information from the entertainment world in real-time. The show is the latest investment we’ve made in daytime for our stations, and we look forward to its launch,” said John Wallace, President, NBC Local Media.
“Access Hollywood,” which is currently in its 14th season in national syndication, was recently renewed by the NBC Local Media group through 2014. “Access Hollywood” is currently averaging 2.5 million viewers a day, making it the #2 entertainment newsmagazine in syndication, representing a 5% increase versus the same period last season and the largest growth among all entertainment newsmagazines, according to Nielsen Media Research. In the target daytime demographic of Women 25-54, “Access Hollywood” is up 7% year-to-year, more than any other entertainment newsmagazine, the announcement stated.