LOS ANGELES — Media General, Inc. (“Media General;” NYSE:MEG) announced today that daytime entertainment news and variety show, Hollywood Today Live® will return to Media General and FOX Television Stations for a second season. In addition, Garcelle Beauvais, (“The Jamie Foxx Show,” “NYPD Blue,” ”White House Down”) has recently joined as co-host alongside Ross Mathews, Kristen Brockman, Tanner Thomason and red-carpet correspondent Amanda Salas.
Hollywood Today LIVE engages TV viewers through social media while delivering the latest and most outrageous movie & TV news, exclusive celebrity interviews, engaging lifestyle segments and interviews from the hottest red carpet premieres. The one-hour entertainment show debuted in September 2015 on Media General and FOX Television Stations nationwide. The show is produced overlooking the corner of Hollywood and Vine by Media General’s production studio BiteSizeTV.
“Hollywood Today LIVE is having a successful first season and we are thrilled to partner with FOX Television Stations to continue delivering this unique and engaging show to more than 50 million viewers coast-to-coast,” commented Tony Optican, head of programming for Media General. “The show continues to evolve including the recent addition of Garcelle joining our on-air team. Not only does she have great chemistry, but she brings a unique perspective to the show as a single working mom with two young children.”
“We’re excited to expand our partnership with Media General on Hollywood Today Live. The show is energetic and relevant, and fits well with our lineup,” said Stephen Brown, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, FOX Television Stations.
Since the Hollywood Today Live premiere, some of the most talked about names in the entertainment arena have visited the studio including Kris Jenner, Oscar winner Geena Davis, Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, Tyrese, Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”), Ashanti, Terry Crews, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, Christina Milian, Mel B, The Biggest Loser trainers Dolvett Quince & Jen Widerstrom and Mayim Bialik, Russel Simmons, Kelly Osbourne, Joe Morton, Alexandra Ambrosio, Master P, Mena Suvari, Vivica A Fox, Wolfgang Puck, Rocco DiSpirito, Jeremy Sisto, Margaret Cho, Kristin Davis, Maksim Chemerkovsky, Heather McDonald, David Arquette, Beau Bridges and Lisa Vanderpump, just to name a few.
“Hollywood Today LIVE” airs on 12 FOX Television Stations in markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and 33 of Media General’s markets including San Francisco, Tampa and Indianapolis. For broadcast air times, please check local listings. Viewers can also watch their favorite moments from “Hollywood Today LIVE” every day at www.HollywoodTodayLive.com. BiteSizeTV Founder and CEO Ron Bloom, Senior Vice President of Production Ross Elliot and Steve Holzer (Access Hollywood, Good Day LA) serve as Executive Producers.
About FOX Television Stations
FOX Television Stations is one of the nation’s largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 28 stations in 17 markets and covering over 37% of U.S. television homes. This includes seven duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte.
About Media General
Media General is one of the nation’s largest local media companies that operates or services 71 television stations in 48 markets, along with the industry’s leading digital media business. Our robust portfolio of broadcast, digital and mobile products informs and engages 23% of U.S. TV households and more than two-thirds of the U.S. Internet audience.
Media General has one of the industry’s largest and most diverse digital media businesses that includes LIN Mobile, Federated Media, HYFN and Dedicated Media, all under the LIN Digital banner. With unmatched local-to-national reach and integrated marketing solutions, Media General is a one-stop-shop for agencies and brands that want to effectively and efficiently reach their target audiences across all screens.
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