E! has picked up syndicated entertainment news show “Access Hollywood Live,” TheWrap has learned exclusively.
Hosted by Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, the “Access Hollywood” daytime spinoff will begin airing daily starting June 10 on the cable channel at 3 p.m./2c, an E! representative told TheWrap.
Produced in Los Angeles by KNBC-TV and distributed by NBC Universal Domestic Television, “Access Hollywood Live’s” airings on E! represent some synergy between the sister NBCU companies.
An insider said that there has been some talk internally at NBCU about ways to join “Access Hollywood Live,” currently in its third season, and E!’s resources in the entertainment news space. This move would seem like a step toward that goal.
“Access Hollywood” executive producer Rob K. Silverstein also leads the senior production team responsible for “Access Hollywood Live.”
“‘Access Hollywood Live’ and E! are a perfect match,” Silverstein said in a statement on AccessHollywood.com. “Pop culture fanatics understand that the E! network and ‘Access Hollywood’ are the top destinations for entertainment news. Adding ‘Access Hollywood Live’ to E!’s robust programming lineup is sure to leave viewers wanting more. E!’s audience will appreciate that ‘Access Hollywood Live’ is fun, spontaneous and always unpredictable.”
“Access Hollywood Live” debuted in Sept. 2010. It was initially seen only on NBC owned-and-operated stations in six markets and Fox owned-and-operated stations in six other major markets, all on stations that already carried the flagship series. The program is now distributed to non-network owned stations nationwide.