Maxwell to host revamped gossip skein
“National Enquirer TV” went under the knife over the summer.
MGM Television Entertainment will relaunch the year-old syndie mag when its second season debuts Monday.
Rechristened “National Enquirer’s Uncovered,” the Monday-Friday skein has a new showrunner, new on-air talent, a new set and a new approach.
New exec producers
Vet TV producer M.J. Witt, whose credits include “20/20,” “Entertainment Tonight” and “Extra,” joins the show as exec producer. Former supervising producer for the show, Sandy Messick, has been upped to co-exec producer.
The revamp is Witt’s brainchild, MGM TV Entertainment prexy Hank Cohen said.
“One big difference this year will be that the correspondents will produce their own stories, as opposed to being paired with a producer,” Cohen said. “It’s part of M.J.’s insistence that each story has a unique point of view.”
Cohen added that he felt the show’s first year, while good, wasn’t “fun enough.”
“This year is going to be gossip and Hollywood with a wink, a little edge,” he said. “People aren’t going to come to us for breaking stories, but for a unique spin you won’t see anywhere else.”
Thesp Jack Maxwell will lead the on-air team as host. He replaces first-season anchors James Hill and Susan Campos.
The field team is headed by investigative reporter and former attorney John Mattes. He’s joined by former MTV veejay Karyn Bryant, who will focus on music-related news.
Stand-up Randy Kagan will be in charge of finding outrageous stories, while Johny Uzarek is the Gen-Y reporter going after Hollywood scoop.
Mike Walker, senior editor and gossip columnist for the National Enquirer newspaper, returns to the show with gossip reports.
“Uncovered,” cleared in 92% of the country, is produced by MNM Prods. and distribbed by MGM Worldwide Television Distrib. It earned an average 1.7 national household rating in its debut season, according to Nielsen.