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Nick’s N teens gain ‘Access’

Teen-centric entertainment newsmag bows Dec. 31

Nickelodeon offshoot the N has paired up with “Access Hollywood” for series “Real Access.”

The teen-centric entertainment newsmag kicks off Dec. 31 with countdown special “Hot 24 in 2004.” Seventeen-year-old correspondent Lauren Mayhew will host.

Series is not the first output to come from the new relationship between the N and “Access Hollywood.” This summer, the N aired “Real Access in the N: Justin and Christina,” a special that featured the performers on their concert tour.

“Real Access” series will begin Jan. 2 and repeat on weekend evenings. Format will be more feature than news driven, with several themed episodes such as “Sibling Rivalry” and “Ten Hottest Young Bachelors” in the works. Interactivity from the channel’s Web site will dictate an aspect of the programming: Stars to profile are chosen online, and some questions submitted on the site will be asked on the show.

“We wanted to open up the air and have more variety on our series,” said Kenny Miller, VP of programming and production for the N.

The N has committed to 13 episodes, produced by NBC-owned Access Entertainment News Prods.

‘A place to go’

“With ‘Real Access’ teens will finally have a place to go for up-close and personal access to their favorite celebrities while growing up with the ‘Access Hollywood’ brand,” said Rob Silverstein, exec producer of “Access Hollywood.”

Viacom sibling MTV produces a weekly variation of “Entertainment Tonight” with “ET on MTV.” “Obviously, there a lot of the same stars that people want to hear about,” said Miller on the distinction. “It will differ in the way we ask questions and get footage.” The N also skews to a younger tween and teen demo.

The N’s Miller said “Access Hollywood” initiated the pact.

“They came and found us, and we loved their idea,” he said. “We’re going a little deeper than what you would normally get, even on ‘Access Hollywood.’ ”

The N is available in 35 million homes, sharing space with preschool net Noggin. The N airs each evening from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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