“Access Hollywood,” NBC Universal’s long-running daily syndicated magazine, will join with Fox-owned MyNetworkTV to produce weekly primetime hour “Celebrity Expose.”
MyNet said “Celebrity” will take over the Monday-at-8 time period, to be followed by “Control Room Presents,” a weekly concert hour. Both shows premiere Oct. 1.
Announcement comes on the heels of MyNet’s deal earlier this week for “NFL Network: Total Access,” an adaptation of the NFL Network’s nightly signature series, which will air Saturdays at 9 p.m. MyNet’s “Total Access,” which includes game highlights, interviews and features, kicks off Sept. 8 and runs through the end of the NFL season.
“Celebrity,” to be supervised by Rob Silverstein, exec producer of “Access Hollywood,” represents an unusual collaboration between network and syndicated TV. MyNet engineered some of its best ratings last season when it ran “Access Hollywood”-produced specials on Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears.
The opening hour of “Control Room Presents” features performances by Mandy Moore at Chicago Park West, Maroon 5 at Montreal’s Cabaret Club and John Mayer at New York’s Webster Hall. Control Room CEO Kevin Wall will ride herd on the production.
“Celebrity” and “Control Room” displace the two-hour weekly “IFL Battleground,” featuring bouts by mixed-martial-arts combatants from the Intl. Fight League. MyNet will cut “IFL Battleground” to an hour and move it to Saturday at 8 as a lead-in to “NFL Network: Total Access.”