Actor moving to weekday edition as solo emcee

Mario Lopez will be the host of “Extra” when the syndicated entertainment skein begins its new season on Sept. 15.

A former weekend co-host, Lopez will jump to the weekday edition as solo emcee. He replaces current co-hosts Dayna Devon, who will become a correspondent, and Mark McGrath, who leaves the show to return to a music career.

Warner Bros.-distributed “Extra” begins its 15th season in the fall and airs in more than 95% of the country. Top stations are the NBC O&O’s in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

“He will be a fresh and dynamic presence, and we can’t wait for him to assume his new role,” said senior exec producer Lisa Gregorish-Dempsey.

“Extra” is produced by Time Telepictures Prods. Theresa Coffino is exec producer.

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