NBC Universal set to launch 'Access Hollywood' spinoff
Billy Bush will host both “Access Hollywood” and “Access Hollywood Live” when the latter program launches Sept. 13.Set to premiere on six NBC O&O’s (at noon in L.A. and 11 a.m. in New York) and six Fox O&O’s as part of a slow rollout, “Live” will offer chats with one or two in-studio celebs every day, as well as offer lifestyle, fashion and cooking segments a nod to its mostly female daytime audience. Exec producer Rob Silverstein said, “Most entertainment is presented in an idiotic way. We’re trying to raise the bar and are perfectly situated to pull this off.” Promotionally speaking, the new skein will include a handful of teases for the 7:30 p.m. original “Access.” While “Live” will tape at 8 a.m., cameras will roll at about 11 a.m., which is a little more than an hour later than it does now. Silverstein said he and NBC Universal had talked for years about adding another “Access Hollywood,” but the opportunity didn’t present itself until timeslots formerly occupied by Martha Stewart and Bonnie Hunt became available. Co-hosting with Bush on the hourlong “Live” will be Kit Hoover, who also has a news and sports background. Her most recent job was host of ABC’s reality skein “Shaq Vs.” Will the two make a good pairing? Silverstein said time will tell. “No one can be sure, but our goal is to remake Regis and Kelly, not Mike and Maty,” he explained. “Whether we can do that remains to be seen, but we have a good chance.”
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