The foremost authority on breaking entertainment news since its debut, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT is the No. 1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine in the world. The show entered its 30th season on September 13, 2010.
Since its inception, ET has broadcast more than 7,700 daily shows — a television milestone by any standard. Widely regarded as a staple of American culture and the “most-watched entertainment newsmagazine in the world,” ET is a broadcast phenomenon with U.S. versions appearing in China, France and Australia. In addition, Canada has its own version of the show.
Over the years, ET has earned a reputation for covering the entertainment industry with a steady stream of news stories on celebrities, film, television, music, fashion, award shows and special events in a trend-setting, groundbreaking format. By virtually creating this genre, ET paved the way for news outlets the world over to cover entertainment news. As the undisputed industry leader, ET regularly enjoys the status of being first with celebrity news, and has earned a reputation as a “safe harbor” for stars to tell their stories and set the record straight about their lives. ET was also the first syndicated newsmagazine – along with sister show THE INSIDER – to be produced in high-definition (HD).
Under the leadership of executive producer Linda Bell Blue, ET’s talented on-air personalities include anchor Mary Hart, who begins her 29th and final season this year; co-anchor Mark Steines, who begins his 16th season this year; Kevin Frazier, who enters his seventh season as weekend anchor and correspondent; respected film historian and correspondent Leonard Maltin, who starts his 29th season this year; and correspondent Samantha Harris, who is beginning her second season.
Comprised of breaking news stories, exclusive set visits, first looks at upcoming film and television projects, as well as candid, one-on-one interviews with Hollywood’s greatest talents and celebrities, ET’s regular segments include “The Latest News,” a quick round up of the day’s biggest stories; “Story from Studio 4,” a lengthier analysis of Hollywood's hottest topics; “Real or Rumor,” where rumors circulating Hollywood are confirmed or denied.
A previous daily feature entitled “The Insider,” which gave the scoop on inside Hollywood info, was spun off in 2004 into its own stand alone nightly, entertainment newsmagazine of the same name. It premiered as the highest-rated debut of any newsmagazine in syndication since 1996.
ET has been the No. 1 syndicated newsmagazine for the past 79 consecutive sweeps (totaling over 19 years): No. 1 among homes, No. 1 among women 18-49 and No. 1 among women 25-54.
Currently in its 30th season, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT is produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution and is taped in Studio City, Calif. Linda Bell Blue is executive producer. Mary Hart is host; Mark Steines is co-host. Kevin Frazier is weekend anchor and correspondent. Samantha Harris is correspondent. Leonard Maltin is film historian/correspondent.