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Mary Hart
Mark Steines
Jann Carl
Leonard Maltin
Maria Menounos
Steven Cojocaru
Carlos Ponce
Paula Abdul
Kevin Frazier
Chris Booker
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Entertainment Tonight
Weeknights at 7:30 pm on WCHS-TV8

Mary Hart and Mark Steines Everything you always wanted to know about Entertainment Tonight - right at your fingertips!

It's the show that invented the entertainment news broadcast, and it is the foremost authority on breaking entertainment news. Since its pioneering debut in 1981 as the first satellite-beamed, day-and-date entertainment news program, Entertainment Tonight has become a true bedrock of American culture, and the "most-watched entertainment newsmagazine in the world. Through consistent, competent reporting of the Hollywood scene, ET has earned its reputation as the world's #1 source for news and information about films, television, music, fashion, and current trends.

Over the years, ET has developed and 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 the genre, ET paved the way for news outlets the world over to cover entertainment news. As an undisputed industry leader, ET regularly enjoys the status of being "first" with celebrity news and has earned the reputation as a safe harbor for stars to tell their stories and "set the record straight" about their lives.

ET's talented on-air personalities include anchor Mary Hart, began hosting Entertainment Tonight in 1982; anchor Mark Steines, who begins his ninth season this year; Jann Carl, who in her 10th season serves as weekend anchor and primary substitute anchor; Kevin Frazier who joins the show this year as weekend anchor; respected film historian and correspondent Leonard Maltin, who has been with ET since the beginning; Paula Abdul, who serves as special correspondent for ET's "American Idol"-themed stories; correspondent and style maven Steven Cojocaru; correspondent Maria Menounos, who also hosts "ET on MTV;" and Latin music and television star, Carlos Ponce, who is an ET personality.

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, Entertainment Tonight's regular segments include the "ET Newslink," a quick round up of the day's biggest stories, "The Story from Stage 28," a lengthier analysis of Hollywood's hottest topics; "The ET Download," a daily dose of the most talked about headlines from Hollywood, and "About Last Night," a wrap up of the big entertainment industry events from the night before.

A previous daily feature entitled "The Insider," which gave the scoop on inside Hollywood info, was spun-off this season into its own stand-alone nightly access newsmagazine of the same name, which premiered this season as the highest-rated debut of any newsmagazine in syndication since 1996. Entertainment Tonight perpetually reinvents itself, by uncovering exclusives and delivering scoops, while providing comprehensive daily coverage of television, movies, music, fashion, literature, events and interactive media.

Executive producer Linda Bell Blue says, "Contending with an ever-increasing flow of entertainment news, we realize our audience depends on us for accuracy, exclusives, 'firsts' and trends. At the same time, with a constant onslaught of information, we strive to keep the show fresh for them day after day."

The program's in-depth "Cover Stories" have examined a wide range of fascinating stories, such as; the enforcement of movie ratings, the Church of Scientology's celebrity connection, and unsolved Hollywood mysteries. Other prominent features have included "first" interviews with Nancy Sinatra after the death of her father, Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas during his recovery from a major stroke, and Annette Funicello, who is bravely battling multiple sclerosis.

According to Bell Blue, "We are proud to be the preeminent source for entertainment news and the place where stars come to tell their stories."

TM & Copyright 1996-2005 by Paramount Pictures and WCHS-TV8. All Rights Reserved. Please address all comments and questions to: Talk To ET. Produced and distributed by Paramount Domestic Television, Entertainment Tonight is taped in Hollywood, California. Paramount Domestic Television is a unit of Viacom Inc.

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