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July 5, 1985
"Entertainment Tonight" will make its move from KTTV Channel 11 to KNBC Channel 4 Aug. 5. The news program about show business will air Mondays through Fridays at 7 p.m. on the NBC--owned station. It will follow "NBC Nightly News" and will compete against ABC's "World News Tonight" and "The CBS Evening News." "Entertainment This Week," the weekend edition of "Entertainment Tonight," will air Sundays at 6 p.m. on KNBC, beginning Aug. 11.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Meg James
Television entertainment news maven Linda Bell Blue is stepping down as executive producer of "Entertainment Tonight" after 19 years. The well-respected and feisty producer helped build the syndicated news magazine show, owned by CBS Television Distribution, into a cultural and financial juggernaut. At its peak, "Entertainment Tonight," was one of the most lucrative properties in the CBS portfolio, garnering more than $100 million a year in profit. Celebrities would line up to be featured on the gossipy show.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2001 | BRIAN LOWRY
With the movie awards season in full swing, it's hard not to think about the contradictions, prima donnas and brass-knuckled persuasion tactics. And that's just "Entertainment Tonight." For millions of people who don't subscribe to the show-business trades or, heaven forbid, commit columns such as this to memory, "Entertainment Tonight" represents a key source of news about the entertainment industry, a window into Hollywood glitz and glamour.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Since their heart-wrenching appearance at Michael Jackson's funeral in 2009, the King of Pop's three children have largely remained out of the media glare. Now, almost four years later, one of the music icon's sons has decided to step into the spotlight. Prince Michael Jackson, 16 - older brother to Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10 - has signed on to be a guest correspondent for the daily celebrity news show “Entertainment Tonight.” His first assignment, interviewing the director and stars of the upcoming film “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” will air in segments on the program throughout the remainder of the week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Alfred Masini, a pioneer of first-run syndication who created such hit television shows as "Entertainment Tonight" and "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," has died. He was 80. Masini died Monday in Honolulu from complications of melanoma, said Kristin Jackson, his publicist. "He was one of the creative forces in the development of non-network programming and a key force in helping to move the industry away from a three-network environment," Rich Frank, a former president of Disney Studios, said in a statement that called Masini "an early mentor.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 1986 | CHRIS TRICARICO
"Entertainment Tonight" has canceled its plans to send co-hosts Mary Hart and Robb Weller to France for two weeks to anchor coverage of the Cannes International Film Festival, which opens May 8, The Times has learned. The move comes on the heels of ABC's decision to cancel "Good Morning America's" planned monthlong broadcasts from Europe due to "uncertain travel conditions."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 1993 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Overflowing with celebrity puffery of its own, "Entertainment Tonight" has opened an annex at 10 a.m. weekdays on NBC. "John & Leeza From Hollywood" premiered Monday on Channels 4, 36 and 39, pairing "Entertainment Tonight" co-host John Tesh and second-string host Leeza Gibbons on a talk show whose primary objective appears to be the celebration of celebs and their latest projects. There's less to "John & Leeza," it seems, than meets the ear.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 1994 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For 13 years it has sprinted along, dispensing tidbits of celebrity gossip and publicist-generated reports on "Arnold's latest blockbuster" or "Garth's new baby," letting the common folk in on the glamorous lives of stars they've come to "know" on a first-name basis. Along the way, "Entertainment Tonight" has earned millions for Paramount and spawned innumerable imitators.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
"Entertainment Tonight's" effervescent co-anchor, Mary Hart, told the Washington Post from Calgary that she is "disappointed" that CBS' plans for a TV series with her as the star have fallen through. Though Hart said she's "pressing ahead and looking at scripts right now," she also insisted that "Entertainment Tonight" is her "main job" and that she is not "one of those ungrateful, arrogant (people) who might bail out" of the program.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
"Entertainment Tonight's" Robb Weller becomes host of "Win, Lose or Draw" when the syndicated game show starts its new season in September. . . . Eric Burns and Paula McClure, also "Entertainment Tonight" veterans, will host "Inside Video: This Week" (previously titled "The Video Store"), a new syndicated weekly series that will report on the world of video releases. . . . Actress Bonnie Franklin ("One Day at a Time") is directing a dozen episodes of the syndicated series "The Munsters Today."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Alfred Masini, a pioneer of first-run syndication who created such hit television shows as "Entertainment Tonight" and "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," has died. He was 80. Masini died Monday in Honolulu from complications of melanoma, said Kristin Jackson, his publicist. "He was one of the creative forces in the development of non-network programming and a key force in helping to move the industry away from a three-network environment," Rich Frank, a former president of Disney Studios, said in a statement that called Masini "an early mentor.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Broadcasting giant CBS Corp. is the latest U.S. media company to enter the fast-growing Indian television market, teaming up with a company backed by one of India's wealthiest men. CBS announced Wednesday that it had structured a 50-50 joint venture with Anil Dhirubhai Ambani's Reliance Broadcast Network that initially will launch three English-language channels in India. The pay television channels, expected to go on the air in October, will target India's younger and more affluent audiences, showcasing programs that CBS owns including "NCIS," " CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and its eagerly awaited remake of " Hawaii Five-0.
OPINION
September 24, 2008 | TIM RUTTEN
If you practice journalism long enough, you begin to develop a mental list of characters you hope never again to type in a particular sequence. Take, for example, the letters that spell "O.J. Simpson." Like most sensible people, you've probably been doing something useful with your time recently -- figuring out, say, what "field dressing a moose" actually entails, watching your 401(k) implode or setting up a rescue program for rabid skunks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2008 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Mel Harris, a former top television executive at Paramount and Sony Pictures Entertainment who was known as a TV, video and cable innovator, has died. He was 65. Harris, a Malibu resident, died of cancer Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said his son, Chad. After joining Paramount in 1977 as vice president of research for Paramount Television Service, a fourth TV network project that was never launched, Harris became vice president of program marketing for Paramount Television Group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2005 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
Viewers who were hoping to tune in to a live broadcast Monday night of the last Los Angeles mayoral debate before the March 8 election were instead treated to hoopla of a different sort. More than two months after announcing plans to sponsor the debate and air it live, KCBS-TV (Channel 2) decided at the last minute to tape the 90-minute forum and delay its broadcast by a day. A spokesman for the station refused to explain the decision, saying there was "a variety of reasons."
BUSINESS
September 13, 2004 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
The onslaught began nearly a quarter-century ago, when Paramount television dispatched a rookie salesman to local stations across the country to peddle a daring new show. He was armed with a stack of celebrity-filled magazines. "We told them that the public had just an insatiable appetite for celebrity news," recalled the salesman, Greg Meidel. "We had to convince station owners that there was enough material available to fill up a half-hour every night."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Briefly: Veteran NBC News correspondent Fred Francis is going to the upcoming newsmagazine "NBC Prime Story." He joins already announced anchors Faith Daniels and Mike Schneider. . . . Bob Goen, former host of "The Hollywood Game" and the daytime "Wheel of Fortune," has been made permanent backup anchor on the syndicated "Entertainment Tonight," where he'll spell John Tesh, Mary Hart and Leeza Gibbons.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2004 | Maria Elena Fernandez and Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writers
There may have been a primary election in New Hampshire and a continuing war in Iraq that other journalists covered Tuesday. Those journalists were not the ones who by 4:30 a.m. had filled almost every seat at tables set up in the lobby of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Wilshire Boulevard office.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2003 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Yahoo Inc. is boasting ties to a Hollywood treasure-trove. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company plans to announce today that it is partnering with Paramount Television Group's popular celebrity news program "Entertainment Tonight." Under the deal, terms of which are not being disclosed, Yahoo will take over the Web site for "Entertainment Tonight," sell its advertising space and stream video clips of its celebrity interviews, including outtakes not seen on the show.
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