NBC Execs Bully Celebrities To Not Appear On Competing NYC Shows

FALLON’S RATINGS SUCCESS PROMPTS NBC TO STRONG HOLD STARS

There is good news and bad news in the talk show arena.  The good news is for Jimmy Fallon.  His successful ratings have breathed new life into The Tonight Show, so much so, that NBC has begun demanding exclusivity in order for A list guests to appear on the late night program.  The bad news is that other talk shows are going to have a difficult time getting these guests to appear on their lineups.  This moratorium on appearing on other shows doesn’t only include the late night circuit but also the morning talk shows.

jimmy-fallon-jimmy-kimmel wrestle onstage at the Academy Awards 2014For Press Agents this is also bad news. Whenever a star releases a film, a book or is featured on a new television series it is typical to do a press junket.  This allows the star to be seen on as many talk shows as possible to promote their newest venture.  NBC’s proposal will alter the entire method used by press agents to get their stars media attention.  It is interesting to note that by having The Tonight Show relocated to New York City the ability for stars to appear on multiple talk shows in a short period of time increased.  When Jay Leno and Johnny Carson hosted in Los Angeles it required a cross country flight to be seen on Late Night with David Letterman.  The unusual focus of NBC’s move was not to have first rights to a star appearance but to have all rights to a star appearance.

In August a foreshadowing of this type of exclusivity was evident on The Colbert Report when Daft Punk pulled out from the show due to an appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards.  Stephen Colbert deftly skewered this type of move, noting that “once you see a band play a song you like, you obviously never want to see them again.”  The sarcasm  can be applied to  the situation with NBC.  It seems likely if you are a fan of George Clooney and he is on Jimmy Fallon you will still turn in if he is on The View.  The fact is that these shows have different demographics, which is the reason public relations personnel are keen to promote on both programs.  People who are watching at midnight are not often the people watching at 8 AM.  Therefore, NBC demand seems to be an unreasonable reach of a non-compete for artists to adhere to.

The other unknown aspect of this new exclusive demand is that no one knows what will happen to an artist if they choose to ignore the exclusivity.  Will Kim Kardashian never appear on The Tonight Show again if she goes on Late Night or The View after visiting Jimmy Fallon?  As no one knows it will land on the artist and agents to decide this issue.  Daft Punk chose not to appear on The Colbert Report but other artists may not adhere to such pressure.  Only time and the ratings will tell.

Celebrity Apprentice Returns to NYC with Season 7

donald trumpAlthough the cast list is yet to be confirmed, filming of Celebrity Apprentice season 7 (also know as Apprentice 14) officially kicked off yesterday in New York City, March 25, at a popular Australian-born bakery franchise, Pie Face, in Manhattan’s Union Square.

Fans spotted outspoken drama mama-of-eight, Kate Gosselin, actress Vivica A. Fox, once upon a time Cosby Show cutie-pie, Keshia Knight Pulliam, TV and radio personality Leeza Gibbons, former Jonas Brother pop star Kevin Jonas, Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson and two Real Housewives, Brandi Glanville and Kenya Moore, of Beverly Hills and Atlanta fame, baking pies, taking orders, working the door and schmoozing on the floor and sidewalk with customers, fans and celebrity friends during the three hour charity event. This event was shot by NBC staff, but it is not planned to use any of the footage in the actual TV show. The event was a warm up for the main show.

Some other unconfirmed names still swirling around social media sites and celebrity gossip mills are Grammy Award-winning rap star Ludacris, soap opera hottie Lorenzo Lamas, volleyball great and fashion model Gabrielle Reece, maverick journalist Geraldo Rivera and the funny man with a funny voice, Gilbert Gottfried. Megan Hauserman, from the ill-fated Megan Wants A Millionaire, was also slated to be on the show. Ms Hauserman’s show was cancelled mid-run through its season in 2009 due to the murder-suicide perpetrated by Ryan Jenkins, one of the contestants on the show. Mr Jenkins reportedly came in third position in that show.

Despite occasional chirpings of a take-over by his daughter, Ivanka, the imposing figurehead of this charity-driven reality based game show will remain none other than real-estate mogul, Donald Trump himself.  But even The Donald cannot do it alone and seeks trusted advisement from his heavy-hitting board members including sons Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric F. Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, and long-time business and legal counsel, George Ross.  Past advisors have also featured previous show winners such as soon- to-be former CNN host, Piers Morgan, who made an appearance at yesterday’s event.

Celebrity Apprentice is a successful 2008 series offshoot of The Apprentice, created to re-energize the original show concept and spark new viewer interest.  Celebrity Apprentice features proven business-savvy celebrity contestants — many, but not all of whom have been out of the limelight for some years — as they engage in a cutthroat fight to the finish, gunning hard to be the last person standing in the boardroom, and procuring the grand prize of a bonus $250,000 to be awarded to their cherished charity.Piers Morgan has been quoted that contestants are paid around $16,000 for three weeks of shooting on the show.

America’s Got Talent Returns to Film in the NYC Area

America’s Got Talent, NBC’s #1 summertime smash hit, broke big news and new ground yesterday, announcing that the show’s exciting second round of competition will film in front of a live TV audience at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden from April 3 through April 6, 2014.

America's Got Talent with Howard Stern, Nick Cannon, Heidi Klum, Mel B. ,Howie Mandell

Complimentary VIP and regular tickets are still available in limited quantities to the general public via NBC’s website.  These tickets are expected to go pretty quickly, however, as metro area AGT fans are eager to bear historical witness as the remaining contestants audition live, right before their very eyes and those of the make-or-break ‘em celebrity judges, in order to secure the highly-coveted final spots in the upcoming season.

The ninth summer incarnation of this blockbuster variety show is expected to be even more riveting than ever before.  From October last through February, our great country was crisscrossed and fine-tooth combed for dynamic personalities and wholly unique skill sets.  Contestants were talent-scouted during open call auditions in 11 U.S. cities as big, small and diverse as Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Greensboro, Houston, Indianapolis, L.A. Miami, Nashville, New York and Providence, which only strengthens the stance that AGT truly is an equal-opportunity opportunity-provider, open to anyone of “any age” with “any talent” and “any dream” from anywhere.

This democratic philosophy prophetically proved true in 2012, when AGT co-creator, the nefarious Simon Cowell of American Idol notoriety, in conjunction with top NBC execs, made the big, bold decision to relocate his six-year-old show from its left coast locale in Burbank, CA to the greater NY metropolitan area.  The big wigs believed that in addition to doing season seven’s newly acquired judge and shock jock extraordinaire, Howard Stern, a large logistical favor, the move would favor the show, as well, infusing it with an inevitably edgy New York feel and attitude, and rewarding its long-standing East Coast fans with their rightful piece of the live action.

And they were correct on all accounts.  Last summer’s broadcast from New York’s Radio City Music Hall proved a rousing ratings success.  And Howard Stern, who has since vocalized his appreciation for the geographical accommodations, decided in an on-air radio announcement last November, to return to the show for “one more season” and keep the fab five, which includes handsome host Nick Cannon, ever-affable Howie Mandell of Deal or No Deal fame, supermodel Heidi Klum of Victoria’s Secret reverence, and newest cool kid in the clubhouse, former Spice Girl, Mel B., alive for another round of spectacular theatricality.

The two-hour season premiere of NBC’s America’s Got Talent is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 8/7c and will feature scenes from the shows shot at the show dates listed above.

Superheroes Land in New York as TV Pilots Break Records

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Since taking the helm as New York State Governor in 2011, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has applied aggressive out-of-the-box creative thinking to the reformation and revitalization of the state’s beleaguered economic infrastructure.  In a heroic effort to sever sole financial reliance on the vilified Wall Street alliance, Cuomo has turned starry eyes to the entertainment industry for fiscal rescue, instead.  In order to attract and entice out of-state TV and Film production companies to make magic in the metropolis of NY, Governor Cuomo set the bait with virtually impossible-to-refuse tax breaks and incentives.

And he may have just pulled off a heroic coup.  Only a few short weeks ago, the governor proudly announced that mega entertainment moguls Walt Disney and Marvel Entertainment have agreed to film four exciting new live-action TV series this coming summer, right here on the nitty, gritty streets of New York City.   A projected 60 episodes will feature the four most popular superheroes from Marvel Comic’s beloved Defender series and will air on Netflix starting in 2015.

This $200 million dollar venture, which the governor’s office deems “the largest film or television production project commitment in New York State history,” is expected to infuse millions of dollars into the local and state economy, generate thousands of full and part-time industry and non-industry related jobs and provide a substantial boost to New York’s hospitality and tourism industries.  To put it this way, even the pizza delivery guy wins out.

And as if this wasn’t reason enough to celebrate, New York had already surpassed L.A. this year in the number of new TV pilots filmed on location, with a grand total of 15 (including 10 dramas and 5 comedies) compared to L.A.’s current handful.

As some Californians quake in the revelation that L.A. is no longer the end all, be all bedrock of TV and film, fingers and tongues have wagged at both coasts of the country.  Some folks have accusingly called Governor Cuomo’s tax breaks pathetic lures and Hollywood handouts, while yet others have bemoaned and criticized California Governor Jerry Brown’s resistance to taking the same innovative initiative and incentivize.

New York may be becoming Hollywood East instead of an entertainment epicenter in its own right, but Cuomo doesn’t seem to mind.

And what of The Tonight Show’s recent relocation from Burbank, CA to its swanky new studio at the infamous 30 Rock in NYC?  Well, while the new contract did include a hefty $20+ million tax break for NBC, which could not have hurt in the final decision making process, it might also pay to remember that the show actually originated in the heart of the city in the 1950’s, pre-Johnny Carson.  The move also makes sense for its new host, Jimmy Fallon, a devoted NY-native who has said he would feel “out of place” in L.A.  Hey, if he’s happy, we are likely to be happy, too.

And I bet if you asked Marvel Comics hero Daredevil how he feels about filming in New York, he’d remind you that he is Hell’s Kitchen born and raised.

Nick Lachey Becomes New Host of VH1’s Big Morning Buzz

VH1’s first ever morning show has a new host and it’s all happening in NYC.  Nick Lachey, who burst onto the scene in the mid-nineties as the lead singer of the boy band 98 Degrees, began his stint as host of VH1’s Big Morning Buzz on March 3, 2014.

Nick Lachey on VH1 Big Morning Buzz

Since 98 Degrees broke up in 2003, Nick solidified his household-name status by co-starring with his then-wife Jessica Simpson on the early celebrity reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, and he also launched his solo career in 2003, with his most successful single to date being the 2006 hit song “What’s Left of Me” from the album of the same name.  98 Degrees, which has sold over 10 million records, reunited in 2012 after a 9-year hiatus, releasing an album called 2.0 and embarking on a sold-out U.S. tour in summer 2013 along with the bands Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block.

In taking the lead at Big Morning Buzz, Lachey succeeds the show’s original host Carrie Keagan, who led the show for 400 live episodes.  Keagan announced her departure 10 days after airing her last show on December 20, 2013.  For now, Lachey is only committed for the spring season, but that has the possibility of being extended.  This is not the first time Lachey has served as host of a television show – in 2009 and 2010, he hosted three seasons of NBC’s singing competition show The Sing-Off.  Furthermore, he produced a musical reality show called Taking the Stage which premiered on MTV in 2009, documenting the lives of high school performing arts students.  Lachey also has a long-standing relationship with VH1, including his role on the Entertainment Council for the network’s Save the Music Foundation.

Big Morning Buzz is the only morning show that offers daily live music performance, in addition to delivering hot topics in entertainment news and inviting celebrity guests.  Whereas Carrie Keagan regularly co-hosted with Australian TV personality Jason Dundas, Lachey will take on a revolving set of co-hosts throughout this spring season.  For the show’s March 3rd premiere, the guest slate included a celeb interview with Sophia Bush, a musical performance by Grammy-nominated rock band The Fray, a host chat with Adrienne Bailon and Eden Grinshpan, and a lifestyle chat with entertainment reporters Jack Rico and Jackie Miranne.  This past week’s guests included celeb interviews with Lori Loughlin, Wilmer Valderrama, Mekhi Phifer, Kristen Bell, and Chris Lowell, as well as live performances by Ledisi, Bad Things featuring Shaun White, Sara Evans, Scars on 45, and The National.

The show is filmed live at VH1’s Times Square Studios at One Astor Plaza in New York City, in the “Uptown Studio” where MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL) was famously filmed throughout that show’s run from 1998 to 2008.  15 years ago, Nick Lachey was a frequent guest of TRL with his band 98 Degrees, and he now returns to the studio that launched his career – but this time he is the one asking the questions.

Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” Premieres On NBC To Great Fanfare

Jimmy Fallon on NBC's Tonight Show

It would have been hard for him to disappoint us.  On February 17th, 2014 Jimmy Fallon delighted audiences with an altogether successful inauguration as the new host of NBC’s The Tonight Show.  Stepping into the shoes worn by Jay Leno for 22 of the past 23 years, Fallon may not have struck a perfect balance between nervousness and humility in his first night on the job, yet he won us over with his coy charm and genuine gratitude for the opportunity to star in America’s longest running entertainment program. With Fallon’s initiation, the show has returned from Los Angeles to New York City, its original home from 1954 to 1972.  This has allowed Fallon to remain nearby his hometown of Saugerties in upstate New York – which made it relatively convenient for his parents Jim and Gloria Fallon, who sat proudly in the studio audience, to attend the premiere.  In Fallon’s opening monologue, he introduced himself as a 39 year-old man who lives in New York City with his beautiful wife Nancy and six month-old daughter Winnie, who is the best thing to have ever happened to him.  All in all, he succeeded in presenting himself as a loveable family man to whom the American public can’t help but relate.

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In one of the show’s more memorable bits, Fallon remarks that a buddy of his bet him $100 he would never host The Tonight Show.  Immediately, out walks an impressive procession of Hollywood stars and media icons, handing him $100: Robert DeNiro, Tina Fey, Joe Namath, Rudy Giuliani, Mariah Carey, Tracy Morgan, Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian, Seth Rogen, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mike Tyson, Lady Gaga, and finally, Stephen Colbert – who opted to spill 10,000 pennies over Fallon, including in his shirt.

In addition to being a major crowd pleaser, this episode served to contextualize Fallon as not only a nice young man, but one who must be really, incredibly cool to have so many famous friends show up for the occasion.  This also helped ground the new The Tonight Show amongst the particularly New York A-list.  Other celebrity appearances included Will Smith, who danced beside Fallon to demonstrate the ‘Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing,’ and U2, who played two songs in front of the New York skyline atop Rockefeller Center, harking back to the Beatles’ final concert on the rooftop of London’s Apple building in 1969.

Fallon’s premiere earned the third highest-ever ratings for The Tonight Show, with 11.3 million viewers tuning in.  The second highest was in May 2009 when Jay Leno stepped down as host for Conan O’Brien’s famously short-lived run, before Leno returned to the position one year later.  The highest was this past February 6th, when Leno retired for apparently the final time (14.6 million people watched).  Fallon’s debut likely benefited from its post-Winter Olympics placement, though that pushed it a half hour later than its regular 11:35pm timeslot.  In comparison to Fallon’s final episode of Late Night, which he hosted for 5 years, his The Tonight Show ratings were higher by 71 percent with an additional 6.6 million viewers.

Jimmy Fallon and Steven Colbert on The Tonight Show

These statistics do not necessarily include all the viewers of segments on YouTube, Hulu, or NBC’s own website.  One of Fallon’s best qualities is his ability to create share-worthy clips that are hilarious out of context, often which make serious people do silly things.  Still, for Fallon to stay atop his game in this new The Tonight Show job, he will need to appeal to the show’s middle-aged Middle America audience, while maintaining his viral fascination.  After all, the argument for Conan O’Brien to step down in 2010 so soon after beginning his tenure was that he had terminally narrow appeal, failing to please the older demographic.  Still, in just four years, our entire culture has become much more YouTube-centric, and perhaps Fallon’s internet-friendly strategy will be enough to keep him afloat.

 

Robin Quivers New York TV Show Idea Finally Canned Following Cancer Scare

Robin Quivers is an American radio personality and actress best known for her longtime role as co-host and anchor since 1981 of The Howard Stern Show, which is now exclusive to Sirius XM Radio.  She published an autobiography entitled Quivers: A Life in 1995.  In 2004, Robin signed a television deal with Sony Entertainment to host her own talk show.  The show was set to premiere in the fall of 2006.  However, in March 2006, the idea was shelved, reportedly due to over congestion in the celebrity talk show market.  In 2012, she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer, and provided commentary for The Howard Stern Show from her home in New York while she underwent surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.  After this arduous battle, at age 61, the plans for her television show have ofrobin quiversficially been dismissed.

Quivers is known for her trademark cackling laugh, as well as her controversial personality.  She has often publicly discussed how her father molested her at a young age.  In her second week on The Howard Stern Show in January 2006, she admitted to having once used vegetables and meats to pleasure herself.  She has a feisty rapport with Howard Stern; for instance, she once bet him $1 million that he would marry again, which he promised to pay her if he did.  She is very open about the fact she is unable to commit emotionally to her long-term partner, to whom she only refers as “Mr. X.”  Furthermore, she has exhibited volatile patterns with weight loss, having once lost 60 pounds in just eight weeks, which almost led to her demise.  Ironically, perhaps, she has served to promote the Master Cleanse weight loss technique.

Her extraordinary rise to fame began in a lower middle class neighborhood in Baltimore, growing up with two parents who only had seventh grade educations.  Her father worked for Bethlehem Steel, and her mother was a homemaker.  She then joined the military, climbing the ranks of the United States Air Force from Second Lieutenant to First Lieutenant to Captain, before she was honorably discharged and began her radio career.  After attending the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland, she worked at two radio stations in Pennsylvania, and then returned to Baltimore to serve as a consumer news reporter.  When she heard that Howard Stern was looking for someone to riff with, she jumped on the opportunity, and the two have been co-conspirators ever since. howard stern robin quivers

Quivers’ cancer scare did not sway Howard Stern’s devotion to her.  He stated that, if he ever lost her as a partner, he would quit radio.  At this point, she still participates in the radio show, but her poor health has determined that her longtime dream of hosting her own television show has become a lost opportunity.  It is unclear, however, if her talk show would have been successful.  Though she could have used her radio slot to promote her T.V. show, the demographic is completely off.  The primary demographic for The Howard Stern Show is single adult males, aged 28 to 54.  Daytime television, on the other hand, mostly attracts married women between the ages of 25 and 35, a demo that Robin has failed to reach despite her illustrious career.

Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis Planning NYC Cooking TV Show

Bobby Flay and fellow Food Network star, Giada DeLaurentiisCelebrity chef Bobby Flay and fellow Food Network star, Giada De Laurentiis are developing a new TV show in New York City, currently working-titled as “Flay’s Fillet” or “Giada DeLicious” or just “Gastro Garage”.

Sources indicate that “Gastro Garage” is a cross between “Live, with Kelly & Michael”  and Emeril Legasse’s “Emeril Live” – so, the show pitches hot topics in between cooking segments appealing to ‘MasterChef’ quality cooks. What is interesting is that both shows it’s modeled after contain the word “live” in their title- suggesting that “Gastro Garage” is going to be very live, complete with kitchen accidents, which sadly, Giada is no stranger to.

The show’s format seems to be distancing itself from the dumbed-down cooking approach that Rachael Ray and the Barefoot Contessa have provided to viewers looking for cooking-meets-lifestyle TV shows, with dishes easy enough that even the Kardashians could master. “Gastro Garage” will be going after seasoned chefs that will know the difference between a whisk and a colander and don’t need to be told about either. Comparatively, another TV show “The Kitchen” currently provides the high road for gastro fans, but lacks the electricity that exists between Flay and De Laurentiis that clearly transfers to TV beautifully – well in the TV pilot at least.

The show celebrates the collaboration between Flay’s New American style to cooking and De Laurentiis’s classic Italian approach. In the recently shot pilot, some sparks did fly on the set, with De Laurentiis setting fire to the souffle and the fire extinguisher was needed to calm the flames and the stars’ nerves. It’s expected that guest stars on the show will include many of Flay’s and Giada’s celebrity friends including John Mayer, Drake, Tyson Beckford, and Matt Lauer.

It’s rumored that the show will operate out of Emeril’s old Food Network studio in the Chelsea Market- this being an ideal central location for TV audiences to travel to and a wonderful array of fresh produce available in the food market below the studio. When Flay “runs out” of black pepper, it’s anticipated that he will run down to the market with a camera and shoot the whole scene of choosing the perfect black pepper to adorn his culinary creation, all while talking lifestyle and politics. And all of it live.

No deal is in place yet with a production company, but it will almost certainly will be shot out of New York City given that the Flay restaurants need Bobby to continue to steer the ship; Bar Americain, Mesa Grill, Bobby’s Burger Palace, and his new NOHO project, Gato, all need the captain at hand. Giada lives and works in NYC and given that she has a family here too, she has no intention of spending weeks away in Hollywood shooting the show, even the cost savings to The Food Network are huge..

Giada has a huge following herself with her “Giada at Home” show on Food network, her Academia Barilla premium pasta line, and her huge food and homeware deal with Target. She won a daytime Emmy award in 2008 for outstanding lifestyle host and she has become a mentor to the Food Network’s other up-and-coming chefs. Originally trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, De Laurentiis famously cut her finger on a live TV show on Thanksgiving 2013 and then started feeling dizzy. She starting losing copious amounts of blood and passed out off-set. A couple of hours later she was all stitched up and ready to shoot the next show. She also has written a children’s book and loves to spend time with her husband, Todd Thompson, and her daughter Jade.

Flay is no stranger to TV either. As well as his Iron Chef appearances he did a stint on HBO’s Entourage where he played Mrs. Ari Gold’s love interest. His restaurant was also featured in the show. He reportedly received no payment for this appearance, but his businesses received a great deal of publicity.

Regis Philbin Begins New TV Season With Crowd Goes Wild

crowd-goes-wild with Regis PhilbinRegis Philbin continues his illustrious career with a new show on Fox Sports 1 Crowd Goes Wild.

The show is shot out of the Chelsea Piers Studios with a studio audience and is produced by Embassy Row Productions. Chelsea Pier Studios are on the far West side of Manhattan, but fans are still eager to take the trip all the way west to get to see Regis and his team discuss today’s sports news in a less-in-your-face way than all the other sports shows on TV. The show is a free-flowing format that can go pretty much anywhere on topics as wide as hockey to golf, Olympics to X Games.

Philbin’s team includes: Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Ga, retired tennis player Michael Kost, football star Trevor Pryce, and TV anchor Georgie Thompson. So the show doesn’t become a boys club, they added in Katie Nolan who serves on the team as the youth opinion and promotes the social interaction part, something many of the live New York Shows now do to pep up the show. When the show is on live, their Twitter and Facebook accounts light up with viewer interest and opinion.The show is dubbed as a lively and conversational sports show, but it plans on being much more.

The show is an hour long and the audience is asked to be there early, so if you are thinking about attending, plan on being there at least two hours (not including the time it takes to get to the far west side.) They have an audience maximum of 40 people per day and they can provide group tickets. Refreshments and bathrooms are provided, but no food is provided. The show brings in guests from time-to-time and will often feature opinions from fans, bloggers, and journalists. Even members of the audience get to have their say by voting and being part of the show by talking to the hosts. One of the problems that producers face is that Regis’s demographic skews woefully older and advertisers for this show aren’t too happy if they fill the seats with older folks, so the show tries to keep the age down – but often, this older demographic is the only group interested in going all the way out to the west side to see the show – it is Regis after all.

This isn’t the first time that this production company has had a sports show: in 2003 Embassy brought us Cold Pizza on ESPN, which was an ill-fated show shot in the bottom of the New Yorker hotel without a studio audience. The show lasted a season before ESPN execs figured out that they got more TV audience by re-running SuperBowl XLII (42) from 2007 featuring the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

Regis Philbin has had an illustrious career. He started way back in 1962 as the announcer on The Tonight Show under Jack Paar and then transferred Johnny Carson, who switched Philbin out for Ed McMahon. (Even stranger is that no documentation exists supporting this accolade, even Wikipedia). Regis worked on over 45 TV shows since with highlights including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Regis and Kathie Lee. His partner, Kelly Ripa on Regis and Kelly (a replacement for Kathie Lee) went on to host Kelly and Michael, which still runs today on ABC Television. His biggest success to date was as the host on America’s Got Talent in 2006, but he was cut by producers at the end of that season who felt that he was woefully out-of-touch with the audience they were trying to build.

Crowd Goes Wild is an hour-long show that airs live weekdays 5:00pm-6:00pm ET on FOX Sports 1, which is channel 513 on New York Verizon and 487 on New York Time Warner.

Audience tickets for this show are available from Embassy Row Productions at 212.507.9700

Michael Strahan Puts Call Out For Red Carpet Audience Members For Super Bowl XLVIII

super-bowl-red-carpetThis Sunday night, the 2014 Fox Sports Super Bowl XLVIII red carpet will be hosted by Charissa Thompson and Michael Strahan at the MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ and will take place on Sunday, February 2, 2014. Fox Sports are looking for fifty red carpet insiders to be part of the pregame show and hang out next to the red carpet while they interview celebrities.

The pregame is standing-room-only, but the fans are able to stand on the other side of the velvet rope at the red carpet for the entire pregame show, which will be for at least four hours.

Just to be clear, Fox Sports producers want everyone to know that tickets to the Super Bowl will not be supplied to the guests by Fox Sports or any of its affiliates. Guests will not be provided with any heat, cover from the elements, chairs, refreshments, or bathrooms. Guests will also have to make their own arrangements to get to the MetLife stadium, which might be a major hassle given that the Super Bowl is playing at the stadium and they will not be part of it. Guests must leave directly after the red carpet pregame is over. Guests should not approach Charissa Thompson or Michael Strahan for autographs or to sign any paraphernalia. Guests will also not be allowed to approach or talk to anyone who is walking on the red carpet. At this point, it is unclear which celebrities will actually walk the red carpet at the Super Bowl, but looking back at Super Bowl XLVII in 2012 it was a mix of TV stars and ex-NFL players. Current NFL players don’t really want to be seen on the red carpet at the game that they might feel that they deserved to be playing in.

Super Bowl fans who want to be part of this show (it really helps that you already have Super Bowl tickets) are welcome to apply at the Fox Sports website.

As of today, they still do not have the required fifty people, but they anticipate that this show will actually become far hotter than the game itself as people realize that stars like the Kardashians, Dorothy Wang, Bethenny Frankel and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi will be there.

On the network’s broadcast roster are Terry Bradshaw (his 10th Super Bowl assignment as a broadcaster) who will carry the bulk of the four hours. Game broadcasters Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver, and Erin Andrews and rules analyst Mike Pereira will also be part of the pregame.

The TV schedule rundown for this year’s pregame show is:

  • A feature on the New York and New Jersey ties of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, who was born in Brooklyn, played at Fordham and coached at Army, St. Cecilia’s in New Jersey and with the New York Giants. The piece, produced by PT Navarro, should run in the 4pm hour or early in the 5pm hour. Vin Scully and Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan will appear on camera as part of the piece.
  • Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly will conduct a live sit-down interview with President Barack Obama beginning approximately at 4:30 pm ET. The interview will take place at the White House and go for about 10 minutes or so.
  • Bradshaw has a taped interview with Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, with the pair walking down Broadway in New York City. That will air sometime in the show’s first 90 minutes.
  • An examination of some of the great games in New York/New Jersey history, including the 1958 Championship Game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants. This will run in the first hour.
  • Drawing from previous Super Bowl broadcasters, Michael Strahan and Fox Sports Live‘s Charissa Thompson will interview celebrities on a red-carpet outside MetLife Stadium. Its unclear how “Celebrities” is defined, but many TV and sports stars are expected. This is usually the lowest point of the show for ratings, but the inclusion of the Kardashians this year is expected to give it a boost. Janet Jackson is not invited to this year’s red carpet.
  • A tribute to longtime Fox NFL broadcaster Pat Summerall, who passed away in April, will take to the air in the 3 p.m. ET hour. Buck will lead the tribute.
  • Fox Sports 1 analyst Randy Moss traveled to Denver last week to interview Broncos receiver Wes Welker. The interview will run in the third hour.
  • As is tradition for Fox, the network will have an on-air reading of the Declaration of Independence with past and present NFL figures: Pats owner Robert Kraft, Joe Andruzzi, Matt Chatham and members of the Boston Police Department; Chuck Bednarik, London Fletcher, Art Monk, Giants owners John Mara, Steve Tisch with Jets owner Woody Johnson, Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Chuck Pagano, Andrew Luck, Raymond Berry, Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas; Art Shell, Tony Gonzalez, JJ Watt, the Watt Family and the Houston Fire Dept., and Adrian Peterson.
  • Fox will address weather issues on-the-day and change programming on-the-fly depending on what kind of news value it has that day and if it has any attacks for Obama or any other left wing socialists following the Obama interview.
  • This will be the second Super Bowl pregame show Richards has produced after getting a last-second call to produce the pregame in 2011, when Fox last had the game. The aim is to produce a mixture of entertainment and information, and for the show to steadily get more football-centric as the hour grows closer to kickoff.