Entertainment Tonight is an American daily tabloid-style television entertainment news show created by Alfred Masini which reports on breaking news events, exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes first looks and Hollywood's hottest stories from the worlds of film, television, fashion, literature and interactive media.
The series has aired in syndication in the USa and around the world since 14 September, 1981. It is the longest-running entertainment news program in the world.
Entertainment Tonight premiered in South Africa on SABC3 on Friday 24 June 2011, beginning with the very latest episode broadcast in the United States. New episodes broadcast weekly.
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 harbour" 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.
Under the leadership of executive producer Linda Bell Blue, ET's on-air personalities include anchor Mary Hart, who hosted 29 seasons before retiring in 2011; co-anchor Mark Steines, who has been with the shoiw since 1995; Nancy O'Dell, who joined ET as special correspondent in 2011; respected film historian and correspondent Leonard Maltin, who has ben with the show since 1982; and correspondent Samantha Harris, who joined in 2010.
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 "Now Trending," a quick round up of the day's biggest stories; "Celebrity GPS," a daily look at stars out and about in various locations across the globe; and "The ET Vault"," an in-depth retrospective on the careers of a featured celebrities, utilizing archive footage from ET's history.
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.
Entertainment Tonight is produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution and is taped in Studio City, California. Linda Bell Blue is executive producer.