‘Extra’ Renewed for 30th Season
Entertainment magazine has been hosted by Billy Bush since September 2019
Extra has been renewed for its 30th season, said Mike Darnell, president, Warner Bros. Unscripted Television and David Decker, president of content sales, Warner Bros. Discovery, in a joint statement.
Thus far, the show is cleared in more than 75% of the country, including on Fox Television Stations, Nexstar Media Group, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tegna, Hearst, CBS, Scripps Broadcasting, Weigel Broadcasting, Sunbeam Television, Draper Media, Entravision, Circle City Broadcasting, McKinnon Broadcasting, News-Press & Gazette Company, Waterman Broadcasting and Marks Radio Group.
“At a time when syndicated shows seem to be dropping like flies, it’s a pleasure to be bringing this first-run, day and date staple back to our stations,” Frank Cicha, executive VP of programming for Fox Television Stations, said.
Extra is hosted by Billy Bush, who replaced Mario Lopez in September 2019. Bush is joined by several correspondents, including Melvin Robert, who also serves as a weekend co-host, and Rachel Lindsey. The show shoots in Los Angeles with bureaus in New York, Las Vegas and Nashville. Special correspondents include Jennifer Lahmers, Terri Seymour, Carlos Greer, Charissa Thompson, Alecia Davis, Adam Glassman and Michael Corbett.
“It’s not every day that an Emmy-winning show makes it past 9,000 episodes, while covering over 14,000 red carpets and 80,000 celebrity interviews,“ Darnell said. “From the producers and staff to Billy and the correspondents, everyone at Extra has done a standout job, and we couldn’t be prouder. Thirty seasons never looked better!”
Theresa Coffino and Jeremy Spiegel executive produce the half-hour edition every weeknight and an hour-long installment every weekend.
“This is an incredible moment for all of us at Extra, many of whom have been on this journey for all 29 seasons,” said Coffino and Spiegel, who took over the show’s helm before the start of this season, after Lisa Gregoritsch-Dempsey retired as senior executive producer. ”Making it to 30 in this business is rare. It is a testament to our talented team, our exceptional host Billy Bush and the tremendous support of Warner Bros. and our affiliate partners.“
The series is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
“Extra delivers on every front — Emmy-winning content, audience delivery, and great station and partner collaboration,” Decker said. “We are proud to see the show celebrate 30 seasons on our amazing affiliate group.”
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Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.