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Menounos to Co-Host 'Extra'

Maria Menounos is joining Warner Bros.' Extra, where she will co-host the show with Mario Lopez. She'll also have on-air duties at Dr. Drew's Lifechangers, and will develop new projects.

Menounos joins Extra from NBC, where she's been since 2005 working as a special correspondent for Access Hollywood, and contributed to Today, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and Dateline. From 2002-05, she was a correspondent for CBS Television Distribution's Entertainment Tonight and a host of ET on MTV and ET on VH-1. She's also a New York Times best-selling author with the release of her first book, The EveryGirl's Guide to Life.

The deal was announced by Hilary Estey McLoughlin, president of Telepictures, a production division of Warner Bros., and Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, senior executive producer of Extra and Dr. Drew's Lifechangers.

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.