Entertainment Tonight (or simply ET) is an American first-run syndicated news broadcasting newsmagazine that is distributed by CBS Media Ventures throughout the United States and owned by CBS Interactive.
|Created by||Al Masini|
|Theme music composer|
|Opening theme||“Entertainment Tonight Theme” By Michael Mark|
|Ending theme||Various closing themes|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||40|
|No. of episodes||12,372 (as of March 20, 2021; 10,310 weekdays; 2,062 weekend)|
|Original release||September 14, 1981 –|
|Related shows||The Insider|
The format of the program is composed of stories of interest from throughout the entertainment industry, exclusive set visits, first looks at upcoming film and television projects, and one-on-one interviews with actors, musicians and other entertainment personalities and newsmakers.
A one-hour weekend edition, ET Weekend (known as Entertainment This Week until September 1991), originally offered a recap of the week's entertainment news, with most or all episodes later transitioning to center (either primarily or exclusively) around some sort of special theme; though the weekend edition now utilizes either format depending on the episode, most commonly, the format of those broadcasts consists of replays of stories that were shown during the previous week's editions.
ET Radio Minute, a daily radio feature, is syndicated by Westwood One.
In November 2018, CBS launched a free, 24-hour over-the-top streaming service known as ET Live; it features the correspondents from the linear show with expanded coverage of entertainment news. It is available via web browsers, apps, and most recently, the free streaming service Pluto TV (which added ET Live to its channel lineup in November 2019).
In its early years from its 1981 inception, Entertainment Tonight – following a local newscast-style format – consisted primarily of coverage of the latest movies, music and television releases and projects.
They signed an exclusive agreement to cover the wedding of convicted child molester Mary Kay Letourneau, who married the student she had an affair with, Vili Fualaau; and attorney Howard K. Stern, who represented Daniel Birkhead in the Dannielynn Birkhead paternity case of the late Anna Nicole Smith's daughter Dannielynn. ET has also aired exclusive stories related to Anna Nicole Smith, including coverage of her funeral, and her surviving daughter.
In 1993, Entertainment Tonight had coverage of the premiere of "Emissary", the debut episode "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine". The premiere was the highest rated of syndicated series in television history.
In 1996, actor George Clooney decided to boycott Entertainment Tonight to protest the presence of intrusive paparazzi after Hard Copy did an exposé about his love life, violating an agreement that he had with Paramount, which produced and syndicated both shows. In a letter he sent to Paramount, Clooney stated that he would encourage his friends to do the same.
On September 8, 2008, Entertainment Tonight began broadcasting in high-definition television; concurrently, the program moved its production and studio operations from its longtime home at Stage 28 on the Paramount Pictures studio lot to Stage 4 at CBS Studio Center, one of the final steps involving the incorporation of Paramount's former syndication arm, Paramount Domestic Television, into CBS' distribution arms and the adoption of the then-new CBS Television Distribution name, which all took place following the breakup of CBS and the original Viacom into separate companies in December 2005.
After pressure via a social media campaign by actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell, ET announced in February 2014 that it would no longer accept footage or pictures of the children of celebrities from paparazzi photographers.
This show is the longest-running syndicated show, surpassing Soul Train, which had a 37-year run.
- Brooke Anderson – contributor/substitute weekday anchor (2019–present; previously served as substitute weekday anchor/correspondent from 2013–2015 and as contributor from 2015—2018)
- Matt Cohen - weekend anchor/correspondent/substitute weekday anchor (2019–present)
- Keltie Knight – special correspondent/substitute weekend anchor/substitute weekday anchor (2017–present)
- Rachel Smith – New York correspondent (2019–present)
- Lauren Zima – correspondent (2019–present)
Former on-air staff
- Thea Andrews – fill-in weekend host/correspondent (2006–2009; later at The Insider)
- Army Archerd – correspondent (1981; deceased)
- Alan Arthur - weekend co-host (1983–1984)
- Rona Barrett – correspondent (1983–1986)
- Chris Booker – correspondent (2002–2003)
- Lisa Canning – correspondent (1995–1998)
- Jann Carl – fill-in weekend host/correspondent (1995–2008)
- Steven Cojocaru – fashion correspondent (2003–2011)
- Leanza Cornett – correspondent (1994–1995, deceased)
- Rocsi Diaz – weekend co-anchor/correspondent (2013–2015)
- Steve Edwards - weekend co-host (1982–1983)
- Leeza Gibbons – fill-in host/correspondent (1984–1995; later at Extra and co-host of America Now)
- Garrett Glaser - correspondent (1989-1993)
- Bob Goen – co-host/correspondent (1993–2004; now at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati)
- Tom Hallick – host/correspondent (1981)
- Bill Harris - correspondent (1984–1985, deceased)
- Samantha Harris – correspondent (2010–2012, 2015–2016)/weekend co-anchor/substitute weekday anchor (2015–2016, now back at Extra)
- Mary Hart – co-host/correspondent (1982–2011)
- Ron Hendren – original co-host (1981–1984)
- Huell Howser – correspondent (1982–1983; deceased)
- Robin Leach – correspondent (1981–1984; deceased)
- Leonard Maltin – film historian/reviewer (1982–2010)
- Rob Marciano – weekday/weekend co-anchor (2013–2014; now at ABC News)
- Cameron Mathison – weekend anchor/correspondent (2015–2018; now co-host of Home & Family on Hallmark Channel)
- Maria Menounos – correspondent (2001–2005; later at Extra and E! News)
- Vanessa Lachey – correspondent (2005–2007)
- Julie Moran – correspondent (1995–2001)
- Nancy O'Dell – co-host/correspondent (2011–2019, now at PEOPLE, The TV Show!)
- Al Owens - correspondent/fill-in co-anchor (1984–1987)
- Carlos Ponce – correspondent (2004–2005)
- Tony Potts – correspondent (1998; later at Access Hollywood; now at CNN and HLN)
- Michael Scott – fill-in host/correspondent (1993–1994)
- Carly Steel – correspondent (2016–2018)
- Mark Steines – co-host/correspondent (1995–2012; later co-host of Home & Family on Hallmark Channel)
- Andre Leon Talley – fashion correspondent (2012–2013)
- John Tesh – co-host/correspondent (1986–1996)
- Marjorie Wallace – host/correspondent (1981)
- Robb Weller – co-host/correspondent (1984–1986)
- Dixie Whatley – co-host/correspondent (1981–1982)
- Roshumba Williams – correspondent (2002)
- Jeanne Wolf - correspondent (1986–1990)
- Chris Wragge - correspondent (1996–1997, later at WCBS-TV in New York and co-anchor of The Early Show on CBS)
- Mary Elizabeth McDonough - correspondent (1990-2010) (played Erin on The Waltons)
As of 2007, despite competition from The Insider and even the more general-focus newsmagazine Inside Edition, both which are also produced by CBS Television Distribution, Entertainment Tonight remained among the ten highest-rated syndicated programs according to Nielsen ratings weekly ratings. During the 2007–08 season, the program's daytime ratings fluctuated between fourth and fifth place due to competition from fellow CBS-syndicated program Judge Judy.
- Bouma, Luke (2019-11-13). "Pluto TV Adds Several CBS Stations Including ET Live For Free". Cord Cutters News. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
- Albiniak, Paige. "'ET' Headed Over the Top with ET Live". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
- "'ET' Ponies Up for Letourneau Wedding". Zap2It. Tribune Media Services. April 28, 2005. Archived from the original on January 3, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2007.
- "Howard K. Stern Lived Off Anna Nicole Smith". Wild Starz. February 21, 2007. Archived from the original on July 20, 2012.
- Irwin, Lew (February 13, 2007). "Did Entertainment Tonight Pay For Stern Interview?". Contact Music.
- "On the Heels of Anna Nicole's Death, Tragedy at The Insider". Jossip. February 8, 2007. Archived from the original on February 14, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2007.
- Granshaw, Lisa (2018-01-16). "Firsts: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine cast looks back at its very first episode". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 2021-03-16.
- "Stardom is double-edged sword for private Clooney". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System. December 13, 1996.
- "CLOONEY TUNE:THE 'ER' STAR TAKES ON TABLOID TV". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. November 8, 1996.
- "Entertainment Tonight and The Insider Move Headquarters to Brand New State of the Art Soundstages at CBS Studio Center". CBS Television Distribution. September 8, 2008. Retrieved May 30, 2009 – via The Futon Critic.
- "ET Joins Kristen Bell in Fight with Paparazzi". Entertainment Tonight. CBS Interactive. February 20, 2014. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
- "Making Whoopi: 'View' ratings are up". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on December 26, 2008.