TMZ on TV
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|TMZ on TV|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|Executive producer(s)||Harvey Levin
Jim Paratore (2007-2012)
|Running time||22 minutes|
Harvey Levin Productions
Warner Bros. Television
|Original channel||First-run syndication|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||September 10, 2007 – present|
TMZ on TV, or simply TMZ and TMZTV, is an American syndicated entertainment and gossip news television show that premiered on September 10, 2007. The program is generally aired on Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV affiliates, though a majority of the stations that carry the series are Fox affiliates. It is essentially a television version of its sister operation, TMZ.com, a news website with a heavy emphasis on gossip of celebrities' personal lives, which debuted in December 2005. The TV show and website are produced in a studio facility at 13031 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Los Angeles, California. TMZ is an insider term ("thirty-mile zone" or studio zone) referring to the movie studio area of downtown Hollywood.
It was announced on October 23, 2013, that TMZ on TV has been renewed through the 2016-17 season on Fox Television Stations.
TMZ on TV is broadcast in two formats: the weekday edition is broadcast as a half-hour program; a one-hour weekend edition, composed of select stories featured in each of the weekday editions from the previous week, is also produced; during major holidays occurring on a weekday, that episode may feature a format similar to the weekend edition but featuring a compilation of stories from past editions centered around a particular theme (e.g., a Christmas episode may center on celebrities who have been bad or good in the past year).
Unlike most entertainment news programs, TMZ on TV does not use a format of anchors in a studio delivering the stories and correspondents reporting on many of the stories in each edition; instead, most story packages are delivered via an announcer, and "in-studio" segments are taped during a morning staff pitch meeting at TMZ's Sunset Boulevard headquarters, with some TMZ staffers delivering story pieces themselves.
The series delivers most of its stories in a humorous manner, mainly about certain celebrities, and features tongue-in-cheek jokes and double entendres, though more serious entertainment stories (e.g., breaking entertainment story, celebrity death) often warrant a serious tone. Pieces often feature archived clips from TV series and movies often for comedic effect, though they may sometimes be used to reference a project that an entertainer is known for performing in. Many pieces are shown in the "man on the street"-type question and answer format synonymous with paparazzi, though some celebrities do not answer certain questions asked to them by the videographer; a common recurring reference within the program is how certain TMZ videographers sometimes ask extremely trivial or bad questions to their subject.
In lieu of regular daily segments such as a rumor mill segment, the program often shows recurring segments that appear over several episodes that feature a humorous or satirical introduction (e.g., after the Tiger Woods adultery scandal broke in November 2009, all stories involving Woods began with the introduction: "TNN: The Tiger News Network", using a logo and name parodying that of cable news channel CNN, a sister company to TMZ.com and the TV series distributors' Warner Bros. Television and Telepictures, via Time Warner); however for the first few weeks of the show's run, the series carried a daily segment called "Full Frontal Fashion", featuring celebrity fashion blunders, but it was dropped after roughly one month.
Certain members of the TMZ website double as the on-air cast:
- Harvey Levin – executive producer
- Charles Latibeaudiere – co-executive producer
- Evan Rosenblum – co-executive producer
- Jarrett Gaeta - field producer
- Tiffany Drucker – line producer
- Dax Holt – clip clearance producer
- Rick Mitchell – producer
- Gary Trock - producer
- Matthew Weiss – producer
- Ryan Regan – producer
- Brian Particelli – producer
- Johnny Lopez – producer
- Chris Reed – producer/announcer
- Jim Goldenberg – producer/announcer
- Noah Belson – producer
- Christie Bear – assignment desk/associate producer
- Karly Steinberg - news associate producer
- Chad Weiser – post-production supervisor
- Dennis J Broad - research director
- Kelly Berning – editor
- Brian McDaniel – editor
- Eric Colley – editor
- Casey Carver – TMZ publicist
- Anna Kachikyan – tape librarian
- Shevonne Sullivan – post production coordinator
- Mike Walters – assignment manager
- Raquel Harper – reporter
- Jonny Walker – cameraman
- Van Lathan – cameraman
- Adam Glyn - cameraman
- Peter O'Riordan – cameraman
- Derek Kaufman - lawyer
- John Viener – announcer
- Jason Beckerman – lawyer
- Ryan Naumann - reporter
- Ryan Satin - reporter
- Charlie Neff - reporter
- Kristen Jennifer Vine - desk research
Notable former cast members
- Nina Parker, producer
- Sean Borg, appeared on The Word, Liquid News (BBC), and TV Guide Network's Hollywood 411
- Katie Daryl – hosted MTV's political special Choose or Lose, and worked with HDNet as host and producer of True Music
- Ben Mankiewicz – former co-host of the Air America/XM radio show The Young Turks; currently hosts weekend daytime film presentations on Turner Classic Movies
- Katie Massa Kennedy, former producer
- Teresa Strasser - comedienne; co-host of The Adam Carolla Show
- Marina von Bismarck, content and as seen on VH1 and LOGO "Gossip Queens"
- Max Hodges – clip clearance producer
In October 2011, the staff was showing off Halloween costumes and one staff member was dressed with a garbage bag over her head. She stated she was "Slutty Caylee Anthony" a deceased two-year-old toddler. She then jokingly asked if it was "too soon?"
Broadcasting stolen material
TMZ was criticized for purchasing stolen items pertaining to the fourth Indiana Jones film. On October 2, 2007, IESB reported that a number of production photos and sensitive documents pertaining to the production budget had been stolen from Steven Spielberg's production office.
According to IESB, TMZ.com obtained some of the stolen property and was on the verge of running the story on the TV show until Paramount lawyers stepped in. After IESB broke the story, TMZ on TV broadcast details about the Indiana Jones production budget on the October 3, 2007 program.
- On August 26, 2009, 3rd Degree Films released a pornographic film based on TMZ called TM Sleaze. The film "turns up the heat and the humor as you get to see what happens when celebrities get engaged in hardcore humping", and features porn actors including Ron Jeremy, Lisa Ann, Tori Black, and Faye Reagan.
- Originating in 2009 on the short-lived NBC primetime talk show The Jay Leno Show and currently used since 2010 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, comedian Mikey Day performs a sketch called "JMZ"; in it, Day and his "camera crew" track down celebrities (some actual celebrities appear in the sketch, while impersonators whose faces are not shown are shown sometimes in the sketch), which end up with Day involved in strange situations.
- The season one episode "Robarazzi" of the Nickelodeon series Victorious, features a parody of TMZ on TV. In the episode, Robbie (Matt Bennett) turns Hollywood Arts High School's online video blog into a tabloid about the students of Hollywood Arts; shown in the episode are scenes that parody the TMZ.com morning staff meeting seen in every TMZ on TV episode, including a teen character parodying TMZ clip clearance coordinator Max Hodges.
- An episode of Cartoon Network series Mad parodied TMZ as this as TMNTMZ.
- TMZ was featured as a video on Meg Griffin's laptop, dealing with the Lauren Conrad/Brian Griffin scandal on the Family Guy episode "We Love You, Conrad". Stewie had his silhouette shown in the video and was discussing how he knew Brian and how he had seen Brian with Lauren. A caricature of Harvey Levin was used when Peter Griffin met Richard Dreyfuss (voiced by himself).
- "Weird Al" Yankovic wrote a song in 2011, "TMZ", about the website and TV show on his album Alpocalypse. The song is a parody of Taylor Swift's hit single "You Belong with Me".
- In the South Park episode "Bass to Mouth", Cartman uses an app called Eavesdropper, centering on gossip around South Park Elementary.
- TMZ is heavily criticized and parodied by the Nostalgia Critic, especially in his 'Top 11 South Park Episodes' and 'AI' episodes.
- In Brazil, it is shown on HBO Plus and Warner Channel.
- In Canada, it is shown on CTV, Fox, CTV Two, and E!.
- In Australia, it was broadcast on cable / satellite channel Arena until October 2008. It began broadcasting on the digital-only free-to-air channel GO! on 9 August 2009.
- In India and Pakistan, the show began broadcasting in early 2009 on HBO.
- In the Middle East, it is broadcast on Dubai One.
- In the Philippines, it is shown on JACKtv, ETC and MAX.
- In Latin America, it is shown on Warner Channel.
- In Taiwan and Southeast Asia, it is shown on HBO Asia and MAX Asia (beginning June 25, 2009).
- "TMZ to Exit West Hollywood Headquarters for New Westside Office". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (October 23, 2013). "'TMZ Live' Renewed Through 2017 on Fox TV Stations". TV by the Numbers.
- "'TMZ' Staffer Goes Too Far with Caylee Halloween Costume - Yahoo! Voices". voices.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
- "When It Gets Interesting"
- "Why Won't They Tell The Indy IV Theft Story Accurately?"
- TM Sleaze DVD