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|Created by||Stu Weiss|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Distributor||20th Television (2011–19)|
Fox First Run (2019–present)
|Original network||First-run syndication|
|Original release||July 25, 2011 (test run)|
September 10, 2012 – present (nationwide launch)
Dish Nation is a nightly syndicated television program that features celebrity news and humorous commentary on pop culture presented by radio personalities from across the United States. It debuted in July 2011 on Fox Television Stations. The daily half-hour entertainment news program features radio-show teams from around the country offering their perspectives on breaking celebrity and pop culture news.
Dish Nation’s radio teams include Atlanta's Rickey Smiley Morning Show, heard locally on Atlanta's WHTA and syndicated in over 60 markets nationwide, and Heidi & Frank, heard weekdays on KLOS in Los Angeles. James DuBose serves as executive producer. Dish Nation is produced by Fox Television Stations and distributed by Fox First Run. Dish Nation episodes are uploaded to their YouTube channel usually a day after the air date, as well as clips from the episode.
Dish Nation was conceived in 2008 by broadcast marketing veteran and former radio DJ and TV weatherman, Stu Weiss. Greg Meidel, who oversaw Entertainment Tonight in its heyday and launched The Insider while head of CBS Television Distribution, greenlit the limited market test of Dish Nation, opting to evolve to every genre he oversaw at CBS.
The radio teams include The Rickey Smiley Morning Show from Atlanta, which is heard on over 65 radio stations. The show features standup comic and theatrical star Rickey Smiley, as well as Headkrack, Porsha Williams, Gary with da Tea, and Da Brat. The Heidi & Frank Show from KLOS in Los Angeles features Heidi Hamilton, Frank Kramer, and formerly featured Eric Smith and Sammy Marino. Brooke and Jubal in the Morning from KQMV in Seattle, featured Brooke Fox and Jubal Flagg. The group was dropped from the show in 2015. The nationally syndicated, The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, from Dallas, joined Dish Nation for Season One in September 2012. The show starred J-Si Chavez, Kellie Rasberry, Jenna Owens, and Big Al Mack. They were dropped in December 2016.
During the 2011 Dish Nation summer test, recording artist DJ Felli Fel and Jessi Malay of Los Angeles' KPWR were a part of the radio roundtable. Blaine Fowler & Allyson Martinek in the Morning on 96.3 WDVD in Detroit was also part of the original lineup, as was New York's Scott & Todd, starring Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill on WPLJ. The DJ Laz Morning Show was added to the show's first season.
Atlanta Team (The Rickey Smiley Morning Show)
- Rickey Smiley, comedian and personality of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Rickey Smiley Morning Show
- Porsha Williams, co-star of Bravo TV's series The Real Housewives of Atlanta
- Headkrack, hip-hop artist
- Da Brat, multi-platinum-selling rap artist, celebrity contestant on VH1’s Hip Hop Squares
- Gary Hayes, known as "Gary with da Tea"
Los Angeles Team (The Heidi & Frank Show)
- Heidi Hamilton
- Frank Kramer
Summer test run
On July 25, 2011, Dish Nation premiered in a limited test run in seven markets. With the help of Madeleine Smithberg, co-creator of The Daily Show and Scott Rockett, co-creator of Hollywood Uncensored, the show kicked off as a fast-paced entertainment roundtable covering pop culture and celebrity news through four radio teams. The test show ran in the home markets where the radio shows were based (New York, Atlanta, Detroit and Los Angeles), as well as in Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Phoenix. Hosts for the test run included WPLJ's Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill, WHTA's nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show, featuring Ebony Steele, Gary With Da Tea, and HeadKrack, as well as WDVD's Fowler and Martinek. Recording artist DJ Felli Fel and Jessi Malay, with comedian Michael Bachmann, were the show's Los Angeles hosts.
Dish Nation averaged a modest 0.9 rating/2 share for the six-week test, but Fox saw promising growth. The show experienced an 11% increase in household ratings from the premiere week to the end of the six-week test.
Dish Nation experienced other standout ratings successes, beating David Letterman in Atlanta and frequently coming in third in key demos and household ratings, although with the caveat that Atlanta's CBS affiliate is one of that network's weakest affiliate stations. The show's median age of viewers was 43.1, the lowest among all entertainment magazine shows, according to Twentieth (TMZ 43.7, Access Hollywood 52.3, Extra 54.2, The Insider 55.2, Entertainment Tonight 56.6, Inside Edition 58).
Prior to the 2012 NATPE conference, 20th Century Fox announced that Dish Nation would return for a 52-week, full series run to premiere September 10, 2012. After the rating success of its first 100 episodes, Twentieth Television announced on January 25, 2013 that Dish Nation had been picked up for an unprecedented Season Two. Viewers "are constantly sharing with their friends that Dish Nation is the funniest show on television, resulting in new eyeballs watching the show and contributing to the continued upward trajectory of the ratings," said Stephen Brown, EVP of programming and development at 20th Television.
On July 27, 2013, Kidd Kraddick died in the New Orleans area while raising money for his charity, Kidd's Kids. Two days later, Dish Nation paid tribute to him with a special broadcast.
Season Two officially began on September 10, 2013 with the cast of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show from Atlanta, the remaining cast members of The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show (formerly named Kidd Kraddick in the Morning) from Dallas, and The Heidi and Frank Show from Los Angeles. Many segments were changed and dropped throughout the season. In November 2013, Dish Nation was renewed for a third season.
On May 12, 2014, Dish Nation introduced Josh Wolf and Trish Suhr as part of Dish HQ, along with Ebony Steele, who moved to Los Angeles. This led to rotating the Dallas crew with the LA crew each week, but this only lasted until June 2014, as the show returned to its original format with Atlanta, Dallas and LA. In June 2014, reality star Porsha Williams joined the show, teaming with The Rickey Smiley Morning Show for the summer.
Season Three began in September 8, 2014. In November 2014, the show began to rotate the Dallas and LA crew on a day-to-day basis. The Seattle crew came in at various times and rotations. The Atlanta crew was the only group that appeared all five days a week. On January 6, 2015 the show was renewed for two more years.
Season Four premiered on September 7, 2015. In November, rapper Da Brat was added as a main personality for the Atlanta team.
Vincent Rutherford replaces Michael Bachmann as Dish Nation's Executive Producer.
Joining Dish Nation as special correspondents as of March 2016 were Ben and Matt from KNIX in Phoenix, Arizona, and Miguel and Holly from Hot 101.5 from Tampa, Florida. In April 2016, Tone Kapone from Chicago's WGCI became the latest member in the rotation, initially for a short term, but later joined the show's team full-time.
Season Five premiered on September 5, 2016.
On January 27, 2018 it was announced that Dish Nation was renewed through 2020.
Season Six premiered on September 4, 2017. Dish Nation continues with Atlanta and Los Angeles teams. Guest hosts often appear including, Kim Fields, Karrueche Tran, Monie Love, Ed Lover and Torrei Hart, and Eva Marcille. In July 2018 James Dubose replaced Vincent Rutherford as Dish Nation's Executive Producer.
Dish Nation was renewed for an 8th season beginning on September 2nd, 2019. Following the completion of the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney in March 2019, distribution of Dish Nation, along with Divorce Court and the new 2019-20 game show 25 Words or Less, was transferred to a new division of Fox Corporation (which retained the broadcast network and sports assets of Fox) known as Fox First Run.
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