Extra (TV program)

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Not to be confused with Extras.
Extra logo.jpg
Presented by Mario Lopez (2008–present)
Tracey Edmonds (2014–present)
Charissa Thompson (2014–present)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 20
No. of episodes 6,329 (as of December 19, 2014 - 5,275 weekdays, 1,054 weekend)
Location(s) Victory Studios, Glendale, California (1994–2010)
The Grove at Farmers Market, Los Angeles (2010–2013)
Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City, California (2013-present)
Running time 20 minutes (weekdays)
42 minutes (weekend)
Production company(s) Time-Telepictures Television (1994–2003)
Telepictures Productions (2003–present)
Nuell Riley Productions (1994–1996)
Tinsletown Entertainment (1996–1998)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network Syndicated
Picture format 1994-2010:
NTSC (480i)
HDTV 1080i30
Audio format Stereophonic
Original release September 5, 1994 – present
External links
[extratv.com Website]

Extra is an American entertainment television news program covering events and celebrities which debuted on September 5, 1994 in syndication. It was initially produced at Victory Studios in Glendale, California (later relocating to The Grove at Farmers Market in Los Angeles and even later to Universal Studios Hollywood) by Telepictures Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television Distribution. Until 2003, it was distributed by Time-Telepictures Television, a joint merger between Time magazine and Telepictures. Extra also had a spinoff show called Celebrity Justice, which ran for only three seasons from 2002–2005. Extra is one of two Warner Bros. Television shows to be syndicated to NBCUniversal television stations, the other being The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Extra is also one of two WBTV entertainment programs, the other being TMZ on TV.


Victory Studios, where Extra was produced from 1994 to 2010

The series was developed in 1993, for a fall 1994 launch, under the working title Entertainment News Television. However, the E!: Entertainment Television cable channel filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Telepictures over the title, claiming it too closely mirrored its own name; though E! lost the lawsuit in a summary judgment hearing allowing Warner Bros. to continue to use the ENT title for the series, Warner Bros. decided to change the name of the program to Extra: The Entertainment Magazine in May 1994, four months before the series debuted, with Warner Bros. executives citing that the ENT name was too similar to Entertainment Tonight (which is commonly known simply as ET) and could have possibly led to viewer confusion and hurting ratings in the process.[1]

It was announced on January 29, 2007 that Extra has been renewed through the 2011-2012 season. The staff of Extra also produced a Sunday night program for The CW called CW Now from September 2007 to February 2008, when it was cancelled; the show continues to produce interstitial segments for that network.

On July 28, 2008 it was announced that Mario Lopez would become solo host replacing current co-hosts Dayna Devon, who will become a correspondent, and Mark McGrath, who leaves the show to return to a music career.

On September 13, 2010, the series' 17th season premiere, Extra became the fourth American syndicated newsmagazine to be broadcast in high definition, after Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and Access Hollywood; the series also abandoned its Victory Studios set and moved its taping location to The Grove at Farmers Market, a well-known shopping and entertainment venue in Los Angeles.[2]

On August 4, 2011 it was announced that Maria Menounos would be joining Extra to co-host the show with Mario Lopez. She will also have on-air duties at Dr. Drew's Lifechangers, and will develop new projects.[3]

At the beginning of its 20th season, Extra moved its taping location to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Current on-air staff[edit]



Former on-air staff[edit]


After recently winning an Emmy award for Best Entertainment News Programming, "Extra" is now in its 21st season. The show is produced by a staff of about 150 people, consisting of editors, producers, library staff, film crews, and the hosts. The show is taped at Universal Studios Hollywood, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The show is taped before a live audience, allowing fans to interact with the show's hosts and includes live appearances from A-list actors, musicians, athletes, and newsmakers.[4] "Extra" also takes a unique approach in keeping their viewers in the loop by taking them on coast-to-coast trips in every episode, from Hollywood to Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas to their H&M studio in New York.[5]

International carriage[edit]

Only the weekday show is shown outside the US. The 44 minute long weekend edition is only distributed domestically..


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