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North Texas Now
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Created by Trey Friedrichs
Starring Sazan Barzani
MatthewTorres
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 51 (as of June 1, 2012)
Production
Executive producer(s) Coralee Trigger
Producer(s) Matthew Torres
Morgan McCrory
Adrian Ortega
Courtney Anthony
Running time 30 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s) North Texas Television
Release
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release February 15, 2011 – present
External links
Website

North Texas Now is Denton's only daytime talk show.It airs weekdays at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm Central on North Texas Television (Charter 22, Verizon FiOS 46). The half-hour show premiered on February 15, 2011 and is currently hosted by Sazan Barzani Matthew Torres. [1]

Concept[edit]

Production[edit]

North Texas Now (NTN) is Denton's only daytime talk show. It is shot multi-camera style, live-to-tape. Like all ntTV programming, North Texas Now is produced entirely by student volunteers.[2][3]

Mission[edit]

The mission is use television and new media to to create thoughtful programming that informs, inspires, and entertains our campus and the North Texas community.[4]

Regular Segments[edit]

Off The Highway - (Coming Season 4)
Denton Highlight - (Season 1-present) Denton Highlights include: A Creative Art Studio, Museum on the Square, Mad World Records, La Di Da, Jupiter House, Denton County Independent Hamburger Company, Hickory Creek Lounge, Abby Underground, Vigne Wine, Simone Lounge.
UNT Highlight - (Season 1-present) Highlighting UNT students, organizations, and departments. Segments include: UNT Theater's performance of Godspell, Student Money Management, Student Government Association, Pike Fraternity...
Steve on the Streets - (Season 1-3) Segment host Steve Hendrix takes it to the streets in his segment. Shot with one photographer (handheld), Steve explores the Denton and DFW communities and asks lots of questions of people on the streets along the way. Segments include: "Speed Dating", "What's your pet peeve?", "Fry vs. Square"
Music Now - (Season 1-present) Music Now highlights local and up and coming musicians. Segments guest include: Mark My Word, Acey's Ghost, and Nelly's Echo.

History[edit]

Season 4[edit]

North Texas Now Season 4 (Fall 2012) will premiere in September.

Season 3[edit]

North Texas Now Season 3 (Spring 2012) was hosted by Sazan Barzani and Matthew Torres and Executive Produced by Coralee Trigger. In its third season, the show celebrated its first live-audience show, its 50th episode, completed a spin-off pilot for a late-night talk show[5], its first weekend shoot, and 5 other on-location shoots (The Dallas Arboretum, Casa Manana, The Dallas Contemporary, The University of North Texas Library Mall, and The Shops at Legacy in Plano).[6]

Season 2[edit]

North Texas Now Season 2 (Fall 2011) was hosted by Sazan Barzani and Andy Edwards and Executive Produced by Coralee Trigger. In its second season, the show completed 18 episodes.[7] On-location episodes were shot at The Dallas Arboretum, Six Flags Over Texas (for Fright Fest), Discovery Gardens, and The Denton Square.

Season 1[edit]

North Texas Now Season 1 (Spring 2011) was hosted by Kristen Diaz and Adam Hasley and Executive Produced by Trey Friedrichs. In its inaugural season, the show became the first ntTV entertainment program to complete 23 episodes in one semester. Episodes were shot in The University of North Texas Student Union, with the exception of 1.19 and 1.20 which were shot on-location at The Dallas Arboretum. Frequent segments included "Cooking Now" and "Music Now."[8]

Make A Difference[edit]

On April 15, 2011, the North Texas Now team recorded their first "Make A Difference" episode. It was an hour long special that highlighted kids, students, adults, and community leaders along with organizations around Denton and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex who were making a difference in their communities. Guests included the creator/founder of TOMS shoes, Blake Mycoskie.[9] Each season that followed has had its own "Make A Difference" episode.[10]

Milestones[edit]

On April 15, 2011, NTN recorded its first "Make A Difference" episode. It aired on April 19th.[11]

On April 22, 2011, the show taped off-campus for the first time at The Denton Square. Episode 1.15: "Hip to be Square: Day" aired on April 26th and featured daytime activities around the Denton Square. Episode 1.16: "Hip to be Square: Night" aired on April 28th and featured Denton's nightlife.

On April 30, 2011, the show taped out of Denton for the first time at The Dallas Arboretum. Episode 1.19: "The Dallas Arboretum" aired on May 10, 2011 and episode 1.20: "A Summer Day in Dallas" aired on May 12, 2011.

On March 9, 2012, the NTN team left North Texas for the first time to shoot an episode in Austin during the first weekend of the 2012 SXSW Festival.

On April 6, 2012, the show had its first live studio audience. The episode was recorded in the University of North Texas student union courtyard.

On April 13, 2012, the NTN team shot a pilot for a late-night talk show, "NTN at Night with Brandon Becvar."[12] It was renamed "Late Night at North Texas with Brandon Becvar" and is scheduled to premiere on North Texas Television in October 2012.

On April 20, 2012, NTN shot its 50th episode. The episode was recorded in the University of North Texas student union courtyard with a live studio audience.

Notable Guests[edit]

Tim Urban, American Idol Season 7 Finalist, Singer-Songwriter - episode 1.08 (interview and performance)[13]
Blake Mycoskie, Creator/Founder of TOMS Shoes - 1.13 (pre-recorded segment)[14]
The Dallas Zoo representatives and touring animals - episode 2.04
Matt Nordgren, star of Most Eligible Dallas - episode 2.08 (pre-recorded segment)
Bonnie Blossman, star of Big Rich Texas- episode 2.11 (pre-recorded segment)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn stars Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, and Jackson Rathbone - episode 2.14 (pre-recorded segment on the red carpet at Gilly's Dallas)
Imaj, Singer-Songwriter - episode 3.02 (interview and performance)
Mike Krieger, co-founder of Instagram - episode 3.05 [15]
Kevin Hart, star of Think Like A Man - episode 3.07 (pre-recorded segment on the red carpet)

On-Location[edit]

The show began taping around The University of North Texas student union, but has since gone off-campus to shoot episodes around Denton and the DFW Metroplex.

On-Location Episodes[edit]

1.15: "Hip to be Square: Day" - The Denton Square
1.16: "Hip to be Square: Night" - The Denton Square
1.19: "The Dallas Arboretum" - The Dallas Arboretum
1.20: "A Summer Day in Dallas" - The Dallas Arboretum
2.06: "A Fall Day in Dallas" - The Dallas Arboretum
2.09: "Six Flags Fright Fest" - Six Flags Over Texas
2.13: "Discovery Gardens" - Discovery Gardens
2.17: "Best of Season 2" - The Denton Square (Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony)
3.01: "Valentine's Day" - The Dallas Arboretum
3.02: "The Dallas Contemporary" - The Dallas Contemporary
3.03: "Casa Manana" - The Casa Manana Theater
3.04: "The Library Mall" - Outside on the Library Mall at The University of North Texas
3.05: "A SXSW Weekend in Austin" - Austin, TX[16]
3.09: "Best of Season 3" - The Shops at Legacy in Plano

Notable On-Location Segments[edit]

1.20: "A Summer Day in Dallas" - Highland Park Pharmacy
1.20: "A Summer Day in Dallas" - JD's Chippery
2.03: "Wild Wild West" - Billy Bob's Texas
2.04: "Creepy, Crawly, Soft, and Fuzzy: The Animal Show!" - The Fort Worth Zoo
2.06: "A Fall Day in Dallas" - The Nasher Sculpture Center
2.06: "A Fall Day in Dallas" - Texas State Fair
2.06: "A Fall Day in Dallas" - Sixth Floor Museum
2.06: "A Fall Day in Dallas" - Texas Rangers Stadium
2.11: "Trends" - Rooster's Roadhouse
3.01: "Valentine's Day" - Dallas Fashion Week
3.05: "A SXSW Weekend in Austin" - The Austonian[17]
3.05: "A SXSW Weekend in Austin" - Berry Austin[18]
3.05: "A SXSW Weekend in Austin" - Ballet Austin[19]
3.05: "A SXSW Weekend in Austin" - SXSW (unofficial coverage)[20]
3.05: "A SXSW Weekend in Austin" - 6th Street[21]
3.05: "A SXSW Weekend in Austin" - Austin, TX [22]

Fun Facts[edit]

For episode 2.05: "Living The Green Life" the North Texas Now crew accepted the challenge of going vegetarian for the week leading up to the shoot.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2011 EMPIxx Gold Award Excellence in Moving Pixels: Local - Regional Magazine Program Won[23]
Lone Star Emmy Award Outstanding Achievement in College/University Student Production - Long Form Nominated[24]
2012 Broadcast Education Association 2012 Festival of Media Arts Awards Student Video Competition - Instructional/Educational Category 3rd Place[25]

See also[edit]

  • List of North Texas Now episodes

References[edit]

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