NBCUniversal Syndication Studios has renewed "Access Hollywood" along with its successful brand extension daily talk show, "Access Daily" through 2025 in national syndication. The studio has sold the iconic entertainment news tentpole to the NBC Owned Television Stations group, along with leading station groups across the country, for three additional seasons, it was announced today by Tracie Wilson, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal Syndication Studios.
"We are thrilled to continue our successful partnership with the NBC Owned stations, bringing the Access brand to local stations for additional seasons," said Wilson. "Our talented hosts have incredible chemistry and our dedicated production teams, led by Maureen FitzPatrick, work tirelessly to bring viewers quality content each day on 'Access Hollywood' and 'Access Daily."
"I am excited for our NBC owned stations to continue to be the home of 'Access Hollywood' and "Access Daily' to deliver our local audiences the latest entertainment and pop culture news," added Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations.
"I couldn't be more proud of 'Access Hollywood's' entire team and the quality content they produce every day," Senior Executive Producer Maureen FitzPatrick said. "After the shut down last March, 'Access' was back on the air with original content within a week delivering up-to-date news on Covid-19, heart-warming stories of people serving their communities and how celebrities are giving back. 'Access' has been providing viewers with the latest entertainment headlines for 25 seasons and I'm honored to be serving our audience for another three years."
For the 2020-21 season "Access Hollywood" is averaging over 1.4 million viewers each day ranking it as one of the top entertainment news programs in syndication. "Access Hollywood" continues to deliver for its local station partners including ranking as a top entertainment news programs among the key women 25-54 demographic in three of the top four markets including Los Angeles (KNBC), Chicago (WMAQ), and Philadelphia (WCAU). Access Digital reaches over 4.5 million organic followers and is a leader in short-form entertainment news.
In March 2021, "Access Hollywood" was honored at the annual CultureX Conversation Conference with the award for Program Reflection of Inclusion in Television by Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable. The award is in recognition of its diverse hosts and coverage of stories about diversity and inclusion in the television industry. In addition, "Access Hollywood" recently launched its podcast, "The Vault," which delves into archives of interviews over the past 25 years taking fans back in time to hear what the biggest names in Hollywood had to say in their first interviews, at their first red carpets and along their journey of becoming major Hollywood stars. Hosts Scott Evans and Zuri Hall add their own pop culture perspective to these iconic interviews.