History Series / EntertainmentTonight

9th May '16 2:00:04 AM glickmam
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A magazine-format journalistic television series, created in 1981 by Alfred Masini and originally produced and distributed by Creator/{{Paramount}}, featuring Mary Hart and a score of other hosts and reporters discussing the recent news in Hollywood. A major enabler of the HollywoodHypeMachine, as well as a tabloid journal, it's a mixture of hype, interviews, and sensationalism about the latest rumors and dating habits of the rich and famous. Airs daily in half-hour segments, and has done so for years. Country-specific spin-offs have popped up in the UK, Canada, Brazil, and others. The show is now produced and distributed by Creator/{{CBS}}, which replaced Paramount successor CBS Paramount Television after the CBS-Creator/{{Viacom}} breakup in 2005.

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A magazine-format journalistic television series, created by Al Masini in 1981 by Alfred Masini and originally produced and distributed by Creator/{{Paramount}}, featuring Mary Hart and John Tesh and a score of other hosts and reporters discussing the recent news in Hollywood. A major enabler of the HollywoodHypeMachine, as well as a tabloid journal, it's a mixture of hype, interviews, and sensationalism about the latest rumors and dating habits of the rich and famous. Airs daily in half-hour segments, and has done so for years. Country-specific spin-offs have popped up in the UK, Canada, Brazil, and others. The show is now produced and distributed by Creator/{{CBS}}, which replaced Paramount successor CBS Paramount Television after the CBS-Creator/{{Viacom}} breakup in 2005.
20th Jan '16 12:51:06 PM VenomLancerHae
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* {{Fanfare}}: Composed by Michael Mark. It became an unlistenable cacophony of guitars and swooshes over the last few years (and between 2012-2014, a terrible rap mix by will.i.am from Music/TheBlackEyedPeas promoted by the show as the best television theme ever). Thankfully as of September 2014 a simpler version of the theme has returned.

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* {{Fanfare}}: Composed by Michael Mark. It became an unlistenable cacophony of guitars and swooshes over the last few years (and between 2012-2014, a terrible rap mix by will.i.am from Music/TheBlackEyedPeas promoted by the show as the best television theme ever). Thankfully as of September 2014 a simpler version of the theme has returned.
16th Jan '16 11:37:29 AM Anddrix
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* ViewersAreMorons: Even if justified as giving an AudioDescription to blind viewers, the zeal of their voiceovers describe magazine and video imagery of celebrities, down to [[ProductPlacement fashion labels worn by them]] comes off as kind of insultingly primary as if we don't know what Calvin Klein is.
30th Oct '15 10:17:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* WolverinePublicity: The show seems to think that ''TheBigChill'', a 1983 film about BabyBoomers is the greatest film of all time and has days of footage about it. Every time a year ending in "3" or "8" or a new home media release comes around, expect to be reminded of how this movie only thought of by most as filler on {{Creator/HBO}} or Creator/USANetwork is the best two hours ever put to celluloid by this program.

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* WolverinePublicity: The show seems to think that ''TheBigChill'', ''Film/TheBigChill'', a 1983 film about BabyBoomers is the greatest film of all time and has days of footage about it. Every time a year ending in "3" or "8" or a new home media release comes around, expect to be reminded of how this movie only thought of by most as filler on {{Creator/HBO}} or Creator/USANetwork is the best two hours ever put to celluloid by this program.
10th Jan '15 3:09:15 PM glickmam
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* WolverinePublicity: The show seems to think that ''TheBigChill'', a 1983 film about BabyBoomers is the greatest film of all time and has days of footage about it. Every time a year ending in "3" or "8" or a new home media release comes around, expect to be reminded of how this movie only thought of by most as filler on {{Creator/HBO}} or USANetwork is the best two hours ever put to celluloid by this program.

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* WolverinePublicity: The show seems to think that ''TheBigChill'', a 1983 film about BabyBoomers is the greatest film of all time and has days of footage about it. Every time a year ending in "3" or "8" or a new home media release comes around, expect to be reminded of how this movie only thought of by most as filler on {{Creator/HBO}} or USANetwork Creator/USANetwork is the best two hours ever put to celluloid by this program.
30th Dec '14 11:11:58 AM nombretomado
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* WolverinePublicity: The show seems to think that ''TheBigChill'', a 1983 film about BabyBoomers is the greatest film of all time and has days of footage about it. Every time a year ending in "3" or "8" or a new home media release comes around, expect to be reminded of how this movie only thought of by most as filler on {{HBO}} or USANetwork is the best two hours ever put to celluloid by this program.

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* WolverinePublicity: The show seems to think that ''TheBigChill'', a 1983 film about BabyBoomers is the greatest film of all time and has days of footage about it. Every time a year ending in "3" or "8" or a new home media release comes around, expect to be reminded of how this movie only thought of by most as filler on {{HBO}} {{Creator/HBO}} or USANetwork is the best two hours ever put to celluloid by this program.
28th Dec '14 12:31:11 AM lizaphile
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* {{Paparazzi}}: A lot of footage of celebrities came from them for many years; has been tamped down as new management came in and decided to finally stop out-TMZ'ing TMZ before they lost many celebrities from even contributing to the program.

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* {{Paparazzi}}: A lot of footage of celebrities came from them for many years; has been tamped down as new management came in and decided to finally stop out-TMZ'ing TMZ before they lost many celebrities from even contributing to the program. Celebrity-run social media accounts have also helped push this type of footage off ''ET''.
6th Nov '14 5:05:44 PM lizaphile
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* AdoredByTheNetwork: If your show contains the initials ''{{Series/NCIS}}'' in it, it'll be promoted incessantly by ''ET'' over everything else.
6th Nov '14 5:03:24 PM lizaphile
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* {{Fanfare}}: Composed by Michael Mark. It became an unlistenable cacophony of guitars and swooshes over the last few years (and now a terrible rap mix by will.i.am from Music/TheBlackEyedPeas promoted by the show as the best television theme ever).

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* AdoredByTheNetwork: If your show contains the initials ''{{Series/NCIS}}'' in it, it'll be promoted incessantly by ''ET'' over everything else.
* {{Fanfare}}: Composed by Michael Mark. It became an unlistenable cacophony of guitars and swooshes over the last few years (and now between 2012-2014, a terrible rap mix by will.i.am from Music/TheBlackEyedPeas promoted by the show as the best television theme ever). Thankfully as of September 2014 a simpler version of the theme has returned.



* {{Paparazzi}}: A lot of footage of celebrities comes from them.

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* {{Paparazzi}}: A lot of footage of celebrities comes came from them.them for many years; has been tamped down as new management came in and decided to finally stop out-TMZ'ing TMZ before they lost many celebrities from even contributing to the program.



* TabloidMelodrama: Since 1999, when the staffers at sister show ''Hard Copy'' lost their jobs and needed a place to work elsewhere on the Paramount lot, the show has had a lot of this.

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* TabloidMelodrama: Since 1999, when the staffers at sister show ''Hard Copy'' lost their jobs and needed a place to work elsewhere on the Paramount lot, the show has had a lot of this. After the executive producer of the show from then until 2014, Linda Bell Blue was finally gently nudged out the door, the tabloid content has also quietly been pushed away.


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* {{Unperson}}: Unless a program is very dominant in the ratings, don't expect {{Creator/Fox}} or {{Creator/NBC}}'s TV shows to be promoted here (in the latter case especially, as the NBC-produced SpiritedCompetitor ''Access Hollywood'' claims dibs for their shows), appropriate for a show produced by {{Creator/CBS}}'s syndication division and aired on many {{Creator/ABC}} stations; both networks get the bulk of ''ET'' attention for television series promotion.
19th Oct '14 5:20:26 PM mlsmithca
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* HollywoodHypeMachine: Pretty much its sole purpose is to "hype" the latest movies, music, and television, doing interviews with the stars, and general promotion. It worked hand-in-hand with the Hollywood studios to create new stars (it was a ''major'' proponent of Matthew Maconaghey when he was supposed to be the "Next Big Thing", and constantly touted him as such) and make big hits. It was mutually-beneficial, because after all, without hype, the movies might fail, and if the movies fail, ''ET'' wouldn't have as much to talk about.
** It wasn't always just hype, however, especially during the first two years, when Jim Bellows served as managing editor. Under Bellows' watch, in addition to general entertainment promotion, the show would frequently feature investigative reports about the entertainment industry's drug use and hiring practices. Not really surprising since Bellows previously had a long and storied career in legitimate journalism, which in addition to working on ''ET'', also included serving as editor of the ''New York Herald Tribune'' (1961-1967), associate editor of the ''Los Angeles Times'' (1967-1974), editor of the ''Washington Star'' (1975-1978), and editor of the ''Los Angeles Herald Examiner'' (1978-1981). In fact, Bellows' investigative stories were so recognized in the industry, that after ''ET'''s second season ended in 1983, ABC News president Roone Arledge asked Bellows to serve as executive editor for the network's nightly newscast, ''World News Tonight with Peter Jennings''. Bellows accepted and served in that role until 1986.

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* HollywoodHypeMachine: Pretty much its sole purpose is to "hype" the latest movies, music, and television, doing interviews with the stars, and general promotion. It worked hand-in-hand with the Hollywood studios to create new stars (it was a ''major'' proponent of Matthew Maconaghey [=McConaughey=] when he was supposed to be the "Next Big Thing", and constantly touted him as such) and make big hits. It was mutually-beneficial, mutually beneficial, because after all, without hype, the movies might fail, and if the movies fail, ''ET'' wouldn't have as much to talk about.
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about. It wasn't always just hype, however, especially during the first two years, when Jim Bellows served as managing editor. Under Bellows' watch, in addition to general entertainment promotion, the show would frequently feature investigative reports about the entertainment industry's drug use and hiring practices. [[note]] Not really surprising since Bellows previously had a long and storied career in legitimate journalism, which in addition to working on ''ET'', also included serving as editor of the ''New York Herald Tribune'' (1961-1967), associate editor of the ''Los Angeles Times'' (1967-1974), editor of the ''Washington Star'' (1975-1978), and editor of the ''Los Angeles Herald Examiner'' (1978-1981). In fact, Bellows' investigative stories were so recognized in the industry, that after ''ET'''s second season ended in 1983, ABC News president Roone Arledge asked Bellows to serve as executive editor for the network's nightly newscast, ''World News Tonight with Peter Jennings''. Bellows accepted and served in that role until 1986.[[/note]]



* TabloidMelodrama: Since 1999 when the staffers at sister show ''Hard Copy'' lost their jobs and needed a place to work elsewhere on the Paramount lot, the show has had alot of this.

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* TabloidMelodrama: Since 1999 1999, when the staffers at sister show ''Hard Copy'' lost their jobs and needed a place to work elsewhere on the Paramount lot, the show has had alot a lot of this.
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