Talent Lineup Unveiled for Telepictures' 'TMZ'
August 12, 2007 9:00 PM
Perhaps the most talked-about new syndicated series for fall is Telepictures' newsmagazine strip "TMZ," based on the mega-Web site TMZ.com that breaks celebrity news online. A lot of questions have surrounded the format of and talent for the show, but with the approach of the launch comes some clarity.
Executive producer (and main on-air personality) Harvey Levin has added four people to the strip's on-air talent list, including Teresa Strasser, who is perhaps best known as the host of TLC series "While You Were Out." Ms. Strasser currently co-hosts TV Guide Network's weekly pop culture roundup "TV Watercooler" with comedian John Fugelsang and is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times' Calendar section. The show also has signed Katie Daryl, who has hosted the political MTV Special "Choose or Lose" and recently worked with HDNet as host and producer of "True Music"; Ben Mankiewicz, who co-hosts the Air America/XM radio show "The Young Turks" and hosts film presentations on Turner Classic Movies; and TMZ.com staffer Michael Hundgen. Jim Paratore will also executive produce.
The "TMZ" hosts will be based in its new newsroom on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. The series was designed to complement the Web site, with news updates added to later airings of the show. -- Chris Pursell