MSNBC to Launch 2 Entertainment Shows

Jan 6, 2005  •  Post A Comment

MSNBC caught up with recent rumors Thursday when it announced the addition of two hour-long entertainment shows, staffed by faces familiar to Los Angeles viewers, to its weekend lineup starting Feb. 5 and 6. Sharon Tay, who is leaving KTLA-TV this week, will host both shows and Claudia DiFolco, who has worked for Fox-owned KTTV and KCOP-TV, will report from L.A.

“MSNBC at the Movies” will take the place of “Headliners & Legends” and repeats of “Deborah Norville Tonight” at noon and 5 p.m., respectively, on Saturdays. “MSNBC Entertainment Hot List” will replace repeats of “Hardball” and “Headliners & Legends” at noon and 5 p.m. on Sundays.

“These entertainment shows can complement our news coverage and help our viewers sort through their many entertainment options,” said Mark Effron, daytime news VP for MSNBC.

“MSNBC at the Movies” is described as in-depth looks at the movie industry, including interviews with the stars and directors of the weekend’s big openings, behind-the-scenes information on independent and art film releases and feedback from top movie critics.

“MSNBC Entertainment Hot List” will cover movie premieres, DVD releases, television, theater, fashion trends, music downloads, electronics, travel, celebrities and more.

“These shows will be fun, informative guides for viewers,” said executive producer Scott Leon, who helped make “Showbiz Today” a franchise for CNN. “While some shows dwell on gossip, our show will be helping our viewers make decisions on where to spend their entertainment dollar.”