The long-running entertainment news and lifestyle magazine series “Access Hollywood” is adding veteran TV personality Mario Lopez to its on-air lineup.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 9, Lopez will join Kit Hoover and Scott Evans as a host of both “Access Hollywood” and its daytime counterpart, “Access Daily,” which is undergoing a name change from “Access Live.”
In addition, Lopez has signed an overall development and producing deal for both scripted and alternative programming with Universal Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio.
The announcement was made by Tracie Wilson, executive vice president of creative affairs for NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution.
“Mario is a multi-talented television personality. Drawing from his experience as an entertainment TV and radio host, actor, author, and, of course, a father and husband, Mario brings a fresh voice and perspective with creative ideas to our business,” said Wilson. “Our viewers know him and love him, and we are so excited to have him as a part of the NBCUniversal family.”
Added Lopez: “I have long admired the team at NBCUniversal and all the shows being produced. I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to join in that success and develop scripted and alternative projects on their many creative platforms.”