Extra, Extra!, the big Hollywood headline for Fall 2006, kicks off "Extra's" 13th season in national syndication. Get ready to hear that familiar jingle everywhere! The popular series will deliver on its slogan by breaking celebrity news every day and giving you something extra.
To coincide with the return of Extra, Extra! as its slogan, look for a newly revamped version of the signature segment Extra, Extra! featuring exclusive news, celebrity interviews, and first look sneak peeks.
"Extra" will continue to break news in its popular segment Couples News, which has become a place of record for celebrity break-ups, make-ups and hook-ups. "Extra" will also debut a spin-off franchise called Singles News focusing on single celebrities and their romantic escapades. Also new to the show this season is Gimme! Gimme!, featuring the latest celebrity must-haves from fashion to gadgets. "Extra's" signature segments Rumor Control, Star Sightings and Mansions and Millionaires will also return.
"Extra's" award-winning on-air team is led by co-hosts Dayna Devon and Mark McGrath. Devon and McGrath are backed by an experienced team of award-winning correspondents including Jon Kelley, respected entertainment journalist Jerry Penacoli, New York-based reporters Tanika Ray and AJ Calloway, Las Vegas correspondent, Carlos Diaz and music critic, Jude Cole.
Diaz is television's only national entertainment reporter stationed in Las Vegas. Since establishing "Extra's" Las Vegas Bureau in 2005, Diaz has consistently been the first with Sin City's most talked about news and landed exclusives with stars including Nick Lachey, Denise Richards, Vince Vaughn, Kayne Westand Britney Spears.
During the 2005-2006 season, "Extra" broke one of the biggest stories of the year when Tom Cruise, traveling in Italy, confirmed to "Extra" that he was dating Katie Holmes. "Extra's" exclusives with Cruise continued all across the globe, as "Extra" was first on the closed Shanghai set of "Mission Impossible 3." Halle Berry broke the news on "Extra" that she plans to adopt children and Charlize Theron told "Extra" exclusively she wouldn't marry her longtime boyfriend until gays were allowed to marry. Theron's "Extra" interview prompted numerous honors and accolades from the gay and lesbian community, including a 2006 GLAAD Award. "Extra's" music critic Jude Cole was the first journalist to get Mick Jagger on the record about his controversial anti-Bush administration lyrics.
Music plays a huge part in the series. "Extra" is the exclusive home away from home for the stars of "American Idol." Simon Cowell, Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson all come to "Extra" first with the most revealing "AI" exclusives. Katharine McPhee, "AI's" 2006 runner-up, came first to "Extra" to talk about her battle with bulimia.
"Extra" is also the only entertainment magazine to bring today's hottest musical acts in studio for private jam sessions. Lifehouse, The Goo-Goo Dolls, Chris Isaak and Earth, Wind & Fire are among the acts to perform live on the "Extra" stage.
Viewers have come to expect "Extra's" unique coverage of Hollywood, and that extends to the presentation of the series. When co-host Dayna Devon was on maternity leave, "Extra" recruited stars to fill in, including Burt Reynolds, Pam Anderson, James Denton, Cybill Shepherd, Tommy Lee, Jane Kaczmarek, Donald Trump and George Lopez. From movies to music, television to fashion, "Extra" is where it all happens.
"Extra" is helmed by Senior Executive Producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey. Her senior production team includes Executive Producer Theresa Coffino and Co-Executive Producer Jeremy Spiegel.
"Extra's" daily broadcasts are also supported by its website, www.extratv.com or AOL Keyword: Extra, which furnishes breaking entertainment news stories and is continually updated throughout the day. In addition, a number of interactive elements including contests, polls, and video clips from the show, garner more than 1.5 million "page views" a week.
"Extra" originates in Glendale, CA and has a fully staffed bureau in New York and a new bureau in Las Vegas. The show, with correspondents and producers around the globe, offers a half-hour edition every weekday and an original hour-long weekend installment. Seen in more than 95 percent of the country, "Extra" airs on major market affiliates, including the key NBC Television Owned & Operated Stations.
"Extra" is produced by Time Telepictures Productions and is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.