12:33pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'TMZ' and 'TMZ Live' Renewed Through 2020
TMZ and TMZ Live aren't going anywhere.
The two daily syndicated series have been renewed through the 2019-20 television season by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, it was announced Monday.
The renewal will keep the Telepictures-produced shows on Fox Television Stations for three more seasons.
“Nearly a decade ago, Fox took a chance when the TMZ website was transformed into a ground-breaking television series combining breaking entertainment news told through a unique comedic form of storytelling. Then, about five years ago, Fox once again took a chance launching TMZ Live with a slow rollout across its stations, which has revolutionized the talk news/information format," Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution president Ken Werner said in a statement. "Offering fresh episodes every day, these two series together have the unique benefit of working across multiple parts and as compatible programming across all genres, becoming one of the foundations of the fantastic success of their stations by attracting a younger, diverse and loyal audience.”
Added Fox Television Stations senior vp programming Frank Cicha: “Watching the folks at TMZ create a new paradigm for strip television has been incredibly exhilarating, so we’re looking forward to these next three years. Besides, Harvey [Levin] said if we didn’t renew, he’d dig up dirt on us."
TMZ first launched in 2007, with TMZ Live following in 2013. Both series are executive produced by the site's founder, Levin, along with Charles Latibeaudiere and Evan Rosenblum
Harvey Levin Productions. and paraMedia produce in association with Telepictures. Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution handles distribution.
“By the time this is over, my cup will be filled with Metamucil," Levin said in a statement.
TMZ and TMZ Live join TMZ Sports, which debuted last year on Fox Sports 1.
The series, which center on the breaking celebrity news items and sightings that the site has become well-known for, are about to face several new competitors with an upcoming Page Six syndicated series set to launch this summer and a National Enquirer series that recently debuted on Reelz.