Banfield feeling Court TV's 'Heat'

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Ashleigh Banfield has signed on as host of Court TV's primetime series "Hollywood Heat."

Thursday's installment will mark Banfield's first day as host of the crime and justice entertainment show, which airs at 11:30 p.m. Thursdays and repeats at 6 p.m. Fridays, 11 p.m. Saturdays and noon Sundays.

She also will continue to co-anchor with Jack Ford the daily program "Banfield & Ford: Courtside," which airs from 1-3 p.m. as part of Court TV's daytime programming lineup dubbed Court TV News.

The topics scheduled for Thursday's episode of "Heat" include coverage of the feature film "The Good Shepherd" as well as the guys from the network's Web site theSmokingGun.com and the debut of "Hollywood Justice Department," a look at celebrity encounters with the legal system.

"Like most of America, I take a huge interest in celebrity and entertainment news, and now I will have the opportunity to spotlight the crime and justice system as I do each day during my Court TV News show but with a Hollywood twist," Banfield said.

Banfield joined Court TV News as an anchor in July 2005. Before that, she was a correspondent and anchor for NBC News and MSNBC.

"Heat," executive produced by Diane Petzke, was hosted by Lynne White.
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