'TMZ Live' Renewed Through 2017
TMZ Live is staying put on Fox Television Stations. The series has been renewed through the 2016-17 TV season.
"We’re producing TMZ Live as a show that bridges the gap between broadcast and digital, using assets from both," says executive producer Harvey Levin, who also serves as the TMZ brand's managing editor. "It’s not TV and it’s not the Internet. It’s a blend.”
The announcement was made by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution president Ken Werner and Fox Television Stations senior VP of programming, Frank Cicha.
"This deal to extend TMZ Live on the Fox Stations is the culmination of an extremely successful strategic roll out,” said Werner. “Harvey and his team set out to create, develop and refine a completely new genre of show, incubating it as a live Internet based show and then successfully transitioning it to television. TMZ Live has emerged as a top-ranked talk show in the Fox markets among both Women 25-54 and Adults 25-54 and has proven its versatility, pairing successfully with other talk shows, news, magazines and court shows. We are pleased to have our long-time collaborators at Fox partner with us as we continue to create new and exciting ways of producing and distributing distinctive programming.”
“Besides its merit as a strong stand-alone program, TMZ Live accomplishes two important things for us,” added Cicha. “First, it enhances one of our top first run brands. Second, it breaks out of the traditional syndication model -- which is clearly in need of an overhaul.”
TMZ Live, which started online and extends TMZ's current TV efforts, is a one-hour daily series that borrows elements from the TMZ brand and daytime talk shows. A 2012 test run in Los Angeles prompted a tiered expansion, and the series now airs in a total of 15 markets: Los Angeles (KTTV), KSAZ (Phoenix), WFXT (Boston), WFLD (Chicago), KDFW (Dallas), WJBK (Detroit), KMSP (Minneapolis), WNYW (New York), WTXF (Philadelphia), WTTG (Washington, D.C.), WAGA (Atlanta), KRIV (Houston), WTVT (Tampa), WOFL (Orlando) and, as of this week, WJZY (Charlotte).