'Access Hollywood' spawns 'Live' offspring

Billy Bush, Kit Hoover co-hosting new talk show

Billy Bush and Kit Hoover will co-host a new entertainment news talk show, "Access Hollywood Live," to premiere Sept. 13.

"Access Hollywood Live" will focus on the latest celebrity dish, opinions, pop-culture and Hollywood happenings. The show, which will broadcast live in high-definition, will feature in-studio guests, a cast of regular contributors and female-friendly segments.

The slow rollout in syndication will begin on six NBC stations, six Fox stations and one indie in Cleveland. The plan is to eventually go national and pair the show with the flagship "Access Hollywood."

Executive producer Rob Silverstein and the "Access Hollywood" team will produce "Access Hollywood Live" from Los Angeles. Stephanie Medina (AMC's "Sunday Morning Shootout") will direct "Access Hollywood Live."

"Billy Bush and Kit Hoover make a terrific pair -- engaging, lively and knowledgeable. As the 'Access Hollywood Live' team, they will bring a fresh new approach to daytime," Silverstein said.

Bush, who is (and will continue) as anchor for "Access Hollywood," joined that show as East Coast correspondent in December 2001 and was promoted to co-anchor in June 2004.

In addition, he reported for NBC at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece, hosted "Access Hollywood's" coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In April 2008, Bush returned to his roots with the launch of "The Billy Bush Show," a nationally syndicated talk and music radio show with Westwood One.

A veteran TV personality and broadcast journalist, Hoover made her TV debut in 1995 as a cast member on the original season of MTV's "Road Rules."

She also had stints at Fox News as a correspondent for newsmagazine "FOX Files," as host of ESPN2's "Cold Pizza," and as guest host on "The View."

The flagship "Access" begins its 15th season in syndication on Sept. 6.
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