'Extra' energy for show, co-hosts


Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has renewed Telepictures Prods.' syndicated newsmagazine "Extra" through the 2009-10 season.

In addition, Dayna Devon and Mark McGrath have re-upped under multiyear deals to continue co-hosting the show, which is in its 13th season. Senior executive producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey also has inked a new multiyear agreement to maintain her oversight of the show.

"Extra" has been cleared in more than 95% of the country through 2009-10, including the NBC O&Os in New York (WNBC), Los Angeles (KNBC), Chicago (WMAQ), Philadelphia (WCAU), San Francisco/San Jose (KNTV), Dallas (KXAS), Miami (WTVJ) and Hartford, Conn. (WVIT).

"For more than a dozen years, 'Extra' has consistently provided first-rate entertainment journalism and compelling stories along with impressive ratings," WBDTD president Ken Werner said.

Added Telepictures president Hilary Estey McLoughlin: "We're thrilled to have Dayna Devon and Mark McGrath in place as the on-air leaders of 'Extra' going forward, under the leadership of Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey."

"Extra" is averaging a 2.2 household rating season-to-date, down 4% from the same period a year ago, according to Nielsen Media Research. However, it should be pointed out that most syndicated shows are down year-to-year, many posting double-digit declines.

Devon joined the program in 1999 as weekend co-anchor and primary weekday correspondent. She then served as the show's substitute anchor and was named permanent anchor in 2003.

McGrath, lead singer of rock band Sugar Ray, joined "Extra" two seasons ago.

As previously announced, Mario Lopez recently joined "Extra" as co-host of the weekend edition and correspondent for the daily edition of the program.

"Extra" is executive produced by Theresa Coffino, with Jeremy Spiegel serving as co-executive producer.