NBC owned stations getting a third ‘Access’ branded show
“Access Hollywood,” which itself is returning to its original name after being known as just “Access,” will also switch to live broadcasts this fall.
“All Access,” meanwhile, will air on WNBC in New York, KNBC in Los Angeles, WCAU in Philadelphia, WVIT in Hartford, Connecticut, KNTV in San Fransisco and WTVJ in Miami at 7:30 p.m. local time.
“Access Hollywood” will move to 7 p.m. in those markets, creating an hourlong programming block under the brand.
Ironically, the 7 to 8 p.m. hour in the eastern and Pacific time zones, is often referred to as “access hour” and is filled with syndicated programming, including other entertainment magazines and game shows.
“All Access” will feature new host Mario Lopez along with Kit Hoover and Scott Evans.
Notably missing are WMAQ in Chicago, KXAS in Dallas, which are both in the central time zone and don’t have a full hour in between the end of evening network newscasts and primetime in most markets.
WRC in Washington, D.C., WBTS in Boston and KNSD is San Diego are also not carrying the show at its debut.
“Access Daily,” the spinoff talk show known as “Access Hollywood Live” and “Access Live” will remain on air.
The brand will also get new logos, graphics and music as well as a new set featuring a 100-foot wide LED video wall.
The three shows are all produced and distributed by NBCUniversal and air on most owned stations as well as other stations in syndication.
“All Access” is not being syndicated at the start, but if it proves successful it could be added to other stations.
Correction: An earlier version of this report incorrectly identified the mountain time zone’s “access hour.”