Entertainment Tonight is a daily television entertainment news show that is syndicated by CBS Paramount Domestic Television throughout the United States, Canada and on the Nine Network in Australia.
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The show is the most popular and longest-running entertainment news program, with its first broadcast on September 14, 1981, and was the first syndicated program distributed via satellite. Andy Friendly was the show's original producer establishing the program's unique look, sound, pace and reporting style. Friendly put together a diverse staff ranging from former rock roadies to veteran TV reporters of the Vietnam War - some of whom continued to work on the show for over twenty years.
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In its current form, it is half of a one-hour entertainment news block that also includes its spin-off, The Insider. Three versions are available - a "standalone" version, a version for stations that air The Insider just beforehand, and one for those that air The Insider immediately after.
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ET Weekend, a one-hour weekend edition, is also produced. Originally a recap of the week's news, most or all episodes now have some sort of special theme. ET Radio Minute, a daily radio feature, is syndicated by Westwood One.
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Despite stiff competition from Access Hollywood and Extra (and Showbiz Tonight and E! News on cable), Entertainment Tonight still remains one of the Top 10 highly-rated programs in the syndication ratings.
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It was announced on January 30, 2006, that Entertainment Tonight has been renewed through the 2011-2012 season, which would be the show's 31st season.
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Source: Wikipedia
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