Access (U.S. TV program)

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GenreEntertainment news
Presented byNatalie Morales (2016–present)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons23
No. of episodes6,875 (as of September 14, 2018: 5,730 weeknights, 1,145 weekend)
Executive producer(s)Robert K. Silverstein
Running time20 minutes (weeknights)
42 minutes (weekend/weekdays)
Production company(s)NBC Studios (1996–2001)
(seasons 1-5)
KNBC (2001–present)
(season 6–present)
DistributorNew World/Genesis Distribution
(season 1)
20th Television
(seasons 1–3)
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
(1999–2001, barter ad-sales since 1999)
(seasons 4–5)
NBC Enterprises
(seasons 6–8)
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
(season 8–present)
Original networkSyndicated
Picture format1996–2010:
NTSC (480i)
HDTV (1080i)
Audio formatStereophonic
Original releaseSeptember 9, 1996 – present
External links

Access, formerly Access Hollywood, is an American weekday television entertainment news program that premiered on September 9, 1996. It covers events and celebrities in the entertainment industry. It was created by former Entertainment Tonight executive producer Jim Van Messel, and is currently produced by Robert Silverstein and directed by Richard Plotkin. In previous years, Doug Dougherty, Christopher A. Berry and Kim Anastasia directed the program. Access primarily focuses on news in the music, television, and film industries.

Logo used from 2007 to 2015.


Last logo used as Access Hollywood, from 2015 to 2017.

Access Hollywood has aired nationally on various local stations, most of them affiliates of NBC, in the United States since September 9, 1996. It was previously produced by NBC Studios and has changed distributors over the years, first with New World/Genesis Distribution, then 20th Television (after News Corporation bought New World), followed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution who still distributes the show via barter ad-sales, and then to NBC Enterprises when the network started up its own syndication division. Today, NBCUniversal Television Distribution, in association with NBC's owned-and-operated station KNBC has been solely responsible for its production and distribution since 2004. Warner Bros. continues its involvement with the program by having responsibilities for barter ad sales for Access Hollywood.

On September 7, 2010, Access Hollywood began broadcasting in high definition.[1] On May 1, 2012, NBCUniversal Television Distribution announced it would renew Access Hollywood for three additional years through the 2014-15 season.[2]

The program changed its name to simply Access on December 11, 2017.[3]

On-air staff[edit]




  • Tim Vincent – European correspondent (2005–present)
  • Kit Hoover – correspondent/co-anchor (2010–present)
  • Scott Evans – correspondent/weekend anchor (2015–present)



  • AH Nation, which is a viewer's choice allowing a choice of which stories will be carried in the show.
  • In Case You Missed It, a recap of the previous night/weekend in pop culture, including film, television and music.
  • Watch This, suggestion segment of films and shows to watch by the show's correspondents and critics.
  • The Final 45, a closing credits segment with a quick rundown of the day's news.
  • Access Express, a segment matching the defunct Entertainment Tonight segment "Real or Rumor?" where stories are confirmed or debunked.

Access Across America[edit]

In 2005, Access Hollywood went on a month-long roadtrip called Access Across America while the studio underwent a major overhaul. The show's new set was done in pastel colors with a modern flair, separating its look from other similar shows, including rival Entertainment Tonight. The new look also included a brand-new graphics package. Access Hollywood is taped at Studio 1 at The Burbank Studios (formerly NBC Studios) in Burbank, former home of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Currently with Days of Our Lives, it was one of two remaining NBC-produced programs as of 2014 originating from Burbank; Access Hollywood moved to Universal City and Universal Studios Hollywood in 2015 as NBC's operations continue to combine in Universal City.


The program has had some short-lived spinoffs in the last few years, including AMC Access for the AMC channel, and Real Access (the first teen-oriented entertainment news program, and the only attempt so far at an entertainment news program aimed at teens on television) for The N and Nickelodeon. The network most recently produced the African-American oriented TV One Access for the TV One cable channel. The programs formerly did entertainment segments for NBC's cable news channel titled Access MSNBC, though these have been withdrawn as MSNBC's news coverage has become mainly political.

Access Live[edit]

Access Live
Presented byKit Hoover (2010–present)
Natalie Morales (2016–present)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
Production location(s)10 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, California
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)KNBC (2010–present)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution (2010–present)
Original networkSyndicated
Picture format2010–present:
HDTV (1080i)
Audio formatStereophonic
Original releaseSeptember 13, 2010 – present
External links

A spinoff of Access Hollywood, called Access Hollywood Live, debuted on September 13, 2010 in high definition. The daytime talk show, hosted by Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover (who also serves as a correspondent on the flagship program), features entertainment news stories and in-studio guests. The program was initially seen only on NBC owned-and-operated stations in six markets[4] and Fox owned-and-operated stations in six other major markets,[5] all on stations that already carry the flagship series; since September 2011, the program also began being distributed to non-network owned stations that also carry the flagship series. The show airs live at 11:00am ET (8:00am in Los Angeles where the studios are located). The show changed its name to Access Live on December 11, 2017.

Access Live was originally recorded at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. The show currently airs from, 10 Universal City Plaza in Universal City, California where it has filmed since June 2015. On occasion, the program does some shows on location outside Studio 1A in Rockefeller Center, in New York City on The Today Show plaza. On May 1, 2012, along with Access Hollywood's renewal for three additional seasons, NBCUniversal Television Distribution announced it would give Access Hollywood Live a third season renewal for the 2012-13 season.[2]

International versions and airings[edit]

In Canada, Rogers Media's OMNI Television airs the US version of Access Live while independent station CHCH began airing the half hour weekday US version in fall 2014; Bell Media channel CTV Two used to air the half hour weekday US version since fall 2011 but it was discontinued in 2013.

The United Kingdom version began in 2003 hosted by Kate Garraway and Vincent.

There was a short-lived national version for the Republic of Ireland on the TV3 Group's defunct Channel 6 hosted by Jenny Buckley from 2006.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Billy Bush & Kit Hoover To Co-Host ‘Access Hollywood Live’., August 18, 2010, retrieved March 6, 2011
  2. ^ a b 'Access Hollywood' Renewed for Three Years Amid Staff Pay Cuts (Exclusive), The Hollywood Reporter, May 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "New Name, Higher Ratings For 'Access'". TVNewscheck. 27 December 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  4. ^ Kevin Downey: NBC O&Os Add 'Access Hollywood Live'., March 2, 2010, retrieved March 6, 2011
  5. ^ Six Fox O6Os Sign On For 'Access Live'., March 9, 2010, retrieved March 6, 2011

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