Extra is an American entertainment television news program covering events and celebrities which debuted on September 5, 1994 in syndication. It is produced at Victory Studios inGlendale, California by Telepictures Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television Distribution. From 1995-2003 it was distributed by Time-Telepictures Television a joint merger between Time Magazine and Telepictures. Extra also had a spinoff show called Celebrity Justice, which ran for only three seasons from 2002-2005.

Format Entertainmentnews program
Presented by Mario Lopez (2008–present)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 16
No. of episodes 4,000 (as of September 12, 2007)
Running time 22 minutes (per episode)
Original channel syndication
Original run September 5, 1994 – present
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Victory Studios, where Extra is produced

The series was developed in 1993, for a fall 1994 launch, under the working title Entertainment News Television. However, the E!: Entertainment Television cable channel filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Telepictures over the title, claiming it too closely mirrored its own name; though E! lost the lawsuit in a summary judgment hearing allowing Warner Bros. to continue to use the ENT title for the series, Warner Bros. decided to change the name of the program toExtra: The Entertainment Magazine in May 1994, four months before the series debuted, with Warner Bros. executives citing that the ENT name was too similar to Entertainment Tonight(which is commonly known simply as ET) and could have possibly led to viewer confusion and hurting ratings in the process.[1]

It was announced on January 29, 2007 that Extra has been renewed through the 2011-2012 season. The staff of Extra also produced a Sunday night program for The CW called CW Nowfrom September 2007 to February 2008, when it was cancelled; the show continues to produce interstitial segments for that network.

On July 28, 2008 it was announced that Mario Lopez would become solo host replacing current co-hosts Dayna Devon, who will become a correspondent, and Mark McGrath, who leaves the show to return to a music career.

On September 13, 2010, the series' seventeenth season premiere, Extra became the fourth American syndicated newsmagazine to be broadcast in high definition, after Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and Access Hollywood; the series also abandoned its Victory Studios set and moved its taping location to The Grove at Farmers Market, a well-known shopping and entertainment venue in Los Angeles.[2]

Current on-air staff


  • Mario Lopez – weekday & weekend anchor (2008–present)


Former on-air staff

  • Dana Adams – correspondent (1994–1997)
  • Doug Bruckner – correspondent (1999–2004)
  • Michael Bryant – correspondent (2000–2005)
  • Jamie Colby – correspondent (1999)
  • Idalis DeLeon – correspondent (2003)
  • Dayna Devon – anchor/correspondent (1999–2009)
  • Carlos Diaz – correspondent (2005–2010)
  • Leeza Gibbons – anchor (2000–2003)
  • Brad Goode – anchor (1996–1997; now at KING-TV in Seattle)
  • Bo Griffin – correspondent (2001; deceased)
  • Samantha Harris – weekend anchor/correspondent (2003–2004; later at E! News and The Insider; now at Entertainment Tonight)
  • David Jackson – correspondent (1995–1999)
  • Ben Patrick Johnson – senior correspondent (1994–1995)
  • Jon Kelley – weekend anchor/correspondent (2000–2006)
  • Sean Kenniff – medical correspondent (2000–2001; later at WFOR-TV in Miami)
  • Kurt Knutsson – correspondent (2000)
  • Elaine Lipworth – correspondent (1994–1999)
  • Charlie Maher – correspondent (2003–2004)
  • Jeannie Mai – weekend anchor/correspondent (2009–2010)
  • Mark McGrath – anchor (2004–2008; now host of Don't Forget the Lyrics)
  • Terry Murphy – correspondent (2003–2004)
  • Dave Nemeth – anchor (1994–1996; now at WFLA-TV)
  • Arthel Neville – anchor (1994–1996; now at Fox News Channel)
  • Barry Nolan – correspondent (2000–2004)
  • Maureen O'Boyle – anchor (1997–2000; now at WBTV in Charlotte)
  • Christina Olivares – correspondent (2004)
  • Scott Rapoport – correspondent (1998–2000)
  • Tanika Ray – weekend anchor/correspondent (2004–2009; now at TV Guide Network)
  • Lauren Sánchez – weekend anchor/correspondent (1997–2000, 2009–2010)
  • Rick Schwartz – correspondent (1996–2000)
  • Phil Shuman – correspondent (1996–2003; now at KTTV in Los Angeles)
  • Gina Silva – correspondent (1997–2000)
  • Tava Smiley – correspondent (2003–2004)
  • Larry Stern – correspondent (2003–2004)
  • Les Trent – correspondent (1998–2000; now at Inside Edition)
  • Alison Waite - Las Vegas insider (2010)
  • Libby Weaver – anchor (1996–1997; now at KDVR in Denver)


  1. ^ "'Extra': Warner Bros. Renames TV Magazine", Chicago Sun-Times, May 16, 1994. Retrieved March 16, 2011 from HighBeam Research.
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