When Erin Johnson was named govt producer of “Leisure Tonight” in June 2019, one among her first goals was to offer the syndicated present’s 7-year-old set at CBS Studio Middle a serious makeover. She had hoped to unveil the brand new stage in time for “ET’s” 40th anniversary in 2020, however just some months into Johnson’s new job, the plans have been placed on maintain as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Quick ahead to at this time. “Leisure Tonight” will launch its 41st season this night with co-hosts Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner and correspondents Lauren Zima, Matt Cohen and Rachel Smith from a brand new set that was constructed over the summer time.
“There are such a lot of issues that I like about this set,” Johnson tells me. “I believe primary is simply how a lot we’re capable of do with it. It’s loads of displays. It’s loads of LED lights. We are able to change the colours. We are able to put up a ton of stuff within the displays. There’s simply a lot to have a look at and see. We actually took our time and care with how we designed this to verify it was going to raise every little thing that we do right here at ‘Leisure Tonight,’ which is do nice storytelling, have nice interviews, cowl movie star information. So we’re speaking an enormous shiny search for the present for the brand new season.”
The set extends into the newsroom.
“We’ve renovated your complete first flooring of our constructing,” Johnson mentioned. “When the employees returns to the to the workplace, they’re additionally attending to return to one thing new and contemporary and fashionable and inventive.”
“ET” has but to set a return date for the workplace. In the previous couple of weeks, the present has taped at places all through Los Angeles, together with Paramount Studios and the London Lodge in West Hollywood.
The brand new set is also the end result of bringing all of “ET’s” platforms beneath Johnson’s course. Not solely will broadcast segments be shot on the set, however Johnson envisions utilizing it for digital programming, too. “We’re seeking to department out into doing extra ‘ET’ reveals on streaming or ‘ET’-produced reveals on streaming, or simply full movies for social that we will do from the set,” she mentioned. “In order that’s actually the way in which that we designed it. It’s not nearly ‘ET’s’ legacy as a tv present. It’s actually about ‘ET’s’ legacy as a model.”
In June, “ET” gained its sixth Daytime Emmy for excellent leisure information program.
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