Video: Turning Show Biz into News

A glitzy hit, Entertainment Tonight, celebrates celebrities

Clever, those television programmers. In the late 1970s they were among the last to discover that news is not just news, it is also (Lights! Cameras! Banter!) entertainment. So if news can be entertainment, why not turn entertainment into news? Presto, Entertainment Tonight was born: news in form, entertainment in content, a TV hybrid. There may be no business like show business, but there's good business in show-business news.

Entertainment Tonight is a weeknightly half-hour show that breathlessly celebrates celebrity, giddily charting the ephemeral highs and...

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