TMZ on TV (also known as TMZ on Fox and simply as TMZ or TMZTV) is an American syndicated entertainment and gossip news television show that premiered on September 10, 2007 (its major carriage is among television stations owned by Fox's). It is essentially a televised version of its sister operation, TMZ, a news website which has a heavy emphasis on gossip about celebrities' personal lives, and which debuted in December 2005.

Created byHarvey Levin
Jim Paratore
StarringHarvey Levin
(for information on other TMZ staffers appearing on the program, see On-air cast)
Theme music composerJason Brandt
ComposersMichael A. Muhammad
Michael Egizi
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons14
Executive producersHarvey Levin (2007–present)
Jim Paratore (2007–2012)
Charles Latibeaudiere (2013–present)
Evan Rosenblum (2013–present)
Stuart Alpert (2014–present)
Production locationsTMZ headquarters, 13031 W. Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22 minutes
TMZ Inc.
Harvey Levin Productions
Telepictures Productions (2007–2021)
Warner Bros. Television (2007–2021)
Fox Alternative Entertainment (2021–present)
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 10, 2007 (2007-09-10) –
present (present)
TMZ Live

The television program is produced at studio facilities that serve as the headquarters for the parent website; they are located at 13031 West Jefferson Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.[1] “TMZ” is an insider term standing for "thirty-mile zone" (also known as the studio zone), which refers to the film studio area of downtown Hollywood.

In November 2019, Fox Television Stations renewed its commitment to TMZ on TV through the 2022–23 season.[2]

Format edit

TMZ on TV is broadcast in two formats: the weekday edition is broadcast as a half-hour program; a one-hour weekend edition, composed of select stories featured in each of the weekday editions from the previous week, is also produced; during major holidays occurring on a weekday, that episode may feature a format similar to the weekend edition but featuring a compilation of stories from past editions centered around a particular theme (for example, a Christmas episode may center on celebrities who have been bad or good in the past year).[citation needed]

Unlike most entertainment news programs, TMZ on TV does not use a format of anchors in a studio delivering the stories and correspondents reporting on many of the stories in each edition; instead, most story packages are delivered via an announcer, and "in-studio" segments are taped during a morning staff pitch meeting at TMZ's Jefferson Boulevard headquarters, with some TMZ staffers delivering story pieces themselves.[citation needed]

The series delivers most of its stories in a humorous manner, mainly about certain celebrities, and features tongue-in-cheek jokes and double entendres, although more serious entertainment stories (such as a breaking entertainment story or celebrity death) – which appear on the program sparingly – often warrant a serious tone. Pieces often feature archived clips from television series and movies often for comedic effect, although they may sometimes be used to reference a project in which an entertainer is known for performing. Many pieces are shown in the "man on the street"-type question and answer format synonymous with paparazzi, although some celebrities do not answer certain questions asked to them by the videographer; a common recurring theme within the program is how certain TMZ videographers sometimes ask their subject extremely trivial or bad questions.[citation needed]

In lieu of regular daily segments such as a rumor mill segment, the program often shows recurring segments that appear over several episodes that feature a humorous or satirical introduction (for example, after the Tiger Woods adultery scandal broke in November 2009, all stories involving Woods began with the introduction: "TNN: The Tiger News Network", using a logo and name parodying that of cable television channel CNN, a then-sister channel to and the then-distributors of the television series, Warner Bros. Television and Telepictures, all owned by Time Warner). For the first few weeks of the show's run, the series carried a daily segment called "Full Frontal Fashion", featuring celebrity fashion blunders, but it was dropped after roughly one month.[citation needed]

On-air cast edit

Notable former cast members edit

Criticism edit

TMZ was criticized for purchasing stolen items pertaining to the fourth Indiana Jones film. On October 2, 2007, IESB reported that a number of production photos and sensitive documents pertaining to the production budget had been stolen from Steven Spielberg's production office.

According to IESB, obtained some of the stolen property and was on the verge of running the story on the TV show until Paramount lawyers stepped in. After IESB broke the story, TMZ on TV broadcast details about the Indiana Jones production budget on the October 3, 2007, program.[3][4]

Parodies edit

  • On August 26, 2009, 3rd Degree Films released a pornographic parody film based on TMZ called TM Sleaze, featuring Ron Jeremy, Lisa Ann, Tori Black, and Faye Reagan.[5]
  • Originating in 2009 on the short-lived NBC primetime talk show The Jay Leno Show and used from 2010 to 2014 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, comedian Mikey Day performs a sketch called "JMZ"; in it, Day and his "camera crew" track down celebrities (some actual celebrities appear in the sketch, while impersonators whose faces are not shown are shown sometimes in the sketch), which end up with Day involved in strange situations.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic wrote a song in 2011, "TMZ", about the website and TV show on his album Alpocalypse.
  • A 2016 episode of Inside Amy Schumer titled "Madame President" opens with a parody of TMZ called "AMZ".
  • A Progressive Insurance commercial did a parody of the show called "Look! Famous People!" in which the photographers all take pictures of spokeswoman Flo doing her grocery shopping, then catch her in a car with a man whom they assume to be her new boyfriend; he is instead a potential customer.[6]

International broadcast history edit

In Canada, TMZ is shown on E!. In Australia it was broadcast on cable/satellite channel Arena until October 2008. It began broadcasting on the digital-only free-to-air channel GO! on August 9, 2009. The show was taken off the air in September 2015 to make way for expansions for children's content.[citation needed]

In the Philippines, Jack TV aired the show until the network's closure in April 2020.[7]

References edit

  1. ^ "TMZ to Exit West Hollywood Headquarters for New Westside Office". The Hollywood Reporter. 23 February 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
  2. ^ Albiniak, Paige (November 4, 2019). "Fox Renews Five Warner Bros.' Syndies". Broadcasting & Cable.
  3. ^ "When It Gets Interesting", backup on from; accessed May 06, 2015.
  4. ^ "Why Won't They Tell The Indy IV Theft Story Accurately?", backup on from; accessed May 06, 2015.
  5. ^ TM Sleaze DVD,; accessed February 11, 2015.
  6. ^ Look! Famous People! - Progressive Insurance Commercial Progressive Insurance Official YouTube channel
  7. ^ San Juan, Ratziel (March 25, 2020). "Jack TV, which carried 'Survivor' shot in Philippines, to go off-air starting April 1". Philstar. Retrieved April 9, 2020.

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