TheWrap reports that E! has cancelled Hello Ross after two seasons. While there won’t be a third season of the Ross Mathews series, the host is not leaving the cable channel.
Mathews, Maria Menounos, and Jason Kennedy will co-host Live From E! which will feature light-hearted discussions of pop culture and celebrity news.
The series began online and then started airing on Monday nights. Starting September 8th, the program will air Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 8pm.
Here’s the press release:
“LIVE FROM E!” EXPANDS TO THREE NIGHTS A WEEK WITH ADDITION OF ROSS MATHEWS AND MARIA MENOUNOS BEGINNING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH AT 8:00PM ET/PT
Jason Kennedy to be joined by Mathews and Menounos on Dynamic Ensemble Series
Los Angeles, CA – August 12, 2014 – “Live From E!,” the fast-paced, roundtable series that delivers a unique take on the most talked about entertainment and pop culture news through a lively panel-driven conversation, is expanding to three nights a week, it was announced today by Cyndi McClellan, President, Network Strategy & E! News, E!. The series will be hosted by Jason Kennedy, Ross Mathews, Maria Menounos and one additional rotating panelist, as they bring fans celebrity news and gossip through the series’ trademark off-the-cuff commentary and animated debates. Introducing new branded segments, added viewer-response driven social features, and a more intimate take on the up-to-the minute stories that people are, or will be, talking about, “Live From E!” delivers a fun, unique and interactive show. The program originally debuted as a daily web series on Eonline before crossing over to television one night a week. “Live From E!” is resonating with the network’s pop culture audience, advancing quarter-to-quarter across all demos by strong double-digits including Adults 18-34 (+34%), Women 18-34 (+29%), Adults 18-49 (+31%), Women 18-49 (+25%), Total Viewers (+13%) and Households (+13%). The popular series will now begin airing Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week beginning September 8th at 8:00pm ET/PT only on E!
“As the network’s first digital series to cross over to linear, ‘Live From E!’ has proven itself to be an entertaining and informative source of pop culture news with a loyal fan following, and we are excited to expand its presence here at E!,” said McClellan. “Jason, Ross and Maria each bring their own very strong opinions and points of view to the show which will make certain that audiences will see even more of the dynamic and engaging banter that they have come to expect from this series. Plus, the live format of the show allows our viewers to be part of the conversation in real time through social media – as if they were sitting right at the table with our hosts!”
“Live From E!” features a breakdown of the news and latest celebrity videos and photos through candid conversation. The half hour series opens with our co-hosts taking a closer look at the top three stories trending in the headlines at that moment – each bringing their own personal opinions into the discussion for an animated and entertaining debate. Given the live format of the show, the co-hosts can also respond and react to viewer tweets as the dialogue continues, or cut to a relevant event that is happening at that moment. The series then takes a look at more pop culture and celebrity news with new branded hot topic segments that allows for more real-time viewer interaction.
New segments include:
· Top Tweet – Co-hosts choose their favorite viewer tweet that was sent during the actual show and send the winner “Live From E!” swag
· Selfie Hall Of Fame – Each co-host nominates a recent celebrity selfie and viewers weigh in on their favorite
· Crazy Talk – Co-hosts unload about outrageous or wildly bizarre celebrity quotes
· Reality Check – Co-hosts recap the nuttiest reality show moments of the week
· Are They Or Aren’t They – Co-hosts give their take on rumored couples and ask the audience to give their two cents
“Live From E!” social handles and hashtags are as follows:
In addition to “Live from E!,” Jason Kennedy can also be seen on “E! News” weeknights and hosting “E! News Weekend” Saturdays and Sundays. Additionally Ross Mathews will be on the red carpet for E!’s “Live From the Red Carpet” coverage of the 2014 Emmy Awards on Monday, August 25th alongside Giuliana Rancic. And Maria Menounos also serves as host of E!’s original newsmagazine series “Untold with Maria Menounos.” The next installment premieres on August 28th at 8:00pm ET/PT featuring segments on electronic dance music (EDM), celebrity stalkers and reality rags to riches stories.
About E! Entertainment
E! is the only global, multiplatform brand for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 98 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. Eonline delivers breaking entertainment news and in-depth coverage on television, movies, music, celebrities, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. One of the fastest-growing, most influential digital properties, Eonline is a leader in online video and mobile and a leading entertainment brand across social. Popular E! programming includes core franchises, “E! News,” “The Soup,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Fashion Police” and “True Hollywood Story,” as well as the network’s popular series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Total Divas,” “Hello Ross” and “Eric & Jessie: Game On.” Additionally, E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet” signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture’s biggest nights. E! is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.
What do you think? Did you watch the Hello Ross series? Have you seen Live from E!?