or


[04/29/12 - 09:32 PM]
Nigel Lythgoe Brings His "Opening Act" to E!
The series, premiering Monday, July 9, gives amateur acts the chance to open for Nicki Minaj, Rod Stewart, LMFAO, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Jason Mraz and Gym Class Heroes.

[via press release from E!]

NIGEL LYTHGOE BRINGS HIS "OPENING ACT" TO E!

New Series Gives Unsuspecting Acts the Break of A Lifetime

When They're Given The Chance to Open for Nicki Minaj, Rod Stewart, LMFAO, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Jason Mraz, Gym Class Heroes and others

Los Angeles, April 30, 2012 - From International Emmy(R) winning producer Nigel Lythgoe comes the new series that breaks the mold of talent/reality television. In "Opening Act", Lythgoe and his A-List Artist Development Team - including Grammy(R) winning superstar Mary J. Blige and chart-topping producer Antonina Armato from Rock Mafia - comb the Internet to find the web's most talented amateurs, then give them the once-in-a-lifetime chance to open for a top music superstar. But here, there are no judges to woo, auditions to pass or rounds to win: Each band or solo act has only days to prepare after a surprise visit that presents them with an opportunity they never knew existed, and viewers follow them from obscurity to the big-time gig that could change their lives forever. A true first of its kind, "Opening Act" will showcase not only some extraordinary, unknown talent, but the emotional and very personal journey that awaits them on their way to perform on a national stage. Produced by Nigel Lythgoe Productions, "Opening Act" premieres July 9 at 10:00 pm ET/PT only on E!

In an online world where success is measured by page views, launching a music career is often an unattainable dream. But unbeknownst to these hopeful performers, Lythgoe, Blige and Armato are excited by what they see and hear. They'll send acclaimed television personality Olivia Lee - best known for her hidden camera segments on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" - to surprise these performers with the news that their online clips have opened a door to a future they never saw coming. They're immediately brought to Hollywood for an extreme 'performance boot camp', intense mentoring sessions with top industry heavyweights, and finally, the one-night-only performance that can make or break the career of their dreams. Each act will be teamed with a superstar headliner to open a show on their current world tours, including:

-Nicki Minaj - James L. Knight Center, Miami, Florida

-Rod Stewart - Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

-LMFAO - Amway Center, Orlando, Florida (Part of the 'Sorry for Party Rocking' Tour presented by Redfoo and Cherrytree Records)

-Brad Paisley -- Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, California

-Jason Aldean - Oak Mountain Ampitheatre, Birmingham, Alabama

-Jason Mraz - Waikiki Shell, Honolulu, Hawaii

-Gym Class Heroes - El Paso, Texas

"This series is about truly talented, passionate people - they weren't seeking fame, but thanks to Nigel, his team and the headliners, fame came knocking on their door," said Suzanne Kolb, President, E! Entertainment. "With this unexpected break and whirlwind journey comes raw emotion, nerves and intense preparation. The question is whether or not the opening acts can truly seize the moment and use this extraordinary opportunity as a stepping stone to the career they never thought possible."

"There is an extraordinary amount of untapped talent out there," says Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe. "But if you don't know the right people or have the right connections, you may never be discovered. With 'Opening Act', we are democratizing a notoriously impossible process, pulling back the curtains on a consistently fascinating industry, and affording aspiring artists the chance of a lifetime. Each one has their own distinct story, but they all dream of their one chance to shine. Every week, we'll provide that spotlight ...and turn it up to 10,000,000 watts."

"Opening Act" is a production of Nigel Lythgoe Productions, Inc. The series is executive produced by Nigel Lythgoe, Steve Schnur, Simon Lythgoe, and Kary McHoul.

Be sure to check out all the up-to-date information on the series and follow the show on Twitter @OpeningAct.

About E! Entertainment

E! is television's top global destination for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 98 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. and E! content is available on all platforms any time and anywhere from E! Online to social media to mobile to VOD to the latest emerging platforms. Popular programming includes E! core franchises, "E! News," "The Soup," "Chelsea Lately," "Fashion Police" and "True Hollywood Story," as well as the network's hit series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Khloé & Lamar," "Kourtney and Kim Take New York," "Ice Loves Coco" and "After Lately." 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.

About Nigel Lythgoe Productions (NLP)

NLP is a Los Angeles-based television production company headed by CEO Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of American Idol and co-creator, executive producer and judge on So You Think You Can Dance. Founded in 2011, NLP already has a slate of unscripted and scripted projects in place. Lythgoe is supported at NLP by industry veterans Kary McHoul who serves as president and George David Monas as vice president of production.





  [april 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· OPENING ACT (E)





[05/03/16 - 10:36 AM]
Molly Ringwald, Meredith Vieira, Amy Sedaris, John Hodgman, and "Hamilton" Cast Members Guest Star in Season Two of Bravo Media's "Odd Mom Out"
They'll join the previously announced Drew Barrymore and Blythe Danner.

[05/03/16 - 10:01 AM]
TBS's "Search Party" Adds Rosie Perez, Ron Livingston, Christine Taylor & Parker Posey in Recurring Roles
In addition, Brandon Micheal Hall has been named a series regular.

[05/03/16 - 09:07 AM]
Vice Media and ESPN Enter Production and Distribution Deal Across Digital, Mobile, and TV
Select films from ESPN's renowned documentary series "30 for 30" will air on Viceland, the new cable network from Vice.

[05/03/16 - 08:45 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice" Extends NBC's Demo Win Streak
The Peacock has taken home the adults 18-49 crown for seven consecutive Mondays.

[05/03/16 - 08:29 AM]
Acclaimed Italian Crime Series "Gomorrah" Premieres August 24 on SundanceTV
As previously announced, the network has acquired seasons one and two from The Weinstein Company, each season featuring 12 one-hour episodes.

[05/03/16 - 07:22 AM]
Bravo Media Debuts New Series "Below Deck Mediterranean" Launching Activations in New York City and Across Digital Platforms
The network kicks off the new installment of the hit series with a premiere day stunt in New York City, as well as with a "Below Deck Mediterranean" Lens on Snapchat.

[05/03/16 - 07:17 AM]
Surging VH1 Greenlights Weekly Topical Show with Pop Culture Maven and Social Media Powerhouse Amber Rose Slated to Premiere This Summer
Rose will conduct candid interviews with celebrity friends and lead provocative, entertaining and humorous conversations with guests about pop culture, motherhood, relationships, friendships, race, and entrepreneurship.

[05/03/16 - 06:00 AM]
Amazon Prime Video Adds the Latest Series from The Weinstein Company and Oscar and Emmy-Winner Julian Fellowes, "Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne," to Its Original Series Lineup
The series stars Tom Hollander as Doctor Thorne, Ian McShane as Sir Roger Scatcherd, and Alison Brie as Miss Martha Dunstable.

[05/02/16 - 11:53 AM]
Freeform's "That's So Throwback" Programming Event Begins May 2
Laugh along with Lizzie McGuire as she competes with Kate, flash forward to the future with Raven Baxter, live a double life with Hannah Montana, and help Kim Possible save the world.

[05/02/16 - 11:03 AM]
FYI Premieres New Series "Teenage Newlyweds" - Tuesday, May 31 at 10pm ET/PT
The series captures their weddings and all the ups and downs of juggling family, school, career, finances and first homes, while still navigating life as a teenager.

[05/02/16 - 10:49 AM]
Rivalries Reach New Heights as the Competition Goes Down to the Wire in "Wicked Tuna's" Season Finale on Nat Geo Channel
The high-octane season five finale will be followed immediately by National Geographic Channel's only live show-after-the-show, "Reel Talk Live," on Monday, May 16.

[05/02/16 - 10:38 AM]
Oprah Winfrey to Star in HBO Films' "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line.

[05/02/16 - 10:30 AM]
Former Ohio State & NFL All-Pro Robert Smith Added to FOX Sports & BTN College Football Rosters
Smith teams with host Rob Stone and analysts Dave Wannstedt and Matt Leinart for pregame, halftime and postgame coverage on the FOX broadcast network and FS1 and appears on BTN studio shows throughout the week.

[05/02/16 - 10:11 AM]
Own a Piece of History with "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Audience Chair Auction
A select number of studio audience chairs will be available for auction with net proceeds going to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.

[05/02/16 - 09:37 AM]
Next Documentary in ESPN Films 30 for 30 Series, "Believeland," Premieres May 14
The documentary will chronicle the struggles of Cleveland's major sports franchises over the past 50 years and the impact it has all had on the psyche of a typical Cleveland sports fan.