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MSNBC launches two new entertainment shows

Emmy Award-winning journalist Sharon Tay (left) hosts "MSNBC Hot List" and "MSNBC at the Movies." Claudia DiFolco (left) will serve as the Los Angeles based reporter.
Emmy Award-winning journalist Sharon Tay (left) hosts "MSNBC Hot List" and "MSNBC at the Movies." Claudia DiFolco (left) will serve as the Los Angeles based reporter. MSNBC TV

MSNBC will launch two new entertainment shows, “MSNBC at the Movies,” and “MSNBC Entertainment Hot List,” it was announced today by Mark Effron, Vice President, News, Daytime Programming.

Emmy Award-winning journalist Sharon Tay will host both of these shows from the MSNBC studios and entertainment reporter Claudia DiFolco will serve as the Los Angeles based reporter. “MSNBC at the Movies” will telecast on Saturdays, 12-1 p.m., repeating at 5-6 p.m. (ET), and “MSNBC Entertainment Hot List” will telecast on Sundays, 12-1 p.m., repeating at 5-6 p.m. (ET).

“We are very pleased to have these two new entertainment shows join our weekend line-up,” said Effron. “Our viewers tune into MSNBC for breaking news that affects their everyday lives and now these entertainment shows can complement our news coverage and help our viewers sort through their many entertainment options. Sharon’s experience in the entertainment field and Claudia’s versatile entertainment reporting make them the perfect team for these two programs.”

“MSNBC at the Movies” will take an in-depth look at the movie industry, providing interviews with the stars and directors of the weekend’s big openings, behind-the-scenes information on the latest independent and art film releases, and feedback from the nation’s top movie critics. “MSNBC Entertainment Hot List” will offer the latest details in the entertainment industry – covering everything from movie premieres and DVD releases to television and theater.  The show will also take a look at the newest fashion trends, the hottest concerts and music downloads, the next big thing in electronics, the greatest travel destinations and what beauty products and accessories the most talked-about celebrities are using.

“These shows will be fun, informative guides for viewers making weekend plans on what movie to see, what concert to go to and what hot new TV show to catch,” said Scott Leon, Executive Producer of  “MSNBC at the Movies” and “MSNBC Entertainment Hot List.” “ While some shows dwell on gossip, our show will be helping our viewers make decisions on where to spend their entertainment dollar.”

Emmy Award-winning Sharon Tay served as anchor for “KTLA Morning News: First Edition” and “Early Edition” in Los Angeles, California. In 2002 and 2004, Tay received an Emmy Award for her co-anchoring duties for Best Regularly Scheduled Daily News, and a Los Angeles Press Club Award in 2003 for “First Edition.” In addition, Tay co-hosted an Emmy-Award winning minority business program on KTLA-TV and also won two more Emmy awards for Earthquake Coverage and Malibu Fire Coverage. In 2002, she co-hosted the weekly show “The Human Edge” on the National Geographic Channel. She also received an Associated Press Award for Best Spot News in 1992 at the CBS affiliate KMST-TV in Monterey, California.

Claudia DiFolco served as entertainment reporter and fill-in news anchor for KTTV-TV and KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, California. She has also served as host of Fox’s “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé,” and co-host of Fox’s “Anything for Love,” both reality shows. Prior to that, she served as entertainment reporter for KTVK-TV in Phoenix, Arizona, was an entertainment correspondent for E! Entertainment Television, and served as VJ and entertainment anchor for MuchMusic TV, in Toronto, Canada.