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TV Guide Channel® Launches "Idol Tonight," The Exclusive Live Pre-Show Of America’s #1 Show


Former ’American Idol’ Finalist Kimberly Caldwell and Rosanna Tavarez Host The Red Carpet Extravaganza Every Tuesday Night at 7:00 p.m. Premiering March 14, 2006

(March 14, 2006) -- TV Guide Channel®, a leading entertainment network providing original programming to nearly 80 million homes, will launch “Idol Tonight,” an exclusive live pre-show and red carpet event that will take viewers to all the festivities that precede each “American Idol” competition, TV’s #1 rated show and pop culture phenomenon, which airs on FOX. Premiering Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT, “Idol Tonight” will be hosted by TV Guide Channel’s Kimberly Caldwell, a former “American Idol” finalist, and Rosanna Tavarez, a former contestant on “Popstars.”

“Idol Tonight” will be broadcast from Television City studios, where the “American Idol” show takes place, to deliver all of the excitement, anticipation and energy from the hundreds of fans who show up each week see their favorite contestants perform. “Idol Tonight” will commence on March 14th, counting down each week with “American Idol’s” final 12 contestants. The finale of “Idol Tonight” will culminate on TV Guide Channel the same night as the “American Idol” finale and final results show, both of which will air live on FOX from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

“’American Idol’ has become the must-watch event on TV for millions of viewers, and TV Guide Channel is pleased to bring these fans the exclusive pre-show right from the red carpet of the nation’s #1 show,” said Ryan O’Hara, President of TV Guide Channel. “Idol Tonight’ represents our commitment to providing viewers with original programming and content that captures the most popular and culturally relevant shows on TV today.”

Each week, “Idol Tonight’s” one-hour telecast will feature never-before-seen footage of the current season’s “American Idol” contestants, including auditions, outtakes and post-performance confessionals. Fans can also look forward to interviews with each week’s eliminated performer. The show will also feature interviews with former “American Idol” finalists, industry insiders, fashion stylists, vocal coaches, casting agents, online experts and top magazine editors.

“Idol Tonight” will encore on the following days and times:

- Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

- Tuesday at 12:00 a.m. ET/PT

- Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. ET/PT

- Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT

Fans can also catch video highlights of “Idol Tonight” on the official “American Idol” web site at

About TV Guide Channel

TV Guide Channel reaches nearly 80 million homes and is the premier television entertainment network for viewers seeking the latest information on the best programs, hottest stars and latest trends on television. Headquartered in the heart of Hollywood at its TV Guide Studios, the network combines original programming with comprehensive program listings information - all of which deliver on viewers’ need for an entertaining and easy guide to what’s on TV. TV Guide Channel is owned and operated by TV Guide Networks, Inc., a subsidiary of Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc.

About Gemstar-TV Guide

Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: GMST) is a leading media, entertainment and technology company that develops, licenses, markets and distributes technologies, products and services targeted at the television guidance and home entertainment needs of consumers worldwide. The Company’s businesses include: television media and publishing properties; interactive program guide services and products; and technology and intellectual property licensing. Additional information about the Company can be found at

Forward-Looking Statements:

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