NBC To Give The Kentucky Derby The FOX Red Carpet Treatment

Monday, April 07, 2008


FOX has done it for the MLB All Star Game and the Super Bowl, but now NBC is going to copy the practice for the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby this May. They'll also have a host comparable to Ryan Seacrest....

NBC Sports will add a half hour of coverage at the beginning of its traditional start of the Kentucky Derby telecast, featuring a Red Carpet Show presented by Head and Shoulders.

The Red Carpet Show will be hosted by Billy Bush of the NBC Universal-owned syndicated Hollywood magazine show Access Hollywood. The Red Carpet show will be part of the new Access at the Derby half hour, hosted by Bush, and will air at 4 p.m. on May 3. Bush will go behind-the-scenes at Derby parties, interview celebrities and show fashions. The Red Carpet Show will offer glimpses of celebrities arriving at Churchill Downs, site of the race.
I don't watch Access Hollywood but I've heard Billy Bush on the radio before and he's not THAT bad. Also, the Derby's Red Carpet will only be a half an hour long, so it won't be exactly like the 5 hour overkill of the Super Bowl one.

NBC Sports Adding to Derby Telecast (Media Week)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:40 PM

11 Comments:

If there's no Secrest, I'm not interested.

GMoney said...
Apr 7, 2008, 5:26:00 PM  

We want Dunkleman!

Apr 7, 2008, 5:35:00 PM  

well also more A list celebs will be at the derby so this might work oh and I forgot the derby mean hot chicks in sun dresses SCORE

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 5:40:00 PM  

Hockey gets the shaft again, as likely, there will be a game before the red carpet special, and god forbid, if the game runs into overtime, there is a good chance that NBC will move its coverage to Versus, a channel that not many people get.

Joe said...
Apr 7, 2008, 5:56:00 PM  

billy bush is a douchebag! i hope a horse bites him!

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 6:40:00 PM  

That clown Larry Birkhead will be mugging the camera for sure. He's the loser who has custody of Anna Nicole Smith's daughter after she died. He's not tried to exploit that at all (read with sarcastic voice).

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 6:48:00 PM  

Fun fact: Billy Bush is Dubya's cousin.

Daniel said...
Apr 7, 2008, 8:31:00 PM  

Birkhead and the baby live here in Louisville now. At least part of the time.

Taylor said...
Apr 7, 2008, 8:49:00 PM  

I can just imagine some tab or papanazi from TMZ getting near the Queen on the red carpet asking what she thinks about Dodi Fayed's father saying her hubby conspired to kill his son and Princess Di.

Like FNIA, another example of NBC Sports changing and catering to the lowest common denominator when it's completely unnecessary.

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:48:00 PM  

yawn

Anonymous said...
Apr 8, 2008, 3:48:00 AM  

This year is the worst derby show ever. Between Billy Bush, the Red Carpet & many many comercials. They could have interviewed the horse's & the show would have been less boring!!!

Anonymous said...
May 3, 2008, 5:00:00 PM  

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