Opening Act

10 p.m. Tuesday, September 4 on E!

Von Smith is surprised with the news he’s been selected to open for Lady Gaga but a complicated relationship with his mother just might overshadow his shot at fame.

10 p.m. Monday, August 27 on E!

Gotham Citi, an R&B group from New York City, is offered the chance to be the opening act for hip-hop artist, Nicki Minaj.

10 p.m. Monday, August 20 on E!

Another amateur musician is given the chance of a lifetime to open for country music star Brad Paisley.

10 p.m. Monday, August 13 on E!

Boston party rocking band Joy Island ditches their ordinary lives to move to Hollywood when they’ve been selected to open for LMFAO.

10 p.m. Monday, July 16 on E!

Another amateur musician is given the chance of a lifetime to open for a headliner during their current world tours.

10 p.m. Monday, July 9 on E!

In the premiere episode, singer Arielle is approached in a Dallas cafe while waiting to hear if she was picked for a spot in the next open mic lineup. Arielle gets the surprise of a lifetime when host Olivia Lee reveals that she has been specially selected by Nigel Lythgoe, the Artist Development team, and Rod Stewart himself to open for the Grammy Award-winning and platinum-selling artist in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace. She has only five days to prepare for her tour date in an intensive boot camp mentored by voice coach Nick Cooper and producer Antonina Armato. Viewers join Arielle’s emotional and personal journey of coping with the realities of the music industry.

Celebrated executive producer and Emmy Award-winner Nigel Lythgoe (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance) brings singing competitions to a whole new level with the debut of his new one-of-a-kind series OPENING ACT, premiering exclusively on E!, Monday, July 9 at 10 p.m. ET, following a special episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians at 9 p.m. ET (visit eonline.ca for local listings).

Opening Act is an inspiring series that delivers the chance of a lifetime for some of today’s hottest yet undiscovered internet sensations, with no auditions, no judges, no eliminations, and no competitions. Continue reading »

E! Canada revealed today the next phase of the network’s evolution. Step-in-step with E! in the U.S., the evolution is centered on expanding, elevating and enhancing the global pop culture brand to achieve the network’s mission to inspire and entertain the pop culture fan in everyone.

The evolution, including a stylish new look, logo, tagline and brand campaign, embodies the way that pop culture has been embraced, redefined and amplified across today’s social spectrum. The global brand refresh debuts Monday, July 9 with the premiere of E!’s new series from Nigel Lythgoe, OPENING ACT. 

E! Canada also announced today it is premiering new series MARRIED TO JONAS this August, which follows one of America’s sweetest couples Kevin and Danielle Jonas as they settle down in their New Jersey home and establish a happy suburban life.

Also premiering later this year is Whitney Cumming’s new weekly talk show LOVE YOU, MEAN IT WITH WHITNEY CUMMINGS which features a medley of witty commentary including Whitney’s take on everything from the biggest pop culture and celebrity happenings, to life, relationships, sex, and more.

“Our new look and programming plans are designed to more fully realize our brand’s potential and continue to build on our growth and success,” said Suzanne Kolb, President, E! “From news to reality to live events, E! lives at the epicentre of pop culture. For us, this exciting next chapter is all about never letting anyone go a minute without their ‘pop of culture.’”

“We are thrilled to be evolving and growing our brand alongside our E! counterparts in the U.S.,” said Neil Staite, Vice-President and General Manager, Music and Entertainment, Bell Media. “As the only market to make the brand evolution the same day as E! U.S., we continue to live on the cutting-edge of the ever-changing entertainment landscape.”

E! defines pop culture as the topics that fascinate us all – personalities, trends, music, fashion, TV, movies, art, nightlife, philanthropy, technology, design and sports. The updated look and logo, new “Pop of Culture” tagline and talent-driven brand spots help bring this to life in a uniquely E! way. 

E!’s pop culture programming features a variety of genres, including reality series with fascinating personalities, clever comedy, topical series and specials, live red carpet events, unique music-driven series, and news franchises that give fans up-to-the-minute information from the world of pop culture. The faces on E! are equally diverse, ranging from E! Canada’s host Leah Miller, Ryan Seacrest, Chelsea Handler, Joel McHale, Joan Rivers, Ice-T and Nigel Lythgoe, to the Kardashian, Eastwood and Jonas families. Additionally, scripted programming will make its first debut on the network in 2013. 

The evolution of the E! brand also includes the relaunch of eonline.ca this summer. The site will be expanded and updated with a redesign that builds on its best-in-class entertainment coverage and offers improvements in functionality and user interaction, as well as enhancements to its high-res photo galleries and unique social integrations. The site’s sleek design, dynamic new look and fluid content presentation parallels E!’s new on-air look and attitude.