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Capone the Pit Bull Dog Wins 'Best in Rescue' at the 2022 American Rescue Dog Show

People   |   05/26/2022

Capone won the award for "Best in Snoring," before taking the American Rescue Dog Show's top honor and earning a $100,000 grant for the San Diego Humane Society.

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Adorable animals take the spotlight, help raise funds for shelters in 'The American Rescue Dog Show'

ABC7 Los Angeles   |   05/25/2022

Creator and executive producer Michael Levitt loves the rescue idea so much, he once took a year off from producing just to save dogs.

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Michael Levitt talks about ‘The American Rescue Dog Show’

KTLA   |   05/24/2022

Michael Levitt is the creator and executive producer of “The American Rescue Dog Show.” Michael is not just a producer, but also rescues dogs himself. He has personally found homes for over 500 dogs over the last 10 years. Michael and his partner Marc have three rescue dogs of their own. Trooper, Nelson and Archie are all senior pit bulls.

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Palm Springs resident promotes pet adoption with 'The American Rescue Dog Show' TV special

Desert Sun   |   05/23/2022

Michael Levitt Productions — helmed by Palm Springs resident Michael Levitt — brings the TV special "The American Rescue Dog Show" to ABC on Wednesday. The special, which first aired in 2018, is a riff on "The Westminster Dog Show," but all the competing dogs are rescues.

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‘American Rescue Dog Show’ Adds Paula Abdul, Leslie Jordan, Yvette Nicole Brown as Guest Judges

Variety   |   05/12/2022

“The American Rescue Dog Show” has added Paula Abdul, Leslie Jordan and Yvette Nicole Brown as celebrity “ex-paw-t” judges, ABC announced Thursday.

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See LeAnn Rimes's Stunning Behind-the-Scenes Photo From 'Meet Your Makers Showdown'

Country Living   |   12/11/2021

LeAnn Rimes is looking like one "glassy" lady in her latest behind-the-scenes shot from the set of Meet Your Makers Showdown.

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Chrissy Metz, LeAnn Rimes and Mark Montano Talk New Crafting Competition Meet Your Makers Showdown

People   |   11/26/2021

Meet Your Makers Showdown is no casual DIYer's crafting show. "It's very advanced and a lot of techniques," the show's host Chrissy Metz tells PEOPLE about the Discovery+ competition series, which challenges top artisans from across the country to showcase their skills to win a $10,000 prize.

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Discovery+ greenlights artisan craft competition and true crime series

Realscreen   |   05/27/2021

Meet Your Makers Showdown is a new six-episode series that will test arts and crafts enthusiasts on their creativity, skill and passion. The series will be hosted by Emmy-nominated actress Chrissy Metz. Four contestants will compete in challenges in each episode, judged by Metz, expert designer Mark Montano, Grammy-winning singer LeAnn Rimes and a special guest judge each episode.

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See ET's Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner Dance It Out for 'Disney Channel's Epic Holiday Showdown'

Entertainment Tonight   |   12/04/2020

Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner are this year's coolest Mr. and Mrs. Claus! The ET co-hosts lend their talents to Challenge Accepted! Disney Channel's Epic Holiday Showdown -- and we've got an exclusive sneak peek of the fun that's in store.

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Sorry Westminster, American Rescue Dog Show Wins Because it Encourages Adoption and Has Award Categories like “Best in Belly Rubs”

One Green Planet   |   02/19/2020

In our opinion, the American Rescue Dog Show is better than the Westminster Dog Show for one important reason — it encourages pet adoption! The Westminster Dog Show aims to find the best dog per breed and focuses on purebred dogs. Most of the dogs come from breeders and the idea is that a purebred dog is the closest to perfection. But there are so many dogs in need of homes, many of which are not purebred. As the introduction to the American Rescue Dog Show says: “Who needs papers when you’re an original, one of a kind dog?”

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Make Room for Mutts: Meet the 10 Winners of 2020's American Rescue Dog Show

Better Homes & Gardens   |   02/20/2020

Sure, I tuned in to the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show earlier this month and celebrated all the adorable winners. But earlier this week, I fell equally as in love with the mischievous mutts competing in Hallmark Channel's third-annual American Rescue Dog Show. Instead of being judged on physical appearance, obedience, and athletic skill, these pups were awarded titles like "Best in Snoring," "Best Couch Potato," and "Best in Wiggling." And best of all? All the very good boys and girls had previously been adopted from animal rescues and shelters.

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Meet the Second Group of Gorgeous Shelter Dog Winners for the 2020 American Rescue Dog Show

People   |   02/18/2020

Hallmark Channel’s 3rd annual American Rescue Dog Show Presented by Pedigree is a wrap, and this group of winners might be the show’s cutest batch yet. The American Rescue Dog Show is a canine competition filled with adorable pooch participants adopted from animal rescues and shelters. The entire event is a celebration of the amazing animals available for pet parents at shelters and rescues across the country.

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Forget Westminster! Here Is the First Group of Winners from the 2020 American Rescue Dog Show

People   |   02/17/2020

The weekend after the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was still full of woofs and wags. On Feb. 16, the Hallmark Channel aired the first night of their 2020 American Rescue Dog Show presented by Pedigree. This is the third year that the Hallmark Channel has hosted their dog show that focuses on pooches adopted from rescues and shelters across the country.

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Meet the Adorable Dogs Competing in the American Rescue Dog Show

Reader's Digest   |   02/15/2020

The purebreds at Westminster and the other prestigious dog shows aren’t the only top dogs out there. In fact, we’d venture to say that these underdogs are even more deserving of an award because they overcame some serious obstacles to get where they are now. Let us introduce you to a few of the super cute canines who are competing at this year’s American Rescue Dog Show, which airs on the Hallmark Channel on February 16 and 17.

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Producer Michael Levitt Previews Hallmark Channel's 2020 American Rescue Dog Show

KTLA   |   02/15/2020

Creator and Executive Producer Michael Levitt discusses Hallmark Channel's 2020 American Rescue Dog Show, airing as a two-part special on Sunday, February 16 and Monday, February 17, 2020.

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Wrap it up with a Bow on top

Metro New York   |   11/25/2019

There are a lot of things that are inevitable when it comes to the holidays: festive music, bright lights, plenty of cookies and a lot of gift wrapping. Some people aren't exactly fans of gift wrapping, but others really go all out for the holiday tradition and on Freeform's new competition series, "Wrap Battle," audiences will get to see some stellar showcases of the latter.

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Wrap Battle Series Premiere

TV Guide   |   11/25/2019

"I need to be one with this lawn mower," says a contestant seeking inspiration in a gift-wrapping challenged centered on awkwardly shaped objects. Yes, the holidays' most onerous task has become a TV competition, and we love everything about it.

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That's A Wrap

New York Daily News   |   11/23/2019

'Tis the season to be festive — and fabulous. Carson Kressley continues to be a pro at both, 16 years after the premiere of the cultural cornerstone that is "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."

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Carson Kressley Shares His Holiday Gift Wrapping Tips and Tricks: ‘A Great Package is Like an Outfit’

US Weekly   |   11/23/2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Carson Kressley knows exactly how to make the holiday rush less stressful — especially when it comes to the messy task of wrapping gifts.

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'Wrap Battle,' Freeform's new series about wrapping presents, is a gift – really!

USA Today   |   11/22/2019

"Wrap Battle" is my present obsession. Freeform's new gift-wrapping competition series airs six hourlong episodes over the next three weeks (Mondays, 9 EST/PST). If your heart breaks at the sight of a "soggy bottom" on "The Great British Baking Show," preheat your DVR now.

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Freeform's '31 Nights of Halloween' 2019 Schedule Is the Best Thing About October

Good Housekeeping   |   10/17/2019

Halloween is here ... well, sort of! Regardless, it's never too early to get excited about your Halloween costume or the pumpkin carving ideas you want to try this fall. And then, of course, there's Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween — a must-watch lineup of classic and brand-new Halloween movies.

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Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween Lineup: Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters Tribute, Scream, Simpsons and More

TV Line   |   10/01/2019

At first glance, Freeform’s annual 31 Days of Halloween lineup looks like it’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus — and that’s not entirely false. Over the next month, the cable network will broadcast the beloved 1993 Walt Disney film starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy a total of 30 — yes, 30! — times.

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Kristin Chenoweth and The Lion King's JD McCrary sing 'For Good' in exclusive clip

Entertainment Weekly   |   10/01/2019

No network celebrates Halloween like Freeform. Along with its 31 Nights of Halloween programming — complete with A LOT of showings of Hocus Pocus — the network puts together a 31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest, a party dedicated to celebrating Halloween classics. This year, the fest, which was filmed in September but will air October 5, features a 35th-anniversary tribute to Ghostbusters, a 50th-anniversary tribute to The Haunted Mansion, and more.

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Watch the Trailer for Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest

TV Guide   |   09/27/2019

Freeform announced Friday that this year's televised rager will be the 31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest, an all-star party in celebration of Halloween classics like Hocus Pocus and The Addams Family, plus a 35th-anniversary tribute to Ghostbusters and a 50th-anniversary tribute to The Haunted Mansion.

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Freeform Scares up a Star-Studded Event With 31 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN FAN FEST

Broadway World   |   09/10/2019

Freeform announced today that it will air "31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest," an all-star party in celebration of Halloween classics like "Hocus Pocus" and "The Addams Family," plus a 35th anniversary tribute to "Ghostbusters" and a 50th anniversary tribute to "The Haunted Mansion."

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‘Wrap Battle’ Sets Sheryl Underwood As Host Of Holiday Gift-Wrapping Competition Series

Deadline   |   08/26/2019

Production has begun on Freeform’s upcoming holiday gift-wrapping competition series Wrap Battle. Comedian Sheryl Underwood (The Talk) is set as host, along with Carson Kressley (RuPaul’s Drag Race) and Soolip founder Wanda Wen as judges. Celebrity guest judges include Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Candy Spelling, Sandra Lee, Sherry Cola (Good Trouble), Diggy Simmons (grown-ish), Lala Kent (Vanderpump Rules) and designer Sabrina Soto.

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Hallmark Channel's Second Annual 'American Rescue Dog Show' Wins Best In Show; Once Again Outperforms Country's Longest-Running Purebred Dog Competition

PR Newswire   |   02/22/2019

Hallmark Channel's second annual "American Rescue Dog Show", which aired in two parts February 17 and February 18, once again stole the country's heart, with the telecasts delivering a combined average of 1.1 Million Total Viewers and 3.7 million unduplicated viewers. Moreover, for the second year in a row the program outperformed America's longest-running canine showdown, which exclusively spotlights registered purebred dogs.

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Rescue Pups Make the Best Pets: Watch the Recap Video from the 2019 American Rescue Dog Show to Find Out Why

US Weekly   |   02/20/2019

There’s nothing more heart-warming than the loyalty of a pet! The canines who took part in the 2019 American Rescue Dog Show are proof-pawsitive that dog adoption is truly life-changing.

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Executive Producer Michael Levitt Previews The Adorable 2019 ‘American Rescue Dog Show’

Michael Fairman TV   |   02/16/2019

The brainchild behind the concept is the executive producer of the event. Michael Levitt (Skin Wars, Daytime Emmys, TV Land Awards), who spoke with Michael Fairman TV to give us all the inside dish and insight into why this dog show is so personally important to him, and how its goal is to create awareness about the plight of millions of abandoned dogs in shelters each year, and to inspire viewers to think about rescuing one of these loveable pups.

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"Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash" Is the No. 1 Special in Freeform's History in Viewers and Key Adults

Futon Critic   |   10/25/2018

Attracting 1.67 million Total Viewers in the Live + 3 Day ratings, Freeform's "Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash" (Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, 8:15-10:15 p.m. EDT/PDT) stood as the most-watched telecast so far of the network's "31 Nights of Halloween" programming event.

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The unlikely 25th-anniversary celebration of ‘Hocus Pocus,’ a film reviled by critics in 1993

Washington Post   |   10/22/2018

Twenty-five years ago, the three shrieking witches of “Hocus Pocus” flew across the big screen and, at least for a time, promptly out of everyone’s periphery. Resurrected from the dead 300 years after they were hanged, the Sanderson sisters — Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy — set out on a mission to suck the life out of children on Halloween night so they could be young again. But for all its wackiness, the July 1993 movie seemed to be stuck in a kind of Halloween-flick purgatory: too campy for a horror film, too creepy for a family film.

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Broadway World   |   10/18/2018

Freeform announced today that Bette Midler will join Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker for the network's "Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash," an all-star party in honor of the cult classic film's milestone anniversary. The two-hour special, filmed at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery to celebrate the movie's status as a Halloween staple, will premiere on SATURDAY, OCT. 20 at 8:15-10:15 p.m. EDT/PDT, as part of Freeform's "31 Nights of Halloween" programming event.

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Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash

Daily Mail   |   10/02/2018

Everyone’s favorite Halloween film, Hocus Pocus, turns 25 this year. To celebrate, Freeform’s organized a spooky anniversary bash the Sanderson sisters would surely approve of. The televised event will be filmed at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and will air October 20 at 8:15pm ET.

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Hocus Pocus 25th anniversary special coming to Freeform this Halloween

EW   |   05/15/2018

The network announced Tuesday during its upfronts presentation that it has expanded its 13 Nights of Halloween programming block into a super-sized, month-long 31 Nights of Halloween celebration, which will be spearheaded by the Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Extravaganza in celebration of beloved classic.

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EXCLUSIVE! The Daytime Emmys Back To TV In 2018?!?!

Soaphub   |   05/08/2017

The National Academy of Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has released stats that reveal the awards show itself, which streamed live via Facebook live and Periscope on Twitter, garnered some rather impressive numbers.

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This Year’s Daytime Emmy Awards

Highlight Hollywood   |   05/08/2017

Daytime Television has the best fans of any other genre in this business. Michaels and Levitt worked tirelessly to make sure both evenings went off without a hitch.

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Daytime Emmy Award Winners: Complete List

Variety   |   04/30/2017

Hosted by “Extra’s” Mario Lopez and “The Talk’s” Sheryl Underwood... the [44th Daytime Emmys] was streamed live on Facebook, where it was watched by 29,000 people at the start of the show, and by 150,000 people by the event’s end.

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Rebecca Romijn on ‘The Librarians,’ ‘Skin Wars’ and Wearing Body Paint

Today   |   11/18/2016

Best known for her roles in the X-Men film franchise and on “Ugly Betty,” Rebecca Romijn joins TODAY to talk about “The Librarians” and hosting “Skin Wars,” a body-painting competition show. She says that body paint can actually make you feel fully clothed.

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“Drag Race,” “Stranger Things,” “Skin Wars” Nab 2016 Critics’ Choice Nominations

New Now Next   |   11/14/2016

Nominations for the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards were announced this morning. Among the honorees for Best Reality Competition Series was Skin Wars, RuPaul’s Drag Race, MasterChef Junior, the Amazing Race and The Voice.

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Window Warriors: New Game Show Coming to GSN in November

TV Series Finale   |   10/13/2016

The skill-based competition series is hosted by actress Garcelle Beauvais. Eight window merchandising designers will compete to build elaborate displays and earn the approval of judges Carson Kressley, Tai Beauchamp, and Douglas Little.

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Top Retailers Partner with GSN Competition Series "Window Warriors"

design:retail   |   10/10/2016

GSN partnered with General Growth Properties (GGP), the owner and operator of 128 high-quality retail properties throughout the United States, including Tysons Galleria in Washington, D.C., Glendale Galleria in Los Angeles and Water Tower Place in Chicago

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Garcelle Beauvais Hosts New GSN Competition Series

Shadow and Act   |   10/06/2016

“Window Warriors,” premiering Tuesday, November 15 at 9pm ET/PT, on GSN, lifts the curtain on the intensely competitive and theatrical world of visual merchandising. This new series brings the worlds of art and commerce together as the country’s most talented window designers are challenged to conceive jaw-dropping displays each week.

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GSN Brings Top Names from the Retail World to "Window Warriors"

The Futon Critic   |   10/05/2016

Episode Promotional Partners Include Macy's, Anthropologie, Hot Topic, Lush and Sprinkles; New Skill-Based Competition Series Combines Art and Commerce As Top Retail Window Designers Compete for $100,000

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GSN to Premiere New Competition Series WINDOW WARRIORS, 11/15

Broadway World   |   09/07/2016

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, will premiere its new skill-based competition series WINDOW WARRIORS, Tuesday, November 15 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. The network also revealed today the three judges for the series

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Drag Queens Stomp the Runway at Skin Wars

Out   |   05/12/2016

Body painters, meet your glamazons! Former queens from RuPaul's Drag Race serve up pageant realness— clothes optional... Competitors had to capture a classy pageant theme on the girls for the judges—among whom was mama Ru herself.

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Skin Wars: Fresh Paint: Spin-Off Series to Premiere on GSN

TV Series Finale   |   05/04/2016

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the debut of the new one-hour skill-based competition series SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT, the first-ever spinoff from the network’s hit series SKIN WARS. Hosted by master of transformation, RuPaul Charles, the new series will debut Wednesday, June 15 at 10pm ET/PT, immediately following a new episode of SKIN WARS.

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‘Is That Paint?!’ KLG, Hoda Shocked by Live ‘Skin Wars’ Masterpiece: Today Show

Today   |   04/19/2016

Supermodel turned actress Rebecca Romijn hosts GSN’s “Skin Wars,” a body-painting competition show. As she visits Kathie Lee and Hoda, she brings along a male model whose body has been transformed into a body-painted tribute to the Fourth Hour – and the ladies are suitably impressed.

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GSN Ends 2015 With Highest Viewership Ever In Primetime With Double-Digit Growth Across Key Demos

Multichannel News   |   01/05/2016

GSN’s continued success was bolstered by a network brand refresh, freshman series HELLEVATOR bringing in new younger viewers, and its two most popular series, SKIN WARS, hosted by actress Rebecca Romijn (which garnered a new spinoff, SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT).

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Producer Michael Levitt's Cause for Paws Will Make TV History This Thanksgiving

Lockerdome   |   11/25/2015

When Los Angeles-based TV producer Michael Levitt isn't creating hit shows, he's driving all over greater L.A. rescuing dogs from kill shelters and placing them in loving "forever" homes. Now taking his passion one giant leap further, Levitt has created a groundbreaking TV event, the Thanksgiving Day dog rescue spectacular, FOX's Cause For Paws.

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Daytime Emmy Awards Return To TV With Multi-Year Deal At Pop

Deadline   |   03/02/2015

The Daytime Emmys also are making a debut in a new home, — stage 16 of Warner Bros. Studios lot as organizers were looking to get away from the ballroom setting into a place, like a soundstage, where all participants would feel comfortable. Michael Levitt, who originated the TV Land Awards, is executive producing...

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Live Television Broadcast Of The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards To Air Exclusively From The Historic Warner Bros. Studio Lot

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences   |   03/02/2015

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and Pop, a newly rebranded television network seen in more than 80 million homes (formerly TV Guide Network), today announced that the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards will be nationally broadcast live on Sunday, April 26 at 8:00 PM, ET/5:00 PM, PT exclusively on Pop. In addition, NATAS announced that the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards gala will take place on Friday, April 24 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles.

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