or


[06/10/03 - 12:00 AM]
The WB's 'Pepsi Smash' a Go for July
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- The WB will officially cement its relationship with drink giant Pepsi Co. next month as the network is set to bow its new music series "Pepsi Smash." The live one-hour series will kick off Wednesday, July 16 at 9:00/8:00c.

Here's how the Frog describes the series (via press release):

The WB and Pepsi, two of the strongest brands in youth marketing, are proud to announce the premiere of PEPSI SMASH on Wednesday, July 16 at 9:00 p.m. Part of The WB/Pepsi relationship, PEPSI SMASH is a one-hour show featuring live musical performances from some of the hottest acts in pop music today. Already booked to appear in the show�s six-week run are Beyonc�, Evanescence, Michelle Branch, Foo Fighters, Ashanti, Fabolous and Mya, to name just a few.

PEPSI SMASH offers the excitement of one-of-a-kind, live performances -- there will be no lip-syncing or singing to track, a true rarity for musical acts on television. Each week, PEPSI SMASH will deliver these artists in a format featuring a permanent host along with a variety of guest hosts and a few surprise visitors along the way. As many as five groups or artists will perform on each show, and viewers will have the opportunity to see up-close and personal segments with artists backstage as well as behind-the-scenes footage of artists on tour in the U.S. and around the world.

PEPSI SMASH continues The WB�s long-running tradition of bringing the hottest music of the times to the small screen. Executive produced by Joel Gallen (Super Bowl XXXVII Halftime Show, 2002 MTV Movie Awards, The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show) of Tenth Planet Productions, PEPSI SMASH puts music into television in a way that hasn�t been seen for some time.

"Hot musical acts haven�t been on broadcast television in years and The WB is the perfect place for the return of this kind of programming, especially in the hands of superstar producer Joel Gallen," said Keith Cox, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming, The WB. "We're thrilled to be working with Pepsi on this exciting summer show, and viewers won't find anything else like it on network TV."

"We're going to create a music lover's dream, with weekly events featuring the best acts in the music industry on a show that will present great live performers in a completely intimate audience environment," said Joel Gallen, Executive Producer.

"For generations, music has been an incredibly important part of the Pepsi experience," said Dave Burwick, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Pepsi-Cola North America. "PEPSI SMASH enables us to bring some of the hottest music directly to fans through our own show. With superstar talent, non-stop entertainment and top-notch production, this is �can�t miss� television � particularly for teens and young adults."





  [june 2003]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· PEPSI SMASH (WB)











[10/22/14 - 04:00 PM]
New Primetime Special "Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy" to Premiere Sunday, November 23 on Disney Channel
The high-stakes adventure features a special appearance by Rapunzel, voiced by Mandy Moore, who reprises her role from Disney's "Tangled."

[10/22/14 - 03:19 PM]
Bravo Media Renews "Below Deck" for Third Season as Finale Earns Highest-Rated Episode of the Season with Over 1.4 Million Total Viewers
Plus: look for "The Crew Tells All" next Tuesday, October 28 and a reunion special the following Tuesday, November 4.

[10/22/14 - 01:40 PM]
World Series Game 1 Drives FOX to Prime Time Ratings Win
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 21.

[10/22/14 - 01:37 PM]
Lifetime Greenlights Limited Series "Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles"
Christina Ricci will reprise her haunting role as the notorious murder suspect she portrayed in the network's hit original movie "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax."

[10/22/14 - 01:14 PM]
Sneak Play of "Becoming," from LeBron James' Springhill Production Company and ESPN Films, Added at 5:30 P.M. Sunday, October 26 on Disney XD
It will also be presented in the previously announced 8:00 p.m. timeslot on Disney XD and on Friday, November 7 (7:00 p.m., ET/4:00 p.m., PT) on ESPN.

[10/22/14 - 12:44 PM]
Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot" Returns with Search for World's Largest Sasquatch
On Sunday, November 9, the series returns with a special two-hour episode that takes Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymaker, researchers James "Bobo" Fay and Cliff Barackman and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland off to the wilds of Alaska.

[10/22/14 - 11:31 AM]
Syfy's Hit Competition Series "Face Off" to Return for Eighth Season January 13 at 9PM
In a twist on the show's traditional format, three former champions, Rayce Bird (Season 2), Anthony Kosar (Season 4) and Laura Tyler (Season 5), will return in the premiere and select teams of five new artists who they will coach throughout the season.

[10/22/14 - 11:14 AM]
ABC Grows Year to Year in Total Viewers and Holds Steady in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for the weeks of September 22-October 19.

[10/22/14 - 11:05 AM]
Comedy Icon Steve Coogan to Star in "Happyish" on Showtime(R)
He'll succeed the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the project, a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place.

[10/22/14 - 11:04 AM]
Discovery Family Channel to Premiere the Third Season of Hasbro Studios' Popular Animated Series "Transformers Rescue Bots," November 1
The season three premiere of "Transformers Rescue Bots" returns with the episode "Land Before Prime," where Optimus Prime is forced to embrace his primal side when the Rescue Bots discover a mysterious island filled with dinosaurs.

[10/22/14 - 10:58 AM]
"NCIS: New Orleans" Delivers Its Highest Adults 18-49 Rating Since Its Series Premiere
CBS spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 21.

[10/22/14 - 10:49 AM]
First-Ever LEGO(R) Batman Television Special, "LEGO DC Comics: Batman: Be-Leaguered," Premieres October 27 on Cartoon Network
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this powerhouse partnership between the LEGO Group and DC Entertainment is a funny, lighthearted tale new to the DC Comics universe.

[10/22/14 - 10:42 AM]
"CMA Country Christmas" Adds Performances by Alan Jackson, and Brad Paisley with Rock Legend Steven Tyler
Artists previously announced include Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, and Carrie Underwood.

[10/22/14 - 10:41 AM]
Inspired by the Success of "Shark Tank" ABC Announces the Launch of "Beyond the Tank"
"Beyond the Tank" will feature a look back at past "Shark Tank" pitches and deals to examine the highs and lows that can come from an appearance in the tank.

[10/22/14 - 10:31 AM]
TNT Greenlights "Cold Justice" Spinoff
Rather than tackling homicides, however, the new series will focus on sex crimes.