New Daytime Series PICKLER & BEN Launches Nationally 9/18

New Daytime Series PICKLER & BEN Launches Nationally 9/18

PICKLER & BEN, daytime television's newest "go-to" destination for the best in lifestyle and entertainment, launches nationally on Monday, Sept. 18. Hosted by country music star Kellie Pickler and Emmy-winning television personality Ben Aaron, this highly anticipated talk show will premiere in 38 local television markets across the country.

The show features Kellie and Ben hosting segments with top celebrities, tastemakers and experts on everything from entertaining and home design to cooking, DIY and more. The show will be recorded in front of a live audience at a studio in one of America's hottest cities - Nashville - on an expansive, modern farmhouse-style set.

"This show truly feels like home - it's like spending time with a bunch of good friends who just stopped by to trade stories on the back porch," said Pickler. "We have a little something for everyone. We'll laugh, get inspired and meet some very talented and extraordinary people."

"When Kellie and I get together, it's anything but predictable," said Ben. "We have an incredible team of creative minds behind this show, and I can't wait to deliver our country-city combo to viewers across America."

Through a partnership with leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer, HSN, "Pickler & Ben" will feature a unique interactive format inviting viewers to "shop the show" by purchasing items featured on air from the comfort of their homes. Fans can shop items directly on PicklerandBen.com and HSN.com.

"Pickler & Ben's" live studio audience will include a mix of Nashville locals and out-of-towners seeking the best in entertainment. Nashville is one of the country's fastest-growing cities, with nearly 100 people each day moving to the city made famous by country music, all-American food, Southern charm and world-class hospitality. Fans are invited to join a taping by requesting tickets through the show's website.

"Pickler & Ben" is produced by Grammy Award-winning superstar Faith Hill; co-founder of Happy Street Entertainment, Lisa Erspamer; and president and CEO of Sandbox Entertainment Jason Owen; in partnership with The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP). Award-winning director, Joe Terry ("The Oprah Winfrey Show") will direct "Pickler & Ben." Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution is distributing the show in national syndication.

To get a sneak peek of the show, stay up to date on episodes and get a behind-the-scenes look at the hosts in action, follow "Pickler & Ben" on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The 38 local affiliates include (* denotes Scripps market):
WFTS* Tampa, FL
KNXV* Phoenix, AZ
WXYZ* Detroit, MI
KSTP Minneapolis, MN
KMGH* Denver, CO
WEWS* Cleveland, OH
WRAZ Raleigh, NC
WMAR* Baltimore, MD
WRTV* Indianapolis, IN
KGTV* San Diego, CA
WTVF* Nashville, TN
KSHB* Kansas City, MO
WTMJ* Milwaukee, MI
WCPO* Cincinnati, OH
WHNS Greenville, SC
WPTV* West Palm Beach, FL
WBKI Louisville, KY
WKBW* Buffalo, NY
KJRH* Tulsa, OK
WFTX* Ft. Myers, FL
WVLT Knoxville, TN
KSCW Wichita, KS
WGBA* Green Bay, WI
KHBS Ft. Smith, AR
KIVI* Boise, ID
KTTW Sioux Falls, SD
WSYM* Lansing, MI
KERO* Bakersfield, CA
KAQY Monroe, LA
KESQ Palm Springs, CA
KNBN Rapid City, SD
WOAY Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, WV
KJTL Wichita Falls-Lawton, TX

About the Hosts

Kellie Pickler first gained fame at the age of 19 as a contestant on the fifth season of "American Idol." She has gone on to release four critically acclaimed albums, including her Gold-certified debut "Small Town Girl" as well as "100 Proof," which Rolling Stone named the Best Country Album of 2011. In spring of 2013, Pickler won the Mirror Ball Trophy on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and also released her fourth album, "The Woman I Am," with Black River Entertainment, which featured three songs co-written by Pickler including the title cut. She launched her home goods line, Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler, named after her grandmother in collaboration with the Opry Stores (shop.opry.com) in 2015. Kellie Pickler's CMT docu-comedy series "I Love Kellie Pickler," which co-stars her husband, songwriter/producer Kyle Jacobs, debuted in November 2015, propelling the network to its highest premiere with adults since 2012 and women since 2008. The hit television series returned for its third season earlier this month. Pickler is an avid supporter of the U.S. military, having completed 11 USO Tours thus far.

Ben Aaron has earned four Emmy Awards as a features reporter for "New York Live" on WNBC and has numerous TV credits as a contributor for "Extra," "Meredith" and "Today." His posted stories on YouTube have earned millions of views. He recently teamed up with his wife, Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist for "Good Morning America," on a new home renovation show on the DIY Network called "Renovation Realities: Ben and Ginger."
Photo credit: George Burns Photography

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