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04.24.2013

CNET’S NEW SHOW “HOOKED UP,” HOSTED BY OMG! INSIDER’S KEVIN FRAZIER, TOURS CELEBRITY HOMES AND HANGOUTS TO EXPLORE THEIR COOLEST TECH GEAR

Presented by BlackBerry, “Hooked Up” Also Features Tech Advice for Viewers

from CNET’s Senior Editor Brian Tong

First Episode Airs Wednesday, April 24 at 9:00 AM, ET at http://cnet.com/hooked-up

SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, 2013 - CNET’s new online video series, HOOKED UP, hosted by omg! INSIDER co-anchor Kevin Frazier and developed by CBS Television Distribution, tours celebrity homes and hangouts to give viewers an inside look at stars’ personal high-tech gadgets. Presented by BlackBerry®, the first episode will be available on Wednesday, April 24 at 9:00 AM, ET at http://cnet.com/hooked-up.

Each 15-minute show will feature a new celebrity who will take Frazier on a tour of their space to reveal the high-tech devices and tools they use on a daily basis. HOOKED UP will air every Wednesday beginning April 24 through May 22.  CNET’s senior editor, Brian Tong, will join Frazier each week to share insights and advice about the stars’ products and show viewers how to create similar environments within their own homes.  

For the April 24 episode, Frazier visits with CeeLo Green in his suite at the Planet Hollywood Hotel, just before his popular Las Vegas show “Loberace.” CeeLo describes the state-of-the-art technology behind his impressive stage production and his latest digital endeavors.

“I’m a self-confessed tech nerd, and HOOKED UP gives me a chance to ‘geek out’ with other tech enthusiasts, who just so happen to be celebrities,” said Frazier.  “Viewers will enjoy the exclusive look at the gadgets stars use in their favorite hangouts and we will also deliver practical advice from the world’s largest tech site, CNET.”

“Celebrities have access to devices that some of us can only dream of.  We’re excited for exclusive access to stars’ homes, cars, studios, tour buses, or anywhere they might use specialized tech.  We also want to find out which everyday devices these stars use because we might just have some wisdom on how to use them best,” said Lindsey Turrentine, Editor in Chief of CNET Reviews.

Kevin Frazier continues to impact the entertainment industry as a multi-faceted journalist, producer and entrepreneur. As co-anchor of omg! INSIDER, formerly THE INSIDER, he is the only African American male currently anchoring a daily newsmagazine show for broadcast television. He has interviewed Hollywood’s biggest stars from Brad Pitt to Will Smith to Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé.  Prior to co-anchoring THE INSIDER, Frazier served as the weekend anchor and correspondent of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT.  Frazier’s professionalism, charisma and demeanor has made him a sought-after journalist to cover high-profile and historical events as wide-ranging as President Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration, the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton to the deaths of music icons Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.

As one of CNET’s most charismatic editors, Brian Tong is host of the site’s popular online web shows THE APPLE BYTE and PRIZEFIGHT.  Tong started his media career as one of the hosts of an Asian American pop-culture TV show called STIR TV, that aired nationally for more than four years.

The show is available on demand and can be viewed on CNET channels and applications on YouTube, Roku, Google.tv, TiVo, Samsung Smart TVs, XBOX, Yahoo, AOL and iTunes, as well as on CNET's mobile and tablet apps.

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