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“ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’S” EMMY AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST NANCY O’DELL TO HOST “BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR,” TO BE BROADCAST LIVE FOR TWO HOURS, MONDAY, JULY 4, ON CBS

Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Country Superstars Little Big Town Previously Announced as Performers

Nancy O’Dell, co-host of the Emmy Award-winning “Entertainment Tonight,” is set to host the BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, a two-hour entertainment special to be broadcast live from the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Monday, July 4 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT), on the CBS Television Network.

Previously announced artists for the special include Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Little Big Town, who will perform some of their biggest hits, accompanied by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart.

Emmy Award-winning journalist Nancy O’Dell has proven to be a force in all areas of her career as a host, author, producer and entrepreneur. One of the country’s most respected and leading entertainment journalists, O’Dell is co-anchor of the most- watched entertainment news program in the world, “Entertainment Tonight.” Prior to her work at “ET,” she served as the co-host of “Access Hollywood” and was named one of “Television Week’s” “10 Most Bankable Stars in Syndication.”

With more than 20 years of experience, O’Dell contributes to “CBS This Morning” and is a go-to anchor for live TV specials. She was a special presenter on the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” as well as a host on the “American Country Music Awards.” She hosted the 2016 “Grammy Red Carpet Live Special,” on the Network, as well as the live “Emmys,” “Golden Globes” and “Critics Choice Red Carpet Special” for multiple years. For 16 consecutive years she has hosted the “Tournament of Roses Parade.” She is a member of the Academy of Country Music Awards and was the original host and consulting producer for “Nashville Star,” as well as the host and producer of HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home.” In addition, she has hosted “The NFL Kickoff Special,” “New Year’s Eve Special,” on Fox, “The Kentucky Derby Special,” “The Miss USA Pageant” and “The Miss Universe Pageant.”

O’Dell has been honored with two Emmy Awards, three Associated Press Awards and two Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Awards and has been nominated for several additional Emmys.

After her mother passed away in 2008 from complications related to ALS, O’Dell became a National Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and serves as the spokesperson for ALS.net. In August of 2009, MDA, O’Dell and O’Dell’s family formed a foundation in her mother’s name called Betty’s Battle: Fighting ALS. In 2002, O’Dell was inducted into the American Red Cross’s National Celebrity Cabinet and remains in that position today. Also, she acts as an international board member for Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

The BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, now in its 43rd year, is the orchestra’s annual free outdoor Fourth of July concert. David Mugar, who will also serve as executive producer, founded the event in 1974.

The BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR live broadcast will be produced by White Cherry Entertainment, and the live event by Boston 4 Productions. Glenn Weiss, Ricky Kirshner and R.A. Clark will serve as executive producers for the national telecast. The executive producers for Boston 4 Productions are David G. Mugar, Pamela Picard and Rich MacDonald. Michael Mathis of IMG Media and Pamela Picard will produce the local telecast seen on WBZ-TV Boston 8:00-9:00 PM, live ET. Glenn Weiss will direct the network broadcast, and Robin Mishkin Abrams will direct the local broadcast.

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Press Contacts:

For CBS: Lori DelliColli / 603-824-6300 / ladellicolli@cbs.com

For CBS Photo: Paula Breck / 212-975-3811 / pjbreck@cbs.com

For WBZ-TV: Kerri Landry / 617-787-7083 / klandry@cbs.com

For the Boston Pops: Bernadette Horgan / 617-638-9285 / bhorgan@bso.org & Taryn Lott / 617-638-9283 / tlott@bso.org

For B4 Productions: Jessica Cremin / 617-314-6765 / jcremin@mugar.com