ESPN announced today that it will add two late-night shows to its programming line-up. Set to debut January 28, 2019, the two shows — Now or Never (ESPN2) and Ahora o Nunca (ESPN Deportes) — will be dedicated to covering the intersection of sports and pop culture for young, multicultural sports fans.
Now or Never and Ahora o Nunca will offer a new take on sports, with a laid-back vibe for the late-night fan. Fans can expect the co-hosts to have fun with sports headlines and reactions, chat about the latest news on movies, music, E Sports, celebrity culture and much more. The shows will feature social content that incorporates viewer interaction and engagement. Airing Monday through Friday, the two 30-minute shows will be produced from ESPN studios at L.A. Live in Los Angeles and air on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes at 2 a.m. ET / 11 p.m. PT.
“We are excited to add these new shows to our programming line-up to serve a young, multicultural audience in English and Spanish,” said Freddy Rolón, vice president and general manager, ESPN Deportes. “This unique format will bring together a diverse group of voices, whose experience will drive conversations beyond sports and tackle pop culture news, on-and-off the screen.”
Now or Never will be co-hosted by Steve Covino, Rich Davis, and Janelle Marie Rodriguez. Covino and Davis, who currently co-host Covino & Rich on ESPN Radio and SiriusXM’s Faction Talk channel, come to ESPN with a plethora of sports and pop culture experience. The pair have worked as television hosts for NBC Sports’ NY affiliate SNY, discussing daily pop culture and sports stories. They have hosted numerous red carpet events including the MTV Video Music Awards and Movie Awards, the GRAMMY Awards and private parties for ESPN and Rolling Stone, as well as numerous Super Bowl weeks, and the MLB All-Star Week, on behalf of SiriusXM.
Rodriguez is a South Florida native who began her career at a young age, making regular television appearances and her acting debut on TNT’s series The Last Ship. Throughout her career, she has interviewed many high-profile celebrities, including Steven Spielberg, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana. She was nominated as Best Actress in a Webseries at The Official Latino Short Film Festival for her work on the digital network Flama, and was recognized as the first Latina to host MONSTER JAM in the U.S. Rodriguez will serve as the bilingual co-host and appear on both shows.
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Source: ESPN Media