The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced that daytime talk show “Pickler & Ben” has been nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards.
Hosts Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron are nominated for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Hosts, and guest Ben Rector’s performance of “Old Friends” has been nominated for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program. The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sunday, May 5, 2019.
“We are so grateful to be nominated in this category, and Ben and I couldn’t do this without the amazing Pickler & Ben family we get to work with every day,” said Kellie Pickler. Ben Aaron added, “Last year I said we weren’t going to beat Steve Harvey, and I was right. I’m not going to make any predictions this year.”
“The entire team here at Pickler & Ben are so happy our awesome hosts, Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron have been nominated once again,” said Executive Producer and Happy Street Entertainment Co-Founder Lisa Erspamer. “They are definitely not your typical talk show hosts which is what makes coming to work such an unexpected and delightfully wild ride every day. Bring it home this year P&B! And congrats to our friend, the fabulous Ben Rector. Your performance rocked.”
Hosted by Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron, and recorded in front of a live studio audience in Nashville, “Pickler & Ben” features the best in lifestyle and entertainment. The show highlights feel-good stories featuring guests from across the country; zany comedic bits where Kellie and Ben demonstrate that they are “all-in” on entertaining the audience – from goat yoga to fencing lessons; and cooking segments with celebrity chefs including Cat Cora, Carla Hall, Richard Blais, Gail Simmons, Duff Goldman and Sunny Anderson. Celebrity guests have included Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Molly Sims, Luke Bryan, Christian Siriano, Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Yolanda Hadid, Kelly Osbourne, Jillian Michaels, Kristin Cavallari, Ty Pennington, Jewel and Idina Menzel. (View the 2018 season promo reel here.)
Currently in its second season, Pickler & Ben is distributed in 175 markets. (View the complete and most up-to-date list of markets where “Pickler & Ben” airs here.)
“Pickler & Ben” received three Emmy nominations in its first season, a rare feat for a new syndicated program. Hosts Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron were nominated for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Hosts, show director Joe Terry and associate director Wesley MacMillan were nominated for Outstanding Directing in a Talk Show/Entertainment News/Morning Program and set hairstylist Debbie Dover Hall was nominated for Outstanding Hairstyling.
To stay up to date on episodes and get a behind-the-scenes look at Kellie and Ben in action, follow “Pickler & Ben” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Find out when and where the show airs and request tickets to a taping at picklerandben.com.
About “Pickler & Ben”
“Pickler & Ben” is daytime’s go-to destination for the best in lifestyle and entertainment television, now in its second season. Nominated for five Emmy awards, the show is hosted by country music superstar Kellie Pickler and Emmy-winning journalist Ben Aaron. Taped on an expansive set mixing traditional and modern designs and set in Nashville, Tennessee, “Pickler & Ben” features today’s top celebrities and tastemakers on entertaining, cooking, decorating, gardening and beauty. It also shares the inspiring stories of everyday people doing the extraordinary. “Pickler & Ben” is executive 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. The show is produced by Happy Street Entertainment in partnership with The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP). Award-winning director Joe Terry (“The Oprah Winfrey Show”) directs “Pickler & Ben.” Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution is distributing the show in national syndication. For more information, visit picklerandben.com.
About Kellie Pickler
Kellie Pickler was born and raised in North Carolina and now calls Nashville home. She first won hearts and gained national attention as a top finalist on “American Idol” at the age of 19. Kellie has released four albums: Gold-certified “Small Town Girl,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and was the best-selling debut by a solo country female that year; “Kellie Pickler,” which also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and featured her first Top Ten Hit and the Platinum-certified single, “Best Days of Your Life”; “100 Proof,” named the No. 1 Country Album of the Year by Rolling Stone; and “The Woman I Am,” of which Newsday wrote, “Pickler shows how the next phase of her career may be bigger than she ever dreamed.” Her CMT docu-comedy series “I Love Kellie Pickler” debuted in November 2015, propelling the network to its highest premiere since 2012. After three successful seasons, the series was retired so that Kellie could focus on “Pickler & Ben.” Last year, Kellie starred in a Hallmark Channel’s highest rated and most watched movie of 2018, “Christmas at Graceland,” where she played a finance executive who rediscovers her passion and talent for singing. For the film, Kellie recorded and performed beloved Christmas songs including: “Silent Night,” “Silver Bells,” “First Noel,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Joy To The World” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Pickler is a “Dancing With The Stars” champion and an avid supporter of our servicemen and women. She has completed 11 USO Tours, performing for those serving abroad. In June of 2019, Pickler will star in the Hallmark Channel movie titled “Wedding at Graceland.”
About Ben Aaron
Ben 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 teamed up with his wife, Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist for “Good Morning America,” on a home renovation show on the DIY Network called “Renovation Realities: Ben and Ginger.”
About Porch Swing Productions / Happy Street Entertainment
Porch Swing Productions is the Nashville headquarters for Happy Street Entertainment, a multiplatform entertainment production company, creating innovative and emotionally connective original content for film, television and digital media. Porch Swing Productions is the producer of “Pickler & Ben,” which is in its second season and received three Emmy nominations for season 1. Based in Nashville and Los Angeles, cofounders Lisa Erspamer, Sheila Stepanek and Allison Milgard lead a team of top-tier producers, directors and creatives to develop and produce compelling high-quality content with some of the biggest names in entertainment and the best-known brands in the world.
The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of local and national media brands. With 33 television stations, Scripps is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners. Scripps runs a collection of national journalism and content businesses, including Newsy, the next-generation national news network; podcast industry leader Midroll Media; and fast-growing national broadcast networks Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff. Scripps produces original programming including “Pickler & Ben,” runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the long-time steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”