Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos

Executive Producer

Tomorrow Show Rank: Admiral

As a journalist, E! News Host and Emmy Award Winner, Maria Menounos, holds the distinct honor of having conducted the only interview with the entire Obama family. Her groundbreaking conversational style of reporting led her, at the age of 22, to become the youngest person ever to host “Entertainment Tonight.” She would go on to do the same for the “Today” show and “Nightly News.” She has held sit down interviews with every US President since George Bush. She has also traveled the globe, covering everything from the war in Afghanistan to earthquakes in El Salvador to the AIDS crisis in South Africa. As an actress, on the big screen, she starred in the romantic comedy “Kickin It Old Skool” opposite Jamie Kennedy, and played herself in the Ben Stiller comedy “Tropic Thunder.” She also appeared in the 20th Century Fox sci-fi/action movie “Fantastic Four.” Her small-screen acting endeavors include guest roles on CBS’ “Without a Trace,” NBC’s “Scrubs” and HBO’s “Entourage” as well as a recurring role on the CW’s “One Tree Hill.” Maria was also the longest running international spokesperson and face of Pantene hair care products. As a filmmaker, Maria has directed and produced several independent films, which have played most of the major film festivals from Tribeca to South-by-Southwest. She attended Boston’s Emerson College, where she double-majored in broadcast journalism and film. At Emerson, she became the first freshman in the school’s 125-year history to garner the prestigious EVVY award for Best Newscaster. After her junior year, Maria became an international correspondent for Channel One News. Her coverage of the AIDS virus in South Africa inspired her to dedicate herself to charity work and to create the non-profit, Take Action Hollywood! (TAH!). TAH! is a charity whose mission is to utilize the power of the entertainment industry and the production medium to educate, empower and raise social awareness. As a Diabetes Awareness Ambassador for the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Maria has spoken on Capitol Hill and is working with lobbyists on improving treatment for the disease, worldwide. She is also the Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics and works closely with the LA Children’s hospital hosting her annual “Day Of Beauty” event for patients and their families for the last 8 years. In addition to being a champion of helping talent, Maria is particularly passionate about helping fellow women young and old. She also loves animals, is avid in pet rescuer and works with several organizations in that regard.

So why would anyone with such a ground breaking and respected resume like Maria agree to don a Star Trek costume and partake at all in such an endeavor? Sure, for 17 years Keven forced her to watch endless hours of the original series. And yes, she does have a crush and friendship with William Shatner. But truly, its most likely her mercy project, giving back to the mad man she loves: Maria’s version of letting Kev “play with his Legos.” Just don’t tell Kev or the equally deluded Tomorrow Show staff.