ESPN college football analyst Danny Kanell, comedian Reese Waters and television host “Marianela” Pereyra will take a seat on the UNITE couch weeknights at midnight ET on ESPNU as the hosts of the network’s first late-night entertainment show.
Debuting Monday, August 27, they bring an expertise to sports, humor and pop-culture.
“Each host has a different television background,Description: Description: C:\Users\blackbun\Downloads\EI_85488_20120806_JF1_6229.jpg but all three share a passion for sports,” said coordinating producer Yaron Deskalo. “Combined they have the wit, insight and chemistry to keep viewers tuning in every night.”
Kanell joined ESPN in 2010 as a college football analyst. He brings a student-athlete perspective to UNITE after playing football and baseball at Florida State. Kanell was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers out of high school and the New York Yankees in college, but followed his passion for football post-college and played in the NFL for the New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos.
Viewers have seen a sample of Kanell’s take on both the lighter and analytical side of college sports during his previous ESPNU appearances. His expert football analysis will continue not only on UNITE Monday through Friday, but also every weekend during the college football season on ABC’s Saturday game.
Waters has been applying a sly wit of comedy truth to sports news of the day as a stand-up comedian for several years. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, he has appeared on the late-night television circuit numerous times as a guest and was named by New York Magazine as one of the city’s “Ten Comedians To Watch”.
Throughout his college years at Columbia University, Waters performed anywhere and everywhere, including showcases at comedy clubs and impromptu performances in dormitory lounges. His visibility has dramatically increased since, with stints on Comedy Central and Versus Network, and his passion for sports will translate into a nightly roasting on ESPNU.
“Marianela” has covered everything from music videos and interviewing the biggest names in entertainment on FUSE TV and MTV to college football tailgates on ESPNU Road Trip. A night-owl by TV trade after recently hosting NBC’s “Poker After Dark” Marianela will conduct live interviews with athletes, fans and experts as the host of the network’s first live midnight entertainment show.
The 24-hour college sports television network airs more than 650 live events annually and offers over 600 original studio shows. ESPNU has seen a steady increase since its inception on March 4, 2005 and is now in over 73 million households. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNUHD, now in over 20 million homes. The network has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers – Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.