Over the years, the Sidewalks format has
morphed into what it is today: a highly-viewed,
celebrity-based interview and music program on
web and TV.
Entertainment has been a long-running series
originating from the San Francisco Bay Area
Launched in 1988,
the multiple award-winning series is the
brainchild of producer
Richard R. Lee, who continues to direct,
edit, and occasionally co-host the talk /
"The original concept was to
feature sidewalk street performers - hence the
title of the series," says Lee. "The early seasons
presented dancers, fashion designers, cultural
performers, independent filmmakers,
magicians, other artistic and novelty acts, and
rising musical talents."
Since the first episode,
Sidewalks has introduced a diverse range
of over two-hundred acts from the greater
Northern California region.
the series progressed, Sidewalks added
interviews with nationally-known celebrities to
its lineup. Some of the initial interviews
included comedian Rob Schneider,
actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry,
actor Sean Patrick Flanery and
then-newcomer singer Mary J. Blige.
Since 1999, Sidewalks
has been a new TV destination for
non-gossip celebrity interviews with
stars from movies, TV, sports and music.
though Sidewalks is considered a
"regional" show," remarks Lee. "The program's ability to
feature hundreds of celebrity interviews is
quite remarkable for a televised program based outside of Hollywood and New York."
In 1992, a second series was developed called Sidewalks:
Video Nite, a music video spinoff
series. A number of
special programs were also produced, including Backstage at the
Bay Area Music Awards (later California
Music Awards), two The Holiday Toy Guide
Specials, and Summer Jam.
Currently, the producers have two shows (Sidewalks
Entertainment and Sidewalks: Video Nite)
in continuous productions.
program's official website at SidewalksTV.com
has become a rising entertainment portal for
interviews and segments," says Lee. "The site houses one of
the largest collection of full-length
specialty segments, which are available for
free online. A new worldwide
audience is discovering Sidewalks each
front and behind-the-scenes, Sidewalks
has given new TV personalities and
crew members opportunities to show off their
talents. Longtime host / producer
Cindy Rhodes has
been with Sidewalks since 1993, while
joined in 1994 and then returned in 2003 as the
show’s east coast correspondent.
The Sidewalks team has been able to
experiment with a variety of segment ideas and
program styles, and, most importantly, test the
program's content with a growing viewing audience.
In late 2005, the team began to expand the
product. Currently assembling new business
partners and production team members, the
Sidewalks staff is transitioning the
popular show into a weekly one-hour
program for cable and broadcast stations, with
new elements that would
include movie previews and on-going segments on
how to make it in show business. Additionally, the
producers will be providing segments and
specific episodes available for other digital
According to Lee, "Our goal is for viewers to
watch the Sidewalks brand on TV, digital
media such as I-Pods and phones, screens in
department stores, and other places. The staff
behind Sidewalks have built an incredible
vehicle from nothing. It's an entertainment
project that will expand and go places."
For more information about the current and new
Sidewalks programs, please
a listing of Sidewalks Entertainment
episodes from the past seasons, visit
our page on TV.com