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Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
CARRIE UNDERWOOD STARS IN ALL-NEW NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SHOW OPEN & WELCOMES ICON JOAN JETT FOR NEW RENDITION OF “WAITING ALL DAY FOR SUNDAY NIGHT”
Joan Jett – Whose “I Hate Myself for Loving You” Was the Basis for Original SNF Open Music – Appears with Underwood for First Time in NBC SNF Show Open
Sneak Preview of New Sunday Night Football Show Open on NBC This Sunday, August 25, at Halftime of Steelers-Titans Preseason Game
Filmed for First Time at NFL Stadium – at Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium – SNF Open to Debut on Sunday, Sept. 8
NBC Sunday Night Football is Primetime TV’s #1 Show for Unprecedented Eight Consecutive Years
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 20, 2019 – NBC’s Sunday Night Football, primetime television’s No. 1 program for an unprecedented eight consecutive years, will unveil an all-new show open with Carrie Underwood this season, with a nod to the first-ever NBC SNF open in 2006 featuring a new rendition of the original “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” music.
Underwood, the seven-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist, stars in the NBC SNF show open for the seventh consecutive year and welcomes Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett, who makes an appearance during Underwood’s performance.
At the invitation of Underwood, Jett – whose 1988 Top 10 hit “I Hate Myself for Loving You” was adapted for the original “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” SNF show open music in 2006 – appears for the first time in the NBC Sunday Night Football show open. Underwood will also be joined by NFL stars (to be announced on Monday) in the new show open.
“I have always been a huge fan of Joan’s, and I’m thrilled that she’s joining us for the Sunday Night Football open,” Underwood said. “What better way to pay homage to the original SNF opening song than by getting to play with her on primetime’s biggest stage?”
“When Carrie brought us this idea, we immediately embraced it as a terrific way to evolve the performance, while also celebrating the song we used in our first 10 seasons of SNF,” said Fred Gaudelli, Executive Producer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football. “We were excited when Joan agreed to join us, and we can’t wait to debut the finished product.”
Tripp Dixon is creative director of the SNF show open.
At halftime of this Sunday night’s preseason game on NBC (Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans, 8 p.m. ET), a sneak preview of the SNF show open will air. The full 2019 NBC Sunday Night Football show open will debut on Sunday, Sept. 8, as the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers.
For the first time in the series’ 14 seasons, the SNF show open was filmed inside an NFL stadium, with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, serving as the “stage.”
Pepsi is the sponsor of the SNF open and will be integrated on-air each week.
NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IS PRIMETIME TELEVISION’S NO. 1 SHOW FOR RECORD EIGHT CONSECUTIVE YEARS: NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished the 2018-19 TV season as primetime’s #1 TV show in all key metrics for an unprecedented eighth consecutive year – adding to its record for the most consecutive years atop the charts (since 1950), based on official live plus same day data provided by Nielsen. Sunday Night Football also ranked as the No. 1 show in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic for the ninth consecutive TV season. In addition, in May at the Sports Emmy Awards for excellence in sports television production, Sunday Night Football became the first show ever to win 10 Sports Emmys in the Outstanding Live Sports Series category. SNF has earned the honor in 10 of the past 11 years.
About Carrie Underwood: Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has sold 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote. Last Fall, she released the gold-certified studio album Cry Pretty, her first on Capitol Records Nashville, marking the first time she has co-produced her own album. The title track and lead single, co-produced and co-written by Carrie, topped the iTunes Top Songs charts in 12 countries. In 2018, she also released the hit event anthem she co-wrote, “The Champion” featuring Ludacris, which opened NBC’s Super Bowl LII and was incorporated into the network’s coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. In 2013, Carrie starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. She is lead designer for her fitness and lifestyle brand, CALIA by Carrie Underwood, which launched in 2015 and is exclusively available at DICK’S Sporting Goods nationwide and online at www.caliastudio.com. In 2018, Carrie celebrated her 10th anniversary as a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry and this year, she will host the CMA Awards for the 12th consecutive year. She returns this Fall for her seventh season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
About Joan Jett: Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” Her independent record label, Blackheart, was founded in 1980 after she was rejected by no less than 23 labels. Blackheart is one of the longest running indie labels and continues to give voice to new bands. As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus, as well as the Germs’ LA punk masterpiece, GI. Jett’s music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. Jett and the Blackhearts continue touring the globe with headline shows alongside fellow rock icons like The Who, Green Day and the Foo Fighters. Additionally, Jett has acted and appeared in movies & television, including the film Light Of Day. Jett was also able to see her story told in The Runaways, the film based on (lead singer of The Runaways) Cherie Currie’s book Neon Angel, starring Kristen Stewart as Jett, and Dakota Fanning as Currie. Jett was close to the project, serving as executive producer. “Bad Reputation”, a documentary about Jett’s life premiered to critical acclaim at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film continues to receive praise and accolades and is available on all streaming platforms.
2019 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
|Thurs. Sept. 5||NFL Kickoff||Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears|
|Sun. Sept. 8||Week 1||Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots|
|Sun. Sept. 15||Week 2||Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons|
|Sun. Sept. 22||Week 3||Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns|
|Sun. Sept. 29||Week 4||Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints|
|*Sun. Oct. 6||Week 5||Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs|
|*Sun. Oct. 13||Week 6||Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers|
|*Sun. Oct. 20||Week 7||Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys|
|*Sun. Oct. 27||Week 8||Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs|
|*Sun. Nov. 3||Week 9||New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens|
|*Sun. Nov. 10||Week 10||Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys|
|*Sun. Nov. 17||Week 11||Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams|
|*Sun. Nov. 24||Week 12||Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles|
|**Thurs. Nov. 28||Week 13||New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons|
|*Sun. Dec. 1||Week 13||New England Patriots at Houston Texans|
|*Sun. Dec. 8||Week 14||Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams|
|*Sun. Dec. 15||Week 15||Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers|
|*Sun. Dec. 22||Week 16||Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears|
|*Sun. Dec. 29||Week 17||TBD|
** Thanksgiving Night Game