NBC Sports' coverage of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) Saturday, May 5, from Churchill Downs will be expanded from 90 minutes to two hours. NBC's will begin its Derby program at 4:30 p.m. ET, a half-hour earlier than in the past.
The 4:30-5:00 p.m. time slot will be taken over by "Access Hollywood," an entertainment news program syndicated by NBC/Universal and shown nationwide five times a week. The 30-minute program, titled "Kentucky Derby Red Carpet Special Presented by Olay Regenerist," will feature red-carpet celebrity interviews from Churchill Downs conducted by "Access Hollywood" correspondent Shaun Robinson. There will also be taped coverage of various Derby parties. NBC's regular racing correspondents, including host Tom Hammond, will also appear on the red carpet show.