BET's influential fan-voted video countdown show, 106 & Park, celebrates its 2,000th episode tonight (6 ET/PT) with guests who include Jennifer Hudson, T.I., LL Cool J and Keyshia Cole.
Since its introduction in 2000, the hip-hop/R&B-oriented show has become a cultural touchstone for fans and a launching pad not only for music but also for movies. Terrence (Terrence Jenkins) and Rocsi (Raquel Roxanne Diaz), the upbeat hosts of the daily live show, routinely greet such stars as Jay-Z, Madonna, Snoop Dogg and Mariah Carey before an enthusiastic audience.
The program scored a coup last September when Kanye West and 50 Cent appeared on the eve of their ballyhooed album release showdown. And just last week, Tropic Thunder stars Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. were on the set.
"It's for all youth, not just urban youth," says Stephen Hill, BET's executive vice president of music, programming and talent. The show is introducing an online social community, 106 & Park Connect, that will make the already interactive show more accessible.