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Monday, August 27, 2012
'UNITE' set to launch tonight on ESPNU

By Lynn Hoppes

ESPN's first late-night entertainment show "UNITE" debuts at midnight ET on ESPNU, and coordinating producer Yaron Deskalo said his team is ready.

"In many ways, we feel like all the college freshmen around the country this week: We're moving in," said Deskalo, an Emmy Award-winning "E:60" producer. "We're dropping our stuff off, looking around and meeting new people. We're eager to see what this fall brings."

Sports and pop culture news will be discussed by the three hosts -- Danny Kanell, Reese Waters and Marianela Pereyra -- through the lens of social media.

"We're a different voice with a unique spin on content," Deskalo said. "We want our hour of TV to go by quickly and think it will with the stories we plan to tell."

"UNITE" also has tapped into its existing "Campus Connection" program as more than 35 schools will provide insights from their campuses through live tweeting, photos and videos.

"Viewers can expect a more casual, laid-back approach to talk college sports with a little bit of irreverence and a lot of strong opinion," Kanell said. "People will immediately notice how hilarious Reese is but after watching the show they will soon find out he knows a ton about sports. And Marianela makes me look bad because she is smoking hot and on top of that she speaks four different languages!"

Here's a quick look at the talent for Unite:

Danny Kanell: Joined ESPN in 2010 as a college football analyst after playing football and baseball at Florida State. Kanell will continue to work college football games for ABC on Saturdays.

RT @unite: Just another day at UNITE, shooting skits with @hopesolo and @dkanell13...pretty standard stuff really.…

— Danny Kanell (@dkanell13) August 17, 2012
Reese Waters: Has been a stand-up comedian for several years and was named by New York Magazine as one of the city’s “Ten Comedians To Watch." He has appeared on Comedy Central and Versus Network.

Anybody know a good lawyer?

— Reese Waters (@reesewaters) August 16, 2012
Marianela Pereyra: Has worked for FUSE and MTV, covering music and entertainment. She also hosted NBC's "Poker After Dark." She also worked for ESPNU to cover college football tailgating.

@dkanell13 @unite we need to get to host the show from convertible bentleys.Just sayin. Not really feeling an octopus for DJ Rob, any ideas?

— marianela (@MARIANELATV) August 13, 2012

And UNITE's resident DJ is Rob Swift: