New season of 'The Big Interview with Dan Rather' announced, Sharon Osbourne to kick things off Oct. 10

“The X Factor UK” judge Sharon Osbourne will sit down with award-winning newsman Dan Rather to discuss her prolific career in the fifth season fall premiere of AXS TV’s dynamic original series “The Big Interview” on Oct. 10. Osbourne is the first guest in an exciting lineup of nine all-new episodes which feature Rather conducting candid, up-close-and-personal interviews with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

As one of the original “X Factor UK” judges, Sharon Osbourne is known for her always wise and often colorful critiques of aspiring artists who chase their music stardom dreams via the popular UK-based reality singing competition. She’s also a music management power player, a Daytime Emmy-winning co-host of “The Talk,” and wife of heavy metal superstar Ozzy Osbourne. Osbourne will discuss life and work in the spotlight with Dan Rather as “The Big Interview’s” season five premiere guest on Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

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The new season also includes iconic Grammy-winning California native rockers The Doobie Brothers, as Rather chats with band members Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and John McFee on Oct. 17. Canadian rock icon and renowned Rush front man Geddy Lee is up next on Oct. 24, followed by introspective folk songstress Jewel on Oct. 31, and actor Kiefer Sutherland, who is taking a leap into country music on Nov. 7. Blues-rock legend Steve Miller follows on Nov. 14, game-changing English rocker and guitar legend Peter Frampton joins Rather on Nov. 21 and famed E Street Band axe-man/actor Steven Van Zandt appears on Dec. 5.

“For five seasons, The Big Interview has delivered in-depth and insightful conversations with some of the most influential figures in entertainment,” said Evan Haiman, vice president of music programming and production for AXS TV in a press statement. “The series’ upcoming fall cycle is a continuation of the acclaimed programming our viewers have become accustomed to, as Dan Rather sits down with a fresh roster of artists who have shaped pop culture for generations of fans—getting them to open up about their unique lives and storied careers as only he can, and offering viewers a rare chance to see their favorite stars in a whole new light.”

Haiman is right. Dan Rather's distinct, easygoing-yet-direct interview style is as engaging and entertaining as it is informative. He has spoken to countless numbers of celebrities who have lived amazing, high-profile lives. When Rather chats with them, he has a knack for unveiling their very human side, and we’re often reminded at the end of the day, these larger-than-life personalities are all just people too.

“The Big Interview” is one of many dynamic original series which hails from AXS TV. Music fans everywhere can tune into the music-focused network to find unique perspectives and in-depth profiles, documentaries, and commentaries on some of the world’s biggest music superstars.

Fans can also watch Sharon Osbourne and her judging panel peers Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, and Nicole Scherzinger search for the next international pop star on “The X Factor UK” here in the U.S. on Sundays and Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV.

“The Big Interview with Dan Rather” Schedule At-A-Glance
Oct. 10 -  Sharon Osbourne
Oct. 17 - The Doobie Brothers
Oct. 24 -  Geddy Lee
Oct. 31 -  Jewel
Nov. 7 -   Kiefer Sutherland
Nov. 14 - Steve Miller
Nov. 21 - Peter Frampton
Nov. 28 - TBA
Dec. 5 -   Steven Van Zandt

Be sure to tune into “The Big Interview” with Dan Rather for the season five fall premiere or set your DVR on Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, only on AXS TV. Find AXS TV on your TV and stay tuned to AXS for updates.