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NBC WANTS LENO TO REMAIN IN ITS STABLE

July 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC wants Jay Leno to stick around after he hands over the Tonight show to Jimmy Fallon early next year. Speaking to members of the Television Critics Association on Saturday, the network’s entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt said, “Nothing would make us happier than to have him, a la Bob Hope, stay at the network.” Hope, […]

LENO SAYS HE’S CAUGHT UP IN MARCH MADNESS

March 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

“Are you all into March Madness?” Jay Leno asked his Tonight show audience Thursday night. “People are talking about who’s in, who’s out, who’s gonna be eliminated.” But Leno made it clear that he wasn’t necessarily referring to basketball. “That’s just here at NBC,” he quipped. “I have never been in the papers this much. […]

NBC CHIEF: DON’T BLAME TV FOR ESCALATING VIOLENCE

January 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt has deflected growing complaints that television programs may be contributing to violent crime in America. Speaking to the winter meeting of the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, CA on Sunday, Greenblatt remarked, “I’m not a psychologist, but I don’t think you can make the leap of shows about serial killers […]

REPORT: LENO’S PAY WAS CUT IN HALF

September 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Jay Leno did not take a 10-percent cut in pay last month from around $33 million to $30 million as was widely reported. According to today’s (Friday) Wall Street Journal, he took a 50 percent cut in pay to $15 million per year, a figure confirmed by NBC. At the same time, Leno, who has […]

JACK OSBOURNE: “BOYCOTT NBC!”

August 8, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Jack Osbourne has responded angrily to a statement by NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt suggesting that Osbourne was dropped as a contestant on the upcoming Stars Earn Stripes reality series because the network feared that, after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he may not have been able to “safely participate” in the competition. The series, […]

NBC ALIGNS ALL ITS CABLE NETWORKS FOR SMASH RERUN

February 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Six cable networks owned by NBC Universal will simultaneously broadcast a rerun of the pilot episode of NBC’s Smash tonight from midnight to 1:00 a.m. In a statement, the company called the simulcast, which will air from midnight to 1:00 a.m. a “cable roadblock,” presumably suggesting that viewers clicking their remotes to see what’s on […]

NBC’S GREENBLATT: LET’S BRING BACK “MUST SEE TV”

August 2, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said Monday that he hopes to make the network a “Must See” phenomenon again. Referring to the network’s onetime slogan for its Thursday night lineup of comedies plus the drama ER (“Must See TV”), Greenberg said that he wanted to present programs that would have the feel of events — […]

NBC PROGRAMMERS DO THE BUNNY HOP

August 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC’s upcoming The Playboy Club is not nearly so controversial as its critics say it is, the show’s producers maintained on Monday. Responding to claims by the conservativeParents Television Council that the series promotes pornography and by feminists that it objectifies women, executive producer Ian Biederman said that the Playboy Bunnies appearing in the series […]

NBC HIRES FOX EXEC WHO DEVELOPED TWO OF ITS NEW SHOWS

July 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In recent months, NBC has bought two scripted TV dramas from 20th Century Fox TV — The Playboy Club and Awake. Now it has decided to name the person who helped develop those shows to the currently vacant post of President of NBC Entertainment Programming. She is Jennifer Salke, who has been executive vice president […]

TRACY MORGAN UNDER FIRE FOR GAY REMARKS

June 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

An anti-gay tirade by 30 Rock costar Tracy Morgan during a stand-up performance in Nashville has set off a firestorm of controversy that could cost Morgan his job. “‘Born this way’ is bulls**t. Gay is a choice,” Morgan reportedly told the audience. Homosexuality, he went on, is “something kids learn from the media” and if […]

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