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NBC’S PEACOCK SHOWS ITS NEW FEATHERS — A LOT OF THEM

May 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt has unveiled his network’s schedule for next season — a schedule that appears to include a record number of new shows. But Greenblatt declined to hold a news conference to discuss his programming strategy or details of the shows in advance of the upfront presentation. He instead issued a statement […]

AD BUYERS DEFY LATEST ECONOMIC DOWNTURN

September 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Recent news reports about the current state of the economy may appear dire, but a report from Credit Suisse analyst Spencer Wang suggests that advertisers are paying little attention. Wang indicates that few ad buyers are attempting to pull out of deals they made during the upfront period, or, as he put it, there has […]

NETWORKS’ UPFRONT SALES ARE WAY UP

June 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Judging from their success selling ads during the just-completed upfront market, the major television networks appeared to be returning to health — robust health at that. (The upfront market is a period in May and June when the networks sell about 65 percent of their advertising time for the coming season beginning in September; the […]

KUTCHER: “I WON THE LOTTERY”

May 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

At CBS’s upfront presentation to advertisers on Wednesday, Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer made their first appearance together since last week’s announcement that Kutcher had been selected to replace Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men. Joked Cryer to CBS programming chief Nina Tassler: “Did you have to get such a tall guy?” (Kutcher […]

FOX ADDS X FACTOR AND SPIELBERG’S DINOSAURS

May 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox was the second network to unveil its fall schedule, featuring what appeared to be a strong lineup that not only includes Simon Cowell’s X Factor but also Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park-type drama, Terra Nova, J.J. Abrams prison/sci-fi fantasy Alcatraz, and Touch, a new drama featuring Kiefer Sutherland and an unnamed child star who plays […]

CBS HOPING TO REPLACE GOOD SHOWS WITH BETTER ONES

May 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

When CBS unveils its programming lineup later this week, $#*! My Dad Says, The Defenders and Mad Love will not be on it. All three shows got decent ratings — but decent isn’t good enough for CBS, the highest-rated of all the broadcast networks. The cancellations were first disclosed by Broadcasting and Cable magazine. The […]

NBC REPORTS STRONG UPFRONT SALES

June 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC on Thursday completed its upfront sales for the fall season. Trade reports were at odds over the estimated receipts for its broadcast and cable networks, but even a lowball estimate that they were flat with last year would suggest a huge improvement, inasmuch as last year the company grossed more than $1 billion on […]

CONAN STARS AT TBS’S UPFRONT PRESENTATION

May 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Conan O’Brien was the poster boy for TBS Wednesday as he appeared at the cable network’s upfront presentation at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. “I realized this morning this is my first time back in New York City since I was here exactly one year ago for the NBC upfront,” he said. (NBC moved […]

UNIVISION TO DEBUT A WHOPPING 20 NEW SHOWS

May 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

While ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC all surprised advertisers with aggressive overhauls of their fall schedules, they were upstaged today (Thursday) by Spanish-language Univision, which said that it will launch a staggering 20 new shows next season. In its presentation at New York’s Lincoln Center, Univision unveiled five telenovelas — essentially soap operas with limited […]

“HOLLYWOOD REPORTER” REPORTER CRASHES NBC REHEARSAL

May 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Hollywood Reporter may be — as numerous reports have indicated — in its last days as a daily trade publication. Its staff may have been decimated, and morale reportedly has never been lower. But that didn’t stop an enterprising THR reporter from scooping all other publications by being the first to reveal NBC’s drastically […]