So long, Sean Hayes! Goodbye, Michael J. Fox! According to Variety, NBC will be yanking both Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show off the air after the Olympics. Though a rep from the network said that Fox isn’t canceled (they’re looking to schedule it after April 3rd), it’s not looking good for NBC’s “broad comedy” strategy. Did our brief affair with 90s nostalgia finally, mercifully end? Wha happened?
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The biggest news tonight on NBC is, naturally, the end of 30 Rock’s seven-year run. “Will Liz Lemon finally realize her mistake and run back into the arms of Dennis Duffy?” That’s the biggest question. That and “How many articles about Tina Fey’s ‘contribution’ to comedy will run before it starts sounding like an obituary?” But there are other interesting turns for the Peacock’s Thursday-night lineup that we should be paying attention to. For instance, why has former NBC exec wunderkind Ben Silverman started popping up in episodes of The Office?
Since departing NBC last year after a string of failures, former network co-chairman Ben Silverman was brought on by Barry Diller to fulfill a similar role for IAC. It is called Electus and it is a “next generation studio.”
Yesterday, Electus launched an online-only morning show for AOL. Called “AOL Daybreak,” the Read More
Earlier this week, former NBC entertainment chief Ben Silverman delivered the keynote address at the annual MIPTV conference in Cannes, France. Along the way, Mr. Silverman compared his newfangled next-generation studio Electus to Warner Bros. under Steve Ross, spoke about his recently announced project with MTV, and noted that watching how his Read More
Ben Silverman’s newfangled “next generation studio” Electus announced today that it is teaming up with MTV, America Ferrera, and Procter & Gamble to create a interactive telenovella, titled Pedro & Maria. According to the release, Ms. Ferrera will executive-produce the series.
From today’s release:
The show is a bilingual, modern day Romeo & Juliet that Read More
Today, Ben Silverman, the former NBC entertainment chief who left the Peacock last year to start a newfangled “next generation studio” called Electus for IAC’s Barry Diller, revealed his new studio’s international programming slate. It’s arguably the best peak yet into Mr. Silverman’s professional activities and interests, post NBC.
Among the other partnerships announced today, Read More
As Ben Silverman leaves NBC for IAC, we offer a look back at his time with the Peacock, and a look forward, to what he might do for Barry Diller.
Brand-tastic! Ben Silverman Might Look Back to Find Ad Models for the Future
BY GILLIAN REAGAN
Last week, when Ben Silverman announced his Read More
Last week, when Ben Silverman announced his plan to flee from his turbulent 18-month post as co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios (see story at right) to start a new multimedia company at IAC with Barry Diller, he gave few specifics about exactly what his new project will look like. His “dream team” Read More
“I plan to stay at NBC as part of the NBC family. I’m happy there. I’m committed.” So said Ben Silverman, the much-maligned former NBC Universal Entertainment co-chairman, in an interview with The New York Times published this past May. Now, just three months later, he has parted ways with what was his dream job Read More
That groan you heard coming out of your computer yesterday morning probably arose from the army of snarky bloggers who don’t have Ben Silverman to kick around anymore. When Mr. Silverman steps down as NBC Entertainment co-chairman in September to join Barry Diller at IAC, one of the blogosphere’s favorite Read More