As Upfront Week rolls on—yesterday both NBC and ABC announced their schedules; today that baton is passed to CBS—we’re left wondering why the networks reserve these presentations for a small cabal of advertisers and critics and not the general public. What about us viewers! We can’t be the only Read More
You can take Kevin Reilly out of NBC, but apparently you can’t take NBC out of Kevin Reilly. The former NBC entertainment president, who now holds the same position at Fox, announced the fall schedule yesterday at Fox’s upfront presentation, and the results were positively Ben Silverman–like. Much can be made of the laughable decision Read More
It looks like hell has frozen over. After spending the better part of the last two years firmly ensconced inside the barrel because of some truly terrible decision making—cough, Knight Rider—NBC Entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman might actually deserve some credit. Kings, which premiered last night, was as bizarre and interesting as anything we’ve seen on Read More
On Monday afternoon, NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker appeared at the UBS 36th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan, where he delivered the day’s keynote address to a banquet hall of lunching media entrepreneurs, investors, and bankers.
Over the course of an extensive Q & A session, Mr. Read More
Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke directs us to this great Funny Or Die video that purports to show Variety Writers Sling The Slanguage.
The video is a satire of Variety‘s semi-impenetrable Slanguage, including new definitions for Geek Meat (n., "a movie that’s based on a video game") and Ben Read More
Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio and executive producer of NBC’s The Office, The Biggest Loser, and ABC’s Ugly Betty, appeared on Charlie Rose last night to talk about YouTube vs. Hulu, the iPhone, the awesomeness of The Today Show, and other yawn-inducing topics. Read More
At this point we realize that asking a television network to produce shows with any semblance of originality is a fool’s errand. Honestly, it doesn’t even bother us that much anymore. Some of our favorite shows are totally derivative of prior ideas. However! When major networks wantonly continue their crappy unoriginality, our blood begins to Read More
Deadline Hollywood’s Nikki Finke is reporting that NBC Entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman will be appearing this season on HBO’s glitzy Hollywood fantasia Entourage.
As Ms. Finke writes:
Fox mogul Tom Rothman and NBC mogul about to go-go Ben Silverman will appear in cameos this fall as well as ABC’s The View Read More
John Kerry’s reps says that he was not partying with co-eds as the pictures of the Massachussets senator surrounded by college women and holding a beer might suggest. [Us Weekly]
Kate Hudson and Lance Armstrong may be over. [P6]
Tim Gunn reportedly appeared on the first season Read More
According to several news reports today, though it is currently in fourth place among the broadcast networks, NBC has wrapped up its advance advertising sales this year with successful results.
And they didn’t even throw an upfront!
Earlier this year, NBC executives announced that they would eschew the traditional TV time frame, Read More