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NBC Renews The Office, 30 Rock and The Biggest Loser + Sets Premiere Dates for New Shows January 15, 2009 11:50 pm

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nbclogo-513NBC has announced the renewal of three of its shows, discussed others still not renewed and set premiere dates for a few new series.  First up the renewals.  NBC has handed out renewal notices to 30 Rock, The Biggest Loser and The Office, each of which have performed well this season (although 30 Rock continues to struggle with a solid lead-in).

The network also declared that despite low ratings and an expecation among fans and critics that Lipstick Jungle will be canceled, they have yet to make an official decision as to the show’s future.

NBC also set premiere date for the untitled Amy Poehler comedy (8:30pm on Thursday, April 9th, the current Kath & Kim slot) and confirmed that John Wells’ new police drama Soutland will take over ER‘s spot at Thursday’s at 10pm.

New drama Kings will kick off on Sunday, March 15th at 8pm, while the new cooking competition series The Chopping Block will premiere at 8pm on Wednesday, March 11 filling in the Knight Rider slot.

New entertainment president Angela Bromstad said that the network is hoping for six dramas and four new comedies this fall and hopes to have the long-awaited action series The Philanthropist on the air as early as this spring.

And what about the struggling sci-fi drama Heroes?  It’s future is safe, very safe apparently:

” ‘Heroes’ is very secure,” she says. “We have a great relationship with Tim Kring. … What’s important is we never lose sight of being responsible in production.”

As to Kath & Kim and Knight Rider, Bromstad says the shows “may or may not come back”.

Source: THR


NBC To Use Super Bowl to ReIntroduce Programming December 17, 2008 3:44 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Chuck, Heroes, Kings, Medium, NBC, News, Television.
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heroes-121708With several of the network’s high-profile shows experiencing series low ratings, and NBC still unable to successfully launch a new series this fall season, the network is looking to capitilize on the large audience tuning into the Super Bowl to to reintroduce its programming to America.  

Promotions are being planned for Heroes, Kings, Medium and NBCU Cable shows among others. NBC will have five minutes’ worth of promotional time during the Super Bowl, plus a potential of between two and four minutes during halftime.  Additional time will be available in the network’s pregame and postgame programming.  NBC Entertainment president of marketing Adam Stotsky said that the Super Bowl gives the network an opportunity to “reintroduce” viewers to NBC programs they might not currently be watching “as well as give current fans some of the respective shows some special episode points to keep them coming back.”

The network’s Monday night lineup will be most highlighted, set to debut one day after the game airs.  They include a special 3-D episode of Chuck at 8pm, the new volume of Heroes at 9pm and the season premiere of Medium at 10pm.

“You want to have a trailer version so [viewers] know what it’s about,” said Mr. Miller. “We also plan a different kind of spot that gets attention, the type of thing that will be displayed on YouTube the next day.”

Source: Advertising Age

Bryan Fuller Talks Heroes + John Glover Cast as Sylar’s Dad December 11, 2008 7:17 pm

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heroestitle-81908Entertainment Weekly got a chance to chat with Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) who’s returning to the show as a consultant.  Fuller talked a bit about the show’s new volume, titled Fugitives, which kicks off on February 2nd:

It really is a fresh start. All of the characters are back in their real lives. You see Peter as a paramedic. Claire is looking for colleges. We get away from the world of formulas and quasi-magic.

Yes. Episodes 14, 15 and 16 are amazing. The whole “Fugitives” arc starts out very strongly, and then it gets a little dense in the middle in terms of the mythology. So I came in right at the point where everybody was realizing, “Oh, we’re getting too dense here and we need to put faces on stories because there is no face to a formula; there is no face to saving the world.” So it’s turning this big ship back into a character stream, and everyone on the writing staff shares that desire. We need to get back into a character place, because that’s where this story started: Very clean, superhero metaphors to everyday life. That’s the path that we’re taking. But it is a big ship so it’s going to take a little while to turn it.

You can read the rest of the interview at Entertainment Weekly.

Entertainment Weekly is also reporting that NBC has just cast John Glover (Smallville) to play Sylar’s father on the series.

“When Sylar meets his father, he’s going to see a path ahead of him that he doesn’t want to take,” says a source. “He has a lot more in common with his father than he realized.”

Bryan Fuller’s Return to Heroes Now Confirmed December 4, 2008 6:33 pm

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heroestitle-81908Bryan Fuller is close to signing a two-year overall deal with Universal Media Studios, which will, among other things, bring the Pushing Daisies creator/executive producer back on board the series he left after one season, Heroes.

Fuller is currently wrapping post-production on the final episodes of Pushing Daisies’ 13-episode second season and is expected to officially rejoin Heroes starting with Episode 20.  His exact role has not yet been determined, but he’s expected to play a key role in the writers room alongside Heroes showrunner Tim Kring.

Pushing Daisies has failed to capture an audience in its second year and ABC declined to pick up any further episodes past its initial 13-episode commitment.  Heroes is experiencing its worst season thus far, and has this season, on more than one occasion, stooped to record lows.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

NBC Announces Midseason Schedule, The Office Gets Post-Super Bowl Spot December 3, 2008 9:53 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008/2009 Television, Celebrity Apprentice, Chuck, E.R., Heroes, Kings, Life, NBC, News, Television, The Office, XIII.
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nbclogo-513NBC has announced their programming lineup for Super Bowl night, as well as what the network has in store later in the season. Super Bowl XLIII on February 1st will be followed by an hour-long original episode of The Office.  The following evening, February 2nd, will see the returns of both Chuck (via a special 3-D episode) and Heroes (with the new volume titled “Fugitives”), as well as the 5th season premiere of Medium. Other returns include Life (February 4th) and Celebrity Apprentice (March 1).  The network also announced that the original movie event XIII will air on February 8th and 15th, new drama Kings will premiere with a two-hour event on March 19th and the two-hour ER series finale will air on March 12th.

The full press release, which includes a look at the new schedule, follows after the jump.


Fuller May Return to Heroes if Pushing Daisies is Canceled November 11, 2008 2:18 pm

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heroestitle-81908Pushing Daisies co-creator Bryan Fuller, who worked on the first half of season one of Heroes, said that if ABC passes on a full season or third season renewal of his struggling series, he would be willing to return to Heroes.

“I am exclusive to Daisies through the delivery of the 13th episode of our 13-episode order, which will be mid-January,” says Fuller. “If Daisies isn’t picked up by then, I will definitely be going back to play with my friends at Heroes.”

Source: EW

New “Heroes” Trailer And Posters August 19, 2008 6:05 pm

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A new trailer of Heroes that was set to debut on August 30th as part of NBC’s NBC Primetime Preview, has been released online, as well as two new posters.

Heroes season three kicks off on Monday, September 21st with a one-hour recap special at 8pm ET, followed by the two-hour season premiere from 9-11pm.

Posters’s (click to enlarge)

Comic-Con 2008: Videos from NBC’s Panels for “Heroes”, “The Office” and “Chuck” July 28, 2008 12:12 pm

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NBC has put up videos for their panels on Heroes, The Office and Chuck.  Check them out at the following links:


The Office


Comic-Con 2008: NBC”s “Heroes” Panel July 27, 2008 5:48 pm

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/Film put up a report an extensive report on the panel for NBC’s Heroes.  Here are the highlights, mostly centering on the show’s premiere, which was screened for the audience:

  • Tim Kring joined the entire cast of onstage and proceeded to pull out a burned DVD with the handwritten text “Heroes Volume III (Episode One)” written on it.  To much applause, the season three premiere was screened.

Here’s a summary of what was shown [SPOILERS]:

The episode starts off four year into the future, with a scarred Peter running for his very life. He enters a building and finds Claire waiting for him, holding a gun to his head. She tries to shoot him, but he slows down time and evades the bullet by simply walking out of its path. Then he grabs her gun and jumps through time to the present. Now we’re back to where season two ended, with Nathan being shot by an unknown assailant. As it turns out, “Future Peter” is that unknown assailant.

Nathan gets taken to the hospital, but the wounds are too severe and he dies… for about five minutes. His pale lifeless body jumps up on the hospital bed. The experience of dying and coming back to life makes him rethink his purpose, and instead of continuing what he started by announcing to the world about people like him, he comes to the realization that they exist to serve God’s will.

Later on, Angela Petrelli confronts “Future Peter” about changing the future for the worse.

Meanwhile, Claire finds herself attacked by Sylar, who captures her and splits her head open. We then see Sylar examining Claire’s exposed brain. A mildly concious Claire asks “Are you gonna eat it?” “Am I gonna eat it? That’s disgusting, Claire.” Soon afterward, Sylar locates the necessary part of Claire’s mind with his powers. He looks down and a wound on his stomach starts to heal. Claire is confused, wondering why he doesn’t kill her. “You’re not like the others, Claire. You can’t die. And now, neither can I.”

On the other side of the world, Hiro is the head of his father’s company and has all the money anyone could ever ask for, yet still feels left without a purpose. Before he can dwell on it for too long though, he receives a video tape of his late father explaining to him he must protect a world-altering secret that’s hidden within a safe in the office, and must not ever open it. Unwilling to listen to reason, Hiro opens the safe anyway, much to Ando’s chagrin. Inside is another tape of his father, this time yelling at Hiro for opening the safe. He then explains that the safe contains half of a formula that must never get in the wrong hands.

Moments later, the paper vanishes from Hiro’s hand. He stops time as fast as he can, and notices this lengthy red blur traveling through the office. He follows it all the way through the building until it connects to a blond girl, who he soon finds out isn’t actually frozen in time. His power has no effect on her. In order to get away, she punches him and speeds out of the building. Needing to get the formula back, Hiro travels to the future and sees “Future Hiro” battling Ando, who demands he give back the formula. Unwilling to do so, “Future Ando” blasts “Furure Hiro” with red bolts of electricity. Hiro quickly travels back to the present.

The last character subplot involves Mohinder and Maya. Maya gets upset that Mohinder wants to leave, and when her powers start to take effect, Mohinder realizes how people get their powers: through the adrenal gland. He then figures out how to replicate the abilities in other people, later deciding to inject himself with it, causing him to lose conciousness. As he wakes up, two muggers try to rob him. He grab one of their guns and bends it in half, and then throws one of the guys halfway across the street. The other mugger takes off without a second thought, while Mohinder stands there amazed at what he just did.

You can read another report on the panel via TV Squad at this link.

Comic-Con 2008: NBC’s “Heroes” Panel (S2 DVD To Include Unaired Episodes) July 26, 2008 4:45 pm

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The biggest news to come out of the panel for NBC’s Heroes was that the season two DVD release of the show will contain several unaired episodes which were shot but apparently cut due to the writers strike.  The DVD hits store shelves on August 26th.  Click here to purchase it on DVD (and here for Blu-ray Hi-Def).

New “Heroes” Season Three Trailer July 18, 2008 5:04 pm

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NBC has released a new trailer for the upcoming third season of Heroes. Check it out below.

Heroes: Season Three premieres Monday, September 18 with a special two-hour premiere, preceded by a one-hour recap special.  Also, don’t forget that the web series Heroes: Going Postal has already begun.  Watch it here.

“Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” and “Heroes: Going Postal” Available to Watch Online July 16, 2008 3:23 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Heroes, Heroes: Going Postal, News, Online Videos, Television, Videos, Webisodes.
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Two highly anticipated online series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog from Joss Whedon and Heroes: Going Postal, a web-series within the Heroes universe, have gone live.  Check out the two series at the links below.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

Heroes: Going Postal

“Heroes: Going Postal” Trailer July 9, 2008 6:43 pm

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Heroes: Going Postal, the NBC web series kicks off next Monday and NBC.com has released a trailer for the series which you can check out after the jump.  The three-part series revolves around a new character, Echo DeMille.


Heroes Season 3 Set Photos June 23, 2008 3:15 pm

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Shooting on the third season of Heroes is well underway, and several photos from the set of filming have found their way online.  If you have read an early spoiler report from E! Online, the images could be considered spoilers.  If you haven’t read the report, proceed.  I’ll give you one more spoiler warning before checking out the images.


NBC Announces The Office and Heroes Webisodes May 12, 2008 8:19 pm

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Get ready for more online content.  NBC today announced that webisodes for The Office and Heroes would officially premiere on NBC.com starting this July.  First up will be The Office in July.  The webisodes will focus on Kevin’s gambling issues and how he plans to pay for his debts.  The series will also feature Stanley, Oscar and Darryl.  This is the second webisodes series for The Office (The Accountants premiered back in 2006).


“Heroes” Returns on September 15th, ‘Origins’ Dead April 4, 2008 1:55 pm

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Welcome back Heroes, but say goodbye to Heroes: Origins before it even begins.  NBC has announced a return date for their hit sci-fi series for September 15th, with a special three-hour event. Things will get started at 8:00 with a clip show, and then followed by a two-hour Heroes film.


NBC Renews “Chuck”, “Life” and “Heroes” for the 2008-09 Season February 14, 2008 1:50 am

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NBC has picked up freshman drama series Chuck and Life, as well as the hit sci-fi drama Heroes for the 2008-09 season.


“Heroes: Origins” Put on Hold, Likely Canceled November 1, 2007 6:01 pm

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NBC has put Heroes: Origins, the six-episode spin-off of the NBC Sci-Fi series Heroes, on an indefinite hold.


G4 and Mojo Pick up Off-Net Rights to “Heroes” October 11, 2007 8:01 pm

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NBC Universal has announced that they’ve sold their hit NBC series Heroes to cable networks G4 and MOJO (formerly INHD) for its debut in off-network syndication.


Kristen Bell Talks About New “Heroes” Gig August 21, 2007 4:01 pm

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In an interview with Michael Ausiello of TV Guide, Kristen Bell (related story here) discussed her new role she’ll play on the hit NBC series Heroes.


Kristen Bell Joins Cast of “Heroes” August 20, 2007 12:50 am

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Variety is reporting that Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell has been added to the cast of the hit NBC series Heroes.


Comic-Con 2007: Kevin Smith to Direct/Write Episode of “Heroes” Origins” July 28, 2007 5:00 pm

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During the panel for Heroes, it was announced that the limited run spin-off series Heroes: Origins will have an episode written and directed by Kevin Smith.


“Heroes” Cast Grows by Six June 20, 2007 3:39 pm

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Six actors have been added to the cast of the hit NBC Sci-Fi Drama series Heroes.


“Heroes” Mini Spin-off May 14, 2007 11:58 am

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In a little bit of unexpected news, NBC has announced that they have been planning a spin-off to the hit series Heroes.


Could “Heroes” Be Moving to Thursdays? May 11, 2007 7:55 pm

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Current talk suggest NBC may attempt to pull a major shift next season, moving the hit Sci-Fi series Heroes from Monday to Thursday nights.