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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

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 15660516, Heroes, Kath & Kim, Kings, Knight Rider, The Chopping Block, The Philanthropist.
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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

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.

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New Video of NBC’s Kings December 3, 2008 8:33 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008/2009 Television, Kings, NBC, News, Television.
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NBC has released a new sneak peek video of their upcoming series Kings.  Watch it below.

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Comic-Con 2008: NBC’s Videos of the “Knight Rider” and “Kings” Panels July 25, 2008 10:39 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Comic-Con, Comic-Con 2008, Kings, Knight Rider, NBC, News, Television.
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NBC has put up videos of today’s panels for Kings and Knight Rider.  Check them out at the links below.

They’ve also put up a new video preview for Knight Rider, which you can check out at this link.

Kings Panel

Knight Rider Panel

Comic-Con 2008: NBC’s “Kings” Panel July 24, 2008 6:00 pm

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The audience at NBC’s panel for the upcoming series Kings, were treated to the first 20 minutes of the pilot.  Heroes star Greg Grunberg moderated the panel, noting that he’d seen the pilot and was a huge fan of it and decided to drive down to San Diego the night before “because I’m such a geek.” Here are the highlights from the panel, courtesy TVSquad:

  • Greg Grunberg (Heroes) came out to introduce and moderate, then we were shown 20 minutes of the pilot.
  • The initial 20 minutes from the pilot felt very movie-like. Everyone has these orange flags with a butterfly emblem (pictured in the button in the gallery). Ian McShane plays the king of a place that looks a lot like our Earth — scenes show a very New York-like city, called “Shiloh.” Even watches have the butterfly emblem. Flashbacks to a battle at the “Northern Border”. A soldier, David, takes out an enemy tank known as “Goliath” while trying to save fellow soldiers from captivity. Unbeknownst to David, one of those soldiers is the king’s son. This turns David into an overnight hero.
  • Grunberg joked that the only thing he found wrong with the show was that he wasn’t in it.
  • Present at the panel: Michael Green, Francis Lawrence, Erwin Stoff, Sebastian Stan, Susanna Thompson and Allison Miller (who I thought looked 13 up there).
  • Ian was late and never showed up, apparently in traffic, since his message, read to us by Green, was “if those cocksuckers don’t get off the motherfucking road and let me get to the motherfucking convention center…”
  • Michael Green said he went and took a risk, went with the wildest idea to NBC and they went with it.
  • The show shoots in New York City.
  • Stoff noted the butterfly motif from I Am Legend, which he was a part of. He also mentioned that a David & Goliath retelling for Universal was being worked on, though I’m guessing that’s not happening.
  • Chris Egan is Australian, so there’s another possible ‘Excellence in Outsourcing’ award nominee for you.
  • The battle scenes were shot right outside JFK airport.
  • An attendee asked if the whole monarchy aspect was supposed to be ominous as related to … current situations in the US. Stoff indicated it’s more of a parallel with how corporations are held, with a CEO having this overwhelming power over a large amount of people.
  • When asked how it was working with McShane, Sebastian Stan joked “he’s a puppy.”
  • The show is set to premiere February 2009 with a two-hour pilot.

Click here to read IGN’s accounting of the panel.

Kings premieres on NBC in 2009.