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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


Knight Rider Order Cut from 21 to 17 Episodes + Ratings Analysis December 4, 2008 2:52 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Broadcast TV Ratings, Knight Rider, NBC, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television.

knightrider-102608This could be the end of the road for Knight Rider.  On Wednesday, NBC informed the cast and crew that the 17th episode will be the show’s last of the season.  The cutback in episodes suggests that despite a planned overhaul–with changes to be reflected in upcoming episodes–this is likely the beginning of the end for the series. Back in October, NBC awarded the show with a surprising full-season order despite only average numbers.

Knight Rider premiered September 24th with a 4.5/7 household rating/share, 7.35 million viewers and a 2.5/7 rating/share among adults 18-49.  The show improved upon its premiere numbers two times: in week two (4.7/8 household rating/share and 7.77 million viewers) and in week four (4.7/8 household rating/share and 7.47 million viewers).  It’s premiere performance among adults 18-49 has never been duplicated.

When the show was picked up for a full-season, four episodes had already aired.  Those four episodes averaged a 4.5 household rating/share, 7.36 million viewers and a 2.4/7 rating/share among adults 18-49.  After the pickup, another four episodes aired and the results have not at all been good: 3.6 household rating/share, 5.72 million viewers and a 1.7/5 rating/share among adults 18-49.  That’s a decline of 20% among households, 22% (-1.64M) among viewers and 29% among adults 18-49.

The most recent airing tied a series low among adults 18-49 (1.5 rating) and was at series low levels among households (3.3 rating–series low is a 3.2) and viewers (5.20 million–series low is 5.12 million).  Overall, Knight Rider has averaged a 4.1/7 household rating/share, 6.54 million viewers and a 2.0/6 rating/share among adults 18-49 through eight episodes.

Note: I originally incorrectly stated that the show had been reduced from 22 episodes to 17.  It’s actually 21 to 17 (it was originally given a 21-episode commitment, not 22).  The mistake has been corrected.

‘Knight’ Riding Out A Full Season October 26, 2008 11:35 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008/2009 Television, Knight Rider, NBC, News, Renewals, Television.

It’s the season of surprising pickups.  Following up on Fox’s somewhat surprising full-season order of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, NBC has gone ahead and ordered the back-nine of Knight Rider, clearing the series to air a full season of 22 episodes.

It’s the first freshman fall NBC series to be ordered to a full season, joining CBS’s The Mentalist, Fox’s Fringe and the CW’s 90210.

Source: THR

Five NBC Shows Premiering Online September 3, 2008 7:19 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 30 Rock, Chuck, Hulu, Knight Rider, Life, Lipstick Jungle, NBC, News, Television.
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NBC has announced that they’ll be premiering five shows online on the newly formed service Hulu before their TV premiere.  The five shows are Knight Rider, 30 Rock, Lipstick Jungle, Life and Chuck.  The episodes will air a week prior to their broadcast premiere.

The shows will likely appear on NBC.com as well, though that hasn’t been announced yet.

Lipstick Jungle
Hulu: Wednesday, September 17th, NBC: September 24th

Knight Rider
Hulu: Wednesday, September 17th, NBC: September 24th

Hulu: Monday, September 22nd, NBC: September 29th

Hulu: Monday, September 22nd, NBC: September 29th

30 Rock
Hulu: Thursday, October 23rd, NBC: October 30th

Source: Hulu

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

Val Kilmer Replaces Arnett as Voice of Knight Rider’s KITT February 7, 2008 12:48 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2007/2008 TV Season, Knight Rider, NBC, News, Television.
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Vil Kilmer will now be voicing KITT in the upcoming NBC movie Knight Rider, replacing Will Arnett.


“Knight Rider” Teaser December 27, 2007 12:55 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Knight Rider, Movie Trailers, Movies, NBC, News, Television.
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During Sunday Night Football this past weekend, NBC aired a 15 second preview for the new Knight Rider TV movie.  Check it out after the jump.


Updated “Knight Rider” To Air In February December 14, 2007 12:54 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Knight Rider, NBC, News, Television.
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NBC has announced that Knight Rider is returning in a special two-hour movie event on the network on February 17, 2008.   The voice of the new Kitt (a Ford Mustang) will be Will Arnet and original series star David Hasselhoff will appear as a special guest star.


NBC Picks Up “Knight Rider” Remake September 27, 2007 10:04 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2007/2008 TV Season, Knight Rider, NBC, News, Television.
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NBC has announced that they’ve commissioned work to begin on a two-hour Knight Rider TV movie.  The movie would serve as a backdoor pilot that if successful could be turned into a new Knight Rider television series.