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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

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.
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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.

Details on Post-Super Bowl ‘Office’ Episode December 4, 2008 2:20 pm

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theofficemichaelscott-120408Don’t read further if you don’t want to be spoiled.  With that warning out of the way, according to TV Week, NBC’s post-Super Bowl hour-long episode of The Office will feature employees of Dunder Mifflin roasting the show’s lead character, Michael Scott (Steve Carell).

The roast of Mr. Scott will not be celebrity-driven, but producers are exploring the idea of incorporating some stunt casting into the project. However, the guest stars would be woven into the plotline in such a way as to not interfere with the carefully constructed world of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, a person familiar with the plotline said.

The roast, desired by Michael, of course, isn’t expected until the second half of the episode.  The first half will involve a “disaster” linked to Dwight’s training as fire marshal.

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

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NBC has released a new sneak peek video of their upcoming series Kings.  Watch it below.

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NBC Moves Crusoe to Saturdays, Shifts Lipstick Jungle Up One Hour November 24, 2008 7:30 pm

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crusoe-112508In order to move Lipstick Jungle up one hour from Friday’s at 10pm to Friday’s at 9pm, NBC is shipping off Crusoe to Saturday nights.  Not at all a good sign.

Starting December 5th, Lipstick Jungle will move into the 9pm slot between Deal or No Deal and returning news magazine Dateline.  The remaining three episodes will then air on December 12th, January 2nd and January 9th.  Crusoe meanwhile will finish out its run starting Saturday, December 6th at 8pm.

Source: Variety

Lipstick Jungle Still Alive? November 21, 2008 2:18 pm

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lipstickungle-112108Turns out Lipstick Jungle may not be canceled afterall (as was recently reported).  An NBC staffer has e-mailed TV Squad informing the site that NBC was going to wait out the show’s Friday night “death slot” before making a decision.

Four more episodes of the show are left to air and NBC will make a decision after that 13-episode order is completed.

Source: TV Squad

NBC Cancels My Own Worst Enemy and Lipstick Jungle November 13, 2008 6:02 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, Lipstick Jungle, My Own Worst Enemy, NBC, News, Television.
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myownworstenemy-111308NBC has pulled the plug on two of its shows: freshman drama My Own Worst Enemy and second-year series Lipstick Jungle, according to THR.  NBC had high hopes for ‘Enemy’, but the series got out of the gate poorly and sunk to a very poor 1.8 A18-49 rating and 4.3 million total viewers on Monday night.  Lipstick Jungle drew a weaker 3.3 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 on Friday.

It’s unclear at this time how NBC’s schedule will change.  Production continues on the ninth, and final, episode of My Own Worst Enemy (four have aired) while Lipstick Jungle has all 13 episodes of its initial order complete.

Source: THR

Life Gets Full Season November 11, 2008 2:20 pm

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life-111108NBC has ordered the back-nine episodes for Life, bringing the second year show to a full season of 22 episodes.  The show has done fared that well this season–last week’s episode drew just a 4th place 2.0 rating among adults 18-49–but it is performing more strongly than it did during its recent Friday night airings.

“This unique crime drama continues to offer consistent and compelling stories each week,” said Teri Weinberg, executive vp, NBC Entertainment. “We love ‘Life’ and are thrilled that we get to see more of these characters and amazing new cases.”

Life airs Monday nights at 10pm on NBC.

Source: THR

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

Clooney May Make Appearance on Final Season of E.R. November 11, 2008 2:15 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Casting, E.R., NBC, News, Television.
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georgeclooney-62508In an interview with TV Guide, ex-E.R. star Noah Wyle–who’ll make several appearances this season–said that he believes Clooney will “absolutely” appear in the show in an episode, so long as his schedule is open.

Still no word from Clooney himself

via PopEater

‘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.
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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

NBC Shows Return to iTunes (+HD Option) September 10, 2008 4:17 pm

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About a year ago, there was a fight between NBC and iTunes, resulting in NBC not renewing their contract with the online video/music download service.  Now things appear to have been mended, as NBC is returning to iTunes and an option to watch the shows in HD has been added.  The new deal was announced during the “Let’s Rock event, where Apple unveiled their newly updated iPods.  In addition to the NBC shows in HD, ABC, Showtime, USA and SCI FI are also including options to download their programming in HD.  HD episodes will run $2.99 per episode.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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

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

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

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

Source: Hulu

NBC Picks up “Chuck” For Full Season; “America’s Got Talent” Renewed September 2, 2008 12:28 am

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NBC has announced that they’ve given a back-nine, full-season, order for the second season of Chuck.  NBC says that they were pleased with the first six episodes of the series (which they’ve seen), and wanted to keep the momentum going.  Season two of Chuck premieres on September 29th.

The network also announced a pickup of America’s Got Talent.

Source: Variety

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)

Spingsteen To Anchor Super Bowl Halftime Show August 11, 2008 3:15 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in NBC, News, Super Bowl, Television.
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The NYPost is reporting that the 2009 Super Bowl in Tampa Bay has landed Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for the Super Bowl Halftime show.  The Super Bowl this season airs on NBC on February 1, 2009.

2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Beijing Draws Record 34.2 Million Viewers August 10, 2008 12:09 am

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NBC’s coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Beijing was the most-watched ever for a non-U.S. Summer Olympic Opening ceremony, averaging an 18.6/33 national rating/share and 34.2 million viewers.  Also, a record 69.9M viewers tuned into at least some portion of the ceremony.  Traffic to the official site NBCOlympics.com is also off to a record start, with the site logging 70 million page views on 8/8/2008, an increase of 900 percent or 10 times more than the opening day of the Athens Games in 2004 (7 million).  And since August 1, 2008, the site has logged more than 127 million page views, nearly half the TOTAL for the entire Athens Games.

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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:

Heroes

The Office

Chuck

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).

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

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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.

Jay Leno’s Exit from NBC Finalized July 23, 2008 1:19 pm

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Jay Leno’s exit from The Tonight Show has been finalized.  Leno’s last Tonight show will be Friday, May 29, 2009.  Conan O’Brien, the announced new host of the talk show, will start the following Monday, June 1st, NBC executives told gathered press at the Television Critics Association.

Jimmy Fallon, Conan’s replacement on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, will take over in March or April of 2009.  O’Brien’s end date hasn’t been announced yet, but he’ll likely wrap his run sometime in the first quarter of the year.

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.