Days Of Our Lives is returning to production sooner than originally planned. Filming on the NBC daytime drama was suspended on Oct. 12 for two weeks after a production team member tested positive for COVID-19. Taping is now slated to resume Oct. 26.
Following revelations about the outsized role The Apprentice played in Trump’s reinvention, The Hollywood Reporter talked to former NBC insiders who provide new detail on his brazen demands (including large donations to his ill-fated foundation) and the way the network enabled him: “We had to build all kinds of systems to make sure the show stayed on the rails.”
This past weekend Saturday Night Live returned to the studio to open its 46th season with host Chris Rock and Megan Thee Stallion. The season premiere, which introduced Jim Carrey as Joe Biden and featured Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, drew and 7.765 million total viewers and a 1.68 rating among adults 18-49 in “fast official” Live+Same Day results from Nielsen, special-ordered by NBC.
Elliot Stabler’s return will have to wait. Law & Order: Organized Crime, the SVU spinoff set to feature Chris Meloni’s long-awaited return to the Dick Wolf franchise, is changing showrunners and has been delayed from NBC’s anticipated “fall” schedule.
Season 4 of The Wall will span 20 episodes, and Chris Hardwick will once again be back as host. Airing quite intermittently since mid-March (including a three-month gap between its two most recent episodes), The Wall Season 3 has averaged 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.52 demo rating in Live+Same Day numbers.
NBC’s Saturday Night Live returns Oct. 3 with Chris Rock as host. In an interview, Michaels, the show’s creator, talks about pandemic preparations and why “a little danger” can be good for comedy.
The season premieres of the two comedies back a week. Superstore will debut on Oct. 29 rather than Oct. 22, and Connecting…, a COVID-era show from Blindspot creator Martin Gero and Brendan Gall, is set for Oct. 8 instead of Oct. 1.
NBC is moving up the premiere date of This Is Us to Nov. 10, giving it one of the earliest debuts of any network “fall” drama as production starts to ramp up.
When Sterling K. Brown joked at Sunday’s Emmys that he was going to show up for work “tomorrow”… he was close. This Is Us is poised to start production on its upcoming Season 5 on Thursday, Sept. 24, sources confirm. A rep for the show declined to comment.
America Ferrera isn’t punching out of Superstore as soon as we thought. Ferrera — whose previously announced departure from NBC’s No. 1 comedy was delayed due to COVID-19 — has signed on to appear in not one, but two Season 6 episodes. As a result, the sitcom’s milestone 100th episode will now double as Ferrera’s swan song.
Roku, a major streaming gatekeeper, has reached an impasse with NBCUniversal over its nascent Peacock service and a swath of NBCU apps is about to go dark as a result. As soon as overnight Friday into Saturday, 11 national “TV Everywhere” apps, which are available to pay-TV subscribers, will disappear due to the dispute. Dozens of other local apps from NBC and Telemundo stations, which are available only to Roku viewers in those local markets, are also hanging in the balance.
NBCU consolidated all of its English-language linear networks into one group, overseen by Berwick on the business side. Berwick will have operational oversight of all networks and dayparts and be responsible for commissioning and acquiring content to be optimized across these platforms. Additionally, Berwick’s team will implement windowing and scheduling strategies across the NBC broadcast network and the cable entertainment networks.
The spectacle will be broadcast as usual from 9 a.m. to noon ET on NBC and will include both live and recorded elements, Macy’s officials said.
The sketch comedy series has set Oct. 3 for its season premiere, once again airing live across the country at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT. NBC says the show will return to its home base in Rockefeller Center’s Studio 8H to kick off the season. The premiere will mark the first in-studio edition of SNL in nearly seven months.
NBC’s perennially top-rated Sunday Night Football broadcasts will sound fairly normal this fall, Executive Producer Fred Gaudelli promised Thursday, but they will feature fewer crowd shots due to few if any fans attending games.
NBC has set fall premiere dates for some of it scripted series, with This Is Us and all three Chicago series to return in November. NBC, like many of the other broadcast networks, will kick off its fall season with an unscripted- and import-heavy schedule next month as scripted series begin get back into production after delays caused by the pandemic. Though previously announced for a fall premiere, the Christopher Meloni-led SVU spinoff Law & Order: Organized Crime will be held until 2021
One year after NBC assumed the rights from longtime broadcaster ABC, the network is preparing to bring one of the iconic events in sports to a potentially record-setting television audience Sunday. The reasons are many, but the biggest are these: There remain far fewer live events than normal because of the COVID-19 pandemic, none of the 300,000 fans that turn out each year will be there in person, and the event itself still stirs a certain sense of Americana among race fans.
Kelly Clarkson‘s days as Simon Cowell’s America’s Got Talent seat filler are over. NBC announced Monday that Saturday Night Live vet Kenan Thompson will step in for the injured Cowell in this week’s live episodes (airing Tuesday and Wednesday). Thompson succeeds Clarkson, who occupied Cowell’s seat last week.
The show, as they say, must go on, and in the case of the Billboard Music Awards, said show will go on this fall. NBC and Dick Clark Productions have announced that the 2020 Billboard Music Awards will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. ET, to air live with host Kelly Clarkson.
With Simon Cowell on medical leave, America’s Got Talent is injecting some temporary new blood into its judging panel. Cowell’s former American Idol discovery, Kelly Clarkson, is set to fill his seat alongside fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara during this week’s inaugural live shows.
Cowell’s injury from an electric bicycle accident will force him to miss the beginning of this season’s live shows on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The live shows will begin Tuesday and Wednesday without him, the network said. The entertainment mogul was “doing fine” and remained under observation after the operation at an unidentified hospital, the spokesperson said.
Larger multicast networks are retaining their viewers while newer players have successfully rolled out distribution.
With the Summer Olympics postponed a year due to the coronavirus, Molly Solomon, executive producer and president of NBC’s Olympics production unit, and her team have reset their countdown clocks while trying to adjust to a new set of challenges. Any Olympics provides plenty of compelling storylines, but Solomon says Tokyo takes on bigger importance with everything that has transpired worldwide this year
Around 10 markets should be on-air with 3.0 broadcasts by the end of the third quarter and perhaps 20 by year’s end, according to representatives of Pearl TV and BitPath. Broadcasters are also exploring the full capabilities of the NextGen standard with several new initiatives this summer, including the launch of a NextGen-capable smartphone and a trial of advanced alerting capabilities in Washington, D.C. Above, one of the six 2020 LG OLED sets that have earned the NextGen TV logo from the Consumer Technology Association.
Greg Vaughan is no longer a member of the long-running NBC soap opera’s cast, he announced in a podcast released Wednesday. Vaughan has played Days‘ Eric Brady since 2012. He currently also plays Calvin on OWN’s Queen Sugar.
If NBC and Lorne Michaels have their way, NBC’s Saturday Night Live this fall could move from being produced from cast members’ homes to being made the old-fashioned way — “from New York.” Michaels and his team are making plans to bring the show back to NBC’s Manhattan studios for the venerable late-night program’s 46th season, according to two people familiar with the matter
Not everyone will see the 30 Rock reunion that will air Thursday on NBC. Multiple station groups are preempting the hour-long special, which will double as an advertisement for NBCUniversal’s 2020-21 programming and its new streaming service, Peacock. The stations that are choosing to preempt the special come from station groups Gray Television, Hearst, Nexstar, Tegna and Sinclair Broadcast Group, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. While it’s not clear exactly how many of the stations are skipping the special, those collectively represent about half of NBC’s footprint.
NBC’s The Tonight Show returned to the studio tonight with Jimmy Fallon kicking off with an emotional message to viewers. Fallon, sitting on a stool in the middle of the studio, rather than behind the traditional desk, and dressed in a sweater and sneakers rather that his usual suit, said that “any type of normalcy feels great” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NBC is set to debut “Today All Day,” a round-the-clock “feed” of material from its venerable A.M. program. The offering will be available starting Wednesday on Peacock, the new streaming-video outlet from parent NBCUniversal, as well as on Today.com. NBC hopes to distribute the new product via other venues as well, says Chris Berend, executive vice president of digital for NBC News Group, in an interview.