Kamala Harris As VP Pick Could Mean More Maya Rudolph On ‘SNL’

Kelly Clarkson Replacing Injured Simon Cowell

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.

Simon Cowell Has Surgery For Broken Back

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.

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TVN Focus On Business | Diginets Weather COVID-19, Holding Their Viewers

Larger multicast networks are retaining their viewers while newer players have successfully rolled out distribution.

NBC Resets Focus For Tokyo Olympics

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

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TVN Tech | NextGen TV Racing For Scale

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 Leaving NBC’s ‘Days Of Our Lives’

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.

‘Saturday Night Live’ Plots Return to Studio

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

Don Johnson, Chris Redd Join Cast Of Kenan Thompson’s NBC Sitcom

Multiple NBC Affiliates Won’t Air Thursday’s ’30 Rock’ Special Due To Multiple Peacock Promos

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.

Jimmy Fallon Returns To Studio

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.

With Peacock’s National Rollout, NBCU Creates ‘The Future Of Advertising’

NBC Taps ‘Today’ For TV’s Streaming Wars With ‘All Day’ Video Feed

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.

NBC Orders Jane Lynch-Hosted ‘Weakest Link’

Hollywood Game Night emcee Jane Lynch is adding another NBC quiz show to her workload, signing on to host and exec-produce a reboot of Weakest Link.

Kristian Alfonso Quits ‘Days Of Our Lives’

It’s an end of an era for Days of Our Lives. Kristian Alfonso, one of the daytime drama’s most recognizable and longest-tenured stars, is leaving the NBC series, which she first joined in 1983.

Former Broadcast Exec Edwin Vane Dies

Edwin T. Vane, a longtime television executive at NBC, ABC and Group W Productions, died June 26 in Los Angeles of natural causes, his family announced. He was 93. He had a hand in launching such shows as Jeopardy, Let’s Make a Deal and Good Morning America.

Peacock Licenses ViacomCBS Titles

NBCUniversal’s Peacock, nearing its nationwide launch on July 15, has reached a licensing deal with ViacomCBS covering movies from Paramount and TV shows from across the company. TV series headed to Peacock on July 15 include Ray Donovan, The Affair, Undercover Boss, The Game, Everybody Hates Chris and Real Husbands of Hollywood. Charmed will be added in October.

Alien Spacecraft Drama ‘Debris’ Ordered To Series At NBC

NBC Gets US Open As Fox Bails

Multiple sources told the Associated Press Sunday Night that the deal began to take shape this month, especially with the U.S. Open being moved to September during the opening month of the NFL. One person said Fox was contemplating moving the U.S. Open to FS1, an idea that was rebuffed by Mike Davis, the CEO of the USGA. That led to deeper conversations about the contract and how it could be resolved.

‘The Office’ Edits Out Blackface Scene

The Office creator Greg Daniels has cut a scene featuring blackface from an episode of the show. The 2012 episode, “Dwight Christmas,” features a brief scene of a character in blackface as part of Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) efforts to get the Dunder Mifflin staff to celebrate a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas. The re-edited episode will replace the previous version on Netflix, its current streaming home (the show will move to NBCUnviersal’s Peacock platform in 2021), in syndication and on streaming platforms where it’s available for purchase.

Megyn Kelly Calls Out NBC After ‘Scrubs,’ ’30 Rock’ Blackface Episodes Pulled From Hulu

‘Council Of Dads’ Canceled At NBC

The network on Thursday axed rookie Council of Dads. The family drama, from Universal Television and showrunners Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (Grey’s Anatomy) and exec producer Jerry Bruckheimer, was the last of NBC’s freshman class to have its fate determined by the network. Of the seven new series that NBC ordered for the recently concluded 2019-20 broadcast season, only one — Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist — is returning for a second season.

NFL Benches Annual Hall Of Fame Game

The NFL is canceling its annual Hall of Fame Game, which this year was to feature the Dallas Cowboys against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 6 on NBC. The traditionally preseason opener in Canton, Ohio, the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is played ahead of the hall’s induction ceremony, which has now been postponed.

Call To Hire More Black News Employees

More than 320 scholars and practitioners in media and communications signed a letter sent to six CEOs of television news networks, including NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and PBS, calling out issues of systemic racism within the organizations.

NBC Narrows Pilot Slate

With 11 of 12 pilots unable to complete production before the novel coronavirus forced production to shut down across the industry, NBC has opted to adopt a staggered schedule for its 2020 slate and has identified five that it will film this season.

NBC Upfront To Feature ’30 Rock’ Special

NBCUniversal’s upfront will be hosted by Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy and Tracy Jordan and be shown to the masses as a TV special, rather than an exclusive presentation for advertisers. NBC will air a TV special on July 16 that will bring back the cast of 30 Rock to tout NBCU’s 2020-21 programming. The hour-long, commercial-free event will premiere on NBC, and get a reboardcast the following day across USA Network, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, and CNBC as well as being available to stream on Peacock. Along with 30 Rock castmembers, the special will feature guest appearances from talent from across NBCU’s portfolio.

NBC Sets Fall Schedule

Sources close to the network say that while it is unlikely that everything will be ready in time for the traditional start of the network season in September, it is confident that the return to production is moving along fast enough that it will have its biggest series like This Is Us and new Law & Order: Organized Crime ready for “around mid-October.”

NBC Renews ‘Manifest,’ Cancels 3 Rookies

NBC is firming up the remainder of its scripted lineup. The network on Monday night handed out a third-season to bubble drama Manifest as it also canceled three rookie series: Bluff City Law and comedies Sunnyside and Indebted.

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Renewed At NBC

The network has handed out a second-season renewal to musical dramedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. The musical dramedy may be the network’s only rookie series to make it to a second season.

NBC Cancels ‘Perfect Harmony,’ ‘Lincoln Thyme’

The Bradley Whitford comedy Perfect Harmony and Russell Hornsby-led drama Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector have been canceled at NBC after one season apiece. While Perfect Harmony premiered last fall, Lincoln Rhyme debuted at midseason.

Gabrielle Union Suing NBC, Simon Cowell, ‘AGT’

A few weeks after an internal NBC investigation found no wrongdoing on the part of America’s Got Talent regarding Gabrielle Union‘s allegations of racism, the former judge reportedly is suing the show’s network, production companies and Simon Cowell.

Dick Wolf Fires ‘Law & Order’ Spinoff Writer For Posts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A TV writer who has worked on “S.W.A.T.” and “Chicago P.D.” was fired from an upcoming “Law & Order” spin-off because of online posts about social unrest in Los Angeles. Craig Gore was dropped from NBC’s “Law & Order: Organized Crime” by franchise creator Dick Wolf. “I will not tolerate this […]

TV Nets Resisting Ad Rate Cuts

The nation’s big media companies are trying to avoid great pressure from advertisers and media buyers to take severe cutbacks in ad rates in early talks as part of the industry’s annual upfront ad market, according to three executives familiar with discussions. Their pushback suggests owners of networks like CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox are betting that a return of favorite TV elements like sports will draw new interest from sponsors and generate more demand for TV commercials — and potentially help them avoid capitulating to the most onerous demands.

NBC Says Probe Clears ‘America’s Got Talent’

NBC and the show’s producers say an outside review found Gabrielle Union’s complaints of racism were unfounded and had “no bearing” on the show’s decision to drop her as a judge,

Shut-In Stars Rally For Red Nose TV Show

Actors, musicians and comedians idled by social distancing proved eager to take part in NBC’s sixth annual Red Nose Day Special, which airs 9-11 p.m. ET today with songs, sketches and short films about the children and charities that will be aided by donations.

Peacock Sets National Launch Slate

The NBCUniversal streaming platform will feature originals including Brave New World and a Psych movie when it goes wide July 15.

NBC Snags ‘Transplant’ To Shore Up Sked

NBC has acquired a Canadian drama to help shore up its primetime schedule in a time when its own series have uncertain futures. The network has picked up Transplant, a medical drama that has delivered strong ratings for broadcaster CTV in its first season. The series, which debuted Feb. 26, is the most-watched Canadian show in the country in the current broadcast year (Canada’s networks also air a number of American shows).

NBC Renews ‘A Little Late With Lilly Singh’

The pickup comes as the 1:35 a.m. show finishes airing its first season, all of which was filmed in the fourth quarter of 2019. Singh, a YouTuber with some 36 million followers across social media channels, is currently the only woman hosting a late night show on the broadcast networks. She’s also the first bisexual woman of color to front a late night series.

Brady’s Move Posed Challenges For Networks

“I can’t think of a single player move ever that adjusted requests and turned the process upside down as much as this,” said Fox Sports SVP Michael Mulvihill about Brady signing with Tampa Bay. “I think the league treated everyone well with Tampa Bay because they knew how great everyone’s interest was. It was a significant curveball.”

NBC’s ‘Blacklist’ Draws On Animation

The makers of the NBC drama, which stars James Spader as dashing antihero Raymond Reddington, decided to add animation to a partially taped season finale episode , prompting a far-flung collaboration that stretched from Los Angeles to London and included the Spader family house as a challenging recording studio.