NBC Reclaims Brand Ownership Of Comedies

NBC is preparing a new salvo in the streaming-era TV branding wars. As audiences increasingly watch shows like The Good Place and Superstore on other platforms, NBC has launched a new campaign to remind them that these are, first and foremost, NBC shows. And they’re even enlisting a real-life peacock to convey the message, all in support of its just-named Peacock streaming service.

Veteran TV Newsman Sander Vanocur Dies

As national political correspondent at NBC in the 1960s and ABC in the 1970s and ’80s, Vanocur covered conventions, elections and assassinations during some of the most momentous years in American history. He was 91.

NBC’s ‘Peacock’ To Join Streaming Fray In April

NBCUniversal said Tuesday that its upcoming streaming service will be called Peacock, in an homage to NBC’s logo. It will become the home for some of the company’s most popular shows, including Parks and Recreation and The Office.

‘Titan Games’ Renewed For Season 2 At NBC

NBC has renewed the Dwayne Johnson-hosted competition series The Titan Games for a second season. The Titan Games averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 with 6 million viewers per episode in the Nielsen Live+7 ratings.

Longtime NBC Attorney Howard Monderer Dies

Howard Monderer, a longtime senior attorney with NBC in Washington, died Aug. 14 at Maplewood Park Place senior living community in Bethesda, Md., of a “probable malignant pleura effusion due to melanoma.” He opened NBC’s Washington legal office in 1958, in part as a response to increasing federal regulation of network TV. He was 92.

‘SNL’ Drops Gillis Over YouTube Video

Saturday Night Live has rescinded its invitation to Shane Gillis who posted a video last year in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English.

Taylor Swift Joins ‘The Voice’ As A Mentor

Taylor Swift is returning to The Voice as a mega mentor in the upcoming 17th season of the NBC singing competition series. The Blank Space singer will offer advice to each team of artists as they prepare for the knockout rounds in the show.

Lilly Singh Makes Bold Leap To Latenight

When NBC’s A Little Late With Lilly Singh debuts tonight, she doesn’t plan to dwell on the late-night staple of politics and is only the second woman of color to host a nightly show on a major network since former VH1 VJ Cynthia Garrett was in charge of NBC’s “Later” for a year — two decades ago.

‘SNL’ Newcomer Shane Gillis Used Racial Slur In Podcast

‘SNL’ Adds Three New Cast Members For Season 45