Gabrielle Union, NBC Meet Over ‘AGT’ Firing

Union is thanking supporters for defending her amid reports she was fired from America’s Got Talent after complaining about racism and other on-set issues. Without directly addressing her status with NBC’s talent show, the actress tweeted that the backing helped overcome feeling of being lost and alone. “We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive, meeting,” Union said Wednesday on Twitter.

Locast: Big 4 Nets ‘Waited Too Long’ To Sue

David Goodfriend, founder of controversial not-for-profit outfit Locast, said the parent companies of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox “waited too long” to sue him over the alleged theft of their signal. He also questioned why they didn’t seek a temporary restraining order to halt the two-year-old company’s operations, as they did in the case of Aereo years earlier.

Sharon Osbourne Blasts ‘Boys’ Club,’ Pay Inequity

As entertainment and media figures continue to react to the ouster of America’s Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union, former cast member Sharon Osbourne weighed in on Tuesday with her own experience on the show. She called AGT a “boys’ club,” and said the men of the series enjoyed privileges she did not not.

NBC Bets Viewers Will Shop While Watching TV

“The Holy Grail has always been you seeing a person on TV talking about a product or wearing a product and being able to buy that product right now,” said Josh Feldman, NBCUniversal’s executive vice president in charge of marketing and advertising creative partnerships. Above, an image from NBC’s Songland illustrates how the network is embedding QR codes in some shows that allow viewers to shop online using their smartphones. In this image, Ryan Tedder, a Grammy Award-winning singer and producer featured as a judge on the show, plays a keyboard called Lumi that viewers were able to purchase.

NBC & ‘AGT’ Producers Issue New Statement On Gabrielle Union’s Exit

Gabrielle Union’s Firing Sparks Union Probe Of NBC

Stumbling from bad to worse, NBC now have a potential labor landmine under their feet with Gabrielle Union’s forced march exit from America’s Got Talent.

Gabrielle Union Speaks On ‘AGT’ Controversy

According to reports, Union and Julianne Hough have been dropped as America’s Got Talent judges after a single season. “Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone … you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever,” the actress tweeted Wednesday night. She didn’t directly address her status with NBC’s talent show.

Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough Out At ‘America’s Got Talent’

Inside ‘Sunday Night Football’

Sunday Night Football has been primetime’s most watched television program for the last eight seasons. And its reign looks secure. According to NBC, the broadcast is, through 12 games over 11 weeks, averaging 20.5 million total viewers across platforms — its highest 11-week average since 2015.

‘Days Of Our Lives’ Renewed For Season 56

According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the deal for the new season at NBC is not done yet but all signs point to it being closed soon. The news comes less than two weeks after it was reported that the entire cast of the series had been released from their contracts, which some took as a sign the show was coming to an end.

Nexstar And NBC Renew Affiliations

The new four-year deal covers 21 NBC affiliated television stations owned by Nexstar and Mission Broadcasting.

Holly Hunter To Star Opposite Ted Danson In NBC Comedy

NBC Renews ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

NBC has handed an early renewal to Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Season 7 of the cop comedy isn’t set to premiere until Feb. 6, 2020, but the network has already seen fit to order an eighth season.

Can NBC Halt Jimmy Fallon’s Ratings Tumble?

A politics pivot for The Tonight Show doesn’t pay off as the network swaps showrunners and observers say “let Jimmy be Jimmy.”

‘Days Of Our Lives’ Cast Released From Contracts

The entire cast of NBC’s daytime drama Days of Our Lives are been released from their contracts, Deadline has confirmed. the soap will go an indefinite hiatus at the end of the month. The cost-cutting move comes during the usual renewal window between NBC and Days distributor Sony Pictures TV; a renewal for Days typically comes at the start of the year.

Former NBC Exec Rick Ludwin Dies At 71

Rick Ludwin, the legendary NBC executive who wrote jokes for Bob Hope, was a Seinfeld champion from the start and ran specials and latenight programming at NBC for more than 30 years, died Sunday in Los Angeles after a brief illness. During his run at the network, Ludwin worked with every host of the Tonight show: Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, Leno, O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon.

‘Good Place’ To Get Extended Series Finale And Seth Meyers-Hosted Aftershow

Nets Agree To Graham’s STELAR Expiration Plan

Three of the Big Four broadcast networks have agreed to insure their viewers don’t lose access to distant signals if Congress lets the STELAR compulsory satellite license expire at year’s end, according to letters from those nets, and the fourth is about to do the same, according to a source familiar with the network’s thinking.

Haeringer Back At NBC To Run Quibi Partnership

Madeleine Haeringer, a longtime producer at MSNBC and NBC News, is returning to the network to run the news division’s partnership with Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi.

NBC Adds 4 Episodes To ‘Superstore’ Season

NBC has ordered four more episodes of the hit comedy, lengthening its fifth season to a full 22 episodes. So far in season 5, Superstore is averaging a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.9 million total viewers after seven days of delayed viewing. In terms of its live+same day performance, the show is NBC’s sixth highest rated series overall, averaging a 0.77 through six episodes.

NBC ‘Tonight’ Producer Jim Bell Leaves

Bell said in a statement that the timing was perfect to forge a new path that would build on his experience in news, sports and entertainment.

NBC Cancels ‘The InBetween’ After One Season

The show’s one and only season aired between May and August earlier this year. The series starred Harriet Dyer as Cassie, a woman who is able to see visions of the past and future as well as communicate with the dead. She uses her gifts to help her detective father solve a number of dark and puzzling murders.

Broadcasters Move To Kill Locast Counterclaims

The Big Four networks have opened another front in their battle with Locast, the startup behind a free service that streams local TV signals in several large U.S. markets. In their latest move, ABC, NBCUniversal, CBS and Fox have urged a New York court to dismiss recent counterclaims filed by Locast and to instead focus on what the broadcasters claim to be Locast’s “wholesale violation of the Copyright Act.”

NBC Opens Submissions For ‘Female Forward’ And ‘Emerging Director’ Programs

Fox Takes Early-Season Lead In 18-49s

Thanks to strong performances from Thursday Night Football and The Masked Singer, Fox continues to lead broadcast networks in primetime 18-49 viewers in the new TV season — a rare uptick for a TV network versus the previous year. After three weeks of the new season, Fox is at a Nielsen 1.9 rating/9 share, up 6% from a year ago through October 13. That’s a combination of Nielsen-measured live-program plus seven days of time-shifted viewing and for the most recent period, live program-plus-same day time-shifted viewing. NBC is next at a 1.7/8, down 20% from a year ago.

NBC Announces ‘Making It’ Season 2 Premiere Date

‘Bluff City Law’ Not Getting Back Order, Will Finish Initial Run On NBC

‘Sunnyside’ Pulled From NBC Schedule

The upcoming fourth episode of new NBC comedy Sunnyside this week will be the last on the linear network. Staring the following Thursday, Oct. 24, NBC will debut the 11th and final season of Will & Grace in Sunnyside‘s Thursday 9:30 p.m. slot. The remaining seven episodes will air weekly on the NBC App, other digital platforms and NBC.com.

Nick Jonas Joins ‘The Voice’ As Coach For Season 18

Streamer Locast Sues Big 4 Networks

The streamer alleges that ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are engaged in sham copyright litigation and are colluding to deny consumers over-the-air signals they once committed to make freely available.

‘Saturday Night Live’ Promotes Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd To Regular Cast

Dick Wolf Making History With ‘SVU’

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit‘s 21st season launch makes it the longest running primetime live-action series in U.S. TV history and will finally fulfill a goal that eluded show creator Dick Wolf nine years ago with the original Law & Order.

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.