Shelby Shaftel has been promoted to senior vice president of alternative programming and development at NBC. There, as part of her position, she will oversee projects from concept through post-production and direct creative, staffing decisions, talent, marketing and high-level brand partnerships.
The company has brought on former Warner Horizon Television exec Lisa Roos as its new SVP of drama development. NBC also promoted programming exec Deepak Jesrani to SVP of drama development and elevated Mike Nunes to SVP of current programming.
NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo will air the first Democratic primary debate in June, and CNN will show the second event in July, the Democratic National Committee announced on Thursday.
Here’s a rundown of what’s working and what’s not at 10 p.m. on ABC, CBS and NBC and at 9 p.m. on Fox. Those programming decisions have a direct effect on the late news performance of the network’s affiliates.
It’s closing time for Last Call with Carson Daly. The NBC latenight series is coming to an end after 17 years on the air. Daly has decided to step away from the talk show in order to spend more time with his family and concentrate on his other hosting jobs at Today and The Voice.
This year’s broadcast pilot season is shaping up to be one of the leanest in recent memory as far as sheer numbers are concerned. Among ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC, 59 pilots have been ordered so far for the 2019-20 season. Compared with the 76 pilots ordered in 2018, this year will more than likely be down 10%-20% from last; that would mark the fewest number of pilot orders going back at least seven years.
NBC is no longer moving forward with its planned live version of the musical Hair. “Live musicals are a part of this network’s DNA and we are committed to continuing that tradition with the right show at the right time,” said Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, co-chairmen of NBC Entertainment. Hair was originally set to air on NBC on May 19, which would have put it up against a number of other television events, including the series finale of Game of Thrones.
NBC has picked up freshman medical drama New Amsterdam for a second season. The series is inspired by Dr. Eric Manheimer’s memoir Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital and his 15 years as medical director at the hospital.