‘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.

NBC To Air Byron Allen Comedy Special – Update

NBC has partnered with Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and Funny or Die to air a two-hour comedy special, the Feeding America Comedy Festival, on Sunday, May 10, benefiting Feeding America, a hunger-relied organization.

Broadcast Nets To Air Graduation Special

With the Class of 2020 unable to throw their caps in the air this year due to the coronavirus, LeBron James is putting on a special graduation celebration. The NBA superstar will host the virtual ceremony for the more than 3 million high school seniors. The one-hour special, Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, will air simultaneously across all broadcast platforms — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — and on a host of leading entertainment, social media and streaming platforms

‘Parks And Recreation’ Reunites For Fundraiser

The cast of Parks and Recreation is returning to Pawnee, Ind., for a one-night charity special benefiting Feeding America, NBC announced Thursday. Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman and Adam Scott are among the sitcom’s stars to be featured in the half-hour special airing 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday, April 30. The story reflects the real-life crisis, with Poehler’s Leslie Knope striving to stay in touch with her friends while observing social distancing.

 

‘SNL’ Returns With Social Distancing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Saturday Night Live” will be back on the air this weekend with a show that abides by social distancing rules. The comedy sketch show will include a “Weekend Update” news segment and original content from “SNL” cast members, NBC said Thursday. The material will be produced remotely, the network said, in […]

‘Saturday Night Live’ Producing New Original Content Remotely Amid Coronavirus

Gaga Raises $35M, Curates All-Star TV Event

The pop star announced One World: Together At Home, a televised event featuring Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Billie Eilish aimed at fighting the coronavirus. It will air April 18 at 8 p.m. ET simultaneously on ABC, NBC, CBS, iHeartMedia and Bell Media networks.

NBC Sets Premiere For ‘Blindspot’ Final Season

NBC has set Thursday, April 30, at 10 p.m. for the premiere of the 13-episode fifth and final season of thriller drama series Blindspot. The show, starring Sullivan Sullivan Stapleton and Jaimie Alexander, will move to its normal 9 o’clock timeslot the following week on May 7.

NBC Sets New Season Fianale Dates

As with most networks, NBC has had to shift some series’ season finale dates due to the coronavirus-related production shutdowns. Several NBC series will wrap their season runs earlier than planned because they could not finish production on their orders. The list includes all Chicago dramas, Law & Order: SVU, The Blacklist and New Amsterdam. 

Christopher Meloni As ‘SVU’ Character Elliot Stabler To Headline New NBC Dick Wolf Series

A beloved TV character is coming back. NBC has given a 13-episode series order to a new Dick Wolf crime drama series starring Christopher Meloni reprising his Law & Order: SVU role as Elliot Stabler. The drama, which marks the actor’s return to Wolf World, revolves around the NYPD organized crime unit led by Stabler. It is the first show to come out of the massive new five-year, nine-figure, multi-platform deal Wolf signed with Universal Television last month.

CBS, NBC To Get Extra NFL Playoff Games

CBS and NBC will each get an extra NFL playoff game next season under the new expanded format, which will see 14 teams qualify for the postseason, up from the previous 12 teams. That means Fox and ESPN still have one apiece, with CBS and NBC now getting two during the playoffs opening weekend. Wild Card Weekend for the 2020 season will consist of three games on Saturday, Jan. 9, and three games on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021.

Jay Rodriguez, Former NBC VP, Dies

Jay Rodriguez, a former vice president of corporate information West Coast for NBC, has died. He was 92.

Big Three Broadcast Nets Vow To Stay On Air

News executives from NBC, ABC and CBS pledge that no matter what, they’ll continue to stay on the air as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, even if those broadcasts are from someone’s living room. “That low-tech aesthetic may include fewer camera angles, or robotic cameras, staffers using iPhones and Zoom calls,” Jeremy Barr writes.

NBC Shelves ‘New Amsterdam’ Flu Pandemic Episode

For NBC, Olympics Delay Was Best Among Bad Outcomes

‘Saturday Night Live’ To Remain On Hiatus

NBC’s latenight sketch program had been on a scheduled hiatus for the past week, slated to return to production on March 28. That now won’t happen. There has been no new date set for the show to resume production as it is been shut down until further notice.

PGA Makes $6.3 Billion Rights Deals

The PGA Tour, the organizer of the main professional men’s golf tours in the U.S., has struck a new nine-year deal with CBS Sports, NBC Sports and ESPN that significantly raises the costs of bringing golf to U.S. fans while gaining new traction for digital coverage of the sport.

NBC Sets Olympic Ad Sales Record

NBC Sports said Tuesday it had passed $1.25 billion in Olympic ad sales and sold 90% of its inventory, with nearly five months still to go before the opening ceremonies.

NBC To Hold Red Nose Day May 21

Comcast CEO ‘Optimistic’ About Olympics

Comcast Chairman-CEO Brian Roberts expressed cautious optimism that the summer Olympics in Tokyo will proceed as scheduled despite growing fears that the coronavirus outbreak could force a postponement to the games set for July 24-Aug. 9. “What I know is it’s full-steam ahead,” Roberts said Tuesday. If the Tokyo games are postponed, NBCU has insurance to mitigate the losses for the company, Roberts said.

America Ferrera Leaving NBC’s ‘Superstore’

Superstore star and executive producer America Ferrera is leaving the NBC comedy, which has already been renewed for a sixth season. She will make her final appearance as store manager Amy Sosa in the Season 5 finale (airing Thursday, April 16).

Vergara, Klum New ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges

Sofia Vergara has signed on as a judge for the upcoming 15th season of America’s Got Talent at NBC. In addition, Heidi Klum is returning to the show for the first time since 2018.