Jane Krakowski Boards NBC’s ‘Annie Live’

Celina Smith Lands Title Role In NBC’s Holiday Musical ‘Annie Live!’

NBC has found its Little Orphan Annie: 12-year-old Celina Smith will headline the network’s forthcoming musical event Annie Live!, it was announced Tuesday. Smith — who is best known for her supporting role as Rebecca Wilson on Tyler Perry’s Nickelodeon sitcom Young Dylan — won the role after a nationwide search

Bill Clotworthy, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Censor Nicknamed ‘Doctor No,’ Dies At 95

‘Home Sweet Home’ Gets NBC Premiere Date

Ava DuVernay’s unscripted family social experiment series, Home Sweet Home, has found a home on NBC’s fall schedule — Fridays at 8 p.m. ET, starting Oct. 15.

Broadcast Nets To Televise Biden’s Afghanistan Remarks At 3:45 PM ET

The broadcast networks will break into their regularly scheduled programming at 3:45 p.m. ET Monday to take President Biden’s remarks from the East Room on the crisis in Afghanistan and Taliban forces having taken over the presidential palace and now the country as a whole.

Ratings: MLB ‘Field of Dreams’ Game Tops Thursday, B99 Returns Steady

In the latest TV ratings, Fox’s primetime coverage of the MLB’s “Field of Dreams” game between the Yankees and White Sox averaged 5.2 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating (in fast nationals), topping Thursday in both measures.

NBC Sinks ‘Ultimate Slip ‘N’ Slide’

NBC has scrapped reality competition series The Ultimate Slip N’ Slide. The show will not be returning to production after pausing on June 2 as a result of a crew member testing positive for giardia, the network said Friday. Filming on The Ultimate Slip N’ Slide had been almost completed when the shutdown happened. According to sources, the logistics and costs of restarting production to complete the season proved prohibitive.

Herbert Schlosser, Longtime NBC Programming Executive, Dies At 95

As a top NBC executive, Herb Schlosser wrote a memo envisioning the show that became Saturday Night Live. He also helped recruit Johnny Carson to The Tonight Show and oversaw a raft of hit programs.

NBC Tries To Salvage A Difficult Olympics


NBC Showrunner Learned His Craft As A Local News Promo Producer

Steve Barry is the showrunner for NBC’s Small Fortune, which airs on Monday nights at 10. Barry says he developed his chops to be a showrunner by being a local TV news writer/producer at stations in Atlanta, Miami and Fort Myers, Fla.

Notre Dame Football’s Home Opener Will Not Air On NBC For First Time in 30 Years

The Fighting Irish football faithful will have to pay up to watch Notre Dame’s home opener against Toledo next month. NBC, which has broadcast every Notre Dame home football game since 1991, will sit out the Sept. 11 matchup in favor of NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock. This will be the only Notre Dame game that Peacock will have exclusively; the rest of the Fighting Irish’s home schedule will be available on both Peacock and NBC.

NBC’s ‘Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide’ Will Not Air This Summer After Diarrhea Outbreak-Forced Shutdown

Following an outbreak of a parasitic infection that shut down production and led NBC to yank the show from a planned post-Olympics premiere date, Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide will not air at all this summer, the network confirmed. NBC and Universal Television Alternative Studio, which is producing the show, are still committed to finding a new, safe location to film the $18 million show and get it on the air, but there is currently no plan in place for resuming production or an estimated window during which the show will premiere.

Lorne Michaels To ‘SNL’ Cast Veterans: Stay A Little Longer

Saturday Night Live impresario Lorne Michaels has an intriguing offer for veteran cast members thinking of leaving the show: Don’t. Each summer brings with it an annual SNL ritual in which Michaels and top producers try to figure out which members of the current troupe of the show’s “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” will leave and which will remain. The process usually starts in August, but has commenced earlier this year, according to two people familiar with the matter, as Michaels works to convince cast members whose contracts may have lapsed not only to stay, but to stay for a while.

‘People’s Choice Awards’ Expands To NBC

The show, which will continue on E! as well, will return to a broadcast network for the first time since 2017. The move will also give NBC an awards-season toehold after it dropped the 2022 Golden Globes amid criticism of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association over its lack of diversity and other issues.

‘Days of Our Lives’ Spinoff ‘Beyond Salem’ Ordered At Peacock

Peacock on Monday announced that it has ordered Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem, a five-episode limited series spinoff of the venerable NBC sudser. Days alum-turned-Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna is set to headline the offshoot, reprising her role as Billie Reed. She will appear opposite Days vets Deidre Hall (Marlena), Drake Hogestyn (John) and James Reynolds (Abe). Other current Days cast members taking part in the spinoff are Jackée Harry (Paulina), Victoria Konefal (Ciara) Robert Scott Wilson (Ben), Billy Flynn (Chad), Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani).

NBC Ratings Rise During Olympic Opening Saturday; Peacock Posts Best Saturday Ever

NBCUniversal set some strong streaming numbers for the opening Saturday of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the first Olympic games since the launch of the company’s streamer Peacock. NBC reported Sunday total audience delivery (a metric of total views from linear broadcast, cable channels, mobile, tablets and connected TVs) rose 26% from the Opening Ceremony the night before and garnered an 8.2 household rating across NBC, USA Network, NBCSN and CNBC, per Nielsen.

Canceled ‘Manifest’ Eyes Renewal At NBC And Netflix

Just weeks after NBC canceled the sci-fi drama after three seasons, TVLine confirms that the network has restarted talks with Warner Bros. Television about a possible Season 4. As an added twist, Deadline reports that Netflix is also taking part in the renewal talks, signaling a possible mutually beneficial arrangement between NBC and the streamer.

Plenty At Stake For NBC As COVID Olympics Opening Looms

The year-delayed Tokyo Olympics officially opens with NBC’s telecast of the opening ceremony on July 23 — live in the morning and with an edited version in primetime. The Olympics arrive dripping in bad vibes, amid a COVID-19 state of emergency in Japan. The majority of Japanese citizens are unvaccinated against the virus and most wish the Olympics weren’t taking place this summer. Most events will occur in near-empty venues.

NBC Sets Fall Premiere Dates

NBC has set premiere dates for its new series Ordinary Joe and La Brea, along with a special two-hour premiere of Law & Order: SVU. The Blacklist moves to a new night on Thursdays from its previous Friday slot, taking the place of previously announced Law & Order: For The Defense, which is not moving forward.

‘Family Game Fight!’ Gets Post-Olympics Premiere

NBC penned in its special series debut after the Tokyo Olympics with Family Game Fight!, hosted by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. The reality game show series is set to premiere Sunday, Aug. 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET, immediately after the Olympics Closing Ceremony. There will be a time-period premiere with an all-new episode on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide was originally slated for the post-Closing Ceremony premiere with Family Game Fight! taking the Aug. 11 spot. However, due to a giardia outbreak during the water-based game show’s production, NBC ultimately decided to nix the premiere.

NBC Faces ‘Hell Of A Challenge’ Producing Tokyo Games After Spectators Are Barred from competitions

Can An Olympics Without Fans Still Be Must-See TV?

Enhanced audio, cameras inside the homes of athletes’ family members and a “fan video wall” are among the plans to compensate for the lack of a live crowd.

NBC’s ‘Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide’ Competition Series Pulled From Post-Olympics Premiere

Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide, NBC’s new reality competition series that scored the plum post-Olympics slot for its premiere, has been pulled from the schedule, sources close to the production confirmed. The move comes a month after production was shut down due to a non-COVID illness outbreak among the show’s staff. Production remains on hold, and there are no plans for a new premiere date at this point, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

‘The Blacklist’ Creator Jon Bokenkamp Exits Ahead Of Season 9

NBC Rolling Out New Graphics That Let Peacock’s True Colors Shine

Netflix Passes On More ‘Manifest’

After lengthy conversations and deliberations that stretched into this week, Netflix has opted not to order a fourth season of Manifest following the series’ cancellation by NBC after three seasons, sources said. The streaming giant, which recently released the first two seasons of the missing plane drama, had been considered the most viable option for Manifest. With that, Manifest studio Warner Bros. Television has concluded its efforts to find a new home for the series.

Annie Ilonzeh To Star In NBC’s ‘Getaway’

Primetime Ratings Thursday: Big Tie For Top Spot

ABC, Fox, NBC, Univision split the win on weak night for Nielsens.

NBC To Increase Coverage Of Paralympic Trials

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee unveiled the coverage plans along with its campaign called Show the World, which is designed to highlight Paralympic athletes on their journey to Tokyo. The trials in several sports begin Thursday, with the highlight show set for June 27. The Paralympics are Aug. 24-Sept. 5. NBC plans 1,200 hours of programming from Tokyo, including more than 200 on TV.

NBC Seeks Record $6M For Super Bowl Ads

NBC is working up a new play for the Super Bowl. Eager to generate millions of dollars in revenue from the Big Game, the Comcast-owned media conglomerate is talking to potential advertisers about a price tag of $6 million for a 30-second spot in the event, according to executives familiar with current negotiations, marking a new high-water mark in pricing for Super Bowl commercials. Super Bowl LVI is slated to be broadcast on Feb. 13, 2022, from Inglewood, Calif.

‘Blacklist’ Star Megan Boone Leaving The NBC Series After 8 Seasons

The Blacklist is headed for a shocker. Megan Boone, the female lead opposite James Spader, is departing the long-running NBC series after eight seasons. She will make her last appearance as a series regular in the upcoming Season 8 finale.

‘Manifest’ Canceled By NBC After 3 Seasons

NBC has opted not to renew missing plane drama series Manifest for a fourth season. The decision came down Monday night, just hours before the options on the cast were to expire Tuesday and amid a strong showing of Manifest on Netflix where it has been No. 1 in the U.S. for the past three days.

NBC Cancels ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

The cast of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist may have performed their last number. NBC has opted not to give a third-season renewal to the musical dramedy with a passionate following, which topped USA Today’s annual Save Our Shows poll for a second consecutive year.

NBCU Details Tokyo Olympics Coverage Plans

There will be some 7,000 hours of programming between two broadcast networks (NBC and Telemundo), six cable channels (USA, CNBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel, Golf Channel, and Universo) and multiple digital platforms.

‘SNL’ Ranks As No.1 Entertainment Show On Ad-Supported TV

The final ratings for Season 46 of Saturday Night Live are in, and the venerable latenight sketch program ranked as the No. 1 entertainment show among all ad-supported networks in the adults 18-49 demo. The show averaged a 2.06 rating in 18-49 and 9.0 million total viewers overall in Live+7 numbers. SNL generated the No. 1 most YouTube video views (1.6 billion) of any late-night show in all of TV. It also gained the No. 1 most new fans/followers/subscribers (2.7 million) across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube of any late-night show in all of TV.

NBC Sports and Tunity Partner To Measure Tokyo Olympics Out-Of-Home Viewership

The data will be incorporated into NBCUniversal’s overall metrics for the Summer Games audience.

‘Debris’ Canceled By NBC After One Season

NBC has canceled Debris, Deadline confirmed on Thursday, after the fate of the freshman sci-fi detective drama had been up in the air following its May 24 finale that wrapped up a 13-episode run. It was one of five NBC shows — along with Good Girls, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Manifest and Ellen’s Game of Games — that were left off the network’s list this month of returning series and new shows

NBC Hopes For More IndyCar

IndyCar’s current deal with NBC Sports is in its final season and contract negotiations are unclear. There have been reports Penske will take a higher rights fee from a new partner and that NBC has fallen out of the running on a renewal. Sam Flood, executive producer and president of production of NBC Sports, said Wednesday the network wants to keep the racing series.

NBC Sets Final-Season Premiere Date For ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

The last shift for Brooklyn’s semi-finest has an official starting point. NBC said today that the eighth and final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine will launch with back-to-back episodes starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 12, and the show will air in those time slots all season. The network said last week that the Andy Samberg-led cop comedy would return during the week after the Tokyo Olympic Games, whose Closing Ceremony is set for Aug. 8.


Jessell | Affiliates Deserve A Place In Networks’ Streaming Plans

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