or


[04/01/09 - 01:03 PM]
NBC Universal Honored with Three 2008 Peabody Awards
Receiving the awards were NBC Sports, "Nightly News with Brian Williams" and "Saturday Night Live."

[via press release from NBC]

NBC UNIVERSAL HONORED WITH THREE 2008 PEABODY AWARDS

NBC Sports Wins for the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

"Nightly News" Wins for "Richard Engel Reports: 'Tip of the Spear,'" A Series of Reports from Afghanistan

"Saturday Night Live" Wins for its 2008 Political Satire

NEW YORK - April 1, 2009 - NBC Universal has been honored with three prestigious 2008 Peabody Awards. Receiving the awards were NBC Sports, "Nightly News with Brian Williams," and "Saturday Night Live." The announcement was made today by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

"I'm thrilled to see NBC Universal recognized with three Peabody Awards," said Jeff Zucker, President and CEO, NBC Universal. "In this business, it's all about the content. The fact that we were honored in three distinct genres - news, sports, and entertainment - is a terrific credit to the quality of the work we do and the people who do it."

NBC Sports won for the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony. The Peabody organization called the broadcast "an exponential magnification of what was once known in television as a 'spectacular.'" The Beijing Opening Ceremony was crafted and choreographed by creative director Zhang Yimou, executive produced for NBC by Dick Ebersol, produced by David Neal, and directed by Bucky Gunts.

This marks the first Peabody Award ever won by NBC Sports and the first for an Olympics in 33 years. Previously, the 1972 Summer Games and the 1976 Summer and Winter Games had been honored.

NBC drew a record audience for the Ceremony. In the nearly 50 years of televised Olympics, NBC's coverage of the Opening Ceremony in Beijing was the most-viewed ever for a non-U.S. Summer Olympics, with nearly 70 million total viewers. It is estimated that nearly 2 billion people worldwide watched the Opening Ceremony.

NBC News' "Nightly News with Brian Williams" earned its award for a series of reports by Richard Engel from Afghanistan. Titled "Tip of the Spear," the Peabody Awards committee said: "Under fire at times, the war correspondent and his team produced an extraordinary series of reports from remote outposts in Afghanistan, making vivid and visceral the hardships and danger faced by American soldiers."

Engel was the correspondent for the series, Alexandra Wallace was the executive producer, Bob Epstein the senior broadcast producer and Mary Lawrence Flynn was the senior producer. Madeline Haeringer produced, Joo Lee, Beverly Chase, Michele Neubert and Matt Softley edited, and Bredun Edwards was the cameraman.

Including this award, NBC News has been honored with 25 Peabody Awards.

"Saturday Night Live" enjoyed a resurgence in ratings and popularity in 2008, averaging a 3.4 rating in adults 18-49. The show featured unique political satire as only "SNL" can do, capitalizing on the 2008 Presidential race. Ratings peaked on October 18, 2008, a telecast featuring an appearance by Vice Presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin, which generated a 6.4 rating in 18-49 and 16.8 million viewers overall. It was the show's highest 18-49 rating since September 24, 1994, and biggest overall audience since March 12, 1994. This marks the second Peabody Award for "Saturday Night Live," which also won the prestigious award in 1990. Now in its 34th season on NBC, "Saturday Night Live" is led by creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels.

NBC News' Brian Williams will host the 68th Annual George Foster Peabody Awards Ceremony on May 18 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.





  [april 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)











[10/20/14 - 12:42 PM]
Discovery Fit & Health Pulls Back the White Curtain on Outrageous Medical Emergencies When "Untold Stories of the ER" Returns with the Craziest Cases Special and 100th Episode
The 100th episode kicks off all-new episodes, beginning Friday, November 14 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 12:22 PM]
Three Families Are "Risking It All" for a Life Off the Grid
TLC's latest original series premieres Tuesday, November 18 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 12:22 PM]
"Real World: Skeletons" Set to Premiere December 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on MTV
This season, the series begins in the traditional way with seven strangers moving into an old nightclub turned fabulous urban loft in Chicago's West Loop, but each of these roommates has skeletons in their closets.

[10/20/14 - 12:18 PM]
USA Network Orders Third Season of Breakout Comedic Reality Series "Chrisley Knows Best"
Plus: look for a half-hour "Chrisley" holiday special set for this December.

[10/20/14 - 12:10 PM]
Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor to Perform Duets with Top Country Acts on "The 48th Annual CMA Awards"
Grande will be joining two-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town for an on-air collaboration.

[10/20/14 - 11:51 AM]
ABC Family Invites Fans to Tweet the "Dearly Departed" During a Halloween Special of "Pretty Little Liars," Airing Tuesday, October 21
Janel Parrish ("Mona"), Andrea Parker ("Mrs. DiLaurentis") and Bryce Johnson ("Det. Darren Wilden") will live tweet with fans during the East Coast broadcast.

[10/20/14 - 11:49 AM]
"Untold with Maria Menounos" Premieres Thursday, October 30th at 8:00PM ET/PT
The series takes a closer look at two major entertainment stories that are making headlines today: the Transgender movement and Depression in Comedians.

[10/20/14 - 11:06 AM]
Live + 7 Ratings: ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" Is the Week's #1 Biggest Gainer in TV Playback in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for the week of September 29-October 5.

[10/20/14 - 11:04 AM]
A Wedding, a Breakup and a Divorce?! Don't Miss the "Total Divas" Mid-Season Finale Sunday, October 26 at 9pm ET on E!
Plus: WWE(R) Diva Alicia Fox(TM) and WWE Diva Paige(TM) joint the cast when new episodes resume Sunday, January 4 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 10:55 AM]
CBS Freshman Dramas Post Strong Second-Week Live +7-Day Lifts
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of September 29-October 5.

[10/20/14 - 10:40 AM]
Pizza Aficionados Sal Basille and Francis Garcia Return to Travel the Country on a Culinary Expedition in Cooking Channel's "Pizza Masters"
The six-episode series launches Friday, December 5 at 9:00/8:00c on the network.

[10/20/14 - 10:19 AM]
FX Networks to Unveil "Simpsons World" October 21
It will include instant and on-demand access to every single "Simpsons" episode - all 552 episodes (25 Seasons) - and each new episode from the current 26th season will be available for viewing the day after its original broadcast on FOX.

[10/20/14 - 10:01 AM]
Disney-ABC Announces ABC Owned Station Group as Launch Partner for Upcoming Syndicated Daytime Talker "The F-A-B" (Working Title) with Tyra Banks
Chrissy Teigen, Joe Zee, Lauren Makk and Leah Ashley will co-host the series, due in the fall of 2015.

[10/20/14 - 10:00 AM]
In a Straight-to-Series Order, FOX Greenlights First Comedy-Horror Anthology, "Scream Queens"
The series, produced by 20th Century Fox Television, is from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto.

[10/20/14 - 09:55 AM]
James Denton to Star in "The Good Witch" Alongside Catherine Bell and Bailee Madison in Hallmark Channel's Newest Original Primetime Series Based on the Network's Most Successful Original Movie Franchise
Denton will play Cassie's new next-door-neighbor, a divorced doctor and single dad who stirs things up in Middleton when he discovers Cassie's signature charm is more than just a magic touch.