or


[05/15/11 - 12:24 PM]
Greenblatt: "Apprentice" Will Be Back, With or Without Trump; Other NBC Notes
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- "If [Donald Trump] decides to run for president and is unavailable to do the show, we will bring the show back and there will be somebody else sitting at the head of the boardroom table," NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters following today's announcement of the network's 2011-12 season lineup (read the full release). "Who that is, we're not even going to really entertain because I'm still hoping we'll have Donald back in the seat."

Other highlights from Greenblatt's press conference:

-- On holding "Smash" until midseason: "We're really taking the full season view of the schedule next year and 'The Voice' is coming back in January and it is an enormous lead-in for any show. And we just thought the compatibility of 'Smash' was so good with 'The Voice' and it's such a terrific show that it deserves to have the best possible send off that we could give it."

-- On their Thursday plans: "We really wanted to change up a good part of Thursday which we're doing from 9:30 on, which meant we wanted stability in the first part of the night. And the competition is just intense from 8:00 to 9:00 and 'Community' holds its own there unlike anything I could have thought. And 'Parks' is a great show which I think in proximity to 'The Office' will do well there. I wanted to open up the time slot after 'The Office' because I think as I said before, trying to get a new comedy hit is a real priority for us and there's better comedy lead in than 'The Office.'"

-- On moving "Chuck" to Fridays: "We wanted to do some re-invigorating on Friday night... We really wanted to get more scripted shows on Friday night. We like 'Grimm' a lot. We didn't want to just put in out there with nothing leading into it. And I personally like 'Chuck.' And I know it's been on the bubble perennially. But I thought if we have a chance of transporting an audience to Friday night it might be with something that has a real loyal following."

-- On their contingency plans for Sunday night if the NFL labor situation isn't resolved: "We're feeling pretty optimistic that football will be there. I think worse case scenario is we might have a delay of games for a few weeks, in which case we've got a contingency plan that we're in the middle of right now to produce several high quality, event, live event reality type shows that will fill out that Sunday."

-- On the status of the "Law & Order" franchise: "'SVU' is really strong for us. And I think going into its 13th year I'd love to have it beyond that. I've noticed the 'CI' ratings are really strong... 'Law & Order: LA' I think we just didn't get it off the ground right. It was put on the schedule without a pilot last fall before I arrived. There was all kinds of chaos going on: the show did well then it was taken off. In a different scenario that might have worked better but we just thought it wasn't a strong enough player to continue into next season."

-- On a proposed Brian Williams-hosted newsmagazine: "We are absolutely developing it. A couple months ago I sat down with Steve Capus, who's the head of the news division, and I said let's try to take these incredible news assets that only NBC has and let's see if we could develop a newsmagazine that was fresh and relevant and entertaining. And that of course lead us right to Brian Williams, who's the best of the best."

-- On the rumor of Jennifer Love Hewitt joining the cast of "SVU": "I think we're going to have both of the returning stars [Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni]. We believe that's the show and I know they both want to be a part of it. Mariska's deal is closed... and I don't think there's any impediment to closing Chris's deal. And the Jennifer Love Hewitt rumor is just a rumor. What we are saying and I think it's really going to be great creatively for the show next year is that there is going to be another detective coming into the show about halfway through the season. And I think creatively that will give both Mariska and Chris' characters an interesting kind of new relationship. Jennifer is somebody that we've been circling. I don't know if that's gonna ultimately come to pass or not but we just want to keep refreshing these concepts especially the older that they get. Mariska also just adopted a child and we're not sure beyond this next season where we'll be with her so we're looking at a lot of different options."

-- On the expense of carrying older series like "SVU" over new ones: "That is a realistic issue. But I have to tell you, I'm new to all these shows and having reviewed a lot of the budgets on them. I am amazed at how efficiently Dick Wolf produces this show. It is not at all out of line even with a show that would be much younger than that. And so we could keep this show going for a number of years as long as the audience wanted it and we creatively kept it really fresh."





  [may 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· APPRENTICE, THE (NBC)
· CHUCK (NBC)
· COMMUNITY (YAHOO)
· GRIMM (NBC)
· LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (USA)
· LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES (NBC)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
· SMASH (NBC)
· SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (NBC)
· VOICE, THE (NBC)
· WHITNEY (NBC)









[06/02/15 - 11:08 AM]
Award-Winning Journalist Bob Ley Signs Long-Term Extension with ESPN
The agreement comes as the award-winning "Outside the Lines," which Ley has hosted since its inception in May 1990, celebrates its 25th anniversary.

[06/02/15 - 11:08 AM]
The 95th Anniversary of Miss America to Air on Sunday, September 13 on ABC
The evening will be filled with glitz and glam when 52 women representing their home states and territories compete to bring home the crown.

[06/02/15 - 10:08 AM]
CMT's First-Ever Late Night Show, "The Josh Wolf Show" Produced by Chelsea Handler Premieres Thursday, June 11 at 11:00 PM, ET/PT
The series airs four nights a week (Thursday through Sunday) beginning Thursday, June 11 at 11:00 - 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

[06/02/15 - 10:05 AM]
WE tv Greenlights Two Unscripted Series Set in the World of Legal Drama, Further Expanding the Network's Robust Slate and the Popular Reality Genre
Production on "Ladies of Law" (working title) and "Sisters in Law" will begin this summer.

[06/02/15 - 10:01 AM]
Spike Partners with Acclaimed Film Screenwriter Kurt Wimmer to Develop New Scripted Series
The scripted series, "When The Levee Breaks," reflects a number of hot-button issues that are culturally relevant today including race and law enforcement.

[06/02/15 - 09:09 AM]
FYI(TM) Greenlights New Original Series "He Shed, She Shed(TM)"
Each episode of "He Shed, She Shed" will follow two homeowners, friends or neighbors in the ultimate male vs. female backyard shed showdown - as they build and design a unique he-shed and she-shed.

[06/02/15 - 09:08 AM]
Adult Swim Prescribes Another Season of "Childrens Hospital"
"I'm happy," said Corddry. "After our season six cliff hanger, people will be dying for us to turn our backs on the notion of series continuity even more."

[06/02/15 - 08:59 AM]
"Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014," A Thought-Provoking Look at the Lives and Untimely Deaths of People Killed by Gun Violence in America, Debuts June 22, Exclusively on HBO
The film details victims' lives in the moments leading up to the shootings and shows how each death reverberates in the lives of others.

[06/02/15 - 08:42 AM]
Award-Winning Film Director, Producer, Writer and Actor Eli Roth to Host "Shark Week's" Hit Late-Night Talk Show "Shark After Dark"
The new season airs Sunday, July 5 to Thursday, July 9 (11:00-11:30 PM ET/PT) on Discovery.

[06/02/15 - 08:38 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops NBC in Tight Demo Race of Originals
The Alphabet's "The Whispers" opens up 25% from the season premiere of "Mistresses" a year ago.

[06/02/15 - 08:11 AM]
Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson Named Executive Producers of New Discovery Channel Series "Killing Fields"
The series will reveal the deep history attached to isolated and idyllic areas in America that are killing fields - locations where crimes have occurred and have gone undetected due to their geography and outside elements that have erased the scene of the crime.

[06/02/15 - 08:11 AM]
CMT Adds Eric Church, Jake Owen, Sam Hunt and Zac Brown Band to Its Growing Roster of Performers for 2015 "CMT Music Awards" Live from Nashville on Wednesday, June 10th at 8:00PM ET/PT
Previously announced performers include Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Luke Bryan.

[06/02/15 - 08:10 AM]
Comedy Central Orders "Not Safe with Nikki Glaser" to Series and a One-Hour Stand-Up Special
"I'm deeply touched that Comedy Central has decided to fulfill my Make-A-Wish dream of hosting a comedy show about sex. My parents are very proud (of my sister, who is a teacher)," said Glaser.

[06/02/15 - 07:54 AM]
Ovation TV Green-Lights New Original Series for the Fall: "Art Breakers"
The series features two of the top art advisors in the country, Miller Gaffney and Carol Lee Brosseau, on their quest to find the hottest artists, commission show-stopping works, and save their clients from spending their millions on junk.

[06/02/15 - 06:01 AM]
Dwyane Wade to Join ABC "NBA Countdown" Team during The Finals
Wade, who has played in the previous four NBA Finals on ABC, will contribute insights and analysis during pre-game and halftime shows for Games 2 and 3, and again for Games 6 and 7, if necessary.