or


[02/21/12 - 12:39 PM]
NBC Announces Premieres of New Comedies "Bent," "Best Friends Forever" and "Betty White's Off Their Rockers"
Plus: "Community" also will return to the Thursday schedule starting March 15.

[via press release from NBC]

NBC ANNOUNCES PREMIERES OF NEW COMEDIES "BENT," "BEST FRIENDS FOREVER" AND "BETTY WHITE'S OFF THEIR ROCKERS"

"Community" Returns to Thursday Lineup on March 15

NBC's Spring Schedule Features Highest Percentage of Original Programs in Network's History - Only 13 Total Hours of Repeat Programming Sunday to Friday through Mid-May

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - February 21, 2012 - NBC announced the premieres of the new comedies "Bent" (March 21) and "Best Friends Forever" (April 4), as well as the comedic hidden-camera series "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (April 4) to its spring lineup. "Community" also will return to the Thursday schedule starting March 15.

NBC's spring schedule features the highest percentage of original programs in the network's history with only 13 total hours of repeat programming from Sunday to Friday through mid-May.

The announcements were made today by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment.

"We are happy to have an unprecedented amount of original content on NBC this spring," said Greenblatt. "'Bent,' 'Best Friends Forever' and 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers' are welcome additions to the Wednesday schedule, and we know that the loyal fans of 'Community' will be pleased with its return to its home on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m."

"Bent" will premiere on Wednesday, March 21 (9-9:30 p.m. ET) followed by a second episode (9:30-10 p.m. ET). The series will continue with original back-to-back one-hour blocks on Wednesday, March 28 and April 4 (9-9:30 p.m. ET and 9:30-10 p.m. ET both nights). Following the season finales of "Whitney" and "Are You There, Chelsea," "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" premieres on Wednesday, April 4 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) followed by "Best Friends Forever" which also debuts on Wednesday, April 4 (8:30-9 p.m. ET).

"Community" returns on Thursday, March 15 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) as NBC re-sets the night with "30 Rock" shifting to 8:30-9 p.m. (ET) followed by "The Office" (9-9:30 p.m. ET) and "Up All Night" (9:30-10 p.m. ET). "Parks and Recreation" comes back on Thursday, April 19 (9:30-10 p.m. ET) to finish its season after "Up All Night" has ended its 24-episode original season run in the time period.

"Rock Center with Brian Williams" will also move one hour later on Wednesdays (to 10-11 p.m. ET) starting March 7 for five weeks and then return to 9-10 p.m. (ET) on April 11. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" returns with original episodes on Wednesday, April 11 (10-11 p.m. ET) leading to its season finale on May 23rd.

"Bent" is a romantic comedy about a womanizing, surfer dude contractor and his beautiful, no-nonsense, type-A client, who work together to remodel each other's lives as they renovate her Venice, California home. The recently divorced Alex (Amanda Peet, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") is a high-strung lawyer who is raising her young daughter, Charlie (Joey King, "Ramona and Beezus") as a single mom. She downsizes into a smaller house and hires charismatic Pete (David Walton, "Perfect Couples"), a free-spirited ladies' man and recovering gambling addict who desperately needs this gig with Alex to jumpstart his life -- and prove that he is no longer a screw-up.

Also starring are Margo Harshman ("Sorority Row") and Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"). The single-camera comedy is from writer and executive producer Tad Quill ("Scrubs," "Spin City") and director Craig Zisk ("Nurse Jackie," "Weeds"). The series is produced by Universal Television and Rosalita Productions Inc.

"Best Friends Forever," from executive producer Scot Armstrong ("Old School," "Hangover 2"), is a new comedy about old friends, new beginnings and awkward situations. Jessica St. Clair ("Bridesmaids") and Lennon Parham ("Accidentally on Purpose") star as Jessica and Lennon, best friends who live on opposite sides of the country with the men in their lives. When Jessica is served divorce papers, Lennon convinces her to return home to Brooklyn and back into the apartment they used to share. Soon, the girls fall into old habits: movie marathons and late-night, girl-talk sessions -- none of which is good news for Lennon's live-in boyfriend, Joe (Luka Jones, Upright Citizens Brigade). Stephen Schneider ("Happy Endings") and Daija Owens also star.

"Best Friends Forever" is produced by Universal Television and American Work, Inc. Along with Armstrong, St. Clair, Parham, Alexa Junge ("Friends," "United States of Tara"), Fred Savage ("Party Down") and Ravi Nandan are executive producers. Donick Cary is consulting producer, while Keith Raskin serves as producer on the series.

After a strong sneak-peek debut in January, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" takes senior stereotypes and blows them out of the water with a cast of sassy septuagenarians who are hip, sexy and ready to party. America's favorite comedy sweetheart sends a fearless band of senior citizens to the streets to pull shockingly hilarious pranks on the younger generation in this outrageously funny "hidden camera" show. In the vein of "Punk'd," the show delivers cleverly crafted comedic stunts, candid moments and priceless reactions captured by hidden cameras. Sassy seniors are on a mission, targeting unsuspecting young "marks" with their irreverent behavior.

White, a seven-time Emmy Award winner, stars in and executive-produces the series, adapted from the hit Belgium series "Benidorm Bastards." Chris Coelen, Matilda Zoltowski, White, Scott Hallock, Kevin Healey, Tim Van Aelst and Tim Gibbons are the executive producers of the series produced by Kinetic Content in association with Hallock Healey Entertainment.





  [february 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· 30 ROCK (NBC)
· ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? (NBC)
· BENT (NBC)
· BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (NBC)
· BETTY WHITE'S OFF THEIR ROCKERS (LIFETIME)
· COMMUNITY (YAHOO)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
· ROCK CENTER WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS (NBC)
· UP ALL NIGHT (NBC)
· WHITNEY (NBC)





[02/21/18 - 09:42 AM]
Video: Trailer Debut - "Flint Town" on Netflix March 2
In the aftermath of the Flint water crisis, "Flint Town" takes an intimate look at the state of policing in America through the lens of the Flint Police Department.

[02/21/18 - 09:06 AM]
As People Around the United States Fight This Year's Influenza Virus, Discovery Shines a Light on Three Deadly Viruses and Their Potential for Catastrophic Outbreaks in "Invisible Killers"
Look for the three specials back-to-back on Thursday, March 29.

[02/21/18 - 09:04 AM]
Bravo Media's Southern Socialites Are Back When "Southern Charm" Returns for Season 5 Thursday, April 5 at 9PM ET/PT
Join the Southern socialites Craig Conover, Kathryn Dennis, Cameran Eubanks, Austen Kroll, Thomas Ravenel, and Shep Rose as they welcome a new member, Chelsea Meissner, into the group and embark on another season of living the highlife in the low country.

[02/21/18 - 09:01 AM]
2018 National Women's Soccer League Game of the Week Begins Saturday, March 24 on Lifetime
Featuring Jenn Hildreth, Aly Wagner, and Dalen Cuff, the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime will air Saturdays beginning at 3:30pm ET with a pregame show leading up to kickoff at 3:50pm ET.

[02/21/18 - 08:37 AM]
Netflix Signs New Four Picture Deal with Jay and Mark Duplass
"The Untitled Duplass Brothers Ray Romano Project," the first film on the newly struck deal, will be released later this year.

[02/21/18 - 08:10 AM]
American Political Drama Series "Madam Secretary" to Premiere on WE tv Starting Wednesday, March 7 at 7PM
Beginning the following week, Wednesday, March 14, the series will air during all-day binge-a-thons on Wednesdays from 10am-4:00am ET/PT.

[02/21/18 - 07:00 AM]
Video: Danger, Will Robinson! Netflix Releases First Look at "Lost in Space," Launching on Earth on April 13
Netflix provided NASA with access to the pilot episode, which was transmitted 12 days ago to the International Space Station for astronauts to view during their leisure time.

[02/21/18 - 06:06 AM]
Amazon Studios to Adapt "Consider Phlebas," First Novel of the "Culture" Series, for Television
The series will be adapted by Dennis Kelly with Plan B Entertainment slated to produce and the Estate of Iain Banks attached as executive producer.

[02/21/18 - 05:32 AM]
Ten More Presenters Announced for 90th Oscars(R)
The additional presenters include Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, Oscar Isaac, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Wes Studi, Kelly Marie Tran and Zendaya.

[02/20/18 - 11:42 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, February 20
Updates include: Jay Hernandez to lead "Magnum, P.I." reboot at CBS; Lauren Cohan to star in ABC's "Whiskey Cavalier"; and Walton Goggins to topline "L.A. Confidential" at CBS.

[02/20/18 - 03:36 PM]
Miranda Otto Has Been Cast in the Netflix Original Series the "Untitled Sabrina Project," Based on the Archie Comics Graphic Novel "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"
Zelda Spellman (Otto) is Sabrina's sterner witch aunt (the other being Hilda, played by Lucy Davis).

[02/20/18 - 03:31 PM]
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Are Heading to TV
Based on the hit comic book series, the animated project follows the adventures of nine-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette, an African-America girl who teams up with her crimson-colored dinosaur and uses her smarts to save the day.

[02/20/18 - 02:30 PM]
Disney Channel's Original Movie "Zombies" Reaches 10.3 Million Viewers Over the Holiday Weekend
Disney Channel further spins the numbers for Friday, February 16.

[02/20/18 - 02:10 PM]
Team USA Men's Hockey Win Over Slovakia Ranks as NBCSN's Most Watched Late-Night Hockey Game in 4 Years
NBC further spins the numbers for Monday, February 19.

[02/20/18 - 01:03 PM]
Bravo Media Closes the Deal in New Series "Sell It Like Serhant" Premiering Wednesday, April 11 at 10PM ET/PT
In this new series, Ryan Serhant answers the call of struggling salespeople across multiple industries who are on the brink of losing their jobs and are desperate for his expertise.