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TCA: Burning Questions for TV's Top Execs

7 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It's that time of year again. Hundreds of journalists descend on the Beverly Hilton over the next two weeks as the TV networks pitch their new fall offerings. Execs will regale members of the Television Critics Association with tales of their latest successes — and the critics are certain to remind them of their failures. Up first for the broadcast nets is NBC on Sunday, with entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt having reason to celebrate the Peacock's first season at No. 1 in a decade. ABC, CBS and The CW follow before things wrap up with Fox on July 20-21.

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- Michael O'Connell, Lesley Goldberg

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Inside the Office of Fox 21 President Bert Salke

18 June 2014 1:38 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox 21 president Bert Salke calls his corner office the “hub” of the studio’s action. “Everything happens here, from pitches to figuring out how to fix something to just hanging out and having lunch,” he says. “The door’s always open.” A producer who transitioned into an executive role four years ago, Salke says this is the most fun he’s ever had in his life. His creatively cluttered office reflects that sensibility: “You can look around and figure out who I am: Crazed. Sarcastic. Energetic. A little manic. Very driven and fast-paced. But very funny.”

Bert Salke

President, Fox 21

With Fox 21 since 2010;

Before that: With Brancato/Salke,

Twentieth Century Fox, Lorimar

Family Affair: Among the many frames on his desk is a 20-year-old photo of him with his wife, Jennifer, and Bob Greenblatt, now NBC entertainment president and chairman, respectively. “Everybody’s very happy — and much skinnier, »

- Debra Birnbaum

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NBC Developing New Event Series About The Beatles

16 June 2014 3:17 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With Rosemary’s Baby, the Bible follow-up A.D, and its live-production of The Sound Of Music, NBC has been making great strides into the arena of event programming. Now, that strategy looks set to continue with the development of an eight episode show about The Beatles.

The limited event series is coming from the team that delivered the highly successful show The Tudors – which ran from 2007-2010, and kicked the careers of stars Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Henry Cavill and Natalie Dormer into high gear. The Tudors creator Michael Hirst will write the Beatles show, while powerhouse executives Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg will executive produce, hoping to recreate the phenomenal response met by their look at Henry VIII’s reign. NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt unites the team, having originally greenlit The Tudors when he headed up Showtime.

The Beatles are among the most iconic and influential music groups of all time. »

- Sarah Myles

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NBC Developing the Beatles Event Series

13 June 2014 5:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John, Paul, George and Ringo might have made their American debut on CBS’ “The Ed Sullivan Show,” but that doesn’t mean they can’t play for the Peacock too.

NBC is in the early stages of developing an eight-part event series based around the Fab Four that is to be written by “The Tudors” creator/exec producer Michael Hirst and exec produced by Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg. All worked with NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt while he was at Showtime.

This deal is in line with NBC’s current focus on event series, such as its recent “Rosemary’s Baby” miniseries and last winter’s “The Sound of Music: Live!” — a strategy Greenblatt touched upon in last month’s Variety cover story.

Variety sister site Deadline Hollywood first broke the news of the event series.

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- Whitney Friedlander

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NBC Developing an Eight-Episode Event Series on The Beatles

13 June 2014 5:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Are The Beatles bigger than the Bible? NBC is looking to find out -- Deadline is reporting that the network is in development on an eight-episode event series based on The Beatles.  "The Tudors" creator and executive producer Michael Hirst is currently writing the program, with Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg set to executive produce. Both worked with him on the Showtime drama. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt gave "The Tudors" the green light when he was overseeing Showtime.  NBC has been pushing "event TV" with varying levels of success. The live staging of "The Sound of Music" was a major hit, while the remake of "Rosemary's Baby" was met with poor reviews and far from overwhelming ratings. Greenblatt also gave the go-ahead to Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's follow up to the high-rated History Channel miniseries "The Bible," titled "A.D." The 12-part miniseries is supposed to air in the spring of next year. »

- Ben Travers

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NBC Developing an Eight-Episode Event Series on The Beatles

13 June 2014 5:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Are The Beatles bigger than the Bible? NBC is looking to find out -- Deadline is reporting that the network is in development on an eight-episode event series based on The Beatles.  "The Tudors" creator and executive producer Michael Hirst is currently writing the program, with Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg set to executive produce. Both worked with him on the Showtime drama. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt gave "The Tudors" the green light when he was overseeing Showtime.  NBC has been pushing "event TV" with varying levels of success. The live staging of "The Sound of Music" was a major hit, while the remake of "Rosemary's Baby" was met with poor reviews and far from overwhelming ratings. Greenblatt also gave the go-ahead to Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's follow up to the high-rated History Channel miniseries "The Bible," titled "A.D." The 12-part miniseries is supposed to air in the spring of next year. »

- Ben Travers

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NBC Chief Bob Greenblatt Shares in ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ Tony Haul, Sets ‘Unsinkable’ Revival

11 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Most legit producers dream of winning a Tony Award. Bob Greenblatt was on a plane flying into New York from Los Angeles when the moment came for him on Sunday.

It’s no secret that the NBC Entertainment chairman harbors an abiding love for musical theater. His first big creative risk after taking the helm of NBC in January 2011 was the Broadway-centric “Smash,” and even if that bet didn’t pay off in the long run, last year’s broadcast of “The Sound of Music Live” sure did.

Less well-known, however, is Greenblatt’s longstanding involvement with “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” which just collected four Tony Awards, including the top honor for new musical. The show’s eventful backstory encompasses a decade-long struggle to get to the stage as the tuner slowly accumulated a team of friends, supporters and eventually producers. Greenblatt, it turns out, was one of them. »

- Gordon Cox

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NBC Chief Bob Greenblatt A Tony Winner With ‘Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder’

9 June 2014 3:43 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Things could not have gone any better for NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt the past few weeks. Last month, he was in New York to present the network’s fall schedule where he touted his network’s first No. 1 finish among adults 18-49 in a decade. Last night, he was back in the Big Apple to celebrate his musical, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder, sweeping the Tony Awards with four wins, including best musical. As our Pete Hammond noted in his Tony Awards analysis, the top NBC programming executive is among the producers of the top winner last night. Greenblatt is a well known theater lover who previously produced the Broadway production of 9 To 5. Since taking the reins of NBC, he put on the air drama series Smash, about the mounting of a Broadway musical, and The Sound Of Music, a live staging of the classic musical. The latter drew massive ratings last December, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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NBC Seeks Record $4.5M For Super Bowl Ads

30 May 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC is seeking around $4.5 million for a 30-second spot in Super Bowl Xlix, according to ad-buying executives, a whopping sum that could represent a new record for pricing in the gridiron classic, as well as a 12.5% uptick over prices sought for Fox’s 2014 broadcast of the event.

NBC has also been asking potential Super Bowl sponsors to pay a similar amount for a package of ad inventory in other NBCUniveral-owned sports properties, according to ad buyers familiar with the pace of negotiations, including English Premier League matches on Nbcsn and sports broadcasts on Telemundo and sister cable outlet mun2.

Earlier: NBC Takes Ratings Victory Lap In Braggy Upfront Affair

Such an ask is not uncommon in the world of sports advertising. In the months leading up to its broadcast of Super Bowl Xlviii, Fox prodded advertisers seeking a berth in the game to buy ad time in other sports properties »

- Brian Steinberg

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Interview: Bill Lawrence and Adam Sztykiel on 'Undateable' and The State of TV Comedy

29 May 2014 1:21 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I interviewed "Undateable" executive producer Bill Lawrence and Adam Sztykiel at a noisy bar in Pasadena shortly before a press conference in mid-April. Going back and transcribing the 35-minute interview is bittersweet. At the time, Lawrence had two shows in limbo -- TBS' "Cougar Town" and Fox's newly premiered "Surviving Jack," which he EPed along with creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. While Lawrence wasn't directly involved with "Enlisted," he has a close relationship with "Enlisted" and "Cougar Town" creator Kevin Biegel, whose comedy was newly shelved. Since that time, "Enlisted" and "Surviving Jack" were both cancelled. "Cougar Town" was renewed for a final season on TBS. At the time, Lawrence also wasn't feeling especially confident about "Undateable." The multi-cam sitcom, which features Chris D'Elia as seemingly cocksure ladies man Danny, who mentors the less confident Justin (Brent Morin) and his group of allegedly "undateable" friends. "Undateable" had been »

- Daniel Fienberg

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DVR Gridlock 2014-15: Wednesday Nights

28 May 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

[As is my recent tradition, over the next six days, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. It also assumes that you/I only have a dual tuner DVR (plus occasional access to a Slingbox on Et. Check out last year's DVR Gridlock installments and the DVR Gridlock segments for 2012.] Wednesday Nights 8:00 p.m. ABC: "The Middle," "The Goldbergs" CBS: "Survivor" The CW: "Arrow" Fox: "Hell's Kitchen" NBC: "The Mysteries of Laura" 9:00 p.m.  ABC: "Modern Family," "Black-ish" CBS: "Criminal Minds" The CW: "The 100" Fox: "Red Band Society" NBC: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" 10 p.m.  ABC: "Nashville" CBS: "Stalker" NBC: "Chicago Pd" What's Changed: "X Factor" is gone! "X Factor" is gone! "X Factor" is gone! Sensing that my resolve was weak when it comes to formally quitting "X Factor," Fox decided to quit the low-rated singing show for me, replacing it with "Hell's Kitchen" and "Red Band Society." From there, the changes are limited. NBC has replaced "Revolution" with "The Mysteries of Laura." CBS has replaced "CSI" with "Stalker." And ABC has "The Goldbergs" and "Black-ish" as the latest shows to hit the revolving doors that are 8:30 and 9:30. And The CW is sticking to »

- Daniel Fienberg

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NBC Restructures Scripted, Tal Rabinowitz Out

27 May 2014 2:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC Entertainment is reorganizing its scripted operations. President Jennifer Salke announced Tuesday that development and current are being combined, and scripted programming will now consist of drama and comedy divisions. Part of the big move means Tal Rabinowitz, head of comedy development, is departing. She's been with NBC since coming over from Sony in 2011, part of Bob Greenblatt's new team at the time. Under Rabinowitz, the No. 1 network of the 2013-14 season has continued to struggle in comedies. About a Boy was the only entry from its latest freshman pack to receive a renewal for the next

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- Michael O'Connell

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NBC Head Of Comedy Tal Rabinowitz Exits As NBC Consolidates Drama & Comedy Development With Current Under Pearlena Igbokwe & Vernon Sanders

27 May 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

After weeks of speculation that dominated party conversations during the upfronts in New York, NBC today confirmed that head of comedy development Tal Rabinowitz is leaving the network. NBC will revert to combined drama and comedy development and current departments. Head of drama development Pearlena Igbokwe is being named Evp of Drama Programming, which will encompass both development and current operations. Head of current Vernon Sanders is being named Evp of Comedy Programming and will head up development and current operations for comedy series. Sanders will continue to oversee returning dramas during this transition. Both will report to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. Rabinowitz was the first new top programming executive brought in by NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt in May 2011, a couple of months after he took the reins of the network in early 2011. Salke joined two months later. NBC has struggled with comedy, with no freshman series making it »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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'Parks and Recreation': Exec producer Michael Schur on the decision to end the show

21 May 2014 3:27 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The final few minutes of last month’s season finale of Parks of Recreation catapulted its characters all the way into 2017, leaving viewers with binders and binders of questions about what happens next. And while they might be wondering about the future on the show, they no longer are speculating about the future of the show: NBC announced last week that the upcoming seventh season of the much-loved, smart-and-sweet local government comedy would be its very last, with the final 13 episodes getting a midseason debut. Why is Parks coming to an end now? What can you expect from the final season? »

- Dan Snierson

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NBC Wraps TV Season As Demo Champ for First Time Since ’04

20 May 2014 11:37 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s been a while, but the Peacock can again spread its feathers with pride.

The addition of TV’s hottest new show, “The Blacklist,” to a roster that already featured broadcast’s top-rated primetime program (“Sunday Night Football”) and top reality show (“The Voice”) has vaulted NBC to an unlikely first-place finish for the season in key demos. It’s the first time the Peacock has been perched atop the network standings at season’s end since “Friends” exited its air following the 2003-04 season.

Cover Story: Bob Greenblatt Leads NBC Back to No. 1

Prior to last year, NBC had gone nine consecutive traditional seasons (September-May) without topping any of its rivals in adults 18-49. But after catching ABC a few years ago and moving ahead of the Alphabet last year, the Peacock this season also leap-frogged Fox and CBS to complete its outhouse-to-penthouse transformation.

NBC’s improvements this »

- Rick Kissell

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'Nurse Jackie' Co-Creator Set as 'Bad Judge' Showrunner

20 May 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC's Bob Greenblatt is bringing Nurse Jackie's Liz Brixius back into the NBC fold. The former Nurse Jackie co-showrunner/co-creator has been tapped to oversee the network's new Kate Walsh comedy Bad Judge, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Bad Judge marks the series TV return of Private Practice alum Walsh, who exec produces and stars as a hard-living, hard-rocking, sexually unapologetic woman who happens to be a highly respected judge in the San Bernardino criminal court system. Photos: Broadcast TV's New 2014-15 Shows The single-camera comedy, from Universal Television and Gary Sanchez Productions, hails from

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Bob Greenblatt Leads NBC Back to No. 1

19 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Two minutes before NBC’s May 12 upfront presentation was scheduled to start, Bob Greenblatt ducked into Jimmy Fallon’s dressing room for a quick pre-show hello.

It was an instinctive move for Greenblatt. Producers like to keep a close eye on their stars just before the curtain goes up. As the NBC Entertainment chairman chatted with Fallon, there was a brief “Where’s Bob?” moment backstage for the upfront production team. But on cue at 10:59 a.m., a smiling Greenblatt emerged from the black velvet drapes in the makeshift backstage area at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center to hit his mark with perfect timing.

Greenblatt had good reason to be confident. NBC came to the upfront derby this year with the best ratings growth story of any major network during the 2013-14 season. Fallon has brought new sizzle to latenight, and primetime boasts a stylish new hit in “The Blacklist. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Heroes stars could return for reboot

14 May 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

The stars of 'Heroes' could return for the show's new spin-off. NBC confirmed plans to reboot the popular drama - which followed a group of people with extraordinary powers - in February, and it seems original stars such as Hayden Panettiere and Zachary Quinto could be invited back. 'Heroes Reborn', which will launch next year, will be a 13-episode series executive produced by 'Heroes' creator Tim Kring. Speaking at NBC's upfront presentation in New York this week, TV boss Bob Greenblatt said: ''Some familiar faces from the show are bound to drop in. ''We have a big mini-series called 'Heroes Reborn', based on one »

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Jimmy Kimmel mocks CBS, 'Gotham,' Juan Pablo

13 May 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Jimmy Kimmel took the stage at ABC’s upfront presentation to advertisers Tuesday and — in what has now become a tradition (and the best part of the event) – he lampooned his network, his rivals and anyone who would even think of advertising on his network.

Here are his best jokes (i.e., pretty much his whole standup act):

“Being a president of television network is hard, there’s no question about that. But somehow Paul Lee makes it look even harder. You heard Paul say it, we’re No. 1. We’re No. 1? Look, I don’t know what this No. »

- Lynette Rice

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‘The Blacklist’ Season Finale Stays Cryptic Until the Bitter End (Spoilers)

12 May 2014 11:41 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Not to place undue pressure on “The Blacklist” season finale, but with NBC having made the show the linchpin of its 2014-15 hopes and dreams, it would seemingly have behooved the drama — still a toddler by TV standards — to go out on a strong note. Yet what NBC Entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt described as a “game-changer” during Monday’s upfront presentation really represented little more than a flick of the “Reset” button, setting up a new villain for season two and continuing to play cryptic (and increasingly, tiresome) games with the question of why James Spader’s suave killer, Raymond “Red” Reddington, is so preoccupied with the young FBI agent he took under his wing.

Frankly, even at this late date, it’s hard to escape a sense that the series remains James Spader and the Seven Dwarfs — essentially two shows wrapped in one, with Spader’s ruthless anti-hero feeling like a pay-cable protagonist, »

- Brian Lowry

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