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It was the ratings, of course. But NBC’s top entertainment executives went on record to give a little more insight into their decision-making process on canceling Community and The Michael J. Fox Show last season.
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters at his Television Critics Association press tour session in Beverly Hills on Sunday that the Community fandom’s “six seasons and a movie” mantra had nothing to do with the network.
“That sixth season thing was created by them — I’m surprised they didn’t say ’10 seasons and a movie,’” the executive said. “And before my time »
- James Hibberd
NBC topper Bob Greenblatt opened the Peacock’s portion of the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour with the good news that the Peacock’s ratings momentum has continued into the summer, boosted by solid showings from its unscripted staples and the frosh drama “The Night Shift.”
The wide-ranging Q&A sesh with Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment prexy Jennifer Salke and alternative and latenight programming chief Paul Telegdy touched on everything from the tonal differences of broadcast and cable programming – which Greenblatt acknowledging that cable has the leeway to tackle more “interesting” material — to the Peacock’s Thursday night struggles to the Emmy Awards derby.
Greenblatt said he was encouraged by NBC’s performance in the summer with scripted originals such as “Night Shift,” which he noted has benefitted greatly from a solid “America’s Got Talent” lead-in.
“We used to just throw the shows on in the summer that didn’t have much faith in, »
- Cynthia Littleton
It's Sunday (July 12) morning and it's showtime for NBC's day at the Television Critics Association press tour. For the second straight tour, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke and President for Late Night and Alternative at NBC Paul Telegdy have mostly positive news to report, so we'll see what news they have to break and if there's anything bad we can find to bring up. You may recall that it was this same trio back in January that I goaded into promising a renewal for "Parks and Recreation" (a renewal that would have happened whether I opened my mouth or not). Let's see what happens this year. 8:40 a.m. NBC is in first place, which can only mean one thing... Bacon at TCA breakfast! 8:45 a.m. The intro clip package refers to The NBC Resurgence. hard to quibble. 8:49 a.m. Robert Greenblatt was »
- Daniel Fienberg
The popularity of my recent post on Bill Cosby’s 1968 CBS special "Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed" (here), reminded me of this rather bizarre, one-off 1971 TV special. Made for Kcet (back then the PBS station in Los Angeles) Cosby, in white make-up and green eye shadow, improvises for almost 30 minutes, playing the ultimate “super bigot,” riffing on racism, and basically spouting every racial and ethnic insult in the book, in a special that was meant to explain the stupidity of prejudice, in a manner that's easy enough for everyone to understand. I remember seeing this many many years »
Every movie has to have its signature song and that certainly goes for the action-oriented males in film that are fortunate to have these finger-snapping tunes represent them on the big screen. The movie theme song indulges the audience and delivers a whole new kind of intrigue and feeling that we invest in the roguish ruffians on the big screen that some men would like to emulate and the ladies would love to cozy up to intimately.
There are music selections that do bring to mind the euphoria of the male action-packed characters we regard highly despite their moral compass. Maybe one can get excitable when hearing Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” tune for the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name? Perhaps any of the musical themes for the countless James Bond films tickle your fancy? (there are two included in this article incidentally). Your preference might be in »
- Frank Ochieng
We're continuing this periodic summer project where we revisit classic sitcom episode. Last week, we did a "NewsRadio" double feature, and today we're going to talk about one of my favorite episodes of "The Cosby Show," called "Theo's Holiday," coming up just as soon as my corporate headquarters has 49 floors but no phone... Periodically throughout the latter half of the 20th century, various TV genres would be declared dead and buried. Some of them actually stayed dead, more or less, like the Western, while others lay fallow, waiting for the right show to bring the public mood back to it. In the early '80s, the sitcom was the genre being put out to pasture, falling behind dramas of various stripes, from the lofty ambitions of "Hill Street Blues" and "St. Elsewhere" to the soapy environs of "Dallas" and "Dynasty" to the comedy/drama/action mix of "Magnum, P.I. »
- Alan Sepinwall
It wasn't hard to spot Bill Cosby at Lewis Katz's memorial today. The famous comedian was one of nearly 1,400 mourners who gathered at the Temple Performing Arts Center for an emotional memorial service honoring the philanthropist and Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner, and in the sea of black clothing, Cosby stood out wearing his bright burgundy Temple sweats. His informal attire was to pay respects to his close friend and fellow Temple alum, who died after his private jet crashed during takeoff in Bedford, Mass. late Saturday night. Along with former President Bill Clinton and Katz's children, Cosby took the stage to share some words about his dear pal. The actor, who also wore a T-shirt »
As I announced last week, instead of picking one classic drama season to revisit over the summer, I'm trying an experiment, highlighting different classic sitcom episodes from the past. First up for this summer sitcom rewind: "The Public Domain" and "Super Karate Monkey Death Car," a pair of "NewsRadio" episodes from early in the show's fourth season, coming up just as soon as I have fancy plans, and pants to match... In terms of their status at the time they aired, "NewsRadio" is among the more obscure shows I expect I'll be dealing with this summer. The mid-'90s was a pretty great period for TV comedy: "Seinfeld" at its peak, "The Simpsons" at its peak or close to it, "Frasier" presenting classical excellence each week and each season, "Friends" being a phenomenon, etc., plus other series like "3rd Rock from the Sun" and "The Drew Carey Show" that had »
- Alan Sepinwall
Superheroes and fairy tales dominated the midseason lineup at ABC’s upfront presentation, with shows like Galavant and Marvel’s Agent Carter coming soon. “We may be a terrible network,” joked Jimmy Kimmel, “but we are a great birthday party for a 6-year-old.” But for fall, ABC stuck to the basics: broad comedies, police procedurals, and Shonda Rhimes, whom ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee described as the Charles Dickens of our generation. Her latest show, How to Get Away With Murder, isn’t exactly Great Expectations, but it might be the only new ABC series worth watching. Quick takes on the others follow below. »
- Melissa Maerz
Bill Cosby is still crafting his return to the small screen, but there's one thing you can expect it not to be: Edgy. "First of all, I'm 76 and 9/12 years old. So that will be different," Cosby told E! News at the American Comedy Awards. "And I'm going to have a different wife. And it's not going to be something where, you know, hard-biting and edgy stuff. It's what people are asking for. People I meet in the airports, they want things about life that makes them laugh about themselves. There's kindness and sharing and it makes you feel good, but it's not goody-goody. I think we can get to the people with it." Cosby was honored with the Johnny Carson Award at the 2014 »
Have you noticed that non-romantic pairings of actors in Hollywood movies in recent years have largely followed the ‘big star/little star’ pattern? Mel Gibson and a young Robert Downey Jr. in Air America, Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett in Hollywood Homicide, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in 2 Guns – sometimes, it’s almost as if filmmakers are afraid the screen can’t hold more than one megastar at a time. Back in the day, we’d enjoy Robert Redford and Paul Newman together in the frame, or Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. Now, Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors) and Adam McKay (Anchorman) are attempting to re-capture that level of mega-wattage by re-making the 1974 film, Uptown Saturday Night.
Originally written by Richard Wesley – the first screenplay by the successful playwright – Uptown Saturday Night was directed by Sidney Poitier, who also starred in the project alongside Bill Cosby and Harry Belafonte. With Poitier and Cosby as two friends, »
- Sarah Myles
It’s appropriately odd that the best series finale to come along in quite a while was not meant to be a series ending episode at all. Last night’s Psych episode “The Breakup” was written to be the eighth season closer, but the word that Psych wouldn’t be renewed came after filming on year eight had wrapped up, so the season finale became the series finale…and it was an excellent one! Longtime Psych fans have little to complain about because Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) went out in style.
Many fans were no doubt worried that the show’s ending wouldn’t live up to the show’s legacy, »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Below, check out the interview segments before the tightrope shenanigans started. Cosby regales Fallon with stories of how Stevie Wonder is quite the prankster, then Fallon says he can't help but do his Cosby impression when he's around the legendary comedian. Hee!
Bill Cosby should be a late-night guest at least once a week.
When the comedy legend took the stage, Fallon admitted that he can’t help but break out his Cosby impersonation while in his presence. “Because when I talk to you,” the late-night host said, pausing between words, “I…slow…everything…down….” Fallon even broke out those famous Cosby Show dance moves. The only thing he was missing, in fact, was a Cosby sweater:
The Cos, meanwhile, was a good sport, giving »
- Amber Ray
Jimmy Fallon's “Tonight Show” proved to be very different from the version Bill Cosby last visited in New York City. The 76-year-old comedy legend was in fine form on Wednesday night, employing a bit that asserted his elder statesman status while also poking fun at the generation gap between himself and the show's host, Jimmy Fallon. Later, this included giving Fallon an impromptu piggyback ride. See video: Jimmy Fallon and Jude Law Made Terrifyingly Ugly Faces on the ‘Tonight Show’ Maybe it was a little inside baseball that Cosby pretended to be looking for Carson bandleader Doc Severinsen (and »
- Jordan Zakarin
Bill Cosby is quite the extreme sports daredevil. Well, Tonight Show style. The comedy legend proved he is down for just about anything when he performed a highly entertaining "tightrope walk" on the late night program on Wednesday. "We wanted to keep the kind of theme going with the show, this extreme sports and wanted to make a big event out of this, so we've convinced Mr. Bill Cosby here, Dr. Cosby to tightrope," Jimmy Fallon told the 76-year-old. The "rope" was nothing more than a piece of tape on the studio floor and the late night host insisted that this amazing feat "has never been done before." The Cosby Show star couldn't help but ponder why people »
Zac Efron may be up for doing a High School Musical reunion, but Bill Cosby isn't feeling the same way about The Cosby Show. The comedy legend tells me he has no desire to get the Huxtable family back together again. I caught up with Cosby last night just before he performed (and signed on to Instagram for the very first time) at the Funny or Die and Facebook clubhouse at SXSW in Austin. "No! Because to look at them and see that there really is no more to what we did," he said when I asked if he there any Cosby Show reunion plans. "We laid out eight years of trying to our best and we did a great job because the people came in numbers of saying the following, 'I want my house »
Beans, beans, the magical fruit ... the more you eat, the more you ... boot a hangover -- at least that's what Bill Cosby says.The 76-year-old TV legend was promoting a chili restaurant Thursday in Arlington, Virginia ... and our photog asked for his advice on how to cure a hangover.Cosby had a quick, enthusiastic answer -- but his opinion is a little biased.We hear Jell-o shots work too. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
February is Black History Month, and to help celebrate, The St. Louis Black Film Festival will be presenting a Tribute to the 86-year old Sidney Poitier at their C lassic Black Film Festival. Lucky St. Louis movie buffs will have the opportunity to view eight vintage Sidney Poitier on the big screen. Every Thursday in February, The St. Louis Black Film Festival will be presenting two Poitier films at St Louis Cinemas Galleria (630 St Louis Galleria, Richmond Heights, Mo 63117).
- Tom Stockman
As Woody Allen’s alleged sex abuse accusations are rehashed this month, several media outlets are also dredging up old allegations made against legendary funnyman Bill Cosby. Gawker’s Tom Scocca recently decided to unearth old claims made against the comedian, who has a brand new NBC sitcom in the works. ”Who Wants to Remember Bill Cosby’s Multiple Sex-Assault Accusations?” has garnered over 200,000 page views. Also read: Bill Cosby Tapped to Star in Family Comedy at NBC Cosby has not been charged with any crimes. He settled a lawsuit in 2006 with a woman who claimed the entertainer drugged and »
- James Crugnale
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