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January 11, 2010 | By Scott Collins
For the past several years, NBC executives have been promising to revolutionize broadcast television. On Sunday, the network sent a different message: Never mind. In a remarkable session with reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, confirmed that next month the network would end its heavily publicized experiment to replace costly scripted dramas with Jay Leno's much cheaper 10 p.m. talk show, which by delivering low ratings sparked a mutiny among NBC-affiliated stations.
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January 11, 2010 | By Scott Collins
For the past several years, NBC executives have been promising to revolutionize broadcast television. On Sunday, the network sent a different message: Never mind. In a remarkable session with reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, confirmed that next month the network would end its heavily publicized experiment to replace costly scripted dramas with Jay Leno's much cheaper 10 p.m. talk show, which by delivering low ratings sparked a mutiny among NBC-affiliated stations.
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August 3, 2009 | Meg James
Not long ago, Jeff Gaspin was known inside NBC Universal as a "man without a country." The executive floated from job to job, collecting clunky titles such as executive vice president for alternative series, longform, specials and program strategy. No one can say that now. Last week, the man without a country gained an empire as the reserved 48-year-old executive was thrust into the No. 2 job at NBC Universal, directly under Chief Executive Jeff Zucker.
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August 3, 2009 | Meg James
Not long ago, Jeff Gaspin was known inside NBC Universal as a "man without a country." The executive floated from job to job, collecting clunky titles such as executive vice president for alternative series, longform, specials and program strategy. No one can say that now. Last week, the man without a country gained an empire as the reserved 48-year-old executive was thrust into the No. 2 job at NBC Universal, directly under Chief Executive Jeff Zucker.
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July 28, 2009 | Meg James
One of Hollywood's juiciest television dramas came to a close Monday when NBC Entertainment chief Ben Silverman said he was leaving the network after two tumultuous years. In the end, NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker's big gamble to hand over the keys to NBC's storied legacy to an aggressive young television producer who vowed to revolutionize the network backfired.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2004
USA Networks President Doug Herzog will leave his job to head Viacom Inc.'s Comedy Central channel. Herzog will stay on at USA Networks until General Electric Co.-owned NBC completes its planned merger with Vivendi Universal's film, theme park and TV operation, which includes USA, a source familiar with the matter said. Herzog decided to leave his job after he learned that he would not head the proposed NBC-Universal cable operation, the source said.
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October 19, 2009 | Joe Flint
Baltimore may be called Charm City, but for WBAL -- the local television station that carries NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" -- there isn't much to smile about lately. Usually, WBAL is in a neck-and-neck race for viewers against arch rival WJZ. But since NBC debuted "The Jay Leno Show" in prime time five weeks ago, the station's 11 p.m. newscast -- where silver-haired Rod Daniels' 25-year run as anchor is the longest in Baltimore history -- has been shellacked in the ratings. Now WBAL is a distant second.
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November 26, 2003 | From Associated Press
Card playing -- an activity that filled the evening hours before television was invented -- has improbably become one of TV's hottest programming trends. After less than a year, the World Poker Tour is already the Travel Channel's most popular series ever, a status NBC Sports took note of recently in announcing it would air a poker game on Super Bowl Sunday.
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December 23, 2010 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
NBC Universal won't be ringing in the new year as part of the Comcast Corp. family. The cable giant confirmed Wednesday that despite earlier hopes the purchase would close this year, its proposed deal to acquire control of General Electric Co.'s film and television division won't get through regulatory review and be finished until 2011. In a statement, Comcast said although the cable company believes the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Justice Department continue to make "substantial process toward approval of our transaction ... it now appears that we will not be able to close the transaction with GE relating to NBC Universal by year-end.
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March 8, 2004 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
The final stage of tryouts for NBC's reality series "Last Comic Standing" has drawn the ire of two big-name comedians, Drew Carey and Brett Butler, who participated as judges but in several cases were overruled. Though its format is different from the Fox hit "American Idol," "Last Comic Standing" has a similar conceit: a competition to present a fresh face to the public, in this case a stand-up comedian.
BUSINESS
July 28, 2009 | Meg James
One of Hollywood's juiciest television dramas came to a close Monday when NBC Entertainment chief Ben Silverman said he was leaving the network after two tumultuous years. In the end, NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker's big gamble to hand over the keys to NBC's storied legacy to an aggressive young television producer who vowed to revolutionize the network backfired.
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December 21, 2003 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
It was the year of the man, and the woman, on TV in 2003. It just happens that it was man with man, and woman with woman. While NBC's "Will & Grace," HBO's "Six Feet Under" and Showtime's "Queer as Folk" continue to attract audiences, a new set of shows about or featuring gay and lesbian characters exploded onto the broadcast and cable networks, giving gays their most prominent presence yet in the TV mainstream.
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July 31, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Top NBC executives said they have learned their lesson and are trying to build a high-quality prime-time schedule to finally dig themselves out of their programming hole. Their appearance Friday at the Television Critics Assn. gathering in Beverly Hills stood in stark contrast to the last time, in early January, that NBC met the media amid the upheaval surrounding the network's bungled attempt to shuffle out "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien to make room for the return of Jay Leno.
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