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January 10, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
NBC has been saving its midseason shows until after the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but Olympics viewers will get sneak peeks of two of the new shows during the Olympics. "About a Boy," based on the Nick Hornby novel, will air its first episode on Feb. 21 following the wrap-up of Olympics coverage for the day. But its regular time slot premiere will be Feb. 25, following "The Voice" at 9 p.m. The other new comedy, "Growing Up Fisher," about a family going through a divorce, starring J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman, will make its first appearance during the Olympics on Feb. 23 before its regular time slot debut on Feb. 25 following "About a Boy" at 9:30 p.m. "Believe," the new suspense drama from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron, will premiere a few weeks after the Olympics, with the first episode getting a preview following "The Voice" on March 10 before settling into its regular time slot on March 16 at 9 p.m. WINTER TV PREVIEW: Full coverage of the season's shows NBC's other new drama, "Crisis," starring Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney as a Secret Service agent who stumbles into an international crisis during his first day on the job, will also premiere on March 16, following "Believe.
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March 19, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 16-22, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Community The study group organizes a game of Dungeons and Dragons to reunite Hickey (Jonathan Banks) with his estranged son (David Cross), who's just become a dad. Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown and Danny PudiNBC also star in this new episode.
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May 15, 2011 | Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Can women save NBC? The network is making a big bet that the route to its long-needed comeback will come through female-skewing scripted series, with a just-announced fall TV schedule that will include a new Wednesday comedy block as well as 10 p.m. dramas every weeknight. The biggest surprise from Bob Greenblatt, the former Showtime programming chief assembling his first lineup as NBC's entertainment president, is opening Wednesday nights with two new comedies, "Up All Night" with Christina Applegate and "Free Agents" with Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn in an adaptation of a British series.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Scott Collins
NBC's options next season became a little clearer on Wednesday, as the network gave early renewals to three more of its current dramas. The fantasy "Grimm" will return for Season 4, while two procedurals from producer Dick Wolf -- "Chicago Fire" and its spinoff "Chicago P.D. " -- also made the cut. The network previously announced that it would bring the thriller "The Blacklist" back next season as well. The return for "Chicago P.D. " was something of a surprise, because the show has earned mediocre reviews and ratings since its January premiere.
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October 31, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Tina Fey is about to go into bossy-pants mode (again) for NBC. The peacock network has ordered straight-to-series 13 episodes of a new untitled comedy from Fey and her producing partner Robert Carlock that will star "The Office" alum Ellie Kemper. (Yep, you're reading correctly: Fey will be behind the camera on this one.) The single-camera comedy is to debut next fall and will center on a woman (Kemper) who escapes  a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City. “We have been lucky enough to work at NBC for our entire careers (except when Robert worked at 'The Dana Carvey Show,' now available on DVD)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After a hot start in the fall thanks to "The Voice," "Sunday Night Football" and the new drama "Revolution," NBC has gone into a deep hibernation for the winter. Ratings at the network have fallen dramatically as several freshman shows have tanked, and a few sophomores are on life support. This week was particularly bad for the peacock network. On Tuesday, the musical "Smash" drew less than 5 million viewers in its season premiere. Although "Smash," about the behind-the-scenes drama of Broadway, was hardly a hit last season, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt is a big backer of the program.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 3 - 9, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon (Jim Parsons ) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) have a big blow-up on a new episode of the sitcom (8 p.m. CBS). Guinness World Records Gone Wild: Everyday folks attempt outrageous stunts like hammering nails into their heads and swallowing lighted candles in this new series (8 p.m. Tru). Parks and Recreation: Unlucky-in-love Ann (Rashida Jones)
SPORTS
February 6, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Figure skater Oksana Baiul is suing NBC for $5 million . Baiul, the 1994 Olympic gold medalist , says she was o ffered a deal to perform in two shows that were to air on NBC, but that she declined to participate. However, she says her name and likeness were used to advertise one of the shows on two radio websites and that she was named in a news release for the show. The skater says her reputation was damaged because the incorrect publicity resulted in her being labeled a "no show," making it harder to get work.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Heeeerrrrre's Johnny! NBC announced Thursday it is developing a miniseries about late night pioneer Johnny Carson. The project will be based on Bill Zehme's  "Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait" (2010). The journalist spent time with Carson after his retirement.  The miniseries will look at the showman's three-decade run (1962-92) on the "Tonight Show. "  And while Carson was known for his privacy, the telepic will attempt to offer a peek at what his life outside the seminal set was like.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2012 | By Meg James
Broadcasters can hang up the "Gone Fishing" sign. Network executives have finished negotiating the bulk of their advertising sales for the upcoming 2012-2013 television season, fetching nearly $9.1 billion in commitments for prime-time commercial spots. News Corp.'s Fox Broadcasting and NBC, controlled by Comcast Corp., wrapped up their sales on Wednesday, according to people familiar with the negotiations. CBS and ABC finished earlier in the week, and the small CW put the final touches on its sales effort late last week.
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March 18, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 16-22, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Revolution Neville's (Giancarlo Esposito) political machinations lead to danger for him and Jason (JD Pardo) in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC American Idol The top 10 perform 10 songs from 2010 to present in this new episode. 8 p.m. Fox Melissa & Joey Mel (Melissa Joan Hart)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
With a busload of kidnapped high school students, a flock of powerful parents and a smattering of high-caliber stars, NBC's "Crisis," which premieres Sunday, seems prepared to do what CBS couldn't with "Hostages" - create a high-octane, character-driven suspense drama that is both familiar (newbie FBI agent up against emotionally charged odds) and unexpected (the point of the abduction is not clear). Our story opens with something Very Bad happening. In the middle of a field a sweaty and distraught man seems to be disarming security satellites as an FBI agent ("666 Park Avenue's" Rachael Taylor)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 16-22, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SUNDAY "30 for 30" charts the rise and fall of a college-basketball conference in "Requiem for the Big East. " 6 p.m. ESPN, 8 p.m. ESPN2 Fear and clothing, or lack thereof: The survival series "Naked and Afraid" is back for a new season. 8 and 9 p.m. Discovery Channel The gorgeous ladies of pro wrestling return with new episodes of "Total Divas.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Believe," which premieres Monday on NBC (moving to Sundays thereafter), is a paranormal adventure story - a romance, whose tendencies toward new-age messianic pomposity are kept in check by the B-movie flamboyance of its characters. Just what part of this is intentional, I can't say. But if the show were less pulpy - if it offered its grab bag of old tropes as jewels rather than as cupcakes - it would also be less good. Big names are attached. Alfonso Cuarón, now combing his hair by the light of his "Gravity" Oscar, co-created the series and directed its pilot; J.J. Abrams, who one day will run every science-fiction franchise, is an executive producer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014
Sheila MacRae Actress-singer was on '60s 'Honeymooners' Sheila MacRae, 92, a versatile actress and singer who performed in a popular 1950s nightclub act with her husband, Gordon MacRae, and appeared opposite Jackie Gleason in his late '60s revival of "The Honeymooners," died Thursday night at the Lillian Booth Actors Home of the Actors Fund in Englewood, N.J. She had undergone surgery a few weeks ago and had apparently been recovering well...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
With a strong lead-in from "The Voice," NBC's new comedies earned solid Tuesday ratings, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  The 9 p.m. freshman series "About a Boy" averaged 8.7 million viewers and scored a rating of 2.6 among advertiser-desired age 18-49 viewers, marking a 13% improvement on its post-Olympics premiere.  Fellow newcomer "Growing Up Fisher" was flat with its Sochi Games debut at a 2.0, while "Chicago Fire" rose a...
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February 28, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Serial killer dramas are strange and guilty pleasures. Whether penned by a master or cranked out by a hack, there is no beauty and little insight to be gained from the story of an actual socio- or psychopath, beyond the obvious horror that such people exist. The brutal men (and once in a great while women) who kill again and again rarely create symbolic tableaux or tantalize with art and anagrams. Jeffrey Dahmer was not an erudite opera lover who invited people to elaborate dinners; John Wayne Gacy did not engage in a psychological minuet with an FBI profiler.
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