May 18, 1991
Howard Rosenberg missed one important detail May 1 in his brutal criticism of NBC's "Expose" segment on Sen. Charles S. Robb (D-Va.), which insinuated adultery by Robb and Mafia-like intimidation by the senator's associates. In the week's ratings, the show tied for 78th place with "TV Bloopers & Practical Jokes." Enough said. PETER MUSURLIAN Glendale
December 8, 1991
Congratulations to NBC for keeping "Reasonable Doubts" on for a full season. It is one of the best dramas I've seen, and the actors are wonderful: Marlee Matlin is excellent and Mark Harmon is at his best. The show has great writing and plenty of action. Renee Short, Inglewood Commercial Break Needed
May 30, 1993
I think it was highly insensitive of NBC to have broadcast the May 6 episode of "Cheers," in which Cliff (John Ratzenberger) is suspected of having murdered his mother in light of what happened earlier in the day in Dana Point and Deerborn, Mich. Paul Lih Lee, Los Angeles
November 30, 2012 |
If you've been wondering how Carrie Underwood looks in a nun's habit, you'll find out soon enough: The “American Idol” winner, five-time Grammy winner and country superstar has been cast as Maria von Trapp in NBC's upcoming live broadcast of “The Sound of Music," the network announced Friday. “Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn't be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt in a news release.
November 2, 1986
NBC censored comedian Sam Kinison on "Saturday Night Live" by blanking out portions of its West Coast broadcast ("NBC Censors Comedian's 'Live' Jokes," by David T. Friendly, Oct. 21). The material deleted was a joke that referred to marijuana in a way not sufficiently negative to meet NBC censorship standards. How dare a broadcaster using the public airwaves arrogate to itself the right to decide what views the public may hear? The issue of drug prohibition is a matter of public controversy and the public is entitled to hear from all sides whether the views are expressed by "serious" newscommentators or comedians.
April 25, 1993
Please bring "Law & Order" (NBC) back to its rightful time slot--before "Homicide." Just as the series states, "Law & Order" is ripped from today's headlines, with interesting, information-packed plots jammed into and wrapped up in one hour. "Homicide" strings us along for four weeks on one case. Please, no more. L.M. Imperial, San Luis Obispo Note: "Homicide" has completed its two-month run and "Law & Order" is now seen at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.
February 3, 2012 |
NBC is banking on a musical about a tragic icon for a reversal of its own misfortunes. In its biggest gamble since betting on Jay Leno in prime time, NBC on Monday will debut "Smash," an ambitious drama about turning Marilyn Monroe's life into a Broadway musical with soaring song and dance numbers. "Smash" has an all-star lineup in front of and behind the camera. It stars Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Katharine McPhee and was created by playwright Theresa Rebeck. Producers include Steven Spielberg, Tony Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman, and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the Oscar-winning "Chicago.
June 29, 2012 |
For the second time in less than three years, NBC's ratings woes have led to the unceremonious dumping of a prominent on-air host, this time "Today's" Ann Curry. On Thursday, the 55-year-old newswoman tearfully said goodbye to viewers with her co-host Matt Lauer, who will remain on the show, at her side. "For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line, but, man, I did try," Curry said in a wavering voice as she marked her last day atop TV's No. 1 morning news show.
August 13, 2012 |
Critics might have complained about the TV coverage of the London Olympics, but NBC has already draped itself with a gold medal - for ratings. The network on Monday said that the 2012 Games were the most-watched U.S. TV event in history, with a total of 219.4 million viewing at least part of the coverage, according to data from Nielsen. That is up 2% from the No. 2-ranked Beijing Games four years ago and dwarfs the records for single broadcasts of major events. The Super Bowl, for example, has in recent years set ratings records with about 100 million total viewers. Of course, the Olympics unfolded over 17 days and across multiple networks in the NBC family, a record-breaking 5,535 hours in all, so the company had plenty of time and channel space to rack up that Everest-sized total.
September 8, 2012 |
NBC's lineup needs some extra voltage. But can "Revolution"be the show that will give prime-time dramas a much-needed jolt? Electricity-related puns aside, this costly, after-the-lights-go-out drama is probably NBC's biggest bet this year, not to mention the most-anticipated new fall show, according to Facebook and Twitter data. "Revolution" is so key to the beleaguered network's hopes that executives are plugging it into the high-visibility 10 p.m. Monday spot opposite a pair of popular-but-somewhat-vulnerable crime shows, CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" and ABC's "Castle.