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.
August 3, 2012
If Dick Ebersol, Gary Zenkel and NBC had covered the 1976 and 1984 Olympics, would we have heard about the accomplishments of Olga Korbut, Nadia Comaneci, Lasse Viren, Daley Thompson, Sebastian Coe, Michael Gross or Vasily Alekseyev? Just saying, it would nice to see and hear about the other gifted athletes at the London Olympics. Arturo Adame Redondo Beach :: If the Olympic Games are supposed to be symbolic of the coming together of nations in peace and goodwill, then NBC inadvertently demonstrated something else.
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.
July 31, 2012
Add Jon Stewart to the growing chorus of critics displeased with NBC's coverage of the London Olympic games . He opened Monday night's “Daily Show” with a segment blasting the network's decision to edit a moving tribute to the victims of the 7/7 London bombings out of the opening ceremony, only to replace it with Ryan Seacrest's singularly pointless interview with swimming champ Michael Phelps. Stewart praised the ceremonies, conceived by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, as an “incredible, cheeky at times, poignant spectacle,” but was infuriated by NBC's insensitive editing of them.
September 25, 2012 |
"The Voice" will be around for a while. NBC has ordered a fourth and fifth cycle of the reality-competition series for spring and fall 2013. "The Voice," currently in its third season, is generating strong ratings and has become one of NBC's biggest hits. "This pickup will assure the many dedicated 'Voice' fans that this innovative show will continue to bring some of the most talented new voices to the world's attention through all of next year," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement.
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.
April 10, 2013 |
Don't worry, Carson Daly -- NBC isn't done with you yet. The network announced Wednesday that it will renew "Last Call with Carson Daly," the 1:35 a.m. talk show that rounds out its late-night offerings, for a 13th season. Funny timing, that. The renewal came on the very same day that media were digesting a report that NBC is in talks with former "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin about possibly taking over Daly's slot. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Only cynics would assume that giving Daly the thumbs-up now has something to do with trying to smooth things over after the Baldwin thing leaked out. Because NBC clearly has no problem with seamlessly transitioning its late-night TV hosts.
May 13, 2013 |
At NBC's Upfront presentation Monday at Radio City Hall in New York City, the beleaguered peacock network was betting big on Michael J. Fox. In a sign of its importance to the network, "The Michael J. Fox Show" was the first new series to be showcased during Monday's 90-minute presentation and was introduced by NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt. VIDEO: NBC comedy trailers 2013 It stars the much-loved actor -- who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1998 and left the ABC sitcom "Spin City" in 2000 to spend time with his family and raise awareness of the disease -- as a version of himself: a well-known newscaster afflicted with Parkinson's disease who decides to return to television after several years out of the spotlight.
February 27, 1993
NBC, the logo for No Basic Credibility. MARGARET W. ROMANI Los Angeles