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.
May 13, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Sure, “Glee” has Artie and “Friday Night Lights” had Jason Street. But there's been a scarcity of disabled characters in prime-time TV -- in fact, none of the major networks had more than one series regular with a disability in the past season. But that all appeared fated to change on Monday when NBC unveiled its 2013-2014 season at its upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall: No fewer than three new shows feature a main character with a disability.
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.
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.
July 30, 2012 |
Viewers who tuned into NBC's telecast of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games got to see plenty of pomp and spectacle. But the time-delayed broadcast on Friday was missing a crucial segment -- a dance tribute created by British choreographer Akram Khan. NBC edited out Khan's sequence and replaced it with a segment featuring Ryan Seacrest interviewing swimmer Michael Phelps. Khan later said during a press conference that he was "disheartened and disappointed" by the decision.
February 22, 2013 |
This winter, NBC has learned the hard way just how fleeting victory can be. The network had its best fall in years. The new prime-time lineup got a welcome push from the Summer Olympics in London. The post-apocalyptic drama "Revolution" was a surprise hit after "The Voice," the singing contest that has turned into NBC's main entertainment draw. NFL games reigned supreme on Sundays. Mired in fourth place for years, NBC suddenly found itself No. 1 - a position it hadn't regularly seen in nearly a decade.
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.