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Why Did NBC Do a 'Psychological Assessment' of David Gregory?

'Washington Post' article raises questions

(Newser) - A long Washington Post article on David Gregory and the troubles he faces as moderator of NBC's Meet the Press has quite a few people wondering what's going on at the show. As the Post explains, the longest-running television program has been declining in the ratings for three... More »

Fallon Charms on Tonight Debut

Show back in NYC after 42 years

(Newser) - Jimmy Fallon took the helm of the Tonight Show last night in a star-studded debut that marked the show's return to New York City after more than 40 years in LA. The newbie's guests included Will Smith and U2—who performed new song "Invisible" on the roof... More »

Reporter Pilloried for Making Bode Miller Cry

NBC's Christin Cooper kept asking about skier's late brother

(Newser) - Bode Miller yesterday became both the oldest Alpine skier to win an Olympic medal and the US skier with the most Olympic medals , when he won bronze in the super-G—but what most people are talking about after the win is the uncomfortable interview that followed. Miller, interviewed by NBC'... More »

Report: Bill Cosby to Star in New NBC Sitcom

Deadline Hollywood say he's returning to network

(Newser) - Bill Cosby is coming back to NBC in a sitcom, reports Deadline Hollywood . The show is still in the planning phases, but it sounds to be in the same vein as the Cosby Show of the 1980s—Cosby as patriarch of a family. A network spokesperson tells AP that the... More »

Katherine Heigl Demoted to TV?

She'll play 'maverick' CIA agent in new NBC pilot

(Newser) - For a while there, Katherine Heigl looked like she was headed for America's Sweetheart status . Then she made a bunch of bad movies and got a reputation as being difficult to work with ... and now, well, she appears to be headed back to the small screen she left in... More »

Move Over, Sound of Music: Peter Pan Next to Go Live

NBC's next live musical to air in December

(Newser) - NBC's live version of The Sound of Music may not have garnered very good reviews , but you can't argue with nearly 19 million viewers. As expected , the network will do another live musical in December, and it announced yesterday that musical will be Peter Pan. "Get ready... More »

NBC to Make Live Musicals a Thing

NBC preps one for next year ... and likely the next and next

(Newser) - NBC's live version of The Sound of Music may not have wowed critics , but it pulled in 18.6 million viewers—the most to watch the network on a Thursday night since the Frasier finale in 2004, the Huffington Post notes (that is, if you don't count sports).... More »

Newtown: No Anniversary Visits, Please

Town won't hold public memorial

(Newser) - December 14 will mark the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings—but there will be no public memorial. Newtown, Conn., doesn't want another media onslaught, and officials are calling on local institutions to keep crews from parking in their lots. "All of these children, they need a... More »

Flight Attendant Sues Leno—Over Bestiality Jokes

Flight attendant wants world to know she did not have sex with rats

(Newser) - A segment from earlier this year has landed Jay Leno in hot water, and it's all thanks to a couple of bestiality jokes. Former American Airlines flight attendant Louann Giambattista sued the airline back in June over a bizarre situation: The 55-year-old said her co-workers lied and said she... More »

Tina Fey Bringing Us New Sitcom

NBC gives series order to Ellie Kemper sitcom

(Newser) - Good news, Tina Fey fans: The 30 Rock star is producing a new sitcom, and NBC just gave it a rare straight-to-series order for 13 episodes to premiere next fall. The as-yet-untitled single-camera comedy stars The Office star Ellie Kemper, Variety reports. It's about a woman starting over in... More »

Stiller Planning a Reality Bites TV Show

Get excited, Gen X-ers

(Newser) - Nearly 20 years after hitting theaters, the 1994 cult film Reality Bites may be getting a small screen revival. Ben Stiller, who directed the movie, and Helen Childress, who wrote it, have teamed up to bring the story to primetime for a single-camera comedy to be aired on NBC, Deadline... More »

GOP Formally Bans CNN, NBC From Debates

Unless they kill their Hillary productions

(Newser) - As promised , the Republican National Committee formally declared today that CNN and NBC will be blackballed from GOP presidential debates if they move forward with programs on Hillary Clinton, reports the Washington Post . “We’re done putting up with this nonsense,” RNC chief Reince Priebus told the group'... More »

NBC's Hillary Miniseries May Be Produced by ... Fox

Its television studio, not its news division

(Newser) - Might Republicans have to blackball Fox from the GOP presidential debates, too? The New York Times adds an interesting twist to the controversy over a Hillary Clinton miniseries in the works—while the production is planned to air on NBC, it might be produced by Fox Television Studios. As reported... More »

Jay Leno's Last Show: February 6

Jimmy Fallon takes over after the Olympics

(Newser) - Jay Leno's last night hosting his Tonight Show will be February 6, reports Deadline.com . And this time , it's expected to stick. The decision means that Leno will host right up until the Winter Olympics begin on NBC, and Jimmy Fallon will take over after they end on... More »

RNC to NBC, CNN: Yank Hillary Shows or No Debates

Reince Priebus is not happy with 'extended commercial' for 2016 bid

(Newser) - CNN and NBC had better pull the plug on their plans to bring Hillary Clinton to the small screen, or Reince Priebus is threatening to take his 2016 presidential debates and find them another network home. In a sternly worded letter today to network honchos, the RNC chair calls NBC'... More »

Hillary Clinton Miniseries in the Works

Diane Lane to star in NBC show

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton may not be in office at the moment, but expect to see a lot of her—albeit in fictionalized form. Along with an upcoming biopic , a television miniseries is on its way, Vulture reports. The NBC show will star Diane Lane, and it will cover "Clinton’s... More »

Has Your Favorite Show Just Been Axed?

TV cancellations, renewals and pilot pickups for next season

(Newser) - It's been a tense week in Hollywood, as TV networks announce which shows have been canceled, which have been renewed, and which pilots have been picked up for next season. Now the results are (mostly) in. Did your favorite survive the chopping block? Zap2It has been keeping score. Some... More »

TV Anchor Fired for Swearing in First Broadcast

Worst first day of work ever

(Newser) - Reuters' deputy social media editor wasn't the only media worker to announce he was fired today: Newbie TV anchor AJ Clemente has been let go from North Dakota NBC affiliate KFYR-TV after opening his first-ever broadcast with several profanities, CBS reports. "That couldn't have gone any... More »

Alec Baldwin's Next Gig: Late Night Host?

Could take over for Carson Daly on NBC

(Newser) - If you're an Alec Baldwin fan, you might soon be able to get your fix five nights a week: An NBC executive tells the New York Times that Baldwin is a possible new late night host. He'd probably be taking over the latest of the late night shows,... More »

Leno: Yep, I'm Gone Next Year

Jimmy Fallon expected to take over 'Tonight Show' in February

(Newser) - The worst-kept secret in Hollywood is secret no more. NBC and Jay Leno confirmed today that Leno will leave his Tonight Show in 2014 after 22 years and turn over hosting duties to Jimmy Fallon, says the Hollywood Reporter . As part of the move, Fallon will indeed bring the show... More »

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