Posts Tagged: NBC

Which Is The Whitest TV Network Of Them All? (CBS)

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It's part of the reason CBS paid $10.8 billion for 14 years worth of broadcast rights to the NCAA tournament.

Yes, having the rights to a really popular sporting events allows networks to sell ad time at a premium during said event, but it also gives them the opportunity to pimp their own programming. "Hey, now that we have several million people watching Tennessee play Michigan, why not tell them about that new comedy we're airing?" It doesn't take a particular genius to figure that out, but all of the networks do it and they've all [...]


I Was A Teenaged Anchorman

It was a supply closet off the main classroom, six feet across, with the only wall decoration being a length of pine board with a row of nails sticking out. Because of the terrible noise inside, the door was always shut. The two machines, industrial-era things that clamored and shook, spewed out a steady stream of hurt and lies and death. On this San Diego afternoon I was in the little room with my coffee, going through the accumulated Associated Press and UPI news that had cranked out of the wire machines during lunch and whatever regular classes I might have attended that day. Local stories, national and international [...]


Tonight: NBC Airs Sleazy Trumped-Up Case Against Local Sleazemonger

The teaser for tonight's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" very special episode on Gawker Media is the most mindbogglingly dumb thing I've ever seen. It features reporter Jamie Gangel acting like a prosecutor, with all her notes bundled in her hand. She is also holding a pen? Just in case she wants to jot down some notes. After reading off a list of adjectives, to get "unapologetic" Gawker honcho Nick Denton to word-associate with them, or whatever, she then presents her case: "these blogs pay for salacious scoops, publish rumors, settle lawsuits when they have to, and if they get it wrong, they simply update."

To illustrate that when [...]


"Outsourced": The Reviews Are In, and They are Sweary!

Last night, NBC premiered "Outsourced," the show that I am not going to watch about call centers and labor inequity and how weird Indians are, the latter two things definitely being stuff I'm not up to being amused about. Sorry, humorless! Also, what, they couldn't find a role for my high school buddy Ajay Naidu? Hell no then. But others watched!

• "I defer to African-Americans on issues of minstrel in this country and whether it's worth it or not. Oh, nah? It's not. Okay. What the fuck!!!"

• "But, if I may add my two cents? FUCK THIS SHOW IN THE FACE UNTIL IT DIES."


Ben Silverman Ditches NBC, According to… Ryan Seacrest

Holy Jesus, a giant bomb just went off in L.A. and it's only 6:25 a.m.-according to the News Source that is Ryan Seacrest's Twitter, Ben Silverman, the boy wonder noodlehead of NBC, is finally out and off to a whole new (yet not new) world. (Thank God someone follows Seacrest's Twitter.) According to Seacrest (and I can't believe I had to write that), Silverman is going off to form his own studio. Thing is… he already had his own studio. Which sold TV shows to NBC. Here's Ryan's take! "This means better shows from our favorite stars in u.s. and around the world." Hey, wow, he is my [...]


In (Sort Of!) Defense Of Ben Silverman

Broadcasting and Cable has a good laugh at those who were shocked by the Times profile of NBC boy-honcho Ben Silverman this weekend past. It's true: any Silverman story, even one as unrevealing and friendly as Carter's, can sound shocking if you're not accustomed to The Silverman Way!


Parks and Recreation May Fall Down, Go Boom

Variety hates Amy Poehler NBC comedy advertainment vehicle "Parks and Recreation." Therefore I will love it. For three episodes. Then I will blog about how I hate it. Then it will pile up on my DVR and I will watch five episodes back to back and love it again. But by then it will be canceled. I'm so sorry Amy Poehler!


Who Runs Olympic Sports? It's Men

Congratulations field hockey, you're the most progressive sport in the whole Olympic program.

That needs some clarification: It's not the sports themselves under scrutiny here, but the sports' governing bodies. The above graphic describes the gender makeup of the executive committees—the people in charge—of every sport in the Olympic program (London 2012 and Sochi 2014). That's summer sports on top, winter on bottom; men on the right, women to the left.

For example, starting at the bottom—we are in the midst of the Sochi winter games, after all—the World Curling Federation has seven men and one woman on its executive committee (you can mouseover each horizontal bar for specifics).


Early 1990s Revival Continues With Reappearance Of Scud Missiles

The 1990s came back last night during the Hurricane Sandy benefit concert, and everybody was so happy to hear about "grunge" again. What else is from the 1990s? How about the 1991 Gulf War? It seemed stupid at the time, but in retrospect it was kind of nice to have a very short American war in the Middle East, and also to win that war. Now a living memory (in the form of an inanimate piece of weaponry) is back in the news, bombing people in Syria. It's hard not to wonder if the return of the Scud missile will also mark the return of the [...]


What Other Cable Shouters Are Going to Get "Put On Leave Indefinitely"?

So yes, Keith Olbermann is getting an unpaid vacation, for making donations to Democrats. Shocking right? This would have been the first time I ever watched his show, if he was going to go on the air and rip his NBC bosses a new one for being morons. And now there will be an audit of all the world's network employees. (Except at Fox. Which is owned by a political entity.)


Betty White: Not Dead

The Internet's desire to kill any celebrity was at its peak last summer [Ed. note: "The Summer of Death"], in the wake of Michael Jackson's passing; in recent months, Twitter-borne rumors of dead celebrities had mostly gone dormant, perhaps waiting for the days to get longer and peoples' internal BS detectors to grow more sun-addled. The fake-death spectre did, however, rear its head last night, when some joker at the multiheaded gossip hydra Oh No They Didn't decided to mock up a TMZ screenshot claiming that Betty White had gone to the Miami retirement complex in the sky.


NBC Universal In Cross-Promotional 'Bruno' Ecstasy


Blago Does Press For NBC Reality Show

Jesus Christ, Rod Blagojevich is at NBC's press day for "I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!" According to people present: "Blago on the other things happening in his life: they 'suck' and 'are scary.' He is five feet from Sanjaya."


Scandal! "Today Show" Kicks Adorable Teenage One Direction Fans To The Curb

I am kind of a superfan of superfans, so you can imagine my excitement when my friend sent me this yesterday:

Crazy! One Direction fans are already camping out a week prior to the free concert.

— I Love Free Concerts (@FreeConcerts) August 18, 2013

Apparently these girls were camping out to see One Direction perform on the "Today Show" one entire week in advance. I headed straight to Rockefeller Center with my friend and photographer, Noah.

We walked around looking for that head of very blue hair and street-camping gear, but had no luck. A security guard pointed us to a line for One Direction [...]


Russian Gymnast "Divas" and Other Shady NBC Tropes

"NBC… produced fluff pieces that made Deva and Round Lake, the Romanian and Russian team training centers, look like Dickensian orphanages where families abandoned their athletically gifted children—while showing America's Dominique Moceanu playing on a seesaw." —MMM HMM. It's been like this for ages, but it was really particularly hard to enjoy yesterday's amazing Olympics gymnastics with the high level of broadcast idiocy going on!


Lady Pilots: Chelsea Handler, Molly Shannon

Chelsea Handler's Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea is getting a pilot at NBC. That book is a memoir of her time before she began dating the CEO of Comcast. One blog commenter responded: "Chelsea is the funniest woman alive! Her talk show makes all the others seem irrelevant. Perhaps she can now save the world of network sitcoms!!!! Great move by NBC!!!!" In other news, HBO is doing a pilot for Molly Shannon in which she plays a nun leaving the convent.


Iced Out: These Olympics Are Totally Awesome!

"These Olympics have just been a complete disaster," said a coworker the other day with the sort of learned gravitas that can only be acquired via a force-fed nightly diet of Chris Collinsworth's zip-up-necked sweaters (stitched, per the suddenly saucy Wall Street Journal, "entirely out of Phil Simms's hair.")


Jersey TV Critic Saves "Chuck"

Alan Sepinwall has saved "Chuck"! That's right-the Star Ledger TV critic's campaign even got him name-checked by NBC's Ben Silverman at the upfront today, where "Chuck"'s return was announced. I guess they don't really mind that Alan trashed NBC in December on the Times op-ed page for becoming the Jay Leno network! Anyway, rejoice, nerds! All hail your Sepinwall.


Ben Silverman's track record

Jesus, "Baby Borrowers" actually lasted for five episodes?