Outside of New York City, “The Today Show” chose not to air the 9/11 “moment of silence” at 8:46 a.m. this morning, the time when the first hijacked airplane hit the World Trade Center — in favor of … wait for it … an interview with Kris Jenner. The “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” momager gabbed about her breast implants and debuted a bikini pic of herself on a magazine while other morning shows like “Good Morning America” aired footage from observations at Ground Zero and the White House. So, so, wrong. I am grateful “Today” at least showed the moment of silence for us New Yorkers, and as well as other coverage of WTC tributes. But that programming gaffe is disrespectful to survivors and loved ones of the deceased and it’s beyond embarrassing news judgment-wise. Damn, NBC, are you just writing “The Daily Show”‘s content for them now?! [Huffington Post]
Between watching “Chopped,” “Top Chef,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Master Chef” and “Kitchen Nightmares,” I didn’t think there was time for another cooking show on my lineup. But when your dream reality show concept comes along, you make time. NBC is creating a new show “that brings together everyone’s two favorite things: food and love.” Indeed! The network put out a Craigslist casting call, which describes the premise of the show:
Each episode pits real-life single men in competition with each other in the kitchen as they try to win the affection of our lovely bachelorette. The single guys will field questions while simultaneously cooking the bachelorette’s favorite dish.
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It’s the final season of “Friday Night Lights.” Huge teardrop. If you would like an expensive reminder of your time with Coach, Riggins, Lyla, and the gang, check out NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” auction. The prop and costume closets have been raided for your pleasure. Bid on such items as Smash’s jersey ($157.50), Coach Taylor’s East Dillon Lions jacket ($405 — pictured above), Lyla Garrity’s shirt ($45), Tim Riggins’ hood ($430) and more. All proceeds will go toward funding sports programs for underprivileged youth. What a lovely idea. But if they really wanted to raise some money, they’d be auctioning off a vial of Riggins’ sperm. Boo-yah! [NBC Universal Auctions via Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
NBC has figured out a way to get women in Playboy Bunny outfits airtime during that vital primetime time slot. The network is developing a drama called “Playboy” about women working at a Playboy club in NYC in the 1960s. According to TVGuide.com, it will focus on changing sexual mores of the era and the beginning of the sexual revolution. Also, bunny tails!
But wait? Haven’t we seen something like this before? Keep reading »
We’d like to think we had something to do with Isaiah Mustafa‘s fast rise to fame. I mean, we did interview him back when he was simply that “Old Spice guy.” But let’s face it, Isaiah’s comedic delivery and good looks are what got him noticed. NBC has inked a talent deal with Isaiah that will most likely land him on one of the network’s sitcoms. And he says NBC was a natural fit for him. “I grew up in that ‘Cosby Show,’ ‘Family Ties’ era, and kept that going even through college with ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Friends,’ ” he said. “To me, they controlled comedy and dictated my life on Thursday nights. And I think that’s my strength, doing comedy.”
Big things are happening for Isaiah, indeed. Not only will he appear on the silver screen and the small screen soon, but he also will be featured in another Old Spice commercial, which is set to air in the next few months. [Variety via CNN] Keep reading »
Does your television take up a high percentage of your living room? Have you ever bailed out on plans to cook pasta to watch an episode of “Lost“? Do you often run into situations where your DVR gets overloaded because there are just too many shows you want to record? No, I am not here to chastise you for being a coach potato or to tell you that so much TV-watching is actively decreasing your brain cells. I am here to congratulate you for being a TV head!
For us TV heads, the third week in May rivals the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve for everyone else. It’s upfronts week! Keep reading »
On the Golden Globes red carpet Sunday night, Tina Fey joked, “It’s not rain—it’s just God crying for NBC.” She of course meant that her network is not only sagging in ratings, but got itself in a pickle by creating a 10 p.m. “Jay Leno Show” and moving Conan O’Brien to “The Tonight Show,” only to go back on that decision a few months later and try to rejigger their late-night lineup. When Conan stood up to them and said that the switcheroo would “seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting,” he seemed to win in the court of public opinion. And now it appears that his bank account will win, too. A deal is being worked out between NBC and Conan as we speak. And insiders say the severance package would give Conan $32.5 million dollars to exit gracefully. This deal would block him from further bad-mouthing NBC and would keep him from penning a contract with another station for a year. After that, he’d be a free agent. The deal also takes into account Conan’s staff—giving them $7 million in severance pay. While this sounds like not a terrible deal, given the situation, I’m sad that we won’t see Conan’s red hair on late-night TV until 2011. What do you think—fair or no? [Huffington Post, NY Post] Keep reading »
Could network wars be responsible for crushing the hearts of Gleeks, “Glee” fans, across America? The popular Fox show won’t be rolling down Central Park West this November, as NBC has reportedly put the kibosh on their performance plans at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
According to an internal Fox memo, the network and Macy’s were “already discussing wardrobe and choreography” and picking out a float for the “Glee” cast to ride on when the store told them the offer would have to be rescinded because “it did not want the Fox series…getting a big fat plug on NBC’s parade broadcast,” according to The Washington Post. A network insider claims the department store had worked out the deal before consulting NBC. Keep reading »