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NBC is Spending Money on TV Shows Again!

by Bob Sassone, posted May 3rd 2010 11:28AM
NBC logoNBC has just realized something: you have to spend money if you want good TV shows.

OK, maybe "realized" isn't the best word to use. More like "remembered." NBC chairman Jeff Gaspin tells The New York Times that the network is changing its strategy and will pay to get some good shows on the network.

For starters, they've ordered almost 20 new pilots this season -- scripted dramas and comedies -- up from ten last season. Instead of strictly going by the numbers and looking for a big profit margin and trying to cut costs in every way possible, they're looking for good shows they can stick with.

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MTV Makes a Date with 'The Hard Times of RJ Berger'

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 16th 2010 9:00PM
'The Hard Times of RJ Berger'
Now that MTV has rebranded their network, losing the "Music" in their name and ditching "Gen-Xers" for good (it still stings ... we made you, MTV! We made you!), they're ready to start expanding their roster to resemble the more traditional cable networks. First up, it's MTV's first single-camera comedy ... ever!

For this groundbreaking first, they're going with an all-original concept: 'Hung, Jr.' 'The Hard Times of RJ Berger.' Premiering June 6 at 11 PM ET, or whenever the 'MTV Movie Awards' wrap, 'Berger' tells the story of the titular character who has developed a rather impressive "gift," according to The Hollywood Reporter. After the premiere, the series will settle into its regular Mondays at 10 PM ET slot, beginning June 14.

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What Jackie is thankful for

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 25th 2009 6:06PM
Oh, the humanity! Les Nessman reports on the turkey dropYes, it's that time of year once again. It's Thanksgiving -- yay, food! With the times such as they are, I'll admit to being more thankful on a regular basis during this year than many years gone by. I have a job (a few jobs actually), a roof over my head, money for food and bills, good friends, family, a bionic knee so I can be a bit like The Six Million Dollar Man, and so much more.

But, since this is about television, I'm going to focus on what I'm thankful for in television and TV-related kind of things. We might share some items on the list, we might not. While the times might not be great for financial dealings, it's a wondrous time for television geeks like you and me. Or, maybe it's just me. So, exactly what am I thankful for? Read on.

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NBC will focus on scripted shows when Leno moves (insert laughter here)

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 17th 2008 2:00PM
LenoWhen NBC announced that Jay Leno would take over the 10pm slot every weekday night, a lot of people worried that not only would this mean that some of their favorite 10pm shows would either be canceled or moved to another time slot, they also worried that NBC was signaling that they were giving up on scripted shows. NBC sent out a memo saying "this does not reduce NBC's commitment to scripted programs" and that it "enables us to focus on scripted development for 8-10pm." But it seems like they'll have no room for any more scripted shows.

I hope I'm wrong about this but just looking at what NBC has on their schedule it makes me wonder.

Here's a list of the reality and/or games shows that NBC has or will have on the schedule:

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Network viewership dropping? Nudity and swearing to the rescue!

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 8th 2008 3:25PM
Curb Your EnthusiasmWould you like to see more nudity and profanity on network television?

It's no secret that the networks are losing ground to the cable channels when it comes to original scripted programming, especially dramas. Just take a look at the Emmy nominations for Best Drama this year and you see that three of the six nominated are from cable: Mad Men, Damages, and Dexter). And the three that are from the networks are shows that have been a while and are (arguably) on the back nine when it comes to their life: Boston Legal, Lost, and House. While the network shows obviously get more viewers than cable, cable (and online) is the place to go for more creative content and buzz.

Wired's Epicenter blog has a piece about how the more free world of cable television is hurting network TV.

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How is your favorite show affected by the WGA strike?

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 14th 2007 8:24PM
Shows affected by the WGA strikeAs the WGA strike continues, it's not only Letterman and Leno who won't be getting paid. Many shows are already in hiatus or laying off staffers due to production shutdowns.

Show fans are searching high and low trying to find out the status of their favorite shows. Search no more. I researched the web and have compiled the most complete list I can at this time to let you know where your favorite show stands.

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American TV actors face new competition from abroad

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 4th 2007 11:07AM
Domenic West as Jimmy McNulty on The WireIt's a trend that you might not realize is happening. It's never been easy for American actors to get steady gigs on popular television shows. Once they get in the door, they may be golden ... or the show might be canceled after a few episodes. Then there's the plethora of reality shows, game shows, and other unscripted television fare which all take away available work for actors.

Oh, that new trend? Talent from abroad is coming here, getting cast on television shows, and adopting American accents. My personal favorite Baltimore's Finest is Domenic West playing Jimmy McNulty on The Wire. He was born and raised in England, went to college in Dublin. In an episode during the second season, he had to speak with a British accent. It sounded fake because I'm used to his American accent.

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CBS Paramount signs deal with Laguna Beach producers

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 14th 2006 3:26PM
Laguna BeachFor all you readers out there who are poring over their pilot scripts, thinking that you're going to be the next Larry David or Aaron Sorkin, let me let you in on a little secret: put some hot and not-very-deep girls in bikinis, have them kiss a lot of guys on the beach, and you're on your way to television riches. Just ask David Hasselhoff.

Alternately, you can just ask the husband and wife team of Gary and Julie Auerbach, creators of MTV's hit "reality" series Laguna Beach. According to Variety (registration required to see the entire article), they have signed a deal with CBS Paramount Networks to develop scripted comedies and dramas for the company. Apparently the company's president and vice president are big fans of Laguna, and like the fact that the reality series is being presented with the narrative arcs usually seen in scripted shows. They want a little of the reality element brought to scripted shows, and they feel the Auerbachs are the best people to do that.

My theory as to why they got the deal? See the first paragraph. Boobs. Gossip. Sand. Beach. It doesn't take a programming genius to see the money making potential here.

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