January 13, 2010 |
"30 Rock" is NBC's critically acclaimed prime-time comedy starring Tina Fey, who plays the head writer for a fictionalized NBC late-night comedy show, and Alec Baldwin, the vice president for East Coast television and microwave programming, sent in from corporate headquarters to boost ratings by pandering to viewers' worst instincts. At its heart, "30 Rock" is a satire on corporate culture and the conventions of American business. But as self-parody, it can't hold a candle to the tragicomedy now playing out at the real-life NBC. ...
January 11, 2010 |
PASADENA, CALIF. -- NBC finally confirmed it is going to scuttle Jay Leno's 10 o'clock comedy program and shift the host back to late night after NBC TV stations threatened to drop the prime-time weeknight series, the network's entertainment chief said Sunday. "The Jay Leno Show" will be pulled from prime time when the network starts its coverage of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C., on Feb. 12. Leno has been offered his old 11:35 p.m. start time, Monday through Friday.
July 31, 2009
Regarding Michael Wilbon's July 28 Sports column, "A Carefully-Controlled Return": Mr. Wilbon usually gets it right. Not this time. By serving time for his role in a dogfighting operation in Virginia, Michael Vick earned his freedom, not a pass back onto an NFL team and a multimillion-dollar paycheck. What has Mr. Vick done to rehabilitate his good name (assuming he ever had one)? Gone to prison? Let Mr. Vick spend a year or two with former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, who has agreed to work with Mr. Vick as...
October 29, 2009 |
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that, "In Feburary 2004, 2.9 children ages 2 to 11 watched those four broadcast networks that PTC whomped on in this study. " The number of children is actually 2.9 million. The number of violent crimes against women shown in prime time on broadcast television is extremely small, relative to the number of overall violent crimes shown in prime time on broadcast TV, according to a new study by the ever-vigilant Parents Television Council.
July 31, 2012 |
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The first three days of NBC's London Games coverage clocked about 36 million viewers on average — the biggest crowd through the first weekend of any Summer Olympics in history. And by "in history," we mean since the 1960 Games in Rome, which was the first televised Olympics. Obviously, the Games have gone on a lot longer than that. An average of about 41 million viewers in the United States watched the Opening Ceremonies. And Sunday's NBC audience of 36 million is higher than any night from...
March 26, 2013 |
There was much rejoicing by NBC suits Tuesday morning. Their long "When is Comcast gonna toss these NBC bums out?" ratings nightmare was over. "The Voice" and "Revolution" — two of the three franchises that stunningly pulled NBC out of the cellar it had settled into many seasons ago and into first place in the fall — were back. Armed with the two programs — two hours of the singing show and one hour of J.J. Abrams's serialized kudzu-covered saga — NBC finished Monday...