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NBC Orders Tina Fey, Ellie Kemper Comedy

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, NBC, Announcements, News,

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 With a few of their veteran comedies now off the air, NBC needed some new TV blood for their line-up, so who best to ask for a new show than the creator of 30 Rock and one of the stars from The Office?

The network enlisted Tina Fey and her producing partner Robert Carlock for an upcoming show starring Ellie Kemper, which sees her as a woman living in New York City after having fled from a doomsday cult. Considering that the plot doesn't strike me as something that will be tickling my funny bone, it will be interesting to see Fey's spin on it.

Though the single-camera project is currently untitled, NBC has ordered 13 episodes to air next Fall.

Read More | The Hollywood Reporter

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Community Scheduled to Return to NBC

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, NBC, News, Renewals,

CommunitySchool will be back in session for Community cast members this upcoming February.

The NBC series - which looked to be in trouble earlier when the network pulled the series from its original season premiere on October 19 - will return to the small screen on Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m., its previous time slot. The show will replace the slot currently occupied by 30 Rock.

Season four will be - unlike previous seasons - thirteen episodes and without series creator Dan Harmon behind the scenes as showrunner. Writers David Guarascio and Moses Port (co-creators of Aliens in America) will instead take Harmon's place.

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Sharon Osbourne Slams ‘Ungracious’ NBC

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Prime Time, Reality, NBC, Gossip,

Jack and Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne has slammed NBC for being ungracious.

The 59-year-old presenter - who quit her role on America's Got Talent because she claims the network fired her son Jack Osbourne via email from reality show Stars Earn Stripes following his diagnosis with multiple sclerosis (MS) - wants to be more selective about who she works with now she is getting older.

"I'm going to be 60 in October. So I'm at the age where I really want to work with people who I want to. And I felt that the network were not gracious. They handled the situation horribly. They've been backtracking, they've been not gracious with me at all," she said, explaining her decision to quit America's Got Talent.

Sharon admitted she is upset at leaving the show but she doesn't want to be a "hypocrite." Speaking on CBS This Morning, she said, "I love my principles and my son more [than America's Got Talent.] I would be a hypocrite if I went, 'Hi guys, how are you doing today?' I'm not that person. They don't like me, and I don't like them. They're stuck with me until next week. They don't want to be, believe me. But I'm going to turn up, and I'm going to do my final show and then I'm going to say 'bye.'"


Amazon and NBCUniversal bring Battlestar Galactica, Parks & Recreation, more to Prime Instant Video

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Amazon has announced a deal with NBCUniversal that brings even more video content to its Prime Instant Video streaming offering. Hundreds of new episodes of plenty of different shows are now part of Amazon Prime Instant Video including Battlestar Galactica, Parks and Recreation, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Parenthood, and many more. Amazon Prime members can access Instant Video from their PC, Mac, Kindle Fire, iPad, Roku, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. The service also recently added hundreds of offerings from both Paramount and MGM.


Sharon Osbourne Quits America’s Got Talent

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Action, Prime Time, Reality, NBC, Gossip, News,

Sharon Osbourne on America's Got TalentSharon Osbourne has quit America's Got Talent because of NBC's "discrimination" against her son Jack.

The showbiz matriarch was furious when 26-year-old Jack was axed by email from reality show Stars Earn Stripes, allegedly because of his multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis, and has now decided she no longer wants to work for the network. "I just can't be fake. It's discrimination and it was badly handled. It's time to move on," she told The New York Post.

Sharon remains under contract to NBC, but she isn't worried about any possible ramifications. "All they can do is stop me from being a judge on another network for five years," she added.

Last month, Stars Earn Stripes producer David Hurwitz claimed Jack was never hired for the tough reality contest. "He was somebody we were in talks with," he said. Both Sharon and Jack - who was first contacted about the show in April - admit a contract was never signed but insist the deal was moving forward on a verbal commitment.

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Chrysler’s “Halftime in America” ad spoofed by 30 Rock (video!)

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Chrysler has been seeing record-breaking sales numbers lately, thanks both to successful redesigns on most of its cars, as well as its attention-getting ad campaign. That said, like all good things, a spoof or two makes a great ad even better. Saturday Night Live did its parody rendition of the ad, and now 30 Rock has jumped on board as well. Though this time, furniture selling was the name of the game. Check it out.

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Community Gets a Return Date

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, NBC, Announcements, News,

Community

After several weeks of leaving Community fans waiting to find out whether or not the pop culture-loving comedy would ever return to the NBC line-up after its winter break, the network has finally announced a return date: March 15.

Reclaiming its Thursday night spot at 8pm, the show bumps its current replacement, 30 Rock, back to 8:30pm while Parks & Recreation goes on hiatus. Beyond season 3, sadly, the network hasn't confirmed whether or not the Breakfast Club-esque study group will see another semester season.

Read More | Hollywood Reporter

The Biggest Loser Recap: The Season of No Excuses Begins

Posted by Taylor Peterson Categories: Prime Time, Reality, NBC, Features, Spoilers,

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No excuses!!  How many times did that need to be said last night? 

The first episode of the 'season of no excuses' started with the usual introductions, including all of the participant names, ages, and relationship between the teammates.  Alison stood in front of the gates of the ranch and let everyone know they were just about to enter the place where dreams come true (isn’t that Disney’s line?), that the tools they need to get healthy are behind these gates, and - most importantly - it is where they can get their lives back.

A few of the contestants gave what their excuses are for being so overweight, and as you might imagine, they were all fairly typical - thing like having no time to work out, being an emotional eater, putting things off until a tomorrow that never comes, laziness, and coming from a heavy family.  One woman has 13 children and 54 grandkids. There is usually a pretty emotional story for at least one contestant that keeps them in my mind throughout the season.  In previous years these included Bonnie (although not my favorite,) who lost her home in Hurricane Katrina, and then lost her husband shortly thereafter.  The one that sticks in my head the most is Abby. She lost her husband, daughter, and infant son in a car accident just miles from their home. 

This season Buddy, 41, has 3 small children and his wife is his best friend (ok, cute.) He lost a daughter 5 years ago, and thus far he has the biggest tragedy that's been revealed. Ok Buddy, you are definitely going to be on my radar.  Ahh, I’m already feeling emotionally drained.  Let’s get those gates opened and get started with the process.

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HFPA Unsure About Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes Return

Ricky GervaisThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is divided about Ricky Gervais returning to host the Golden Globes.

The British comedian has sparked controversy for his put-downs and jokes at the expense of some of the film industry's biggest names - including Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp - in the past two years of presenting the awards, and now members have a few days to make a final decision. However, many are angry that network NBC, which hosts the show, is putting pressure on the Association to force them to accept him back.

"NBC has put the HFPA in a lose-lose situation. If the Hollywood Foreign Press says yes to Ricky, it risks turning the Globes into The Ricky Gervais Show and leaving the impression that they're annually throwing a great party while inviting someone who humiliates all of the guests. If it says no, the HFPA looks like it has no sense of humor about itself," a source said.

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Jessica Simpson Returns to Reality TV

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Reality, NBC, Announcements, News,

Jessica SimpsonNow that she's raking in millions from her clothing and accessories empire, Jessica Simpson is returning to reality television to display her fashion prowress.

While she has been off the air since last year's VH1 show The Price of Beauty, Simpson is now confirmed as a celebrity mentor on upcoming NBC show Fashion Star. The singer will team up with supermodel host Elle Macpherson to guide aspiring fashion designers in this Project Runway-esque series.

"With an almost billion-dollar lifestyle brand under her belt she is sure to be an excellent mentor to our up-and-coming designers," said Paul Telegdy, NBC and Universal Media Studios executive vice president.

Can the pop star-turned-entrepreneur help aspiring creatives without her own team of designers and business partners?

Read More | Daily Mail

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