Following the success of The Sound of Music's live staging, NBC has been eager to repeat this kind of win. So the network has been seeking not only a property that would appeal to a broad audience, but also one that could attract more noteworthy stars.
Jay Leno might be done with The Tonight Show, but he’s not done in front of the camera. The affable late night host has been announced as a special mentor on Last Comic Standing.
Despite offering quite a few shows that are lacking in the ratings, NBC is still managing to bring in some pretty big talent. This week, the network announced that both The Killing’s Peter Sarsgaard and Weeds’ Mary-Louise Parker have signed on to star in the brand new miniseries, The Slap, based on an Australian project of the same name that hit the airwaves down under in 2011.
I can imagine Constantine's bass-and-percussion-filled extended trailer got the crowd's collective heart pumping, as it offers a rounded look at what the spiritually unhinged series will bring to NBC this fall. Or at least what the pilot will bring.
NBC knew it needed a name to launch its upcoming live musical adaptation of Peter Pan. It just didn’t know which name, at least until now. The network is poised to announce longtime badass and musical veteran Christopher Walken has joined the cast.
Constantine hasn’t even hit NBC’s schedule yet, and the supernatural series based on the comic book Hellblazer is already laced with problems. On Friday, we learned that actress Lucy Griffiths, who was set to play one of the leads in the series, will not be continuing on Constantine.
Comedies from other English-speaking countries almost always get adapted for American audiences, and a foreign sitcom has a slim chance of getting to air unchanged, which makes Welcome to Sweden rather rare. Too bad the same can't be said for anything else to do with this NBC summer series, which serves as a pleasant but familiar and forgettable fish out of water tale.
Ask any fan of the Hellblazer comic series to describe the central badass John Constantine, and one of the first things out of that person's mouth will be, “He’s got a lit cigarette.” But as you can imagine, such an unhealthy habit won't be making it to NBC when Constantine begins airing on Friday nights this fall.
Tonight, NBC will air Harry Potter: The Making of Diagon Alley, a special that will give viewers an inside look into the making of Universal Studio's upcoming new Diagon Alley attraction. Ok, it's probably a big advertisement for the park, airing in anticipation of the grand July 8 opening of Diagon Alley. And yet, that doesn't really offend us...
It’s hard to believe that NBC’s hit singing competition series The Voice is heading into its seventh season this fall. In some ways, the show still seems like a new novelty, but it’s actually been around the block a bit, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the show’s lineup changes.
Set your DVRs! NBC has announced its Fall 2014 TV premiere dates. And if you have a DVR that allows you to schedule things months in advance, I'm impressed. But for those who do want to have an idea of when NBC will be premiering their new and returning series this fall, the network has laid out the schedule, which includes the anticipated arrivals of Constantine, Bad Judge and State of Affairs.
Advertising during the Super Bowl has always been an important event unto itself. The 30 and 40 second timeslots that populate the big game are guaranteed to be seen by millions of viewers and frequently go viral. That makes the limited number of spaces incredibly desirable, which, of course, drives up the prices. For a long time, the spots have gone for more than $1 million, but now, NBC is pushing for even more ad revenue from some of the big corporations.
Really, why hasn't Adam Sandler ever hosted Saturday Night Live? Oftentimes, when a cast member leaves and goes on to get even more famous than the long-running sketch comedy series has already made them, they come back to host an episode. Adam Sandler never has. So why not? "Why should I?" is Sandler's recent response to that question.
This Friday, the drama Crossbones will wash ashore on NBC, anchored by a truly stellar performance from the Emmy-winning thesp John Malkovich as the legendary Blackbeard. Chance are you’ll spend the entirety of the show like I did, wishing that the entire story was dedicated to Blackbeard talking to himself in a mirror.
It’s a hospital drama with a lot of unearned intensity and emotional beats, though thankfully one that is never as glib or patronizing as later seasons of ER or Grey’s Anatomy. The optimist would say a lacking pilot means a series has that much room to grow into something great, but with only eight episodes in its first season, The Night Shift will need a little fertilizer to make that growth happen in a flash.