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Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 7:14PM EDT
Hair will be NBC's next live musical, but don't expect to see the show's famous nudity
The 50-year-old Broadway musical about young hippies living in New York City will air in spring 2019 as Hair Live! That means the planned Bye, Bye Birdie musical, which was to have starred Jennifer Lopez, will continue being on the back burner. “I’m overjoyed that James Rado and Galt MacDermot are trusting us with their masterpiece Hair, one of the most original shows ever conceived for Broadway with one of the greatest scores,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement. “These songs are part of the vocabulary of popular music, and this rebellious story of young people protesting and standing up for what they believe in is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. This will be the perfect live event, and I’m looking forward to seeing Craig and Neil, along with our partners at MGM and the original creators bring the audience to their feet as they experience these beloved songs and recognizable young characters.”
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor recounts Fox's cancelation and NBC's pickup: "I was so shell-shocked by the whole thing"
Goor was in the bathroom when he received the bad news last Thursday. But as soon as he was done, he and his team, including Andy Samberg, went into action. "We felt the show was profitable, so it felt like the studio would want to keep making it so they make money," he says. "Even before it got announced we were starting to talk to places and look for a new home, and then the internet exploded and there was so much support. I mean, every single member of the cast and crew and production staff, we were all blown away by the level of support, and I think that that helped a lot, and it also cushioned the blow a lot." Yet the news that Hulu dropped out of consideration was demoralizing because Goor saw the streaming service as the most likely option. Still, he recalled that NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt had always told him "for the last five years, every time I’ve seen him, 'I really love Brooklyn. I’d love to have it on NBC.'" Goor adds: "So, I shouldn’t have been surprised."
Posted Sunday 5/13/18 at 2:39PM EDT
NBC boss on Brooklyn Nine-Nine: "It was great to know the fans were outraged, but we were too"
“Brooklyn is a show our company produces for Fox, so it’s a show that’s very close to us,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said of rescuing Brooklyn Nine-Nine during a conference call this morning, according to EW. “I’ve been saying to certain people in the press that if we knew Andy Samberg was going to be cast in that show, we never would have sold it to Fox. We’ve been watching it closely ever since. … We jumped on it really quickly and are thrilled to have it and think it fits into our brand of comedy in many ways better than it fit into Fox’s brand of comedy. It feels like it goes along shows like A.P. Bio, Will & Grace, Superstore, and The Good Place. … It’s also one of the few comedies in recent years that does a robust international number, and it has a syndication upside, which a lot of shows don’t have anymore.” Greenblatt added that he loved that the fans were so vocal. "We were right there with them," he said. "We love when fans yell and scream on Twitter, but we hope that transfers and they watch the show.”
- NBC unveils its fall schedule: All three Chicago shows will air on Wednesdays, Law & Order: SVU moves to Thursdays
- Watch trailers for new NBC fall shows Manifest, New Amsterdam and I Feel Bad
- The Blacklist renewed for Season 6
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Blacklist will return in 2019
- Midnight, Texas and World of Dance are moving from summer to in-season
- NBC will wait to decide the fates of Timeless and Champions: "I’m nervous. Could go either way," tweets Timeless co-creator Eric Kripke
- Greenblatt cited an "embarrassment of riches" and lack of fit for rejecting Bad Boys spinoff L.A.'s Finest pilot
- NBC is done "treading water while The Voice is off," Greenblatt says of America's Got Talent winter edition
- Greenblatt mum on rumored The Office revival
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Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
NBC saves Brooklyn Nine-Nine
NBC has officially picked up Brooklyn Nine-Nine Friday night for a 13-episode Season 6. “Ever since we sold this show to Fox I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement. “Mike Schur, Dan Goor, and Andy Samberg grew up on NBC and we’re all thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and best cast comedies in a long time will take its place in our comedy line-up. I speak for everyone at NBC, here’s to the Nine-Nine!” Co-creator Goor tweeted: "Hey everyone, just wanted to say no big deal but....NBC JUST PICKED #BROOKLYN99 UP FOR SEASON 6!!!Thanks in no small part to you, the best fans in the history of the world!" Earlier Friday, Indiewire's Michael Schneider ranked NBC as No. 2 on his list of potential saviors, explaining that "Universal TV owns Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and if it’s worth making more seasons for that Hulu backend cash, then perhaps there’s room on the Peacock’s schedule. The show would fit nice with (Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Michael) Schur’s other series on NBC, The Good Place and new comedy Abby’s, and its tone is right in place with workplace comedy Superstore. And with no Thursday Night Football next year, NBC has a bit more room on its shelf." ALSO: The Brooklyn Nine-Nine squad, including Andy Samberg, freak out on Twitter.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 10:00PM EDT
NBC boss wants to shrink the first commercial break on each show to just one minute
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt explains: "Shorter commercials and shorter pods are going to be better. We have to charge more to the advertiser for that, but it's going to be better for us and better for them in the long run."
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 1:08PM EDT
NBC taps SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che to co-host the Emmys
The "Weekend Update" co-anchors will co-host this year's ceremony and their boss Lorne Michaels will serve as executive producer, NBC announced this morning. This is a change for NBC as the network's four previous Emmy broadcasts have been helmed by the host of Late Night (Seth Meyers in 2014, Jimmy Fallon in 2010, Conan O'Brien in 2006 and 2002). “We’re proud to be the first duo hosting the Emmys since Jenna Elfman and David Hyde Pierce, and somehow that’s a real fact," Jost and Che said in a statement, alluding to the 1999 Emmy awards. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt added: “Along with surprise appearances by other cast members of Saturday Night Live, I think we are in for one of the funniest awards shows in a long time.”
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Aaron Sorkin: NBC offered to give me free reign on a West Wing revival, but I don't want to make A Very Brady Christmas
Sorkin said on Monday's edition of The West Wing Weekly podcast that NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt told him, "I want you to do The West Wing again in some form. You can do it for nine episodes, 13 episodes. You do it with a different cast, the same cast." Sorkin said, though, that he didn't want to harm the show's legacy. "The last thing I would want to do is harm that, so if I can come up with an idea that doesn’t feel like A Very Brady Christmas, if I can come up with an idea that works, then yeah," he said.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 12:48AM EDT
NBC boss on revivals: The Office and The West Wing could come back, but not Friends or Seinfeld
"We can't just reboot everything," said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, referring to what he calls the "reboot genre." Friends and Seinfeld won't be coming back, he said in a Hollywood Reporter Q&A. He also doesn't see a Cheers revival happening. "I'd love to have the Cheers reboot if it were 20 years ago," he said. The Office could come back with a new cast, he said, adding that Aaron Sorkin is welcome to revive The West Wing "if he weren't busy doing 10 other extraordinary things." Greenblatt wasn't asked about a potential Mad About You revival. Still, Greenblatt says there's a major complication in bringing back old shows with their original casts: "The actors want a lot more money than we're willing to pay them."
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 1:47PM EDT
NBC boss hints at Smash revival on stage
NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt tells the Variety Stagecraft podcast that "interestingly enough, I hear more about people loving Smash now than I ever did when it was on the air," adding: “We’ve been thinking about different ways to think about a stage musical based on Bombshell or Smash....That’s all I’ll say. There’s an incarnation which could sort of combine both. … You may not have seen the last of Smash yet. I think the next incarnation will be on stage.”
Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
NBC boss: We also make a lot of money from streaming revenue
As NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt points out, 44% of the revenue generated from This Is Us is from digital viewership. For The Good Place, it's 36%. “It’s not insignificant now,” he says, “and I think over time it grows into becoming really significant.”
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 10:26AM EST
John Legend to play Jesus in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar live musical
Legend will play the title role on the Easter Sunday April 1 live production of the famous musical, officially titled Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! This score demands a singer with an amazing range and an actor with great depth, and there isn’t anyone better to bring this story to a new audience,” says NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, in a statement. “His casting is also groundbreaking as the traditional image of Christ will be seen in a new way.” Legend said he’s “humbled” to accept the role, adding: “We've already formed an incredible team, and, as we finish casting, I'm certain we will put together some of the greatest talents around to do this work justice.” ALSO: Can Legend revive the live TV musical genre after Fox's A Christmas Story Live! stumbled?
Posted Monday 12/18/17 at 7:20PM EST
Report: NBC is looking to revive The Office next season
According to TV Line's Michael Ausiello, NBC is “eyeing a continuation” of The Office for the 2018-19 season, with a mixture of new and old cast members — but not Steve Carell — set at Dunder Mifflin in Scranton, Pennsylvania. “The search for a new RM/boss is said to be already underway,” reports Ausiello, adding that “NBC declined to comment on or confirm any details of this story.” The American version of The Office ran from 2005 to 2013. If The Office does return next year, it would have been absent from the airwaves for just five years. Will & Grace was revived to critical and ratings success after an 11-year absence. NBC Entertainment president Bob Greenblatt said in August that his revival wish list included ER, The West Wing and The Office, and that Office executive producer Greg Daniels had an "open invitation" to revive the show.
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 1:38PM EST
Alice Cooper to play King Herod on NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live!
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said of casting the rock 'n' roll legend on the live musical: “Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend, is the perfect rock star to play Herod in our live production. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote a showstopping musical number for Herod and we all look forward to the ‘King of Shock Rock’ taking on the King of Judea. As the casting for Superstar ramps up, we can feel the excitement building for this brand new concert experience of what has long been considered the original rock musical.”
Posted Monday 11/27/17 at 2:38PM EST
NBC officially announces Seth Meyers as Golden Globes host
In a press release, NBC Entertainment boss Robert Greenblatt said he is “thrilled” that the Late Night host has agreed to host the Globes ceremony in January. "As he does every night for us in late night,” said Greenblatt, “he will be taking a closer look at this year's best movies and television with his unique brand of wit, intelligence, and mischievous humor.”
Posted Monday 8/21/17 at 9:23PM EDT
NBC backs off on reviving the “Must-See TV” brand on Thursday nights
The return of Will & Grace won’t mean that Must-See TV is making a comeback. “We’re probably backing off on that,” says NBC boss Robert Greenblatt. “I don’t think you’ll see it that much.”