Summer 2011

TCA 2011: Fox says it would like to see more BONES beyond Season 7

David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 6 - "Finder" | ©2011 Fox/Glenn Watson

At today’s Summer 2011 Television Critics Association press tour, Fox’s Entertainment President Kevin Reilly spoke about how proud he was with their Thursday night staple BONES and would love to see it continue well into Season 8 and beyond. “The producers and I would like to keep it going,” says Reilly. “And FINDER [its spin-off] is off to a great start. I see those shows as compatible and feeding off each other. I’m pretty darn happy with BONES on Thursday night. As CSI [on CBS] was fading, BONES is looking as resilient as ever. It’s a really valuable show to […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: NBC reveals the status of THE EVENT wrap-up movie

Jason Ritter in THE EVENT - Season 1 - "Inostranka" | ©2011 NBC/Chris Haston

While speaking with NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at this summer’s 2011 TCA, ASSIGNMENT X asked about the status of THE EVENT wrap-up movie. Although things aren’t set in stone, Greenblatt does hint that a final decision about its ultimate fate could be decided quite soon. “It’s been discussed with Syfy and a few weeks ago it seemed more possible than it does today, but I honestly don’t know,” says Greenblatt. However, Greenblatt is quick to point out that THE EVENT, if it does get this last-minute reprise, will not air on NBC. “If it happens, it would definitely be […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: NBC is confident THE OFFICE will do well despite Steve Carell’s exit and James Spader being added

James Spader in THE OFFICE - Season 7 - "Search Committee" | ©2011 NBC/Chris Haston

With THE OFFICE losing Steve Carell this season, and James Spader coming in to fill that gap, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt is confident the  show will continue to prosper on Thursday nights. “My expectations are always very measured, so that we can under-expect and hopefully over-deliver,” says Greenblatt. “THE OFFICE is a very important to us. Like I said a few minutes ago, it’s our number one show in all kinds of demos. Shows go through transitions as they age and I think losing Steve is one of those. And I was at the first table reading a couple […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: NBC says they are committed to DAYS OF OUR LIVES

Melissa Reeves in DAYS OF OUR LIVES | ©2011 NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

With CBS and ABC shuddering their long-running soaps, NBC is still fully committed to its daytime soap warhorse DAYS OF OUR LIVES. “It’s the only soap we have and I think it does relatively well for us,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at today’s 2011 Summer TCA press session. Greenblatt also says the other networks shedding their schedules of soaps could also open up more of an audience for NBC’s DAYS, but Greenblatt cautions that this genre may “sort of be going into the twilight years of its existence with all the other talk shows and syndicated shows that are […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: NBC Chairman is confident THE PLAYBOY CLUB won’t be boycotted by any other affiliates

Amber Heard in THE PLAYBOY CLUB - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/John Russo

With NBC’s Utah affiliate KSL refusing to air NBC’s new period drama THE PLAYBOY CLUB, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said today at NBC’s Summer TCA session that he doesn’t anticipate any other affiliate stations dropping out before the show debuts in the fall. “I think every other affiliate will be airing the show and are on board,” says Greenblatt. “I guess I wasn’t completely surprised. That brand name is a little polarizing, even though I think the show isn’t at all that revealing. But that station in Utah doesn’t program SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – they don’t take it. So […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: NBC says Mariska Hargitay will be in every episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU – Season 13

Mariska Hargitay in LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - Season 12 - "Bully" | ©2011 NBC/Will Hart

With Christopher Meloni not returning to LAW & ORDER: SVU this year, rumors had been circulating that Mariska Hargitay would only be doing a handful of episodes of Season 13, but at today’s NBC TCA press day, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt wanted to clarify the issue. “There has been a lot of confusion about what her involvement with SVU is this year,” says Greenblatt. “And I want to make it clear that she’s going to be in every episode. There were some rumors about her sort of dropping down [episodes] a few months ago and talk about bringing in […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: NBC inks new deal with THE OFFICE and PARKS AND RECREATION producer Greg Daniels which includes animation

Steve Carell in THE OFFICE - Season Seven - "Counseling" | ©2010 NBC/Chris Haston

With the success of THE OFFICE and PARKS AND RECREATION on NBC’s Thursday night schedule, NBC announced today they’ve nabbed Greg Daniels(who executive producers those two series) for a new development deal. “Greg and I had the chance to work together a number of years ago at the Fox network when he was launching KING OF THE HILL, which I think ran 13 years,” says NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at the today’s NBC TCA press tour. “It’s a new deal to develop all kinds of programming, but we also want to emphasize animation, which is something that Greg is […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Mike Judge gives the scoop on the new BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD MTV series

BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD - Season 1 | ©2011 MTV

On October 27, BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD returns to MTV and today at the network’s TCA session, creator Mike Judge revealed details about the dim-witted duo’s return. The original 1990s series had the characters (voiced  by Judge) make outrageous comments on music videos, this new version will tackle many of MTV’s TV series like JERSEY SHORE and 16 & PREGNANT, as well as movie reviews, “internet stuff and some UFC fights,” notes Judge. Music video wise, they will still make their comments on videos from such bands as Dead Mouse, MGMT and others. The big question though, is why bring them […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE will be “epic” says creator Steven S. DeKnight

Dustin Clare in SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA - "Missio" | ©2011 Starz

Season 2 of SPARTACUS (dubbed SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE) is a half a year away from debuting, but creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight says the new season will outdo things that have already been seen in BLOOD & SAND and GODS OF THE ARENA. Part of this stems from the show getting out of the gladiator arena and sending the slaves on the run. “It’s exponentially more difficult and gigantic,” says DeKnight while speaking at today’s 2011 TCA session for Starz. “I ship the scripts off to [producer] Robert Tapert and dump a huge problem on his table. I’m always […]Read On »

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