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Entertainment Boss Ben Silverman Is Done At NBC!!

I am – Hercules!!

Ben Silverman, who in May 2007 replaced Kevin Reilly as co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, appears to have ended his short, disastrous career as an American network executive. Jeff Gaspin, named president and COO of the Universal Television Group in July 2007, is now chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment – a role in which he’ll take control of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios even as he continues to oversee NBC’s cable channels Bravo, Chiller, Oxygen, Syfy, Sleuth, UHD and USA. Gaspin will report to NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker. Marc Graboff, Silverman’s partner at the network, will now serve as sole chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, reporting to Gaspin. Entertainment journalist Nikki Finke indicated in her online column some time ago that Silverman may have been long ago removed from decision-making functions at NBC Entertainment and NBC Media Studios:
"No one will acknowledge it, but Ben is out of the [entertainment] picture," one source explained to me. "He's not involved in the day-to-day anymore. Instead, he's doing marketing for the corporate side." Agreed another of my sources, "He's not involved in pitches, development, or scheduling. The running joke you hear often is that he's a 'glorified ad salesman'."
The many flops greenlit during Silverman’s watch include “Knight Rider,” “My Own Worst Enemy,” “Kath & Kim,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Crusoe,” “Kings,” “The Philanthropist,” “American Gladiators,” “America’s Toughest Jobs,” “Phenomenon,” “The Chopping Block,” “Superstars of Dance,” “Ame$ia,” “My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad,” “Mommma’s Boys,” “Howie Do It,” “The Listener,” “Merlin” and the “Rosie Live!” pilot/special. His administration also failed to shore up declining ratings for former blockbusters “Deal Or No Deal” and “Heroes.” On the plus side, Silverman did manage to repurpose with great success two existing franchises, by adding celebrities to the network’s flailing “The Apprentice” (the most recent edition became NBC’s top Sunday-night draw) and adding a primetime Thursday edition of “Saturday Night Live” (which turned out to be the network’s highest-rated half-hour series last fall). Early in his tenure as an NBC exec he earned scorn and headlines by calling top executives at two higher-rated networks “d-girls” (Hollywoodese for low-level female development execs). He later indicated he regretted making the statement. Look! Press release!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JEFF GASPIN EXPANDS DUTIES WITH PROMOTION TO CHAIRMAN, NBC UNIVERSAL TELEVISION ENTERTAINMENT UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - July 27, 2009 - Jeff Gaspin has been named Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment, effective immediately. This move expands his role to now include oversight of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, in addition to all of his current duties. This new structure will consolidate all of the company's television entertainment assets, both broadcast and cable, English and Spanish, under one roof and will better allow the company to leverage its content across all of those properties. Gaspin already has management responsibility for the company's portfolio of entertainment cable networks, including USA, SyFy, Bravo, Oxygen, Universal HD, Sleuth, and Chiller, as well as its interests in the A&E and History networks. In addition, Gaspin oversees the company's television distribution, including linear, digital and wireless, off-net syndication and first-run efforts, as well as the Telemundo broadcast network and its owned stations. Ben Silverman, who has been Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, has announced that he is returning to his entrepreneurial roots to form a new venture. He will remain in his current role for several weeks to assist in the launch of NBC's fall schedule. Marc Graboff, who has also been Co-Chairman, will continue as Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, reporting to Gaspin. These announcements were made today by Jeff Zucker, President and CEO, NBC Universal, to whom Gaspin reports. Said Zucker: "Jeff Gaspin is an extraordinary media professional who has had an incredible record of success in his 25 years in the business. He's a strong creative executive who also has the business acumen necessary to succeed in today's media environment. This new structure helps us align all of our television entertainment assets under one veteran executive at a time when continued innovation is essential." Zucker added: "Ben Silverman has many exciting things he wants to accomplish and we applaud him as he sets off on his new endeavors. Ben brought us tremendous new thinking in this changing media age, and we're grateful for that. Now, we look forward to working with him in his new venture." "I can't think of a more important time to take on this expanded role. Our industry is going through one of the most profound changes in history and I look forward to using all that I have learned to help build the NBC Universal assets through this period of unprecedented evolution," said Gaspin. "NBC remains one of the strongest brands in television and I am excited to work with the talented executives at the network and Universal Media Studios." Under the new structure, the cable and distribution executives who currently report to Gaspin will continue to do so. They include Bonnie Hammer (President, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions), Lauren Zalaznick (President, NBC Universal Women and Lifestyle Entertainment Networks), Barry Wallach (President, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution), Bridget Baker (President, TV Networks Distribution, NBC Universal), Don Browne (President, Telemundo) and J.B Perrette (President, Digital and Affiliate Distribution and Content Distribution Strategy). The cable entertainment group, which includes Bravo, Chiller, Oxygen, Syfy, Sleuth, Universal HD and the USA Network, has experienced dynamic change under Gaspin's leadership. In 2007, the group acquired Oxygen, and in 2008, sold its interest in the Sundance Channel and established the Universal Cable Productions television studio, further bolstering the company's commitment to a strong cable portfolio. Each channel broke ratings records in 2008 and revenues and profits have exhibited double-digit growth under Gaspin's watch. Previously, Gaspin had served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Universal Television Group since February 2007. Under Gaspin, the NBC Universal entertainment cable division posted its strongest performance ever. And with Gaspin being an early proponent of online streaming video, traffic to all of the television group's entertainment websites more than doubled. Prior to that, Gaspin served as President of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment and Cross-Network Strategy since 2004, adding digital content to his responsibilities in November 2005. In December 2002, Gaspin was named president of Bravo, where he guided the day-to-day operation, programming, and marketing when the network was acquired by NBC. Among his accomplishments are "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," which was Bravo's highest-rated show in its 23-year history, and "Project Runway," which continued to break ratings records for Bravo. He also brought Kathy Griffin to Bravo, where she's starred in the two-time Emmy-winning "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List." Under Gaspin's direction in 2003, Bravo increased its subscriber base from 68 million to 80 million and more than doubled revenue and profits. Gaspin – who had earlier worked at NBC – restarted his NBC career in March 2001 as Executive Vice President, Alternative Series, Longform, Specials and Program Strategy, where he led the network's unscripted programming division, specials, movies and mini-series. In that role, he developed the hit NBC programs "Deal or No Deal," "The Apprentice" and "Biggest Loser." Prior to rejoining NBC, Gaspin served as Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, at VH1, where he created the acclaimed program "Behind the Music" for which he was nominated for two Emmys. Under Gaspin – who joined the channel in 1996 – VH1's ratings more than doubled and its profits increased fivefold. He was responsible for overall programming strategies, as well as program development, production, acquisition, scheduling, on-air talent, news and studio operations. Also developed under his watch were "Divas Live" and the hit series "Pop-up Video," "Rock and Roll Jeopardy," "Storytellers" and "Before They Were Rock Stars." During his first nine years at NBC, as vice president of Programming and Development, Gaspin helped develop and launch "Dateline NBC." Prior to that, he was responsible for the expansion of the "Today" franchise to seven days. Gaspin started his career at NBC in finance, serving as Director of Financial Planning for NBC News and overseeing production finance for "Late Night with David Letterman," "Saturday Night Live" and NBC's TV stations division. Gaspin received the GE Chairman's Overall Leadership Award for 2008 and the GE Leadership Award in the Imagination category for his work on Bravo and NBC in 2003. Gaspin also serves on the boards of the A&E Television Networks, The Paley Center for Media, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and NBC Universal. In addition, he was recognized with a Vision Award from Jewish Television Network in 2008 and was included in CableFAX's 2008 Power List. Gaspin was also featured in Entertainment Weekly's 2003 Power issue as a rising executive and in 1999, New York Magazine voted him one of the top most influential New Yorkers. Gaspin holds an M.B.A. in strategic planning from the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Karen, their sons, Max and Ben, and their daughter, Samantha.
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  • July 27, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Nikki Fink!

    by cookylamoo

    There's an appropriate moniker.

  • July 27, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    And yes, I passed on crying First.

    by cookylamoo

    I could have. But I didn't. Heh Hen Heh. Eat it, kids.

  • July 27, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Conan

    by Djamdjean

    Can the new NBC exec make Conan go back to his late night style. What do I mean you ask? Has anyone noticed how long (and lame) the monologue is and how his "skits" have been generally blah since he landed at 11:30? I have.

  • July 27, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Some of those shows werent so bad...

    by Playkins

    ...better than most of the crap on Fox and CW, anyway. At least he made an effort to return to episodic television. I personally hate to see anyone gloat over someone else's failure, but then again this is AICN, innit?<P>

  • July 27, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    This is the guy who said the thing about 30 Rock right?

    by Jor-El23

    Something like "I love 30 Rock but no one watches it...so watch The Office"

  • July 27, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Will it be enough...

    by ByTor

    To halt NBC's slide into becoming the network of crap reality shows and Jay Leno? <P> One can only hope.

  • July 27, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Kings was awesome

    by kdoc13

    Don't lump that in with those shows. I'm sorry it never found an audience, but it's not in any way as vile as Kath and Kim or Knight Rider.

  • July 27, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Hey - I actually LIKE Merlin

    by decypher44

    The kids and I really enjoy Merlin.

  • July 27, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Back to the casting couch

    by spiceybiscuit

    ouch! D-bag, this is the same guy that canceled Life and kept Southland-the worst show right? He is still rich to be sure so he will be fine...bang the cheerleader, save the world

  • July 27, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    After reading his resume...

    by jimmy_009

    of incredibly stupid shows, I'm now certain I could do the job better. I would've greenlight one, maybe two off that entire list. What a moron.

  • July 27, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Merlin is good

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    But man I'm glad Silverman's gone. 90% of the shows he put on the air were awful, most of the few good ones NBC has were approved by Kevin Reilly.

  • July 27, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    DeCypher44, I like it too. and isn't MERLIN the BBC's MERLIN??

    by FamousEccles

    if so, didn't he just authorise buying it and not greenlighting it? hardly the same thing.

  • July 27, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    The words 'Entertainment' and 'Ben Silverman'

    by PennsyDeux

    should never be used in the same sentence.

  • July 27, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    KINGS

    by aedude01

    Was actually a really good show. I'm sorry you missed out Herc. After watching the finale last night, I'm rather sad too. The show had balls (and lots of promise). It was poorly marketed though, and that kinda killed it. /Lipstick Jungle was good trashy fun too..... Not a good show, but it was fun.

  • July 27, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Good, that fucker was useless.

    by MetalMickey

  • July 27, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    What's that smell?

    by turketron_2

    Oh, it's that list of NBC shitbombs. Carry on.

  • July 27, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST

    I loved Kings but...

    by Henry Fool

    Silverman put out a lot of very trite material. He just didn't have very good taste. Fall 2009 is already set but I hope NBC will take risks with its next crop of shows in 2010 and give us something really interesting. When you're at the bottom, there's no where to go but up.<br /> <br /> I'm skipping Jay Leno, late night. I hate the idea of hour long dramas having five less time slots. I'm all about hour long dramas. I can't wait for Lost, 24 and Dollhouse. And Herc was a fool for not getting into Life. It was the best cop show I've ever seen. Hopefully, its writers will all get jobs at Castle so they can take it out of its slump of mediocrity and give Nathan Fallion the kind of material he deserves.

  • July 27, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Bionic Woman & My Name Is Earl

    by Cletus Van Damme

    MIA on the list

  • July 27, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST

    NBC has shitty, shitty, shows

    by lockesbrokenleg

    When half of the shows are Office spin offs, you know you're fucked.

  • July 27, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Bionic Woman and Journeyman were GOOD.

    by Squashua

    Despite the h8ers. His fault for KILLING them.

  • July 27, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST

    He had some great shows in hand...

    by pollaxt

    Suck it for canceling JOURNEYMAN and LIFE.

  • July 27, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Jeff Zucker, with any luck, you're the next

    by PixarsSUP

    asshole to go. And then, maybe NBC can rebuild itself into the great network it once was.

  • July 27, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST

    I agree about Conan, Djamdjean

    by daggor

    His delivery has become very slow - frequently adding "Yeah" and "It's true." Do the lunkheads that used to watch Leno need... time to comprehend what's being said? He also seems to be purposely holding back from telling his personal take on a subject when interviewing guests, saying "let's talk about you." This was a disaster when he had some untalented Disney kid star on the couch. The comedy is getting tame - same thing that happened to Letterman. Another problem is the theater - it's too damn big. I can feel how big it is - Andy is way over to one side, the band is way over to the other, behind him and it has the feel he's in a vacuum. The LA audience laughs quietly and applauds politely at jokes. A fat joke got a "Boo," which seemed to alarm Conan. The LA crowd can go to hell. If Conan dumbs down too much, I'm gonna stop watching.

  • July 27, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    the hoff is laughing.

    by alice 13

    well he would be but right now hes passed out in his whopper.

  • ...“Kings,”..."<p>While not a ratings success, it was a good show and I have to give Silverman credit for greenlighting it. His biggest failing is not knowing what was good and what was crap and what was worth sticking with. <p>Isn't this the guy who, when asked why Medium and Earl got cancelled, replied that the fans did not mount a "save" campaign in conjunction with a sponsor, like Chuck's did?

  • July 27, 2009, 2:39 p.m. CST

    GOOD NEWS, TIME TO TURN THE PAGE

    by Mullah Omar

    It's weird that for a while now, NBC has either 1) produced shitty series or 2) failed to find an audience for intriguing series. I look forward to someone else taking them in a different direction.

  • July 27, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST

    First order of business is bring back Journeyman,

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Studio 60, and commission a season 6 of Angel!<p>Its the only way to save your failing network!

  • July 27, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    So when is Zucker getting shit-canned?

    by Cash907

    Seeing how NBC went from number one to number four during his watch, how the hell did this guy earn a promotion to CEO? If the industry is to be believed, he's the genius who told one of his employees to pass on Desperate Housewives after she enthusiastically pitched it to him, then had her take the fall when it became a success on ABC, and his bosses demanded to know why their network passed on it when they were offered it first. Both of these guys are a couple of cock weasels, and should have been shitcanned years ago.

  • July 27, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    And for chrissake cancel Heroes and save the cash!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    for the ideas I suggested!

  • July 27, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Kings was not that great, either

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I saw the first episode, and really couldn't see what the fuss was. It was about some prep kids.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST

    DH would not have become a hit on NBC

    by jim

    They would have put it on Monday night at 10:00 pm with advertising that made it unappealing to its target audience. The viewers they would have gotten, once watching the show, would have quickly realized it's not their cup of tea and the ratings would have plummeted. After 5 weeks it would have been moved to Saturday night, only to be replaced a couple of weeks later by Law & Order reruns, and finally, officially cancelled by the end of November. And ABC would have let out a huge sigh of relief, glad that NBC took it and they never ran the risk of being saddled with such a turkey.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    NBC - National Bullshit Company

    by My_IQ_is_135

  • July 27, 2009, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Big Jim, what's DH?

    by FamousEccles

  • July 27, 2009, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Bionic Woman and Jay Leno

    by Rustle

    Started out pretty weak. But It was evolving into a pretty good show by the end.. At that point no one was watching.. I do hope that this Jay Leno thing is a gigantic flop.. If not, it will be the worst thing to happen to scripted shows since reality TV..

  • July 27, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    This clown hung his hat on The Office!! Seriously?!

    by Jugdish

    Those who have seen the original know how terrible this american version is...and that's his Trump card!! Ha hahahahahahaha...NBC needs to find a comedian and get him/her to get a sitcom going. THat seemed to be the patteren of their success before- Cosby did it for them..So did Seinfeld. Just do me favor New NBC Exec- No Dane Cook Please!

  • July 27, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Now if Zucker would just follow. . .

    by Darth_Kaos

    . . .NBC might actually be able to bounce back.

  • July 27, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    DH = Desperate Housewives

    by jim

    I was commenting on what Cash907 said regarding NBC passing on the show.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Kings

    by punto

    was great. I'll miss it.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Wow.

    by CoursinLarry

    I could have sworn some of those show titles were made up. I don't know that I've ever heard of Ame$ia. What the hell was that? (Maybe a typo?)

  • July 27, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST

    good riddance; Bionic Woman was an insult

    by _V_

    I'm never forgiving them for that....which for practical purposes means that I now think RDM was COMPLETELY the brains behind BSG, Eick was a lackey, Bionic Woman was a godawful attempt to retread some BSG atmosphere (and casting a GOOD actress like Sackhoff only highlighted how bad the rest of the series truly was when she wasn't on screen) I'm never trusting David Eick again. And Heroes has been going downhill too with no end in sight. The only shows I really feel ANY need to watch anymore are "Fringe" and "Dollhouse"...and both are on FOX of all channels!

  • July 27, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    DH would have bombed on NBC, but...

    by Cash907

    I was more commenting on the sort of asshole Zucker is, letting one of his own take the fall for doing exactly what he told her to do. For some reason, the big bosses love Zucker, allowing him to continue to pull this sort of shit which is ruining the network.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST

    For Cancelling

    by medicinaluser

    Life and JourneyMan the rat looking bastard deserves it, and though not in the same league as the above Kings was not all that bad either.

  • July 27, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Buh bye Ben.

    by Yeti

  • July 27, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    wait, isn't Kings "on the plus side"?

    by newc0253

    i know it was a flop and all, and this guy seems to have greenlit an awful lot of shit shows, but if i was a tv exec, i'd be pretty proud to have commissioned 'Kings'.

  • July 27, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    NOW MAYBE NBC WILL TRY TO STOP BEING SHITTY

    by F-18

    It's gonna take hard work.

  • July 27, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Kings was great

    by RaRoMo

    for a broadcast TV show. It would have had much more of an edge if it had been on a premium cable channel, like HBO, a la Rome, but for what it was, it was one of the best broadcast dramas in recent years. I was sorry to see it end.

  • July 27, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Bionic Woman and Knight Rider's problems...

    by Big Dumb Ape

    ...Were that, on the surface, they were almost IMPOSSIBLE to fuck up as concepts ripe for a reimagining, but then NBC dropped the ball and pounded out utter by the numbers, cookie cutter shit. KNIGHT RIDER in particular deserves a lot of scorn because they showed a 2 hour TV movie...got some of their best ratings of the year for it...and then they had NO excuse not to go off and re-tinker the weekly show so it would be note perfect. Instead, they made it WORSE.<P>BIONIC WOMAN was the same. You have a pilot, it debuts strong, but it was clear by Week 3 when they had lost something staggering like 70% of the audience that people were saying "Oh hell no. This isn't what I wanted." But did they do a quick retooling or listen to people? No -- they just kept showing utter shit till it was beat in the ground and dead.<p>I don't know if all the blame for NBC's fall deserves to fall on Silverman -- to be sure, it takes a lot of people to fuck up a network and to create an across the board slate of shows that are utter shit. But NBC definitely needed a housecleaning, and Silverman clearly had to go. Next up, it would be nice to see that motherfucker Zucker go since HE'S such a worthless piece of network shit. Then again, as a stockholder, I won't be happy till corporate parent GE likewise fires Jeffrey Immelt's ass for being an utter incompetent too.

  • July 27, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    fucking bring back Kings now

    by Judge Briggs

  • July 27, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    A few of those shows were pretty good...

    by Shermdawg

    ...and flopped because of their timeslot, rather than their content.

  • July 27, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Why did it take this long?

    by JuanSanchez

  • July 27, 2009, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Good

    by veritasses

    .

  • July 27, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Merlin is a BBC show and NOT a flop

    by performingmonkey

    Well it wasn't a flop in the UK. It's a great family fantasy show and has the potential for an amazing second season.

  • July 27, 2009, 7:53 p.m. CST

    i have a masters

    by torontoxic

    Let me run that mutha. Topless Tuesdays with all your fav under 30 starlets showin the girls. <P> Slasher horror theater every Friday at midnight. <P> The return of afternoon cartoons for the kids and teenagers without friends or internet access. <P> Show me a best original screenplay Oscar and I'll greenlight your shit big time. <P> NBC will now ebe called N**ga be runnin Cali!

  • July 27, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    About time..

    by KAOS11DIRECTOR

    Now if FOX can do the same and get rid of their monkeys.

  • July 27, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Thursday SNL

    by keter

    I don't think you can give Silverman credit for the success of Thursday SNL. Keep in mind, those "Weekend Update" Thursday editions were very election-centric in their humor. So, I think the fact that it was an election year, and one where we had the novelty of a Black guy running against a mummy and his redneck porn librarian sidekick at that, had an impact in its popularity. I don't expect it to be a draw as a regularly scheduled program.

  • July 27, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Zucker and Immelt are next

    by Bladerunner751

    They both deserve to get shitcanned along with him.

  • July 27, 2009, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Jay Leno's show will get many people fired.

    by Spice-Orange

    I don't know who'll show up for 10pm, Leno just isn't that interesting, and to water him down over 5 nights a week at 10pm?? its a crazy gamble that might work, but its more than likely that NBC sinks once again with a poor decision. They've been messing up a lot lately, and no, 30 Rock and the Office don't make up for the last 4-5 years of television failure. Why aren't Monk and Psych on network tv? they're easily better than most shows on the peacock, you just have to give it a chance and a time slot that ISN'T friday-saturday.

  • July 27, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Jay Leno's chin sunk NBC for many years

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Now Conan's hair can dig it out.

  • July 27, 2009, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Spice-Orange

    by CoursinLarry

    Jay Leno had been on 5 nights a week for 16 years. You think moving him up an hour and a half is gonna change anything? He's just gonna do the same show he's been doing and, yes, people are gonna watch. His fans are getting older. And now they'll be able to go to bed right after the news. This is a genius move for NBC.

  • July 27, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST

    How to fix NBC

    by dailysportspages

    Basically... <br> Buy the better cancelled shows from other networks that bring built in audiences.<br> Continue the trend of importing British shoes... but improve on it.<br> Make a hard stance against reality TV, with the exception of one or two shows on the weekends.<br> FOCUS your programming.<br> Compete in Summer by debuting the type of shows you think might need some slow buildup of fanbase, and then continue them as midseason shows in the late fall.<br> Monday: Modern Takes On Classic Drama Formula<br> 8:00 - Life/Friday Night Lights<br> 9:00 - Trauma/Mercy<br> 10:00 - Southland <br><br> Tuesday: Sci-Fi/Fantasy<br> 8:00 - Chuck/Merlin<br> 9:00 - Heroes/Persons Unknown<br> 10:00 - Journeyman<br><br> Wednesday: Alternate Reality<br> 8:00 - Ashes To Ashes/Day One<br> 9:00 - Jericho<br>The Unit 10:00 - Kings/<br><br> Thursday - Laughs-a-Plenty<br> 8:00 - SNL Thursday Specials/Community<br> 8:30 - Parks and Rec<br> 9:00 - The Office<br> 9:30 - 30 Rock<br> 10:00 - Parenthood<br><br> Friday - NBC For Old People<br> 8:00 - Law&Order<br> 9:00 - Law&Order SVU<br> 10:00 - Dateline NBC<br><br> Saturday - Variety Saturday<br> 7:00 - Giant Saturday Starring Don Jay Leno! (riffing on Sabado Gigante obviously, but NBC owns Telemundo and can stand to learn a thing or two. Plus Jay Leno is SOOOO the American Don Francisco at this point. Let him have 3 hours each Saturday evening = massive ratings from old people and family types)<br> ....<br> ....<br> 10:00 - The Biggest Loser/The Apprentice<br> 11:35 - Saturday Night Live<br><br> Sunday - Sports Content<br> Pregame Show<br> NFL in Fall/Winter, UFC/Boxing/MMA in Spring/Summer<br> Postgame Show<br>

  • July 28, 2009, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Hell yeah dailysportspages!

    by KAOS11DIRECTOR

    Journeyman and Jericho back..make it so.

  • July 28, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Dailysportpages, your schedule isn't much better.

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    First get rid of the ER and Law and Order knockoffs! Those things are pass it prime.<p>Jettison Heroes, 80'S Parenthood, Park and Rec, and Jericho. Nobody gonna watch them.<p>keep Journeyman and pickup Invasion to go with it.<p> Pair The Office, and 30 Rock with a black sitcom like Everybody Loves Chris. It'll make NBC pretend they like minorities shows.<p> Bring back Journeyman and pick up a fantasy show like Angel or Supernatural to get the young folks.<p>Keep your suggestion about throwing reality shows on Saturdays, but bring back good NBC Movies that doesn't have a "natural diasters" themes. Instead, get the rights to Magnum PI and do some mini-movies with Tom Selleck or something. The senior citizens would eat it up.

  • July 28, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST

    And one more important thing for NBC!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Forget the outdated 22 episodes seasons, instead do 10-13 eps per seasons. Its cheaper and the shows will be easier to cancelled if the ratings are bad!

  • July 28, 2009, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Pull the ripcord

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    on that golden parachute

  • July 28, 2009, 1:43 a.m. CST

    hire me...i will make nbc number 1

    by bacci40

    its quite ez<P> first, i kick leno to the curb and program lesbians kissing from 10 to 11 every night<P> but from the hours of 8-10, i program tweener shit<P> ripoffs of twilight and high school musical....its all ratings gold<p> oh, and on saturday night, its all side boobs all the time

  • July 28, 2009, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Is Kings actually dead?

    by MrClark

    Before anyone jumps at me on this and says it was dead after week 4 yeas I know it was. Supposedly its been doing over the summer though and if you look at Amazon it lists the DVD's as Kings Season One NOT Kings The Complete Series. Anyway Herc can do some digging on this and see if that show may yet live?

  • July 28, 2009, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Was Sledge Hammer on NBC? They should bring that back.

    by JuanSanchez

    Guess it was ABC. Still - bring it back.

  • July 28, 2009, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Fucking Finally

    by Xiphos_2

    you guys fucked the dog there NBC Silverman really did you ugly.

  • July 28, 2009, 5:18 a.m. CST

    What took so long?

    by The McPoyle Clan

    Zucker should be next.

  • July 28, 2009, 5:35 a.m. CST

    You cant have everything programmed just for you on TV.

    by dailysportspages

    You need to have stuff for everyone in order for a big network to succeed. <br> You either do that by going lowest common denominator across the board in order to pull in the masses... or you meter things out in segments in order to pull in that niche. Hoping that they see a promo for another show of yours that may not be in their niche... but interests them enough to tune in on a different night. <br> <br>

  • July 28, 2009, 6:52 a.m. CST

    I miss Journeyman

    by Castiel

    and for that FUCK YOU NBC

  • July 28, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Anyone watch the last Kings episode on Saturday?

    by Series7

    While last weeks was really good, this one was going good until the chit chat with God. That was a bit much and lame.

  • July 28, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Burn Notice

    by Himbo

    So the new guy brought on Burn Notice for USA? Well, get the F up!!!

  • July 28, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    Maybe Immelt can get the Bob Welch program

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Including, but not exclusive to: <p> Tickets to every SuperBowl <p> Tickets to every Masters <p> Unlimited usage of corporate jet <p> Unlimited usage of corporate apartment on Central Park West <p> If you want to be truly disgusted by corporate greed - google bob welch retirement package - sickening even to this money-grubbing capitalist.

  • July 28, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    My Own Worst Enemy

    by VXXXJesterXXXV

    <p>I have to say, where as not a great show, it was very entertaining and was starting to show potential. It ended on a hell of a cliffhanger that will never be resolved now. The fact they aired it in the 10:00 Monday slot didn't seem to help it much.</p> <p>Also Dailysportsnews I would love to see your schedule as the new NBC schedule. mainly because of Jericho, which is a fantastic show.</p>

  • July 28, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST

    FNL

    by Jiggah

    The man brokered the deal with DirectTV for this show. I think that alone is pretty fucking awesome.

  • July 28, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    NBC/Universal has 10-12 cable channels...

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    ...do you think the problem might be that they're spreading themselves too thin? <p>The government needs to step in and break up these media conglomerates like they did with the movie theater system back in the 1940s.<p>Also, Bionic Woman was terrible from start to finish. It did not improve one bit and anyone thinks that it did must also be a fan of 'Dollhouse'. Every single episode was an insult to the audience. I liked the lead actor though, and I hope she gets a another chance to make something of herself.

  • July 28, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Henry Fool

    by spiceybiscuit

    I agree w/you 100%, Life was the best cop show out there and NBC changed the time slot 4 times this year? Never promoted it, never did anything to bring attention to it. I haven't watched NBC since they canceled that-and I can't wait for Jay Leno to bomb

  • July 28, 2009, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Embrace Change

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • July 28, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    If Jack Donaghy would have spent less time

    by jimbojones123

    fiddling with TGS and more on the rest of the network, things would not be in this bad of shape!

  • July 28, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Aside from Chuck, Kings was the only good NBC show

    by _Maltheus_

    <p>Granted, it suffered from that NBC camp that seems to pervade all their shows, but it was original and it had freakin' Ian McShane for fucks sake. The biggest mistake they made with it was to premier it in March instead of the fall.</p> <p>I'm glad to hear Silverman got shitcanned though. It never ceases to amaze me how the biggest earners seem to be the most incompetent people. Producing TV is like being able to legally sell drugs or pussy. It ain't rocket science, the people will come to you. But when all you're putting out is schwag and skanks, don't be surprised when people switch to AMC.</p>

  • July 28, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Was hopeful, but then I read that Syphy has been...

    by chromedome

    ...under Gaspin for some time. So he has presided over the stupidity there. No hope for improvement or change, then.

  • July 28, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Bionic Woman: waste a great cast with the DUMBEST writing

    by chromedome

    insulting to the audience, insulting to the actors...

  • July 29, 2009, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Just switch USA and NBC programs

    by thelordofhell

    I find myself watching the shows on USA all the freakin' time. NBC's programming sucks eggs

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