A review of NBC’s wonderful new Friday night series First Dates, which is narrated by Drew Barrymore and is full of charm and delight.
A review of NBC’s Better Late Than Never, on which William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman, Henry Winkler, and Jeff Dye travel together.
Before the Rio Olympics began, an NBC executive insisted that the Olympics’ primarily female audience is “less interested in the result and more interested in the journey.” While that is grossly patronizing and sexist, it has not seemed to manifest too much during NBC’s prime-time network coverage of the summer games. Those three hours have mostly been filled with competition—with some bios and background, sure, but mostly competition.
In fact, it’s been so competition-heavy that I’ve been genuinely, achingly missing one of the best parts of the Olympics: Mary Carillo’s feature stories.
NBC’s three hours of kids’ Saturday morning cartoons will be replaced by educational reality series, which will be branded as “The More You Know.”
An NBC executive said the network’s decisions regarding its coverage of the Rio Olympics opening ceremony have to do with women and also reality shows.
Funded, a competition for venture capital investments that will have startups mentored by Tyra Banks, Rob Dyrdek, and Rohan Oza, has been ordered by NBC.
NBC and ABC have found unscripted success thanks Steve Harvey, whose charisma and humor led to ratings hits Little Big Shots and Celebrity Family Feud.
While he’s in Alaska for the next three days, President Barack Obama will film an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls that will air later this year. This is the first time a sitting United States president will appear as a participant on a reality series, and comes six years after he told kids… continue reading
Neil Patrick Harris, host of NBC’s upcoming live variety talk show Best Time Ever, had thoughts about reality television, and managed to describe what’s wrong with the genre. Or one thing, at least. Here it is; the emphasis is mine: “I tell you I love the two sort of tenets that I hold in my… continue reading
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will have an on-camera television job after the Fox show comes to an end: NBC announced today that he’ll host NBC’s late-night Olympic coverage from Rio. His work as a correspondent during the London Olympics went very well, starting with NBC’s decision to interrupt the opening ceremony with his pre-taped… continue reading
In early July, NBC renewed I Can Do That for a second season. But I’ve learned from production sources that season two is not being actively produced. While the celebrity reality series has not been officially cancelled, it is not moving forward, either. One person described it as “on hold,” though when and if it… continue reading
Last year’s live version of The Sound of Music was a ratings success, so tonight, NBC will air another live musical: Peter Pan. There are no former reality show contestants headlining this year, but we will, of course, gather ’round the Twitter fire to be warmed by Peter Pan and/or roast it: Follow @realityblurred To promote the… continue reading
Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett has been trying to create a reality competition that sends its winner into space for more than 13 years, and it may finally happen: NBC has ordered Space Race, which teams Burnett up with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and will send the winner into space on SpaceShipTwo. One of the… continue reading
NBC’s Ready for Love will be burned off online, with an episode being broadcast each week for the next six weeks. The show was effectively cancelled after suffering from low ratings; Tuesday’s episode had just 2.86 million viewers and a 1.1 rating in 18-49. New episode will appear online, such as on NBC.com, Hulu, and… continue reading
NBC cancelled Ready for Love last week after just two low-rated episodes were broadcast, but it will still air a new episode Tuesday night, the network confirmed to me. When I saw Eva Longoria, the show’s executive producer, tweet about tomorrow’s episode, I suggested someone might have forgotten to tell her that her own show… continue reading