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March 22, 2013 | By DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press
NEW YORK - "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" is one of the few remaining successful programs that NBC has on its network. So why would its executives think about getting rid of him? NBC has confirmed that it is building a new studio for Jimmy Fallon at its New York headquarters but refuses to comment on reports that Fallon is due to replace Leno on a New York-based "Tonight" as early as next year. With Leno already taking potshots at network executives regularly in his monologue, the network risks repeating the nightmare of 2010, when Conan O'Brien failed at "Tonight" and NBC brought Leno back.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2012 | David Hiltbrand
Well, NBC, replace in haste, repent at leisure.   You might have wanted to consider your options a little more carefully before you rushed ahead Friday and anointed Savannah Guthrie as Matt Lauer's new Today deskmate. Let's face it: The deposing of Ann Curry did not go well at all. Public sympathy for her was far greater than you had projected. Worse, many were casting Lauer, your morning monarch, as the heavy in all this, the egotistical divo who sabotaged his innocent coworker.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2012
SHARON OSBOURNE told the New York Post that she is quitting as a judge on "America's Got Talent" at the end of this season because she is furious at NBC over firing her son, Jack, from the post-Olympics ridiculosity (yes, we made up a word) "Stars Earn Stripes," because he has multiple sclerosis. The producers of "Stars Earn Stripes" not only deny that Jack was fired because of his MS, but they also say he was never hired to appear on the show. In "Stars Earn Stripes," so-called "stars" will team with actual military personnel in military challenges to win money for armed-forces personnel.
NEWS
August 1, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
She can fly!!!   NBC on Tuesday made the long-awaited announcement. We already knew Christopher Walken (who else?) was going to play Captain Hook. He's creepy, crotchety, and the man can sing and dance. But who'd play Peter in the network's Peter Pan Live! , to go on the air Dec. 4??? Here's who: Allison Williams , of Girls on HBO! This is notable in many notable ways. Allison is the daughter of NBC news anchor Brian Williams . Noted. She also can sing: She sometimes does on Girls . She beats out other stars reportedly considered, including (we hear)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013
*  "DECEPTION. " 10 p.m. Monday, NBC10. "REVENGE. " "Scandal. " And now "Deception. " I'm not sure who's naming TV shows these days - perhaps the same people who christen perfumes? - but if you're trying to distinguish NBC's new drama about Rich and Powerful People With Secrets from the ones that are already on ABC, the title "Deception" is probably not going to be much help. Which could be the point. Like the covers of paperbacks at the airport, a generic-sounding title may signal fans of a certain kind of prime-time soap that what's inside is meant for them.
SPORTS
August 6, 2012
Track and Field Men's 800 meters round 1, discus qualifying; women's 100 hurdles round 1, 1,500 round 1, shot-put qualifying, 5 a.m. (NBC10, 10 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m.) Men's 400 final, 400 hurdles final; women's 200 round 1, 400 hurdles semifinals, 3000 steeplechase final, pole-vault final, shot-put final, 1:50 p.m. (NBC10 Prime; NBC10, Tuesday 12:35 a.m.) Basketball MEN Australia vs. Russia, 4 a.m. (NBC-SN; NBC-BASK; NBC-BASK, 8 a.m.) Tunisia vs. Lithuania, 6:15 a.m. (NBC-BASK)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2012 | David Hiltbrand
It was a wild week of musical chairs on Today. First, Regis Philbin came in for a wildly built up (and drearily disappointing) reunion with Kathie Lee Gifford, displacing Hoda Kotb in the process. Later in the week, Kotb was brought in at dawn as an emergency replacement in case Ann Curry didn't show up for work. Was Curry suffering the aftereffects of some virus she picked up on one of her trips to Africa? No, she was suffering from a bad case of professional humiliation.
SPORTS
June 15, 2011
TELEVISION Tomorrow and Friday ESPN, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. NBC, 3-5; ESPN, 5-7 Saturday NBC, 2-8 p.m. Sunday 1:30-7:30 p.m. Monday (if necessary) ESPN noon-2 p.m.; NBC, 2-conclusion. ON THE WEB Follow philly.com throughout the tournament for a live scoreboard available at www.philly.com/golf MIKE KERN'S QUIZ Check out Mike Kern's U.S. Open quiz on our Web site at www.philly.com/golfquiz
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
One would be hard-pressed to find any similarities between two crime procedurals hitting the box this week: ABC Family's new series Stitchers , which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday, is cute and so slight in dramatic gravitas that it floats away into the ether. The reverse is true of NBC's surreal Nietzschean parable Hannibal , which returns for its third season at 10 p.m. Thursday. One of the most unremittingly dark, vicious stories about murder, Hannibal enthralls the viewer's aesthetic sense with its stunning photography, sophisticated use of imagery, and breathtaking beauty while at the same time threatening to steal away our soul, dragging it deep into the void.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* AQUARIUS. 9 p.m. Thursday, NBC10. GRATEFUL as I am that Megan Draper, of "Mad Men," survived the fan conspiracy that would have added her to the list of Charlie Manson's victims, I'd have been even more so not to have to think about Manson ever again. NBC had other ideas. Its new summer series, the set-in-1967 "Aquarius," features Manson (Gethin Anthony, "Game of Thrones") in a sluggish, largely fictional story involving a Republican power player (Brian F. O'Byrne); his missing daughter, Emma (Emma Dumont, "Bunheads")
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Duchovny, late of Showtime's C alifornication , makes a glorious return to broadcast TV in NBC's accomplished, if seriously strange, 13-episode 1960s-set police procedural, Aquarius . A wild stew of fact and fiction, the one-season "event series" as the network bills it, tells the story of one of America's vilest - and most inscrutable - villains, Charles Manson. The show premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday. NBC is trying something new with Aquarius , taking a page from Netflix's playbook.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
NBC ANNOUNCED its new shows for fall and midseason yesterday. Daily News TV critic Ellen Gray will begin to review them in September after she watches them, but Tattle isn't confined by such process. So here they are: * "Blindspot" is a drama about a woman found naked and covered in tattoos (a/k/a clues) in NYC, with no memory of who she is. We lose interest a few minutes after she puts on her clothes. * "The Player" is a thriller about a former military operative turned security expert in Las Vegas.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
*  ALLEGIANCE . 10 Thursdays, NBC10. NBC's "Allegiance" brings its reluctant Russian spies - and their CIA agent son - to Philadelphia Thursday. Besides including a cameo for Mayor Nutter, the show, which filmed two episodes here in October, takes viewers inside a local landmark most Philadelphians have seen only from the outside. The Masonic Temple on North Broad Street is the focus of a storyline in which the spies are racing the feds to retrieve something from City Hall on a Sunday without being detected.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The decision to suspend Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay is the latest unwelcome development at an NBCUniversal News Group division that has become a nagging and highly public trouble spot for Comcast Corp. The problems at NBC News, which date to Ann Curry's tearful on-air goodbye as Today co-host in June 2012, have stretched over two news-division leadership regimes. Williams' suspension now threatens months of speculation on his ultimate fate at the ratings leader Nightly News . "It's a noisy problem, and it plays out in the public," said Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* THE SLAP. 8 tonight, NBC10. "Ethnic people slap each other all the time. It's half of reality television. " Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling), "The Mindy Project" A SPOILED CHILD, an annoyed adult, a party ruined. That's the launchpad for NBC's "The Slap," based on Christos Tsiolkas' 2008 novel and an Australian miniseries that followed the cascading consequences of a man publicly disciplining someone else's child. NBC's eight-episode remake begins tonight and includes actors more associated with film than with network television - Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman - and what's possibly the most annoying narration ever.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brian Williams' future? What future? NBC anchorman Brian Williams has admitted he "made a mistake" (read: lied) when he claimed he was in the middle of an exciting Black Hawk Down -esque incident in Iraq in 2003. What now? He'll be fired, for sure! Isn't that what Williams' most august predecessor, Tom Brokaw , demands? Nope. "I have neither demanded nor suggested Brian be fired," Brokaw said in an e-mail to the Huffington Post. "His future is up to Brian and NBC. " NBC News prez Deborah Turness on Friday told her staff by e-mail that she has discussed the issue with Williams and his Nightly News team.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2015
  Williams yanks Iraq story OK, what? Brian Williams , tall, slim, hair-in-place perma-tanned prevaricator? Man of trust? News anchor for NBC? Heir to Tom Brokaw , Chet Huntley , and David Brinkley ? Now just another celebrity fibber? Gosh, we hope not. On Wednesday, B-Will had to withdraw claims he made in a Friday show, that he was in a helicopter shot down by rocket-propelled grenades in Iraq, where he went to report in 2003. He said American soldiers rescued him and his news team from the downed chopper.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
J UNOT DIAZ, the Pulitzer Prize-winning MacArthur Genius Grant awardee from New Jersey, got to put another feather in his authorial cap recently when the BBC voted his 2007 book, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , the best novel of the 21st century. And who was there to congratulate him? NBC10's own Nefertiti Jaquez, who happens to be Diaz's cousin. "I get that he's famous in the literary world, but he's not only my cousin, he's one of my best friends," Jacquez told me. "I'm so proud of him, but I know him, so when I'm with him I almost forget all of that.
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