Thursday, May. 20, 2021

Everything old is new again on network television, and without apology.

As the TV industry rushes into the future with streaming services, traditional broadcasters unveiled 2021-22 schedules that rely heavily on familiar series brands and reboots of decades-old shows.

There's even...

Monday, May. 10, 2021

Amid growing pressure on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association from studios, stars and large swaths of the film industry, NBC said Monday that will not air the Golden Globes in 2022, putting in doubt the viability of one of Hollywood's oldest and most-watched award shows. 

Criticism of...

Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2021

The $113 billion deal to telecast NFL games through 2033 is head-swimmingly large — until you consider that the very survival of broadcast networks as we know them may depend upon it.

The deal announced by the NFL and media companies last Thursday spreads professional football content...

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020

The five Olympic rings are back in Tokyo Bay. 

They were removed for maintenance four months ago shortly after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The rings arrived on Tuesday after a short cruise from nearby Yokohama and are...

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020

The big debate — the one between Alec Baldwin and Jim Carrey — was a winner in the ratings.

"Saturday Night Live" scored its biggest season premiere audience in four years and second best in 12 years, emphasizing the importance of presidential election time for the NBC comedy show....

Monday, Jul. 27, 2020

When Molly Solomon took over as executive producer and president of NBC's Olympics production unit last November, she expected to be in Tokyo right now with the games in full swing. But with the Summer Olympics postponed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Solomon and her team have reset...

Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2020

Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan and other "30 Rock" stars are reuniting for a corporate cause: to promote the shows and stars that will be part of the new season for NBC and its NBCUniversal cable siblings.

Described as a "one-time, commercial-free event" — other than the extended ad...

Wednesday, May. 27, 2020

The winner, and still champion, is CBS.

The Tiffany network finished the traditional television season, which ended last week, as the most-watched broadcaster for the 12th consecutive year, the Nielsen company said.

CBS has won 17 of the last 18 years, the lone exception coming...

Tuesday, May. 5, 2020

Raymond "Red" Reddington, a man who relishes a challenge, likely would admire how TV's "The Blacklist" took a creative gamble amid the industry's coronavirus-forced production shutdown to end the season with a bang, not a whimper.

The makers of the NBC drama, which stars James Spader as...

Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2020

The tentacles of canceling the Tokyo Olympics — or postponing or staging it in empty venues — would reach into every corner of the globe, much like the spreading virus that now imperils the opening ceremony on July 24.

The International Olympic Committee and local organizers say the games...

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