We'll say this for NBC, they're nothing if not persistent with their attention-grabbing TV events. Following the failure of horror remake miniseries 'Rosemary's Baby,' the peacock is looking a little lighter with a proposed event series telling the story of history's most iconic band, none other than the Beatles.
And lo, the tenure of 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' has come to an end once again, leaving Jay to walk off into that darling sunset with Jimmy Fallon waiting in the wings and a bitter Conan O'Brien making the only jokes. Jay's first-ever guest Billy Crystal joined the late-night host last night to bookend the run, bringing with him a cavalcade of guest stars to send Jay off in style before the big man himself finally said goodbye!
Though not entirely surprising given NBC's earlier move to cancel struggling freshman Thursday comedy 'Sean Saves the World,' the network has officially pulled the plug on its more high-profile 'Michael J. Fox Show.' The veteran 'Family Ties' and 'Back to the Future' star had completed work on the 22-episode order, though the remaining episodes may never see the light of day.
Just when you thought comedy icon Bill Cosby had retired, in spite of his recent "Far from Finished" stand-up (or sit-down) special on Comedy Central, the cultural icon and pudding magnate is at it again. The 76 year-old Cosby will return to NBC decades after 'The Cosby Show' for a new original family sitcom, to both star in and produce.
Just a few weeks' time will see the late night landscape dramatically shift, as 'Late Night' host Jimmy Fallon finally takes the 'Tonight Show' throne from Jay Leno, and 'SNL' veteran Seth Meyers joins 'Late Night' in his wake. Fallon has tapped cinema icon Will Smith and Irish rockers U2 for his inaugural 'Tonight Show' gig, but who will join Seth Meyers on the couch?
NBC's gamble in resurrecting the live TV musical paid off handsomely (for viewers and tweets, anyway), so the network has set their sights even higher. NBC will next look to adapt 'Peter Pan' as a live televised performance, and has also given a series order to 'Wizard of Oz' drama 'Emerald City,' and a pilot order for 'Grey's Anatomy' vet Katherine Heigl's CIA drama 'State of Affairs.'
We like to imagine that most folk would be busy with preparations for the big game even late into Saturday night, but 'SNL' will have an MVP of its own come Super Bowl weekend. 'The Heat' star Melissa McCarthy will make her third hosting turn on the 'SNL' stage come February 1, but who will join as musical guest?
A few weeks from now, the late-night TV landscape will look drastically different, what with current 'Late Night' host Jimmy Fallon taking over 'The Tonight Show' from Jay Leno, while 'SNL''s resident Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers graduates to 'Late Night' in turn. The first promos for these takeovers have emerged, but will everything be ready in time for opening night?
'SNL''s acclaimed hosting gig with 'Scandal' star Kerry Washington may have made light of the racial controversy attached to the current season, tasking Washington with portraying a number of famous black female figures, though it seems the NBC sketch comedy series has in mind to correct the issue after all. Could a new black female comedienne join 'SNL' before the season is out?
The lineup for NBC's annual Christmas special features Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, the Goo Goo Dolls, Jewel, plus all of your favorite NBC personalities like Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Natalie Morales.
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