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NBC Announces 'The Wiz' Will Be Network's Next Live Musical Special!


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After taking us to Salzburg in 2013, then flying us off to Neverland last year, NBC will next be taking us on a trip down the yellow brick road for a live television production of musical ‘The Wiz’. Working with NBC to bring the musical to life on the small screen with be Cirque Du Soleil’s new stage theatrical division, which will produce alongside the network.

Diana RossDiana Ross starred in the film version of The Wiz in 1978

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced NBC’s previous two musical ventures, The Sound of Music and Peter Pan, will be returning as executive producers. While famed Broadway director Kenny Leon will be directing the project.

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NBC Orders 13 New Episodes Of 90s Comedy 'Coach', Starring Craig T. Nelson


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The sitcom Coach, starring Craig T. Nelson, will return to our screens in a brand new series. NBC announced they had picked up the new series, consisting of 13 episodes, on Thursday (26th March). Coach has been off air for the past two decades but Nelson is set to reprise his role in the new series which will air this fall. The original series of Coach aired on ABC for nine seasons between 1989 and 1997.

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Craig T. Nelso stars in Coach.

Read More: Meet The Modern Family Cast That Could Have Been (But We're Glad Wasn't).

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NBC Cancels 'Allegiance' After Just Five Episodes Thanks To Poor Ratings


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NBC have announced they've pulled the plug on freshman series 'Allegiance' after airing just five episodes of the drama. While eight episodes of the series had already been filmed, the show's cancellation is effective immediately, so it looks like the remaining three episode wont be seeing the light of day.

hope davisHope Davis starred in 'Allegiance'.

'Allegiance' starred newcomer Gavin Stenhouse as Alex O'Connor, a CIA analyst who is unknowingly investigating his own family. Alongside Stenhouse the series also starred Hope Davis and Scott Cohen as O'Connor's parents, as well as Margarita Levieva and Kenneth Choi. It had been based on Israeli television series 'The Gordin Cell'.

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NBC News Anchor Brian Williams Recants Iraq Story


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Brian Williams, the anchor of NBC’s ‘Nightly News’, has been forced to climb down and admit that he was not on board a helicopter that was hit and forced down in Iraq in 2003.

In a statement to Stars And Stripes, Williams recanted the claim that he had made on Friday evening at NBC’s coverage of a public tribute to a retired soldier at an ice hockey game. He said on the broadcast that he and his camera crew, who were embedded in a helicopter unit flying risky missions during the 2003 invasion, were shot down in the desert and "rescued, surrounded and kept alive" by a platoon led by the now-retired soldier.

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NBC anchor Brian Williams took back a claim that he was aboard a downed military chopper in Iraq

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Dolly Parton Working On TV Series


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Having enjoyed a critical and commercial rediscovery over the last couple of years, Dolly Parton is now planning to take over TV screens. The country legend is collaborating with NBC to produce a mini-series based on her songs.

Rolling Stone Country magazine has revealed that a series of two-hour long TV specials has been green-lit by the network, which will be inspired by Parton’s songs and positive outlook on life.

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Dolly Parton, performing above in Germany, is working on a TV series with NBC

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Ann Curry Announces NBC News Departure To Develop Her Own Media Start Up


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It seemed a long time coming and now veteran journalist Ann Curry has finally announced she is leaving NBC News. After being sidelined for nearly two years, Curry is moving on to a new venture with NBC Universal which will see her develop her own media start up.

Ann CurryIt's a goodbye to NBC News for Ann Curry

In a statement Curry said, “It has been a privilege to work with so many good and talented people at the network. At the same time, I can’t wait to expand my reach and work with people I admire in other places.”

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Former NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw Says His Bone Cancer "Is in Remission"


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Former longtime NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw delivered some very good news when he recently gave an update on his health. The 74-year-old journalist, who as diagnosed with a type of cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, is now in remission.

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Brokaw's bone cancer is now "in remission"

In February Brokaw revealed he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August 2013, and was undergoing treatment, but fortunately on Sunday (Dec 21st) NBC News posted a letter he wrote that was headed with "The cancer is in remission."

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Minnie Driver Confirmed For 'Peter Pan Live'


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Minnie Driver has announced that she’s signed up for ‘Peter Pan Live’. The 44 year old actress will be the narrator of the piece and also star as the adult Wendy Darling on the live TV event, which is due to air on NBC on December 4th at 8pm ET.

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Minnie Driver will play the narrative voice of adult Wendy Darling in 'Peter Pan Live' in December

Giving more detail in reaction to the casting, Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt stated: "We're thrilled to have Minnie as part of this Peter Pan adventure. She appears in the final emotional scene when Peter returns to the Darling home years later only to realize Wendy is now grown up and has a daughter of her own, but you'll also hear her voice throughout the movie since Adult Wendy is also our narrator. She's a classy addition to our wonderful cast."

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NBC Pull The Plug On Comedies 'Bad Judge' and 'A to Z'


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NBC are saying thanks but no thanks to two of their freshman comedies, ‘Bad Judge’ and ‘A to Z’. The cancellations are the network’s first of the season, after ABC led the way last week, axing romantic comedy 'Manhattan Love Story'.

Kate WalshKate Walsh's 'Bad Judge' has been axed

According to Deadline, both comedies had been pulling in low ratings, with 'Bad Judge' earning a 0.9 while 'A to Z' took a less than impressive 0.7 in the 18-49 demographic.

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Kate Walsh and Tone Bell - The NBC Universal 2014 Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton hotel - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 13th July 2014

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Kate Walsh and Tone Bell
Kate Walsh and Tone Bell

Bad: NBC Cancels 'Emerald City', Worse: Production Hadn't Even Started


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You've really got to feel sorry for the production team that probably thought they had decent jobs in the pipeline after NBC announced plans for Emerald City, an 'Oz' inspired big-budget drama. The project by Matthew Arnold had a 10-episode series ready to go into production. It sounded pretty good - a sort of dark reimagining of the Oz tales with a Game of Thrones twist. 

Matthew Arnold Emerald CityMatthew Arnold is the creator of Emerald City

Emerald City would have referenced L. Frank Baum'z Oz tales though with more battles. Interestingly, it would of focused on a 20-year-old Dorothy Gale sent to Oz, where she finds herself at the center of an epic and bloody battle. Sounds pretty good, right? Only, Emerald City has been cancelled.

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Allegations of sexual harassment at Comic-Con


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A group of young women from Philadelphia that founded a website titled ‘Geeks for CONsent’ has gathered nearly 2,600 signatures from attendees at Comic-Con this weekend complaining of sexual harassment.

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The four-day science fiction convention held annually in San Diego may seem an unlikely setting for such behaviour, but Comic-Con attendees have been contacting Geeks for CONsent to say that they had been groped, stalked about the convention and photographed without their permission.

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Matt Lauer's 'Today' Show Contract Extended By NBC


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Matt Lauer's contract with NBC's Today show has been extended, laying rumours to rest surrounding his dismissal. The network received a number of complaints after Lauer's co-anchor on the morning show, Ann Curry, left. However, NBC has offered its official endorsement of the 56-year-old anchor and released a public statement making clear their intentions to keep Lauer on the show.

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Matt Lauer's contract on the Today show has been extended.

The statement, issued on Thursday (12th June), announces Lauer has been signed as host for a number of years to come, at least two according to the NY Times. The NBC executives have released the news that Lauer's contract has been extended but the specific terms are uncertain. It is rumoured his salary could be anything between $20 and $25 million.

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Bode Miller Interview Was Rough, But Go Easy on Christin Cooper


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The internet exploded into a ball of molten indignation on Sunday night (February 16, 2014) after NBC interviewer Christin Cooper pushed skier Bode Miller so far on his late brother Chelone that the famously hard-skinned Olympian broke down in tears.

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Miller had just won a historic bronze medal in the men's super-G and was clearly emotional - Chelone died of an apparent seizure last April and was clearly in the skiers thoughts. Cooper was a little too persistent with her probing, though it's likely that her NBC producers - always keen on a teary back story - were happy with her line of questioning. 

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Former NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw Diagnosed With Bone Cancer


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Former longtime NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw is unfortunately suffering from a form of bone marrow cancer.

Last summer, the 74 year-old was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow.

Brokaw received the news devastating news last August (2013) at the Mayo Clinic, it was announced on Tuesday (Feb 11th).

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