Fact: Hit British sitcom Cuckoo is heading to America after bosses at NBC ordered a pilot for an adaptation of the series, which centres on a girl who returns from a summer abroad married to a charming but eccentric American.
Fact: Actress Eva Longoria is set to give fans a comical look at the drama behind the scenes of a Latino hit telenovela by starring in a new Tv series. The former Desperate Housewives beauty will portray diva Ava Maria, the lead on a fictitious soap opera, who is attempting to stay at the top of her game in the appropriately-titled Telenovela. Longoria will also executive produce the show for America's NBC network.
Fact: Amy Adams and NBC bosses appear to have settled their differences after she was dumped from a Today show interview in the U.S. last month (Dec14) for refusing to talk about the Sony Studios hacking scandal - the actress chatted to Today show host Matt Lauer on the red carpet at the Golden Globes as part of the pre-ceremony telecast. The Sony hacking scandal was not brought up.
Fact: Celebrities on the red carpet at the Golden Globes faced a drone-cam high above the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday (11Jan15). DJI Global bosses buzzed the arrivals as they posed for photos and chatted to the red carpet media. The Golden Globes telecast on NBC featured footage shot by the drone.
Fact: One Direction will front their own Tv holiday special, which will air in the U.S. two days before Christmas (25Dec14). The group's newly-announced festive show is linked to a new deal with network bosses at NBC. The boy band will perform on the network's Today show live in New York on 17 November (14) - the day of the release of their new album Four.
Fact: Network executives at NBC in America are developing a new Tv series based on Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron and Al Pacino's 1997 thriller The Devil's Advocate.
Quote: "I had to fly into Burbank airport and I had to go to NBC and screen test for a show and I called Brad to come and pick me up, because he was really the only friend that I had who was really trustworthy enough and really responsible enough, and I knew he'd come and pick me up and get me to my audition - and he did... He gave us bibles with our names embossed in them." Jason Priestley on his reliable former roommate Brad Pitt.
Fact: Actress Eva Longoria is set to produce a mother-daughter legal drama for U.S. network NBC. Vega V. Vega will centre on a young, successful lawyer who is forced to go into practice with her mum, with whom she has a love/hate relationship with, according to Deadline.com. The project is the latest sold via the star's UnbeliEVAable Entertainment company.
Fact: Jenna Elfman and Bill Pullman's new presidential comedy 1600 Penn has been cancelled. The Tv show joins Christina Applegate's former comedy Up All Night on the chopping block as executives at U.S. network NBC clean out their ratings flops.
Quote: "When I watch that on Sunday Night Football, I'm like, 'I hope all my high school buddies are watching this right now!'" Country star Tim Mcgraw is very proud of his hot wife Faith Hill's opening video for NBC's Sunday Night Football show.
Fact: Former House star Hugh Laurie is in talks to lead the cast of new U.S. Tv pirate drama Crossbones. The British actor is close to signing on to play Blackbeard in the NBC project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The drama will be based on Colin Woodard's book The Republic of Pirates.
Quote: "I'm staring at a beautiful ring from James. We don't like to celebrate our birthdays, but we like to celebrate other events in our life. So when my show was picked up by NBC, he bought me this citrine ring." Actor James Tupper gave his partner Anne Heche a special gift after her new U.S. TV series Save Me was picked up for production.
The decision by The National Hockey League's owners to initiate a lockout of the league's players over the weekend had good news/bad news written all over it for NBC. On the one hand, the network is still required to pay the league $200 million as its annual payment on the $2-billion 10-year deal it signed with the NHL last year. (If the season completely goes down the tubes, the network will reportedly get one season free at the end of the ten years.) On the other hand, if the lockout lasts only a month or two it frees the network from having to televise the early contests at a time when viewers are preoccupied with the finale of the baseball season and the kickoff of the football season. However, USA Today pointed out today that the lockout could pose a serious problem for the fledgling NBC Sports Network, which was scheduled to carry at least 90 games, beginning on Oct. 11 with a doubleheader. NBC spokesman Chris McCloskey said on Sunday: We are preparing a selection of replacement programming that includes soccer, boxing, original programming, and college football, basketball and hockey.
Fact: Cee Lo Green has landed a lucrative TV deal to develop and produce a series of new shows for U.S. network NBC. And one of his first projects could be a sitcom loosely based on his life, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Forget You hitmaker is currently one of the star judges/mentors on U.S. reality TV show The Voice.
Fact: Ricky Martin is set to return to TV after the success of his recent stint on Glee after signing a development deal with NBC network bosses. The Latino hunk, who has been wowing Broadway in Evita in recent months, is slated to star in one of the projects he has in development, according to reports.
Fact: TV bosses at NBC in the U.S. are making plans to air a live broadcast of movie musical and Broadway hit The Sound Of Music. Smash producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will present the ambitious live telecast. Casting has begun."
Tweet: "obviously bummed to hear that singoff is not going to come back to @NBC this year. thanks to everyone who made the show so much fun to do!!" Singer Nick Lachey is upset after learning Nbc network bosses have chosen to scrap the TV talent show he hosted after three seasons.
Tweet: "I've said it before. I'll say it again. I'll never have a better job than I do right now. #30Rockisthegreatestsitcom" Actor Alec Baldwin insists he loves his role on hit TV comedy 30 Rock. The tweet comes a week after the actor hinted he was leaving the show and NBC - the network that airs the comedy.
Fact: Martin Sheen, Reba MCEntire, Rob Lowe, Helen Hunt, Rita Wilson and Edie Falco are among the stars who will trace their family history during the upcoming season of NBC's genealogy TV series Who Do You Think You Are?, which premieres in America on 3 February (12).
Fact: Actress Betty White is set to mark her landmark 90th birthday with a TV special on U.S. network NBC. The Golden Girls veteran will be saluted by a number of stars at a dinner-style bash, which is set to air ahead of the milestone on 17 January (12).
Fact: Executives at U.S. TV network NBC are shutting down production on the American remake of British crime drama Prime Suspect. The series, which stars Maria Bello, has struggled to win over viewers since its premiere in September (11) and is expected to be officially cancelled later this year (11), when its 13-episode run finishes. The original U.K. version starred Dame Helen Mirren in the lead role as a tough female detective.
Tweet: "I did an introductory voice over for the first episode of NBC's The Playboy Club this afternoon. It premieres on September 19." Hugh Hefner will feature in the new U.S. show based on his infamous Chicago, Illinois 1960s hotspot.
Fact: Drake stepped in for Kanye West at a bar mitzvah in New York over the weekend (07-08May11) when price became an issue for a big shot executive. The New York Post reports former NBC Universal Ceo Jeff Zucker asked West to perform at his son's coming-of-age party - but the rapper's $1 million (£625,000) fee was a tad too high, and the executive turned to Drake instead.
Fact: Comedian Paul Reiser has had his self-titled sitcom cancelled after just two episodes. Network bosses at NBC axed the series this week (ends24Apr11) due to low ratings, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Fact: Jennifer Hudson brought New York City to a standstill on Friday (15May09) for a free concert on live TV. Hundreds of fans flocked to watch Hudson perform on NBC's Today Show, forcing traffic to a standstill in the streets surrounding Rockefeller Plaza. And there was an extra treat for one lucky fan at the show, who was handpicked by Hudson to perform a duet of her song You're Gonna Love Me after winning a video competition on the morning programme.
Fact: U.S. TV network bosses at NBC raked in $206 million (£147.1 million) from 69 ads, which aired during the Super Bowl in America on Sunday (01Feb09) - a new record. The commercials featured trailers for films like Angels & Demons, Star Trek and Monsters & Aliens, and the latest Audi TV ad, featuring Brit Jason Statham.
Fact: Homer Simpson is to undergo a colonoscopy in a skit to raise money for the Stand Up To Cancer charity. The sketch, in which doctors scan The Simpsons character's bowels and see his wedding ring, is due to air on ABC, CBS and NBC on 5 September (08).
Fact: Sixty-six million Americans tuned in to watch MICHAEL PHELPS claim his record-tying seventh Olympic gold medal on Friday night (15Aug08), according to NBC estimates. The swimmer has since claimed his eighth gold to become the only person in history to score as many first place prizes.
Fact: U.S. TV network NBC has commissioned a $26 million (GBP13 million) adaptation of classic novel ROBINSON CRUSOE. The drama series will star British actor Sean Bean and PHILIP WINCHESTER of Thunderbirds fame.
Fact: Country star Dwight Yoakam will make his 24th appearance on American TV programme THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO on Thursday (15May08) - smashing the record for the most musical performances by any artist. The Act Naturally star's guest slot on the NBC chat-show will put him ahead of Lyle Lovett, who has played 23 times on the programme.
Fact: Movie star Michael Douglas has become the new voice of U.S. TV network NBC's NIGHTLY NEWS. The actor recorded a new introduction to anchorman Brian Williams' evening newscast, which debuted on Monday night (17Dec07).
Fact: Movie executives at NBC/Universal are reworking the soundtrack of cult classic gangster film Scarface to incorporate modern rap anthems for the film's upcoming 25th anniversary re-release in 2008.
Fact: Independent film THANK YOU FOR SMOKING is being made into a TV series for US network NBC. The series will focus on NICK NAYLOR, a public relations executive for tobacco companies, played by Aaron Eckhart in the movie. The TV will pick up where the feature film left off, with Naylor running his own firm.
Fact: THE Dixie Chicks' anti-PRESIDENT George W Bush controversy is far from over - TV executives at US network NBC have refused to air ads for the trio's new documentary, SHUT UP + SING, claiming they are disparaging of Bush.
Fact: US network NBC will produce a new television series based on the 1970s hit show THE BIONIC WOMAN, which was a spin-off of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN. Lindsay Wagner starred in the original series as tennis pro-turned superwoman JAMIE SOMMERS. No casting decisions have been made yet for the new series.