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Jennifer Lopez To Star In And Produce NBC's Live Musical Bye Bye Birdie


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It has been announced that Jennifer Lopez will star in the live musical of 'Bye Bye Birdie' coming in January of next year on NBC. Head of Entertainment for the network, Bob Greenblatt, said: "She came to us and said, 'I love this movie and I'd love to do it".

Jennifer Lopez on the set of Shade of BlueJennifer Lopez on the set of Shade of Blue

In a statement made by Lopez, she said that "Broadway musicals and films fueled my childhood and 'Bye Bye Birdie' was one of my favorites. I'm proud to be a part of the NBC family with 'Shades of Blue' and I thought it would be a blast to take on one of their big live musicals."

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Ronda Rousey Excels In 'SNL' Promo Video


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Ronda Rousey has been showing off her newly found comedy skills in a new promotional video ahead of her ‘Saturday Night Live’ hosting debut this weekend, in which she fends off cast regular Beck Bennett’s romantic moves and throws him to the ground, for good measure.

The 28 year old former UFC bantamweight champion, who was reportedly the third most-searched name on Google in 2015, will be making her first hosting appearance on the weekly NBC show this weekend (January 23rd).

Ronda RouseyUFC icon Ronda Rousey in October 2015

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Jimmy Fallon Does Not Have A Drinking Problem, Says NBC Chief


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Jimmy Fallon’s susceptibility to accidents is well known, but the idea that this can be explained by the TV host having a drinking problems has been is nonsense, according to top brass at NBC.

The network’s president Robert Greenblatt says that, despite an incident involving alcohol last year in which he nearly ripped off his own finger after falling, his relationship with drinking is perfectly normal, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jimmy FallonJimmy Fallon does not have a drinking problem, says NBC chief Robert Greenblatt

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'Friends' Cast Set For TV Special Reunion


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More than a decade since it went off air, ‘Friends’ is set to get a long-awaited cast reunion, as the stars have announced they will get together for an NBC special in honour of the comedy’s director, James Burrows.

NBC made the exciting announcement on Wednesday (January 13th) at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena, California. Burrows, who directed 15 ‘Friends’ episodes as well as a number of other comedy favourites like ‘Taxi’, ‘Cheers’, ‘Frasier’ and ‘Will & Grace’, recently wrapped the 1,000th episode of television he’s filmed in his career.

Lisa KudrowLisa Kudrow will be joining the NBC special

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Tina Fey And Amy Poehler Reuniting To Host 'Saturday Night Live'


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‘Saturday Night Live’ alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be co-hosting an upcoming episode of the long-running NBC sketch series, which will also feature musical guest Bruce Springsteen, it was announced on Tuesday (November 17th).

Comedy actors Fey, 45, and Poehler, 44, have gained a strong reputation for presenting, putting their tag-team style to great use at the Golden Globe Awards for the last three years in a row, a run ending with this year’s ceremony – the next presenter being Ricky Gervais.

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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'.

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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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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. 

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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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NBC To Follow 'Sound Of Music' Success With Live Performance Of 'Peter Pan'


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NBC will hope to emulate the success they had over the 2013 seasonal period when they aired a live performance of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood and Stephen Meyer. The show was a huge success for the network, earning strong viewer figures and a considerable amount of positive press, paving the way for another similar spectacle for the coming Christmas period: Peter Pan.

NBC took little time to announce its intentions to air another live, theatrical performance this coming Christmas-time, following the convincing success of The Sound of Music last month. At its peak, that performance scored more than 18 million viewers and held on to a strong amount of viewers for much of the telecast. Looking to capture similar audience figures again, the network have opted for a familiar story which translates from the stage to screen well and has a long history of multiple reconstructions. Peter Pan then seems like the ideal choice to keep this festive formula running.

A number of shows might not make it to Christmas on NBC

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NBC's 'The Sound Of Music' Branded "Painful To Watch" By Original Cast Member


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The live performance of The Sound of Music, aired on NBC earlier this week, was met with a mixed reception from audiences at home and critics alike, however the harshest piece of criticism may have been reserved until now. According to TMZ, one person was left particularly distraught after seeing Carrie Underwood's interpretation of Maria, with Kym Karath branding the performance as being "painful to watch."

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Underwood struggled to win everyone over wieth her performance

Karath portrayed Gretl Von Trapp in the original 1965 movie version of the Rogers & Hammerstein musical and when she and former co-star Charmian Carr (who played Liesl Von Trapp) met up to watch the NBC live show this week, neither were expecting to be disappointed so thoroughly by the latest version of the production. Taking to Twitter, Karath said she was left "mystified and disappointed" by the remake, being particularly let down by Underwood's sub-par performance.

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Was NBC's 'The Sound Of Music' One Of America's Favourite Things Last Night?


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The hills were alive last night, as NBC broadcast the live stage version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic stage show The Sound of Music. Favouring the original stage production over the 1965 movie version, the three hour showcase was one of the biggest talking points in America and managed to draw in a considerable audience number throughout its broadcast, but was it actually any good?

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The show received a mixed reception from viewers and critics alike

The live broadcast was the second highest trending topic on micro-blogging site Twitter, falling just behind the death of former South Africa president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandella. On Twitter, audiences at home wrote of their approval or disapproval throughout the broadcast, with the overall view of the production being skewered down the middle as to whether it was any good. Some people loved it, and were particularly full of praise for Underwood, whilst others loathed the production, and were critical of the lead performance from the country star.

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Jessica Simpson Show 'Fashion Star' Cancelled By NBC: Why?


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Jessica Simpson's show 'Fashion Star,' which saw a group of aspiring designers competing for a chance to have their designs sold in Macys (essentially, the format for every reality show, ever) has been cancelled after two seasons, according to E! News.

The show, which was co-mentored by Nicole Richie and noted designer John Varvatos, was relatively popular at the start of its run, though pulled in just 2.5 million for its final episode. NBC entertainment president Bob Greenblatt confirmed the acing at the summer TCA press tour, answering with a definitive "no" when asked by the Hollywood Reporter if Fashion Star would return for a third season.

It's probably not horrible news for Jessica Simpson, who is busy juggling her various commitments with life as a mom, having given birth in June to son Ace Knute Johnson.

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LeAnn Rimes And Eddie Cibrian Fell In Love On Set Of "Northern Lights," But At 40, What's Happened To His Career?


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When Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian fell in love on the set of Northern Lights, things were already looking a little bleak for the American actor. Here was a guy with the looks of a genuine Hollywood leading star - a guy who had served his time on U.S. television (Sunset Beach), like many A-listers before him, George Clooney, Kevin Bacon, etc. So why has Cibrian - who turned 40 last week - lost his way in the tangled world of Hollywood?

Eddie Cibrian LeAnn RimesEddie Cibrian [L] and LeAnn Rimes [R] At The ACM Music Awards

In 2006, Cibrian joined the cast of Fox show Vanished midway through the series. The show focused on the disappearance of the wife of a Georgia senator, which is revealed as being part of a wider conspiracy. The family of the missing woman, a pair of FBI agents and a journalist are drawn into the ever-evolving mystery - sounds alright doesn't it? Well, it wasn't. And it was cancelled after nine of the thirteen episodes. Yep, that means Fox deemed it wasn't even worth revealing where the wife of the Georgian senator ended up. 

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Dr Joyce Brothers, 85, Who Refused To Lose On 'The $64,000 Question' Dies


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Dr Joyce Brothers, the psychologist who helped address subjects like sexual fulfilment and infidelity in the mainstream by establishing herself as a fixture of TV, radio, film and print, has died aged 85. After struggling with being a stay-at-home mother, Brothers came up with an ambitious plan: transform herself into a boxing expert and try out for the popular 1950s television quiz show 'The $64,000 Question." She won big and used her celebrity to forge a career in popular psychology.


Dr Joyce Brothers On The Conan O'Brien Show In 1997

As the Los Angeles Times report, Brothers became a household name and tapped into America's collective psyche via television on NBC, radio and magazines. Her popularity grew thanks to her engaging on-screen presence and openness to address what were then considered taboo subjects. She paved the way for others in her field to carve out careers on television and ultimately helped popularize psychology which is almost commonplace in contemporary media. "She was the first to open up the public airwaves to private feelings. There was no one like that," Ron Simon, curator of the Paley Center for Media in New York, said in 2006 in the Bergen County, N.J, Record. "Now, so many programs deal with these intimate matters."

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Carrie Underwood 'Very Excited' To Be Joining 'Sunday Night Football'


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Carrie Underwood will sing the opening theme to NBC's Sunday Night Football program, the network announced on Tuesday (April 7, 2013). It appears to be a plum deal for the country star, given SNF is easily one of the most-watched television shows in the country. The new season kicks off in September.

Grammy-winner Underwood replaces fellow country star Faith Hill on the show, who had sang the theme 'Waiting All Day For Sunday Night' since 2007. "I'm very excited," Underwood, 30, told Reuters, "I think it's a perfect fit and I am such a sports fan and football fan, and we love Sunday nights around my household, so for me to be a part of it is something really special."

Underwood's signing is probably more relevant to sports fans given she is married to the Canadian ice hockey star Mike Fisher. She also sang the national anthem at the 2010 Super Bowl - the biggest event on the football calendar. A prominent musical introduction has become a staple for prime time football broadcasts in the U.S. since Hank Williams Jr reworked his song 'All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight' as the theme for the Monday Night Football program in 1989. 

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Don't Worry, 'Parks And Recreation' Is 'Guaranteed' To Return For Season 6


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Parks and Recreation wrapped up its fifth season on Thursday evening (May 2, 2013) with many speculating that the episode was a series finale given Fox and CBS have already renewed their veteran shows for the 2013-2014 season. It's true that NBC appears to be dragging its feet over 'Parks' and the network brought back dramas such as Parenthood, Grimm and Revolution last month, but don't despair, Parks and Recreation will be back for a sixth season.

The New York Magazine's Vulture blog has outlined the whole thing pretty nicely, claiming sources inside and outside of the network say the show is guaranteed to return for another patch of episodes. In line with NBC's other comedy standards, Parks and Recreations is actually doing pretty well. In fact, only The Office is pulling in better numbers (and that closes up shop this month). Parks has a better rating among adults under 50 than Matthew Perry's Go On (which could get the chop this month) and that has the benefit of following the top rated The Voice. 

Vulture also spoke to several agents and network insiders this week, who all said Parks is "very likely to be back." Deadline.com - who are almost always spot on with renewals - are talking of season six as if it's a done deal. The website said a new batch of episodes was "assured."

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Connie Britton Gives Thumbs Up To Peter Berg's 'Friday Night Lights' Movie


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Connie Britton says she is a big supporter of a possible Friday Night Lights movie and would "love" to see if happen. Appearing at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Britton said that although she's currently starring in the ABC drama 'Nashville,' she'd be happy to appear in a movie adaptation of the NBC television series.

"I would love it to happen. I'm a big supporter of it happening. I don't know if we will see it or not," she told E! online when asked about a movie. Friday Night Lights was actually a 2004 movie before the TV series, though the refashioning on the small screen created a legion of diehard fans. It focused on the relationship between Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his wife Tami (Connie Britton). The show went off the air in 2011, though a devoted fan base had allowed it to live on for three more seasons on DirecTV when it was in danger of cancellation by NBC. "I know it was being written and Peter Berg is really serious about it, so I think if everybody got on board, I don't see why we couldn't have a movie," added Britton.

Back in March, the actress told the Hollywood Reporter, "We keep talking about how we have to wait a certain amount of years and then we can go back to working together again." It's unlikely to make it the big screen anytime soon, with Chandler working on Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and Showtime pilot 'The Vatican'. Britton is busy with Nashville.

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Debut Horrorshow For News Anchor AJ Clemente As He Swears On-Air [Video]


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It’s got to be nerve wracking anchoring your first newscast, heck it’s got to be nerve wracking doing anything scripted on live TV, so pity poor AJ Clemente who let nerves – and a microphone he didn’t realise was on – get the better of him on his first ever evening report for NBC affiliate KFYR.

Deadspin’s been following the plight of poor AJ and had noted that the news reader had seemed nervous before even stepping in front of the cameras, tweeting on his Twitter profile “Alright News Director and GM checking out my tape that we shot yesterday. Seeing if i am ready for anchoring.....Awkward Turtle.......” And following his debut appearance? “That couldn't have gone any worse!”

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I Hate Myself For Loving You: Faith Hill Leaves Sunday Night Football


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Faith Hill will no longer feature on the opening theme for NBC's primetime Sunday Night Football show after announcing she is leaving after six years. Hill has sung the opening theme for the show - a reworked version of Joan Jett's I Hate Myself For Loving You - since 2007, when she replaced Pink.

However, Hill has opted to stand down from her role and the hunt for her replacement is underway. "Faith Hill is family to all of us at Sunday Night Football. For the last six seasons and two Super Bowls, her opening performance of 'Waiting All Day' set the tone for SNF and became a television staple," Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli said in a statement to the Hollwood Reporter, "We will always be grateful for her performances and friendship. We wish Faith nothing but continued success."

Hill announced the news on Twitter early on Monday, tweeting, "Amazing 2 have been part of SNF -- an honor. I've just let everyone there know it's time 2 let someone else rock the open," adding that it was a "difficult decision, kinda emotional." 

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Brian Williams Angry With NBC Over Rock Center's Switch To Fridays?


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Brian Williams is angry with NBC over changes to his Rock Center show, which has moved three times since debuting in November 2011, from Monday to Wednesday, to Thursday and now to Friday night. The latest change doesn't appear to bode well for the program with Williams characterizing Friday as its "latest resting place," according to the Huffington Post.

"NBC brass might have upset Williams with the move," said Maria Guthrie on the matter. Sources at NBC News say Williams was angered that Burbank executives did not give the show the promised promotion, while plans to expand it to multiple airing have been abandoned. Rock Center was designed as a more serious show than NBC's existing prime time newsmagazine, Dateline, which often delves into human interest and true crime stories. Williams addressed the continuous re-shuffling in a segment that depicted Rock Center as a nomadic settler "not wanted" and displaced by American Idol and Modern Family.

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Brits Julie Christie And Daniel Day-lewis Take Sag Awards


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British actors Julie Christie and Daniel Day-Lewis have won the top acting prizes at the Screen Actors' Guild (SAG) awards.

While Christie took the best actress gong for her acclaimed portrayal of a woman facing dementia in Sarah Polley's Away From Her, Day-Lewis was rewarded for his stunning role as an amoral oil prospector in Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood.

Though the awards season has been jeopardised by the ongoing industrial action by the Writers' Guild of America (WGA), the SAG awards were held without a hitch after an interim agreement was signed between the two unions, allowing acting talent to attend the ceremony without having to cross picket lines.

Christie - who is nominated for the best actress Academy award for her part in Away From Her - paid tribute to the SAG, adding to The Associated Press: "It's lovely to receive an award from your own union, especially at a time when we're being so forcefully reminded how important unions are."

And Day-Lewis dedicated his award to the late Heath Ledger, who was tragically found dead in his New York apartment last week.

"In Brokeback Mountain he was unique, he was perfect," Day-Lewis said while accepting his trophy.

"That scene in the trailer at the end of the film is as moving as anything I think I've ever seen."

The 50-year-old added backstage that he had never met Ledger but had been profoundly affected by the actor's death.

"I thought he was beautiful. I just had a very strong feeling I would have liked him very much as a man," he said. "I admired him very much. I'm absolutely certain he would have done many wonderful things in his life."

Javier Bardem took the best supporting actor prize for his role as psychotic killer Anton Chigurh in the Coen Brothers' No Country For Old Men, which also won the award for outstanding cast in a motion picture.

With The Sopranos finally coming to an end, leads James Gandolfini and Edie Falco claimed the best actor and best actress prizes for TV dramas, while Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, the stars of NBC's 30 Rock, took the comedy equivalents.

And another NBC series, The Office - an adaptation of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's Golden Globe-winning sitcom - won the award for best cast in a comedy programme.

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