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Presidential Hopefuls Ask for Equal Airtime After Donald Trump’s SNL Gig

November 16, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

This was inevitable. Following Donald Trump's hosting stint on the Nov. 7 episode of Saturday Night Live, three Republican presidential hopefuls have requested equal time on NBC stations. According to the FCC's "equal time" rule, broadcast and radio stations are required to offer an equivalent opportunity for candidates to appear on non-news programs. NBC tallied up Trump's airtime at 12 minutes and five seconds. Opposing candidates then had seven days following Trump's SNL episode to request that amount of time on NBC stations. And three of them have: former New York Gov

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3 Things to Know about Donald Trump’s SNL Hosting Gig

November 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Donald Trump will host Saturday Night Live this weekend for the second time, but this will be very different than his 2004 appearance, when he was a part of the NBC family as host of The Apprentice. NBC dumped Trump in June, but the GOP presidential candidate is back at 30 Rock and will take the stage live from New York on Saturday night. And not everyone's happy about it. While Trump is by far the most significant candidate to host the sketch comedy show in the midst of an active campaign, he isn't the first. Steve Forbes hosted while he was running for the Republican nomination in 1996, and Al Sharpton took his turn in 2003 while running as a Democrat. Here are some 3 things to look out for on Saturday night: 1) An FCC Rule Could Mean Headaches for NBC Affiliates A candidate cameo on SNL is par for the course, but usually it's no more than a skit, or a Weekend Update appearance, such as Hillary Clinton's turn as "Val the Bartender" on this season's premiere. But as host, Trump will be front and center throughout, and it could trigger an FCC rule regarding the amount of airtime candidates are allowed on non-news programs. The FCC's equal time rule states that broadcast and radio stations must provide an equivalent opportunity to any opposing political candidates who request it. NBC stations could be forced to fork over a significant chunk of airtime as a result. Don't be surprised to see other campaigns adding up Trump's airtime and asking for an equal amount. When Sharpton hosted during the 2004 campaign, several NBC affiliates refused to carry the episode for that reason. 2) It's Live, and Someone Might Want to Make a Statement Trump's hosting gig has angered many people, particularly some in the Hispanic community, in the wake of his degrading comments about illegal immigrants. On Thursday, a coalition of Latino advocacy groups staged a protest outside NBC's headquarters. Protester sign at small rally for #SNLDumpTrump — Tanzina Vega (@tanzinavega) November 4, 2015 The Hispanic Federation, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) are planning to march from Trump Tower to 30 Rock ahead of the broadcast. A Latino Rights PAC called Deport Racism is offering a $5,000 "bounty" for any audience member who disrupts the episode by yelling out "Deport racism!" or "Trump is a racist!" SNL is no stranger to controversy, and airing the show without the safety net of editing—it is live, after all—only further leads to the possibility that something unexpected might happen. It might not top Sinead O'Connor ripping up a picture of the Pope, but Trump is a combustible figure and there could be those who see an opportunity to make a statement. 3) NBC Will Do "Yuuuge" Ratings Trump has already boasted that his hosting stint will result in massive ratings for NBC, and he's probably right. As the three Republican primary debates have proved, Trump brings in viewers whether they like him or not.

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How Ryan Seacrest’s First (Unofficial) Broadcasting Job Led Him to a Big New Education Initiative

September 11, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Ryan Seacrest wants to give back to teachers, whom he credits for giving him his first taste of broadcasting. This might not come as much of a surprise, but Seacrest wasn't exactly a quiet kid in school—much to the chagrin of his teachers. "All of my teachers knew me as the kid that talked a lot, and sometimes would forget to raise his hand," Seacrest told Adweek. In a story Seacrest will share Friday night on Think It Up, a one-hour telecast that will air across NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS, the multihyphenate talent will mention how he was convinced to do his school's morning announcements as a way to channel his energy. "In a way, there are three or four teachers that gave me that first broadcasting job, which was to say, 'Please rise for the pledge,' " Seacrest says. "I got really invested in doing a morning show over the PA system at school." The telecast, which kicks off a three-year, $30 million education initiative from the Entertainment Industry Foundation—also known for its Stand Up to Cancer campaign—will feature numerous celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson and Kristen Bell sharing stories of how teachers have influenced them. Seacrest's full-service marketing and PR agency, Civic Entertainment Group, has been a major backer of the campaign; Stuart Ruderfer, CEO of Civic is an executive producer of the Think It Up telecast. Lisa Paulsen, EIF's president and CEO, adds that the group used the Stand Up to Cancer program as a framework for Friday's telecast. "It's the same kind of format from a storytelling perspective," she said

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Trump Will ‘Absolutely Not’ Be Back on Celebrity Apprentice

August 13, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On the 17th and final day of the Television Critics Association's summer press tour panels, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt summarized this tour's recurring themes. "Too many shows, not enough monetization, fractured audience, Netflix doesn't report ratings, what did Nielsen do this time?" he said. "And how do we find the next big comedy? In a nutshell, that's sort of what keeps me up at night." NBC, which publicly parted ways with Donald Trump in June, said it will not broadcast a new version of Celebrity Apprentice this season, but the show will return in 2016 "with a new host," Greenblatt said. Whoever that is will need to "make noise and be a big personality," he added. The network is "almost done" selling off its interest in the Miss USA Pageant, according to Greenblatt, who summarized the current relationship with Trump: "At the moment, we're sort of separated." However, he wouldn't say Trump is "banned" from the network, given that he "might be the leader of the free world." If Trump isn't elected president, could he return as Celebrity Apprentice host? "Absolutely not," said Greenblatt. Comedy Struggles and Thursday Night Of course, there's a little more than that weighing on the network boss as he looks ahead to fall. Even though NBC was the No. 1 network last season among adults ages 18 to 49 for the second year in a row, its trouble spots remain the same as when Greenblatt last met with reporters in January —comedies and its Thursday night lineup. "The fall is sort of a clean start for all of us, which I'm happy about," said Greenblatt. "We've been in a difficult transition in the last couple years," Greenblatt said, with the departure of 30 Rock, The Office and Parks and Recreation

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NBC Orders New Bear Grylls Survival Series ‘The Island’

March 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bear Grylls is getting more adventure time at NBC. The Peacock has ordered six episodes of man vs. nature series “The Island,” presented by Grylls, Variety has learned exclusively. The hourlong series puts 14 ordinary American men to the test when they are stripped of their modern-day conveniences and lifestyles to survive on a deserted island with... Read more

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ABC’s David Muir Seizes Lead In Advertiser Demo From NBC’s Lester Holt

March 17, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ABC’s David Muir triumphed over NBC’s Lester Holt for the second time in five weeks, winning more of the evening-news viewers advertisers care most about, as the switch to daylight savings time severely crimped NBC’s dominance in the evening-news wars. NBC continued to lead ABC in terms of overall audience, but even that narrowed significantly... Read more

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As Boxing Returns to Prime Time, Will Ad Dollars Follow?

March 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Looking for the latest proof of the power of live programming? Turn to NBC on Saturday night. Before you sit through another SNL cold open, you'll be able to catch the return of professional boxing to network prime time. Yes, the sport that once created megastars like Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson with Saturday afternoon exposure (on ABC's Wide World of Sports and competing programming on CBS and NBC), is back on free TV. The first card of the Premier Boxing Champions series on NBC will be a doubleheader from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas featuring Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina Jr. The series was founded by Al Haymon, who is paying NBC a reported $20 million for the privilege of showing 20 fights this year on the network or its NBCSN cable sibling. The time-buy deal is not new to sports television (ESPN paid $7.3 billion to televise the Bowl Championship Series for the next 12 years; and CBS and Turner locked up the NCAA Tournament for 14 years for $10 billion), but it is a first for boxing. It has turned out to be a fairly easy sell. Several advertisers were wooed by the lure of the live event and jumped at the chance to get in the ring with Premier Boxing Champions, said Harlan Stone, managing director of SJX Partners, an agency that represents the series. Young males, of course, are the targeted demographic, and adult beverages, cars, energy drinks and quick-serve restaurants are the most likely marketers.

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Yahoo’s New Season of Community Spoofs Age of Ultron Trailer

March 3, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Yes, it's really happening, folks: Yahoo Screen's sixth season of Community —the one that nearly didn't happen because of low ratings and a difficult relationship between creator Dan Harmon and NBC—released its first trailer. And it spoofs the worlds-will-die grandiosity of Marvel's buzzy spot for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, of course. Yahoo has acquired plenty of sponsorship muscle for the upcoming season—Harmon joked at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that "the entire sixth season takes place inside a Honda," and sure enough, the trailer has a Honda tag at the end. Here's hoping Yahoo lets Harmon nibble the hand that feeds him a bit; some of the show's best gags have been at the expense of laid-back brands like Subway . The show is produced by Sony and held together with chewing gum and bailing wire by Harmon, producers the Russo Brothers (who also directed the second Captain America flick, explaining both the Marvel love here and Community star Danny Pudi's appearance in that film) and Joel McHale, who reportedly

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Dave Annable Lands Male Lead in NBC Medical Drama ‘Heart Matters’

February 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Dave Annable has been cast as the male lead in NBC’s medical drama “Heart Matters,” Variety has learned. Annable, who recently starred in “Red Band Society” and previously “Brothers & Sisters,” will co-star opposite Melissa George, who was cast earlier this week in the lead role. He will play her boyfriend. The medical soap, inspired by the... Read more

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Parks and Rec Made a Bunch of Fake Ads for Last Night’s Show, and They Were Great

February 18, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC's Parks and Recreation will soon come to an end, and the writers of the heartwarming, droll comedy have been knocking it out of the ... well, park. The first of last night's two episodes featured Chris Pratt's character Andy Dwyer saying goodbye to his kids' program, Johnny Karate's

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