NBC Drama "Smash"
The much buzzed about new NBC series Smash, co-starring Debra Messing and Katharine McPhee will premiere on Monday, Feb. 6 at 10 p.m.
Other NBC news revealed this morning:
*Another Will & Grace star is back! New NBC president Robert Greenblatt announced this morning at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour that they are currently developing a new half-hour comedy series starring Sean Hayes.
*Will Arnett‘s Up All Night is changing things up. They have scheduled three days of re-shoots for their pilot episode and are giving Maya Rudolph more to do, no doubt due to the success of her summer movie, Bridesmaids. Her character will now be an Oprah-like talk show host and Christina Applegate‘s character will be her producer.
*The peacock network has struck a two year deal with former Office and current Parks and Recreation showrunner, Greg Daniels to develop new live-action, animated and reality television series. Greenblatt said “one of our focuses will be to return Greg to primetime animation, for which he had particular success with King of the Hill.”
NBC's Love Bites
NBC has reportedly decided to shelve the final episode of the ratings challenged anthology series, Love Bites.
The series was originally supposed to air a total of 9 episodes this summer, concluding on Thursday, July 28. However, the peacock network has decided to shelve the final installment.
Network sources indicate that there are no plans to air the ninth and final episode of the series on air or online.
That being said, the show only has 2 remaining episodes scheduled to air, with the series concluding on July 21.
NBC has not given a reason for their decision.
Repeats of Law & Order: SVU will take the place of the dramedy in the 10:00 p.m. slot on Thursday nights.
In next week’s brand new episode of anthology series Love Bites, a man is thrown a curve when his girlfriend dumps him and then romances his baseball hero; Judd and Colleen scout for a home with help from an ace real-estate agent, and a woman finds love while on vacation in Brazil.
John Krasinski and Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin has teamed up with Office star John Krasinski to develop a mini-series for HBO based on the novel Life at the Marmont, which was written by the hotel’s co-ower Raymond R. Sarlot and Fred Basten.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Sorkin (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) will write the series and executive produce alongside Krasinski (The Office), the Chateau Marmont’s current owner, Andre Balazs and his daughter, Alessandra.
Krasinski is also expected to play a role in the currently untitled series, which will feature interwoven stories of the hotel’s guests over several generations.
Since the 1930’s, the apartment complex, which later become a hotel, has been at the center of Hollywood, playing host to many film and television actors, famous authors and musicians.
On next week’s brand new episode of the new NBC anthology series, Love Bites, Judd and Colleen’s lazy, hazy day sampling medical drugs goes up in smoke when they discover they’re late for a christening; an awkard teen preps for a date with Annie’s confident niece; and an astronaut in deep space suspects his girlfriend is cheating on him.
NBC's Friends With Benefits
The Futon Critic has reported that NBC has finally decided to roll out its shelved midseason half-hour comedy Friends With Benefits on Saturday, June 25.
NBC will air two episodes of the series back-to-back each week, beginning at 8 p.m.
The show follows a group of twenty-something singles as they navigate the difficult and sometimes confusing world of dating.
The comedy stars Danneel Harris (One Tree Hill), Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars), Jessica Lucas (Melrose Place), Zach Cregger (The Whitest Kids U’Know) and Andre Holland (The Black Donnellys).
NBC's The Event
As soon as NBC announced the cancellation of it’s freshman sci-fi drama series, The Event, series creator, Nick Wauters confirmed that they were looking for ways to continue producing the show.
Today it was announced by Deadline that there are currently talks with SyFy to pick up the serialized show as a mini-series.
Migrating a network show to cable is not easy, though. According to Deadline, discussions are currently being made to see if producing the show for SyFy would be financially possible.
Also according to Deadline, if a mini-series does in fact make it to air and the show performs well in the ratings, there is a great possibility that the cable channel would launch another season of The Event.
There have also been rumors that SyFy may pick up FOX drama, Lock and Key, starring pop star Jesse McCartney. However, no official word has been made, Deadline reported.