NBC UNIVERSAL NEWS

 

NBC KICKS OFF TELEVISION'S BIGGEST NIGHT WITH "62nd PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS RED CARPET SPECIAL" LIVE COAST-TO-COAST ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 29


 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - June 9, 2010 - NBC will kick off television's biggest night with the "62nd Primetime Emmy® Awards Red Carpet Special," a live one-hour event co-hosted by Billy Bush, Maria Menounos ("Access Hollywood") and Nate Berkus ("The Nate Berkus Show") on Sunday, August 29 (4-5 p.m. PT, 7-8 p.m. ET).  The "62nd Primetime Emmy® Awards," hosted by Jimmy Fallon ("Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"), will air immediately following the red carpet special live coast-to-coast on NBC (5-8 p.m. PT, 8-11 p.m. ET).

Broadcasting live from the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles, the evening will feature more stars, fashion and glamour than ever before in this year's Emmy® telecast.  Nominees, presenters and special guests will interact with the red carpet co-hosts and special segments will be highlighted throughout the hour.

The "62nd Primetime Emmy® Awards Red Carpet Special," will be executive produced by Rob K. Silverstein ("Access Hollywood"). The special will be directed by Stephanie Medina (AMC's "Sunday Morning Shootout").

"We plan on bringing the same energy, enthusiasm, passion and smarts to the red carpet that we bring to ‘Access Hollywood' every day," said Silverstein.  "The viewers can expect surprises galore, with fashion and style coverage done the ‘Access' way."

Billy Bush is the anchor for "Access Hollywood" and also hosts nationally syndicated radio's "The Billy Bush Show." Bush has covered and hosted red carpet events including the Academy® Awards, Golden Globes® and Emmy® Awards.

Maria Menounos is a special correspondent for "Access Hollywood" and serves as West Coast Contributor for "Today."  She has co-hosted red carpet events including the Academy Awards® and Emmy® live pre-shows. 

Joining the "Access Hollywood" team is New York Times best-selling author Nate Berkus, whose daily talk show, "The Nate Berkus Show," will premiere this fall. Berkus garnered national attention for his regular appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" as a featured design expert.

 

 

NBC PICKS UP THREE FRESHMAN ALTERNATIVE SERIES AS 'THE MARRIAGE REF,' 'MINUTE TO WIN IT' AND 'WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?' ARE RENEWED FOR 2010-11
 


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - April 5, 2010 - NBC has picked up three freshman alternative series as "The Marriage Ref," "Minute to Win It" and "Who Do You Think You Are?" are renewed for the 2010-11 season. The announcement was made today by Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

"All of these new series have demonstrated increasing popularity and generated far-reaching interest among viewers," said Telegdy. "Equally important, each has a compelling and innovative format, and a second season will allow these shows to grow creatively and attract an even wider audience."

From executive producer Jerry Seinfeld, "The Marriage Ref" is delivering a 3.0 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers overall to date in its Thursday 10 p.m. ET slot in "most current" figures from Nielsen Media Research. "The Marriage Ref" is averaging a 93 percent retention of its lead-in from "30 Rock" in 18-49 and is up 7 percent versus that lead-in in total viewers. "Marriage Ref" has also consistently over-delivered in key upscale demos, currently ranking in the top 10 among all primetime network series in its concentration of homes with $100K+ incomes in its adult 18-49 audience.

The competition series "Minute to Win It" hosted by Guy Fieri is averaging a 2.0 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 6.0 million viewers overall in "most current" results for its regular Sunday telecasts to date. Those "Minute To Win It" Sunday editions have been building from half-hour to half-hour by an average of 29 percent in 18-49 rating and 25 percent in total viewers. A "Minute To Win It" encore also ran in the 8 p.m. ET hour on Wednesday of last week and finished #2 among the major networks in the time period in adults 18-49 and total viewers.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" from executive producer Lisa Kudrow is averaging a 1.6 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers overall in "most current" results for its season thus far. In preliminary results for last Friday, "Who Do You Think You Are?" won the 8-9 p.m. ET hour in adults 18-49, marking the first time any regular competitor in this slot has beaten an original episode of CBS's "Ghost Whisperer" in 18-49 rating since November 17, 2006. "Who Do You Think You Are?" has improved the time period by 23 percent in adult 18-49 rating versus NBC's average for the traditional 2008-09 season in "live plus same day" results.

"The Marriage Ref" is NBC's new comedy panel series about the unpredictable and hilarious institution commonly known as marriage. The series features comedian/actor Tom Papa, who was personally selected by Seinfeld to host and serve as the "marriage ref." Seinfeld has appeared in several episodes and other celebrity participants to date have included Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan (NBC's "30 Rock"), Madonna, Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Eva Longoria Parker, Jason Alexander and Kelly Ripa.

"The Marriage Ref" is produced by Seinfeld's Columbus 81 Productions and Ellen Rakieten Entertainment. Seinfeld, Ellen Rakieten ("The Oprah Winfrey Show"), Shed Media's Nick Emmerson ("Supernanny") and Jennifer O'Connell ("Supernanny"), Al Berman ("The Biggest Loser Live Finale," "The Celebrity Apprentice Live Finale"), Howard West ("Seinfeld"), George Shapiro ("Seinfeld") and Jessica Seinfeld serve as executive producers. International distribution is by Endemol.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" gives viewers an up-close and personal look inside the family history of some of today's most beloved and iconic celebrities. Among the celebrities featured this season are Matthew Broderick, Lisa Kudrow, Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields and Emmitt Smith. Ancestry.com is currently NBC's official partner on the series.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" is produced by Wall to Wall productions (a Shed Media company) in association with Is Or Isn't Entertainment. Alex Graham from Wall to Wall, and Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky from Is or Isn't Entertainment, are the executive producers. The unique, award-winning series is based on the popular BBC television documentary series created and executive-produced by Graham.

All-American chef and television personality Guy Fieri ("Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives") hosts NBC's competition series "Minute to Win It." Fieri serves as master of ceremonies and leads competitors through a series of simple, yet nerve-wracking games that can reward them a $1 million prize. In each episode, competitors will face 10 challenges that escalate in level of difficulty using everyday household items. At various points throughout the game, the contestant can walk away with the money earned up to that point -- but it takes nerves of steel to win $1 million.

"Minute to Win It" is produced by Universal Media Studios with Friday TV. Craig Plestis, Tim Puntillo (NBC's "Identity"), Mattias Olsson and Jock Millgardh serve as executive producers
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NBC'S HIT WEIGHT-LOSS SERIES "THE BIGGEST LOSER" LAUNCHING NATIONWIDE, 15-CITY SEARCH FOR NEW CONTESTANTS


 

**Updated with an Additional Los Angeles Audition on March 14**
Season Ten Auditions For Individuals and Teams of Two to be Held in Chicago, Tampa, Washington, D.C., Boston, Detroit, Nashville, New York City, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, Dallas, New Orleans, Phoenix, Portland and Los Angeles


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - February 18, 2010 - NBC's popular reality series "The Biggest Loser" is launching a 15-city cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the hit show. Individuals and teams of two who have at least 100 lbs. to lose are encouraged to apply for the new season, which will air in the fall of 2010.

Casting producers are looking for outgoing and charismatic individuals and teams of two who have the personality, desire and competitive edge to vie for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lose weight, change their lives forever and compete for a grand prize of $250,000. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and legal residents of the United States.

While they will try to see everyone, "The Biggest Loser" casting teams will do their best to see the first 500 people in line. People will not be allowed to line up prior to three hours before the start of the open call. Candidates should bring a non-returnable photo of themselves (and their partners if applying as a team).

SATURDAY, MARCH 6
CHICAGO
NBC TOWER
454 N. COLUMBUS DRIVE
CHICAGO, IL 60611
10 AM - 6 PM

TAMPA
SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL AND CASINO
5223 N. ORIENT ROAD
TAMPA, FL 33610
10 AM - 6 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C.
WALTER E. WASHINGTON CONVENTION CENTER
801 MT. VERNON PLACE NW (LEVEL 3, ROOM 209)
WASHINGTON, DC 20001
10AM-6PM

SUNDAY, MARCH 7
BOSTON
SEAPORT WORLD TRADE CENTER
200 SEAPORT BLVD.
BOSTON, MA 02210
**THE SEAPORT HOTEL IS OFFERING A SPECIAL RATE AND FRONT OF THE LINE PASS TO THE FIRST 25 PEOPLE WHO BOOK A ROOM (ONE PASS PER ROOM)
10AM-6PM

SATURDAY, MARCH 13
DETROIT
GARDNER WHITE FURNITURE
45300 HAYES ROAD
MACOMB, MI 48044
10 AM - 6 PM

NASHVILLE
DAVE AND BUSTERS
540 OPRY MILLS DRIVE
NASHVILLE, TN 37214
10AM-6PM

NEW YORK CITY
NBC EXPERIENCE STORE
30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA
NEW YORK CITY, NY 10112
10 AM - 6 PM

ALBUQUERQUE
SANDIA RESORT AND CASINO
30 RAINBOW ROAD NE
ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87113
10 AM - 6 PM



SUNDAY, MARCH 14
LOS ANGELES
PERSHING SQUARE PARK (SHAPE UP AMERICA HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO)
532 SOUTH OLIVE STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90013
10 A.M. - 4 P.M.

SATURDAY, MARCH 20
OKLAHOMA CITY
COCA COLA EVENTS CENTER
425 E. CALIFORNIA
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73104
10 AM - 6 PM

SALT LAKE CITY
NBC STUDIOS
55 NORTH 300 WEST
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84180
10 AM - 5 PM

DALLAS
METHODIST DALLAS MEDICAL CENTER - HITT AUDITORIUM
221 W. COLORADO (AT BISHOP AVENUE)
DALLAS, TX 75208
10 AM - 6 PM

NEW ORLEANS
RIVERWALK MARKETPLACE
1 POYDRAS ST. (2ND LEVEL)
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130
10 AM - 6 PM


SATURDAY, MARCH 27
PHOENIX
SUPERSTITION SPRINGS CENTER
6555 E. SOUTHERN AVENUE
MESA, AZ 85206
10 AM - 6 PM

SUNDAY, MARCH 28
PORTLAND
OREGON CONVENTION CENTER
777 NE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BLVD. (ROOMS D139 & D140)
PORTLAND, OR 97232
10 AM - 6 PM

SATURDAY, APRIL 3
LOS ANGELES
CITADEL OUTLETS
100 CITADEL DRIVE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90040
9 AM - 2 PM

For those who are unable to attend a casting call, information on how to apply to the show and submit a videotape is available on www.nbc.com/casting and www.thebiggestlosercasting.com.

Alison Sweeney ("Days of our Lives") is the host of "The Biggest Loser," which challenges and encourages overweight contestants to shed pounds in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000. The unscripted and life-altering series gathers contestants from across the country to face real-life temptations, while being provided with approved weight-loss skills and resources in an effort to help them transform their bodies, health -- and ultimately -- their lives. Contestants work out under the supervision of professional trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels.

"The Biggest Loser" is a production of Reveille LLC, 25/7 Productions and 3Ball Productions. Ben Silverman (NBC's "The Office," "Ugly Betty"), Dave Broome ("A Model Life with Petra Nemcova," "Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope"), JD Roth ("Age of Love," "Beauty and the Geek"), Todd A. Nelson ("Unan1mous," "Beauty and the Geek") and Mark Koops ("Breakthrough With Tony Robbins," "Shear Genius") serve as executive producers.
 

 

 

NBC'S "LAST COMIC STANDING" RETURNS THIS SUMMER WITH NEW HOST CRAIG ROBINSON (NBC'S 'THE OFFICE')


 

Open Casting Calls to Take Place in Los Angeles (March 6) and New York City (March 21)
 


UNIVERSAL CITY, CA. - February 26, 2010 - NBC's Emmy-nominated competition series "Last Comic Standing" will return this summer for its seventh season with new host Craig Robinson (NBC's "The Office") it was announced today by Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

Robinson, star of NBC's hit comedy series "The Office" and the upcoming feature film "Hot Tub Time Machine," will host the nationwide search for the funniest comedian in America, and reward him or her with a $250,000 prize, plus an exclusive talent deal with the network. The most recent edition of "Last Comic Standing" ran on Thursday nights in Summer 2008 and built an audience through its run.

"'Last Comic Standing' has been a consistent success with both viewers and critics and we can't wait to bring it back," said Telegdy. "The addition of a versatile comedic talent like Craig will only enhance what has proved to be a winning formula."

Executive producer Peter Engel added, "I am so excited about season seven of 'Last Comic Standing.' We are looking for lucky seven being the best year ever. I am confident that Craig Robinson and the creative team will take the comedy to a new level of laughs."

As with previous seasons, talent scouts in Los Angeles and New York will watch performances from aspiring and professional comedians. In addition to the open casting calls, "Last Comic Standing" will invite some of the best and brightest comics from all over the country to participate in the competition.

Open casting calls will be held in Los Angeles (March 6) at the Improv (8162 Melrose Ave.) doors open 9am, and New York City (March 21) at the Gotham Comedy Club (208 W. 23rd St.) doors open 9am. All contestants must be 18 and over.

Beginning as a stand-up comedian, Robinson first made his mark in the comedy circuit at the 1998 Montreal "Just For Laughs" Festival. That year, he also won the Oakland Comedy Festival Awards and the Miller Genuine Draft 1996 Comedy Search. He soon went on to perform his act on "The Jimmy Kimmel Show," and "Real Time with Bill Maher." Now headlining venues and festivals across the country, he does both solo acts as well as full-band sets - "The Nasty Delicious" - tying together his lyrical comedy with his finesse at the piano.

Currently appearing in the sixth season of the Emmy-winning "The Office" on NBC, Robinson portrays sarcastic Dunder-Mifflin warehouse worker Darryl Philbin. In the past few years, he has made his mark in the film world as well, stealing scenes in every project he appears. He made audiences question their notions of vanity playing the sensitive bouncer in "Knocked Up," kept them glued to their seats as one of the henchman hunting Seth Rogen and James Franco's bumbling stoner characters in "Pineapple Express," and shocked them silly at the end of "Fanboys" as the surprise guest playing a THX Security Guard on site at Lucas Ranch.

"Last Comic Standing" is produced by Peter Engel Productions and Universal Media Studios. The executive producers are Peter Engel ("Saved by the Bell," "The Next Best Thing"), Jayson Dinsmore ("I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!") and Barry Katz ("Action," "Dane Cook's Tourgasm"). Co-Executive Producers are Javier Winnik and Page Hurwitz. "Last Comic Standing" is directed by Alan Carter.

SYFY MARCH SATURDAY ORIGINAL MOVIES FEATURE DINOSHARK, FROM CULT MOVIE LEGEND ROGER CORMAN, AND DARK RELIC, STARRING JAMES FRAIN (THE TUDORS)


 


Legendary cult movie producer Roger Corman unleashes a nightmarish half dinosaur-half shark onto a resort area and James Frain (The Tudors) portrays a knight battling a murderous demon in Syfy's March Saturday Original Movies.

In Dinoshark, airing Saturday, March 13, at 9PM (ET/PT), a lush Mexico vacation spot is terrorized by a mysterious prehistoric creature no one believes exists, except a young fishing boat captain (Eric Balfour, 24, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). To prevent a bloodbath, the captain must stop "Dinoshark" before it invades an inland waterway full of pleasure boats and swimmers. Dinoshark is produced by Roger Corman and Julie Corman.

Roger Corman, who received an Honorary 2010 Oscar, is the legendary director and producer of numerous low-budget cult classics, among them It Conquered the World, Teenage Doll, The Little Shop of Horrors, House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, Premature Burial, The Raven, The Masque of the Red Death, The Wild Angels and The Trip.

Corman is also credited with opening the door to a number of young filmmakers including Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme and Ron Howard.

Airing Saturday, March 27, at 9PM (ET/PT), Dark Relic stars Frain as a battle-weary warrior leading his men home after years of fighting. But the Holy Relic he's carrying contains a terrible curse, which frees a bloodthirsty demon. Sir Gregory (Frain) and some unlikely allies confront this scourge from Hell to stop the spread of an unspeakable evil. Dark Relic is a production of Battle Productions, LLC.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)
 

 

 

 

SYFY ACQUIRES BASIC CABLE RIGHTS TO CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED MERLIN SERIES FROM FREMANTLEMEDIA ENTERPRISES


 

26 EPISODE PACKAGE FEATURES U.S. TELEVISION PREMIERE OF SEASON TWO
Merlin Joins Syfy Primetime Schedule in April 2010


 

NEW YORK - February 3, 2010 - Syfy has acquired the basic cable rights from FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) for all 26 episodes (both seasons) of the critically acclaimed series Merlin, including the United States television premiere of Season Two, which has never aired on American television.  Merlin joins the Syfy primetime lineup in April 2010.

Thomas Vitale, Executive Vice President, Programming and Original Movies, Syfy, said, "A viewer favorite after only one season, Merlin will be a strong addition to our schedule this spring. We expect its enthralling imaginative vision, engaging young talent, and rich production values to resonate with our audience."

FME’s Lisa Honig, SVP Program Distribution, North America commented, "Merlin has been a great success internationally with fans in more than 180 countries. Partnering with Syfy to continue that engagement in the US after a successful first series is a win-win for everyone."

Season One of Merlin aired on NBC (Summer 2009). Both seasons 1 and 2 aired on BBC One in the UK (2008-09).  BBC has commissioned a third season which will air in September 2010. FME also handles brand licensing and home entertainment for Merlin.

ABOUT MERLIN
An imaginative new twist on a timeless legend, Merlin is set in the mythical city of Camelot, before history began. It’s a fantastical realm of legendary beasts and mysterious peoples, and a dangerous world where magic has been banned by the ruthless tyrant, Uther Pendragon.

When Merlin, a young man gifted with extraordinary magical powers, arrives in the kingdom, he quickly makes enemies, including the heir to Uther's crown, the headstrong Prince Arthur.  But guided by Uther's wise physician, Gaius, Merlin is soon using his talents not just to survive but also to unlock Camelot's mystical secrets.

As he does, Merlin discovers that his destiny and that of the kingdom’s young leader in waiting, Arthur, are inextricably linked.

Merlin stars Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head as King Uther, Richard Wilson as Gaius, Katie McGrath as Morgana and Angel Coulby as Gwen.

Merlin is executive produced by Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps for Shine Television.

ABOUT FREMANTLEMEDIA ENTERPRISES & FREMANTLEMEDIA
FremantleMedia is one of the leading creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company, which is in turn 90 percent owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's major media and entertainment companies. FremantleMedia’s worldwide production arm is responsible for many of the world’s highest rated prime time entertainment, drama, serial drama and factual entertainment programmes. FremantleMedia Enterprises is the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop-shop for all Licensing, Distribution and Home Entertainment around the world. The FremantleMedia Group (which includes talkbackTHAMES, UFA and Grundy amongst others) has operations in 22 countries, one of the most comprehensive global networks, creating over 14,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 300 individual titles. FremantleMedia has some of the world’s most sought after and long running formats in its catalogue, and globally, produces such programmes as: Idols (co-produced with 19 Productions in the US), The X Factor (co-produced with Syco in the UK), Got Talent (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), Neighbours, The Bill, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Farmer Wants A Wife and Hole In The Wall.

ABOUT SYFY
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 95 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

EMILY ROSE JOINS SYFY'S "HAVEN"


 

New Drama Series Slated to Premiere Summer 2010
 


NEW YORK - February 8, 2010 - Emily Rose (Jericho, Brothers and Sisters, ER) has been cast in Syfy's new supernatural drama series Haven, based on the novella The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King. Rose will play the lead role of Audrey Parker, the shrewd and confident FBI agent with a lost past who arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine to solve the murder of a local ex-con. Before long, her natural curiosity lands her in the epicenter of activity in this curious enclave, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people that are afflicted with a remarkable range of supernatural abilities.

As the townspeople's dormant abilities begin to express themselves, Audrey helps keep these forces at bay while discovering the many secrets of Haven - including one surrounding her own surprising past in this extraordinary place.

Production is expected to commence in Spring 2010, with an eye towards a Summer 2010 premiere.

Haven, from E1 Entertainment and Pillar, Segan, Shepard, will be the first property to be produced for Syfy in the US and NBCU Pay channels around the globe (excluding Canada and Scandinavia). International distribution is handled by E1 Entertainment.

The impressive creative team behind Haven includes Scott Shepherd (Tru Calling, The Dead Zone) serving as showrunner and is joined by his partners Executive Producers Lloyd Segan and Shawn Piller (The Dead Zone, Wildfire, Greek) and E1 Entertainment's John Morayniss (Hung,) and Noreen Halpern (The Bridge, Copper). The pilot is written by Sam Ernst (Shrek the Third, The Dead Zone) and Jim Dunn (Shrek the Third, The Dead Zone) who will also serve as executive producers on the series.

About E1 Entertainment
E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries. The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1's extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution. E1's content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.

About Syfy
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com) and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

About Universal Networks International
Universal Networks International, the global channels division of NBC Universal, is one of the world's premier entertainment networks, delivering quality content and compelling brands including Syfy Universal to over 150 million viewers in 130 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia.
 

 

 

NBC ANNOUNCES SEASON FINALE DATES


 


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - February 8, 2010 - NBC announced today season finale dates for a variety of shows that extend all the way to Tuesday, May 25 with the season's climactic episode of "The Biggest Loser" (8-10 p.m. ET).

In chronological order, the season finales include (all times ET): "Trauma" (Monday, May 10, 9-10 p.m.); "Mercy" (Wednesday, May 12, 8-9 p.m.); and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (Wednesday, May 19, 10-11 p.m.).

Also among NBC's season finales are all of the Thursday night comedies, including: "Community" (Thursday, May 20, 8-8:30 p.m.); "Parks and Recreation" (Thursday, May 20, 8:30-9 p.m.); "The Office" (Thursday, May 20, 9-9:30 p.m.); "30 Rock" (Thursday, May 20, 9:30-10 p.m.); "The Celebrity Apprentice" (Sunday, May 23, 9-11 p.m.); a two-hour "Chuck" (Monday, May 24, 8-10 p.m.); "Law & Order" (Monday, May 24, 10-11 p.m.); and a two-hour "The Biggest Loser" (Tuesday, May 25, 8-10 p.m
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'THE 2010 MISS USA PAGEANT' TO AIR LIVE ON NBC SUNDAY, MAY 16 (7-9 P.M. ET)


 

"The 2010 Miss USA Pageant" Will Broadcast Live from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
 


NEW YORK - February 1, 2010 - NBC and Paula M. Shugart, President of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that "The 2010 Miss USA Pageant" will air on NBC Sunday, May 16 (7-9 p.m. ET) from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas at the Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The evening will be a "Trump" night as the live pageant will lead in to NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice," which airs immediately following the telecast (9-11 p.m. ET).

"Las Vegas has become our home away from home. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority have been incredible hosts and we plan on showing our contestants exactly why we keep coming back," said Shugart. "Las Vegas is tailor made to host an event like Miss USA and it always makes for an exciting worldwide telecast. The 2009 broadcast was seen in over 95 countries and territories."

"Las Vegas is once again excited to welcome the Miss USA pageant," said Rossi Ralenkotter, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "Our continued partnership with the Miss Universe Organization enables us to further relationships with global brands that value our market and share our values."

"We look forward to welcoming back the Miss Universe Organization this May," said Robert Earl, co-chairman of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. "The Miss USA Pageant is a marquee event for Las Vegas, showcasing to a national and international audience the many highlights of the Entertainment Capitol of the World. The partnership with the Miss Universe Organization, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Planet Hollywood has been a great success and we look forward to our continued role as the host property for many years to come."

Miss USA 2009, Kristen Dalton, who was crowned at last year's pageant, has been traveling the nation as an advocate for breast and ovarian cancer awareness, education, research and legislation. She will crown her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast. Each contestant from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. The show will conclude with one contestant ultimately being crowned MISS USA? 2010.

Donald J. Trump will again serve as executive producer of "The 2010 Miss USA Pageant."

The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Las Vegas is the official host hotel of MISS USA? 2010.

The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE?, MISS USA? and MISS TEEN USA? Pageants, is a joint venture between Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal. Utilizing its nationwide grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing awareness of breast and ovarian cancers. By forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education, Miss USA is equipped to educate women today

CNBC TRANSCRIPT: CNBC'S STEVE LIESMAN SPEAKS WITH FORMER TREASURY SECRETARY HANK PAULSON TODAY ON CNBC'S "SQUAWK BOX"


 

WHEN: TODAY, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST
WHERE: CNBC'S "SQUAWK BOX"


Following is the unofficial transcript of a CNBC interview with Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson today on CNBC's "Squawk Box." Excerpts from the interview will run throughout CNBC's Business Day programming today.

All references must be sourced to CNBC.
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STEVE LIESMAN, host: Thanks for joining us.

Mr. HENRY PAULSON: It's good to be here, Steve.

LIESMAN: Let me just tell you--I just want to ask you--I had a chance to talk to some of your staff while this book was being written, and they said that they forgot that they weren't working for you. So I wonder if the publication of this book released your staff from the indentured servitude that they were under.

Mr. PAULSON: Actually, there's a lot of jokes about that. But seriously, I needed them. We--I don't take notes, we didn't have official papers, I don't use briefing memos anyway. And there was so much going on that, you know, would be--it helped us recall, put things together. And in many ways the book is a story about how, with a very special group of people, we worked together under extraordinarily difficult circumstances.

LIESMAN: And there weren't any e-mails.

Mr. PAULSON: No. No.

LIESMAN: Must have been the--well, not only to live through the time that you were in the government, but to relive, it must have been a really trying experience to relive.

Mr. PAULSON: It was trying in two respects. First of all, I always thought I was a talented writer. I learned that I--it was a humbling experience and it was--it was a miserable, humbling experience. And I have now much more respect for every journalist and everyone that's--that writes.

LIESMAN: It's about time.

Mr. PAULSON: About time. And to try to--it's easy to take the simple things and make them complicated. It's very difficult to take complicated things and make them simple, number one. And then number two, I found myself waking up again at 2 in the morning as I was working on some of these chapters and reliving--I felt--I felt my stomach knot up again and just what it was like.

LIESMAN: I've always...(unintelligible)...this direct line back to the time period that you wrote about in this book. Yesterday, the confirmation...(unintelligible). What do you think about...(unintelligible)?

Mr. PAULSON: Well, first of all, I'm absolutely delighted that he was confirmed, and I--and I wasn't worried about it. I knew he was going to be confirmed. I think that the--that the president really got to it in the State of the Union. And he simply said something to the effect of, `Republicans didn't like the bailouts, Democrats didn't like the bailout, I didn't like the bailout, but we needed to do it.' And I--so I think all of us that were here in the midst of the crisis had to do some very objectionable, politically unattractive things. But they were far, far better than the alternative, which would have been a meltdown of our economy and an absolute economic disaster.

LIESMAN: (Unintelligible)...senators still blame Ben Bernanke.

Mr. PAULSON: It is--it sort of goes with the territory. It's not about fairness or unfairness. If you're a leader, and a strong leader, during a difficult time like a crisis, it's--there's going--there's always going to be a little bit of flak. And then those who are in the top economic jobs when the economy isn't doing well, regardless of what hands they've been dealt, are always going to draw a certain amount of controversy.

LIESMAN: Want to go back and start with some of the interesting histories that we hear. And I thought one of the amazing things was that you had studied housing, and there was a conclusion in both the Treasury and the Federal Reserve, you two, that housing was not a problem. And you said it, but no one's regretting it. What did you miss?

Mr. PAULSON: Well, I think what we missed was to step back even further. We have a history, the recent history in this country going back to--since World War II, residential housing prices have essentially gone up. Over time they've just--they've gone up. We haven't had dramatic declines in the residential housing prices. And so this--a collapse like we saw wasn't in any--in any of the models, any of the analytical models. No, I didn't hear experts say that this could cause a crisis of this magnitude.

Now, I knew that--and as you'll recall from the book, in one of the early chapters I recount a--one of the first substantive, important meetings I had with President Bush and the economic team. And I asked for that meeting to be on what I thought was the strong possibility that there would be some credit crisis while we were here. And the president said to me, `What would cause it?' And I said to him, `I don't know, because you never know. It's obvious after the fact, but there's a lot of dry tinder. I don't know what's going to light the spark.' No one predicted the Russian default or the Asian crisis.

And to get more specifically to your question, we had made comments, a number of--a number of us had made comments and said that subprime was--issue was going to be contained. And we said that in the context that the subprime mortgage market was not a big part of the--of--not being relative to the overall economy. But of course, this was much greater than subprime. It was the mortgage market overall, it was housing overall. And we saw a kind of behavior that we've never seen before.

LIESMAN: I was amazed also, reporting the story but also reading your book, that you didn't understand, and many couldn't understand, the way all of this stuff was financed. The SID...(unintelligible). Hank Paulson was from Goldman Sachs. How did you not know how--what was going on inside the shadow banking?

Mr. PAULSON: Well, the SID, it's one thing to know that there were some of these conduits for housing. But I came from a firm where we didn't have an SID, and I didn't--the idea that you could have so much financing done off balance sheet with--is pretty remarkable.

LIESMAN: (Unintelligible)...but the Federal Reserve was supposed to be the all-knowing agency...(unintelligible). The Treasury had unlimited resources as far as anybody could tell.

Mr. PAULSON: (Unintelligible)...I think one lesson is that you can never count totally on regulation to solve the problem. Need a balance between regulation and work and discipline. And so that's why it is so essential that no organization ever be too big to fail. That is why I think the most important thing we need to get done with regulatory reform is to have the
resolution of authority so that any financial institution, if it is going to fail--and, you know, here I'm talking about regardless of type of institution or size, if it's going to fail it can be liquidated in a way in which it doesn't bring down the system and hurt the economy.

LIESMAN: Want to get to the dramatic Lehman weekend in a second, but one thing's that's always bothered you, the time period...(unintelligible)...Bear Stearns. Why wasn't some form of...(unintelligible)...or some form of a structure created--plan created in case there was another Bear Stearns?

Mr. PAULSON: (Unintelligible)...bothered me too because you get at the fact that although Bear Stearns came on us suddenly, that Lehman was like seeing a plane flying into the side of the mountains and seeing it for some time. I'd say--I'll answer your question one way by just saying, `Well, look today.' Here we--it should be painfully obvious to everyone that's thought how desperately we need this--we don't ever want a Treasury secretary to be sitting where I was sitting with--without the tools you need to present--to prevent disaster. And now, you know, how long has it been since Lehman, and we have a popular president who's asking for it, we've got congressional leaders that--a number of them that know how important it is, and we still don't have it.

And so one of the things, if you'll look at the record, that I was talking about publicly, about the need for resolution authority to wind down failing nonbanks in June. Made speeches here and in the UK. We went out and consulted with Congress. These are complicated, difficult issues, you know, in terms of how they're structured. And it was pretty clear that in our system, unless there's a pending crisis, an immediate crisis, you don't get Congress to act. And if we'd gone up and said, `Guess what. We have a desperate situation. If we don't get resolution authority, Lehman's going to fail and we're going to do nothing about it,' it would have happened immediately. And so that which we most feared would have come upon us. So instead, what we did was we talked quietly about it, we made a few speeches, we consulted, and then we raced--I was racing to stabilize Fannie and Freddie before Lehman announced their earnings, and then there was all the discussions we had on Lehman and all their work to try to find private capital buyers, investors and so on.

LIESMAN: I want to get to the Lehman weekend, but I want to start with a kind of personal thing for me because I...(unintelligible). I get a call from Michele Davis, your spokesman, and she says to me that you're not going to use government money...(unintelligible). But I have never understood...(unintelligible)...strategy? Or was that a negotiate...

Mr. PAULSON: That was a tactic. I think, when we...

LIESMAN: But you were prepared to use government money.

Mr. PAULSON: (Unintelligible)...and we lay out in the book. And it's very interesting because Fannie and Freddie had been--went in conservatorship on the 7th of September. And we find out on--right afterwards the North--you know, the Korea Development Bank wasn't going to make the investment in Lehman, and the Lehman situation started to unravel. We also knew that Lehman had been all over the world looking for buyers, money for people to put in capital. So it was pretty clear that there was no one that was going to step up. You know, and everyone was going to want to try to do a Bear Stearns. And as we talked about it, as we say in the book, I think that was sort of the best reasonable case you're looking at. But we wanted to, if possible, have the private sector ready to do that because it wasn't at all clear that we were going to have a situation where the Fed had the--where it was legally possible for the Fed to make a loan, OK, that'll be secured to the satisfaction of the Fed board.

So what we did was we wanted to make sure that people didn't show up, the industry didn't show up, expecting that the government was going to be there with a checkbook. We thought the best way--yeah, I think we made this pretty clear in the book that the best way to maximize the chance that there was going to be a deal done was to have the banks, the private sector there ready to assist in an acquisition, and to talk with the two potential buyers, you know, as the week, you know, dragged on--or it didn't drag on, it raced on. But talk with first B of A and then Barclays, and say, `We want you here. We'd like you to do it on an unassisted basis, but if it takes assistance, you know, give us your best offer and we'll get the private sector to help finance it.'

LIESMAN: I get that, but so you're saying this--that you would have been willing to...(unintelligible)...government...(unintelligible).

Mr. PAULSON: First of all, I didn't have--Treasury didn't have government funds. We didn't have the TARP, OK? So we--Treasury didn't have it. The Fed, we can--I believe that if there had been a situation where we had a buyer--and remember, we didn't have a buyer, so there was nothing to look at, because Bear Stearns you had a capital problem and a liquidity problem. But JPMorgan was there to solve the capital problem and guarantee the trading book, you know, to--while there was a shareholder vote. So--but if we had had a situation where we had a buyer and could have done that, and so the Fed wouldn't have had to lend into a--to a run on the bank and there was a way that the Fed could have--could have done something similar to Bear Stearns, we would have all talked about it very quickly and made a decision. And--but my judgment is we would have made the decision to do what we'd done with Bear Stearns, because Lehman--the system was so fragile that I may not have known that the results were going to be as disastrous as they were. But I knew it was going to be bad, and it was something I didn't want to see.

LIESMAN: There were some incredible things that were going on inside the...(unintelligible). Talk about how you got these rivals together, they eventually come up with a $30 million fund that they're going to use. At the same time there's a lot of mistrust amongst them. Willumstad didn't trust Flowers and nobody trusted Jamie Dimon. Talk about that.

Mr. PAULSON: What I'll--I would say first of all, you got to separate the two things because Willumstad and Flowers were in the room. OK, that was--that was sort of the interesting thing. We got together and we were--we were--in the industry, they were focusing on Lehman. And meanwhile, the same weekend, we learned that AIG is facing a crisis. So we had two separate meetings. And the--in terms of the Willumstad and Flowers, the--while we were having a meeting with B of A, which was about Lehman, and while it was pretty clear that B of A had no interest in Lehman from what they were--from what they were saying and the way were acting, as I explain in the book, Flowers took me aside, and Chris said to me, `You know, Hank, you should be aware of what's going on at AIG, and it's not a pretty picture. And I think that there's a disaster waiting to happen unless they do something. I think you should--you all should talk to them.' So I--that was on the margin of the meeting, not where the other bankers were there. The other bankers were all downstairs in the room, and Tim and I were having a meeting with B of A, which we were dealing separately with the two potential buyers for Lehman. And so on the margin of that meeting, B of--B of A's financial adviser had said that, and so then--and it was pretty clear that we had--and I just--I just talked...(unintelligible)...Willumstad. I just--because I was his--whether Chris Flowers was representing them or not and whether Chris should be at the meeting. And he said, no, he didn't--he didn't see Chris as playing a constructive role there. And Chris, for his standpoint, said what he saw was totally his view, which he said to us was just totally inept management there. Now...

LIESMAN: And everybody thought Jamie Dimon wanted to take over the world, too.

Mr. PAULSON: Well, the--in terms of the meeting we had were all of the--the banks and investment banks were there. I will--I will say this. Jamie played a very constructive role in that meeting because Jamie was working and helping us drive toward a--toward a rescue of Lehman, and I think would have played a significant role if we had been able to get a buyer for Lehman. But there's always going to be a certain amount of mistrust. I mean, these are competitors. I came from that world. I mean, it's--you know, we competed very hard.

LIESMAN: When it all collapses Sunday night...(unintelligible)...that you were scared. Talk about that.

Mr. PAULSON: Oh, that was one of the low points in--of my life because I had--if you've run a financial institution, you know what it means. You know, so my heart just went out not only to the--to the Lehman management and all the people at Lehman. And then I knew, which was much more important to me--because as Treasury secretary, I certainly didn't want my record to be, while I was sitting in the seat, the economy and the financial system collapse. So I was just saying, `What do we do?' And I didn't have answers. We'd been trying to turn over every stone. I knew how difficult it is to sell an investment bank over a weekend, and particularly where the markets are so fragile. But I said--I just--my stomach knotted up. And usually when I'm playing offense, I--the fear goes away because I know what to do. But from that moment there I had no idea what to do, and I knew everyone was going to be looking to me for answers.

So as I say in the book, I stepped out of the room--and I just didn't want to do this in front of other people--took my cell phone out of my pocketbook and called my wife at home and just simply said, `Wendy, this is--this is really tough. I'm scared. People are looking at me. I don't know what to do. Pray for me.' And then I--you know, I pulled myself together and put back on my armor and...(unintelligible)...like--pretended like I knew what we were going to do, and we were going--we were all going to get together and we're going--we're going to manage this. And we've been preparing for it for a long time and, you know, we've got one team. You know, Tim and--Tim Geithner was president of the New York Fed and just a really able person, a very able crisis manager. And divided the industry up in teams to deal with one aspect or another, and we just went into execution mode on that.

LIESMAN: In the book, it's a little difficult to see what you think about Dick Fuld. (Unintelligible)...doesn't get it during a lot of...(unintelligible).

Mr. PAULSON: Well, it's certainly not...(unintelligible).

LIESMAN: (Unintelligible)

Mr. PAULSON: Well, I would say...

LIESMAN: (Unintelligible)...Lehman back together.

Mr. PAULSON: Yeah, I would say this about Dick Fuld. I knew Dick, when I was...(unintelligible)...in the private sector, as a really able and strong competitor. I think what comes out in the book is--the story we tell is someone who's very engaged and focused, but it--sometimes if you've got your ego and your whole life tied up in a company, you're not as realistic as you should be. So I think he was--he was engaged and focused. No, he wasn't as realistic as he should be. And then afterwards--and there was a guy struggling with tragedy. Who knows what would have--you know, I just can't imagine--I could imagine something worse. I can imagine being Treasury secretary when the economy melts down and we have another Great Depression. That would be worse. But to be running a financial institution when it fails, I mean, obviously Dick was in great pain after that happened, and there'd be something wrong with him if he wasn't.

LIESMAN: (Unintelligible)...TARP was passed...(unintelligible).

Mr. PAULSON: Well, it wasn't after TARP was passed. After we talked to Congress, I think.

LIESMAN: Right after you talked to Congress, yeah.

Mr. PAULSON: Yeah. Well, he was--yeah, that was--that was a--that was a sad--that was a sad conversation. And I remember calling Tim Geithner and saying--because things were moving so fast, we really didn't have a lot of time to talk about it. But I said, `Boy, I just had a really upsetting call from Dick.' And he said, `Yeah, I know. Did he...(unintelligible)?' And he'd had the same call.

LIESMAN: This is--on the personal, but there's an incredibly poignant moment...(unintelligible)...who as a Christian Scientist...(unintelligible)...but have to get to sleep and you have a set of sleeping pills. Could you tell us that story?

Mr. PAULSON: Well, the--first of all, I think there's no prohibition against taking medicine as a--as a--as a Christian Scientist. I generally have--rely on spiritual means for--but I clearly didn't want to be addicted or get dependent on taking sleeping medication. I'd never done it. And I was--I was having trouble sleeping. And so I'd had a friend give me something, and I thought, `Well, won't this be good to have a--to get a great night's sleep?' And then I just--I just looked at it and said, `I don't want to go Neverland.' I flushed it down the toilet.

And I would say this, Steve. I--sure, I didn't sleep as much as I would have liked to have slept during big parts of the crisis, but I always got enough sleep. And some of the waking hours I spent in the evening, I did my very best thinking. And as Wendy explained to me, she said--when I would talk about sleeplessness, she said, `You need to put that into context. You know, you're used to sleeping seven or eight hours.' She said I would--my head would hit the pillow at 9:30 and I'd be snoring in five minutes. I then would wake up, you know, bad nights--as I tell the story in the book, I'd wake up at midnight or 1:00 and then I'd be awake for much of the night.

LIESMAN: It's amazing in the book how hard you worked, and as a reporter covering you...(unintelligible). Must be difficult for you right now, given the anger that's out there, people really blame you for what happened. How do you deal with that incongruity, that people think you messed up, and you worked so hard to try to--and you think you openly saved the system.

Mr. PAULSON: Yeah, I--first of all I'll say, which is quite remarkable, that I have people come up to me all the time, no one has ever said a rude thing, no one has ever said anything but thank you. The closest I had was some guy come to...(unintelligible). That was in the airport the other day when he came up and said, `You're Hank Paulson, the Treasury secretary, aren't you?' And I said yes. He said, `Well, doesn't it bother you to be recognized like this?' I said, `People usually say pretty good things.' Then he looked at me perplexed and said, `Gee, yeah, I guess people are pretty polite, aren't they?'

But to get to your question, I really--I feel so strongly that, looking in hindsight, that the major decisions we made were the right ones. And we made them without a playbook, dealing with very, you know, unprecedented challenges, with imperfect tools to work with and in a really heated political environment. And they worked, because the system didn't collapse. We don't have--we didn't have 25 percent unemployment like we had in the Great Depression. And so that, to me, is what's important. Because when the system froze and that week after Lehman went down and the money market funds--you know, $3.8 trillion, 30 million Americans, you know, getting ready to, you know, to break the buck and have a run on the money market funds--and when blue chip industrial companies couldn't raise money, I knew that, as sure as I was sitting there, the economy was going to stall a number of weeks out.

Now, the legislators didn't understand that, Congress didn't see it, because they hadn't seen it yet. But I knew that was going to happen. And when you have a--in a meltdown, I look at it and say we would have millions more unemployed if the system had melted down. We would have had millions more people lose their homes. We would have had trillions of additional savings lost, because when basic middle America business, mainstream business, can't raise bank funding to finance their basic business operations, they don't pay suppliers, they don't pay their employees, this ripples through the economy and you get economic disaster.

LIESMAN: Switch gears just a little bit and talk about--oh, sorry...(unintelligible).

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LIESMAN: Want to switch gears. I want to talk about Goldman Sachs. Back during the crisis, how much trouble...(unintelligible).

Mr. PAULSON: Steve, the weekend--the week after Lehman failed and Merrill Lynch had to be acquired by B of A, there was real--a real crisis of confidence among investors about the investment banking model. We initially recall the UK bankruptcy administrator for Lehman Brothers, went in and seized--took third-party customer collateral. So Morgan Stanley in particular was under a huge pressure of liquidity draining off. And both investment banks were under a lot of pressure. So you just got to recognize that, well, one of the things that I'd seen happen was everything that--bad that could happen was happening, and it was always much worse than I had imagined. But the regulators, we all felt that there was a real chance that Morgan Stanley might go down, and if they went down, they could very well take down Goldman and the whole system. And, of course, what we cared about was then there'd be a meltdown and what would--what the impact would be on the American people. It just would have been an economic disaster.

And so I remember--and I tell the story in the book--I think one of the conversations that was the most meaningful to me was one from Bob Scully, who is a really senior banker at Morgan Stanley and had been very helpful working with me and folks at Treasury to prevent the collapse of Fannie and Freddie. And he's very understated. And he called me and I had a conversation with him the Tuesday or the Wednesday after--when Lehman had failed on Monday, and talked to me about the liquidity disappearing in Morgan Stanley, and wondering whether they were going to make it. And of course, John Mack was heroic all through this.

LIESMAN: But Goldman had said it wasn't in jeopardy. You think it was in jeopardy?

Mr. PAULSON: Well, I got to tell you, I sure believed it was in jeopardy. I--and I believed that if any major financial institution, Goldman Sachs or any other major financial institution, had gone down right then, with everything else going on in the market, it would have been all...(unintelligible)...for the American economy. And so I think the jeopardy, as I said, came from the questions that had to do with the model. This was--people weren't being rational anymore. This was--this was, you know, investment banks. What did they see? OK, Bear Stearns, Lehman, Merrill, and there was--it was like serial attacks, these banks. So we stayed in very close touch because we needed to know what was going on in the banks and what was going on in the markets.

And again, this week--this week was a nightmare to end all nightmares because we had the money markets frozen, so industrial companies not able to raise money. The--one of the scariest things that's been written about very little and one that--which I tell the story in the book is the story to--where we needed to step in and on very short notice guarantee the money markets funds. And so with all of that going on, making the decision to go to Congress with the TARP, and then staying up quite late worrying about whether one of the investment banks would go down and take the whole economy with it.

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LIESMAN: In the book, you get a call from Lloyd Blankfein...(unintelligible). Doesn't that reinforce the notion among people of "Government Sachs" that's been out there?

Mr. PAULSON: They--well, what I was really focused on was doing my job. I had--and I think what you're talking about is the Saturday of Bear Stearns weekend. And I remarked that was the only time that I ever heard from Lloyd at home when I was Treasury secretary. And it was--I knew it was very, very much my job to know what was going on in the markets and what was going on with the major investment banks.

LIESMAN: If you were back at the helm of Goldman today, how would you be negotiating the public outrage...(unintelligible)?

Mr. PAULSON: I'm not there, and I'm not--I'm not going to--not going to give it my side. I am very pleased that I'm no longer in the private sector. And my next act is going to be conservation of the environment. I'm not going back to banking.

LIESMAN: Do you think the outrage over compensation on Wall Street is warranted?

Mr. PAULSON: Here's what I think. OK, here's what I think. And it's very--the American public, and me included, none of us like to see private business of any kind, and particularly banking--no one likes bankers--but likes to see the benefit from public assistance, number one. In our system, risk takers are supposed to--supposed to have their--have the impact of their losses. They're supposed to take their own losses. So of course the public is angry, but what I keep saying to people is let's not let that divert us from what we need to do. Let's channel that anger and then frustration to getting the kinds of reforms we need so that we never again see a situation when the taxpayer needs to bail out big banks. And so that's why I keep coming back over and over again and saying we need really strong resolution authority so that when any institution, regardless of type, financial institution, is facing failure, that whoever is sitting in the seat where I was sitting has the ability to liquidate them and liquidate them in a way in which it doesn't hurt the markets and the economy. And that's really where the--where the problem came from.

LIESMAN: (Unintelligible)...channeling the anger. Bankers are taking almost 16, $18 billion in bonuses.

Mr. PAULSON: Now, what--but--what I say in the book is that when I ran with Goldman Sachs, even during benign times, I had felt the compensation in the industry seemed out of whack, and I would occasionally go off in partners meetings and say something to the effect, `I hope you guys all understand,' and remind them, `people don't like you. Very few people do.' And sometimes I'd even say, `Your mother likes you, and if you're lucky, your wife and kids like you and some clients do. But you make life more difficult for yourself with conspicuous, ostentatious consumption.' And that was during benign times.

So I understand, and I understand that at a time when the government had to do what it did, not for the banks--and I just keep reminding people it wasn't done for the banks, it was done for the American people who were going to be the victims if there was a collapse on them. When government did what it did and saved the entire financial system--and my personal view is every financial institution benefited from that action. I even believe hedge funds, private equity, all of them benefited. And these paychecks just seem so out of whack and out of tune with what's going on with the public because...

LIESMAN: (Unintelligible)...big investment bank right now...(unintelligible).

Mr. PAULSON: I...

LIESMAN: Can I get the...(unintelligible).

Mr. PAULSON: No, I'm not running a big investment bank. And that's something that I think they're all struggling with because just like the banks, when they seized up, it was a while--there was a lag before the economy turned down. We could see it coming. And we should all be very pleased that the banks are doing better now and they're...(unintelligible). It's got to help the economy do better.

As a government official, what was--what's important in looking at it from that standpoint is safety and soundness of the system. What's really important is incentives behind the bonus. But, as I've said, this anger is understandable, it is intense, and it--again, I just say let's not let us divert us from doing what we need to do. What we need to do is to fix the system, so we don't unleash this anger again.

LIESMAN: Let's talk about fixing the system, but I want--I want to first do some of that...(unintelligible). You had some interactions with Obama and politicians. One that stands out for me is you threatened John McCain. Was that...

Mr. PAULSON: Well, I wouldn't use the word "threaten" at all, but I would say--here's what I would say. First of all, the--this book is a story in many ways about the collision of politics and markets. So the crisis couldn't have come at a worse time because it was--the election was six weeks away or whatever. And so everyone who's running for office, Congress or the presidential candidates, needed to have one eye on the markets and they other eye on the elections. And then so I had some difficult hours and days, you know, where I worried about John McCain and conversations with him. What I--what what my enduring memory is, is great gratitude, because John McCain supported TARP and didn't speak out against any of the bailout efforts. And it would have been very easy, as he was falling behind in the polls, to give in to the populist pressure. It would have been very easy to do that, and then we would have been left defenseless and we would have gone down the tubes.

But I did have, you know, conversations which I recount in the book where--when he came back to Washington and we had that meeting which is kind of unique, sort of one-of-a-kind in American history, where--in the Cabinet Room, which ended up very chaotic into almost a free-for-all and with my heart in my throat. And going into that meeting, I just had a conversation that--where he just didn't sound very happy and very supportive. And I just let him know that I'm not a politician, but if the system collapsed it wasn't just going to be on me. If someone did something, I was going to say publicly what I thought about it. And--but I sure--I look--as we went through it and as I look back now, I feel great respect for him and--because this had to be very difficult, and he was supportive of TARP. We wouldn't have got TARP done if John McCain hadn't been supportive of it.

LIESMAN: What did you tell the British chancellor of the exchequer on Sunday when you--when you killed the Lehman deal?

Mr. PAULSON: Well, it was--well, again, remember that this is a--we were leaving no stone unturned. We were--we were desperately fighting to get this done, and the--and the British regulator had not approved it. Wouldn't disapprove it, but just wouldn't approve it, which was tantamount to getting it done. I was--you know, was quite frustrated. In fairness to him, you know, he had--you know, on Friday he had--he'd given me a warning. He'd put up a yellow flag. And again, I just couldn't leave any stones unturned. And so I felt--I felt great frustration and I--what I say in the book is something that I wish I hadn't said. And I didn't say it to him on the phone, but when I went down and met with the bankers afterwards, told them the deal was dead, I said, `The British screwed us.' And I--and as I say in the book, that's really pretty unfair when you look at how fragile their system was and the questions that they must have had about Barclays and, you know, and capital raising plans and risks that would have gone along with acquiring Lehman. So--but it was a--it was a heated, intense moment and I hadn't had a lot of sleep, and I went from the brain to the mouth.

LIESMAN: (Unintelligible) What about the president? For some president, it's very decisive. What role did the president play during the crisis?

Mr. PAULSON: He played a much bigger role than is understood. He was--he couldn't have been more supportive. He was engaged. I could get to him at any time, talked with him a lot, met with him a lot. And this is a man that believes in--first of all, he's no fan of Wall Street and certainly wasn't trying to do favors for Wall Street. Believed in market principles, believed if you took risks you should--you should--you should take the losses. But he understood markets well enough to know that he--I can't tell you the number of times I recounted conversations in the book where he would say, `This--we may not always look good, but we're not going to let our economy be ruined. We're--we are going to do what it takes to protect the economy and to protect the American people.' And he constantly told me--which helped, because you were seeing markets and politics clash--that, `We're going to do the right thing. Don't you worry about the politics.'

But he also recognized that I had good working relationships with the Democratic leaders as well as Republicans, and so he--you know, and I think one of the things that I'm proudest of is that twice we were able to go to Congress on the brink of disaster, first before Fannie and Freddie were ready to melt down--and they were talking about $5.4 trillion in assets, and that just would have taken everything down if it'd gone down. And I shouldn't say 5.4 trillion in assets. I'd say in liabilities, either direct or guaranteed liabilities. But--and then second with the TARP. And in both times, before we had the meltdown, Congress acted and gave us unprecedented authorities.

LIESMAN: (Unintelligible)...a decisive president but not one who's incredibly inquisitive.

Mr. PAULSON: Oh, he was--he was--he had--he was quite inquisitive. And he--you know, he understood this. You know, I think there's going to be a lot of people that are disappointed if they, you know, dislike George Bush, because what I saw here was not the caricature of George Bush. I saw someone who got it quickly, understood that the financial system is all about jobs for the American people and was focused on the economy. Now, he had confidence in my knowledge of the markets, and he knew I'm decisive by nature. And he encouraged that because he thought that's what you need in a crisis.

LIESMAN: Secretary, I have said the term "$700 billion" so many times and never stopped to think of where that number actually came from. And it appears as if it was almost randomly arrived at in the hallway?

Mr. PAULSON: It--well, it wasn't randomly arrived at in the hallway, but when we had got the authorities for Fannie and Freddie, got unlimited--you know, we couldn't say unlimited, we said unspecified. And we knew we weren't going to get that again. I would've liked unspecified or unlimited, because I felt we needed to have something that'd be big enough to satisfy the market and to do the job. And so we were--when I went up to the Hill, I talked with my advisers, and with Kevin Fromer, my legislative aide, just did a great job through all this. And I talked with him, and he said, `Hank, you know, what I--what are you thinking?' And I said, `Well, I think we need at least $500 billion.' And he said, `Don't put that number out there. It will'--he said, `Talk in terms of hundreds of billions of dollars. And--because we need Congress. We need'--I wanted two things from congressional leaders that night. I wanted them to say they were going to act to get something done quickly, and I wanted them to go to the microphone and say something that was going to calm the markets. So I told them, `We'll work with you on the number, but it's hundreds of billions of dollars.'

Now, when we got ready to set the legislation up, he came to see me and said, `I sense that you don't think $500 billion is enough.' And I said, `No, I don't. I want more.' And he said, `Well, sure can't--better not be thinking about something that starts with a T, because we're going to be dead on arrival if it--if it's that.' So then we talked about it, and he and I talked and said, you know, 500 billion, 700 billion, they're both big numbers. People are going to gag when they hear either one, so we might as well get something that's going to make the market happier and will give us, you know, more to work with. And so we settled on 700 billion. I wish I could tell you there was some--we figured it out on our calculator, but we didn't.

LIESMAN: There's one other political figure I wanted to ask you about, which is--it already made some news, which is Sarah Palin. She kind of rubbed you the wrong way.

Mr. PAULSON: Well, the--I knew John McCain, didn't know Barack Obama and...(unintelligible)...know Joe Biden. So I'd never met her before. And everyone calls me Hank, but the very first time I talked with her on the phone, she called me Hank, and so there's sort of an instantaneous--a bit of a reaction. But as I thought about it, that's what you do when you're in a political campaign, when you're running for office. And I'll tell you one thing that comes through in my book, and it was just a couple conversations with Sarah Palin but, boy, she got the political issues. She was right on, you know, the American public's distaste for the compensation. And if you have a failing institution, are you taking out the CEOs? And so she was--she was really good on that.

LIESMAN: What do we need to do here to get the markets running?

Mr. PAULSON: Well, I think if we don't get two things done, we will fail. So there's two things that I'm going to point out that we absolutely need to do in terms of regulatory reform. And the first one is the systemic risk regulator. Right now, regulators are, you know, focused--I describe it on the trees, but we need one regulator on the entire forest. So we need one
regulator that's got the information so that they can monitor the markets and the power to intervene and restrain risk taking or activities, or activities that can threaten the whole system, when it's necessary. That's number one.

And then number two, as you heard me say earlier, we sure better have resolution authority so that in future no financial institution will be too big to fail. And any institution, regardless of its size, you know, or business model or whatever, that can't be liquidated and liquidated in a way in which it doesn't take down the financial system and the American economy, and then we won't get ourselves back in this trouble again.

Now, there's a series of other things we need to do. And I'd say if you wanted me to cite one other, it would be let's get housing policy right. We've got so many incentives for housing that we've overstimulated home ownership. And so between Fannie and Freddie, which need to be reformed, scaled way back, in my judgment--but between that and the--and the--you know, the FHA programs and mortgage interest rate deduction, someone's got to look at it all and say, `Let's scale this back a bit.'

LIESMAN: What are you going to do?

Mr. PAULSON: What I do next is something I've done all my life and really enjoy and think is very important, and that's work with my wife, Wendy, the conservation initiatives. Conservation and the environment. I've loved that and done it all my--all my life, frankly, and in recent years have been very engaged in it. And I'd like to do that full time.

LIESMAN: But happen if the phone rang, it was the president of the United States who said, `I need someone to run the new version of Fannie and Freddie,' or come back...(unintelligible)?

Mr. PAULSON: Well, I would certainly--I'm very good at coming up with ideas. And one of the things I thought I did pretty well was got--brought some good people down at very short notice who will run Fannie and Freddie, like Herb Allison is now--who's now running TARP. But I'm a public-minded citizen. I'm not going to run any financial institution, and particularly not Fannie and Freddie. But the--but I will--I'm always pleased to give advice to people.

LIESMAN: Talked to Tim Geithner a lot?

Mr. PAULSON: Of course. Of course. You know, we worked closely when we were in government, so I talk with him. But one of the things I really appreciated when I was in government was to talk to and get advice from former senior officials and keep that confidential. I think that's what I intend to do with any calls I have from Tim.

LIESMAN: How do you think he's...(unintelligible)?

Mr. PAULSON: I think he's doing an excellent job. I think he's--I think he's doing an excellent job. He's a very talented man, and the--what I'm focusing on is what I know best, which is the programs that the administration has done to stabilize the system, which I think are very--they're for the most part either continuations or logical extensions of things that we did when we were here. And I think he's--I think that he's--he has a real challenge for the reason we've discussed. He was here and played a significant role, which he should be very, very proud of, but played a significant role in doing some very unpopular things. And so there's...(unintelligible)...it's pretty hard to lead during a time like that and not draw some criticism.

LIESMAN: All right, there's one more thing...(unintelligible)...the president. We didn't talk about the president yet. You had a lot of dealings with him, especially in the transition period. Talk a little about working with President-elect Obama.

Mr. PAULSON: Well, we--President Obama was very engaged, and I really appreciated him right up to...(unintelligible)...the election, as supportive of TARP, supportive of what we needed to do to prevent the economy from...(unintelligible). Frankly, during the transition period I never talked to Barack Obama after the election. And I found the transition period, that 10 weeks, to be barbaric. I mean, I just found it--it's our system. I mean, so to have a new president and a new team. And it wasn't like we just were marking time, because one thing I think that comes through in the book is right up until the end, I was worrying about the safety of the system.

One of the--the second worst day I had when I was in the job had to do with the couple days before we rescued Citi. And when I thought after everything we'd done that Citi was going to collapse and we needed to take really strong actions--and so I was worried about taking out the last $350 billion of TARP, which I thought we needed to, during the transition period. So that was a--was a tough period. But I--at the end of the day, I--you know, I'm also very grateful that President Obama chose to continue with so many of the programs we put in place.

LIESMAN: Secretary, thank you very much.

Mr. PAULSON: Thank you, Steve
 

 

  

USA NETWORK & WESTMINSTER BRINGS EVERYONE'S BEST FRIEND BACK TO MADISON SQUARE GARDEN


 

Best in Show to be Crowned at 134th WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW Presented by Pedigree®, Live on USA Network February 15 and 16 at 8/7c

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall Replaces Mario Lopez as Co-Host

NEW YORK - January 29, 2010 - USA Network announced today that MSNBC’s Tamron Hall will replace Mario Lopez as the co-host of the 134th WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW, presented by Pedigree.   Hall will be co-hosting the event with David Frei in his 21st consecutive year with the show.   Also joining the team again this year will be NBC Sports’ Tiffany Simons as a sideline reporter.  On Monday, February 15, USA will air the first hour of the show at 8pm and will then switch over to CNBC for the 9-11pm ET/PT portion of the broadcast.  On Tuesday, February 16, USA will air all three hours, including the crowning of the 2010 Best in Show, from 8-11pm ET/PT.

Lopez, who is stepping down, explains, “It saddens me to say I will not be able to co-host this year’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show, due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts. I wish Tamron, David and all the dogs the best of luck.  I will be cheering you all on from LA.”

"I've been a dog lover my entire life,” says Hall. “I currently have two furry 'best friends' in my family, and I can't wait for the show. I'm honored to be given the opportunity to join this team." 

Hall anchors MSNBC Live weekday mornings and co-anchors weekday afternoons from 3-4 PM ET. Hall can also be seen on NBC News as a fill-in correspondent and newsreader for “The Today Show” and “Weekend Today.” In addition, Hall served as co-host of a 2009 “Dateline” series titled “You Might Be Rich.” Prior to joining MSNBC in July 2007, Hall spent 10 years at WFLD in Chicago, where she held a number of positions including general assignment reporter, consumer reporter, and most recently, host of the three-hour “Fox News in the Morning” program. She also anchored the weekday mornings and served as a noon anchor. While at WFLD, Hall covered several breaking news stories including one of Amtrak’s most devastating accidents in Illinois, and she secured a one-on-one interview with Sen. Barack Obama shortly before he announced his run for the presidency. Hall was nominated for an Emmy for her consumer report segment, “The Bottom Line,” which she launched in 1999. Before joining WFLD, Hall spent four years as a general assignment reporter at KTVT in Dallas. She began her broadcasting career at KBTX in Bryan, Texas, as a general assignment reporter.

This year also introduces three newly recognized breeds to the main event. The Irish Red and White Setter joins the Sporting Group; the Norwegian Buhund and the Pyrenean Shepherd debut in the Herding Group.  Despite its name, the Irish Red and White Setter is a distinct breed, not just a different colored version of the Irish Setter. Bred primarily for the field, they are strong, powerful and athletic, with a keen and intelligent attitude. Once the cherished companion of Vikings, the Norwegian Buhund is a versatile farm dog from Norway that herds livestock, guards property and has been used for hunting game. The Pyrenean Shepherd is also known by its French name, Berger des Pyrénées, but fanciers of the breed in America often shorten his name to "Pyr shep."


Entries for the 2010 show totals 2,500 dogs, representing 48 states, the District of Columbia and at least eight foreign countries. The largest entries hail from California (251) and New York (224).

The highest breed entered this year came from the Australian Shepherds with 44; other large entries include Rhodesian Ridgebacks (43), Labrador Retrievers (42), Golden Retrievers (40), Pugs (36), French Bulldogs (36) and German Shorthaired Pointers (36). 

There are also 120 entries in Junior Showmanship, where young handlers ages 9-18 compete based only on their handling abilities with their dogs. 

This year’s Best in Show will be judged by Mr. Elliott Weiss of Eagle, Idaho.  He heads a panel of 41 judges from 18 states. 


The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.  Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all breed, benched dog show held every year at New York's Madison Square Garden.  The show is America’s second longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby.  For additional information, log on to www.westminsterkennelclub.org.

USA Network is the #1 network in all of basic cable and is seen in over 98.5 million U.S. homes.  A division of NBC Universal, USA is the cable television leader in original series and home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, acquired television series and entertainment events. The award-winning USA website is located at www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.

USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

 

NBC UNIVERSAL UNVEILS EXTENSIVE RESEARCH EFFORT AROUND 2010 VANCOUVER OLYMPICS


 

Groundbreaking Data to Provide Unprecedented Insight into Consumer Cross-Platform Behavior and Advertising Effectiveness
Company Will Again Issue Daily TAMi to Measure Total Olympic Exposure


NEW YORK - January 28, 2010 Building on the pioneering research effort conducted during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, NBC Universal will launch its second Olympic research lab during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games that will provide unprecedented insight into consumer cross-platform behavior. NBCU will partner with some of the country's most innovative research providers to develop state of the art media measurement techniques, including the first-ever statistically projectable single source measurement of television and Internet use. In addition, NBCU will again issue a daily TAMi (Total Audience Measurement Index) to measure total Olympic exposure across all media platforms throughout the 17 days of coverage.

The announcement was made today by Alan Wurtzel, President of Research, NBC Universal and Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports and Olympics.

"The unique scope and duration of the Olympics provides us with the opportunity to see consumer behavior at warp speed," said Wurtzel. "No other media event gives us such an enormous amount of content that is consumed by so many people, across so many different platforms, for such a long period of time. From a research perspective, it's a fast-forward two or three years ahead in furthering our understanding of media behavior, allowing us to see the future today."

Research Initiatives
The company will build on the findings from its "billion-dollar" Beijing research lab and conduct a new series of studies to take its understanding of cross-platform media use to the next level. In addition to tracking consumer behavior, the research will incorporate various methodologies to demonstrate to advertisers the effectiveness of their Olympics buy. The projects include:

Quantifiable Single Source Cross Platform Measurement: This groundbreaking study will provide the industry with the first-ever projectable electronic measurement of single source television and Internet use. Using data from the Arbitron (NYSE: ARB) Portable People Meter media measurement service and Internet data from comScore (SCOR) and Omniture, NBCU will measure TV and Internet use from the same person and project those numbers to a broad population. Data will include simultaneous online and TV viewing and differentiate video viewed for the first time vs. repeat viewing to something seen on TV.

Social Media and Viral Communication Analysis: NBCU will use Keller Fay's TalkTrack to measure all forms of Olympic "word of mouth," including face-to-face, phone and Internet communication. It will utilize 8000 consumer interviews conducted before and during the Olympics. The study will help the company analyze the role of social networking and its impact on the Olympic experience. The word of mouth component will also be used to research Olympic advertising effectiveness.

Set Top Box Data Study: Through its research partnership with TiVO, NBCU will use second-by-second set top box data to measure audience retention for both Olympic programming and commercials over the course of the Games, including data on the impact of Olympic-themed advertising vs. general commercial messaging. The TiVO data will also provide extensive information on the demographic and psychographic drivers of Olympic viewing.

Three Screen Qualitative Study: NBCU will once again partner with iMMi to track a single consumer's Olympic exposure across all media platforms. Panelists will carry a sophisticated iMMi phone that will measure their Olympic viewing on television, online and on their mobile devices. The iMMi study can now measure viewing across all NBCU properties, exposure to nearly 100 different Olympic sites, and provide detailed information on the particular video being viewed. This more granular data will provide an even greater understanding of what consumers are watching, when they're watching it and why they chose to watch on a particular device.

TAMi Returns for Vancouver
NBCU will again issue a daily TAMi during the Vancouver Games, measuring total Olympic exposure across the multiple media platforms airing Olympic content - network and cable television, online, video on demand (VOD) and mobile. The TAMi will provide information on total exposure to the Olympics each day, as well as indicate trends that develop on any one particular platform over the course of the Games.

About NBC Universal:
NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric and 20% owned by Vivendi.

 

 

 

SNL" RETURNS WITH BACK-TO-BACK SHOWS

 

UPCOMING SHOWS: January 30 - Jon Hamm/ Michael Bublé; February 6 - Ashton Kutcher/ Them Crooked Vultures
 


New York, NY - January 22, 2010 - "Saturday Night Live" returns with original shows on consecutive weekends starting January 30 with Jon Hamm returning to studio 8H, and musical guest Michael Bubl?.

The January 30th show features Jon Hamm, the Golden Globe-winner and star of the award-winning drama "Mad Men," taking his second turn as host of "SNL." He has also received SAG and Emmy nominations for his work on the critically lauded cable series. Additionally, Hamm earned an Emmy nod for his guest-starring turn on NBC's "30 Rock." Hamms' upcoming films include "The Town, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, "Sucker Punch," directed by Zac Snyder, and "Howl" with James Franco, which is currently playing at the Sundance Film Festival.

Grammy winning recording artist and world-class entertainer, Michael Bublé, will take the 8H stage as musical guest. His current release, "Crazy Love," debuted recently at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Chart remains a Top Twenty album. Bubl? will also be performing "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" with special guest Sharon Jones. The Canadian native has sold over 22 million albums worldwide and his current single, "Haven't Met You Yet," just jumped to No. 1 on several radio formats. His previous CD "Call Me Irresponsible" was a number one album in over l5 countries and his 2005 release, "It's Time," holds the record as the longest running title to remain on the Billboard Traditional Jazz charts - a full two years. He is scheduled to start his "Crazy Love" concert Tour in March 2010.

SNL welcomes back actor/producer, Ashton Kutcher, February 6 his fourth time as host. He can next be seen opposite Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, and more in the upcoming film "Valentine's Day," in theaters February 12. Kutcher's previous credits include "What Happens in Vegas," The Butterfly Effect," "Guess Who," and the hit television series "Punk'd" and "That 70's Show."

Them Crooked Vultures, rock's premiere new supergroup, will make their debut as musical guest. The group consists of seven-time SNL veteran Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana fame, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and, in his first appearance on the SNL stage, the legendary John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. The band's self-titled debut album was released in fall of 2009, entering the Billboard charts at number 12 and remaining in the upper reaches ever since, while its debut single "New Fang" has hit number 10 on Billboard's Alternative chart and number 14 on their Mainstream Rock Tracks.

"Saturday Night Live" is from SNL Studios in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels. Steve Higgins and Marci Klein are producers. Ken Aymong is supervising producer. Seth Meyers is head writer. Don Roy King directs

 

 

 

NBC ANNOUNCES THAT JAY LENO WILL RETURN TO HOST 'THE TONIGHT SHOW' FROM 11:35 P.M.-12:35 A.M. (ET) BEGINNING MARCH 1 WHILE 'LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON' CONTINUES AT 12:35 A.M. (ET)


 


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - January 21, 2010 - NBC confirmed today that popular late-night host Jay Leno will return to host "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" from 11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. (ET) beginning March 1, 2010 and that "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" will continue to be broadcast from 12:35-1:35 a.m. (ET). The announcements were made by Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment.

"We're pleased that Jay is returning to host the franchise that he helmed brilliantly and successfully for many years," said Gaspin. "He is an enormous talent, a consummate professional and one of the hardest-working performers on television."

Leno previously hosted "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" from May 1992-May 2009. The program will continue to showcase many of the features that made Leno America's late-night leader for more than a dozen years.

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" is from Big Dog Productions in association with Universal Media Studios. Debbie Vickers is the executive producer.

"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" made its broadcast debut on March 2, 2009 with "Saturday Night Live" alum Fallon as the host of the comedy-talk show. The program serves as a platform for comedy, music and A-list talent out of NBC's Rockefeller Center Studio 6B. Fallon is joined by his house band -- the critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning hip-hop band The Roots. Earlier, Fallon launched his "Late Night" video blog (or "vlog"), giving viewers behind-the-scenes access to his preparation for the show's official launch at www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com.

Fallon joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 1998 and quickly became an audience favorite for his impressions of actors and musicians as well as for creating many memorable recurring characters. In 2000, he became co-anchor of the segment "Weekend Update" alongside Tina Fey. Fallon also appeared in the Emmy Award-winning miniseries "Band of Brothers," and his feature films include "Almost Famous," "Taxi" and "Fever Pitch."

Lorne Michaels, Emmy Award-winning creator of "Saturday Night Live," is "Late Night's" executive producer. Michael Shoemaker, also an Emmy Award winner, is the producer, bringing over 20 years of experience at "Saturday Night Live." Gavin Purcell, from G4's critically praised "Attack of the Show," serves as co-producer. "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" is a production of Universal Media Studios in association with Broadway Video Entertainment.
 

STATEMENT FROM NBC AND CONAN O'BRIEN:


 


NBC and Conan O'Brien have reached a resolution of the issues surrounding O'Brien's contract to host "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien."

Under terms of an agreement that was signed earlier today, NBC and O'Brien will settle their contractual obligations and the network will release O'Brien from his contract, freeing him to pursue other opportunities after September 1, 2010.

O'Brien will make his final appearance as host of "The Tonight Show" on January 22.

 

UPDATE-NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE-Friday January 22, 2010 - Friday January 22, 2010


"DATELINE NBC"
(X) "SU1727"

01/22/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Friday)
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UPDATES-NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE-Friday January 22, 2010 - Sunday February 7, 2010

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"NBC SPECIALS"
(X) "HOPE FOR HAITI"

01/22/2010 (08:00PM - 10:00PM) (Friday) :



"THE JAY LENO SHOW"
(X) "87 - MARK HARMON"

01/25/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Monday) :



"THE BIGGEST LOSER 9"
(X) "904 "

01/26/2010 (08:00PM - 10:00PM) (Tuesday) : CONTESTANTS RACE FOR IMMUNITY AT THIS WEEK'S WEIGH-IN -- This week starts off with a high-stakes pop challenge in which contestants race for the prize of immunity - and the winning team also gets three envelopes to give to the teams of their choice with instructions that could have a dramatic impact at this week's weigh in. Also, tensions are high between the trainers and one team suspected of game play, and a lifting competition rewards the winning team with a prize that everyone wants. Alison Sweeney hosts the series, and trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels also star.



"THE JAY LENO SHOW"
(X) "88 - MEL GIBSON"

01/26/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Tuesday) :



"MERCY"
(X) "SOME OF US HAVE BEEN TO THE DESERT"

01/27/2010 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Wednesday) : JASON RITTER GUEST STAR'S - VERONICA TRIES TO GET HELP FOR UNRESOLVED BATTLE SCARS, WHILE EVERYTHING ELSE IN HER LIFE FALLS APART AND THINGS GET COMPLICATED FOR CHLOE AS SHE STRUGGLES WITH A PATIENT WHO KNOWS TOO MUCH--Veronica (Taylor Schilling) attends a veterans' support group to deal with her PTSD, while also grappling with her crumbling marriage and her father's downward spiral into Alzheimer's disease. Still, she remains focused on her charming young cystic fibrosis patient in dire need of a lung transplant. Meanwhile, Sonia (Jaime Lee Kirchner) helps a young mother wrestling with her decision to give her newborn up for adoption. Also, when Dr. Harris (James LeGros) suffers a bizarre and incapacitating injury, Chloe (Michelle Trachtenberg) gets stuck with the most difficult kind of patient - a doctor. Diego Klattenhoff, Guillermo Diaz , Kate Mulgrew and Peter Gerety and also star.



"NBC NEWS SPECIAL"
(X) "STATE OF THE UNION "

01/27/2010 (09:00PM - 11:00PM) (Wednesday) :



"30 ROCK"
(X) "BLACK LIGHT ATTACK!"

01/28/2010 (09:30PM - 10:00PM) (Thursday) : JEALOUSY BREWS WHEN LIZ (TINA FEY) AND JACK (ALEC BALDWIN) FIGHT FOR DANNY'S (CHEYENNE JACKSON) ATTENTION.
When Liz (Tina Fey) and Danny (Cheyenne Jackson) further their relationship, Jack (Alec Baldwin) becomes jealous and plans to break them apart. Meanwhile, Tracy (Tracy Morgan) recruits Sue (Sue Galloway) into his entourage, and Jenna (Jane Krakowski) auditions for a role on "Gossip Girl." Also starring: Jack McBrayer (Kenneth), Scott Adsit (Pete), Judah Friedlander (Frank), Keith Powell (Toofer), John Lutz (Lutz), Katrina Bowden (Cerie), Kevin Brown (Dotcom), and Grizz Chapman (Grizz).

Amber James

"THE JAY LENO SHOW"
(X) "89 - "

01/28/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Thursday) :



"LAW & ORDER"
(X) "BOY GONE ASTRAY"

01/29/2010 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Friday) : A RICH, YOUNG WOMAN IS MURDERED LINKING HER TO A DRUG CARTEL.
When a young woman is found dead in her apartment, a few tell-tale signs quickly lead Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) to believe that the killer was not after her wealth. After finding suitcases filled with money and drugs in one of the victim's apartments, the detectives watch a security video from her lobby. The video exposes two potential suspects leading the detectives to a drug cartel. Also starring: S. Epatha Merkerson (Lieutenant Anita Van Buren), Sam Waterston (District Attorney Jack McCoy), Alana De La Garza (Connie Rubirosa), and Linus Roache (Michael Cutter).

Sharon Pannozzo

"THE JAY LENO SHOW"
(X) "90 - HOWIE MANDEL"

01/29/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Friday) :



"LAW & ORDER"
(X) "TBA"

01/30/2010 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Saturday) :

Sharon Pannozzo

"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"
(X) "QUICKIE"

01/30/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Saturday) : A WOMAN FOUND DEAD AND TO HAVE BEEN HIV-POSITIVE, THE SEARCH THEN BEGINS FOR THE MAN WHO'S KNOWINGLY SPREADING THE VIRUS
When seventeen year-old Andrea McWilliams is found strangled and beaten to death in an alley, her ex-boyfriend leads the cops to a website that McWilliams used to meet up with random men . Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) decides to create a user account for the site and finds womanizer Peter Butler (guest star Brian Geraghty), the man who met up with McWilliams. The case is closed when a different suspect is proven guilty of her murder, and a new one opens when McWilliams rape kit tests positive for HIV. Not only is HIV spreading as a result of countless attacks, but now the detectives must also catch a rapist on the loose. Also starring: Chris Meloni (Detective Elliot Stabler), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Hagen), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Stephanie March (ADA Alexandra Cabot), B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang), Tamara Tunie (M.E. Warner) and guest star Jack Larson (Dewey Butler).



"LAW & ORDER"
(X) "TBA"

02/05/2010 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Friday) :

"LAW & ORDER"
(X) "TBA"

02/06/2010 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Saturday) :

Sharon Pannozzo

"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"
(X) "SHADOW"

02/06/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Saturday) : THE BRUTAL MURDER OF A WEALTHY COUPLE LEADS TO A FRAUD DETECTIVE WHOSE MAIN SUSPECT MAY ALSO BE A KILLER.
When a rich and powerful couple with political connections is found murdered in their bedroom, Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) decide to speak to the deceased couple's daughter, Anne (guest star Sarah Paulson), for more information. After hearing Anne's account of a nefarious man who has been following her, the detectives soon discover that Anne's supposed stalker is none other than Detective Ash Ramsey (guest star Naveen Andrews) of the Special Frauds division. Convinced that Anne killed her parents for their money, Ramsey becomes suspicious of Anne's business manager and is led to believe that he helped her steal money from the foundation she runs. When blackmail and embezzlement come into play, the detectives find that their lives may be at risk over a girl with some serious parent issues. Also starring: Dann Florek (Captain Donald Hagen), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Stephanie March (ADA Alexandra Cabot), B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang) and Tamara Tunie (M.E. Warner).



"THE BIGGEST LOSER 9"
(X) "901"

02/07/2010 (07:00PM - 09:00PM) (Sunday) : ELEVEN FAMILY TEAMS OF TWO EXPERIENCE THEIR FIRST CHALLENGE -- AND THE FIRST SURPRISE TWIST OF THE SEASON -- It is the heaviest cast ever when season nine kicks off with twenty two contestants - eleven family teams of two - coming to "The Biggest Loser" ranch hoping to transform their bodies, their health and ultimately, their lives. The new season players include Maria and Michael, an Italian mother-son duo who have always put others first while Michael's weight soared to 526 lbs., identical twins James and John, who together weigh close to half a ton, Tongan cousins Sam and Koli, who hope to inspire others in their culture like Sione and Filipe Fa did in season seven, and Cherita, a competitive mother who has already beat cancer and is ready to take on obesity along with her determined daughter, Vicky. Before coming to the ranch, all of the contestants have to weigh in - but for the first time ever, it will be in their hometowns in front of friends, families and neighbors. Then they arrive on campus and are faced with a strenuous bike challenge their first day - and a shocking surprise from host Alison Sweeney. Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels also star.

"THE BIGGEST LOSER 9"
(X) "903"

02/07/2010 (09:00PM - 11:00PM) (Sunday) : IT'S STUDENT-TEACHER WEEK AT "THE BIGGEST LOSER" RANCH -- Host Alison Sweeney surprises the contestants with the news that this will be student/teacher week, with the contestants on each team assuming the role of either teacher or student. The "teachers" get to continue working out with trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, but then have to teach what they've learned to their teammates or "students," who don't get to work out with the trainers. First, a temptation determines who will decide who the student and teacher are on each team, and later, contestants have to unravel their way through a challenge that grants immunity to the lucky winning team. Also, one player threatens to leave after the trainers try to determine what is causing her negative attitude, and an accusation about game play flies during a tense weigh-in, after which another contestant is sent home.



( X Denotes Changes/Addition)

 

YNDICATION LISTINGS FOR: NBCU TV DISTRIBUTION'S "THE OFFICE" & "LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT" WEEK OF FEBRUARY 15, 2010


 

NATIONAL BROADCAST SYNDICATION WEEKLY SCHEDULES
"The Office" & "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Syndication Season (2009/2010)


THE OFFICE - PRIMARY RUN
Monday, February 15, 2010 - Friday, February 19, 2010

Monday, February, 15, 2010
"HEAVY COMPETITION"
#RB124
Dwight chooses loyalty to Dunder Mifflin over loyalty to Michael, which leads to a bitter battle between Michael and Dwight over Dwight's accounts. Back at Dunder Mifflin, Jim pretends to confide in Andy.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
"BROKE"
#RB125
The Michael Scott Paper Company is gaining clients by by offering lower prices than Dunder Mifflin, but is going broke in the process. However, Dunder Mifflin is losing clients to him, and is desperate to buy him out.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
"CASUAL FRIDAY"
#RB126
Michael returns to Dunder Mifflin and brings Ryan and Pam in as salespeople, but the existing salespeople demand that Michael return the clients they stole back to them. Meanwhile, some employees take the idea of Casual Friday too far.

Thursday, February 18, 2010
"CAF? DISCO"
#RB127
Michael tries to create a place to escape from work in the storage room that used to house the Michael Scott Paper Company, while Jim and Pam consider taking off and getting married that day.

Friday, February 19, 2010
"COMPANY PICNIC"
#RB128
Michael runs into Holly at the company picnic, and the two of them accidentally reveal that the Buffalo branch is closing during a comedy skit before corporate has made the announcement.


THE OFFICE - SECOND RUN
Monday, February 15, 2010 - Friday, February 19, 2010

Monday, February, 15, 2010
"DIWALI"
#R3104R
Michael encourages the entire Scranton branch to support Kelly and attend a local celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Meanwhile, Andy convinces Jim to turn a late night of work into a drinking game.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
"BRANCH CLOSING"
#R3107R
When Jan tells Michael that the Scranton Branch will be shutting down, Michael strives to keep his staff's spirits up. Meanwhile, everyone privately begins to envision how their lives will change in the aftermath

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
"THE MERGER"
#R3172R
Jan informs Michael that the Scanton branch of Dunder Mifflin will be merging with the Stamford Branch. Jim and Pam are reunited while the other employees of both branches must adjust to their new co-workers.

Thursday, February 18, 2010
"THE CONVICT"
#R3110R
Michael learns that one of the new employees at Dunder Mifflin Scranton has a criminal record. Meanwhile, Jim helps Andy make a move on Pam.

Friday, February 19, 2010
"A BENIHANA CHRISTMAS, PART 1"
#R3173R
Trouble among the members of the party planning committee results with the office having two competing Christmas parties, but Michael isn't interested in celebrating because he has just broken up with his girlfriend.


THE OFFICE - WEEKEND PRIMARY RUN
Saturday, February 20, 2010 - Friday, February 21, 2010

"CUSTOMER SURVEY"
#RB107
Dwight and Jim believe that something is suspicious about their low customer performance ratings. After consulting with Angela, Andy finds the perfect site for their wedding--Dwight's beet farm.


THE OFFICE - WEEKEND SECOND RUN
Saturday, February 20, 2010 - Friday, February 21, 2010

"BUSINESS TRIP"
#RB109
David Wallace sends Michael on a business trip to Winnipeg to help him forget about Holly's transfer to Nashua, and Pam tells Jim that she failed a class and has to stay in New York City.


LAW & ORDER: SVU - PRIMARY RUN
Monday, February 15, 2010 - Friday, February 19, 2010

Monday, February, 15, 2010
"HEAD"
#E4418
After discovering a hidden camera under a public toilet seats, the detectives soon discover a young boy's molestation.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
"BIRTHRIGHT"
#E5201
The investigation into the attempted kidnapping of a six year old girl uncovers a fertility doctor's scheme to steal embryos, and prompts a custody battle between the child's biological and birth mothers.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
"DEBT"
#E5203
As Benson and Stabler investigate the disappearance of a mother and her teenaged daughter, they uncover a conspiracy between a corrupt immigration attorney and gangsters running a prostitution ring that is staffed by women they have smuggled into the country and imprisoned as sex slaves.

Thursday, February 18, 2010
"OBSCENE"
#E5205
The detectives investigate the alleged rape of a sixteen-year-old television star, which leads to conflict about whether or not an obscene shock jock should be held responsible for setting the events in motion.

Friday, February 19, 2010
"SCAVENGER"
#E5207
The entire squad races against the clock to solve the puzzles and uncover the clues scattered throughout the city by a serial killer who is taunting them to find him and the next victims on his list.
 

 

UPDATE-NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE-Monday February 1, 2010 - Monday February 1, 2010


 


 


"CHUCK"
"CHUCK VERSUS NACHO SAMPLER"

02/01/2010 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Monday) : CHUCK MUST TURN A RING SCIENTIST INTO A SPY FOR THE CIA- KRISTIN KREUK ("SMALLVILLE") GUEST STARS-Chuck (Zachary Levi) juggles his two lives as he trains new Nerd Herder Hannah (guest star Kristin Kreuk) and gets his very own asset who is caught up with The Ring. Chuck thinks he can handle his asset all on his own but Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) feel the need to intercede. Meanwhile, Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) must lie to Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) when she starts to ask questions about Chuck and Morgan (Joshua Gomez), Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) do some recon work to learn more about Hannah.

 

ACCESS HOLLYWOOD" ENLISTS "THE BIGGEST LOSER" TRAINER AND HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPERT JILLIAN MICHAELS AS GUEST CORRESPONDENT COVERING THE 2010 GOLDEN GLOBES?


 

Michaels Joins Hit Entertainment Newsmagazine To Bring Unique Perspective To The Red Carpet
 


BURBANK, Calif. - January 15, 2010- "The Biggest Loser" trainer and health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels has signed on as "Access Hollywood's" guest correspondent covering the 2010 Golden Globe Awards?.

"I am beyond excited to be a part of 'Access Hollywood's' Golden Globes coverage team," said Michaels. "I make a great ass-kicker on 'The Biggest Loser' campus and taking celebrities to task on the red carpet seems like the obvious next step for me."

Michaels will be on hand to interview the biggest stars from television and film, capture behind-the-scenes moments and provide insight for the viewers on the fashion from the red carpet.

"We are excited to have Jillian join 'Access Hollywood' on the red carpet," says "Access Hollywood" Executive Producer Rob Silverstein. "Her energy, excitement and unpredictability will be a welcome addition to our Golden Globes coverage."

Michaels will next be seen in "Losing It with Jillian Michaels," which will air its first season later this year on NBC. The show will follow Michaels around the country as she moves in with families for one week to teach them how to exercise, be healthy and eat right.

"Access Hollywood" is distributed by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. Rob K. Silverstein is the executive producer.

 

NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE - Sunday January 31, 2010 - Saturday February 6, 2010


 


 


"DATELINE NBC"
"SU1919"

01/31/2010 (07:00PM - 09:00PM) (Sunday) :



"NBC SPECIALS"
"SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SPORTS EXTRA"

01/31/2010 (09:00PM - 11:00PM) (Sunday) : This special will feature a compilation of memorable sports sketches from the show's 35-year history.



"CHUCK"
"CHUCK VERSUS NACHO SAMPLER"

02/01/2010 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Monday) : CHUCK MUST TURN AN ENEMY AGENT INTO A SPY FOR THE CIA- KRISTIN KREUK ("SMALLVILLE") GUEST STARS-Chuck (Zachary Levi) juggles his two lives as he trains new Nerd Herder Hannah (guest star Kristin Kreuk) and gets his very own asset who is caught up with The Ring. Chuck thinks he can handle his asset all on his own but Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) feel the need to intercede. Meanwhile, Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) must lie to Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) when she starts to ask questions about Chuck and Morgan (Joshua Gomez), Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) do some recon work to learn more about Hannah.

Jamie French

"HEROES"
"THE WALL"

02/01/2010 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Monday) : SYLAR'S WORST FEARS COME TO LIFE AS H.R.G. FACES HIS PAST - ERIC ROBERTS, MADELINE ZIMA, DEANNE BRAY AND ELIZABETH ROHM GUEST STAR - Fueled by his vision of Emma (guest star Deanne Bray) in grave danger, Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) attempts to rescue Sylar (Zachary Quinto) from his worst nightmare. At the carnival, Samuel (Robert Knepper) reveals H.R.G.'s (Jack Coleman) secret past in order to bring Claire (Hayden Panettiere) to his side. Meanwhile, Lauren (guest star Elizabeth Rohm) makes a bold move to put a stop to Samuel. Sendhil Ramamurthy also stars. Ashley Crow, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Harry Perry, Todd Stashwick also guest star.

Gary Mednick

"THE JAY LENO SHOW"
"TBA"

02/01/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Monday) :



"THE BIGGEST LOSER 9"
"905"

02/02/2010 (08:00PM - 10:00PM) (Tuesday) : THE BLUE AND YELLOW TEAMS RETURN TO TRY AND EARN A SPOT BACK ON THE RANCH -- This week, contestants are surprised by the return of the blue and yellow teams, who were sent home after the first challenge of the season. Now they're back, 30 days later, to weigh in and try to earn a spot back on the ranch. Then a vigorous football challenge tests everyone's stamina, except for one player sidelined with medical issues, and provides immunity for the winner - but a big disadvantage for the losing team. Later, after another elimination round sends a player home, host Alison Sweeney surprises the contestants with exciting news. Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels also star.



"THE JAY LENO SHOW"
"TBA"

02/02/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Tuesday) :



"MERCY"
"CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE GIGANTIC ELEPHANT IN THE AMBULANCE?"

02/03/2010 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Wednesday) : MERCY HOSPITAL AND ITS STAFF MEET THE NEW HEAD OF THE ICU, DR. JOE BRIGGS (GUEST STAR JAMES VAN DER BEEK)- Mercy staffers are jolted by the arrival of Dr. Joe Briggs (James Van Der Beek, "Dawson's Creek"), the arrogant new head of ICU with whom Veronica (Taylor Schilling) promptly locks horns. Meanwhile, Veronica and Dr. Sands (James Tupper) must set aside their own icy relationship as they try to save a boy found nearly frozen in the woods. Following the death of one of her patients, Chloe (Michelle Trachtenberg) helps the grieving widower take the difficult step of leaving the hospital and Sonia (Jaime Lee Kirchner) continues her turn as private nurse to an upper-crust family. James LeGros, Diego Klattenhoff and Guillermo Diaz also star.



"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"
"CONFIDENTIAL"

02/03/2010 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : A WOMAN'S MURDER IS LINKED TO A VAST PONZI SCHEME THAT LEADS DETECTIVES BENSON (MARISKA HARGITAY) AND STABLER (CHRISTOPHER MELONI) TO REOPEN THE INVESTIGATION OF A SIMILAR CRIME COMMITTED TWENTY YEARS EARLIER
When security cameras record footage of a woman being abducted, it isn't long before Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) and the SVU squad find the woman dead in the basement. Detective John Munch (Richard Belzer) recalls a similar case from twenty years before, sending Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Eliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) to Sing Sing to speak to the culprit, who begs them to reopen his case and prove his innocence. As strange similarities between the two cases begin to arise, Benson and Stabler face fierce opposition from Ingrid Block (guest star Lena Olin), the pit bull attorney for the main suspect who will do whatever it takes to prove her client's innocence. Ultimately, it falls on DA Jack McCoy (guest star Sam Waterston) to decide whether or not the ruthless lengths to which Block went to defend her client constituted a crime itself. Also starring: Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).



"THE JAY LENO SHOW"
"TBA"

02/03/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Wednesday) :



"COMMUNITY"
"BEGINNER POTTERY"

02/04/2010 (08:00PM - 08:30PM) (Thursday) : "Beginner Pottery"-JEFF SHOWS OFF HIS COMPETITIVE SIDE IN POTTERY CLASS-Jeff (Joel McHale) unexpectedly takes interest in his new pottery class when another student shows natural talent. Meanwhile, Pierce (Chevy Chase) brings Britta (Gillian Jacobs), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Troy (Donald Glover) along for a ride at his boating class. Ken Jeong, Danny Pudi and Alison Brie also star.



"PARKS AND RECREATION"
"SWEETUMS "

02/04/2010 (08:30PM - 09:00PM) (Thursday) : LESLIE FIGHTS FOR HEALTH-- JUSTIN THEROUX ("JOHN ADAMS," "TROPIC THUNDER") GUEST STARS-The Parks Department forms a partnership with a local company to sell energy bars at the parks in Pawnee, but Leslie (Amy Poehler) tries to stop the deal when she discovers how unhealthy the snacks are. Mark (Paul Schneider) reluctantly agrees to help Tom (Aziz Ansari) move out of his house. Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt also star.

Joanne Park
Wendy Luckenbill


"THE OFFICE"
"SABRE "

02/04/2010 (09:00PM - 09:30PM) (Thursday) : DUNDER MIFFLIN GETS BOUGHT OUT- KATHY BATES ("THE BLIND SIDE," "REVOLUTIONARY ROAD") GUEST STARS-When Sabre comes in to take over Dunder Mifflin, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) struggles to accept Sabre's new policies. Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinski) have an interview for a local daycare they really want to get into. Andy(Ed Helms) and Erin (Ellie Kemper) work on a welcome song for Sabre as Erin waits for Andy to ask her out. Rainn Wilson, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein and B.J. Novak also star.

Joanne Park

"30 ROCK"
"VERNA"

02/04/2010 (09:30PM - 10:00PM) (Thursday) : LIZ AND FRANK BECOME ROOMMATES, AND JENNA'S MOTHER COMES TO VISIT. JAN HOOKS GUEST STARS.
Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) takes Frank (Judah Friedlander) in as a roommate, and is pleasantly surprised when the two make a pact to help each other kick their bad habits. Meanwhile, Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) turns to Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) for help with her mother, Verna (Jan Hooks), who has come to visit. Also starring: Tracy Morgan (Tracy), Jack McBrayer (Kenneth), Scott Adsit (Pete), Keith Powell (Toofer), John Lutz (Lutz), Katrina Bowden (Cerie), Kevin Brown (Dotcom), Grizz Chapman (Grizz), Sue Galloway (Sue).

Amber James

"THE JAY LENO SHOW"
"TBA"

02/04/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Thursday) :



"LAW & ORDER"
"SHOTGUN"

02/05/2010 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Friday) : A VIOLENT ARMED ROBBERY EXPOSES DEEPER INTENTIONS.
When an elderly man defends his shop from an armed robbery, Detectives Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) and Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) suspect that this incident could have been an inside job. After further investigation, the detectives discover that the mugging might have been a scare tactic for a shakedown. Also starring: S. Epatha Merkerson (Lieutenant Anita Van Buren), Sam Waterston (District Attorney Jack McCoy), Alana De La Garza (Connie Rubirosa), and Linus Roache (Michael Cutter).

Sharon Pannozzo

"DATELINE NBC"
"FR1920"

02/05/2010 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Friday) :



"THE JAY LENO SHOW"
"TBA"

02/05/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Friday) :



"MERCY"
"WAKE UP, BILL"

02/06/2010 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Saturday) : EVA AMURRI AND KELLY BISHOP GUEST STAR - VERONICA AND SONIA ARE AFFECTED WHEN THEIR PATIENT'S ISSUES MIRROR THEIR OWN LIVES AND CHLOE TRIES TO HELP A PATIENT'S HUSBAND IN HIS TIME OF NEED - A newlywed cancer patient (Eva Amurri) undergoes a risky course of treatment and Chloe (Michelle Trachtenberg) struggles to help her doting husband cope. Meanwhile, a man wakes up after ten years in a coma and decides to confront the woman he loves, prompting Veronica (Taylor Schilling) to spring to action in her own love life. And Sonia (Jaime Lee Kirchner) gets a taste of how the other half lives when she cares for a wealthy and eccentric family. James Tupper, James Le Gros and Guillermo Diaz also star.



"LAW & ORDER"
"FED"

02/06/2010 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Saturday) : A VOLUNTEER IS MURDERED AND THE DETECTIVES BECOME TRAPPED IN A HAZE OF DANGER AND POLITICAL SCANDALS. BENJAMIN BRATT GUEST STARS.
Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) discover the disfigured remains of a man with the word "FED" written across his bare chest. Missing a crucial piece of evidence, the detectives decide to retrace the steps of the victim to hone in on the challenging investigation. After the victim's perplexing past emerges and the list of suspects multiplies, the detectives find themselves dealing with more than just dirty politics.

Sharon Pannozzo

"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"
"TBA"

02/06/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Saturday) :

 

NBC PRESENTS POST-WINTER OLYMPICS PRIMETIME SCHEDULE BEGINNING MARCH 1


 

New Premiere Dates Set for "Parenthood" (March 2) and "The Marriage Ref" (March 4); New Series Join the Lineup Including "Who Do You Think You Are?" (March 5) and "Minute to Win It" (March 14); "Friday Night Lights" Returns April 30
 


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - January 14, 2010 - NBC unveiled its new post-Winter Olympics primetime program schedule today. The new drama series "Parenthood" will premiere on Tuesday, March 2 (10-11 p.m. ET) and the comedy panel series "The Marriage Ref" from Jerry Seinfeld will premiere Thursday, March 4 (10-11 p.m. ET) after its sneak preview on Sunday, February 28 (10:30-11 p.m. ET) following NBC's coverage of the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

In addition, the new alternative series "Who Do You Think You Are?" from Lisa Kudrow will premiere Friday, March 5 (8-9 p.m. ET) and the new game show "Minute to Win It" joins the lineup on Sunday, March 14 (8-9 p.m. ET). Also, "Friday Night Lights" will begin a new broadcast season on NBC on Fridays (8-9 p.m. ET) starting April 30 after "Who Do You Think You Are?" concludes its run.

The long-running series "Law & Order" continues its 20th season debuting on a new night with a two-hour telecast (9-11 p.m. ET) on Monday, March 1 before settling into its regular time period the following week, Monday, March 8 (10-11 p.m. ET). "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" will move to Wednesdays at 10-11 p.m. (ET) beginning March 3. Encore episodes will air at 9-10 p.m. (ET) followed by original episodes (10-11 p.m. ET). "Trauma" returns to the schedule Monday, March 8 (9-10 p.m. ET).

"Parenthood" is a one-hour drama inspired by the box-office comedy hit of the same name that debuts Tuesday, March 2 (10-11 p.m. ET). The re-imagined and updated production introduces audiences to the large and colorful yet imperfect Braverman family and features an all-star cast that includes Lauren Graham, Peter Krause, Craig T. Nelson, Erika Christensen, and Bonnie Bedelia among others. Serving as executive producers are Oscar winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind," "Frost/Nixon"), Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights") - who wrote the pilot episode - and David Nevins ("Friday Night Lights," "Arrested Development"). Emmy Award winner Thomas Schlamme ("The West Wing") is the director and executive producer of the pilot. "Parenthood" is from Imagine Television and Universal Media Studios.

"The Marriage Ref" - which has a special sneak preview following the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympics on February 28 - is NBC's new comedy panel series about the unpredictable and hilarious institution commonly known as marriage. It features comedian/actor Tom Papa, who was personally selected by executive producer Jerry Seinfeld to host and serve as the "marriage ref." The show will premiere in its regular slot on Thursdays (10-11 p.m. ET) beginning March 4.

"The Marriage Ref" is produced by Seinfeld's Columbus 81 Productions and Ellen Rakieten Entertainment. Seinfeld, Ellen Rakieten ("The Oprah Winfrey Show"), Shed Media's Nick Emmerson ("Supernanny") and Jennifer O'Connell ("Supernanny"), Al Berman ("The Biggest Loser Live Finale," "The Celebrity Apprentice Live Finale"), Howard West ("Seinfeld") and George Shapiro ("Seinfeld") serve as executive producers. International distribution is by Endemol.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" premieres Friday, March 5 (8-9 p.m. ET) and gives viewers an up-close and personal look inside the family history of some of today's most beloved and iconic celebrities. Among the celebrities featured are Matthew Broderick, Lisa Kudrow, Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields and Emmitt Smith. Ancestry.com is NBC's official partner on the series. From executive producer Kudrow ("Friends," "The Comeback") - in conjunction with her production company Is or Isn't Entertainment and the U.K.'s Wall to Wall productions - "Who Do You Think You Are?" is an adaptation of the hit BBC television documentary series created and executive-produced by Alex Graham.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" is produced by Wall to Wall productions (a Shed Media Company) in association with Is or Isn't Entertainment. Alex Graham and Lucy Carter from Wall to Wall and Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky and Don Roos from Is or Isn't Entertainment are the executive producers. Bryn Freedman is the co-executive producer.

All-American chef and television personality Guy Fieri ("Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives") will host NBC's new game show "Minute to Win It" as it debuts on Sunday, March 14 (8-9 p.m. ET). Fieri will serve as master of ceremonies and will lead competitors through a series of simple, yet nerve-wracking games that can reward them a $1 million prize. Over eight one-hour episodes, competitors will face 10 challenges that escalate in level of difficulty using everyday household items. Each game has a 60-second time limit and failure to finish the task on time will eliminate the contestant. At various points throughout the game, the contestant can walk away with the money earned up to that point - but it'll take nerves of steel to complete all 10 tasks to win $1 million.

"Minute to Win It" is produced by Universal Media Studios with Friday Television. Craig Plestis, Tim Puntillo (NBC's "Identity"), Mattias Olsson and Jock Millgardh serve as executive producers.

The new post-Olympics program schedule grid follows (all times ET); new series are in upper case.

MONDAYS
8-9 p.m. - "Chuck"
9-10 p.m. - "Trauma" (beginning March 8)
10-11 p.m. -"Law & Order" (returns March 1 with two-hour episode, 9-11 p.m. (ET); resumes in regular time slot March 8)

TUESDAYS
8-10 p.m. - "The Biggest Loser"
10-11 p.m. - "PARENTHOOD" (premieres March 2)

WEDNESDAYS
8-9 p.m. - "Mercy"
9-10 p.m. - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (encores beginning March 3)
10-11 p.m. - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (originals beginning March 3)

THURSDAYS
8-8:30 p.m. - "Community"
8:30-9 p.m. - "Parks and Recreation"
9-9:30 p.m. - "The Office"
9:30-10 p.m. - "30 Rock"
10-11 p.m. - "THE MARRIAGE REF" (premieres March 4; sneak preview February 28)

FRIDAYS
8-9 p.m. - "WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?" (premieres March 5; "Friday Night Lights" returns on April 30)
9-11 p.m. - "Dateline NBC" (begins March 5)

SATURDAYS (all beginning March 6)
8-9 p.m. - "The Biggest Loser" (encore episode)
9-10 p.m. - "Law & Order" (encore episode)
10-11 p.m. - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (encore episode)

SUNDAYS (all beginning March 14)
7-8 p.m. - "Dateline NBC"
8-9 p.m. - "MINUTE TO WIN IT" (premieres March 14)
9-11 p.m. - "The Celebrity Apprentice" (season premiere March 14)
 

NBC UNIVERSAL ANNOUNCES COVERAGE PLANS FOR THE VANCOUVER OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES


 

Most Winter Olympics Coverage in History: More than 835 Hours on NBC, USA, MSNBC, CNBC, Universal HD & NBCOlympics.com
First All-HD Winter Olympics


 

NEW YORK - Jan. 14, 2010 - NBC Universal will present more than 835 hours of Vancouver Olympic Winter Games coverage - representing the most total hours ever for a Winter Olympics, more than the last two Winter Olympics combined, and the most live hours ever for a Winter Games. The Vancouver Games, which will be the first Winter Olympics to be presented entirely in high definition, commence with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 12. The announcement was made today by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics and executive producer of NBC Universal’s Olympic coverage.

The more than 835 total hours of coverage on six NBC Universal platforms -  NBC, USA, MSNBC, CNBC and Universal HD, as well as NBCOlympics.com - nearly doubles the coverage from Torino (419) and is more than Torino and Salt Lake City (375.5) combined (794.5).

Following is a breakdown of the Vancouver Olympics coverage on the NBC Universal networks:

· The six NBC Universal platforms - NBC, USA, MSNBC, CNBC and Universal HD, as well as NBCOlympics.com -  will offer the most in-depth coverage in history for a Winter Olympics. The more than 835 hours is nearly double Torino (419) and is more than Torino and Salt Lake City (375.5) combined (794.5).

· Over the 17 days of the Vancouver Games (Feb.12-28), NBCU’s coverage will average nearly 50 hours per day - that’s more coverage in one day than all of the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics (43.5) on ABC.

· The networks of NBCU will provide coverage of every one of the 15 Winter Olympic sports.

· Vancouver will be the first Winter Olympics broadcast 100-percent in high definition, including the first-ever online HD.

· The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games represent the 12th Olympics broadcast by NBC, the most Olympic broadcasts by any U.S. network (ABC is second with 10).

A breakdown of coverage platform-by-platform follows:

NBC

The NBC network schedule is divided into three dayparts - afternoon, primetime and late night - for a total of 193.5 hours of coverage over 17 days beginning with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. ET. Primetime coverage will heavily consist of men’s and women’s figure skating and alpine skiing. Other sports to be featured in primetime will include freestyle skiing, speed skating, snowboarding, and short track.

Ebersol: "What’s unique about Vancouver is that more than any time in winter sports history, the United States over the last two years has emerged as the dominant international winter sports power. I remember the 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics when the U.S. team won one gold medal in each. This U.S. team should have potential medal winners almost every single day of the Vancouver Olympics."

Kicking off the first night of primetime is the men’s 1500m gold medal final in short track speed skating. Team USA is particularly strong this year, led by Apolo Ohno, a five-time Olympic medalist who needs two medals in Vancouver to pass Bonnie Blair and become the most decorated Winter Olympic athlete in U.S. history. Ohno, the 2007 Dancing With the Stars champion, remains one of the most recognizable U.S. Olympic athletes. He will again be one of the favorites competing in his third Games, this one practically in the Seattle native’s backyard. He competes in four gold medal events across five nights with his biggest competition coming from South Korean and Canadian athletes.

In alpine skiing, Team USA should also be a strong contender for Olympic gold with World Champion Lindsey Vonn, who is the first American woman in history to win back-to-back overall World Cup titles. She heads into the Olympic season with two World Championship titles and 28 World Cup victories (as of Jan. 14, 2010), tops among U.S. female alpine skiers. She currently leads this season’s World Cup standings and has won the past five World Cup downhill races dating back to last season (as of Jan. 14, 2010). The only medal Vonn is missing is an Olympic gold.

In speed skating, Shani Davis of Chicago, who four years ago in Torino became the first African-American athlete to win a Winter Games gold medal in an individual event, will be featured on multiple nights in primetime. Davis, one of the sport’s dominant stars, plans to skate in five individual events, making him the first U.S. Winter Olympian to do so since Eric Heiden 30 years ago in Lake Placid.

Shaun White won gold in his first Olympics four years ago. His Torino Olympic gold medal and unique style led to the rare feat of gracing the covers of both Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone in the same week. The redheaded action sports icon is the headliner of the deep-as-ever U.S. snowboarding team. With his style and new “double cork” trick, he is the frontrunner to repeat his gold medal performance in the men’s halfpipe competition.

USA Network

USA Network, available in 98.5 million homes, is the cable home of the U.S. Olympic Team for the Vancouver Games. The USA men’s and women’s curling and ice hockey teams will be the staples of USA Network’s Olympic coverage from Vancouver. All Team USA hockey games, both men’s and women’s, will be seen live, the majority on USA Network. USA Network will also feature a live curling match nine of the 12 days of the Olympic curling tournament. USA’s 41 hours of coverage begins on Sunday, Feb. 14.

MSNBC

MSNBC, available in 91.6 million homes in the U.S., will provide 100 hours of Olympic coverage from Vancouver highlighted by live quarterfinal, semifinal and medal round hockey competition. MSNBC’s hockey coverage also features the much-anticipated USA vs. Canada men’s hockey game. MSNBC will also provide extensive live curling coverage, including medal round games, in addition to live speed skating and figure skating. MSNBC begins coverage on Saturday, Feb. 13.

CNBC

CNBC, available in 95 million households in the U.S, will carry 100.5 hours of Olympic programming over 14 days, beginning Saturday, Feb.13. On most days beginning at 5 p.m. ET, CNBC will feature live long-form coverage of Olympic curling. CNBC will also have expanded, live long-form coverage of numerous Olympic sports, including ice hockey and biathlon.

UNIVERSAL HD

Universal HD, currently available in approximately 17 million homes, will re-air USA Network’s coverage.

NBCOlympics.com, Mobile, and VOD

NBCOlympics.com will provide more than 400 hours of live event competition from Vancouver. In addition, the site will offer more than 1,000 hours of on-demand access to full-event replays from broadcast and host-feed coverage of all 15 sports on the Winter Games program, as well as extensive highlights such as event recaps, best-of montages, commentator analysis and athlete-specific clips.

Powered by Microsoft's Silverlight technology, the video player will present video in stunning high-definition quality and offer DVR-style controls (allowing users to pause and rewind live Olympic video), enhanced navigation and more. By comparison, in Torino, NBC streamed two hours of live action of the men’s gold medal hockey game, mostly as a back-end test.

NBCOlympics mobile will provide up-to-the-minute results, breaking news, as well as video highlights of every event, while Olympics video highlights and event replays will be available on set-top boxes for on-demand viewing.

STANDARD MONDAY-FRIDAY SCHEDULE
Times may vary
(Check NBCOlympics.com or local listings)
(*ET; **ET/PT)

By Network:                                   
NBC: 3 p.m.-  5 p.m.**  
     8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. **  
     12:35 a.m. - 2 a.m.**  
     2 a.m. - 5 a.m.**            
CNBC: 5 p.m.- 5 a.m.* 
MSNBC: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.* 
       3 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.*          
USA: Noon - 5:30 p.m.*   
Universal HD - 9 a.m. - Noon*

Chronological:                     
Universal HD:  9 a.m. - Noon        
USA: Noon - 5:30 p.m.
NBC: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.        
CNBC: 5 p.m. - 5 a.m.
MSNBC: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
NBC: 8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.             
NBC: 12:35 a.m. - 2 a.m.
NBC: 2 a.m. - 5 a.m.
MSNBC: 3 a.m. - 5:30 a.m. 
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UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE FROM THE AT&T U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKENDS ON NBC SPORTS AND UNIVERSAL SPORTS


 

13 Hours of LIVE Coverage of All Competition on NBC Sports and Universal Sports
 


NEW YORK - January 14, 2010 - The U.S. Olympic figure skating team will be determined over the next two weekends as NBC Sports and Universal Sports present an unprecedented 13 hours of live coverage of the AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships, including all four disciplines live from Spokane Wash. Coverage begins on NBC Sports this Saturday (4:30-6 p.m. ET) with live coverage of the Pairs Free Skate and continues Sunday (4:30-6 p.m. ET) with live coverage of the Men's Free Skate. The live ladies and dance competition will take place next weekend (see schedule below). Universal Sports' coverage begins Friday night (early Saturday) 12:30 a.m. ET with live coverage of the Men's and Pairs' short programs.

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held annually since 1914, is the nation's most prestigious figure skating event, and this year's event will go a long way in determining the U.S. team for Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, which begin Feb. 12 on NBC.

Coverage of this year's championships will include 13 hours of live competition in the ladies and men's singles, pairs and ice dancing, with the ladies competition airing next Saturday live in primetime and the announcement of the U.S. Olympic team next Sunday in primetime. Universal Sports will present live coverage of the short programs and will re-air the NBC Sports broadcasts.

NBC's Olympic figure skating broadcast team of Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Scott Hamilton (analyst), Sandra Bezic (analyst), and Andrea Joyce (reporter) will call the action from the Spokane Arena in Spokane Wash. Event host Bob Costas and legendary skater and announcer Dick Button join the team for the second weekend of coverage.

COVERAGE ON NBC SPORTS:
- This Saturday, 4:30-6 p.m. ET - Pairs Free Skate (Live), Pairs Short, Men's Short
- This Sunday, 4:30-6 p.m. ET - Men's Free Skate (Live)
- Saturday, Jan. 23, 3-6 p.m. ET - Free Dance (Live), Ladies Short
- Saturday, Jan. 23, 9-11 p.m. ET/PT - Ladies Free Skate (Live)
- Sunday, Jan. 24, 4-6 p.m. ET - Recap of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships
- Sunday, Jan. 24, 9-11 p.m. ET/PT - Exhibition of Champions and announcement of U.S. Olympic Team

UNIVERSAL SPORTS COVERAGE: Universal Sports, available in 57 million homes, will present five hours of live, original coverage and eight hours of re-airs of the NBC Sports shows starting this Friday. Coverage details below:
- This Saturday, 12:30-2:30 a.m. ET (late Friday night) - Men's Short and Pairs Short (Live)
- This Saturday, 6:30-8 p.m. ET - Pairs Free Skate, Pairs Short, Men's Short (Re-Air of NBC Show)
- This Sunday, 6:30-8 p.m. ET - Men's Free Skate (Re-Air of NBC Show)
- Friday, Jan. 22, 12:30-2:30 a.m. ET (late Thursday night) - Ladies Short (Live)
- Friday, Jan. 22, 11 p.m. - 12 midnight ET - Original Dance (Live)
- Saturday, Jan. 23, 11 p.m. - 2 a.m. ET - Ladies Short and Free Dance (Re-Air of NBC Show)
- Sunday, Jan. 24, 2-4 a.m. ET (late Saturday night) - Ladies Free (Re-Air NBC Show)

COMPETITION PREVIEW
LADIES: Two Olympic berths are at stake. 2006 Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen makes her much anticipated return to competitive skating in Spokane. She made her last competitive appearance at the 2006 World Championships in Calgary. Competing against Cohen for a berth on the U.S. Olympic team is two-time defending U.S. silver medalist Rachel Flatt. Flatt, the 2008 World Junior Champion and Japan's Miki Ando are the only ladies who have beaten world champion Kim Yu-Na in a competition segment this season (no one has beaten her overall). Flatt defeated Kim in the free skate at Skate America in November. Other competition for the Olympic spots will come from defending U.S. champion Alissa Czisny, defending U.S. bronze medalist Caroline Zhang and 2008 U.S. champion Mirai Nagasu. 2007 U.S. silver medalist Emily Hughes makes her first appearance at nationals since 2007; she missed the past two years due to injuries. She is on a one-year break from Harvard, hoping to qualify for her second Olympics. Hughes is the younger sister of 2002 Olympic champion Sarah Hughes.

HAMILTON ON THE LADIES COMPETITION: "Alissa Czisny is coming back to defend her title and when she's on, she's wonderful, but she's going to have to turn in performances like she did last year without major errors in order to be in the top two or three. Rachael Flatt has been very strong and recently beat Kim Yu-Na in the free skate at Skate America. Then there is Sasha Cohen who is coming back after four years of being away. She's a national champion and an Olympic silver medalist so you have to put her in as a factor, but she hasn't skated competitively in four years so that's a tall order. There's a lot of pressure. Ashley Wagner's been really good this year and Mirai Nagasu, who won the title a couple years ago, kind of melted under the spotlight of being the National Champion, but now seems to be coming on strong again. And I'm sure the press will love to talk about Emily Hughes, but I don't really know if she's going to be competitive. Sasha, Alissa, Rachael, Mirai, and Ashley would be my five going for the two spots."

MEN'S: Three Olympic berths are at stake and three U.S. champions in the field are the favorites to claim them. 2009 world champion Evan Lysacek is not only the favorite in Spokane but also a contender for gold in Vancouver. Challenging Lysacek will be defending U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, who unseated Lysacek at last year's Nationals in Cleveland; three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir, who won bronze at the Grand Prix Final in December; two-time world junior champion Adam Rippon, who won his first Grand Prix medal in Paris in October; 2009 U.S. silver medalist Brandon Mroz; and 2007 U.S. silver medalist Ryan Bradley.

HAMILTON ON THE MEN'S COMPETITION: "The three men with the most experience and have the most international success would be Evan Lysacek, Jeremy Abbott, and Johnny Weir. Those would be the three that most people would expect to be on the Olympics team, but with this scoring system and the nature of how it all works, you never know. Ryan Bradley was on the podium at the Nationals in Spokane a couple of years ago so he's going back to a very familiar rink where he's had success, don't count him out. You've got a young skater, Adam Rippon, who's coming on strong and we can't forget Brandon Mroz, who was second last year at the National Championships. So the men's event is going to be very exciting."
PAIRS: Two spots on the U.S. Olympic Team are at stake. Two-time and reigning champs Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker are the frontrunners, looking for their third consecutive senior title. Competing against them will be two-time U.S. champions Rena Inoue and John Baldwin, 2007 U.S. champions Brooke Castile & Ben Okolski and last year's surprise silver medalists, Caydee Denney & Jeremy Barrett.

HAMILTON ON THE PAIRS COMPETITION: "Denney and Barrett and McLaughlin and Brubaker would probably be the favorites going into this competition. The two-time defending champions, Brubaker and McLaughlin, had a coaching switch this year so it'll be real interesting to see how that's changed not only their look but their technical consistency because that's something that was an issue last year. I expect great things from them. You've also got Inoue and Baldwin who've won this championship a couple times and have been top five in the world. They could mount a comeback as well and get on the podium because they've got all the experience and they're much older and a seasoned pair team. So a lot of things can happen in the pairs but I'd say the two to look for would be Denney and Barrett and McLaughlin and Brubaker."

DANCE: Three Olympic berths are at stake. Five-time U.S. champions Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto compete for their sixth U.S. title; a win would give them the record for most U.S. dance titles. Belbin and Agosto are already the most successful U.S. dance team in history, with four world medals, three Four Continents titles, and an Olympic silver medal from Torino. Their main competition will come from 2009 U.S. champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who are fresh off a win at the Grand Prix Final, the first-ever by an American team. Davis & White have never defeated Belbin & Agosto in competition. They won at Nationals last year when Belbin and Agosto did not compete. Also competing for one of the three Olympic spots are are two-time U.S. bronze medalists Kimberly Navarro & Brent Bommentre, defending U.S. silver medalists Emily Samuelson & Evan Bates and 2009 world junior champions Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein, who will make their senior debut in Spokane.

HAMILTON ON DANCE COMPETITION: "The U.S. has never been this well represented in a dance event going into Olympics as we are this year. Tanith and Ben and Meryl and Charlie are two of the best dance teams in the world, so they're going at it nose to nose competing for the National Title because that would give them momentum into the Olympics. It's going to be interesting to see who wins there because Charlie and Meryl have been on the rise like crazy, but Tanith and Ben won a medal last Olympics and they've been dominant on the international stage."

NBC SPORTS AND U.S. FIGURE SKATING ASSOCIATION: NBC Sports and U.S. Figure Skating are in the third year of a multiyear partnership under which NBC will broadcast live high-definition coverage of the AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships, including Saturday night primetime coverage of the ladies free skate, as well as Skate America. The deal between NBC and the USFSA was extended last year and continues through the 2014 U.S. Championships

 

NBC'S 'THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS RED CARPET SPECIAL' PRE-SHOW AND 'GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS: AFTER PARTY SHOW' POST -SHOW SURROUND HOLLYWOOD'S BIGGEST NIGHT ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 17


 

Billy Bush and Natalie Morales Are Set to Host Pre-Show and Nick Cannon to Host Exclusive Post-Show
 


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - January 13, 2009 - NBC will air "The Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special" pre-show and the "Golden Globe Awards: After Party Show," just before and after "The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards" on Sunday, January 17 (5-8 p.m. PT, 8-11 p.m. ET).

Billy Bush ("Access Hollywood") and Natalie Morales (NBC's "Today" show) will host "The Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special" (4-5 p.m. PT, 7-8 p.m. ET). The pre-show will feature interviews with the biggest stars from television and motion pictures, segments devoted to fashion and a behind-the-scenes look at the planning of the event.

Nick Cannon (NBC's "America's Got Talent") will host "Golden Globe Awards: After Party Show" post-show directly following the awards (8-9 p.m. PT, 11 p.m.-12 a.m. ET.) The post show will showcase interviews with the night's big winners along with a behind-the-scenes look at the exclusive after party.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, dick clark productions and NBC made the announcements today.

Bush is the anchor of "Access Hollywood," the daily entertainment newsmagazine in its 14th season of providing the most comprehensive coverage of entertainment news and personalities on television. Morales joined "Today" as a National Correspondent in February 2006 and was named Co-Host of the third hour of "Today" in March 2008. Morales also serves as a National Correspondent for all NBC News platforms including "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Dateline NBC," and MSNBC. Most recently, Cannon was seen as the host of the fourth season of NBC's hit reality series "America's Got Talent." Cannon is a successful, multi-faceted entertainer: film star, comedian, musician, writer and executive producer of his own hit TV shows.

This year's Golden Globes is hosted by Ricky Gervais and will be broadcast live coast-to-coast from 5-8 p.m. (PT) and 8-11 p.m. (ET) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

"The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards" will be seen in more than 160 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies that span both television and motion picture achievements. The special will be produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Philip Berk is President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Orly Adelson, president of dick clark productions and Barry Adelman will executive-produce the special. Chris Donovan is the director and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production.

 

NBC ANNOUNCES SOME OF ITS EARLY DEVELOPMENT SLATE FOR 2010-11


 

Among Drama Series Pilots That Have Been Green-lit Are A Large Slate of Dramas Such as "Prime Suspect," "The Rockford Files," "Undercovers," "Chase," "Kindreds," "The Event" and "Love Bites"; Comedies Include the Untitled Adam Corolla Project.
 


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - January 10, 2010 - NBC unveiled some of its early development projects that have been green-lit for 2010-11, including a large slate of dramas such as "Prime Suspect" (from Hank Steinberg, "Without A Trace"), an updated version of the classic "The Rockford Files" (from David Shore, "House"), "Undercovers" (from J.J. Abrams, "Lost"), "Chase" (from Jerry Bruckheimer, the "CSI" franchise), "Kindreds" (from David E. Kelley, "Boston Legal") and "The Event"; Comedies include the untitled Adam Corolla project.

The announcements were made today by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.
* On the drama side, "Prime Suspect" is based on the award-winning BBC series centering on a courageous female detective who investigates complex mysteries in a politically explosive big city. Casting will be announced later. The pilot is produced by Universal Media Studios and ITV. Hank Steinberg ("Without a Trace") and Erwin Stoff ("The Blind Side") are the executive producers.
* In "The Rockford Files," the successful NBC drama from the 1970s is re-imagined by executive producers David Shore ("House") and Steve Carell (NBC's "The Office"). The title character, Jim Rockford, remains a roguish private eye who tackles the dangerous, quirky and unpredictable cases that no other detective wants to handle. The pilot is from Universal Media Studios and Carousel Productions.
* "The Event" is a thriller with a unique storytelling device that features multiple points of view concerning a decent, regular fellow who battles against mysterious circumstances that envelope a larger conspiracy. Universal Media Studios produces the pilot that includes Steve Stark ("Medium") as the executive producer; Nick Wauters ("The 4400") is the co-executive producer/writer. Casting will be announced later.
* In "Undercovers," a domesticated husband and wife return from years in retirement and are re-activated as CIA agents. As they work together for the first time on new cases, they discover new aspects from their past - even as they re-ignite their passion for each other. J.J. Abrams ("Lost," the 2009 feature film "Star Trek"), Bryan Burk ("Lost," "Star Trek") and Josh Reims ("Dirty Sexy Money") are the executive producers; Abrams and Reims are the writers. The pilot is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Productions.
* "Chase" is a new action-procedural drama from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer (the "CSI" franchise, "The Amazing Race," "The Pirates of the Caribbean" feature films). "Chase," based on a real-life group and set in the American Southwest, follows a crucial fugitive apprehension team comprised of U.S. Marshals that tracks down the nation's most notorious criminals. Tension builds as the cat-and-mouse game of the ultimate search escalates in each episode. The series is from Warner Bros. Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Joining Bruckheimer as executive producers are Jennifer Johnson ("Cold Case") and Jonathan Littman ("CSI," "Cold Case").
* "Kindreds," created by Emmy Award winner David E. Kelley ("Boston Legal," "The Practice," "L.A. Law"), follows a curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer and his group of misfit associates as their lives come together to form an unconventional kind of law practice. The series is from Warner Bros. Television and David E. Kelley Productions. Kelley is the writer and executive producer.
* "Love Bites" is an hour-long romantic comedy produced by Universal Media Studios and Working Title Films. Writer Cindy Chupack ("Sex in the City," "Everybody Loves Raymond"), Timothy Bevan & Eric Fellner (both for "Love Actually," "Bridget Jones' Diary") and Shelley McCrory are the executive producers. Casting and producer credits will be announced later.
* Among the comedies is the Adam Carolla comedy project that features the humorous radio and TV personality Carolla ("The Man Show," "The Hammer") as a contractor who sets out to re-build his life following a divorce. The pilot is produced by Universal Media Studios and BermanBraun. The executive producers are Carolla, Kevin Hench (The Hammer"), Jon Pollack (NBC's "30 Rock"), Jimmy Kimmel ("The Jimmy Kimmel Show"), Gail Berman (NBC's "Mercy"), Lloyd Braun (NBC's "Mercy"), Daniel Kellison ("The Jimmy Kimmel Show," "The Man Show") and James Dixon ("Ace in the Hole").
 

UPDATES-NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE-Wednesday January 20, 2010 - Wednesday January 20, 2010


 


 


"MERCY"
(X) "WAKE UP, BILL"

01/20/2010 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Wednesday) : EVA AMURRI AND KELLY BISHOP GUEST STAR - VERONICA AND SONIA ARE AFFECTED WHEN THEIR PATIENT'S ISSUES MIRROR THEIR OWN LIVES AND CHLOE TRIES TO HELP A PATIENT'S HUSBAND IN HIS TIME OF NEED - A newlywed cancer patient (Eva Amurri) undergoes a risky course of treatment and Chloe (Michelle Trachtenberg) struggles to help her doting husband cope. Meanwhile, a man wakes up after ten years in a coma and decides to confront the woman he loves, prompting Veronica (Taylor Schilling) to spring to action in her own love life. And Sonia (Jaime Lee Kirchner) gets a taste of how the other half lives when she cares for a wealthy and eccentric family. James Tupper, James Le Gros and Guillermo Diaz also star.



"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"
(X) "SUGAR"

01/20/2010 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : WHEN A DEAD WOMAN IS FOUND STUFFED INSIDE A SUITCASE, DETECTIVES ELLIOT STABLER (CHRIS MELONI) AND OLIVIA BENSON (MARISKA HARGITAY) BELIEVE SHE WAS MURDERED BY HER SUGAR DADDY.
A young woman's body is found stuffed inside a suitcase, and police believe that Mindy Keefe, the victim, was a train passenger on her way to Tampa when she was murdered. Detectives Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) turn to Keefe's financier boyfriend, Owen Cassidy's (Guest Star Matt C. Burns) yacht to investigate. However, Cassidy claims he was on his boat during the time of the murder. After further searching, the detectives discover Keefe belonged to an online dating website. But when the CEO of the dating website, Vance Shepard (Guest Star Eric McCormack), refuses to comment on the case, the detectives turn to ADA Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti) for help. Also starring: Richard Belzer (Detective John Much), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR RIHANNA TO PERFORM ON 'NBC'S NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH CARSON DALY,' THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31

Rihanna And Green Day Will Perform During The Two Hour Special


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.-December 14, 2009-Grammy Award winner and multiple Hot 100 chart topper, Rihanna, will help to ring in 2010 on "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly." Having sold over 12 million records, she released her fourth critically acclaimed album, Rated R, last month, making it her best-selling album debut to date. Rihanna will perform multiple songs from New York City, joining fellow Grammy winner Green Day, giving the special an exciting musical lineup and making NBC the number one place to celebrate New Year's Eve.

The two-hour special will air live on Thursday, December 31, beginning in primetime from 10-11 p.m. (ET), and continuing at 11:30 PM (ET) with the countdown to 2010 and the first performances of the New Year. "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" will broadcast in high definition from the middle of the world's most famous New Year's Eve destination, Times Square in New York City. Beginning at 11:30 PM, (ET) CNBC will join in the countdown festivities by simultaneously airing the New Year's Eve special too. "Today" co-host and national correspondent Natalie Morales and Alison Stewart will help Daly's coverage of the celebration with live reports from the heart of Times Square among the one million spectators.

In 2008, 8.6 million viewers tuned in to watch "NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly." This special, which premiered in 2004, delivered its fourth straight year of gains scoring its biggest ratings results to date.

"NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" is executive-produced by Daly ("Last Call with Carson Daly") and David Friedman ("Last Call with Carson Daly") through Universal Media Studios. Guy Oseary ("Last Call with Carson Daly") is co-executive producer.

 

 

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN" LISTINGS


xxMonday, December 14: Tom Arnold, Cheryl Hines and musical guest Adam Lambert

Tuesday, December 15: Musical guest Norah Jones

Wednesday, December 16: Wanda Sykes, James Cameron and comedian Myq Kaplan

Thursday, December 17: John Krasinski and musical guest Robin Thicke

Friday, December 18: Animal Expert Nigel Marven and musical guest Foreigner

Monday, December 21: Christina Applegate, David Gregory and musical guest Silversun Pickups

Tuesday, December 22: Lance Armstrong, Carson Daly

Wednesday, December 23: Derek Fisher

Thursday, December 24: Pre-empted

Friday, December 25: Megan Fox, Louis CK and musical guest Kevin Skinner

Monday, December 28: Drew Barrymore, Jockey Joe Talamo and musical guest Paramore

Tuesday, December 29: Jamie Foxx, Jason Alexander and musical guest Grizzly Bear

Wednesday, December 30: Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Max Records and musical guest Dashboard Confessional

Thursday, December 31: Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde and musical guest Zac Brown Band

Friday, January 1: Reese Witherspoon, Gabourey Sidibe and musical guest Kris Allen

December 14, 2009

NBC ANNOUNCES NEW MID-SEASON PREMIERES FOLLOWING THE WINTER OLYMPICS AS 'PARENTHOOD' AND 'THE MARRIAGE REF' DEBUT WHILE 'THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE' AND 'THE BIGGEST LOSER' RETURN

"Parenthood" Debuts Monday, March 1 (9-10 p.m. ET) While "The Marriage Ref" Premieres on Sunday, March 14 (8-9 p.m. ET)
"The Celebrity Apprentice" Premieres Sunday, March 14 (9-11 p.m. ET) and "The Biggest Loser" Begins a New Season on Tuesday, January 5 (8-10 p.m. ET)


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - December 14, 2009 - NBC revealed its mid-season and post-Winter Olympics schedule today as the new drama "Parenthood" debuts Monday, March 1 (9-10 p.m. ET) while "The Marriage Ref," a hilarious comedy panel series from Jerry Seinfeld about marriage, premieres on Sundays (8-9 p.m. ET) beginning March 14.

In addition, "The Celebrity Apprentice" returns in its third installment with an all-star lineup of celebrity candidates on Sunday, March 14 (9-11 p.m. ET). Likewise, the ninth edition of the popular "The Biggest Loser" kicks off on Tuesday, January 5 (8-10 p.m. ET) with 11 family teams of two ready to transform their bodies, their health and ultimately their lives. Other January programming includes "The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards" hosted by Ricky Gervais on Sunday, January 17 (8-11 p.m. ET) and "The AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships" on Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24 (9-11 p.m. ET).

"Parenthood," from Oscar winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer along with fellow executive producers Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights") and David Nevins, is inspired by the box-office hit of the same name and features a star-studded cast. The series assumes the Monday (9-10 p.m. ET) time slot beginning March 1 following the season finale of "Heroes" on Monday, February 8 and NBC Universal's exclusive coverage of the Winter Olympics from February 12-28. "Chuck," as previously announced, will return with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, January 10 (9-11 p.m. ET) before moving to its regular day and time Monday, January 11 (8-9 p.m. ET).

For more information about each program, please log on to www.nbcumv.com.

The new mid-season additions to NBC's program schedule grid follows (all times ET).

MONDAYS
8-9 p.m. -- "Chuck" (begins January 11; two back-to-back season premiere episodes on January 10 from 9-11 p.m.)
9-10 p.m. -- "Parenthood" (premieres March 1)
10-11 p.m. -"The Jay Leno Show"

TUESDAYS
8-10 p.m. - "The Biggest Loser" (new season premieres on January 5)
10-11 p.m. - "The Jay Leno Show"

WEDNESDAYS
8-9 p.m. - "Mercy"
9-10 p.m. - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
10-11 p.m. - "The Jay Leno Show"

THURSDAYS
8-8:30 p.m. - "Community"
8:30-9 p.m. - "Parks and Recreation"
9-9:30 p.m. - "The Office"
9:30-10 p.m. - "30 Rock"
10-11 p.m. - "The Jay Leno Show"

FRIDAYS
8-9 p.m. -- "Law & Order"
9-10 p.m. -- "Dateline NBC"
10-11 p.m. - "The Jay Leno Show"

SATURDAYS
8-11 p.m. -- Encore Dramas

SUNDAYS
7-9 p.m. -- "Dateline NBC" (through March 7, then moves to 7-8 p.m. beginning March 14)
8-9 p.m. - "The Marriage Ref" (debuts March 14)
9-11 p.m. -- "The Celebrity Apprentice" (premieres Sunday, March 14)

Other special programming includes (all times ET):

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17
7-8 p.m. - "The 67th Annual Golden Globe Red-Carpet Show"
8-11 p.m. - "The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards"

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23
9-11 p.m. - "The AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships"

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24
9-11 p.m. -- "The AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championship
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SNL GETS INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT WITH "SNL PRESENTS: A VERY GILLY CHRISTMAS" A TWO-HOUR PRIMETIME SPECIAL ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 FROM 8PM-10PM ET ON NBC


NEW YORK - December 8, 2009 - SNL premieres a new holiday compilation, "SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas" on Thursday, December 17 from 8:00pm - 10:00pmET. This is SNL's first holiday special since 2002.

The two-hour special will include brand-new material with Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, the infamous troublemaker "Gilly" (played by Kristen Wiig), and others. The special will also feature favorite holiday-themed sketches from SNL's 35-year history.

SNL holiday favorite sketches will include "NPR's Delicious Dish and the Schweddy Balls" with Alec Baldwin, "A Holiday Wish" with Steve Martin, alongside newer fare like Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg's "D**k in a Box."
"Saturday Night Live" is from SNL Studios in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels. Steve Higgins produces.

 

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA and FAIRFIELD, CT - Dec. 3, 2009 - Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) and General Electric (NYSE: GE) announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture that will be 51 percent owned by Comcast, 49 percent owned by GE and managed by Comcast. The joint venture, which will consist of the NBC Universal (NBCU) businesses and Comcast's cable networks, regional sports networks and certain digital properties and certain unconsolidated investments, will be well positioned to compete in an increasingly dynamic and competitive media and digital environment.

The combination of assets creates a leading media and entertainment company with the proven capability to provide some of the world's most popular entertainment, news and sports content, movies and film libraries to consumers anytime, anywhere. The joint venture will provide consumers the broadest possible access to content, and support high-quality, award-winning content development across all platforms including film, television, and online. It will be anchored by an outstanding portfolio of cable networks and regional sports networks that will account for about 80 percent of its cash flow, including USA, Bravo, Syfy, E!, Versus, CNBC and MSNBC. The joint venture will be financially strong with a robust cash-flow-generation capability.

Under the terms of the transaction, GE will contribute to the joint venture NBCU's businesses valued at $30 billion, including its cable networks, filmed entertainment, televised entertainment, theme parks, and unconsolidated investments, subject to $9.1 billion in debt to third party lenders. Comcast will contribute its cable networks including E!, Versus and the Golf Channel, its ten regional sports networks, and certain digital media properties, collectively valued at $7.25 billion, and make a payment to GE of approximately $6.5 billion of cash subject to certain adjustments based on various events between signing and closing.

Comcast Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts said, "This deal is a perfect fit for Comcast and will allow us to become a leader in the development and distribution of multiplatform 'anytime, anywhere' media that American consumers are demanding. In particular, NBCU's fast-growing, highly profitable cable networks are a great complement to our industry-leading distribution business. Today's announced transaction will increase our capabilities in content and cable networks. At the same time, it will enhance consumer choice and accelerate the development of new digital products and services. GE has provided NBCU with a great home and has dramatically and positively transformed the business. We are honored that under this agreement Comcast would take over the stewardship of this important collection of assets and are absolutely committed to investing in NBCU and ensuring that it is a vibrant, financially strong company able to thrive in a rapidly evolving marketplace by delivering innovative programming. We are particularly pleased to be creating this new joint venture with GE and Jeff Immelt and to have their continued involvement.

"For Comcast, this transaction is strategically compelling and will generate attractive financial returns and build shareholder value," continued Roberts. "It is also expected to be immediately accretive and will also allow us to maintain our strong commitment to returning capital to shareholders- all while increasing the scale, capabilities and value of our cable distribution, content and digital assets. Significantly, it is entirely consistent with our intense focus on value creation and our disciplined strategy of pursuing profitable growth in areas complementary to our distribution business."

GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said, "The combination of Comcast's cable and regional sports networks and digital media properties and NBCU will deliver strong returns for GE shareholders and business partners. NBCU has been a great business for GE over the past two decades. We have generated an average annual return of 11 percent, while expanding into cable, movies, parks and international media. We are reducing our ownership stake from 80 percent to 49 percent of a more valuable entity. By doing so, GE gets a good value for NBCU. This transaction will generate approximately $8 billion of cash at closing with an expected small after-tax gain. We have many opportunities to invest in our high-technology infrastructure businesses at attractive returns. I believe that the new NBCU will deliver value for both Comcast and GE in the future. We will give consumers and advertisers more choice and our cable and digital assets will be second to none. I am confident Brian Roberts and his team at Comcast will be great partners."

Comcast also announced the creation of Comcast Entertainment Group (CEG), which will house Comcast's interest in the joint venture and will stand alongside Comcast Cable, which operates the company's traditional cable business.

Comcast Chief Operating Officer Steve Burke said, "Both Comcast and NBCU have excellent track records of integrating and growing multi-billion dollar businesses, including significant content acquisitions. In addition, we have both developed some of the country's most popular programming and built many of the most watched and valued networks in the industry. We are confident that we'll be even stronger together, and look forward to working with Jeff Zucker and the NBCU team to deliver the best consumer experience."

Jeff Zucker, current president and CEO of NBCU, will be CEO of the new joint venture and will report to Burke. Zucker said, "Combining the assets of NBCU, ranging from our suite of cable properties and two broadcast networks to a legendary film studio and global theme park business, with the content assets and resources of Comcast, will enable us to continue to thrive in an ever-changing media landscape. Consumers of all of our products - on screens large and small - will have the benefit of enhanced content and experiences, delivered to them in new and better ways as a result of this transaction. This marks the start of a new era for NBCU, and I'm genuinely excited that I will be leading this wonderful organization, along with the Comcast team, at this important time in our history."

Headquarters for the business will remain in New York. The joint venture board will have three directors nominated by Comcast and two nominated by GE.

Key Elements Of The Transaction:
• NBCU will borrow approximately $9.1 billion from third-party lenders and distribute the cash to GE.
• NBCU, valued at $30 billion, will be contributed to the newly formed joint venture. Comcast will contribute its programming businesses and certain other properties valued at $7.25 billion.
• GE will acquire Vivendi's 20% interest in NBCU for $5.8 billion. GE will purchase approximately 38% of Vivendi's interest (or approximately 7.66% of all outstanding NBCU shares) from Vivendi for $2 billion in September 2010, if the Comcast transaction is not closed by then. GE will acquire the remaining 62% of Vivendi's interest (or approximately 12.34% of all outstanding NBCU shares) for $3.8 billion when the transaction closes.
• Comcast will make a payment to GE of approximately $6.5 billion in cash subject to certain adjustments based on various events between signing and closing.
• The new venture will be 51% owned by Comcast and 49% owned by GE.
• GE expects to realize $9.8 billion pre-tax in cash before debt reduction and transaction fees and after buyout of the Vivendi stake. GE expects to realize approximately $8 billion in cash after paying down the existing NBCU debt and transaction fees.
• GE will be entitled to elect to cause the joint venture to redeem one-half of its interest at year 3 ½ and its remaining interest at year 7. The joint venture's obligations to complete those purchases will be subject to the venture's leverage ratio not exceeding 2.75X EBITDA and the venture continuing to hold investment-grade ratings. Comcast also has certain rights to purchase GE's interest in the venture at specified times. All such transactions would be done at a 20% premium to public market value with 50% sharing of upside above the closing valuation.
• To the extent the joint venture is not required to meet GE's redemption requests, Comcast will provide a backstop up to a maximum of $2.875 billion for the first redemption and a total backstop of $5.750 billion.

The transaction has been approved by the Board of Directors of GE and Comcast. It is subject to receipt of various regulatory approvals, including clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, and approvals of the Federal Communications Commission and certain international agencies. The transaction is also subject to other customary closing conditions. NBCU has obtained $9.85 billion of committed financing through a consortium of banks led by J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BofA Merrill Lynch and Citi. This financing is expected to receive solid investment-grade ratings from S&P and Moody's.

Comcast and GE intend to submit regulatory applications supporting the pro-competitive and strong public interest benefits of the transaction, including how the joint venture will better meet the entertainment, communications and information needs of the American public.

"We are prepared to make affirmative commitments to ensure that the pro-consumer and public interest benefits of the transaction are realized," Roberts said. "Today, we have announced a number of initial commitments that expand on the capabilities that Comcast and NBCU have built over the years, and the new opportunities that this combination makes possible. These commitments address the needs of various audiences and stakeholders, and we will provide additional details on these and other commitments in our public interest filing with the Federal Communications Commission."

Advisors
Morgan Stanley is lead financial advisor to Comcast with UBS and BofA Merrill Lynch acting as co-advisors. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is Comcast's legal advisor. J.P. Morgan is lead financial advisor to GE with Goldman Sachs and Citi acting as co-advisors. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is GE's and NBCU's legal advisor.

Teleconference and Webcast
Comcast will host a conference call with the financial community today, December 3, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) to discuss this morning's announcement with Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts, Comcast Chief Operating Officer Stephen B. Burke and Comcast Chief Financial Officer, Michael J. Angelakis. The conference call will be broadcast live via the Company's Investor Relations website at www.cmcsa.com or www.cmcsk.com. Those parties interested in participating via telephone should dial (800) 263-8495 with the conference ID number 44380493. A telephone replay of the call will be available on the Investor Relations website starting at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time on December 3, 2009 and will be available until December 8, 2009 at midnight Eastern Time. To access the rebroadcast, please dial (800) 642-1687 conference ID 44380493.

GE will also host a webcast with the financial community today, December 3, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time / 7:30 a.m. Central Time to discuss this morning's announcement with GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt, GE Chief Financial Officer Keith Sherin and NBCU President and CEO Jeff Zucker. The webcast will be available at www.ge.com/investors. A replay will be available later in the day on the site.

Additional media materials are available at www.ge.com/newnbcu, www.comcast.com/nbcutransaction and https://www.nbcumv.com/mv/.

The description of this transaction included in this press release is qualified in its entirety by, and is subject to, the terms of the definitive documentation for the transaction to be filed by Comcast with the Securities and Exchange Commission on a Current Report on Form 8-K.

About GE
GE (NYSE: GE) is a diversified infrastructure, finance and media company taking on the world's toughest challenges. From aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, medical imaging, and television programming, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ge.com.

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.8 million cable customers, 15.7 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.4 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.

Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.

About NBC Universal:
NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric and 20% owned by Vivendi.

Combined Assets/Properties
The assets and properties owned or controlled by the new joint venture will include some of the best known brands in the entertainment industry, including:
• Several of television's most successful cable networks, including USA, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, Syfy, E!, Style, Versus and the Golf Channel;
• One of the nation's largest television groups, including:
  o The NBC Television Network;
  o Local broadcast TV stations in ten top U.S. markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia;
  o The national Telemundo Network and 16 Telemundo O&O stations in locations such as Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Chicago and Dallas/Ft.Worth;
• Preeminent television production operations that produce Emmy Award winning programs like The Office, 30 Rock, Law & Order, Heroes, Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show, as well as syndicate operations through NBC Universal Domestic and International Distribution and a 3,000-title library of television episodes;
• NBC News, the leading source of global news and information in the United States with top-rated programs such as Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today and Meet the Press;
• A robust sports programming lineup featuring the Olympics (through 2012), NBC Sunday Night Football, NHL/Stanley Cup, PGA Tour, US Open, Ryder Cup, Wimbledon and the Kentucky Derby, Versus, Golf Channel and Comcast's 10 regional sports networks;
• Universal Pictures, which has produced Academy Award winners Atonement, The Bourne Ultimatum, Brokeback Mountain, Ray and A Beautiful Mind, Focus Features, which recently produced Away We Go, and an extensive movie library with more than 4,000 titles through Universal Studios Home Entertainment;
• Fast growing digital media properties including CNBC.com, iVillage, NBC.com, Fandango, and Daily Candy, which together generate more than 40 million unique users each month;
• Ownership of theme parks in Florida (50% interest), California (100% interest) and a financial interest in a theme park in Japan;
• A minority interest in A&E, Biography, The History Channel, The Weather Channel, Lifetime and Hulu.com.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This document contains "forward-looking statements" - that is, statements related to future, not past, events. In this context, forward-looking statements often address expected future business and financial performance and financial condition, and often contain words such as "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "seek," "see," or "will." Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. These statements are made on the basis of the views and assumptions of management. Particular uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different than those expressed in these forward-looking statements include: the timing of, or ability to obtain, necessary regulatory and governmental approvals on acceptable terms; the timing and completion of the financing of NBC Universal on contemplated terms before the closing of the proposed joint venture; the receipt of an investment grade rating from the rating agencies of the proposed joint venture between GE and Comcast; adverse developments in the business and operations of NBC Universal, including potential disruption that may make it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships; and the successful combination, operation and overall performance of the joint venture post closing. For GE, an additional uncertainty includes its ability to redeploy its capital into high-growth technology businesses. For Comcast and NBC Universal, additional uncertainties include the ability to integrate the programming assets of Comcast and NBC Universal in the new joint venture; the ability of the new joint venture to create popular programming, to develop new digital products and services, and to succeed in the highly competitive media industry; the ability of the new joint venture to generate attractive financial returns and strong cash flows; and, the effect of any conditions that regulators may impose in permitting the transaction to proceed. These uncertainties may cause actual future results to be materially different than those expressed in these forward-looking statements. None of GE, Comcast nor NBC Universal undertake to update these forward-looking
statements.

SYNDICATION LISTINGS FOR: NBCU TV DISTRIBUTION'S "THE OFFICE" & "LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT" WEEK OF DECEMBER 28, 2009


 

NATIONAL BROADCAST SYNDICATION WEEKLY SCHEDULES
"The Office" & "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Syndication Season (2009/2010)


THE OFFICE - PRIMARY RUN
Monday, December 28, 2009 - Friday, January 1, 2010

Monday, December 28, 2009
"JOB FAIR"
# R8617
Dunder-Mifflin participates in a high school job fair, but few students are interested. Jim, Andy, and Kevin play a round of golf with a prospective client. Back at the office, everyone but Dwight and Angela leave for the day.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
"PILOT"
# RP006R
The premiere episode introduces the boss and staff of the Dunder-Mifflin paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania in a documentary about the workplace.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
"DIVERSITY DAY"
# R1101R
Michael's off color remark puts a sensitivity trainer in the office for a presentation, which prompts Michael to create his own.

Thursday, December 31, 2009
"HEALTH CARE"
# R1105R
Michael leaves Dwight in charge of picking the new healthcare plan for the staff, with disastrous results ahead.

Friday, January 1, 2010
"THE ALLIANCE"
# R1103R
Just for a laugh, Jim agrees to an alliance with Dwight regarding the downsizing rumors


THE OFFICE - SECOND RUN
Monday, December 28, 2009 - Friday, January 1, 2010

Monday, December 28, 2009
"CONFLICT RESOLUTION"
# R2520
When Michael takes over conflict resolution duties from HR, chaos ensues at Dunder Mifflin.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
"CASINO NIGHT"
# R2521
In the season finale, Michael and the Dunder Mifflin crew hold a Casino Night for charity in their warehouse and take some big gambles.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
"GAY WITCH HUNT"
# R3101R
Michael apologizes to Oscar, after he finds out he's gay, for calling him a homosexual slur--but his apology outs Oscar to the entire office. And Jim decides to take a promotion at the Stamford office.

Thursday, December 31, 2009
"PHYLLIS'S WEDDING"
# R3116
Michael exaggerates the importance of his small role in Phyllis's wedding and makes an ass out of himself, and Pam notices that Phyllis stole all of her wedding ideas from her original wedding plans.

Friday, January 1, 2010
"BUSINESS SCHOOL"
# R3117
Michael is a guest speaker for Ryan's business class, but they have a falling-out after Michael finds out that Ryan spoke negatively about Dunder-Mifflin. And back at the office, Dwight tries to kill a bat that he found in the ceiling.


THE OFFICE - WEEKEND PRIMARY RUN
Saturday, January 2, 2010 - Sunday, January 3, 2010

"THE MERGER"
# R3172
Jan informs Michael that the Scanton branch of Dunder Mifflin will be merging with the Stamford Branch. Jim and Pam are reunited while the other employees of both branches must adjust to their new co-workers.


THE OFFICE - WEEKEND SECOND RUN
Saturday, January 2, 2010 - Sunday, January 3, 2010

"THE CONVICT"
# R3110
Michael learns that one of the new employees at Dunder Mifflin Scranton has a criminal record. Meanwhile, Jim helps Andy make a move on Pam.


LAW & ORDER: SVU - PRIMARY RUN
Monday, December 28, 2009 - Friday, January 1, 2010

Monday, December 28, 2009
"ANGELS"
# E3106
The body of a battered young boy found in a luggage compartment of an airport shuttle bus sends the detectives to his guardian who was discovered to be a pedophile only to find his corpse in bed with his genitals removed. The subsequent investigation leads them to a travel agency specializing in exotic trips for sexual predators.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
"DOLLS"
# E3114
When the decomposing body of sexually molested five-year-old girl is discovered, Detectives Benson and Stabler's investigation leads them to the painful reality that they are searching for a serial pedophile as they race to save the life of his latest victim. As the mother of the missing girl frantically awaits news of her daughter's whereabouts, she must reconcile the fact that her own recent bout with addiction may have played a part in her daughter's fate.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
"WASTE"
# E3111
The investigation into the rape of a comatose woman leads to a doctor whose stem cell research is funded by a billionaire with Parkinson's disease who is desperate for a cure.

Thursday, December 31, 2009
"RESILIENCE"
# E3113
When a fourteen year old girl is saved from jumping in front of a train, SVU is called in to help her. She falsely accuses an ex-boyfriend of raping her, but when the search turns to her dysfunctional family, surprise discoveries are made. From an overly helpful father, mysterious children, an overaffectionate little girl, a bracelet, and finally sperm from two men who never raped, SVU discovers that the family is even worse off than they thought.

Friday, January 1, 2010
"DAMAGED"
# E3109
When a six-year-old girl who was critically in an apparent robbery gone bad later dies and is found to have tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease, detectives investigate the family, the store clerk, and the son of a prominent attorney who had appeared to foil the crime. After evidence turns up that the little girl's older sister was dating the alleged sexual predator, Cabot has to work some legal magic to erradicate the deal that had been made with the older sister for her testimony.

 

 

 

'CHUCK' RETURNS TO NBC ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 WITH ALL-NEW MISSIONS AND ACTION-PACKED BACK-TO-BACK PREMIERE EPISODES BEFORE MOVING TO REGULAR DAY AND TIME (MONDAYS, 8-9 P.M. ET) BEGINNING JANUARY 11




'CHUCK' GUEST STARS INCLUDE ANGIE HARMON, BRANDON ROUTH, ROBERT PATRICK, KRISTIN KREUK, ARMAND ASSANTE, STEVE AUSTIN AND VINNIE JONES

In Addition, Special Two-hour Episode of "Heroes" to Be Broadcast on Monday, January 4 (8-10 p.m. ET) Before Series Moves to Its New Time Slot of Mondays (9-10 p.m. ET) Starting January 11

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - November 19, 2009 - NBC's action-comedy series "Chuck" returns to the NBC lineup on Sunday, January 10 with all-new missions and two action-packed, back-to-back original episodes in its season premiere (9-11 p.m. ET) before the series -- starring Zachary Levi in the title role -- moves to its regular day and time (Mondays 8-9 p.m. ET) beginning January 11.

In addition, "Chuck" returns with guest stars galore in its third season. These include: Angie Harmon (NBC's "Law & Order"), who will play Sydney, an enemy operative; Brandon Routh ("Superman Returns"), who is set to play CIA Agent Daniel Shaw; Robert Patrick ("Terminator 2: Judgment Day") will play Colonel Keller, a soldier and spy from Casey's past; Kristin Kreuk ("Smallville"), who will portray Hannah -- a potential love interest for Chuck; Armand Assante ("Judge Dredd") as dictator Premier Goya, who is the target of an assassin; Steve Austin ("WWE Smackdown!") will portray Hugo Panzer, who becomes entangled in Chuck's first solo mission; and Vinnie Jones ("Snatch") will play Carl Stromberg, an arms dealer.

In other programming news, a special two-hour episode of "Heroes" will be broadcast on Monday, January 4 (8-10 p.m. ET) and then the series moves to its new time slot of Mondays (9-10 p.m. ET) starting January 11.

"Josh (Schwartz) and Chris (Fedak) and the writing team are doing a great job this season, and we think the loyal fan base for this show will be happy to see it back on the NBC schedule," said Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

In "Chuck," the world's nerdiest secret agent is back in the one-hour action-comedy series. Chuck Bartowski (Levi, "Less Than Perfect") continues as the Buy More electronics store computer geek, who unwittingly becomes the government's most vital secret agent. Chuck is transformed into the Intersect 2.0 after another data download into his brain. This time, he not only knows government secrets, but he is also well equipped with deadly fight skills. Chuck has the potential to become a real agent, but he has one problem -- his emotions. Now he faces the battle of keeping his emotions in check in order to protect himself and the people around him.

The ever stoic Colonel John Casey (Adam Baldwin, "My Bodyguard") returns with partner Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski, "Gone"), one of the CIA's top agents and Chuck's dream girl. As Chuck assumes his new role as the Intersect 2.0, Casey and Sarah need to protect him but also help him become the agent he is destined to be.

Also starring are: Joshua Gomez ("Without a Trace") as Morgan Grimes -- Chuck's best buddy; Sarah Lancaster ("What About Brian?") as Chuck's ever-supportive sister Ellie; Ryan McPartlin ("Living with Fran") as Devon Woodcomb (also known as "Captain Awesome"), Ellie's husband. Chuck's Buy More team consists of Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence, "The Pursuit of Happyness") and the Nerd Herd, which includes Lester (Vik Sahay, "Time Bomb") and Jeff (Scott Krinsky, "The O.C.").

Fans of "Chuck" can catch up on full episodes from the series' recent second season, watch original web series and share with fans on the official "Chuck" website on NBC.com.

"Chuck" is co-created and written by Josh Schwartz ("The O.C., "Gossip Girl") and Chris Fedak, and is executive-produced by Schwartz, McG ("Charlie's Angels," "We Are Marshall"), Fedak, Allison Adler and Matthew Miller. "Chuck" is produced by College Hill Pictures, Wonderland Sound and Vision, in association with Warner Bros. Television.
 

 

 

 

USA NETWORK AND TOM BROKAW TO CO-HOST FIRST-EVER CHARACTERS UNITE NATIONAL TOWN HALL ON HEALING AMERICA'S DIVISIONS


 

Brokaw to Moderate Panel of Prominent National Leaders from Government, Academia, Business, Media, the Arts and Non-Governmental Organizations
Jon Bon Jovi, DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, Syndicated Columnist Kathleen Parker, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Rep. Xavier Becerra, and Senator Max Cleland Among Those Participating


NEW YORK - November 10, 2009 - USA Network and Tom Brokaw announced today the first-ever Characters Unite National Town Hall, a ground-breaking high-level discussion on how America's increasingly diverse and divided population can find common ground on today's complex social issues. Inspired by USA Network's community affairs campaign - Characters Unite -- this event will bring together a diverse panel of distinguished leaders to generate fresh ideas for actions by individuals, communities and government to overcome social injustices and bridge cultural divides. Tom Brokaw, NBC News Special Correspondent, will moderate the panel at the Newseum in Washington, DC, on December 2.

Confirmed Town Hall participants include:
· Mike Allen, Chief White House Correspondent, Politico
· The Honorable Xavier Becerra, Representative, California
· The Honorable Cory Booker, Mayor, Newark, NJ
· The Honorable Max Cleland, Secretary, American Battle Monuments Commission
· Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University
· Wade Henderson, President and CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
· Jon Bon Jovi, Singer, Songwriter, Philanthropist
· David Mixner, Writer and Civil Rights Activist
· Kathleen Parker, Syndicated Columnist
· Chancellor Michelle Rhee, DC Public Schools
· Dr. Christine Sierra, Professor of Political Science, University of New Mexico

Actor Dulé Hill, co-star of USA Network's "Psych" will also be a special guest in attendance.

"It's time to get past the labeling. We're all different, and we all bring something unique to the table," said Bonnie Hammer, president, NBCU Cable Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions. "We need our differences to unite us, not drive us apart."

"People across the country are making tough decisions every day and working to maintain their own unique American character. Too often, instead of coming together to address conflicts, groups demonize each other because of their different beliefs and opinions," said Tom Brokaw, NBC News Special Correspondent.

During the Characters Unite Town Hall, Brokaw will preview his new documentary, American Character Along Highway 50, produced by Peacock Productions, set to premiere on USA Network on Martin Luther King Day, January 18, 2010. The film follows Brokaw's journey at a pivotal point in our country's history as he travels across legendary US Highway 50 discovering how Americans are fairing during these extraordinary times, immersing himself in the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people to reveal uniquely American stories of hardship, survival and hope.

"Tom Brokaw's upcoming documentary makes him the ideal moderator for this conversation," said Hammer. "We're confident that he will steer the Town Hall toward fresh ideas for individual and collective actions aimed at bringing all of us, with the combined strength of our diversity, together."

In conjunction with the Town Hall, USA Network will announce the results of a new Characters Unite national opinion poll, the United or Divided Survey, which will provide an in-depth profile of American attitudes on prejudice, discrimination and intolerance. The nationally representative poll is being conducted by two of America's leading public opinion research firms representing both sides of the political aisle -- Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). The survey will examine how Americans view the social trends that are transforming the nation, and will look across generations, race, ethnicity and gender at how change is affecting our country's social fabric.

In partnership with Charter and Comcast, high schools across the country will have the opportunity to submit questions for the panel and five students will win a trip to Washington, DC, to attend the Town Hall event.

Cisco Webex Solutions will serve as the technology partner for the Characters Unite National Town Hall. The event will be webcast live for free, and viewers may register in advance at www.passtheball.com.

Following the Town Hall, the first Characters Unite Award will be presented to an individual who has made a significant and lasting difference in efforts to fight discrimination, champion civil rights and promote respect. The honoree will be profiled on charactersunite.com and receive a $10,000 grant to support his/her project or nonprofit organization. Nominations for the award are being made by the Characters Unite campaign's 20 non-governmental partners, which include the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the National Parent Teacher Association, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National Council of La Raza, GLAAD, National Council of Women's Organizations, American Federation of Teachers, Anti-Defamation League, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Asian American Justice Center, Children's Defense Fund, General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church, Human Rights Campaign, Human Rights First, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Association of Counties, National Congress of American Indians, National Education Association and Southern Poverty Law Center.

ABOUT USA NETWORK
USA Network is the #1 network in all of basic cable and is seen in over 98.5 million U.S. homes. A division of NBC Universal, USA is the cable television leader in original series and home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, acquired television series and entertainment events. The award-winning USA website is located at www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.

USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

ABOUT CHARACTERS UNITE
Characters Unite, USA Network's new community affairs program, was created in January 2009 to address the social injustices and cultural divides still prevalent in our society. Created on the simple premise that life is richer when people see beyond stereotypes and appreciate individual differences, Characters Unite kicked off with a national on-air public service campaign and a multimedia pledge drive for unity and understanding.

Inspired by USA Network's iconic "Characters Welcome" brand and with the support of leading national not-for-profit organizations, the ongoing, multimedia campaign is dedicated to supporting activities and messaging that combat prejudice and intolerance while promoting understanding and acceptance - on-air, online, and in communities across the country.

ABOUT "AMERICAN CHARACTER ALONG HIGHWAY 50"
Premieres January 2010
USA Network and legendary journalist Tom Brokaw have set out to capture the changing face of a nation in the documentary "American Character Along Highway 50." As he traverses the 12 states along this 3000 mile transcontinental road, beginning on the eastern shore of Maryland and making his way west to California, Brokaw is documenting the lives of the Americans he encounters, exploring the profound economic, political and cultural changes they are experiencing during these uncertain, and particularly historic, times. As Brokaw journeys from big cities to small towns across the country, he will present stories of hardship and hope and chronicle an America on the threshold of a new era. "American Character Along Highway 50" is produced by Peacock Productions
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Universal Studios Hollywood's 'Buy a Day, Get 2009 Free' Value Pass Offers Guests Year Round Access to the Entertainment Capital of L.A. for the Price of a One Day Admission Ticket, Thru April 30

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Studios Hollywood has introduced its popular "Buy A Day, Get 2009 Free" annual pass program, an exceptional value offering Southern California residents free admission to The Entertainment Capital of L.A. for the entire 2009 calendar year with every full-priced admission ticket purchased now through April 30.
 

Featuring a full slate of movie and television-based special events, musical entertainment and attractions designed to keep guests immersed in the excitement of behind-the-scenes Hollywood action, Universal Studios Hollywood's "Buy A Day, Get 2009 Free" pass provides exceptional value for Southern Californians seeking local, cost effective entertainment for the whole family.
 

With pass in hand, guests will also have a chance to be among the first to see Universal Studios Hollywood's newest attraction, "The Creature from the Black Lagoon--The Musical," when it lights up the stage this Spring with all-original songs, spectacular stage effects and Broadway-level production values.
 

This June, the theme park's signature attraction, the Studio Tour, will be upgraded to feature a Hi-Definition TV digital system with new flat-screen HD monitors installed in each Tram car.
 

Bonus incentives for pass-holders include $12 off general admission for up six guests, discounts on food, beverage and merchandise and discounts off Universal Cinema tickets, as well as online newsletters updating Annual Pass holders to the latest in breaking news and special offers.
 

Central to the Annual Pass program is the access Universal Studios Hollywood fans receive and the unlimited opportunity to play on some of the theme park's most popular thrill rides and attractions, from "The Simpsons Ride," and "The Revenge of the Mummy--The Ride" to "Jurassic Park--The Ride."
 

The "Buy A Day, Get 2009 Free" pass can be purchased online at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com or at the Universal Studios Hollywood ticket booths and can be redeemed at the theme park's Annual Pass processing center.
 

This is a Special Offer for Southern California Residents. Tickets are only valid for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599. Proof of residency will be verified at the Front Gate. Black-out Dates and restrictions will apply.
 

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., includes a movie-based theme park and Studio Tour, the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal Cinemas and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue. The theme park features the groundbreaking attractions "The Simpsons Ride," "Revenge of the Mummy--The Ride," "Shrek 4-D," "Jurassic Park--The Ride" and the world-renowned Studio Tour, which takes guests behind-the-scenes of such landmark TV and movie locations and sets as Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" and "Desperate Housewives." Universal CityWalk features 65 entertainment-themed restaurants, nightclubs, shops and dynamic entertainment options. The Universal CityWalk Cinemas, which includes California's largest IMAX venue, features the best movie-going experience in Los Angeles.
 

Universal Studios Hollywood is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of Universal Studios, a part of NBC Universal. NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May of 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric (NYSE:GE) , with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.
 

Source: Universal Studios Hollywood

 

Web Site: http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/
 

 

New Stargate Series Targeted For Summer 2009 Premiere

NEW YORK – SCI FI Channel and MGM Television Entertainment have reached an agreement to extend MGM's Stargate brand with a new series for the Channel. Production on the first season of Stargate Universe, a weekly series based on the popular Stargate franchise, will begin in early 2009, with the show targeted to premiere that Summer. Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, co-creators of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis and who both currently serve as executive producers on Atlantis, will serve as executive producers and writers on the new series.

"SCI FI has enjoyed tremendous success with Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis and we're proud to be the home of the new Stargate Universe," said Mark Stern, Executive Vice President, Original Programming for SCI FI & Co-Head Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. "Universe will continue the Stargate legacy of vibrant storylines and compelling adventures, but will re-invent the format in a whole new way."

"The Stargate franchise enjoys a loyal and substantial fan base that welcomes each new installment with fevered enthusiasm," said Charles Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Corporate Development for MGM. "We are delighted to be working again with Brad and Robert and look forward to seeing new adventures with the launch of Stargate Universe on SCI FI Channel next year. Stargate Universe will continue the longstanding relationship between MGM's stellar science fiction franchise and cable's premiere destination for all passionate science fiction fans."

Thomas Vitale, Senior Vice President Programming & Original Movies said, "Stargate Universe is a natural progression for the Stargate brand and for our network. Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis have been key drivers for SCI FI and we are looking forward to seeing where this next chapter leads, as each new installment of the Stargate franchise further engages the SCI FI audience."

Wright and Cooper said: "In 'Universe,' we plan to keep those elements that have made the franchise a success, such as adventure and humour, while breaking new ground in the relationships between mostly young and desperate explorers, thrust together and far from home. Above all, we believe the Stargate itself remains an enduring icon with infinite potential as a jumping off point for telling stories."
After unlocking the mystery of the Stargate's ninth chevron, a team of explorers travels to an unmanned starship called the Destiny, launched by The Ancients at the height of their civilization as a grand experiment set in motion, but never completed.

What starts as a simple reconnaissance turns into a never ending mission, as the Stargate Universe crew discovers the ship is unable to return to Earth, and they must now fend for themselves aboard the Destiny.

The crew will travel to the far reaches of the universe, connecting with each of the previously launched Stargates, thus fulfilling the Destiny's original mission. Challenges will arise though as the ship comes into range of Stargates placed centuries ahead of the Destiny and the crew is unable to control the ship's navigational schedule. If someone is left behind, there is no way to go back for them, adding to the drama of encountering new races, enemies and adventures.

Stargate Universe will debut as a two-hour movie event on SCI FI. Following its premiere, Universe will assume a regular hourly slot in Summer 2009.

Universe will be distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.


About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., Ventanazul, MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching approximately 120 countries and territories around the world. MGM ownership is currently as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), Texas Pacific Group (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit www.mgmchannel.com

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com ) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 93 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.
 

 

 

 

 

'THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO'S' MERCEDES-BENZ SUMMER CONCERT SERIES REVS UP WITH HOT NEW SHOWS FROM THE JONAS BROTHERS, DAVID COOK, GNARLS BARKLEY, THE TIME, COLDPLAY, AND JEWEL ON NBC
Published: June 12, 2008



 
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BURBANK, Calif. – June 12, 2008 - NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" continues its 2008 "Mercedes-Benz Summer Concert Series" with performances from American Idol winner David Cook (June 12), Jewel (June 17), The Time (July 11), Coldplay (July 17), Gnarls Barkley (July 28) and The Jonas Brothers (August 4).

Held in the NBC Studio midway in Burbank, the outdoor concerts feature some of the biggest names in music.

The "Mercedes-Benz Summer Concert Series" on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" promises high-energy performances for the show and interactive components on the show's website. The site for The Mercedes-Benz Summer Concert Series on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" is on NBC.com. Users will find weekly band videos, interviews and photos. John Melendez will interview both the musicians and their fans. On select weeks, those logging in will also find exclusive second performances by their favorite musical guests.

Mercedes-Benz has participated in 4 outdoor concerts for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" since May 15 and will continue through August 4 in support of their full lineup of luxury vehicles.

'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' is from Big Dog Productions in association with NBC Universal Studios. Debbie Vickers is the executive producer for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
 

 

 

 

 

Universal CityWalk's 'Summer Block Party' Sizzles With Seven Nights a Week of Free Non-Stop Entertainment Showcasing Celebrity and Tribute Band Concert Performances, Talent Competitions, Latin Nights and Free Outdoor Movies, June 26 - August 31

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 9- Universal CityWalk kicks "Summer Block Party" into high-gear with seven-nights-a-week -- 66 continuous days -- of free, non-stop entertainment, featuring top celebrity and tribute band concert performances, the ever-popular free outdoor movie night, all-new salsa dance lessons and star-turning talent competitions, from June 26 to August 31.
 

On June 26 at 8 p.m., "Summer Block Party" festivities kick off with an energetic dance party with KIIS-FM.
 

CityRock Live! jump starts Monday nights from 7:30-10 p.m. as L.A.'s top alternative and indie bands jam for enthusiastic crowds on CityWalk's outdoor stage. CityRock Live! begins on June 30 and continues July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11, 18, 25.
 

On Tuesday nights, CityWalk takes on a Latin spin as Rumba Room presents "Summer Night Salsa" bringing professional dance instructor Marco Antonio and a live band to the stage from 7:30-10 p.m. Event dates are: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26.
 

"Wannabe Wicked" Wednesdays take CityWalk by storm as the new platform for talent discovery begins July 2 from 7-9 p.m. In this first-ever U.S. competitive performance series, "Wannabe Wicked" challenges aspiring performers to sing 'til "they're green in the face" for a chance to win a walk-on role in the Los Angeles blockbuster "Wicked" production. More information is available at http://www.citywalkhollywood.com/Wicked. "Wannabe Wicked" will take place on CityWalk on July 2, 9, 16, 30 and August 6, 20.
 

Alternating Wednesdays, the CityWalk stage becomes set for young talent as Hollywood Launch Teen Talent Search returns, kicking off with an open audition on Saturday, June 28 from 1-3 p.m. Hollywood Launch Teen Talent Search will take place on July 23; August 13, 27. The grand prize winner will receive: recording contract with Mavrick Artists Agency, professional photo shoot, scholarship to Hollywood Launch's elite training program, and an original demo song written and recorded by Genuine Music Group.
 

On Thursday, July 3 from 7:30-10 p.m., the very popular "Big FREE Outdoor Movie" night returns to CityWalk's giant outdoor screen with encore performances showcasing such family favorites as "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who!" (July 3), "Hairspray" (July 10), "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything - A VeggieTales Movie" (July 17), "The Simpsons Movie" (July 24), "Transformers" (July 31), "Shrek The Third" (August 7), "Annie" (August 14), "Curious George" (August 21), and everyone's back-to-school favorite, "Grease" (August 28).
 

Guests may need to do a double take on "Flashback Fridays" as popular '70s, '80s and '90s tribute and cover bands turn heads and beg the question: are they or are they not? "Flashback Fridays" kicks off one week early beginning on June 20 from 7:30-10 p.m., with "Lights -- The Premiere Tribute to Journey." "Face to Face -- A Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John," "Surfin Safari -- The Ultimate Tribute to the Music of the Beach Boys," "Bad Medicine -- a Bon Jovi Tribute Show," "Bonfire -- A Tribute to Early AC/DC," "Hollywood U2," and "KISS Army" to name a few, will follow each Friday night as follows: June 20, 27; July 4, 11, 18, 25; August 1, 15, 22, 29.
 

The stars shine bright on CityWalk as Saturday evenings rock to the rhythmic sounds of popular Celebrity Bands who act / dance by day and sing by night. The series begins one week early on June 21 from 7:30-10 p.m. with the musical talents of Mark Ballas and Derek Hough ("Dancing With the Stars"). Other celebrity performances include, Lucy Lawless ("XENA: Warrior Princess") on June 28; Eric Balfour ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre") on July 5; Bill Mumy ("Lost in Space") on July 12; Thomas Ian Nicholas (upcoming "The Bridge to Nowhere," "American Pie" films) on July 19; Justin Guarini ("American Idol") on July 26; Hal Sparks ("Queer as Folk") on August 2; Shawnee Smith ("SAW") and Missi Pyle ("Charlie & The Chocolate Factory") on August 9; E.G. Daily ("PeeWee's Big Adventure") on August 16; Lucy Walsh ("Rock the Cradle") on August 23 and Malcolm-Jamal Warner ("The Cosby Show") on August 30.
 

Sundays on CityWalk will have a Latin appeal with the return of Descarga en CityWalk con Telemundo y mun2, featuring a dynamic mix of live Latin bands performances and celebrity guest appearances from 6-9 p.m. Event dates are June 29; July 6, 13, 20; August 3, 10, 17 24, 31.
 

More information on CityWalk's "Summer Block Party" is available at http://www.citywalkhollywood.com/ or by calling 818-622-1111.
 

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour, the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue. Universal CityWalk features over 60 entertainment-themed restaurants, nightclubs, shops and dynamic entertainment options. Universal CityWalk Cinemas, offering the best movie-going experience in Los Angeles, features 19 screens including one of Southern California's largest IMAX(R) venues and newly renovated stadium-style seating. The theme park features such groundbreaking attractions as "The Simpsons Ride," "Revenge of the Mummy(SM) - The Ride," "Shrek 4-D(TM)," "Jurassic Park(R) - The Ride" and the world-renowned Studio Tour, which takes guests behind-the-scenes of such landmark TV and movie locations and sets as Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds."
 

Universal Studios Hollywood (http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/) is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of Universal Studios, a part of NBC Universal. NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May of 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi.
 

Source: Universal CityWalk

 

Web site: http://www.citywalkhollywood.com/
 

 

SCI FI CHANNEL ANNOUNCES SUMMER LINEUP OF HIT SERIES!
Published: May 29, 2008



 
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Lineup Includes Season Premieres of Scare Tactics, Stargate Atlantis and Eureka And New Episodes of Ghost Hunters International

NEW YORK – May 29, 2007 – This summer, SCI FI Channel features the returns of some of cable's hottest shows! On the reality front, viewers can look forward to all-new investigations with the team from the immensely popular Ghost Hunters International as well as the return of the hilariously irreverent Scare Tactics, hosted by comedy superstar Tracy Morgan. The Stargate legacy continues with the premiere of the fifth season of Stargate Atlantis, and SCI FI's record-breaking hit series, Eureka, will return at the end of July with its highly-anticipated third season.


Returning Series Premieres

Ghost Hunters International (New Episodes Premiere July 9, 2008 @ 9 PM) - SCI FI's newest hit reality series will return to the Channel this summer with seven new episodes as part of its first season. After debuting in January as the highest-rated reality telecast in the Channel's history, Ghost Hunters International averaged a 1.6 Household rating and over 2 million total viewers over its seven-episode run this winter. A spin-off of SCI FI's immensely popular Ghost Hunters series, Ghost Hunters International features a squad of real-life "ghost-busters" – ordinary people who investigate and attempt to debunk claims of otherworldly activity. The new team travels the world to different cities each week in pursuit of the truth behind bizarre supernatural claims. The success of its record-breaking debut season cemented Ghost Hunters' place as the #1 paranormal franchise in cable!

For their first round of investigations, the International crew took on some of Europe's most haunted locales, including Chillingham Castle in England and the forgotten underground city of Mary King's Close in Scotland. This summer, the team heads back out to Europe as well as to some notoriously haunted hotspots in New Zealand and South Africa.

Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International are produced in association with Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Films and Television (American Chopper, Dirty Jobs, The Ultimate Fighter). Piligian and Thomas Thayer, along with Rob Katz and Alan David, serve as executive producers.



Scare Tactics (Season 3 Premieres July 9, 2008 @ 10 PM) - An all-new Scare Tactics returns to SCI Fin this time with host Tracy Morgan of 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live. The frighteningly funny hidden camera show premieres with two back-to-back brand-new episodes on Wednesday, July 9 @ 10 PM ET/PT.

Set up by friends and loved ones, unsuspecting victims are placed into elaborately staged scary situations involving film-quality special effects, makeup and stunts. The horror hoaxes are skillfully designed to tap into the wildest fears of the prank's prey. Viewers laugh along with the hilarious reactions of the show's "stars" as they are caught off-guard and on-camera.


Stargate Atlantis (Season 5 Premieres July 11, 2008 @ 10 PM) - As Stargate Atlantis moves into its fifth action-packed season, the team of intrepid explorers continue to face peril and uncertainty from within the vast reaches of the Pegasus Galaxy.

The series promises to keep things exciting by introducing a powerful new race, welcoming new cast members and forging new alliances, all while delving deeper into the mysteries of the Pegasus Galaxy. The new 20-episode season will include the series' benchmark 100th episode.

Robert Picardo, known to fans as the International Oversight Committee rep Richard Woolsey, joins the Atlantis cast and assumes command of the Atlantis expedition. Reluctant to step into Colonel Samantha Carter's shoes, Woolsey must deal with new responsibilities and find his way among the crew. The team, led by Lt. Colonel Sheppard (Joe Flanigan), Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett), Teyla (Rachel Luttrell), Ronon (Jason Momoa) and Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite), must adjust to his unique leadership style.

Fan favorite Paul McGillion, returns for five episodes to reprise his role as the beloved "Dr. Carson Beckett." Amanda Tapping ("Colonel Samantha Carter"), and Stargate SG-1 star Michael Shanks ("Dr. Daniel Jackson") will also appear as special guest stars this season.


Eureka (Season 3 Premieres July 29, 2008 @ 9 PM) – A small town with big secrets, Eureka is a community of geniuses assembled by the government to conduct top-secret research. What they've unwittingly created is a place where anything imaginable can happen… and does.

With Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) now firmly installed as Eureka's sheriff, there's still much he doesn't know about the goings-on at top secret research facility Global Dynamics, but each time havoc is unleashed it usually leads Carter back to the lab.

Season three delves deeper into the classified, inner-workings of Global Dynamics and continues to explore the intertwined personal relationships of Eureka's colorful and quirky residents. New among the townspeople this season is Eva Thorne, aka "The Fixer" (Frances Fisher, Titanic), whose mission is to clean up Global Dynamics.


Joining Fisher for season 3 are returning stars Salli Richardson as Allison Blake, Joe Morton as Henry Deacon, Ed Quinn as Dr. Nathan Stark, Jordan Hinson as Zoe Carter, Erica Cerra as Deputy Jo Lupo, and Neil Grayston as Douglas Fargo.

Eureka is a SCI FI Channel presentation and is produced by NBC Universal Cable Studio.


SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com ) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 93 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.
 

 

 

 

NBC REVEALS FALL SERIES PREMIERE DATES


 
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HIT DRAMA SERIES 'HEROES' RETURNS FOR AN ENTIRE NIGHT ON SEPTEMBER 22

'KATH & KIM' JOINS THE THURSDAY NIGHT COMEDY BLOCK (9:30-10 P.M. ET) BEGINNING OCTOBER 9

THE NEW EXTREME COMPETITION SERIES 'AMERICA'S TOUGHEST JOBS' FROM CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER THOM BEERS ("ICE ROAD TRUCKERS") AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS GAIL BERMAN AND LLOYD BRAUN, PREMIERES THIS FALL BEGINNING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

NEW DRAMA SERIES PREMIERES INCLUDE 'KNIGHT RIDER' (SEPTEMBER 24), 'MY OWN WORST ENEMY' (SEPTEMBER 29) AND 'CRUSOE' (OCTOBER 17)

BURBANK -- May 23, 2008 -- NBC unveils the Fall 2008 series premiere dates for new programs and returning favorites including a three hour launch of the hit drama "Heroes" on Monday, September 22, the Thursday night debut of the new comedy "Kath & Kim" (9:30-10 p.m. ET) on October 9. "America's Toughest Jobs," the new extreme competition series, will debut with a two-hour premiere this Fall on September 12 (8-10 p.m. ET). In addition, the new drama series premieres include "Knight Rider" on September 24 (8-9 p.m. ET), "My Own Worst Enemy" on September 29 (10-11 p.m. ET) and "Crusoe" on October 17 (8-10 p.m. ET).

The announcements were made by Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.

On April 2, NBC previously announced Fall, Winter and Summer nightly schedules for the 2008-09 broadcast year, allowing the advertisers to plan their media strategies for the 52-week schedule.

The eagerly anticipated return of "Heroes" launches with three hours in primetime on Monday, September 22 (8-9 p.m. ET) with an hour-long compilation show that will lead into a spectacular all new, two-hour premiere (9-11 p.m. ET). Second-year drama "Chuck," starring Zachary Levi as an unlikely security risk, returns on Monday, September 29 (8-9 p.m. ET) preceding the series premiere of the new drama "My Own Worst Enemy" (10-11 p.m. ET), starring Christian Slater as a seemingly simple man with a radically split personality.

The new comedy "Kath & Kim," starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair, joins the comedy block on Thursdays, beginning October 9 (9:30-10 p.m. ET). The series is based on the most successful comedy in Australia of the same name. An expanded two-hour edition of "The Biggest Loser: Families" (8-10 p.m. ET) will air on Tuesdays, after "America's Got Talent" concludes its run.

Also new to the Fall schedule is "America's Toughest Jobs" (previously announced for Summer 2009), a new extreme competition series from creator/executive producer Thom Beers ("Ice Road Truckers") and executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun. The series will debut with a two-hour episode on Friday, September 12 (8-10 p.m. ET) and return the next week at 8-9 p.m. (ET) for five weeks before resuming from 9-10 p.m. (ET) beginning October 24.

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (10-11 p.m. ET) will round out the night with its 10th season premiere beginning September 23.

The new drama "Knight Rider" (8-9 p.m. ET) will kick off Wednesdays starting September 24 followed by the dramedy "Lipstick Jungle," starring Brooke Shields, Kim Raver and Lindsay Price, which returns for its second season on the same night (10-11 p.m. ET). NBC's hit game show "Deal or No Deal" also returns with fresh episodes on Wednesdays after "America's Got Talent" concludes.

Thursday night comedy favorites return with a one-hour premiere of the fourth season of "My Name Is Earl" on September 25 (8-9 p.m. ET) followed by the one-hour season premiere of the Emmy Award-winning "The Office" (9-10 p.m. ET). "ER" begins its 15th and final season on Thursday, September 25 (10-11 p.m. ET). The new comedy "Kath & Kim," starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair premieres Thursday, October 9 (9:30-10 p.m. ET) and the Emmy-winning "30 Rock," starring Tina Fey ("Baby Mama") and Emmy winner Alec Baldwin, begins its third season on Thursday, October 30 (8:30-9 p.m. ET).

Preceding the premiere of "30 Rock" will be three consecutive weekly "Saturday Night Live" special election editions of "SNL Thursday Night Live" (8:30-9 p.m. ET) on Thursday, October 9, 16 and 23.

"Life" resumes its second season on Friday, October 3 (10-11 p.m. ET) in the drama starring Damian Lewis as a wrongly imprisoned police detective who returns to the force searching for justice. "Crusoe," the action-adventure, contemporary re-telling of the classic Daniel Defoe novel "Robinson Crusoe," will debut on in a special two-hour premiere on Friday, October 17 (8-10 p.m. ET). "America's Toughest Jobs" will air in its regularly scheduled timeslot (8-9 p.m. ET) on Fridays leading up to the premiere of "Crusoe."

Following is NBC's Fall 2008-09 premiere schedule (all times ET):

*New programs in UPPER CASE (with the exception of "ER")

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
"AMERICA'S TOUGHEST JOBS"
Series premiere (8-10 p.m.)
Returns on September 19 (8-9 p.m.) for five weeks; then resumes from 9-10 p.m. on October 24

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
"Heroes" clip show (8-9 p.m.)
Season premiere (9-11 p.m.)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (10-11 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
"KNIGHT RIDER" (8-9 p.m.)
"Lipstick Jungle (10-11 p.m.)

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
"My Name Is Earl" -- one-hour premiere (8-9 p.m.)
"The Office" -- one-hour premiere (9-10 p.m.)
"ER" (10-11 p.m.)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
"Chuck" -- (8-9 p.m.)
"MY OWN WORST ENEMY" -- (10-11 p.m.)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3
"Life" -- (10-11 p.m.)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9
"KATH & KIM" (9:30-10 p.m.)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17
"CRUSOE" -- two-hour premiere (8-10 p.m.)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30
"30 Rock" -- (8:30-9 p.m.)


NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS:
In "My Own Worst Enemy," Henry Spivey (Christian Slater, "Bobby") is a middle-class efficiency expert living a humdrum life in the suburbs with a wife, two kids, a dog, and a minivan. Edward Albright is an operative who speaks 13 languages, runs a four-minute mile, and is trained to kill with his teeth. Henry and Edward are polar opposites who share only one thing in common -- the same body. When the carefully constructed wall between them breaks down, Henry and Edward are thrust into unfamiliar territory where each man is dangerously out of his element. "My Own Worst Enemy" explores the duality of a man who is literally pitted against himself. And it raises the question: who can you trust when you can't trust yourself? Mike O'Malley ("Yes, Dear") and Saffron Burrows ("Boston Legal") also star. The series is produced by Universal Media Studios. Jason Smilovic ("Kidnapped") is the executive producer; David Semel (director of the "American Dreams," "Heroes" and "Life" pilots) is the director and executive producer.

On the heels of NBC's hit movie, the iconic 1980s television classic comes roaring back to life as a reinvented, updated and super-charged action series showcasing the new KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand). Absolutely the coolest car ever created, KITT is equipped with "AI" (artificial intelligence) that is capable of hacking almost any system. Its weapons systems matches that of a jet fighter, and its body is capable of actually transforming into other vehicles and uses sophisticated holographic imagery to elude villains. "Knight Rider" stars Justin Bruening ("Cold Case"), Deanna Russo ("NCIS"), Sydney Tamiia Poitier ("Veronica Mars") and Bruce Davison ("Breach"). David Bartis ("Heist," "The O.C."), Doug Liman ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith," "The Bourne Identity") and Gary Scott Thompson ("Las Vegas," "The Fast and The Furious") are executive producers. Based on characters created by Glen Larson, "Knight Rider" is from Universal Media Studios and Dutch Oven Productions.

The new landmark series "Crusoe" is an epic and ambitious take on Daniel Defoe's legendary tale that finds the dashing and resourceful Crusoe (Philip Winchester, "Thunderbirds") after many years of being a castaway on a desert island with his companion Friday (casting to follow). Written by Stephen Gallagher ("Eleventh Hour") and directed by Duane Clark ("CSI: NY"), "Crusoe" follows the adventures of the two island dwellers while looking in flashback at Crusoe's life before he was thrown into an isolated existence filled with danger and adventure. Among those are his tragic childhood with widower father James (Sean Bean, "The Lord of the Rings"), the blossoming relationship with the love of his life, Susannah (Anna Walton "Hell Boy: the Golden Army") and his entrepreneurial aspirations under the watchful eye of family friend, Jeremiah Blackthorn (Sam Neill, "The Tudors," 'Jurassic Park"). Overcoming marauding militias, hungry cannibals, wild cats, starvation and apocalyptic lightning storms on his seemingly idyllic island, Crusoe dreams of the day he will be reunited with his beloved family. The executive producers are Justin Bodle for Power, Michael Prupas for Muse and Genevieve Hofmeyr for Moonlighting.

For "Kath & Kim," they're the most dysfunctional duo in suburbia. Kath Day (Molly Shannon, NBC's "Saturday Night Live") is the mom, a foxy, 40-something divorcée who finally has time for herself and her valiant search for love. Kim Day (Selma Blair, "Hellboy," "Hellboy II") is the daughter, a self-absorbed princess recently separated from her husband who finds consolation in stuffing her face. When Kim decides to move back home, Kath reluctantly agrees -- but to Kim's chagrin, Kath is not about to cater to her every whim as she has in the past. Based on the most successful comedy in Australia of the same name, Kath and Kim are two brassy women who prefer the finer things in life like acrylic nails, big hair and faux diamond chips. The series is produced by Universal Media Studios and Reveille. The executive producer/writer is Michelle Nader ("The King of Queens") and the executive producer/director is Paul Feig ("Freaks and Geeks," "The Office"). Gina Riley, Jane Turner and Rick McKenna also are executive producers.

From creator/executive producer Thom Beers ("Deadliest Catch," "Ice Road Truckers") and executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun, "America's Toughest Jobs" is a new extreme competition series that will test 12 people who venture out of their safe, comfortable careers and are injected into some of the most challenging, dangerous and demanding jobs on earth. From logging high in the Oregon Forest to oil drilling on the Texas range, or from driving icy roads to extreme fishing -- each job requires guts and stamina, and they'll have to live up to the same standards as the pros. In the end, their new boss and co-workers will determine success or failure, and those who don't make the grade get sent home. Upping the ante, the annual salary of each job will be thrown into the pot until the finale, where one rookie will take home the well-earned cash. Hosted by Josh Temple, "America's Toughest Jobs" is created by executive producer Beers and is produced by Original Productions and BermanBraun.
 

 

 

Universal Studios Home Entertainment Family Productions Acquires Distribution Rights to RL Stine's Mostly Ghostly From Toonz Animation

From the Creator of the Best-Selling Goosebumps Series, the Spooky All-New Feature-Length Movie Will Debut This Fall Exclusively on DVD!

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 22 -- Universal Studios Home Entertainment Family Productions has acquired distribution rights from independent production shingle Toonz Animation to RL Stine's Mostly Ghostly, the latest spookfest from the renowned Goosebumps author. An all-new, feature-length family adventure that's sure to have parents and kids happily hiding behind the sofa pillows this Halloween season, the film features a red-hot cast including Madison Pettis (The Game Plan, Horton Hears a Who!, "Cory in the House"), Luke Benward (How to Eat Fried Worms, Because of Winn-Dixie), Maiara Walsh ("Cory in the House"), Ali Lohan ("Living Lohan"), Brian Stepanek ("The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," Transformers) Kim Rhodes ("The Suite Life of Zack and Cody") and introduces Noah Cyrus (younger sister of Hannah Montana's Miley Cyrus) in her first movie. RL Stine's Mostly Ghostly is slated for release exclusively on DVD in fall 2008.
 

Based on the first in the popular eight-book Mostly Ghostly series by best-selling children's author R.L. Stine (Goosebumps), the film chronicles the eerie adventures of 11-year-old outcast Max as he helps protect Nicky and Tara -- the sibling ghosts who live in his house -- from the fume-spewing demon Phears. The film is directed by "Hannah Montana" co-creator Rich Correll ("The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," "Cory in the House") and produced by Yvonne Bernard, Arthur Cohen and Steve Stabler. The screenplay is written by Emmy(R) nominee Pat Proft (Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4, The Naked Gun series) and Correll.
 

Stine catapulted to fame with the Goosebumps series of books, a children's publishing phenomenon which has sold more than 220 million copies to date, and became the No. 1 best-selling author in America three years in a row. The "Goosebumps" television series was the No. 1-ranked show on the Fox Kids' Network for four years, and was honored with a Writers Guild Award and twice named by TV Guide among the best television shows for children. Stine's books, including The Nightmare Room, Fear Street and Nightmare Hour, have been translated into more than 20 languages and published in more than 30 countries. He has been honored with a Children's Choice Award, three Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, and three Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Awards.
 

RL Stine's Mostly Ghostly tells the story of Max, an 11-year-old who is teased for his smarts by his classmates, bullied by his brother and under pressure from his dad to become more athletic or be sent to a military boarding school. Max becomes even more of a target when he meets Nicky and Tara-the ghosts of siblings who used to live in his house and who are desperately trying to find their parents. Max agrees to help them, but is terrorized by Phears -- a fume-spewing demon who gets around by assuming the forms of everyday animals and who is hunting for Nicky and Tara. Things come to a head when Phears -- assuming the form of a giant cockroach -- attacks the school during the Halloween party, threatening to eat everyone. Can Max defeat Phears and save the school? Will he have to go to boarding school? And can he help Nicky and Tara finally find their paranormal scientist parents? Filled with excitement, adventure and chills to thrill the whole family again and again, RL Stine's Mostly Ghostly promises tons of spooky fun!
 

The Universal Studios Family Productions banner, which includes Universal Animation Studios, develops, produces, and acquires live-action and animated family productions directly for the home entertainment and television markets. Among the group's portfolio of prized properties is The Land Before Time, the most successful feature-length children's home entertainment franchise of all time, having earned more than one billion dollars worldwide to date. Since its formation in 2005, the group has built an exceptional slate of family fare, including the all new DVD Original release Bring It On: In It to Win It, the latest winning installment in the hugely successful Bring It On film franchise; the Daytime Emmy(R) nominated "Curious George" television series on PBS KIDS; "The Land Before Time" television show on Cartoon Network; and a string of Barbie movies, based on the world-renowned Mattel-branded doll. Universal Studios Family Productions is part of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
 

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (http://www.universalstudios.com/). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.
 


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From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: 'The Mummy Returns' - Special Edition Coming to DVD and Blu-ray(TM) High Def

BRENDAN FRASER STARS IN ONE OF THE GREATEST THRILL RIDES EVER

'THE MUMMY RETURNS - DELUXE EDITION'

JULY 8, 2008 THE DIGITALLY RESTORED 2-DISC SET ARRIVES ON DVD

JULY 22, 2008 'THE MUMMY RETURNS' DEBUTS ON BLU-RAY(TM) HI DEF FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 15 - OVERVIEW: Relive one of the most intense action-adventure movies ever with "The Mummy Returns Deluxe Edition" DVD. Now, experience the pulse-pounding action and spectacular special effects like never before from director Stephen Sommers. Digitally restored for optimum picture quality, this deluxe edition is loaded with thrilling bonus features including behind-the-scenes footage, commentaries and a sneak peek and a ticket offer for one of the summer's most anticipated movies "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor." "The Mummy Returns Two-Disc Deluxe Edition" DVD also features an exclusive downloadable digital copy of the film!
 

  BONUS FEATURES (DVD AND BLU-RAY(TM)):
  -- VISUAL AND SPECIAL EFFECTS FORMATION -- Visual effects supervisor John
     Berton walks the audience through the step-by-step process of creating
     the visual effects for the film.
  -- AN ARMY TO RULE THE WORLD PART 2 -- A recap of the villainous armies
     and the special effects behind "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns."
  -- "THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR" SNEAK PEEK
  -- FEATURE COMMENTARIES: With director/writer Stephen Sommers and
     executive producer/editor Bob Ducsay
  -- UNRAVELING THE LEGACY OF THE MUMMY- A look back at the evolution of one
     of the most enduring franchises of all time.
  -- AN EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION WITH DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON
  -- SPOTLIGHT ON LOCATION AND THE MAKING OF
  -- STORYBOARD TO FINAL FILM COMPARISON
     ... and much more!

  BONUS FEATURES -- EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY(TM):
  -- U-CONTROL -- This uniquely-immersive, in-movie experience from
     Universal allows you to customize your own high definition experience
     with spectacular interactive features -- all without stopping the
     movie!
  -- PICTURE IN PICTURE -- Enjoy a behind the scenes look at the making of
     the film while watching the feature.

  FILM SYNOPSIS:

One of the greatest action-adventure movies of all time is back with a vengeance in "The Mummy Returns Two-Disc Deluxe Edition"! Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz reunite with director Stephen Sommers (producer of the upcoming "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor") in this thrilling sequel. Now, the fate of mankind is at stake: the Mummy has been resurrected with an even more powerful force, The Scorpion King (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson). Bursting with exciting bonus features and a digitally restored picture, this bold epic is "breathlessly action-packed" (New York Daily News).
 

  TECHNICAL INFORMATION
  Street Date: July 8, 2008
  Selection Number: Widescreen 61102383
  Price: $19.98 SRP
  Running Time: 2 Hours 10 minutes
  Layers: Dual Layers
  Aspect Radio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
  Rating: PG-13 for adventure, action, and violence
  Language/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
  Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

  TECHNICAL INFORMATION -- BLU-RAY(TM):
  Street Date:  July 22, 2008
  Selection Number: Widescreen 61104868
  Price:  $29.98 SRP
  Running Time: 2 Hours 10 Minutes
  Layers:  Dual Layers
  Aspect Ratio:  Widescreen 2.35:1
  Rating: PG-13 for adventure, action, and violence
  Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish, French
  Sound: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

  CAST AND FILMMAKERS:
  Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, and Dwayne
        "The Rock" Johnson
  Written and Directed by: Stephen Sommers
  Produced by: Jim Sacks and Sean Daniel
  Executive Producers: Bob Ducsay and Don Zepfel
  Production Designer: Allan Cameron
  Edited by: Bob Ducsay and Kelly Matsumoto
  Costume Designer: John Bloomfield

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (http://www.universalstudios.com/). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.
 


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SCI FI CHANNEL ACQUIRES OFF-NET CABLE RIGHTS TO CBS TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION'S GHOST WHISPERER
Published: May 5, 2008



 
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Acquisition Part of a Larger Deal That Includes Rights to Star Trek: The Next Generation Premiering June 2, 2008, Plus Charmed, Early Edition, Mork & Mindy and More…

NEW YORK – May 5, 2008 – SCI FI Channel has secured off-network cable rights to CBS's Emmy-nominated series, Ghost Whisperer, from CBS Television Distribution, it was announced today by Thomas Vitale, SCI FI's Senior Vice President of Programming and Original Movies. SCI FI will launch the series in the fall of 2009.

In addition, SCI FI will have access to shows in the CBS library, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, which will premiere Monday June 2, 2008 on SCI FI, Charmed, Early Edition, Highlander, Friday the Thirteenth: The Series and the classic sitcom Mork & Mindy, among others.

"'Ghost Whisperer' is an incredible addition to SCI FI's programming inventory," said Thomas Vitale. "The paranormal is very popular with our audience, as evidenced by the huge success of our original series 'Ghost Hunters' and 'Ghost Hunters International,' television's most popular paranormal franchise. As part of SCI FI's primetime lineup, 'Ghost Whisperer' will appeal to our existing audience, while bringing in new viewers, including more women."

SCI FI will air Ghost Whisperer in a weekly 4-hour primetime stack beginning in the fall of 2009. SCI FI will be the only place on television to see weekly mini-marathons of the show. The Channel will also schedule programming stunts with full-day marathons. SCI FI will simulcast Ghost Whisperer in HD.

In Ghost Whisperer, Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as Melinda Gordon. Melinda communicates with earthbound spirits, ghosts who cling to the living because they have unfinished business that prevents them from moving beyond the familiar earthy plane of existence. The series is inspired in part by the work of famed mediums James Van Praagh and Mary Ann Winkowski. It explores the spiritual side of life and death as Melinda navigates among the living and the dead in her chilling sometimes heart-rending and sometimes amusing attempts to act as an intermediary between the ghosts and those they haunt.

Ghost Whisperer is produced by Sanders/Moses Productions in association with ABC Studios and CBS Paramount Network Television. It premiered September 23, 2005 on CBS.

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com ) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 93 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.
 

 

 

From Universal Home Entertainment ... Get Ready to See Green as The Incredible Hulk Smashes Onto DVD. The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Third Season and The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Fourth Season on DVD June 3, 2008

LOS ANGELES, April 18  OVERVIEW: The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Third Season and The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Fourth Season come to DVD for the first time on June 3rd, starring Emmy(R) Award nominee Bill Bixby and bodybuilding icon Lou Ferrigno respectively as the mild-mannered scientist Dr. David Banner and his alter ego, the Incredible Hulk. Relive all 23 exciting episodes from Season Three and 18 exciting episodes from Season Four plus all-new exclusive DVD bonus extras that provide compelling insight into one of television's most popular action heroes. Both releases will be available in specially created lenticular packaging that transforms Bruce Banner into the Incredible Hulk.
 

As an additional bonus that will appeal to "Hulk" fans, contained inside specially marked DVDs are a free movie ticket and an exclusive sneak-peek featuring Edward Norton in one of the summer's most anticipated upcoming Universal Pictures releases ... The Incredible Hulk also starring Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt.
 

  BONUS FEATURES - SEASON THREE:
  -- REMEMBERING "THE INCREDIBLE HULK": AN AMERICAN CLASSIC: The continued
     success of "The Incredible Hulk" is explored, including the audience's
     visceral connection to the main character, the superb behind-the-scenes
     writing and production, the music, and the visual "look" of the show.


  BONUS FEATURES - SEASON FOUR:
  -- AUDIO COMMENTARY ON TWO-PART SEASON PREMIERE "PROMETHEUS", WITH
     CREATOR/ PRODUCER KENNETH JOHNSON
  -- CREATING AN ICONIC CHARACTER: THE HULK:  A featurette that dissects the
     creation of the character of The Hulk, the fascinating casting search
     that ultimately led to Lou Ferrigno in the part, the makeup and
     costume, dubbing of the Hulk's voice/growl, and the artistic visual
     transformation of the "Hulk Out", which occurred in each episode.
  -- INSIDE AN EPISODE: "PROMETHEUS" PHOTO GALLERY: With captions by
     Creator/Producer Kenneth Johnson


  BONUS FEATURES - SEASONS THREE & FOUR:
  -- THE INCREDIBLE HULK SNEAK PEEK: Get an exclusive sneak-peek of the
     all-new upcoming Universal theatrical release of The Incredible Hulk,
     featuring behind the scenes footage and interviews with Edward Norton,
     Marvel Executives and Director Louis Leterrier.


SYNOPSIS: Hit the road again with mild-mannered scientist David Banner (Primetime Emmy Award nominee Bill Bixby) as all 23 Season Three and 18 Season Four episodes of The Incredible Hulk smash onto DVD for the first time! After accidental exposure to gamma radiation causes him to transform into the uncontrollable and enraged Hulk (Lou Ferrigno), Dr. Banner travels from town to town seeking a cure. Along the way, he finds action-packed adventures that require his heroic abilities and his alter ego's immense strength and power.
 

  TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
  Street Date:  June 3, 2008
  Copyright: 2008 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved
  Price:  $39.98 SRP
  Selection Number:  Season Three: 61102104, Season Four: 61102117
  Layers:  Single Sided
  Aspect Ratio:  Full Frame 1.33:1
  Languages/Subtitles:  English
  Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0


Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (http://www.universalstudios.com/). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.
 

                    
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From Universal Studios Home Entertainment ... Saturday Night Live: The Complete Third Season Arrives on DVD May 13, 2008

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 17 /OVERVIEW: "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" For more than 30 years, this catch phrase has made its way into the homes of millions of viewers. Now, for the first time, all 20 episodes of the classic third season with digitally re-mastered picture and sound are available in a seven-disc set featuring limited edition packaging and four-collectible character cards. Saturday Night Live: The Complete Third Season features over 22 hours of hilarious sketches and all of the original musical performances. Saturday Night Live: The Complete Third Season is destined to be a must-have addition to any "Saturday Night Live" collection.

BONUS FEATURES:

-- Things We Did Last Summer: Exclusive featurette showcasing selected

cast members from Season 3 as they explain the stories, events and

antics of their summer vacations.

-- Wardrobe Test with John Belushi and Howard Shore

 

SYNOPSIS: Continuing the enormous success of the previous two years, the third season of "SNL" (1977-78) showcased a fearless cast that created some of the most memorable sketches to ever appear on the show. With hilarious breakthrough characters like The Nerds (Bill Murray and Gilda Radner), Coneheads (Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin), lounge singer Nick Winters (Bill Murray), Samurai Warrior (John Belushi), a singing King Tut (legendary "SNL" host Steve Martin) and featuring Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) as well as "The Franken and Davis Show" (Al Franken and Tom Davis), SNL continued to define itself as the pinnacle of irreverent humor and political satire.

The Complete Third Season of "SNL" contains unforgettable appearances by hosts Steve Martin, Michael Palin, Hugh Hefner, Buck Henry, Robert Klein, Chevy Chase, Madeline Kahn, Richard Dreyfuss, O.J. Simpson and the winner of the "Anyone Can Host" contest, Miskel Spillman, and classic musical performances by Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Leon Redbone, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Ashford & Simpson, Meat Loaf and The Blues Brothers.

Pre-Order Close: 4/8/2008

Copyright: (C) 2008 NBC Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Price: $ 69.98

Selection Number: 61102157

Running Time: 22 Hours 33 Minutes

Layers: Dual

Aspect Ratio: Full Frame (1.33:1)

Rating: Not Rated

Languages: English/ English SDH

Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (http://www.universalstudios.com/). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

 

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Universal Unveils Inaugural Slate of Film and TV Offerings Coming to Blu-ray(TM) Disc Day and Date With DVD

'Heroes: Season Two' Will Mark the Studio's First Global Event Release

Lineup to Include Summer 2008's Most Anticipated Films From Universal Pictures: THE INCREDIBLE HULK, Wanted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Mamma Mia! and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, As Well as Some of the Studio's Other Biggest Titles

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 17 Universal Studios Home Entertainment revealed its initial lineup of film and television properties arriving later this year on Blu-ray(TM) Disc, day and date with DVD, it was announced today by Craig Kornblau, President, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures Digital Platforms. Marking the rollout of the studio's first global release on Blu-ray(TM) will be the "Heroes: Season Two," which will debut beginning August 26, 2008.

The highly anticipated premier of the sophomore season of NBC's "Heroes" will be buoyed by the simultaneous debut of "Heroes Season One" on Blu-ray(TM). Later in the year and in time for the holidays, five of the year's most promising feature films will arrive in high definition: THE INCREDIBLE HULK, the action-packed new chapter of one of the most popular Super Hero sagas of all time that stars Edward Norton, William Hurt and Liv Tyler; Wanted, the action-thriller from stunning visualist director Timur Bekmambetov that stars Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie; Hellboy II: The Golden Army, the epic vision of imagination from acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro; Mamma Mia!, the musical romantic comedy in which Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast in the adaptation of the beloved musical; and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, the next installment in The Mummy franchise in which Jet Li, Maria Bello, Michelle Yeoh and newcomer Luke Ford join the returning Brendan Fraser and John Hannah for a supernatural adventure that shifts the series to the Far East.

"We're thrilled that our preliminary slate of Blu-ray(TM) offerings comprises such a brilliant collection of high-def centric fare," said Mr. Kornblau. "As awareness for Blu-ray(TM) continues to grow, consumers will learn to rely on the superior quality picture, sound, interactivity and connectivity that only high-definition home entertainment delivers."

The first wave of Universal Blu-ray(TM) releases, which hits U.S. stores July 22nd, gives fans of The Mummy franchise a chance to relive the iconic blockbuster films' thrilling beginnings in crystal-clear high-definition. The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, starring Brendan Fraser, and the hugely successful action-packed spin-off The Scorpion King, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, all will be released on Blu-ray(TM) for the first time that day.

The first of Universal's new theatrical Blu-ray(TM) releases hitting store shelves this summer day and date with its DVD counterpart is the apocalyptic thrill-ride DOOMSDAY, starring Rhona Mitra, Malcolm McDowell and Bob Hoskins. Other titles on deck for 2008 include American Gangster, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Miami Vice, End of Days, U-571 and Land of the Dead, among others.

Furthering Universal's aggressive rollout of Blu-ray(TM) product globally, Universal Pictures International Entertainment, the company's international home entertainment arm, is concurrently announcing its initial slate of Blu-ray(TM) releases for the international marketplace today.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (http://www.universalstudios.com/). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

 

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NBC REVEALS COMPLETE 52-WEEK PROGRAM STRATEGY, EARLIER THAN EVER, THAT GIVES ADVERTISERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE UNIQUE MARKETING SOLUTIONS
Published: April 2, 2008



 
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STAGGERED LAUNCHES AND PREMIERES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF NBC'S ‘SUPER SEASON’ OF EVENTS INCLUDING THE 2008 BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES AND SUPER BOWL XLIII

WITH ITS EXPANDING COMMITMENT TO YEAR-ROUND ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING, NBC DELIVERS ALMOST TWICE AS MUCH FIRST-RUN ENTERTAINMENT AS THE NETWORK BROADCAST 10 YEARS AGO

FALL, WINTER AND SUMMER SCHEDULES FEATURE NEWCOMERS ‘THE OFFICE’ SPINOFF, ‘MY OWN WORST ENEMY,’ 'KATH & KIM,' 'KNIGHT RIDER', ‘CRUSOE', ‘KINGS,’ ‘THE PHILANTHROPIST,’ ‘MERLIN,’ ‘THE LISTENER,’ ‘SHARK TAGGERS,’ AMERICA’S TOUGHEST JOBS,’ ‘CHOPPING BLOCK’ AND MINISERIES ‘THE LAST TEMPLAR’ AND ‘XIII’

RETURNING SERIES FOR NBC’S 2008-09 TELEVISION SEASON INCLUDE THE ACCLAIMED DRAMAS ‘ER’ -- IN ITS 15TH AND FINAL SEASON -- ‘FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS,’ ‘LIPSTICK JUNGLE’, ‘MEDIUM,’ ‘LAW & ORDER’ AND ‘LAW & ORDER: SVU’


NEW YORK - April 2, 2008 - NBC today unveiled its new Fall lineup for the 2008-09 television season, introducing a schedule earlier than ever that combines some of the most acclaimed and popular returning series on television with four new programs that will join the schedule in the opening weeks of the season, including “Kath & Kim,” “Knight Rider,” “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Crusoe.”

Among the critically hailed series returning to the NBC schedule next season will be “ER,” the most-nominated series in Emmy Award history, returning for its 15th and final season (see separate release) on NBC’s Thursday night lineup, and the acclaimed “Friday Night Lights,” slated to re-join the Friday schedule in February as part of a unique broadcast partnership between NBC and DIRECTV (see separate release).

Additionally, the most highly anticipated comedy of the upcoming season, “The Office” spinoff, from Executive Producer Greg Daniels, will get the highly coveted premiere timeslot post Super Bowl XLIII following a special original telecast of “The Office” (see separate release).

In the first of a series of presentations to key advertisers today at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City, NBC also unveiled Winter and Summer schedules for the 2008-09 broadcast year, allowing the advertisers to plan their media strategies for the upcoming year based on a 52-week schedule. Presentations will continue in New York this week and continue in Chicago and Los Angeles through the coming weeks.

The result is that NBC will deliver almost twice as much original entertainment in 2008-09 than it did 10 years ago. There will be year-round original programming on five nights a week at 10-11 p.m. (ET). In addition, NBC has allowed for a better scheduling flow with family shows at 8 p.m., blockbusters at 9 and dramas or mature-themed programs at 10 p.m.

In response to an evolving media marketplace and the changing needs of its advertisers, NBC Universal has created a more innovative, client-centric approach to its traditional Upfront presentation. It will include the announcement of a year-round programming schedule in April; a series of one-on-one client meetings in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago; and a spotlight event on May 12 that will showcase the full scale of the NBCU offerings in a unique, multi-media, interactive environment that will allow advertisers to experience the broad spectrum of marketing opportunities available within the company. The new Upfront process allows NBCU to continue its “customer-first” approach, while working to create new advertising models, define more effective metrics and provide a better return on its clients' investments.

“NBC has established itself as the place to go for the hottest, highest quality programs on television, and now we’re ready to take it to the next level,” said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. “With many of the very biggest events of the 2008-09 television season on the NBC schedule, like the Beijing Olympic Games, Super Bowl Forty Three, the Golden Globes and a full season of ‘Sunday Night Football,’ all the elements are in place to make this an unforgettable year for NBC, its affiliates, its advertisers and its viewers.”

“Normally the broadcast networks unveil their fall lineups in mid-May, but we’ve got so many terrific plans already in place, there was no reason to wait,” said Marc Graboff, Co-Chairman NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. “The business is changing rapidly and our clients expect us to stay a step ahead of that change, so we’re giving them the chance now to partner with us, start integrating with our shows from the very beginning and map out their strategies a full year into the future. It’s an innovative way to introduce an innovative schedule.”

The roll-out of NBC’s 52-week lineup begins in the Fall, as the debuting drama series “My Own Worst Enemy,” starring Christian Slater, joins “Chuck” and “Heroes” on NBC’s Monday lineup; “Kath & Kim,” a new comedy starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair, based on the hit Australian series, teams with “The Biggest Loser: Families” on Tuesdays; and on Wednesdays, “Knight Rider” goes to series, building on the success of last February’s “Knight Rider” movie, the highest-rated movie telecast on any network in three years in adults 18-49. The mid-season dramedy “Lipstick Jungle” will return in the Fall, also on Wednesdays. Drama series “Crusoe,” the hit game show “Deal or No Deal” and “Life” are scheduled to join NBC’s Fall Friday lineup. In addition, NBC will introduce “SNL Thursday Night Live,” which will share time on Thursdays with “The Office” at 9:30-10 p.m. (ET).

Through the winter months, NBC plans to add to its Sunday lineup “Kings,” (starring Golden Globe winner Ian McShane) the ambitious new drama from the producer of “Heroes,” along with the returning drama “Medium” and the exciting fantasy series “Merlin.” On Mondays, NBC adds “The Philanthropist,” a drama concerning a renegade billionaire who uses his wealth to help people. Tuesdays introduces a brand new cycle of “The Biggest Loser: Couples.” “Law & Order” returns to Wednesdays for the series unparalleled 19th season. On Thursdays, comedy reigns with the addition of a new series spinning off the NBC hit “The Office.” “The Celebrity Apprentice” returns in its popular new format on Thursdays. Sundays will be highlighted by special events, including the “66th Annual Golden Globe Awards,” the four-hour miniseries “The Last Templar” (starring Oscar winner Mira Sorvino) and “XIII” (starring Val Kilmer and Stephen Dorff).

Key launches and series events will be timed to make maximum promotional use of the big events coming up on the NBC primetime schedule, including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in August, “NBC Sunday Night Football” throughout the fall, the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” in November, NFL Wild-Card playoff games and the “66th Annual Golden Globe Awards” in January as well as Super Bowl XLIII in February 2009.

In Summer 2009, NBC is slated to introduce “The Listener,” a new Thursday drama, as well as two new reality series from executive producer Thom Beers (“Ice Road Truckers”) -- “America’s Toughest Jobs,” an action-reality series on Mondays and “Shark Taggers,” an action-adventure reality series on Wednesdays. “Chopping Block” will premiere on Fridays to complement a strong slate of original summer programming. Returning shows that Summer will include “American Gladiators,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Monk” and “Nashville Star.”

Sophomore dramas “Chuck,” “Life,” and “Lipstick Jungle” will benefit from an aggressive re-launch in the Fall, and the hit “Heroes” will come back with a bang owing to a major event in the Fall.

Joining the cast of “Life” is Donal Logue ("Grounded for Life") as Captain Brian Tidwell, Crews’ (Damian Lewis) and Reese's (Sarah Shahi) new boss. Tidwell is a seen-it-all New York cop whose weaknesses include the track and the ladies. He isn't going to fit in Los Angeles, and he could care less.

Specific dates for most season and series premieres and other schedule changes will be announced at a later date. In addition, NBC Digital Entertainment today announced its full slate of content for the Summer and Fall seasons (see separate release).


NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2008-09

*New programs in UPPER CASE (with the exception of "ER")

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. "Chuck"
9-10 p.m. "Heroes"
10-11 p.m. "MY OWN WORST ENEMY"

TUESDAY
8- 9:30 p.m. "The Biggest Loser: Families"
9:30-10 p.m. "KATH & KIM"
10-11 p.m. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. "KNIGHT RIDER"
9-10 p.m. "Deal or No Deal"
10-11 p.m. "Lipstick Jungle"

THURSDAY
8- 8:30 p.m. "My Name Is Earl"
8:30-9 p.m. "30 Rock"
9- 9:30 p.m. "The Office"
9:30-10 p.m. “The Office”/ “SNL THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE”
10-11 p.m. "ER"

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. "CRUSOE"
9-10 p.m. "Deal or No Deal"
10-11 p.m. "Life"

SATURDAY
8-9 p.m. “Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. “KNIGHT RIDER” (Encores)
10-11 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (Encores)

SUNDAY
7- 8:20 p.m. "Football Night in America"
8:20-11 p.m. "NBC Sunday Night Football"


NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE FOR WINTER 2009

*New programs in UPPER CASE (with the exception of "ER")

MONDAY
8- 9 p.m. “Chuck”
9-10 p.m. “Heroes”
10-11 p.m. “THE PHILANTHROPIST”

TUESDAY
8- 9:30 p.m. "The Biggest Loser: Couples"
9:30-10 p.m. "KATH & KIM"
10-11 p.m. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. "KNIGHT RIDER"
9-10 p.m. "Deal or No Deal"
10-11 p.m. "Law & Order"

THURSDAY
8- 8:30 p.m. "My Name Is Earl"
8:30-9 p.m. "30 Rock"
9- 9:30 p.m. "The Office"
9:30-10 p.m. “THE OFFICE” SPINOFF
10-11 p.m. "ER"/“The Celebrity Apprentice”

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. “Deal or No Deal”
9-10 p.m. "Friday Night Lights"
10-11 p.m. “Life”

SATURDAY
8-9 p.m. “Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (Encores)
10-11 p.m. “Law & Order” (Encores)

SUNDAY
7-8 p.m. Specials/"Dateline NBC"
8-9 p.m. Specials/“MERLIN”
9-10 p.m. Specials/"Medium”
10-11 p.m. Specials/"KINGS"


NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER 2009

*New programs in UPPER CASE

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. “American Gladiators”
9-10 p.m. “AMERICA’S TOUGHEST JOBS”
10-11 p.m. "Dateline NBC"

TUESDAY
9-10 p.m. "America’s Got Talent"
10-11 p.m. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (Encores)

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. “SHARK TAGGERS”
9-10 p.m. "America’s Got Talent" (Results Show)
10-11 p.m. "Law & Order" (Encores)

THURSDAY
8- 8:30 p.m. "The Office" (Encores)
8:30- 9 p.m. “THE OFFICE” SPINOFF (Encores)
9-10 p.m. "Last Comic Standing"
10-11 p.m. "THE LISTENER”

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. "CHOPPING BLOCK”
9-11 p.m. “Dateline NBC”

SATURDAY
8-9 p.m. Drama Encores
9-10 p.m. Drama Encores
10-11 p.m. Drama Encores

SUNDAY
7-8 p.m. "Dateline NBC"
8-9 p.m. "Monk"
9-10 p.m. “Nashville Star”
10-11 p.m. “KINGS” (Encores)


2008-09 NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS:

NEW DRAMAS

MY OWN WORST ENEMY - Henry Spivey (Christian Slater, “Bobby”) is a middle-class efficiency expert living a humdrum life in the suburbs with a wife, two kids, a dog, and a minivan. Edward Albright is an operative who speaks 13 languages, runs a four-minute mile, and is trained to kill with his teeth. Henry and Edward are polar opposites who share only one thing in common -- the same body. When the carefully constructed wall between them breaks down, Henry and Edward are thrust into unfamiliar territory where each man is dangerously out of his element. “My Own Worst Enemy” explores the duality of a man who is literally pitted against himself. And it raises the question: who can you trust when you can't trust yourself? The series is produced by Universal Media Studios. Jason Smilovic (“Kidnapped”) is the executive producer; David Semel (director of the “American Dreams,” “Heroes” and “Life” pilots) is the director and executive producer.

KNIGHT RIDER - On the heels of NBC's hit movie, the iconic 1980s television classic comes roaring back to life as an updated drama series showcasing the new customized KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) Ford Mustang. As the sequel resumes, KITT is absolutely the coolest car ever created: its supercomputer capable of hacking almost any system; its weapons systems efficient; and its body -- thanks to its creator's work and nanotechnology -- is capable of actually shifting shape and color. It is the ultimate car -- and someone will be willing to do anything to obtain it. "Knight Rider" stars Justin Bruening ("Cold Case"), Deanna Russo ("NCIS"), Sydney Tamiia Poitier ("Veronica Mars") and Bruce Davison ("Breach"). David Bartis ("Heist," "The O.C."), Doug Liman ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith," "The Bourne Identity") and Gary Scott Thompson (“Las Vegas,” “The Fast and The Furious”) are executive producers and David Andron serves as supervising producer and writer. Based on characters created by Glen Larson, “Knight Rider” is from Universal Media Studios and Dutch Oven Productions.

CRUSOE - Based on the legendary novel by Daniel Defoe, this is the tale of Robinson Crusoe. A young man leaves his true love to embark on an adventure -- only to end up shipwrecked on a remote tropical island for 28 years, completely detached from the life he once knew. His desire to return to his wife and his strong and unlikely friendship with Friday are the only things that keep him sane. While stranded, Crusoe encounters enemies and braves the elements. Equal parts “MacGyver,” “Castaway” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” this series is an inspirational tale of survival rife with action and comedy. Power Entertainment produces “Crusoe.”

KINGS -- “Kings” is an inspiring exploration of the timeless David vs. Goliath struggle. The show is set in a modern metropolis under siege where the fighting has gone on for too long and cost far too many lives. When David Shepherd (Christopher Egan, “Resident Evil: Extinction”), a brave young soldier, rescues the king’s (Golden Globe winner Ian McShane, “Deadwood”) son from enemy territory, he sets events in motion that will finally bring peace. Suddenly, David is thrust into the limelight, earning the affections of women -- including the king’s daughter. When he’s promoted to captain, he becomes the reluctant poster boy for hope. But for David, the line between his allies and enemies will blur as the power players in the kingdom go to great lengths to see him fall. From the director (Francis Lawrence) of the blockbuster movie “I Am Legend” comes the ultimate story of David vs. Goliath, and there’s no telling who will win. Sebastian Stan (“Gossip Girl”) also stars. “Kings” is a production of Universal Media Studios; Michael Green (NBC’s “Heroes”) is the executive producer. Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend”) is the director and executive producer and Erwin Stoff (“I Am Legend”) also is executive producer.

MERLIN - “Merlin” brings to life a new legend for a modern audience. “Merlin” is an exciting, hour-long fantasy series set in the mythic city of Camelot -- but inspired by 21st Century storytelling. Before Merlin (Colin Morgan, “Doctor Who”) and Arthur (Bradley James, “Lewis”) became legends, they were ambitious young men looking for adventure, hoping to live up to their family’s expectations, discovering love and finding their own true destiny, making mistakes along the way. The innovative, action-packed drama has cross-generational appeal and paints a picture of Merlin and Arthur’s early life that audiences have never witnessed before. Anthony Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Richard Wilson (“A Passage to India”), Angel Coulby (“Magicians”) and Katie McGrath (“The Tudors”) also star. A FremantleMedia Enterprises distribution of a Shine production for BBC.

THE PHILANTHROPIST -- This one-hour drama is about a rebel with a cause. Teddy Rist loves women, money and power. After the tragic death of his only child, Teddy has an awakening and becomes the world's first vigilante philanthropist -- a renegade billionaire who uses his wealth, connections and power to help people in need. He'll do anything to achieve his goals -- bargain with the self-righteous, trade with the nefarious and even tell the truth. Instead of spending $25,000 a plate at a fundraiser, he’s dodging bullets in third-world countries to hand-deliver vaccine. It's a global adventure that will take viewers to the ends of the Earth and will inspire them as well. "The Philanthropist" is produced by Universal Media Studios, Original Media and the Levinson/Fontana Company. Tom Fontana ("Homicide: Life on the Street"), Barry Levinson (“Homicide: Life on the Street”) and Charlie Corwin ("L.A. Ink") are the executive producers; Jim Juvonen is a co-executive producer.

THE LISTENER -- In this one-hour drama, Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik, “The Runaway”) is a 24-year-old paramedic living with a secret: he can read people’s minds. This telepathic procedural takes viewers into the heart of a tortured hero who struggles to solve crimes with his unique gift. Week-to-week, “The Listener” balances high-stakes drama with irreverent humor and sends Toby on an intellectual and emotional adventure. Ennis Esmer (“The Path to 9/11”) also stars. “The Listener” is a production of Program Partners and Shaftesbury Films. The executive producers are Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Michael Amo, Russ Cochrane, Glen Davis and Bill Laurin.


NEW COMEDIES

THE OFFICE SPINOFF - From Greg Daniels, the executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning American version of NBC’s “The Office,” comes the most highly anticipated comedy of the season in “The Office” spinoff. Audiences will follow another comic journey, complete with new faces and new locations, but with the same unique sense of humor and brand of quality from Daniels and his creative team. It's the next chapter of what viewers have come to know and love about “The Office.”

KATH & KIM -- They’re the most dysfunctional duo in suburbia. Kath Day (Molly Shannon, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”) is the mom, a foxy, 40-something divorcée who finally has time for herself and her valiant search for love. Kim Day (Selma Blair, “Hellboy,” “Hellboy II”) is the daughter, a self-absorbed princess recently separated from her husband who finds consolation in stuffing her face. When Kim decides to move back home, Kath reluctantly agrees -- but to Kim’s chagrin, Kath is not about to cater to her every whim as she has in the past. Based on the most successful comedy in Australia of the same name, Kath and Kim are two brassy women who prefer the finer things in life like acrylic nails, big hair and faux diamond chips. The series is produced by Universal Media Studios and Reveille. The executive producer/writer is Michelle Nader (“The King of Queens”) and the executive producer/director is Paul Feig (“Freaks and Geeks,” “The Office”). Gina Riley, Jane Turner and Rick McKenna also are executive producers.

SNL THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE - Dubbed "TV's funniest and most influential political player" by Entertainment Weekly, “SNL” expands its "Weekend Update" coverage to Thursdays in primetime for three live half-hour shows beginning October 16. With all of the excitement and attention around "Saturday Night Live" during the presidential primaries, the anticipation for the show's take on this Fall’s election will be at a fever pitch, "SNL Thursday Night Live" will keep the momentum -- and the laughs -- going. The program is a production of Broadway Video in association with SNL Studios. Lorne Michaels is the executive producer.


NEW ALTERNATIVE

CHOPPING BLOCK -- It’s time to sharpen your knives! It’s not just about the meal, it’s about the business of food. From the producers of “Hell’s Kitchen,” original rock-star chef Marco Pierre White comes to America to host the ultimate food fight on NBC -- a new reality competition set in the high-drama, high-stakes world of New York City restaurants. The cooks are given a grilling over the course of the series. The teams, which are made up of couples, will be tested in challenges that vary from having less than a week to design and revamp a restaurant space to planning a menu and creating a signature dish. The winning couple will get a chance to have their dreams come true -- opening their very own restaurant in Manhattan. The series is produced by Granada America.

AMERICA’S TOUGHEST JOBS - From creator/executive producer Thom Beers (“Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers”) and executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun, “America’s Toughest Jobs” is a new extreme competition series that will test 12 people who venture out of their safe, comfortable careers and are injected into some of the most challenging, dangerous and demanding jobs on earth. From logging high in the Oregon Forest to oil drilling on the Texas range, or from driving icy roads to extreme fishing -- each job requires guts and stamina, and they'll have to live up to the same standards as the pros. In the end, their new boss and co-workers will determine success or failure, and those who don't make the grade get sent home. Upping the ante, the annual salary of each job will be thrown into the pot until the finale, where one rookie will take home the well-earned cash. "America's Toughest Jobs" is created by executive producer Beers and is produced by Original Productions and BermanBraun.

SHARK TAGGERS -- From creator/executive producer Thom Beers (“Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers”) and executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun, “Shark Taggers” is a one-hour reality series that follows daring marine biologists as they track down the ocean’s top predators and hand-tag them with cutting-edge satellite transmitters or investigate bull sharks’ sudden attacks on surfers. The series is produced by Original Productions and BermanBraun.


NEW EVENTS/MINISERIES/MOVIES

THE LAST TEMPLAR -- In this four-hour miniseries, Oscar winner Mira Sorvino (“Mighty Aphrodite”) stars in an epic action-adventure tale about the greatest mystery of our time. At the New york Metropolitan Museum, four horsemen dressed as 12th century knights storm the gala opening of an exhibition of Vatican treasures and steal an arcane medieval decoder. For archaeologist Tess Chaykin (Sorvino) and FBI agent Sean Daly (Scott Foley, “The Unit”), this is just the start of a suspenseful game of cat and mouse as they race across three continents in search of the enemy -- and the lost secret of the Knights Templar. The miniseries is produced by MUSE Entertainment Enterprises. Victor Garber (“Alias”) and Omar Sharif (“Doctor Zhivago”) also star. Emmy Award-winning television impresario Robert Halmi Sr. ("Tin Man," "Gulliver's Travels"), Robert Halmi, Jr. ("The Poseidon Adventure," "The Christmas Card"), and Michael Prupas ("Human Trafficking") will executive-produce the miniseries.

XIII - “XIII” is a high-stakes cat-and-mouse thriller starring Val Kilmer (“The Doors”) and Stephen Dorff (“World Trade Center”). This adrenaline-charged miniseries begins dramatically as the first female U.S. President is shot dead by a sniper during her Veteran’s Day speech. Three months later, a wounded man is found tattered in a forest with no memory of his identity. The only clue is a tattoo on his neck, “XIII.” Could his lightning-fast reflexes and killer instincts betray him as the presidential assassin that the U.S. is desperately searching for? Submerged in a far-reaching conspiracy, which threatens to overthrow the entire government, XIII’s identity becomes the key to unraveling a complex and dangerous secret that will shock and excite. From the first bullet, this gripping action-thriller will leave audiences gasping for more. “XIII” is produced by Prodigy Pictures and Cipango.


 

 

 

 

NBC PICKS UP CLASSIC, EMMY AWARD-WINNING 'ER' FOR 15TH AND FINAL SEASON
Published: April 2, 2008



 
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NEW YORK - April 2, 2008 -- NBC announced that it will pick up the classic and Emmy Award-winning medical drama "ER" (Thursdays, 10-11 p.m. ET) for a 15th and final season. The announcement was made today by Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.

"'ER' is one of the greatest shows of all time and we can't wait to deliver to the audience the fantastic stories the series is known for," said Silverman. "We will introduce new characters to the great ensemble."

Currently in its 14th season, "ER" has averaged a 3.8 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers, keeping NBC in a virtual tie for the Thursday 10 p.m. lead in 18-49 despite big lead-in advantages for the time period's ABC and CBS competition from "Grey's Anatomy" and "CSI" respectively. "ER" is the #3 series on the NBC primetime schedule this season among women 18-49 and the network's #2 series among women 25-54.

Combining the extraordinary talents of multiple award-winning producer John Wells ("The West Wing" "Third Watch"), best-selling author Michael Crichton ("Jurassic Park") and the creative team at Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, the venerated series "ER" explores the inner workings of an urban teaching hospital and the critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of its overburdened emergency room. Currently concluding its 14th season, the highly acclaimed drama series now holds the distinction of being recognized as the most Emmy-nominated series in the history of television with 120 nominations. Crichton and Wells serve as executive producers, along with Christopher Chulack, David Zabel, Joe Sachs and Janine Sherman Barrois.

A winner of the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, the series has also earned 22 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series in 1996, among the many accolades. In addition, the cast has been honored with four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Drama Series.

The long-running series stars Maura Tierney ("Semi-Pro," "Welcome to Mooseport"), Mekhi Phifer ("Dawn of the Dead," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "8 Mile," "Slow Burn"), Parminder Nagra ("Ella Enchanted," "Bend It Like Beckham"), Linda Cardellini ("Brokeback Mountain," "Scooby-Doo" movies, "Grandma's Boy," "Freaks and Geeks"), Scott Grimes ("Band of Brothers," "American Dad," "Party of Five," "Mystery, Alaska") and John Stamos ("A Raisin in the Sun," "Jake in Progress").

On staff at County General Hospital are Abby Lockhart (Tierney), a recovering alcoholic trying her best to juggle a demanding residency and motherhood while everything around her seems to be falling apart; Dr. Greg Pratt (Phifer), an attending fighting for the chief spot on the floor as well as for a firm grasp on his love-life; Neela Rasgotra (Nagra), a skilled surgical resident committed to growing in her craft as well as in her place on the surgical team; Sam Taggart (Cardellini), a spirited emergency room nurse who is finally getting some time to explore life and love both in and outside the hospital; Dr. Archie Morris (Grimes), the quirky-yet-talented attending dedicated to his work but constantly distracted by his own world; and Tony Gates (Stamos), a paramedic-turned-medical-resident who has overcome numerous obstacles to take on the rigorous challenges of life in the ER.

"ER" is a production of Constant c Productions and Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Television.

In response to an evolving media marketplace and the changing needs of its advertisers, NBC Universal has created a more innovative, client-centric approach to its traditional Upfront presentation. It will include the announcement of a year-round programming schedule in April; a series of one-on-one client meetings in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago; and a spotlight event on May 12 that will showcase the full scale of the NBCU offerings in a unique, multi-media, interactive environment that will allow advertisers to experience the broad spectrum of marketing opportunities available within the company. The new Upfront process allows NBCU to continue its 'customer-first' approach, while working to create new advertising models, define more effective metrics and provide a better return on its clients' investments.
 

 

 

KATHIE LEE GIFFORD JOINS 4th HOUR OF 'TODAY'
Published: March 31, 2008



 
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Gifford Joins Hoda Kotb as Co-Host of the 10 a.m. Hour of America's Favorite Morning Program

NEW YORK – March 31, 2008 - Kathie Lee Gifford has been named co-host of the fourth hour NBC News' "Today." The announcement was made today by "Today" executive producer Jim Bell. Gifford will make her debut alongside Hoda Kotb at 10 a.m. on April 7, 2008.

"I am excited to welcome Kathie Lee to 'Today,'" said Bell. "She is a morning television icon and is on a short list of personalities known by her first name alone. We are looking forward to her signature warmth and sense of humor in the fourth hour. Her addition to the 'Today' family makes us stronger than ever, and she and Hoda will continue the 'Today' tradition of smart, topical and fun morning television."

"I am truly honored to join the 'Today' show family, many of whom have been friends and colleagues of mine for years," said Gifford. "And I'm especially looking forward to working with Hoda, a bright and beautiful woman I admire very much. Together I hope we will bring a fresh and fun perspective to the topics that affect all of our daily lives."

Launched in September 2007, the fourth hour of "Today" has continued with the program's rich history of setting the agenda for what Americans will be talking about in the office, at the watercooler and with friends all day. The hour is topical and timely, incorporating the news of the day with what people are buzzing about in a spontaneous, informative and dynamic manner.

Ann Curry will continue her role as news anchor of the 7-9 a.m. hours of "Today," as well as co-host, with Al Roker, of the 9 a.m. hour. Natalie Morales will join Curry and Roker as a third co-host at 9 a.m. Morales will also continue to serve as national correspondent for "Today" and all platforms of NBC News.

Gifford is best known as the former co-host of "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee," where in her fifteen years on the show, she received eleven Emmy nominations. Prior to "Live," Gifford was a correspondent for "Good Morning America," a position she held for three years. Gifford was also the first woman ever to guest host the "Late Show with David Letterman."

A playwright, producer, singer, songwriter and actress, Gifford has starred in numerous television programs and movies over the span of her 40-year career. In 1999, she started her own record label, On the Lamb Records. Gifford expanded her theatre resume in recent years by writing the musicals "Saving Aimee," "Under the Bridge," and "HATS! The Musical." She has also starred in several productions including Broadway's "Putting it Together" and "Annie" at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, in which she played Miss Hannigan.

Gifford devotes much of her time to humanitarian work, lending her support to several organizations that help abused, neglected, sick and poverty-stricken children. Among those charities are Childhelp, which Gifford serves as spokesperson, and the Association to Benefit Children (ABC), which spawned Cassidy's Place and Cody House in New York City, named after her two children.

Gifford received an honorary degree from Marymount University for her humanitarian work in labor relations, and she was honored with the National Conference of Christian and Jews Irvin Feld Humanitarian Award for her commitment to bettering the lives of others. Gifford also received Childhelp's Hearts of Compassion Award for her efforts on behalf of children.

Photos and an interview with Gifford are available on TODAYshow.com at: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/23871853. Additional photos will be available by contacting Megan Kopf, megan.kopf@nbcuni.com.

NBC News pioneered morning news programming when it launched "Today" more than 56 years ago, with Dave Garroway as host. The four-hour live broadcast provides the latest in domestic and international news, weather reports and interviews with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, business, media, entertainment and sports. After more than 48 years of the standard two-hour format, the third hour of "Today" was launched in October of 2000. With the continued success of the third hour, a fourth hour was launched in September of 2007 making "Today" the only four hour national morning show broadcast. The program is unparalleled in its ratings dominance in the morning news arena, serving as America's overwhelming favorite for more than twelve consecutive years.

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Sunday March 23, 2008
9:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER
MISBEGOTTEN
A SCIENTIST’S CONTROVERSIAL RESEARCH IS EXPOSED AFTER A MYSTERIOUS PACKAGE EXPLODES. An explosion hospitalizes a pregnant guard, leading Detectives Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin) and Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) to a Gen-Tech scientist whose lab is housed in the same building where the bomb is delivered. When the detectives discover the injured security guard had been one of the doctor’s research subjects, ADAs Michael Cutter (Linus Roache) and Connie Rubirosa (Alana De La Garza) suspect the security guard’s brother-in-law. Also starring: Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache, and Alana De La Garza.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
HARM
VOLUNTEERISM AT A VICTIMS REHAB CENTER LEAD THE DETECTIVES TO EXPOSE SOME MILITARY SECRETS -- When a private school teacher is found stabbed to death, the detectives link her case to a victim’s center, where she was working with an Iraqi man. When military doctor Faith Sutton (guest star Elizabeth McGovern) admits to being involved in psychological protocols for torture - major military secrets are uncovered. Also starring: Adam Beach, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Diane Neal, Tamara Tunie, Richard Belzer, and BD Wong.
 
Monday March 24, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 MY DAD IS BETTER THAN YOUR DAD
104

 
9:00 PM 1.0 DEAL OR NO DEAL
EPISODE 354
NEW JERSEY WOMAN TRIES HER HAND AT BECOMING A MILLIONAIRE—In tonight’s episode, Mary Beth Holtzheimer of Deptford, New Jersey plays for the top prize of $1 million in a high-energy match of nerves, instincts and raw intuition. Howie Mandel hosts.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 MEDIUM
WICKED GAME, PART ONE
In PART ONE of A GRIPPING two-part episode, Allison’s VISIONS REVEAL INVESTIGATOR Cynthia KEENER’s (Academy Award Winner Anjelica Huston) TERRIBLE SECRET -- In the first of a two-part episode, while working with Cynthia (guest star Anjelica Huston) to find a missing local girl, Allison dreams about the kidnapping of another young woman (guest star Sarah Drew, “Everwood”) and learns that Cynthia’s daughter Suzie has been missing for nearly 10 years. Meanwhile, Bridgette’s (Maria Lark) science class project sparks Joe’s (Jake Weber) imagination -- and tests his relationship with Allison. Miguel Sandoval, Sofia Vassilieva, David Cubitt and Miranda Carabello also star.
 
Tuesday March 25, 2008
8:00 PM 2.0 THE BIGGEST LOSER
513
COMPETITION HEATS UP WITH ONLY SIX CONTESTANTS LEFT -- Only six players are left, and the remaining women try to hold their own against the men who are still in the game. In a surprising pop quiz, one player wins a mysterious prize. And at this week’s challenge, the players get the chance to sabotage one another by giving each other calories. Alison Sweeney is the host, and Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels also star.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
SNITCH
A WEBSITE SENDS A POLYGAMIST AND HIS FAMILY FOR PROTECTION WHEN ONE OF HIS WIVES IS FOUND MURDERED -METHOD MAN GUEST STARS -- When a polygamist’s wife is killed, the Nigerian national fears his testifying in a separate crime may have led to his wife’s murder. Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) investigate only to find a website exposing potential witnesses to the other crime leading the SVU to believe that his cultural tradition may be the root cause of his wife’s murder. Also starring: Adam Beach, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Diane Neal, Tamara Tunie, Richard Belzer, and BD Wong.
 
Wednesday March 26, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT
SMILE
A Park Avenue dentist's murder turns out to be connected to the death of one of his young patients. Detectives Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Alexandra Eames (Kathryn Erbe) look into both murders, they follow a trail of counterfeit and poisoned mouthwash from the streets of Harlem to the FDA and Wall Street. Also starring: Eric Bogosian, Julianne Nicholson, Chris Noth , and Alicia Witt.
 
9:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT
LONELYVILLE
A threeway turns deadly, and a pair of emerald earrings are the only clue. Writer Noah Brezner has awakened after a threeway with a blonde and a brunette, to find the blonde dead, the brunette gone, and Noah with no idea what happened. Major Case is called in to investigate the death of a Jane Doe tied in Japanese bondage ropes, then strangled. Mike Logan (Chris Noth) and Nola Falacci (Alicia Witt) are intially stumped by this lurid puzzle - their only clue to the girl’s identity and demise is the pair of emeralds hanging from her ears. Also starring: Eric Bogosian, Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, and Julianne Nicholson.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER
DRIVEN
A TEENAGER AND YOUNG GIRL ARE FOUND DEAD NEAR A NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYGROUND AROUSING RACIALLY CHARGED ISSUES IN THE COMMUNITY:ALLY WALKER GUEST STARS - When a Caucasian teenage boy and young African American girl are found dead near a neighborhood playground, Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin) have trouble getting witnesses to talk after realizing the boy was targeted and the girl was killed accidentally. Two brothers and friends of the murdered boy, Andy (guest star Jeremy Allen White) and Josh Steel (guest star Miles Chandler), lead the detectives to a local kid Will Manning (guest star Tristan Wilds). Ultimately, it’s Will’s father Ray Manning (guest star Kevin Carroll) who admits to being the shooter. Ray’s defense is that he feared for his son’s life when he saw three boys chasing Will with baseball bats. This new information leads the detectives to suspect the Steel brothers and their overly aggressive mother, Gretchen (guest star Ally Walker). With racial tensions high in the community, the DA’s office must decide how to charge and prosecute the case. Also starring: Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache, and Alana De La Garza.
 
Thursday March 27, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 DEAL OR NO DEAL
EPISODE 355
PAKISTAN NATIVE TAKES HIS CHANCE AT BECOMING A MILLIONAIRE—In tonight’s episode, Saima Shah from Pakistan plays for the top prize of $1 million in a high-energy match of nerves, instincts and raw intuition. Howie Mandel hosts
 
9:00 PM 2.0 THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE
713
EPISODE 713 TITLE: “UNDER THE HAMMER” TASK: CHARITY AUCTION & CONCERT As the finalists work down to the wire preparing for the charity auction and concert, one celebrity fears the entertainers will refuse go onstage if their demands can’t be met. The other decides to limit the food for the event, hoping the guests will be more generous with their bids if they are drunk. The moment of truth arrives, and so do the stars. With the auction over and nearly a half million dollars raised for charity, Donald Trump is faced with the final decision – who will be fired, and who will become the Celebrity Apprentice. The Celebrity Apprentice does not win a position in Trump’s organization, but wins $250,000 dollars for their charity. Trump’s Eyes and Ears: Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.
 
Friday March 28, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 AMNE$IA
EPISODE 105
DENNIS MILLER HOSTS NEW COMEDY GAME SHOW AS CALIFORNIA MAN PUTS HIS MEMORY TO THE TEST FOR MONEY -- In tonight's episode, Tim McCoy of Cathedral City, California puts his memory to the test as he is challenged to answer a variety of questions from his own life to win money in this high-energy, original comedy game show. Dennis Miller ("Dennis Miller Live") hosts.
 
Saturday March 29, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT
SMILE
A Park Avenue dentist's murder turns out to be connected to the death of one of his young patients. Detectives Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Alexandra Eames (Kathryn Erbe) look into both murders, they follow a trail of counterfeit and poisoned mouthwash from the streets of Harlem to the FDA and Wall Street. Also starring: Eric Bogosian, Julianne Nicholson, Chris Noth , and Alicia Witt.
 
9:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
BLINDED
THE INVESTIGATION OF A MISSING GIRL LEADS TO A SCHIZOPHRENIC SERIAL RAPIST AS TENSION BREWS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT. When Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) discover a kidnapped girl in the trunk of a stolen rental car, they are led to her abductor; a violent, schizophrenic artist named Saul Picard (guest star Arye Gross). Picard’s rage seriously injures Elliot, and the trial drives A.D.A. Casey Novak (Diane Neal) to face not only a complicated case on temporary insanity, but her own dark past as well. Also starring: Adam Beach, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Richard Belzer, and Tamara Tunie.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER
TANGO
A HIGH SCHOOL GIRL IS KILLED AND THE TWO UNLIKELY SUSPECTS INCLUDE A PROSTITUTE AND PIMP. Two inebriated high-school girls, Kelly Daugherty (guest star Lisa Joyce) and Anne-Marie Liscomb (guest star Molly Ephraim), are agitated after their car is towed at a party. Liscomb walks off to make a phone call in an attempt to call a ride, and is found dead in a dumpster days later. After tracking down the cab driver that picked up Liscomb, new information leads the detectives to a drug-addicted prostitute with an affluent past, known as “Sugar” (guest star Maria Dizzia) and her partner Tito Cabassa (guest star Pedro Pascal). A war of words unfold as the detectives pit the prostitute and pimp against each other to see who will talk first. When the case goes up for trial, ADA Connie Rubirosa (Alana De La Garza) appears to have an unrelenting admirer in the jury pool. Also Starring: Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Linus Roache.
 
Sunday March 30, 2008
7:00 PM 1.0 COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN
COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN

 
9:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER
BOTTOMLESS
A DRYCLEANING MIX-UP LEADS TO A MURDERED ATTORNEY AND A TRAIL OF CORPORATE CORRUPTION AND GREED - When a pair of men’s pants goes missing from a drycleaner, Detectives Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin) and Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) suspect the lost pants may be linked to the gruesome murder of a young lawyer. The evidence trail soon leads the detectives to a suspicious businessman who may be covering up a forbidden affair with a co-worker, and perhaps, far more. Also starring: Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache, and Alana De La Garza.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
SAVANT
A MENTALLY CHALLENGED GIRL WITNESSES THE SAVAGE BEATING OF HER MOTHER -- Ben Nicholson (guest star Aidan Quinn) finds his wife Corrine (guest star Judy Kuhn) beaten into a coma, and the only witness is their mentally challenged daughter, Katie (guest star Paulina Gerzon). Because of Katie’s sensitive mental condition - the detectives are reluctant to have her testify. Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Dr. Huang (B.D. Wong) work with Katie, and begin to piece together the night of the beating and some of Corrine’s well-hidden secrets. Also starring: Adam Beach, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Diane Neal, Tamara Tunie, Richard Belzer, and BD Wong.
 
Monday March 31, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 MY DAD IS BETTER THAN YOUR DAD
101
"My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad," a fun-filled, family-friendly competition series from the producers of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (Mark Burnett Productions) and NBC’s "The Biggest Loser" (Reveille). Dads will be at the forefront of the action competing with their families in a series of unique stunt-driven challenges. The series will finally prove the familiar schoolyard boast -- "My dad is better than your dad!" In the end, the families will win the ultimate prize and bragging rights.
 
9:00 PM 1.0 DEAL OR NO DEAL
EPISODE 356
DELAWARE MAN TRIES HIS LUCK AT BECOMING A MILLIONAIRE—In tonight’s episode, Todd Ranck from Wilmington, Delaware plays for the top prize of $1 million in a high-energy match of nerves, instincts and raw intuition. Howie Mandel hosts.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 MEDIUM
WICKED GAME, PART TWO
IN THE CONCLUSION OF THIS DRAMATIC TWO-PART EPISODE, ALLISON AND CYNTHIA’S (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER ANJELICA HUSTON) PURSUIT OF SUZIE KEENER’S KIDNAPPERS COMES TO A SHOCKING END -- In part two of this episode, Allison (Emmy winner Patricia Arquette) and Cynthia Keener’s (guest star Anjelica Huston) investigation into the decade-old kidnapping, imprisonment and murder of Cynthia’s daughter Suzie (guest star Sarah Drew, “Everwood”) comes to a shocking, brutal conclusion. Meanwhile, Bridgette (Maria Lark) predicts good fortune for Joe (Jake Weber), who’s looking into funding for his new invention. Miguel Sandoval, Sofia Vassilieva, David Cubitt and Miranda Carabello also star.
 
Tuesday April 1, 2008
8:00 PM 2.0 THE BIGGEST LOSER
514
LAST FIVE CONTESTANTS GET SURPRISE TRIP TO AUSTRALIA Since The Biggest Loser is a global phenomenon, the last five players are surprised with a trip to the other side of the globe Australia! Once there, they get a visit from the Biggest Loser: Australia winner, Adro, compete in a race around the city of Sydney, and climb the legendary Sydney Harbor Bridge. In the end, the final four players are determined by an emotional weigh-in and elimination. Alison Sweeney is the host, and Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels also star.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
STREETWISE
A WEALTHY TEENAGE GIRL IS FOUND MURDERED IN NEW YORK'S CENTRAL PARK, AND THE CLUES LEAD TO A GANG OF HOMELESS CHILDREN. Park Avenue socialite Shelby Crawford’s body is found in NYC'S Central Park, and Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliott Stabler (Christopher Meloni) initially suspect her wealthy boyfriend. But when Shelby’s priceless earrings turn up in a pawnshop, the detectives realize someone wants to cash in on her death. While questioning former classmate Josie Mayes (guest star Madeline Taylor), Benson and Stabler are led to Cole (guest star Thom Bishops) and Cassidy (guest star Mae Whitman), the leaders of a homeless community. Also starring: Adam Beach, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Diane Neal, Tamara Tunie, Richard Belzer, and BD Wong.
 
Wednesday April 2, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 DEAL OR NO DEAL
EPISODE 357
MASSACHUSETTS WOMAN AND TEXAS WOMAN TRY THEIR LUCK AT BECOMING MILLIONAIRES- In tonight’s episode, Cathy Burns of Lowell, Massachusetts and Uchenna Emenaha of Houston, Texas play for the top prize of $1 million in a high-energy match of nerves, instincts and raw intuition. Howie Mandel hosts.
 
9:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT
DEPTHS
A dead body sends the detectives into the world of deep sea treasure hunters. When the body of a diver washes up on shore, Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Alexandra Eames (Kathryn Erbe) clash with the FBI over possible terrorist connections, then track the murderer into the high-stakes world of deep sea treasure hunters. Also starring: Eric Bogosian, Julianne Nicholson, Chris Noth , and Alicia Witt.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER
POLITICAL ANIMAL
A TRIPLE HOMICIDE THOUGHT TO BE A LOVERS’ QUARREL TURNS OUT TO BE THE WORK OF A CAREER CON ARTIST. When three roommates are found dead in their apartment Detectives Ed Green (Jesse L. Green) and Cyrus Lupo’s (Jeremy Sisto) initial examination of the crime scene suggests a murder-suicide amongst jealous lovers. This notion is quickly dismissed when the detectives discover one of the victims, Todd Stewart (guest star Jonathan Sale) an environmental attorney, had a closeted relationship with a prominent political figure. After the politician’s fingerprints don’t match the prints on the murder weapon the investigation shifts focus to Victor Vargas, a political fundraiser who gave the detectives their first lead. When Vargas’ address turns out to be bogus and then a little background research uncovers a past of illegal activities including fraud, the detectives realize they’ve got their guy. But no one is prepared for the lengths to which Vargas will go and who among his political allies he will turn on to keep his freedom. Also starring: Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache and Alana De La Garza.
 
Thursday April 3, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 MY NAME IS EARL
I WON'T DIE WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS, PT. 1 & 2
GOODBYE EARL? —NBC UNIVERSAL CEO, JEFF ZUCKER, ALYSSA MILANO, AND PARIS HILTON GUEST STAR—NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker gives an insightful recap to viewers to catch them up on the show. Earl (Jason Lee) is still lying in the middle of the road next to Billie (Alyssa Milano), both of whom are unconscious after being hit by a car. The accident puts Earl in a coma and takes him to an alternate world in the form of a sitcom. Meanwhile, Randy (Ethan Suplee), Darnell (Eddie Steeples), Joy (Jaime Pressly) and Catalina (Nadine Velazquez) begin doing whatever they can to ensure Earl lives. After several attempts, Earl continues to be stuck in a fevered state and is visited by Paris Hilton in his dream. The group realizes they are all out ideas and turn to their last option, a little boy that can cure everything with his finger. The boy refuses to help because he thinks Joy has the devil on her side, so Darnell and Randy try to prove to him that she does not. Has Earl’s bad karma gotten the best of him? Will he find the strength to survive his coma?
 
9:00 PM 0.5 THE OFFICE
LOCAL AD
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF ADVERTISING-- When the Scranton branch is asked to participate in a Dunder Mifflin ad, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) seizes his chance to exhibit his creativity. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) explores the online world of Second Life. John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J Novak, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Creed Bratton and Craig Robinson also star.
 
9:30 PM 0.5 THE OFFICE
BRANCH WARS
BATTLE OF THE BRANCHES-RASHIDA JONES ("Boston Public") GUEST STARS--When Karen (guest star Rashida Jones) tries to woo Stanley (Leslie David Baker) away from Scranton, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) fights back, dragging her ex, Jim (John Krasinski), into his war. Meanwhile, the existence of a "Finer Things Club" further disturbs Dunder Mifflin's calm. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, B.J Novak, Ed Helms, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Creed Bratton and Craig Robinson also star.
 
10:00 PM 0.5 THE OFFICE
SURVIVOR MAN
INTO THE WOODS-SPECIAL GREEN WEEK EPISODE--After Ryan (B.J. Novak) excludes Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) from a corporate wilderness retreat, Michael heads into the woods for his own survival adventure with nothing but the suit on his back. Back at work, Jim (John Krasinski) tries to revolutionize the office birthday party. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Ed Helms, Angela Kinsey, Kate Flannery, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton and Craig Robinson also star.
 
10:30 PM 0.5 THE OFFICE
THE DEPOSITION
SUE CRAZY IN THE OFFICE--Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) finds himself between a rock and a hard place when Jan (Melora Hardin) sues Dunder Mifflin and Michael is deposed as a witness. Meanwhile, Kelly (Mindy Kaling) trash-talks Pam (Jenna Fischer) after Darryl (Craig Robinson) beats Jim (John Krasinski) at ping-pong. Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Ed Helms, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, and Creed Bratton also star.
 
Friday April 4, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 AMNE$IA
102
DENNIS MILLER HOSTS NEW COMEDY GAME SHOW AS CALIFORNIA MAN PUTS HIS MEMORY TO THE TEST FOR MONEY -- In tonight's episode, Jason Rodewald of Orange, California puts his memory to the test as he is challenged to answer a variety of questions from his own life to win money in this high-energy, original comedy game show. Dennis Miller ("Dennis Miller Live") hosts.
 
Saturday April 5, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT
LONELYVILLE
A threeway turns deadly, and a pair of emerald earrings are the only clue. Writer Noah Brezner has awakened after a threeway with a blonde and a brunette, to find the blonde dead, the brunette gone, and Noah with no idea what happened. Major Case is called in to investigate the death of a Jane Doe tied in Japanese bondage ropes, then strangled. Mike Logan (Chris Noth) and Nola Falacci (Alicia Witt) are intially stumped by this lurid puzzle - their only clue to the girl’s identity and demise is the pair of emeralds hanging from her ears. Also starring: Eric Bogosian, Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, and Julianne Nicholson.
 
9:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
FIGHT
A TEENAGER’S BODY IS DISCOVERED IN THE WOODS AND PROFESSIONAL FIGHTER MIKE KONA’S (GUEST STAR FORREST GRIFFIN) DNA IS FOUND ON THE SCENE -- A young girl's death seems to be linked to the world of ultimate fighting, but after questioning Kona and his girlfriend (guest star CoCo), the evidence trail leads Detectives Chester Lake (Adam Beach) and Odafin "Fin" Tutuola (Ice-T) to two young brothers (guest stars “Friday Night Lights” Gauis Charles and Arlen Escarpeta) who have more than a few skeletons in their closet. When the brothers are arrested, tension brew within the SVU. Also starring: Mariska Hargitay, Chris Meloni, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Diane Neal, Tamara Tunie, Richard Belzer, and BD Wong.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER
BETRAYAL
WHEN A PSYCHIATRIST WHO TREATS DISTURBED TEENS IS FOUND MURDERED HIS TROUBLED PATIENTS AND JEALOUS WIFE ARE THE PRIME SUSPECTS - A psychiatrist is found shot to death in his office, and Detectives Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin) and Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) initially suspect one of his young patients. Clues lead the detectives to the doctor’s jealous and much younger wife, Catherine (guest star Moira Kelly). The pressures of the case drive Catherine to admit her troubled past leading to his murder. The prosecuting team, Michael Cutter (Linus Roache) and Connie Rubirosa (Alana De La Garza) are then faced with the daunting task of convincing the jury that Catherine’s troubled youth is no excuse for murder. Also starring: Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache, and Alana De La Garza.
 

 

 

Thursday March 20, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 DEAL OR NO DEAL
EPISODE 337
TENNESSEE MAN TRIES HIS LUCK AT BECOMING A MILLIONAIRE - - In tonight’s episode, Mike Fisher of Bedford County, Tennessee plays for the top prize of $1 million in a high-energy match of nerves, instincts and raw intuition. Howie Mandel hosts.
 
9:00 PM 1.0 THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE
712
EPISODE 712 TITLE: “GOING ONCE, TWICE, YOU’RE FIRED” TASK: CHARITY AUCTION & CONCERT Just as the final four celebrities are ready to celebrate and relax, Donald Trump calls them back into the boardroom and tells them the next task will begin immediately. Each celebrity is interviewed by Jim Cramer, host of “Mad Money”, and Erin Burnett of CNBC. Jim and Erin report back to Donald Trump, then the finalists fight for their lives in a surprise Boardroom. The axe falls, and only two celebrities remain. The next morning, Donald Trump reveals their last task – the finalists will put on a charity auction and concert, with each celebrity responsible for different aspects of the event. The planning begins for a huge night, with the finalists assisted by former Celebrity Apprentice alumni. As they race to organize the event, one struggles to meet the demands of the musical talent, while the other is let down by one of their celebrity helpers. Guest Stars: CNBC’s Jim Cramer and Erin Burnett Trump’s Eyes and Ears: Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.
 
10:01 PM 1.0 LIPSTICK JUNGLE
CHAPTER 7: CARPE THREESOME
THREE’S COMPANY OR THREE’S A CROWD? – BOBBY CANNAVALE AND MARSHA MASON GUEST STAR--Wendy (Brooke Shields) is dealing with a very difficult scriptwriter, Lorraine Lippman (Marsha Mason), who cannot seem to put an ending to her movie. Wendy makes a bold move and tells production to move forward, leaving it up to her to get the final script from Lorraine in time. Nico (Kim Raver), still very caught up in her dual life with Kirby, faces a harsh reality when she receives news that Charles (Chris Cousins) has had a heart attack. The scare makes her realize how much she misses her marriage and brings her life back into perspective. What will this mean for Kirby? Elsewhere, Victory (Lindsay Price) is getting used to the idea of Joe Bennett (Andrew McCarthy) as her boss instead of her boyfriend. Hockey superstar, Chris “Parks” Parker (Bobby Cannavale) and his wife grow very fond of Victory. The relationship heats up, which puts Victory in a very compromising position.
 
Friday March 21, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 AMNE$IA
104
"Amne$ia" -- Dennis Miller ("Dennis Miller Live") hosts this high-energy, original comedy game show where contestants are challenged to answer a variety of questions from their own life for money. Memories will be tested and blasts from the past will be revealed as contestants wrack their brains to answer some of the most challenging questions – often times with hilarious results.
 
Saturday March 22, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE
712
EPISODE 712 TITLE: “GOING ONCE, TWICE, YOU’RE FIRED” TASK: CHARITY AUCTION & CONCERT Just as the final four celebrities are ready to celebrate and relax, Donald Trump calls them back into the boardroom and tells them the next task will begin immediately. Each celebrity is interviewed by Jim Cramer, host of “Mad Money”, and Erin Burnett of CNBC. Jim and Erin report back to Donald Trump, then the finalists fight for their lives in a surprise Boardroom. The axe falls, and only two celebrities remain. The next morning, Donald Trump reveals their last task – the finalists will put on a charity auction and concert, with each celebrity responsible for different aspects of the event. The planning begins for a huge night, with the finalists assisted by former Celebrity Apprentice alumni. As they race to organize the event, one struggles to meet the demands of the musical talent, while the other is let down by one of their celebrity helpers. Guest Stars: CNBC’s Jim Cramer and Erin Burnett Trump’s Eyes and Ears: Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.
 
9:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
SIGNATURE
DETECTIVE OLIVIA BENSON (MARISKA HARGITAY) TEAMS UP WITH SPECIAL AGENT LAUREN COOPER (GUEST STAR ERIKA CHRISTENSEN) WHEN A SERIAL KILLER IS THE SUSPECT. A woman’s body is found murdered in a park alongside a man with a bullet in his head - Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Special Agent Cooper (Guest Star Erika Christensen) join forces and suspect “The Woodsman”, a serial killer Cooper has tried to catch for years. Detective Chester Lake (Adam Beach) and Benson begin to question Cooper’s true motives when the male victim is later identified as “The Woodsman”. Also starring: Christopher Meloni, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Diane Neal, Richard Belzer, and Tamara Tunie.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER
EXECUTIONER
BEING AT THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME PROVES TO BE DEADLY FOR ONE SURGEON. Dr. Mark Burns (guest star Alan Zweibel) is found murdered in his hotel room while attending a out-of-town convention. Detectives Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) learn that Dr. Burns’ made a large withdrawal from his bank account moments before he was murdered. Evidence rules out the con artists who scammed Burns as suspects, but a hotel surveillance tape shows a man with a southern accent vehemently knocking on the door looking for a different physician, Dr. Garrison (guest star James Rebhorn). This finding leads the detectives to believe Dr. Garrison may have been the intended target and his life is still at risk. Also Starring: Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache, and Alana De La Garza.
 
Sunday March 23, 2008
9:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER
MISBEGOTTEN
A SCIENTIST’S CONTROVERSIAL RESEARCH IS EXPOSED AFTER A MYSTERIOUS PACKAGE EXPLODES. An explosion hospitalizes a pregnant guard, leading Detectives Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin) and Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) to a Gen-Tech scientist whose lab is housed in the same building where the bomb is delivered. When the detectives discover the injured security guard had been one of the doctor’s research subjects, ADAs Michael Cutter (Linus Roache) and Connie Rubirosa (Alana De La Garza) suspect the security guard’s brother-in-law. Also starring: Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache, and Alana De La Garza.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
HARM
VOLUNTEERISM AT A VICTIMS REHAB CENTER LEAD THE DETECTIVES TO EXPOSE SOME MILITARY SECRETS -- When a private school teacher is found stabbed to death, the detectives link her case to a victim’s center, where she was working with an Iraqi man. When military doctor Faith Sutton (guest star Elizabeth McGovern) admits to being involved in psychological protocols for torture - major military secrets are uncovered. Also starring: Adam Beach, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Diane Neal, Tamara Tunie, Richard Belzer, and BD Wong.
 
Monday March 24, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 MY DAD IS BETTER THAN YOUR DAD
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9:00 PM 1.0 DEAL OR NO DEAL
EPISODE 354
NEW JERSEY WOMAN TRIES HER HAND AT BECOMING A MILLIONAIRE—In tonight’s episode, Mary Beth Holtzheimer of Deptford, New Jersey plays for the top prize of $1 million in a high-energy match of nerves, instincts and raw intuition. Howie Mandel hosts.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 MEDIUM
WICKED GAME, PART ONE
In PART ONE of A GRIPPING two-part episode, Allison’s VISIONS REVEAL INVESTIGATOR Cynthia KEENER’s (Academy Award Winner Anjelica Huston) TERRIBLE SECRET -- In the first of a two-part episode, while working with Cynthia (guest star Anjelica Huston) to find a missing local girl, Allison dreams about the kidnapping of another young woman (guest star Sarah Drew, “Everwood”) and learns that Cynthia’s daughter Suzie has been missing for nearly 10 years. Meanwhile, Bridgette’s (Maria Lark) science class project sparks Joe’s (Jake Weber) imagination -- and tests his relationship with Allison. Miguel Sandoval, Sofia Vassilieva, David Cubitt and Miranda Carabello also star.
 
Tuesday March 25, 2008
8:00 PM 2.0 THE BIGGEST LOSER
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COMPETITION HEATS UP WITH ONLY SIX CONTESTANTS LEFT -- Only six players are left, and the remaining women try to hold their own against the men who are still in the game. In a surprising pop quiz, one player wins a mysterious prize. And at this week’s challenge, the players get the chance to sabotage one another by giving each other calories. Alison Sweeney is the host, and Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels also star.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
SNITCH
A WEBSITE SENDS A POLYGAMIST AND HIS FAMILY FOR PROTECTION WHEN ONE OF HIS WIVES IS FOUND MURDERED -METHOD MAN GUEST STARS -- When a polygamist’s wife is killed, the Nigerian national fears his testifying in a separate crime may have led to his wife’s murder. Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) investigate only to find a website exposing potential witnesses to the other crime leading the SVU to believe that his cultural tradition may be the root cause of his wife’s murder. Also starring: Adam Beach, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Diane Neal, Tamara Tunie, Richard Belzer, and BD Wong.
 
Wednesday March 26, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT
SMILE
A Park Avenue dentist's murder turns out to be connected to the death of one of his young patients. Detectives Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Alexandra Eames (Kathryn Erbe) look into both murders, they follow a trail of counterfeit and poisoned mouthwash from the streets of Harlem to the FDA and Wall Street. Also starring: Eric Bogosian, Julianne Nicholson, Chris Noth , and Alicia Witt.
 
9:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT
LONELYVILLE
A threeway turns deadly, and a pair of emerald earrings are the only clue. Writer Noah Brezner has awakened after a threeway with a blonde and a brunette, to find the blonde dead, the brunette gone, and Noah with no idea what happened. Major Case is called in to investigate the death of a Jane Doe tied in Japanese bondage ropes, then strangled. Mike Logan (Chris Noth) and Nola Falacci (Alicia Witt) are intially stumped by this lurid puzzle - their only clue to the girl’s identity and demise is the pair of emeralds hanging from her ears. Also starring: Eric Bogosian, Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, and Julianne Nicholson.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER
DRIVEN
A TEENAGER AND YOUNG GIRL ARE FOUND DEAD NEAR A NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYGROUND AROUSING RACIALLY CHARGED ISSUES IN THE COMMUNITY:ALLY WALKER GUEST STARS - When a Caucasian teenage boy and young African American girl are found dead near a neighborhood playground, Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin) have trouble getting witnesses to talk after realizing the boy was targeted and the girl was killed accidentally. Two brothers and friends of the murdered boy, Andy (guest star Jeremy Allen White) and Josh Steel (guest star Miles Chandler), lead the detectives to a local kid Will Manning (guest star Tristan Wilds). Ultimately, it’s Will’s father Ray Manning (guest star Kevin Carroll) who admits to being the shooter. Ray’s defense is that he feared for his son’s life when he saw three boys chasing Will with baseball bats. This new information leads the detectives to suspect the Steel brothers and their overly aggressive mother, Gretchen (guest star Ally Walker). With racial tensions high in the community, the DA’s office must decide how to charge and prosecute the case. Also starring: Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache, and Alana De La Garza.
 
Thursday March 27, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 DEAL OR NO DEAL
EPISODE 355
PAKISTAN NATIVE TAKES HIS CHANCE AT BECOMING A MILLIONAIRE—In tonight’s episode, Saima Shah from Pakistan plays for the top prize of $1 million in a high-energy match of nerves, instincts and raw intuition. Howie Mandel hosts
 
9:00 PM 2.0 THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE
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EPISODE 713 TITLE: “UNDER THE HAMMER” TASK: CHARITY AUCTION & CONCERT As the finalists work down to the wire preparing for the charity auction and concert, one celebrity fears the entertainers will refuse go onstage if their demands can’t be met. The other decides to limit the food for the event, hoping the guests will be more generous with their bids if they are drunk. The moment of truth arrives, and so do the stars. With the auction over and nearly a half million dollars raised for charity, Donald Trump is faced with the final decision – who will be fired, and who will become the Celebrity Apprentice. The Celebrity Apprentice does not win a position in Trump’s organization, but wins $250,000 dollars for their charity. Trump’s Eyes and Ears: Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.
 
Friday March 28, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 AMNE$IA
EPISODE 105
DENNIS MILLER HOSTS NEW COMEDY GAME SHOW AS CALIFORNIA MAN PUTS HIS MEMORY TO THE TEST FOR MONEY -- In tonight's episode, Tim McCoy of Cathedral City, California puts his memory to the test as he is challenged to answer a variety of questions from his own life to win money in this high-energy, original comedy game show. Dennis Miller ("Dennis Miller Live") hosts.
 
Saturday March 29, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT
SMILE
A Park Avenue dentist's murder turns out to be connected to the death of one of his young patients. Detectives Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Alexandra Eames (Kathryn Erbe) look into both murders, they follow a trail of counterfeit and poisoned mouthwash from the streets of Harlem to the FDA and Wall Street. Also starring: Eric Bogosian, Julianne Nicholson, Chris Noth , and Alicia Witt.
 
9:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
BLINDED
THE INVESTIGATION OF A MISSING GIRL LEADS TO A SCHIZOPHRENIC SERIAL RAPIST AS TENSION BREWS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT. When Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) discover a kidnapped girl in the trunk of a stolen rental car, they are led to her abductor; a violent, schizophrenic artist named Saul Picard (guest star Arye Gross). Picard’s rage seriously injures Elliot, and the trial drives A.D.A. Casey Novak (Diane Neal) to face not only a complicated case on temporary insanity, but her own dark past as well. Also starring: Adam Beach, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Richard Belzer, and Tamara Tunie.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER
TANGO
A HIGH SCHOOL GIRL IS KILLED AND THE TWO UNLIKELY SUSPECTS INCLUDE A PROSTITUTE AND PIMP. Two inebriated high-school girls, Kelly Daugherty (guest star Lisa Joyce) and Anne-Marie Liscomb (guest star Molly Ephraim), are agitated after their car is towed at a party. Liscomb walks off to make a phone call in an attempt to call a ride, and is found dead in a dumpster days later. After tracking down the cab driver that picked up Liscomb, new information leads the detectives to a drug-addicted prostitute with an affluent past, known as “Sugar” (guest star Maria Dizzia) and her partner Tito Cabassa (guest star Pedro Pascal). A war of words unfold as the detectives pit the prostitute and pimp against each other to see who will talk first. When the case goes up for trial, ADA Connie Rubirosa (Alana De La Garza) appears to have an unrelenting admirer in the jury pool. Also Starring: Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Linus Roache.
 
Sunday March 30, 2008
7:00 PM 1.0 COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN
COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN

 
9:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER
BOTTOMLESS
A DRYCLEANING MIX-UP LEADS TO A MURDERED ATTORNEY AND A TRAIL OF CORPORATE CORRUPTION AND GREED - When a pair of men’s pants goes missing from a drycleaner, Detectives Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin) and Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) suspect the lost pants may be linked to the gruesome murder of a young lawyer. The evidence trail soon leads the detectives to a suspicious businessman who may be covering up a forbidden affair with a co-worker, and perhaps, far more. Also starring: Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache, and Alana De La Garza.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
SAVANT
A MENTALLY CHALLENGED GIRL WITNESSES THE SAVAGE BEATING OF HER MOTHER -- Ben Nicholson (guest star Aidan Quinn) finds his wife Corrine (guest star Judy Kuhn) beaten into a coma, and the only witness is their mentally challenged daughter, Katie (guest star Paulina Gerzon). Because of Katie’s sensitive mental condition - the detectives are reluctant to have her testify. Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Dr. Huang (B.D. Wong) work with Katie, and begin to piece together the night of the beating and some of Corrine’s well-hidden secrets. Also starring: Adam Beach, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Diane Neal, Tamara Tunie, Richard Belzer, and BD Wong.
 
Monday March 31, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 MY DAD IS BETTER THAN YOUR DAD
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"My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad," a fun-filled, family-friendly competition series from the producers of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (Mark Burnett Productions) and NBC’s "The Biggest Loser" (Reveille). Dads will be at the forefront of the action competing with their families in a series of unique stunt-driven challenges. The series will finally prove the familiar schoolyard boast -- "My dad is better than your dad!" In the end, the families will win the ultimate prize and bragging rights.
 
9:00 PM 1.0 DEAL OR NO DEAL
EPISODE 356
DELAWARE MAN TRIES HIS LUCK AT BECOMING A MILLIONAIRE—In tonight’s episode, Todd Ranck from Wilmington, Delaware plays for the top prize of $1 million in a high-energy match of nerves, instincts and raw intuition. Howie Mandel hosts.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 MEDIUM
WICKED GAME, PART TWO
IN THE CONCLUSION OF THIS DRAMATIC TWO-PART EPISODE, ALLISON AND CYNTHIA’S (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER ANJELICA HUSTON) PURSUIT OF SUZIE KEENER’S KIDNAPPERS COMES TO A SHOCKING END -- In part two of this episode, Allison (Emmy winner Patricia Arquette) and Cynthia Keener’s (guest star Anjelica Huston) investigation into the decade-old kidnapping, imprisonment and murder of Cynthia’s daughter Suzie (guest star Sarah Drew, “Everwood”) comes to a shocking, brutal conclusion. Meanwhile, Bridgette (Maria Lark) predicts good fortune for Joe (Jake Weber), who’s looking into funding for his new invention. Miguel Sandoval, Sofia Vassilieva, David Cubitt and Miranda Carabello also star.
 
Tuesday April 1, 2008
8:00 PM 2.0 THE BIGGEST LOSER
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LAST FIVE CONTESTANTS GET SURPRISE TRIP TO AUSTRALIA Since The Biggest Loser is a global phenomenon, the last five players are surprised with a trip to the other side of the globe Australia! Once there, they get a visit from the Biggest Loser: Australia winner, Adro, compete in a race around the city of Sydney, and climb the legendary Sydney Harbor Bridge. In the end, the final four players are determined by an emotional weigh-in and elimination. Alison Sweeney is the host, and Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels also star.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
STREETWISE
A WEALTHY TEENAGE GIRL IS FOUND MURDERED IN NEW YORK'S CENTRAL PARK, AND THE CLUES LEAD TO A GANG OF HOMELESS CHILDREN. Park Avenue socialite Shelby Crawford’s body is found in NYC'S Central Park, and Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliott Stabler (Christopher Meloni) initially suspect her wealthy boyfriend. But when Shelby’s priceless earrings turn up in a pawnshop, the detectives realize someone wants to cash in on her death. While questioning former classmate Josie Mayes (guest star Madeline Taylor), Benson and Stabler are led to Cole (guest star Thom Bishops) and Cassidy (guest star Mae Whitman), the leaders of a homeless community. Also starring: Adam Beach, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Diane Neal, Tamara Tunie, Richard Belzer, and BD Wong.
 
Wednesday April 2, 2008
8:00 PM 1.0 DEAL OR NO DEAL
EPISODE 357
MASSACHUSETTS WOMAN AND TEXAS WOMAN TRY THEIR LUCK AT BECOMING MILLIONAIRES- In tonight’s episode, Cathy Burns of Lowell, Massachusetts and Uchenna Emenaha of Houston, Texas play for the top prize of $1 million in a high-energy match of nerves, instincts and raw intuition. Howie Mandel hosts.
 
9:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT
DEPTHS
A dead body sends the detectives into the world of deep sea treasure hunters. When the body of a diver washes up on shore, Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Alexandra Eames (Kathryn Erbe) clash with the FBI over possible terrorist connections, then track the murderer into the high-stakes world of deep sea treasure hunters. Also starring: Eric Bogosian, Julianne Nicholson, Chris Noth , and Alicia Witt.
 
10:00 PM 1.0 LAW & ORDER
POLITICAL ANIMAL
A TRIPLE HOMICIDE THOUGHT TO BE A LOVERS’ QUARREL TURNS OUT TO BE THE WORK OF A CAREER CON ARTIST. When three roommates are found dead in their apartment Detectives Ed Green (Jesse L. Green) and Cyrus Lupo’s (Jeremy Sisto) initial examination of the crime scene suggests a murder-suicide amongst jealous lovers. This notion is quickly dismissed when the detectives discover one of the victims, Todd Stewart (guest star Jonathan Sale) an environmental attorney, had a closeted relationship with a prominent political figure. After the politician’s fingerprints don’t match the prints on the murder weapon the investigation shifts focus to Victor Vargas, a political fundraiser who gave the detectives their first lead. When Vargas’ address turns out to be bogus and then a little background research uncovers a past of illegal activities including fraud, the detectives realize they’ve got their guy. But no one is prepared for the lengths to which Vargas will go and who among his political allies he will turn on to keep his freedom. Also starring: Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache and Alana De La Garza.
 

 

 

 

AMERICA'S BELOVED BROTHER & SISTER DUO, DONNY AND MARIE OSMOND, TO HOST THE 2008 MISS USA PAGEANT TELECAST LIVE ON NBC FROM PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO IN LAS VEGAS ON APRIL 11


 
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BURBANK, Calif. – March 14, 2008 – She's a little bit country -- and he's a little bit rock 'n' roll -- which make Marie Osmond ("Dancing with the Stars" finalist) and multi-hyphenate Donny Osmond ("College Road Trip") the perfect duo to host the 2008 Miss USA® Pageant live on NBC from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in one of the world's hottest cities, Las Vegas, on Friday, April 11 (9-11 p.m. ET).

This is the first time since 2000 that the Osmond brother-sister duo has hosted a primetime special together and the third time that they're hosting a pageant together. Donny and Marie are also of course well known for hosting their own primetime variety and daytime talk shows, "The Donny & Marie Show," (1976-79), and "Donny & Marie" (1998-2000).

Donny & Marie are reuniting on stage as well, performing eight sold-out shows at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in July.

"Watching the pageant was an anticipated yearly event when Donny and I were growing up," said Marie Osmond. "We are honored to be a part of this U.S. tradition and to hopefully make Miss USA a memorable night for millions of new viewers."

"We are so excited to have such television icons as Donny and Marie host our show," said Phil Gurin, executive producer of Miss USA Pageant 2008. "Their natural gifts as performers and hosts, along with their incredible relationship, will help ensure that this is our best Miss USA show ever!"

Rachel Smith, Miss USA 2007, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast of the 57th Miss USA® Pageant that is being held in the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Marie Osmond, the baby sister of the Osmond brothers, started her over 40-year career on the "Andy Williams Show" at the age of 3. She has since become an international celebrity whose resume includes hit records, network television shows, Broadway musicals ("The Sound of Music" and "The King and I"), world-wide concert tours, New York Times best selling author, television commercials, lecture tours, radio host, children's advocate, founder of Marie Osmond Collector Dolls business, and most recently a finalist on "Dancing with the Stars." Marie is also well-known for her country singer status in which she debuted the song "Paper Roses" at #1 on the charts and was one of the youngest people to host a television show, "The Donny & Marie Show," with her brother Donny. Marie's proudest achievement, aside from being a mother of eight children, is her involvement as co-founder and co-host of Children's Miracle Network, which has thus far raised over $3.4 billion for children's hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Donny Osmond, a teen heartthrob performing with his brothers "The Osmonds," began his illustrious career in entertainment at the age of 5, and by 13 had already collected 18 gold records, eventually earning a grand total of 33 throughout his career, with sales of over 80 million albums. He recently released his 55th record, "Love Songs of the '70s," which shipped gold in the United Kingdom. Donny has also had starring roles on stage as "Joseph" in Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," and last year on Broadway as "Gaston" in "Beauty & the Beast." In over 40 years in entertainment, Donny has been a singer, actor, triple-threat television series host (talk show, game show, variety show), best-selling author (his autobiography entered the UK bestseller chart at #1 last year), commercial spokesman, motivational speaker -- and even a racecar driver. Donny and his wife Debbie of 29 years have five children and two grandchildren.

Miss USA travels the nation as an advocate for breast and ovarian cancer awareness, education, research, and legislation. Each contestant from 50 states and the District of Columbia will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.


MISS USA®

The MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® Pageants are a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture. Utilizing its nationwide grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing awareness of breast and ovarian cancers. By forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education, such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Gilda's Club, Miss USA is armed to educate women today.
 

 

 

NBC LIGHTS UP SUMMER WITH A BURST OF ORIGINAL PROGRAM PREMIERES AS PART OF 'NBC'S ALL-AMERICAN SUMMER'
Published: March 5, 2008



 
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BURBANK, Calif. – March 5, 2008 – NBC to celebrate America, its communities, athletes, songs, heroes, talent and Gladiators all summer long as part of "NBC's All-American Summer" – the network's run-up to its exclusive coverage of the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. The network will ignite a late spring and summer of original programming paced by the premieres of series favorites "American Gladiators" (Monday, May 12, 8-10 p.m. ET), "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday, June 24, 9-11 p.m. ET), "Last Comic Standing" (Thursday, May 22, 9:30-11 p.m. ET) and the network debut of "Nashville Star" with new host Billy Ray Cyrus (Monday, June 9, 9:30-11 p.m. ET).

In addition, NBC will unveil the new suspense and horror anthology series "Fear Itself" on Thursday, May 29, 10-11 p.m. ET, as well as two new alternative series "Celebrity Circus" (Wednesday, June 11, 9-11 p.m. ET) and "The Baby Borrowers" (Wednesday, June 25, 8-9 p.m. ET).

The announcements were made today by Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.

"NBC's All-American Summer" will kick off with the return of the high-octane hit "American Gladiators" which will follow its May 12 premiere by settling into its regular day and time on Monday, May 19 (8-9:30 p.m. ET). Likewise, "America's Got Talent" will follow its June 24 debut with another two-hour episode on Tuesday, July 1 (9-11 p.m. ET) and then subsequently follow with hour-long episodes beginning July 8 (9-10 p.m. ET). The series will take a brief hiatus during the Summer Olympics and return August 26 (performance episodes) and "results shows" will begin starting August 27 (8-9 p.m. ET).

After its two-hour premiere, "Celebrity Circus" will resume in its regular day and time on Wednesday, June 18 (9-10 p.m. ET). Following its May 22 debut, "Last Comic Standing" will settle into its regular day and time on Thursday, May 29 (8:30-10 p.m. ET).

"American Gladiators" is the #1 new series on the NBC schedule this season in adults 18-49 and total viewers, with its average of a 4.2 rating, 11 share in 18-49 and 9.9 million viewers overall. The series won its Monday time period in adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 and all key adult-male categories. For the first quarter to date, "American Gladiators" is the #1 Monday series on any network in the coveted adults 18-34 demo.

Hulk Hogan ("Hogan Knows Best") and Laila Ali ("Dancing with the Stars") host the hit iconic competition series, which first premiered in January with a fresh modern reinvention for the 21st century. Using splashy twists including special effects, water skills and the latest technology, the classic games have been upgraded with even higher thrills, impact, energy and spectacle. Celebrating the everyday, true American heroes -- weekend warriors who excel and take pride in their physical fitness -- contenders go up against the show's Gladiators, charismatic and eclectic warriors -- in the ultimate David & Goliath battle. The series includes such classic events as Joust, The Wall, Hang Tough, Powerball, Assault, Pyramid, Gauntlet and the Eliminator along with two brand-new events including Earthquake and Hit & Run. New events and new Gladiators will be unveiled this spring.

"American Gladiators" is produced by MGM Television (the original producers of the show) and Reveille (NBC's "The Office" and "The Biggest Loser," "Nashville Star," "Ugly Betty"). Reveille's Mark Koops, Howard T. Owens and David A. Hurwitz ("Fear Factor") are the executive producers alongside Flor-Jon, Films Inc.'s Johnny Ferraro, original series creator.

"America's Got Talent," NBC's hit summer series from "American Idol" producers FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell's SYCO Television, is currently crisscrossing America hitting Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York as part of a nationwide search for the hottest performers in the country to compete in the blockbuster reality show's third season.

A colorful array of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists of all ages strut and perform on stage in front of celebrity judges David Hasselhoff, Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne. New this season, thousands of people have been invited to attend the audition tapings at some of the largest theaters in the country, where they will judge the acts along with the show's judges, giving America a voice right from the beginning of the competition.

Terry Fator, a ventriloquist from Dallas, Texas achieved the dream of a lifetime last August when he was crowned the second season champion. Not only did he win the $1,000,000 grand prize, but his dream to headline on the Las Vegas strip came true when he signed a 2008 contract with the Las Vegas Hilton in a deal worth more than $1.5 million.

"America's Got Talent," hosted by Jerry Springer, was last year's #1 summer series in total viewers, averaging 11.4 million persons. The finale on August 21 garnered 4.2 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 and 13.9 million viewers overall – a new series record in total viewers, with a 16 percent increase over its finale the year before.

"America's Got Talent" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell's SYCO Televison. Cowell, Cecile Frot-Coutaz ("American Idol"), Jason Raff, James Sunderland and Georgie Hurford-Jones are executive producers.

NBC's lively laugh fest "Last Comic Standing" returns for a sixth season with host Bill Bellamy ("Def Comedy Jam," "Any Given Sunday") and special correspondent/popular UK personality Fearne Cotton (NBC's "The Guinness Book of World Records – Live!," ITV2's "The Xtra Factor") stepping up the search for the funniest comedian on the planet!

Comedians from across the U.S. and 14 countries around the globe – including England, Australia, Sweden, South Africa, India, Japan and Israel – try out in lively audition episodes. But for the first time ever on the Emmy-nominated show, a revolving door of celebrity talent scouts – all past and present NBC comedy stars from shows like "The Office," "Scrubs, "Mad About You" and "Cheers" – will help "find the funny" as "Last Comic Standing" joins Thursday's comedy night lineup.

After the regional auditions comes fast-paced semi-final rounds, and then it's a comedy showdown week by week until the funniest is crowned "Last Comic Standing," winning a $250,000 grand prize including an exclusive talent deal with NBC and a brand new Honda.

"Last Comic Standing" is produced by Peter Engel Productions and Universal Media Studios. The executive producers are Peter Engel ("Saved By the Bell," "The Next Best Thing"), David Friedman (NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly) and Barry Katz ("Action," "Dane Cook's Tourgasm"). Javier Winnik (NBC's "The Singing Bee"), Page Hurwitz ("Last Comic Standing 5") and Noel Guerra (Bravo's "Project Runway") are co-executive producers.

"Nashville Star" is the original grassroots talent search to find America's next great country music star. The series' sixth season will premiere on NBC with new host Billy Ray Cyrus ("Hannah Montana") with the winner receiving a major recording contract and the performance of a lifetime at the Summer Olympics in Beijing!

The first four seasons of the series have launched the careers of promising artists including Chris Young, Buddy Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Lance Miller and Angela and Zac Hacker -- the siblings who made it a family affair by coming in first and second respectively last season.

A massive multi-city casting search for this year's talent kicked off in early February and for the first time in the series' run, "Nashville Star" opened the auditions not just to solo artists but also to duets and singing groups who are primed to compete. Another first for the sixth season, in an attempt to find the best of the best, the competition will be open to singers 16-years and older. The 90-minute season premiere will take viewers behind the scenes and introduce them to the best and worst talent vying to be the next "Nashville Star."

"Nashville Star" is created by Reveille and produced by 495 Productions. Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens ("American Gladiators"), Mark Koops ("The Biggest Loser") and Sallyann Salsano ("Design Star," "A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila") serve as executive producers. Jon Small ("Garth Brooks Live in LA") is a producer.

"Fear Itself" is a new, distinctive 13-episode suspense and horror anthology series set to push the boundaries of this classic genre through a host of provocative talent, both in front of and behind the camera, including award-winning, sought-after directors John Landis ("An American Werewolf in London"), Darren Bousman ("Saw II, III and IV") and Ronny Yu ("Bride of Chucky"); actors Brandon Routh ("Superman Returns"), Shiri Appleby ("Charlie Wilson's War"), Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"), Cynthia Watros ("Lost"), Eric Roberts (NBC's "Heroes") and John Billingsley ("Star Trek: Enterprise"); and writers, including Joe Gangemi ("Wind Chill," the novel "Inamorata"), Steve Niles ("30 Days of Night") and Dan Knauf ("Carnivale," "Supernatural").

The series is produced by Lionsgate in association with IE Indy TV, and was created by Mick Garris. The Emmy-winning team of Keith Addis and Andrew Deane ("Masters of Horror") are the executive producers. Peter Block is co-executive producer; Grant Rosenberg is supervising producer; and Adam Goldworm, Ben Browning and Jonathan Hackett are producers.

"Celebrity Circus" is a spectacular live competition series that invites celebrities to participate alongside avant garde professional circus troupes in a visually arresting new competition series. The series will pit stars in a head-to-head competition, which will showcase some of the most death-defying circus acts ever seen on television. Each week viewers will cast their votes for the best acts, and determine which of the celebrities is going home. In every episode, the stars will be joined by electrifying performers from the world's greatest circus and cirque acts.

Guided by top experts in each of the individual circus disciplines, the stars will have eight weeks to train and perfect their acts. To perform at their best they will have to go beyond anything they have done before, pushing their bodies and minds to the limits. Presentation, style and the ability to create a unique character are all aspects on which the celebrities will be judged.

"Celebrity Circus" will follow the journey from the star's first frightening climb up the high wire ladder to the last nerve-wracking rehearsal. Then our celebrities will put it all on the line performing in our studio in front of a live audience. Our judges are experts from the finest circus and cirque shows in the world, and they will definitely let the celebrities know if their performances were up to snuff.

With stunning visuals, dramatic stories, and breathtaking stunts, "Celebrity Circus" brings this incredible world into America's living rooms like never before. Celebrity competitors and the expert panel of judges will be announced at a later date.

"Celebrity Circus" is produced by Endemol USA, the Emmy Award winning company behind "Deal or No Deal," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Big Brother," and "Fear Factor." David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. "Celebrity Circus" is executive produced by Matt Kunitz ("Fear Factor") and co-executive produced by Rick Ringbakk ("Amazing Race").

NBC's new reality series "The Baby Borrowers" is an intriguing new social experiment based on the hit British program that asks five diverse teenage couples -- ages 18-20 -- to fast-track to adulthood by setting up a home, getting a job and becoming caring parents first to babies, toddlers, pre-teens and their pets, teenagers and senior citizens -- all over the course of three weeks.

Through this emotional, dramatic journey, each young couple will get a unique opportunity to peer into the future and see what they (and their partners) might be like if they remain together and decide to build a family. Tested by the everyday ups and downs of taking care of others and maintaining a relationship, most of the teens find themselves looking at all of their relationships and notions of parenthood in a new light.

"The Baby Borrowers" is produced by Love Productions. Richard McKerrow (the U.K.'s "Cirque de Celebrite") and Tom Shelly ("Survivor") are executive producers.

Following is a brief schedule of "NBC's All-American Summer" premiere dates (all times ET):

May 12
"American Gladiators" – two-hour premiere 8-10 p.m.; series resumes on May 19 (8-9:30)

May 22
"Last Comic Standing" – premiere 9:30-11 p.m.; series resumes on May 29 (8:30-10 p.m.)

May 29
"Fear Itself" – premiere 10-11 p.m.

June 9
"Nashville Star" – (9:30-11 p.m.)

June 11
"Celebrity Circus" – two-hour premiere (9-11 p.m.); series resumes on June 18 (9-10 p.m.)

June 24
"America's Got Talent" – (9-11 p.m.); another two-hour show follows on July 1. Series resumes with regular hour-long episodes on July 8 (9-10 p.m.). The show will be on hiatus during the Olympics, returning on August 26 (performance episodes) and "results shows" commencing on August 27 (8-9 p.m.)

June 25
"The Baby Borrowers" – (8-9 p.m.)

 

 

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: 'Bionic Woman': Volume One

ON DVD MARCH 18, 2008 FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 -- OVERVIEW: Join one of TV's most stunning breakout heroines as the action-packed series "Bionic Woman" leaps on to DVD! From executive producer David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) comes this gripping re-imagining of the universally beloved character. Jamie Sommers is a hard-working woman struggling to take care of her younger sister. But after a serious, life-threatening accident, Jamie is saved by a top-secret procedure that makes her much more than just an ordinary woman ... it makes her superhumanly bionic. Starring hot newcomer Michelle Ryan, as well as Miguel Ferrer (Crossing Jordan), Molly Price (Third Watch), Will Yun Lee (Witchblade), Lucy Kate Hale (How I Met Your Mother), and guest stars Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), it's a non-stop thrill ride unlike anything you've seen before!
 

  BONUS CONTENT:
  -- Pilot commentary with Executive Producer David Eick
  -- Real Life Bionics
  -- The Making of the Car Crash
  -- The Stunts
  -- Profiles


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  Price:  $29.98 SRP
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (http://www.universalstudios.com/). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.


 

Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

 

Web site: http://www.universalstudios.com/
 

 

 

SEN. HILLARY CLINTON TALKS WITH NBC NEWS' TIM RUSSERT LIVE ON "MEET THE PRESS


Columbia, S.C. - January 13, 2008 - Fresh off her comeback win in New Hampshire, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) joined NBC News' Tim Russert for an exclusive, in-depth interview live from South Carolina on this morning's "Meet the Press." A full transcript of the interview is below.

Tim Russert is moderator of "Meet the Press." Betsy Fischer is the executive producer. Michelle Jaconi and Rebecca Samuels are producers. For more information on "Meet the Press" visit www.mtp.msnbc.com.

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MR. TIM RUSSERT: Our issues this Sunday: Obama wins Iowa.

(Videotape):

SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): Thank you, Iowa.

(End videotape)

MR. RUSSERT: Clinton wins New Hampshire.

(Videotape):

SEN. HILLARY CLINTON (D-NY): Let's give America the kind of comeback that
New Hampshire has just given me.

(End videotape)

MR. RUSSERT: Next stops, Nevada and South Carolina. Our MEET THE
CANDIDATES 2008 series continues. An exclusive interview with Democrat
Hillary Clinton.

For 12 years, she was the first lady of the state of Arkansas, for eight
years the first lady of the United States, and in 2000 was elected United
States senator from New York. This morning, Hillary Clinton joins us for
the full hour on MEET THE PRESS.

MR. TIM RUSSERT: Senator Clinton, welcome back to MEET THE PRESS.

SEN. HILLARY CLINTON (D-NY): Thanks, Tim. Good to be with you.

MR. RUSSERT: When we arrived in South Carolina yesterday this was The
State newspaper, and the headlines agree to this. And let me share it
with you and our viewers: "Clinton Camp Hits Obama, Attacks `painful' for
black voters. Many in state offended by criticism of Obama," and "remarks
about" Martin Luther "King." Bob Herbert, in The New York Times,
columnist, weighed in this way: "I could also sense how hard the Clinton
camp was working to undermine Senator Obama's main theme, that a campaign
based on hope and healing could unify rather than further polarize the
country. So there was the former president chastising the press for the
way it was covering the Obama campaign and saying of Mr. Obama's effort,
`The whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen.' And there was
Mrs. Clinton telling the country we don't need `false hopes,' and taking
cheap shots at, of all people, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We've already seen Clinton surrogates trying to implant the false idea
that Mr. Obama might be a Muslim, and perhaps a drug dealer to boot."

What is this all about?

SEN. CLINTON: Well, beats me, because there's not one shred of truth in
what you've just read. And I regret that, because obviously a lot of
people have been, you know, given information or an impression that is
absolutely false.

First, with respect to Dr. King, you know, Tim, I was 14 years old when I
heard Dr. King speak in person. He is one of the people that I admire
most in the world, and the point that I was responding to from Senator
Obama himself in a number of speeches he was making is his comparison of
himself to President Kennedy and Dr. King. And there is no doubt that the
inspiration offered by all three of them is essential. It is critical to
who we are as a nation, what we believe in, the dreams and aspirations
that we all have. But I also said that, you know, Dr. King didn't just
give speeches. He marched, he organized, he protested, he was gassed, he
was beaten, he was jailed. He understood that he had to move the
political process and bring in those who were in political power, and he
campaigned for political leaders, including Lyndon Johnson, because he
wanted somebody in the White House who would act on what he had devoted
his life to achieving.

So I think it's important to set the record straight. Clearly, we know
from media reports that the Obama campaign is deliberately distorting
this. And, you know, I think we should just take a step out here for a
minute. This is the most exciting election we've had in such a long time
because you have an African American, an extraordinary man, a person of
tremendous talents and abilities, running to become our president. You
have a woman running to break the highest and hardest glass ceiling. I
don't think either of us want to inject race or gender in this campaign.
We are running as individuals, we are making our cases to the American
people, and it's imperative that we get the record and the facts straight
because people are entitled to have that information. But I have no
intention of either, you know, doing something that would move this race
in a wrong way, or, frankly, sit standing by when I think tactics are
being employed that are not in the best interests of our country.

And let me address the point that Bill was making. Because, again, I
think it's been unfairly and inaccurately characterized. What he was
talking about was very directly about the story of Senator Obama's
campaign, being premised on a speech he gave in 2002. And that was to his
credit. He gave a speech opposing the war in Iraq. He gave a very
impassioned speech against it and consistently said that he was against
the war, he would vote against the funding for the war. By 2003, that
speech was off his Web site. By 2004, he was saying that he didn't really
disagree with the way George Bush was conducting the war. And by 2005, '6
and '7, he was voting for $300 billion in funding for the war. The story
of his campaign is really the story of that speech and his opposition to
Iraq. I think it is fair to ask questions about, "Well, what did you do
after the speech was over?" And when he became a senator, he didn't go to
the floor of the Senate to condemn the war in Iraq for 18 months. He
didn't introduce legislation against the war in Iraq. He voted against
timelines and deadlines initially.

So I think it's important that we get the contrasts and the comparisons
out. I think that's fair game. You know, I think that we don't want
anyone, any of our supporters, anyone--and that's why in my campaign, any
time anybody has said anything that I thought was out of bounds, they're
gone, you know? I have gotten rid of them, I have said that is not
appropriate in this campaign. You know, when Senator Obama's chief
strategist accuses me of playing a role in Benazir Bhutto's
assassination, there's silence. So let's have one standard. This is an
exciting and historic campaign. One of us is going to make history, which
is thrilling to me. I've worked all my life on behalf of civil rights and
women's rights and human rights, and so I want a good, vigorous campaign
about the differences between us and our various qualifications and
experiences to be the president that America needs.

MR. RUSSERT: It just isn't at Senator Obama who is taking offense. This
is exactly what President Clinton said in Dartmouth. Here's the tape.

(Videotape, Hanover, New Hampshire, Monday):

PRES. BILL CLINTON: Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest
fairy tale I've ever seen.

(End videotape)

MR. RUSSERT: Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina, who's
neutral...

SEN. CLINTON: Mm-hmm.

MR. RUSSERT: ...said this, "To call that dream a fairy tale, which Bill
Clinton seemed to be doing, could very well be insulting to some of us."

SEN. CLINTON: Tim, let me--let me just stop you right there.

MR. RUSSERT: But, no...

SEN. CLINTON: No, wait a minute.

MR. RUSSERT: No, I didn't stop you. Let me just go through...

SEN. CLINTON: No, but you did not give the entire quote and so...

MR. RUSSERT: No, but you...

SEN. CLINTON: The entire quote was clearly about the position on Iraq.

MR. RUSSERT: But I'm...

SEN. CLINTON: It was not about the entire candidacy. It was not about the
extraordinary, you know, abilities.

MR. RUSSERT: But Congressman--but Congressman Clyburn has been covering
this race. Donna Brazile, herself a longtime activist in the Democratic
Party, this is what she said. Here's Donna Brazile.

(Videotape, Tuesday):

MS. DONNA BRAZILE: As an African American, I find his words and his tone
to be very depressing.

(End videotape)

MR. RUSSERT: So these are people who are not supporters of Obama, who are
listening. Let me just go to the Martin Luther King thing because you had
your opportunity to talk about this at the beginning of the show and I
want to lay this out for our viewers. This is how The New York Times
categorized it. "In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Mrs. Clinton
... tried to make a point about presidential leadership. `Dr. King's
dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights
Act of '64.' Mrs. Clinton said in trying to make the case that her
experience should mean to voters than the uplifting words of Mr. Obama.
`It took a president to get it done.'" Again, Congressman Clyburn, "We
have to be very, very careful about how we speak about that era in
American politics. ... That bothered me a great deal."

A writer in the Washington Post today, a black woman said it's as if you
are minimizing "I Have a Dream." That you're saying it's a nice
sentiment, but it took a white president to get blacks to the
mountaintop.

SEN. CLINTON: Well, you know, I...

MR. RUSSERT: That's her take.

SEN. CLINTON: I understand the taking out of context and the
mischaracterization. I've spoken with Congressman Clyburn. I have spoken
with a number of my very strong and adamant supporters, but Tim, I can't
let you get away with that mischaracterization and those snippets. I was
responding to a speech that Senator Obama gave in New Hampshire where he
did compare himself to President Kennedy and to Dr. King. You know,
President Kennedy served in the Congress for 14 years, he was a war hero.
He'd been engaged in many of the battles that led to his election in the
1960 election. Dr. King had been on the front lines. He had been leading
a movement. But Dr. King understood, which is why he made it very clear,
that there has to be a coming to terms of our country politically in
order to make the changes that would last for generations beyond the
iconic, extraordinary speeches that he gave. That's why he campaigned for
Lyndon Johnson in 1964. That's why he was there when those great pieces
of legislation were passed. Does he deserve the lion's share of the
credit for moving our country and moving our political process? Yes, he
does. But he also had partners who were in the political system.

And I think it is such an unfair and unwarranted attempt to, you know,
misinterpret and mischaracterize what I've said. Look at what I've done
my entire life. I have been working on behalf of civil rights, women's
rights, human rights for years and I know how challenging it is to change
our political system and I have the highest regard for those who have put
themselves on the line. You know, Congressman Clyburn was part of that
movement. So many of the people whom I admire in my country who have
given of themselves to make these changes went into politics in order to
realize the changes, worked to elect people in order to make the changes.

You know, this is, you know, an unfortunate story line that the Obama
campaign has pushed very successfully. They've been putting out talking
points, they've been making this, they've been telling people in a very
selective way what the facts are. And I'm glad to have the opportunity to
set the facts straight.

MR. RUSSERT: In Newsweek, you gave an interview to Jon Meacham, and you
talked about the personal narrative that candidates develop. You seem to
compare Barack Obama to, you say, demagogues like Huey Long.

SEN. CLINTON: Oh, that is so untrue and unfair. Look, if you are running
for president based primarily on a speech you gave in 2002 and speeches
you have given since, most notably at the Democratic Convention, then I
think it is fair to say we need to know more beyond the words. You know,
if you are part of American political history, you know that the speeches
are essential to frame an issue, to inspire and lift up people. But when
the cameras are gone and when the lights are out, what happens next? How
do you translate your words into deeds?

And I think, you know, starting in New Hampshire it became clear that one
of the significant contrasts in this campaign is between talking and
doing, between rhetoric and reality. And I have the greatest regard for
rhetoric and particularly the ability that Senator Obama has to, you
know, lift our sights and our hearts with his oratory. But I think it is
fair to point out that he has not had a record of actually producing
positive change. Translating those words into action is something that is
the, you know, the slow, hard, boring of hard boards in politics, and I
think that people, you know, deserve to ask themselves questions about
that contrast.

MR. RUSSERT: You use the terms in Newsweek you'd be a work horse, and
suggested he's a show horse. Isn't that a bit patronizing?

SEN. CLINTON: No. There's a wonderful phrase in Senate lexicon whether
senators are show horses or work horses. And what I was saying is that
when I arrived in the Senate in 2001, a lot of people thought I'd be a
show horse, you know, somebody who frankly was on your show all the time,
Tim, somebody who was doing the press conferences all the time. But I
said to my colleagues the very first day that we went into session, I
intend to be a work horse, because I think it's important the results you
deliver for people. That...

MR. RUSSERT: Is Senator Obama a work horse or a show horse?

SEN. CLINTON: I was talking about myself. I believe I am a work horse. I
believe that that is what our country needs right now. We need a
president who will, you know, roll up our sleeves collectively as a
nation and tackle the problems that we confront. And that's what I've
been doing. You know, here in South Carolina, 68,000 children have
healthcare because of the Children's Health Insurance Plan that I helped
to create 10 years ago.

MR. RUSSERT: In New Hampshire, now, the famous scene in Portsmouth where
you showed some emotion, was that exhaustion, frustration? What was it?

SEN. CLINTON: No. It was actually, Tim, a moment of real emotional
connection. Those of us who are running for office and holding office, I
know it may be hard to believe, we're also human beings. And when I spend
my time out on the campaign trail, it's usually about what I can do for
somebody else. You know, I'm very other directed. I don't like talking
about myself, I don't like, you know, sort of the, the whole atmosphere
of how people, you know, are judged in American politics too often as to,
you know, what you say instead of what you do. And so for me it's always
about what can I do for you? How can I help you? And I was very touched
when that woman said, "Well, how are you doing? How do you get up in the
morning?" Because really, the question is for so many of the people that
I meet, how does anybody get up in the morning?

I just went door-to-door in Las Vegas. I met construction workers who've
lost their jobs, I met a man who's been laid off from the casinos because
the economy is beginning to go down. I meet people who can't get
healthcare for their families, people who are just distressed over, you
know, what is happening in our country. So when somebody asks me, "How do
you get up?" it really triggered in me, you know, the feeling that, you
know, that's what I, I want us all to think about each other. How do we
get up? How do we, you know, pull on our shoes, go out and deal with the
problems America faces. That's what I intend to do as president.

MR. RUSSERT: The woman who asked the question said the next day that she
wound up voting for Barack Obama.

SEN. CLINTON: Mm-hmm.

MR. RUSSERT: Because after your emotional moment, she said that, "You
stiffened up and took on a political posture again," and said that some,
"Some of us are right, some of us are wrong, some of us are ready and
some of us are not." Do you believe that Barack Obama is ready to be
president?

SEN. CLINTON: Look, this is up to the voters of our country to determine.
But I want them to have accurate information about our respective
records, what we've accomplished, the working that each of us have done
when given a chance to serve. And I think it is relevant. I mean, we face
huge problems at home and around the world. Nobody can diminish those.
And the next president is going to walk into that Oval Office on day one
having to end the war in Iraq, having to deal with what's happening in
Afghanistan, the Middle East and across the world, dealing with our tough
problems from the economy going south to 47 million people uninsured. And
I think we're going to need a president who has really prepared and
thought about what to do on that very first day. That is...

MR. RUSSERT: But is...

SEN. CLINTON: You know, that is my case to...

MR. RUSSERT: But is Barack Obama ready to be president?

SEN. CLINTON: That is up for voters to decide, Tim. You know, you can ask
that question of him, voters can ask that question, but that's what I
want. I thought the campaign really started at the debate in New
Hampshire. For the first time we really had a debate that compared and
contrasted our records. When Senator Obama was asked, what is your major
accomplishment in the Senate, he said it was passing ethics reform and
getting legislators to be prohibited from having lunch with lobbyists.
And then, you know, Charlie Gibson said, "Well, wait a minute. You can
have lunch if you're standing up, not if you're sitting down." So if
that's his main claim for legislative accomplishment, people deserve to
know that. And finally, in New Hampshire, we had an atmosphere where
tough questions were asked and answered. I answered hundreds and hundreds
of questions, saw thousands and thousands of people, and I think that the
results really speak to what people are hungry for. They want to get
beyond, you know, just the coverage of the campaign, to really understand
what motivates us, what we bring to this campaign, and what we will do as
president.

MR. RUSSERT: If you don't think Senator Obama is ready to be president,
then he wouldn't be ready for vice president.

SEN. CLINTON: Well, you know, I'm not--you're once again taking words I
didn't say. I'm asking people to compare and contrast our records. I
believe that we need a president ready on day one. I'm putting forth my
qualifications, my experience, my 35 years of proven, tested leadership,
sometimes, as you well know, you know, walking through the fires, being
prepared to take on whatever the Republicans send our way. I want people
to make an informed decision. Look, I trust voters. Voters decide on
whatever basis they think is important to them. I just want them to have
a full range of information to make that decision.

MR. RUSSERT: We had the event in New Hampshire, the so-called emotional
event. When I did the debate with Rick Lazio, with you in Buffalo in
2000, Mr. Lazio walked over to your podium and asked you to sign a
document that banned soft money, and people said that he had violated
your space. One of your campaign advisers said he was menacing. After the
Philadelphia debate, your campaign said that the men were piling on,
which led some women, commentators, writers, to say this. Maureen Dowd:

"If the gender game worked when Rick Lazio muscled into her space, why
shouldn't it work when Obama and Edwards muster some mettle? If she could
become a senator by playing the victim ... surely she can become
president by playing the victim now."

Ruth Marcus, Washington Post: "Hillary Clinton doesn't need to play the
woman-as-victim card ... using gender this way is a setback."

SEN. CLINTON: Well, you know, I don't think that either of us should use
gender. I don't think this campaign is about gender, and I sure hope it's
not about race. It needs to be about the individuals. Each of us is
running for the highest position, the most difficult job in the world.
And, you know, I am, I think, very clearly someone who's gone through a
tremendous amount of criticism, you know. That's fine. I'm more than
willing to shoulder that. I think voters and viewers can draw their own
conclusions when they watch whatever it is that we are doing.

And I believe that, you know, for me, this is about who is ready on day
one. And much of what I've gone through in my entire life is, I believe,
preparation for being able to go into that Oval Office. Clearly, I bring
the experiences of women. As a daughter, as a mother, as a wife, as a
sister. That is who I am. Those experiences are part of me. And it is
part of our American journey that we have moved through so much of what
used to hold people back because of gender, because of race. Are we there
yet? Is the journey over? I don't think so, and I don't think any fair
person would say that.

So we still have to overcome barriers and obstacles. And the very fact
that Barack and I are in this campaign, each of us having won one of the
first two contests, being prepared to take our case to the country, I
think will do more to put to rest so many of these old shibboleths, and
all of the, you know, kind of commentary and punditry. Just look at us as
individuals. Take us as to who we are, analyze our records, compare and
contrast us, and then let the American people make their own decision.

MR. RUSSERT: Let me turn to Iraq. You brought it up. President Bush had
talked to General Petraeus the other day. General Petraeus is to report
back to Congress in March. If General Petraeus says the surge is working,
that reconciliation started in a big way yesterday when the Iraqi
parliament said that former members of the Saddam government can
participate in new government, don't pull 35,000 troops out now, keep
them there for at least the remainder of the year, would you be open to
that?

SEN. CLINTON: No, and here's why, Tim. The surge was certainly explained
and rationalized as giving the Iraqi government space and time to make
the hard decisions that they needed to make. 2007 was the deadliest year
for American troops, and, you know, from my perspective, part of the
reason that the Iraqis are doing anything is because they see this
election happening and they know they don't have much time, that the
blank check that George Bush gave them is about to be torn up. I have
said that as soon as I become president, I will ask the Joint Chiefs,
secretary of defense, my security advisers to give me a plan to begin
withdrawing our troops within 60 days.

The reason I have to do that is because last spring, I asked for a
briefing on what the planning was. Secretary of defense and the
Department of Defense basically said "We're not going to tell you." And I
said, "Well, yes you are." We had such a briefing. It was classified. I
can't talk about it, but the bottom line is it was cursory. I don't think
that the Bush White House wants there to be much planning. So starting on
day one of my presidency, we will begin that planning. We will begin to
withdraw our troops within 60 days. I think we can take out one to two
brigades a month. At the same time, I will put increasing pressure on the
Iraqi government. I will engage in a full diplomatic effort to work with
the countries in the region and others who have an interest in the
stability of Iraq.

But Tim, I think that the large part of the reason that we're seeing the
Iraqi government do anything is because time is running out. And yes, I
believe President Bush will give them the rest of this year no matter
what we try to do, and we don't have the votes to reverse course. But as
of January 20, 2009, we will begin to bring our troops out of Iraq.
Therefore, I certainly believe it's in the interests of the Iraqi
government and the people of Iraq that a lot of this reconciliation that
I've been calling for going back four or five years start and actually
get implemented now.

MR. RUSSERT: If General Petraeus says, "Senator, in September you called
the surge the suspension of belief. It has worked, and you know it's
worked"--let me finish--"you can see on the ground. I'm saying to you,
Senator, or president-elect Clinton, don't destroy Iraq. It's working,
the surge is working. Keep troops there just a few more months to get
this reconciliation complete."

SEN. CLINTON: Tim, I'm going to go back to what the whole point of the
surge was, and the testimony that we heard last fall. The point of the
surge was to push the Iraqi government to make these tough choices. Now,
if we put in 30,000 of our finest young men and women, who are going to
go after the bad guys and quell violence in certain parts of Iraq,
there's no doubt that can be done. The partnerships that have been
created by the tribal sheiks in Anbar province and elsewhere gave us an
extra advantage. But that doesn't in any way undermine the basic reality.
The point of the surge was to quickly move the Iraqi government and Iraqi
people. That is only now beginning to happen, and I believe in large
measure because the Iraqi government, they watch us, they listen to us. I
know very well that they follow everything that I say. And my commitment
to begin withdrawing our troops in January of 2009 is a big factor, as it
is with Senator Obama, Senator Edwards, those of us on the Democratic
side. It is a big factor in pushing the Iraqi government to finally do
what they should have been doing all along.

MR. RUSSERT: Let me bring you back to October 10 of 2002, when the Senate
had to vote on the authorization to go to war. This was Senator Clinton
on the floor of the Senate.

(Videotape, October 10, 2002):

SEN. CLINTON: So it is with conviction that I support this resolution as
being in the best interest of our nation. And it is a vote that says
clearly to Saddam Hussein, this is your last chance. Disarm or be
disarmed.

(End videotape)

MR. RUSSERT: Casting your vote for conviction for the authorization for
use of military force against Iraq resolution. That same week Senator
Obama gave a speech, and this is what he said: "I know that Saddam poses
no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors.
... I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S.
occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with
undetermined consequences. I know that" "invasion of Iraq without a clear
rationale" "without strong international support will only fan the flames
of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than the best,
impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of
al-Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars."

Who had the better judgment at that time?

SEN. CLINTON: Well, Tim, let's put this in context. You didn't show my
entire speech--of course, you don't have time to do that--because I made
it very clear that my vote was not a vote for preemptive war. I said that
on the floor, I said it consistently after that. It was a vote to put
inspectors back in to determine what threat Saddam Hussein did in fact
pose. And in Senator Obama's recent book, he clearly says he thought that
Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological weapons, and that he still
coveted nuclear weapons. His judgment was that, at the time in 2002, we
didn't need to make any efforts. My belief was we did need to pin Saddam
down, put inspectors in. But I said I was against preemptive war, I spoke
out against it.

But let's look at the--let's look at the...

MR. RUSSERT: But...

SEN. CLINTON: Wait a minute, let me finish.

MR. RUSSERT: It's, it's import...

SEN. CLINTON: Let's look at the entire context.

MR. RUSSERT: Well, let's just...

SEN. CLINTON: Because by 2004, Tim, by the summer of 2004, Senator Obama
said he wasn't sure how he would have voted. And when you asked him about
that, he said, well, he didn't want to say something that could have hurt
our nominees, Senator Kerry and Senator Edwards. Well, the fact is he's
always said he doesn't take positions for political reasons. That is a
political explanation. If he was against the war in 2002, he should've
strongly spoke out in 2004. He should've followed what he said in his
speech, which was that he would not vote for funding in '05, '06 and '07.
That is inconsistent with what he is now running his campaign on. The
story of his campaign is premised on that speech.

MR. RUSSERT: Viewers can read the transcript from November 11 when I did
talk to Senator Obama about this. He also added that from his vantage
point, the administration had not made the case, but let people read it
and make up their own minds.

I want to stay with your vote because that same day, Senator Levin
offered an amendment, the Levin amendment, and this is how the New York
Times reported it. "The [Levin] amendment called ... for the U.N. to pass
a new resolution explicitly approving the use of force against Iraq. It
also required the president to return to Congress if his U.N. efforts
failed." ... Senator Levin said, "Allow Congress to vote only after
exhausting all options with the United States." You did not participate
in that vote. You voted against Carl Levin, who was saying give diplomacy
a chance and yet you said no. You voted to authorize war. The resolution
you voted for, Robert Byrd said was a blank check for George Bush. Ted
Kennedy says it was a vote for war. James Carville and Paul Begala said
anyone who says that vote wasn't a vote for war is bunk.

SEN. CLINTON: Well, Tim, if I had a lot of paper in front of me, I could
quote people who say something very differently, so I know you're very
good at this and I respect it, but let's look at the context here. Number
one, the Levin amendment, in my view, gave the Security Council of the
United Nations a veto over American presidential power. I don't believe
that is an appropriate policy for the United States, no matter who is our
president.

Number two, I have the greatest respect for Senator Levin. He is my
chairman on the Senate Armed Services Committee. And I--immediately after
we did have the vote on the authorization, went to work with him to try
to make sure that every piece of intelligence we had was given to the
U.N. inspectors. And Senator Levin and I sent a letter to Secretary
Powell, we pushed that position very hard because we both had the same
view that we were going to put inspectors back in and we needed to let
the inspectors do the job that they were asked to do.

Number three, I actually joined with Senator Byrd on an amendment that
would limit the president's authorization to one year. I was very
strongly in favor of limiting what President Bush could do.
Unfortunately, that amendment did not pass.

Fourth, it is absolutely unfair to say that the vote as Chuck Hagel, who
was one of the architects of the resolution, has said, was a vote for
war. It was a vote to use the threat of force against Saddam Hussein, who
never did anything without being made to do so.

MR. RUSSERT: The title of the act was The Authorization For Use of
Military Force Against Iraq resolution.

SEN. CLINTON: But, you know, Tim, that was exactly what would happen if
we weren't successful with the diplomacy and if we weren't successful in
persuading Hussein to do something. And let me just add here that when we
were moving toward the preemptive war that George Bush decided to wage,
the inspectors were in Iraq, we were getting information, finally, that
would give us a basis for knowing. I believe if the inspectors had been
allowed to do their work, we would've learned that what Saddam Hussein
had constructed was a charade. It could've very well brought him down by
his own people.

Now, we can sit here and argue about 2002 or we can say what has happened
since and what needs to happen going forward in the future. And I think
that you have two different story lines here. You have Senator Obama's
story line, the speech he gave in '02, to his credit, which then was not
followed up on. By '03, it was off his Web site. By '04, he was saying he
didn't know he would vote and that he basically agreed with George Bush
on the conduct of the war. There were others, Tim, who voted against it,
spoke out against it and never wavered over that period of time.

MR. RUSSERT: But you voted for all the funding for the war.

SEN. CLINTON: I did. I never--I'm not premising my campaign on something
different.

MR. RUSSERT: And then until '06 was against the timetable.

SEN. CLINTON: But I did what I--my principle concern has always been
doing what I thought was best for our country and what I thought was best
for our troops. I'm not here saying anything different than that. I'm not
giving you a story line that does not hold up...

MR. RUSSERT: But did he have better...

SEN. CLINTON: ...under the facts and the times we were in.

MR. RUSSERT: Did he have better judgment in October of 2002?

SEN. CLINTON: You know, look, judgment is not a single snapshot. Judgment
is what you do across the course of your life and your career.

MR. RUSSERT: A vote for war is a very important vote.

SEN. CLINTON: Well, you know, Tim, we can have this Jesuitical argument
about what exactly was meant. You know, when Chuck Hagel, who helped to
draft the resolution, said it was not a vote for war, when I was told
directly by the White House in response to my question, "if you are given
this authority, will you put the inspectors in and permit them to finish
their job," I was told that's exactly what we intended to do. Now, I
think it's important to take a look at the entire context here. If
Senator Obama's going to get credit for his speech and his position
against the war, then he deserves to be asked what happened in '03, '04,
'05, '06 and '07. I voted for the authorization...

MR. RUSSERT: I asked him those very questions...

SEN. CLINTON: And his answer was very political.

MR. RUSSERT: ...in November.

SEN. CLINTON: I mean, his whole point is that he doesn't make political
decisions.

MR. RUSSERT: Let me, let me ask you this way. Doris Kearns Goodwin,
presidential historian, I talked to her and she's been on MEET THE PRESS,
talked about the qualities in a president. And she said one of the most
important is that you learn from mistakes. Looking back on your vote in
October of 2002, what can you learn from that mistake, the way you'll
make decisions in the future?

SEN. CLINTON: Well, I have said that obviously, I would never do again
what George Bush did with that vote. He misused and abused the authority
that was given to him, in my opinion. And we can't turn the clock back.
I've taken responsibility for it. It was a sincere vote at the time,
based on my assessment of, number one, what the potential, you know,
risks might be if left unchecked, given the problems that we were facing
in the world with global terrorism, and the hope that we would get
inspectors back in to figure out what had been going on since '98. We
hadn't had inspectors since '98. I, I would not have given President Bush
the authority if I knew he would deliberately misuse and abuse it. And as
I said, I was told by the White House personally that the point of the
authority was to send a very clear message to Saddam Hussein that he was
going to have to be held accountable finally, that we would know once and
for all what he had there that could be used as he had used it in the
past.

But you know, Tim, I think that it's only fair to look at the entire
context, because, you know, I was against a preemptive war. I said at the
time that would be a mistake. Obviously, President Bush doesn't listen to
me or a lot of other people, and unfortunately, we're in the situation we
are now, and we're going to have to have very careful and steady
leadership to get us out with the least amount of damage.

MR. RUSSERT: Again, learning from mistake, do you wish you had read the
National Intelligence Estimate, which had a lot of caveats from the State
Department and the Energy Department as to whether or not Saddam Hussein
really had a biological and chemical and active nuclear program?

SEN. CLINTON: I was fully briefed by the people who wrote that. I was
briefed by the people from, you know, the State Department, the CIA, the
Department of Defense; all of the various players in that. And many
people who read it--well, actually, not very many people read the whole
thing because we were getting constant briefings. And people--some people
read it and voted for the resolution, some people read it and voted
against the resolution. I felt very well briefed. And it wasn't just what
the Bush administration was telling us in the NIE, I went way outside of
any kind of Bush administration sources; independent people, people from
the Clinton administration, people in the British government. I looked as
broadly as I could at how to assess this.

And if, of course, you see the vote as I saw it as opposed as how it's
been characterized, I thought it was a vote to put inspectors back in, to
make it very clear that Saddam Hussein wouldn't be able to go off
unchecked. If those inspectors had been permitted to do the job that they
were set up to do, we would have avoided war. It became clear in
retrospect, Tim, once people started writing books and information came
out of the administration, the president had no intention of letting the
inspectors do their job. That's not what I was told by the Bush White
House. That's not what we were told in constant briefings from high-level
Bush administration officials. That's not what the president told the
country in his speech in Cincinnati shortly before the vote. If you
remember, he said this vote was the best chance to avoid some kind of
confrontation.

MR. RUSSERT: We're going to take a quick break. We'll be back in South
Carolina with more of our conversation with Senator Hillary Clinton,
Democratic candidate for president, right after this.

(Announcements)

MR. RUSSERT: And we're back talking to Senator Hillary Clinton. In a few
moments, the presidential primary: Iowa and New Hampshire are down. Next
up, Nevada, South Carolina. We'll be right back.

(Announcements)

MR. RUSSERT: And we are back in South Carolina. The Democratic primary
here a week from Saturday. Our guest is Senator Hillary Clinton, the
Democrat from New York, candidate for president.

Experience is a big issue in this campaign...

SEN. CLINTON: Mm-hmm.

MR. RUSSERT: ...that your campaign has talked about extensively. I want
to go back to a debate back in October of 1992, when a young governor
from Arkansas was talking about experience. Let's listen.

(Videotape, October 11, 1992):

Pres. CLINTON: I believe experience counts, but it's not everything.

We need a new approach. The same old experience is not relevant.

And you can have the right kind of experience and the wrong kind of
experience. Mine is rooted in the real lives of real people, and it will
bring real results if we have the courage to change.

(End videotape)

MR. RUSSERT: That could've been written by Barack Obama.

SEN. CLINTON: Well, you know, by the time Bill ran in 1992, he was the
senior most serving governor in our country. He had done a lot of work on
the economic and trade issues that affected the state of Arkansas. And I
do think that there's not a contradiction between experience and change.
I think that they have been somehow put in these opposing categories, and
I don't think that's the way that we make decisions in our life. What the
question is is who has the experience we need to make the changes we
want. And I believe that my experience over the course of 35 years of my
life equips me very well to do exactly what Bill said in that clip.

I am rooted in the real lives of real people. That is what I've cared
about, that's what motivates me. That's what I want to do as president.
And so when I go out, it is to talk with people about what I can do to
help them, and it is a reflection then of everything that I have done
over the course of my life, you know, as a public servant, as a public
office holder. I just think it's imperative that we quit this false
distinction. It is who has the experience we need to make the changes we
want. And we need and want to have it happen in America, and I believe
that I am tested and ready and prepared to do it.

You know, we just spent the most--the first part of the program talking
about a speech and vote from 2002. What people are talking to me about is
the economy. They're losing their jobs. You know, economic activity is
slowing down. We need to focus very clearly on what we're going to do to
make this economy as, you know, ready to be able to navigate through the
potential of a recession. We're slipping toward recession. Some people
think we're in recession right now. And I've proposed a very vigorous
package of economic action that I think would, you know, forestall and
maybe, hopefully mitigate against what is going on in the economy.

MR. RUSSERT: You don't pay for it.

SEN. CLINTON: Well, you know, Tim, I am probably the strongest on fiscal
responsibility in this campaign. Senator Edwards, I respect, he said
that's not a priority for him. Senator Obama puts out a lot of his
policies without paying for them, about 50 billion, as we have
calculated. I have paid for everything. I tell you how I will pay for my
healthcare plan, how I will pay for the American retirement accounts.

MR. RUSSERT: But not for this stimulus.

SEN. CLINTON: But this--stimulus shouldn't be paid for. The whole point
of stimulus--now, as we end the war in Iraq, we're going to be bringing
that money home. But the stimulus, by the very nature of the economic
problems we're facing, is going to require an injection of federal
funding. And I would start with the mortgage crisis. You know, I've been
doing events in Nevada and California, which have very high rates of
mortgage foreclosure. I want to have a moratorium on foreclosures for 90
days so we can try to work them out. I want to freeze interest rates for
five years, and I want to have a $30 billion package that will go in and
try to stabilize the housing market and stabilize communities that are
going to be affected by that.

MR. RUSSERT: But, Senator, many people opted for those cheaper mortgages.
They could've had a fixed mortgage at a higher rate, but they opted for a
cheaper one. Should they not bear some responsibility?

SEN. CLINTON: Well, Tim, I think all of us should. But I'd say three
things about that. The bankers, the mortgage lenders, the brokers, all
bear a lot of the responsibility, because many of the practices that were
followed were just downright predatory and fraudulent. There is no doubt
about that. I started talking about this last March. A lot of people got
into subprime loans who frankly could've been in a conventional
fixed-rate loan. They were basically told that this was a better
opportunity for them. Should they take responsibility? Yes, but look at
what will happen if we continue this cascade of foreclosures. Housing
values are down. They're down 6 percent. That's over $1.3 trillion in
housing values in the last year. So everybody bears some responsibility.
I went to Wall Street last month to tell Wall Street they had to be part
of the solution because they sure had been part of the problem.

What I have proposed would begin to stabilize the situation as it is
today. You know, even Alan Greenspan said give money to homeowners so
that they can be able to withstand the pressures of this mortgage crisis.
I would do it a little differently, but I think the--we're seeing the
same problem. If we allow these foreclosures to continue, we are going to
be facing even a deeper and longer set of economic problems. So I think
we've got to take action now.

MR. RUSSERT: You say you've been deeply involved in the eight years of
the Clinton administration. One of the powers given to a president is the
power of pardon. At the end of the president's second term, he granted
140 pardons, including one to Marc Rich, someone who had been convicted
of tax evasion, fraud and making illegal oil deals with Iran. Were you
involved in that pardon?

SEN. CLINTON: No. I didn't know anything about that.

MR. RUSSERT: No one talked to you whatsoever?

SEN. CLINTON: No. No. Unh-unh.

MR. RUSSERT: His ex-wife gave $109,000 to your campaign.

SEN. CLINTON: Well, no one talked to me about it, Tim.

MR. RUSSERT: Nobody?

SEN. CLINTON: Nobody.

MR. RUSSERT: Your two brothers proposed people for pardons and you were
paid money. One brother, you asked to give the money back.

SEN. CLINTON: That's right. That's right.

MR. RUSSERT: Were you aware your brothers were involved?

SEN. CLINTON: No, I was not.

MR. RUSSERT: If you're president, will you make a pledge that your family
will not recommend people...

SEN. CLINTON: Absolutely. Absolutely.

MR. RUSSERT: And you'll file--follow Justice Department guidelines?

SEN. CLINTON: Yes. Yes. Well, number one, I want to have a much more
transparent government, and I think we now have the tools to make that
happen. You know, I said the other night at an event in New Hampshire, I
want to have as much information about the way our government operates on
the Internet so the people who pay for it, the taxpayers of America, can
see that. I want to be sure that, you know, we actually have like agency
blogs. I want people in all the government agencies to be communicating
with people, you know, because for me, we're now in an era--which didn't
exist before--where you can have instant access to information, and I
want to see my government be more transparent. I want to make sure that
we limit, if we can't eliminate all the no-bid contracts, the cronyism, I
want to cut 500,000 government contractors.

MR. RUSSERT: But follow Justice Department guidelines on pardons?

SEN. CLINTON: Absolutely. Absolutely.

MR. RUSSERT: Back in 1998, a very painful period for you, beginning of
the Lewinsky scandal, you said, "This may be the result of a vast
right-wing conspiracy." Do you believe that the vast right-wing
conspiracy still exists?

SEN. CLINTON: Oh, I don't know. I haven't paid much attention to it for
about 10 years. I really don't have any idea. I know that I've been
involved in, you know, championing causes I care deeply about for a very
long time. And that does sometimes draw a little bit of controversy and
criticism. Some of it's organized, but you know, I'm just too busy to
worry about that.

MR. RUSSERT: The voters who voted for you in New Hampshire were asked
also who would be the most likely to unite the country. And it was quite
interesting. This is what they said: Obama 51, Clinton 28. That's a state
that you carried, yet they say that Barack Obama would unite the country.
Why?

SEN. CLINTON: Well, I believe that my record of uniting New York, of
going to the Senate, when people said I wouldn't work with Republicans
and Republicans wouldn't work with me, is evidence. You know, I am
willing to find common ground wherever I can, Tim, but I also know you
have to stand your ground. I don't believe that the political system in
Washington will immediately just lie down and give up. You know it better
than anybody. The interests are deeply entrenched. You know, they've gone
after me consistently for 16 years and I bear some scars from that
because I have stood up against them on universal healthcare, for
example. I'm proud of those scars because yes, I will find common ground
and create solutions to our problems, but I am against a lot of what
those on the other side want to do to our country.

MR. RUSSERT: A lot of Democrats have--are concerned about that, as to
whether you can win a general election. Again, this is New Hampshire.
Who's most likely to win the general election? Again, they say Obama by a
margin of 44 to 35. The Wall Street Journal and NBC News had a poll where
we matched Clinton-Huckabee to Obama-Huckabee. Let me take you through
that. Clinton is 46; Huckabee 44. Obama is 48; Huckabee's 32. And when
you look at the independent voters, it's Clinton 35, Huckabee 46; Obama
wins independents 40 to 35. Obama gets 20 percent of the Republican vote.
Why is that? Why is there--independents and Republican resistance to you?

SEN. CLINTON: You know, Tim, one think I think everybody should've
learned after New Hampshire is let's not pay so much attention to polls,
you know. We need to let voters actually make up their minds, and voters
who will see and judge each of us in the Democratic primary and then in
the general election. You know, there are other polls we could put up
done by other networks and other kinds of outlets that have different
results. I don't pay much attention to any of that. I think that the fact
is that we're taking our case to the American people. We're taking it on
a day-by-day, week-by-week basis. And I'm very--you know, I'm very
gratified by the positive response. But I didn't pay attention to polls
before New Hampshire and I'm not going to start paying attention to it
after New Hampshire.

Whoever is nominated, and it's likely to be Senator Obama or myself, will
get a fresh look by the people of America, will get an increased amount
of, you know, questions about who we are and where we're from. Because
all of a sudden it becomes real. You've covered this for a long time. You
know, when my husband ran in '92, he finally clinched the nomination in
June in California. He was running third behind President Bush and behind
Ross Perot. Others of our candidates on both sides of the aisle start out
behind and wage a winning campaign.

So I think what people who are concerned about electability should be
looking at is number one, who can be the best president, the best
president from day one, who is prepared, who has taken tough positions,
because you're going to have to take them. You know, Senator Obama voted
present 130 times in the state Senate. When you're president, you can't
vote present. You have to make a decision. Sometimes it's a split second
decision. You don't have time to, you know, think about it. You've got to
actually decide. So I'm going to take the case to the country as the
nominee that I've been tested, I've been proven. I have the experience we
need to make the changes we want and I think that's a winning case, and,
you know, whomever the Republicans nominate.

MR. RUSSERT: In Iowa, you expressed concern that the time of the caucus
prevented a lot of shift workers from voting, they were disenfranchised.

SEN. CLINTON: Right.

MR. RUSSERT: You may confront the same thing in Nevada. They have now
scheduled, the state party there, to have caucuses at the place of work
so that shift workers can show up. Many people, minorities particularly,
supporters of yours, have filed a suit to try to stop having those caucus
locations at the workplace. Do you support that suit?

SEN. CLINTON: Well, first of all, I don't think it's supporters of mine.
There seems to be some misunderstanding about that. I was asked yesterday
in Reno. The teachers union who brought the suit has not endorsed me, and
so I think their concern is to have as many people participate as
possible, which is certainly what it should be. This is now in the
courts. The courts and the state party will have to work it out. But I
don't want to disenfranchise anybody. I want...


MR. RUSSERT: So why not drop the lawsuit and let people vote?

SEN. CLINTON: Well, that's up to the people who brought it.

MR. RUSSERT: Well, what's your view?

SEN. CLINTON: But Tim, as I understand it, there are a lot of people
working at many places who won't be able to work. The places for doing
the caucus are not at their workplace across the state. I mean,
that's--the caucus idea is for neighbors to get together to argue and
talk about their choices. The problem is that if you have a limited
period of time, as I've pointed out long before anything happened in
Nevada, you're going to essentially leave people out who can't be there
during those one to two hour periods of time. And so, you know, I haven't
read the lawsuit. The coverage of it seems to suggest that some people
are saying, "Well, wait a minute, what about us? Those are not our
workplaces. We have to be at work. How are we going to participate?" It's
up to the courts to work that out.

MR. RUSSERT: Doris Kearns Goodwin said, "What's the biggest public
adversity a person has ever faced?" What's yours?

SEN. CLINTON: Well, I think we all know that, we lived through it, didn't
we, and it's something that was very painful and very hurtful.

MR. RUSSERT: What did you learn from it?

SEN. CLINTON: Well, you know, first of all, it is who I am as a person. I
belive that you have to withstand whatever problems come your way. You
have to make the decisions that are best for you. You're going to get a
lot of advice coming from many different quarters to do things that don't
feel right to you, that don't reflect who you are and what your values
are. So you have to be grounded in who you are and what you believe. And
you're not always going to make the right decisions, but you have to be
guided by what you think is important, and that's what I've done.

MR. RUSSERT: Senator Clinton, we thank you very much for joining us here
in South Carolina and sharing your views, and we'll see you Tuesday night
in Nevada.

SEN. CLINTON: Thank you. Good to see you.

MR. RUSSERT: And we'll be right back.

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MR. TIM RUSSERT: Clinton, Edwards, Obama debate at 9 p.m., Tuesday night
on MSNBC. A special thanks to the great folks here at WIS in South
Carolina. What a great partner and team you are and we'll see you next
weekend because if it's Sunday, it's MEET THE PRESS.
 

 

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BONUS FEATURES:

-- DELETED SCENES

-- THE REIGN CONTINUES: MAKING "ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE": Cate

Blanchett, Clive Owen and Geoffrey Rush join director Shekhar Kapur in

this exclusive look at how the next chapter in the monarch's life came

to the big screen.

-- INSIDE ELIZABETH'S WORLD: Discover the secrets behind the film's

elaborate production design.

-- COMMANDING THE WINDS: CREATING THE ARMADA: An insider's look at how

the film's massive ships and dramatic battles were created.

-- TOWERS, COURTS AND CATHEDRAL: A look at the spectacular locations and

sets used in the film.

-- AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR SHEKHAR KAPUR

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Street Date: February 5, 2008

Price: $29.98 SRP Standard Definition; $39.98 HD DVD Combo Disc

Selection Number: 61033332 Widescreen; 61102688 HD DVD Combo Disc

Running Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Layers: Dual Layers

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1

Rating: PG-13 for violence, some sexuality and nudity.

Languages: English, Spanish, French

Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

CREDITS:

Cast: Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth"), Geoffrey Rush ("Pirates of the

Caribbean: At World's End"), Clive Owen ("Children of Men"), Rhys Ifans

("Notting Hill"), Jordi Molla ("Sultanes del Sur"), Abbie Cornish ("Stop

Loss") and Samantha Morton ("In America").

Directed by: Shekhar Kapur

Written by: William Nicholson, Michael Hirst

Produced by: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jonathan Cavendish

Executive Producers: Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin, Michael Hirst

Co-producer: Mary Richards

Director of Photography: Remi Adefarasin, BSC

Production Designer: Guy Hendrix Dyas

Editor: Jill Bilcock, ACE

Costume Designer: Alexandra Byrne

Makeup and Hair Designer: Jenny Shircore

Music by: Craig Armstrong, Ar Rahman

 

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (http://www.universalstudios.com/). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

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Web site: http://www.universalstudios.com/

 

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: 'American Gangster' as Never Before Seen!

The Original Theatrical Film AND The Unrated Extended Edition

AVAILABLE ON DVD & HD DVD February 19, 2008 FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

OVERVIEW: Inspired by a true story, "American Gangster," the grippingly intense crime-thriller acclaimed by critics and audiences as one of the best films of 2007, will be available in two versions on the exclusive "American Gangster" 2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition DVD that includes both an unrated, extended movie with over 18 additional minutes and an alternate ending PLUS the original theatrical film. Academy Award(R) winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe portray one of Harlem's most notorious crime bosses and the outcast cop who pursues him, respectively, ultimately leading to a climactic confrontation that alters the destiny of an entire generation in New York City. Directed by Ridley Scott and produced by Brian Grazer and Scott, "American Gangster" boasts an all-star cast including Josh Brolin, Ruby Dee, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Chiwetel Ejiofor, Armand Assante, Carla Gugino, and popular rap artists Common, RZA and Tip "T.I." Harris.

In addition, the "American Gangster" 3-Disc Collector's Edition, available for a limited time only, includes over five hours of bonus features, a 32-page collectible book and a downloadable digital copy of the unrated, extended film. Also available on February 19 is "Gangsters: The Ultimate Film Collection," a nine-disc set containing four of Hollywood's most iconic gangster films including "American Gangster," "Scarface," "Casino" and "Carlito's Way."

CONTENT BREAKDOWN / BONUS FEATURES:

2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition

Disc 1

-- Unrated Extended Version -- 18 additional minutes of never-before-seen

footage and an alternate ending

-- Original Theatrical Version Including Commentary with Director Ridley

Scott and Writer Steven Zaillian

 

Disc 2

-- Deleted Scenes- Including an alternate opening

-- Fallen Empire: Making "American Gangster"

-- Tru Blu: The Real Story: An in-depth look at the true story that

inspired the movie and the long road to developing the film.

Featuring interviews with the former real-life Harlem crime boss

Frank Lucas and now retired detective Richie Roberts

-- Killer Threads: A look at how the world of the 1970's was brought

back to life

-- Crime War: Follow production from the streets of NY to the jungles

of Thailand

-- Rhythm of the Streets: Look into the film's music, featuring tracks

such as "Do You Feel Me" performed by Anthony Hamilton

-- Into the Arena: Ali vs. Frazier: Setting up the infamous Ali-Frazier

fight

 

-- Case Files

-- Setting Up the Takedown -- Be on the set as Ridley Scott directs the

climactic drug bust and watch this master director at work

-- Script Meeting: A look into the production office where director

Ridley Scott, writer Steven Zaillian, and detective Richie Roberts

discuss the script and break down of the scenes.

-- Drug Test: Ridley Scott receives information on the preparation of

heroin from a New York detective

 

3-Disc Collector's Edition

Includes Above Bonus Features PLUS

-- Hip Hop Infusion -- Featuring popular rap artists Common and Tip "T.I."

Harris discussing their roles

-- Music Videos

-- Do You Feel Me (Remix) Performed by Anthony Hamilton featuring

Ghostface Killah

-- Blue Magic From Jay-Z's album "American Gangster"

-- BET Special -- The Making of "American Gangster"

-- Dateline NBC: "American Gangster" First Look

-- Digital Copy of the Unrated Extended Movie For Your PC

 

SYNOPSIS: Academy Award(R) winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe team with director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) in this powerful epic story. Armed with ruthless, streetwise tactics and a paradoxically strict sense of honor, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas's multimillion-dollar empire, both men are plunged into a legendary confrontation.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION: 2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition

Street Date: February 19, 2008

Copyright: 2007 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved

Selection Number: 61032280

Price: $29.98 SRP

Running Time: 2 Hour 38 Minutes

Layers: Dual Layers

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1

Rating: R for violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and

sexuality

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

3-Disc Unrated Extended Edition

Street Date: February 19, 2008

Price: $34.98 SRP

Gangsters: The Ultimate Film Collection

Street Date: February 19, 2008

Price: $69.98 SRP

 

CAST AND FILMMAKERS

Cast: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding,

Jr., Josh Brolin, Ted Levine, Armand Assante, John Ortiz, John Hawkes,

RZA, Lymari Nadal, Yul Vasquez, Ruby Dee, Idris Elba, Carla Gugino, Joe

Morton, Common, Tip "T.I." Harris.

Directed By: Ridley Scott

Produced By: Brian Grazer

Written By: Steven Zaillian

Executive Producers: Nicholas Pileggi, Steven Zaillian, Branko Lustig,

Jim Whitaker, Michael Costigan

Director of Photography: Harris Savides

Editor: Pietro Scalia

Production Designer: Arthur Max

Costume Designer: Janty Yates

Co-Producer: Jonathan Filley

Music By: Marc Streitenfeld

 

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (http://www.universalstudios.com/). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Web site: http://www.universalstudios.com/

 

Amanda Bynes Stars in the Hilarious Underdog Tale 'Sydney White' on DVD January 22, 2008 From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, Calif., -- OVERVIEW: America's sweetheart Amanda Bynes brings her trademark style of comedy to the funny and charming underdog tale, "Sydney White." When tomboy Sydney (Bynes) is banished from the most popular sorority on campus, she is taken in by seven socially challenged but endearing guys. With the help of her new friends, Sydney stands up for outcasts everywhere and takes on the reigning campus queen in a popularity showdown and battle for campus dominance. But can she succeed and also win the heart of gorgeous frat guy Tyler Prince? You'll love this hilarious and sweet age-old story with a charming modern-day twist.

BONUS FEATURES:

-- DELETED SCENES: Hilarious deleted scenes extend the fun of the film.

-- GAG REEL: Laugh with the cast as you watch their bloopers from the

set.

-- SYDNEY AND HER PRINCE: An in-depth look at the film's two main cast

members, Amanda Bynes and Matt Long. See what makes them tick while in

and out of character, and the chemistry the two had on set.

-- KAPPA'S FOREVER?: Meet the Kappa sorority sisters and find out if

sisterhood is all it's cracked up to be.

-- MEET THE DORKS: An endearing featurette on the film's lovable outcasts.

-- WELCOME TO THE VORTEX: Tour the infamous nerd palace in all its

squalor.

-- THE SKOOZE: Meet the beloved "mascot" Skoozer.

-- THE ORIGINAL DORK: Take a look inside the making of the movie with

director Joe Nussbaum as he and the cast discuss his directing style,

and the fun that was had on the set of Sydney White.

 

http://www.myyearbook.com/SydneyWhite

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Street Date: January 22, 2008

Copyright: 2007 Morgan Creek. All Rights Reserved.

Price: $29.98 SRP

Selection Number: 61102740 WS; 61102739 FF

Running Time: 1 hour 48 Minutes

Layers: Dual Layers

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1, Full Frame 1.33:1

Rating: PG-13 for some language, sexual humor and partying.

Languages: English, French

Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

 

CAST AND FILMMAKERS

Cast: Amanda Bynes (Hairspray), Sara Paxton (Aquamarine), Matt Long

(Ghost Rider), Jack Carpenter (TV's Held Up), Jeremy Howard (Accepted),

Crystal Hunt (TV's The Guiding Light) and John Schneider (TV's

Smallville)

Directed By: Joe Nussbaum

Produced By: James G. Robinson, Clifford Werber, David Robinson

Written By: Chad Gomez Creasey

Executive Producers: Guy McElwaine, Wayne Morris

Director of Photography: Mark Irwin CSC, ASC

Edited By: Danny Saphire

Production Designer: Mark Garner

Costume Designer: Beverly Safier

Co-Producer: Dara Resnik Creasey

Music By: Deborah Lurie

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (http://www.universalstudios.com/). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

 

 

 

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Battlestar Galactica: Season Three on DVD March 25, 2008

'One of the Best Dramas on TV' -Time Magazine

UNIVERSAL CITY, OVERVIEW: The adventure of one of television's finest dramas continues with Battlestar Galactica: Season Three from the immensely popular SCI FI Channel series, the Peabody Award-winning Battlestar Galactica. The Colonies' survivors have found their hopes of eluding their Cylon pursuers dashed by an invasion and occupation of their new home. As the fate of all human life hangs in the balance, friends become enemies, enemies become unexpected allies, and decisions are made that will haunt some people for the rest of their lives. Relive all 20 episodes of the season that challenges everything you thought you knew about the Battlestar Galactica universe. Presented in Dolby 5.1 surround sound, the 6-disc set features over 15 hours of extensive special features, including the DVD exclusive extended version of the episode "Unfinished Business" containing 25 additional minutes of never-before-seen footage.

With over 15 hours of special features presented in Dolby 5.1 surround sound, this thrilling season is a must own for any Battlestar fan!

BONUS FEATURES: The Battlestar Galactica: Season Three DVD is loaded with extras highlighted by an extended DVD exclusive version of the pivotal episode, "Unfinished Business" containing an additional 25 minutes of footage, insightful behind-the-scenes commentaries by series creator Ronald Moore and executive producer David Eick, and over 20 deleted scenes.

Disc 1

-- DELETED SCENES from episodes Occupation, Precipice, Exodus

-- Ronald Moore's Podcast Commentaries

Disc 2

-- DELETED SCENES from episodes Collaborators, Torn, A Measure of

Salvation

-- Battlestar Galactica -- The Resistance Webisodes

-- David Eick's Video Blogs for episodes Testimonials, Who Dies,

Prosthetics, Lucy and David, and Introducing Bulldog

-- Ronald Moore -- Podcast Commentaries for episodes Collaborators, Torn,

A Measure of Salvation

Disc 3

-- DELETED SCENES from episode Hero

-- HERO -- Commentary with Executive Producer David Eick

-- David Eick Video Blogs for episodes Characters, Adama on Adama, On the

Road, Episode 6 Read Through, Steve McNutt Gets a Video Blog, The

Soldier's Code: Leave No Man Behind

-- Ronald Moore's Podcast Commentaries for episodes Hero, Unfinished

Business with Grace Park and Tahmoh Penikett

Disc 4

-- DELETED SCENES from episodes The Passage, The Eye of Jupiter, Rapture

and Taking a Break from All Your Worries

-- Ronald Moore's Podcast Commentaries for The Passage, The Eye of

Jupiter, Rapture, Taking a Break from all Your Worries

Disc 5

-- DELETED SCENES from episodes The Woman King, A Day in the Life, Dirty

Hands and Maelstrom

-- Ronald Moore's Podcast Commentaries for The Woman Kind, A Day in the

Life, Dirty Hands, Maelstrom

Disc 6

-- DELETED SCENES from episodes The Son Also Rises, Crossroads Parts 1

and 2

-- Ronald Moore's Podcast -- The Son Also Rises (with actor Mark Shappard

and writer Michael Angeli), Crossroads Parts 1 and 2

-- David Eick's Video Blogs for episodes Takin' A Break From All Your

Worries, On The Road: Part 2, Some Guy Named Colin, Building a Better

Show, Katee's Scrapbook, Shooting

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Street Date: March 25, 2008

Pre-Order Close: February 19, 2008

Copyright: 2008 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved

Price: $59.98

Selection Number: 61101285 WS

Running Time: 15 Hours and 57 Minutes

Layers: DVD-9 Single Sided

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic 1.78:1,

Languages/Subtitles: English, Spanish

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

 

 

Web site: http://www.ushepublicity.com/
http://www.universalstudios.com/

 

 

NBC UNIVERSAL TELEVISION EARNS NINE GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS AS UNIVERSAL MEDIA STUDIOS NETS SEVEN NODS AND NBC RECEIVES SIX
Published: December 13, 2007

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Network and Studio Share Acclaim as "30 Rock" Is Nominated as Best Television Series-Comedy or Musical -- Earning the Most Nominations of Any Comedy Series -- While Studio's "House" Is Named Among Best Television Series-Drama

Nominations Are Distributed Among Many Programs as Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Patricia Arquette, Steve Carell, Hugh Laurie, Debra Messing and Jaime Pressly Are Honored

BURBANK, Calif. – December 13, 2007 – NBC Universal Television captured a total of nine Golden Globe Award nominations today, paced by seven for Universal Media Studios and six for NBC -- which allowed the network and studio to share acclaim for "30 Rock," among those named as Best Television Series-Comedy or Musical -- while the studio's "House" was nominated as Best Television Series-Drama. The announcements were made early today by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

The nominations were distributed across a variety of programs. Among individual artists, Tina Fey of the NBC's Emmy Award-winning "30 Rock" earned a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Comedy or Musical. Likewise, her "30 Rock" co-star, Alec Baldwin, again was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Comedy or Musical (Baldwin won the Golden Globe last year for his performance in the same role of network executive Jack Donaghy). Overall, "30 Rock" received three nominations, the most for any comedy series.

Steve Carell of NBC's "The Office" -- produced by Universal Media Studios -- also was included among the nominees in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Comedy or Musical. Carell won the Golden Globe in 2006 for his performance in the same role of pompous office boss Michael Scott.

Other NBC nominees include Emmy winner Patricia Arquette of "Medium," who was among the finalists in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Drama. Arquette also was nominated in 2005 and 2006 for her performance in the same role as Allison Dubois, and took home the Golden Globe in 2006. Emmy winner Jaime Pressly of "My Name Is Earl" was nominated for her first Golden Globe in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television category.

Hugh Laurie of Universal Media Studios' "House" on Fox scored a nomination as Best Actor in a Television Series-Drama to go along with the series nomination as Best Television Series-Drama. Laurie also is a previous two-time winner of the Golden Globe for his work in the same role.

In addition, Emmy winner Debra Messing received a nomination for USA's "The Starter Wife" miniseries (from Universal Media Studios) in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

"It is very rewarding to see the work of so many of NBC Universal's artists honored with Golden Globe nominations today," said Marc Graboff, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. "We share in their sense of accomplishment that is acknowledged by this truly prestigious recognition."

"We are proud of the ongoing success of so many of NBC Universal's shows, including '30 Rock' and 'House,' that were recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this morning," said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. "These are well-deserved nominations and we look ahead with even greater excitement to the awards on NBC next month, which always prove to be the best celebrity showcase of the year."

Universal Media Studios matched its seven nominations from last year's Golden Globes.

The winners will be announced on NBC's exclusive live broadcast of "The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards" on January 13, 2008 (8-11 p.m. ET).
 

 

 

 

NBC ANNOUNCES THE NEWEST WARRIORS TO BATTLE ON 'AMERICAN GLADIATORS'
Published: December 13, 2007

  

 
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TWELVE GLADIATORS -- SIX MEN AND SIX WOMEN -- WILL COMPETE AGAINST 24 FIERCE CONTENDERS WHEN THE ULTIMATE COMPETITION SERIES RETURNS TO TELEVISION JANUARY 6

BURBANK, Calif. – December 13, 2007 – NBC unveiled the 12 all-new American Gladiators ready to take on 24 fierce competitors when the ultimate competition show returns with a modern reinvention on Sunday, January 6 (9-11 p.m. ET). The events have been upgraded, and so have the Gladiators! The new combatants – six men and six woman -- are bigger, stronger and more intense then their predecessors, providing the toughest challenge the everyday contenders will ever face.

The all-new Gladiators are:

Male Gladiators:

JUSTICE (Justice Smith) Height: 6'8" Weight: 290
Tipping the scales at almost 300 pounds of power and with 20-inch guns at his disposal, Justice does indeed have a very long arm, and he'll pursue any adversary to the ends of the earth to prove it. Ask any of his opponents and they'll tell you that sometimes Justice hurts, and the scales always tip in his favor.

TOA (Tanoia Reed) Height: 6'3" Weight: 240
With his tribal garb and distinctive tattoos, he may conjure up images of an island paradise, but facing him in battle is pure hell. Drawing on the power of his ancestors, Toa has the strength of a thousand warriors flowing through his veins, and he will never, ever show mercy.

TITAN (Mike O'Hearn) Height: 6'3" Weight: 251
With nearly godlike strength and skill, he is the ultimate warrior. Able to physically dominate foes with his impressive physique, he is equally adept at mind games and will attempt to mentally defeat opponents before the battle even begins. Titan is a double threat who will find a way to win…one way or another.

MILITIA (Alex Castro) Height: 6'3" Weight: 220
Militia targets his opponents with tactical precision. With an impressive arsenal of skills at his disposal, he is well equipped for any operation and will do anything to complete his objective. Once Militia has you in his sights, you'd better have a plan, or the game is over.

WOLF (Don "Hollywood" Yates) Height: 6'4" Weight: 225
When you enter Gladiator Arena keep an eye out for Wolf! Able to smell fear and always going for the jugular, Wolf is 230-pounds of primal fury. He will ferociously defend his turf… and thrives on the opportunity to sink his teeth into any challenge.

MAYHEM (Romeo Williams) Height: 6'5 ½" Weight: 230
A storm of smoldering intensity and lightning-quick reflexes, Mayhem unleashes waves of devastation through the ranks of even the most battle-hardened opponents.

Female Gladiators:

CRUSH (Gina Carano) – Height: 5' 8" Weight: 141
Don't let the winsome smile fool you... Crush earned her well-deserved moniker by smashing opponents into submission. Despite her girl-next-door looks, she's a powerful, fierce opponent who has no problem handling the women competitors, and then going back to breaking men's hearts.

SIREN (Valerie Waugaman) Height: 5'9" Weight: 145
Consider yourself warned when Siren is heard in Gladiator Arena. She is a force to be reckoned with who will go off at the slightest provocation! Pay close attention to her every move, or Siren will wail… on you!

VENOM (Beth Horn) Height: 5'8" Weight: 142
Venom has shed her skin to become one of the most feared warriors in Gladiator Arena. She stalks her prey with caution and strikes when it is least expected. Any opponent that faces her had better come prepared because there is no known antidote for Venom, who is lethal in any dose.

FURY (Jamie Kovac) Height: 5'7 ½" Weight: 148
Fury takes ferocity to a whole new level. At 5-feet, 8-inches, she is a maelstrom of raw aggression and the epitome of the female gladiator. Equally balanced in speed and strength … Hell hath no fury like, Fury. Period.

STEALTH (Tanji Johnson) Height: 5' 2 ½ " Weight: 123
She flies under the radar for a swift and unexpected attack, and any adversary caught unaware will get a swift lesson in shock and awe. Immensely strong and cool under pressure, she executes her favorite move -- a quick counter-attack that you never see coming.

HELLGA (Robin Coleman) Height: 6'1" Weight: 205
When she stomps into Gladiator Arena, most sensible opponents run for cover rather than risk a Viking funeral. She may have left her horned helmet on the boat, but she hits with the force of Thor's hammer, and quickly sends opponents straight to Valhalla.

Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali are the hosts of "American Gladiators," the iconic event/competition show which returns with a fresh modern reinvention for the 21st century. Using splashy twists including special effects, water skills and the latest technology, the classic games will be upgraded with even higher thrills, impact, energy and spectacle!

Celebrating the everyday, true American heroes -- weekend warriors who excel and take pride in their physical fitness -- contestants will go up against the show's gladiators, charismatic and eclectic warriors -- in the ultimate David & Goliath battle. As in MGM's traditional "American Gladiators" franchise, everyday amateur athletes compete against the gladiators in contests of physical strength and endurance. The series will include such classic events as The Joust, The Wall, Hang Tough and the Eliminator. The 12 new gladiators (six men and six women) are action-adventure stars ready to take down the everyday challengers with hard knocks and explosive attitudes. The new series will be produced by MGM Television (the original producers of the show) and Reveille (NBC's "The Office" and "The Biggest Loser," "Nashville Star," "Ugly Betty"). Reveille's Mark Koops, Howard T. Owens and David Hurwitz ("Fear Factor") are the executive producers.

 

 

 

UPDATED 'KNIGHT RIDER' REVS UP TO RETURN TO NBC FOR SPECIAL TWO-HOUR MOVIE EVENT ON FEBRUARY 17 AS NEW KITT CAR IS REVEALED
Published: December 12, 2007



 
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"Knight Rider" Cast Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Bruce Davison Participate at the Unveiling Event Showcasing the Customized KITT Ford Mustang to Be Featured in Movie

Dave Bartis ("Heist," "The O.C.") and Doug Liman ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith," "The Bourne Identity") to Serve as Executive Producers; David Hasselhoff, the Star of the Original "Knight Rider" Series, Appears as a Special Guest Star in His Original Role as Michael Knight

NBC Also Forms Partnership with Ford Motor Company That Provides for Unique Content Opportunity


BURBANK, Calif. - December 12, 2007 - As "Knight Rider" -- NBC's iconic 1980s television classic that became a runaway success, comes roaring back to life on the network with an updated sequel that will air as a two-hour movie event on Sunday, February 17 (9-11 p.m. ET) -- NBC unveiled the new customized KITT Ford Mustang to be featured in the series in a press event held at NBC's Burbank Studios today.

The movie stars Justin Bruening ("Cold Case," "All My Children"), Deanna Russo ("NCIS," "The Young and the Restless"), Sydney Tamiia Poitier ("Veronica Mars," "Grindhouse") and Bruce Davison ("Breach," "Close to Home"). In addition, David Hasselhoff (NBC's "America's Got Talent") -- who starred in the popular lead role as Michael Knight for four seasons during the original series -- returns as the same character in a special guest-star appearance. Will Arnett (NBC's "30 Rock," "Blades of Glory") will provide the voice of KITT.

Dave Bartis ("Heist," "The O.C.") and Doug Liman ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith," "The Bourne Identity") serve as executive producers.
NBC also has an arrangement with Ford Motor Company that provides for a unique content opportunity that makes the Ford Mustang one of the stars of the movie.

The three cars to be employed in the series include the KITT Hero -- a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR that is playing the part of the everyday Hero car with 540 horsepower; the KITT Attack -- a super high-speed version of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR Hero car that transforms into Attack mode with the help of air-ride technology and specialized body parts -- and a KITT Remote, which is a driverless Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR version of the Hero vehicle.

As the original story resumes, the new KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) is absolutely the coolest car ever created: its supercomputer capable of hacking almost any system; its weapons systems efficient; and its body -- thanks to its creator's work and nanotechnology -- is capable of actually shifting shape and color. Plus, its artificial intelligence makes it the ideal crime-fighting partner: logical, precise and possessing infinite knowledge. It is the ultimate car -- and someone will be willing to do anything to obtain it.

Sarah Graiman is a 24-year old Ph.D candidate at Stanford University, following in her genius father Charles' (Davison) footsteps. But when men attempt to abduct her, Sarah receives a mysterious call from KITT warning her that he's a creation of Charles, who also invented the first KITT 25 years ago -- and that her father is in serious danger.

Sarah and KITT track down her best friend from childhood, Mike Tracer (Bruening), a 23-year-old ex-Army Ranger, whom Sarah hasn't seen since he left home at 18. Having served in Iraq, Mike is now jaded and lost and initially resistant. Eventually he agrees to help Sarah and the two set out to discover who's behind the attempt to procure KITT and find Charles. Along the way, Carrie Rivai (Poitier) plays the agile yet tough FBI agent who has a long-standing friendship with Charles and Sarah. Due to those ties, she is brought into the mix to help in the search.

David Andron is supervising producer and writer. Steve Shill ("Dexter," "The Tudors"), also a co-executive producer, directs the two-hour movie from Universal Media Studios and Dutch Oven Productions.
 

 

 

NBC ROLLS OUT A FULL SLATE OF ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2008
Published: December 6, 2007


 
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"Medium's" Fourth Season Premieres on January 7 as Schedule Features New and Returning Series; Oscar-winning Anjelica Huston Guest-stars in Series for Six-episode Arc

Premiering February 18, New Reality Series "The Baby Borrowers," a Social Experiment That Puts Teen Couples On Fast Track to Adulthood

NBC Also Showcases Sunday Specials Including "The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards" Live on January 13; "Top 100 Most Outrageous Moments" February 10; and "The Guinness Book of World Records – Live!" Featuring Live Death-defying Stunt on January 27


BURBANK, Calif. – December 6, 2007 - NBC's first-quarter primetime schedule is slated to deliver significantly more hours of original programming than was ever the case in the first quarter of 2007. The line-up features a schedule packed with original scripted, reality programming and specials, featuring the return of "Medium" on Monday, January 7 (10-11 p.m. ET) plus new episodes of such favorites as "ER," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Friday Night Lights," "Las Vegas," "Scrubs" and the returns of "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." Also included will be the premiere of the previously announced new dramedy "Lipstick Jungle."

In addition, NBC has a solid lineup of original reality programming, including the announcement of the new series premiere of "The Baby Borrowers" on Monday, February 18 (8-9 p.m. ET). It will join another previously announced new reality series, "American Gladiators," and the fresh season debuts of "The Biggest Loser," "The Celebrity Apprentice," "1 vs 100," as well as the continuing hit "Deal or No Deal," which returns to Mondays (9-10 p.m. ET) beginning January 7 in addition to its Wednesday edition (8-9 p.m. ET).

Sunday specials include "The 65th Annual Golden Globes Awards" -- Hollywood's biggest night for film and television -- broadcasting live on Sunday, January 13 (8-11 p.m. ET), "The Guinness Book of World Records – Live!" featuring a live death-defying stunt on Sunday, January 27 (9-11 p.m. ET) and "Top 100 Most Outrageous Moments" on Sunday, February 10 (9-11 p.m. ET).

The following includes NBC's new mid-season schedule and premieres (all times ET):

Mondays (effective January 7, 2008)
8-9 p.m. -- "American Gladiators"; (premieres Sunday, January 6, 9-11 p.m.)
9-10 p.m. – "Deal or No Deal"
10-11 p.m. – "Medium" (season premiere)

Tuesdays (effective January 1, 2008)
8-10 p.m. -- "The Biggest Loser"
10-11 p.m. -- "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

Wednesdays (effective January 9, 2008)
8-9 p.m. – "Deal or No Deal"
9-10 p.m. – "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (broadcast premiere)
10-11 p.m. – "Law & Order" (premieres January 2 with a two-hour debut)

Thursdays (effective January 3, 2008)
8-8:30 p.m. – NBC Comedy Series
8:30-9 p.m. – NBC Comedy Series
9-10 p.m. – "The Celebrity Apprentice" (season premiere)
10-11 p.m. – "ER" ("Lipstick Jungle" premieres February 7 in time slot)

Fridays (effective January 4, 2008)
8-9 p.m. – "1 vs. 100"
9-10 p.m. – "Friday Night Lights"
10-11 p.m. – "Las Vegas"

Additional dates:

Sunday, January 6, 2008
7-9 p.m. – "Deal or No Deal"
9-11 p.m. – "American Gladiators" (two-hour series premiere; regular night January 7)

Sunday, January 13, 2008
8-11 p.m. – "The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards"

Sunday, January 27, 2008
9-11 p.m. – "The Guinness Book of World Records – Live!"

Thursday, February 7, 2008
10-11 p.m. – "Lipstick Jungle"

Sunday, February 10, 2008
9-11 p.m. -- "Top 100 Most Outrageous Moments"

Mondays (effective February 18, 2008)
8-9 p.m. -- "The Baby Borrowers" (series premiere)


In the upcoming fourth season of "Medium," Allison (Emmy winner Patricia Arquette) and her family's world is turned upside down after her abilities are publicly exposed, resulting in sweeping changes both professionally and personally. For the past three seasons, Allison has served as a part-time consultant to the district attorney's office in Phoenix, Arizona, using her psychic abilities to solve violent and horrifying crimes that have mystified authorities, including her now former boss D.A. Devalos (Miguel Sandoval, "The Division") and others within the criminal justice system.

Academy Award-winning screen legend Anjelica Huston ("Prizzi's Honor") will guest-star this season as Cynthia Keener, an investigator for a national firm called "Ameritips," who strikes an unusual professional arrangement with Allison for her crime-solving abilities.

Jake Weber ("Meet Joe Black") stars as Allison's exceptionally supportive husband Joe, also left looking for work after recent traumatic events. Sofia Vassilieva ("Eloise at the Plaza") and Maria Lark ("10.5") star as Ariel and Bridget, the two eldest DuBois children, who both share their mother's psychic gift to varying degrees. David Cubitt ("10.5: Apocalypse") stars as Detective Lee Scanlon and Madison Carabello plays the DuBois' youngest daughter, Marie.

Glenn Gordon Caron is creator and executive producer. Kelsey Grammer ("Girlfriends"), Steve Stark, Rene Echevarria and Oscar winner Ronald L. Schwary ("Ordinary People") are executive producers. "Medium" is produced by Picturemaker Productions, Inc. in association with CBS Paramount Network Television and Grammnet Productions.

NBC's reality series "The Baby Borrowers" is an intriguing new social experiment based on the hit British program that asks five diverse teenage couples -- ages 18-20 -- to fast-track to adulthood by setting up a home, getting a job and becoming caring parents first to babies, toddlers, pre-teens and their pets, teenagers and senior citizens -- all over the course of three weeks.

Through this emotional, dramatic journey, each young couple will get a unique opportunity to peer into the future and see what they (and their partners) might be like if they remain together and decide to build a family. Tested by the everyday ups and downs of taking care of others and maintaining a relationship, most of the teens find themselves looking at all of their relationships and notions of parenthood in a new light.

"The Baby Borrowers" is produced by Love Productions. Richard McKerrow (the U.K.'s "Cirque de Celebrite") and Tom Shelly ("Survivor") are executive producers.

"The Guinness Book of World Records – Live!" special will feature a countdown to the craziest world records held in history leading up to a live, death-defying stunt never seen before on television. "The Guinness Book of World Records – Live!" is produced by True Entertainment.

"Top 100 Most Outrageous Moments" is a fun-filled special featuring 100 of the most outrageous moments of all time. It's the ultimate countdown to the best of the best clips that will keep viewers laughing out loud for hours. Clips include viewer submissions, TV show bloopers, games show flubs, classic outrageous moments and all-new never before-seen moments. "Top 100 Most Outrageous Moments" is a follow-up to NBC's successful "Outrageous Moments" franchise. "Top 100 Most Outrageous Moments" is produced by Scott Satin ("Who Wants to Be a Superhero?").
 

 

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: 'The Kingdom' on DVD and HD DVD December 26, 2007

Universal City, Dec. 4 OVERVIEW: Jamie Foxx leads an all-star ensemble cast including Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper, Jason Bateman and Jeremy Piven in an explosive action-packed thriller directed by Peter Berg about an elite FBI team sent to Saudi Arabia to stop a terrorist before he strikes again in -- "The Kingdom."

BONUS FEATURES:

-- Deleted Scenes

-- Character By Character: The Apartment Shootout: Follow the journeys of

six characters during the pulse-pounding rescue sequence.

-- Creating "The Kingdom": An inside look at the making of the film.

-- Constructing The Freeway Sequence: This featurette deconstructs the

process of bringing the freeway sequence to the big screen.

-- History of "The Kingdom": An Interactive Timeline: Viewers scroll

through decades of history to learn more about key events in this

animated timeline that branches off into archival news stories, short

featurettes, text based stories, etc.

-- Feature Commentary with Director Peter Berg

 

SYNOPSIS: "A High-Octane Action Movie." -- A. O. Scott, The New York Times

Oscar(R) winners Jamie Foxx (Collateral) and Chris Cooper (Breach) and Golden Globe(R) winners Jennifer Garner (Daredevil) and Jason Bateman (Smokin' Aces) ignite the screen in this high-intensity thriller about a team of elite FBI agents sent to Saudi Arabia to solve a brutal mass murder and find a killer before he strikes again. Out of their element and under heavy fire, the team must join forces with their Saudi counterparts. As these unlikely allies begin to unlock the secrets of the crime scene, the team is led into a heart-stopping, do-or-die confrontation.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Street Date: December 26, 2007

Copyright: 2007 Universal Studios and MDBF Zweite Filmgeseltschaft mbH &

Co.KG. All Rights Reserved.

Price: $29.98 SRP $39.98 HD SRP

Running Time: 1 hour 50 Minutes

Layers: Dual Layers

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1, Full Frame 1.33:1

Rating: R for intense sequences of graphic brutal violence and for

language

Languages/Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

 

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (http://www.universalstudios.com/). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

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Web site: http://www.universalstudios.com/

 

 

 

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: 'Bring It On: In It To Win It'

'Bring It On' is Back With High-Flying Fun, Hot Music and No-Holds-Barred Competition

The All-New, High-Energy Comedy Premieres Exclusively On DVD December 18, 2007

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 26- Featuring hot young stars, daring athletics and high-impact competition with just a dash of romance, "Bring It On: In It to Win It" leaps onto DVD December 18, 2007 with all the spunk, attitude and fun you won't want to miss. Presented by Universal Studios Home Entertainment Family Productions and Beacon Pictures, this latest installment of the hugely successful cheerleading franchise stars Ashley Benson ("Days of Our Lives"), Cassie Scerbo ("Slumber Party Girls"), Jennifer Tisdale ("The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"), Michael Copon ("One Tree Hill") Kierstin Koppel (Sydney White), and in their feature film debuts, Anniese Taylor Dendy and Noel Areizaga. Directed by Steve Rash ("Bring It On: All or Nothing," "Can't Buy Me Love"), "Bring It On: In It To Win It" features even more gravity defying, high-energy cheerleading routines from master choreographer Tony "Tony G" Gonzales. The movie is also loaded with hot music including "He Said, She Said" from Ashley Tisdale's new CD from Warner Bros. Records "Headstrong".
 

With a loyal audience of hip admirers who have been fans since the original theatrical release, the successful property has resulted in over $250 million in home entertainment sales in North America alone. "Bring It On: In It To Win It" follows in the footsteps of the extraordinarily successful "Bring It On: All Or Nothing," which along with fellow Universal DVD Original releases "American Pie Presents Band Camp," "American Pie Presents The Naked Mile" and "Bring It On Again" make up four of the top five non-family DVD premieres of all time.
 

"With 'Bring It On: In It To Win It,' we've taken the franchise to a whole new level, pumping up the athletics, competition and excitement," said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures Digital Platforms. "The films' hallmarks-fresh young talent, cutting-edge music, groundbreaking choreography and compelling stories-have been integral to the continuing success of Universal's DVD Originals(TM) line."
 

  The DVD is priced at $29.98 SRP.

   High Steppin' Fun with "Bring It on: In It to Win It" BONUS FEATURES

Bring It On: In It To Win It delivers more high-energy fun with all-new original DVD bonus features including:
 

  -- DELETED SCENES
  -- LIGHTS, CAMERA, BRING IT!:  Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making
     of the film from auditions and cheer camp through production.
  -- EAST COAST PROPER:  Choreographer Tony G and the East Coast Jets teach
     their techniques of the trade.
  -- WEST COAST FLAIR:  Tony G's back with the Sharks to show the viewer how
     to dance West Coast style.
  -- THE RUMBLE WITH TONY G:  Watch the Sharks and the Jets 'rumble' with
     the new cheers they've learned.
  -- CHEER OFF! LEARN HOW TO CHEER WITH TONY G: Learn how to do a cheer with
     Tony G and the actors from the film.


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                                 SYNOPSIS

In "Bring It On: In It To Win It," Southern California high-school senior Carson (Ashley Benson) arrives at the all-important "Cheer Camp Nationals" determined to lead her squad, the West High Sharks, to victory. But chic New Yorker Brooke (Cassie Scerbo) and her team, the East High Jets, are equally steadfast in their pursuit of the competition's coveted "Spirit Stick." As tension mounts between the two rival squads, Carson falls for fellow cheerleader Penn (Michael Copon), not realizing he's a Jet. When Brooke discovers the budding romance, she raises the stakes by challenging Carson to a one-on-one cheer-off. A spectacular "cheer fighting" sequence erupts into a no-holds-barred brawl and cheerleaders on both sides are suspended from the competition. With their dreams of taking home the top prize all but shattered, the leaders of both squads realize they'll have to take drastic measures to stay in the game.
 

  CAST & FILMMAKERS
  Director: Steve Rash
  Written By: Alyson Fouse, Elena Song
  Produced By:  Wayne Morris
  Executive Produced By: Armyan Bernstein and Charlie Lyons
  Director of Photography: Levie Isaacks
  Production Designer: Mark Garner
  Edited By: Tony Lombardo
  Costume Designer: Beverly Safier
  Original Music By: Transcenders

Cast: Ashley Benson, Cassie Scerbo, Jennifer Tisdale, Michael Copon, Kierstin Koppel, Anniese Taylor Dendy, Noel Areizaga
 

  FEATURE TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  DVD
  Street Date: December 18, 2007
  Copyright: 2007 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
  Price:  $29.98 SRP
  Selection Number:  63101316 widescreen; 63101315 full-screen
  Running Time:  1 hour 30 Minutes
  Layers: Dual Layer
  Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1; Full Screen 1.33:1
  Rating: PG-13 for language, suggestive content and rude humor
  Technical Info:
    -- English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Subtitles
    -- Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Subtitles
    -- French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Subtitles


Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (http://www.universalstudios.com/). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.


 

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Web site: http://www.myyearbook.com/bringiton
 

NBC GIVES PICKUPS TO PROMISING FRESHMAN DRAMAS 'CHUCK' AND 'LIFE' FOR NINE EPISODES TO COMPLETE 2007-08 SEASON
Published: November 26, 2007



 
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BURBANK, Calif. -- November 26, 2007 -- NBC has picked up the freshman dramas "Chuck" (Mondays, 8-9 p.m. ET) and "Life" (Wednesdays, 10-11 p.m. ET) for nine more episodes -- or the balance of the 2007-08 season -- it was announced today by Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.

"'Chuck' and 'Life' stand out in a crowded TV landscape because they are smart, well-produced series with incredibly talented casts," said Silverman. "Both shows are hitting their stride creatively, have developed loyal audiences and offer unlimited potential to grow throughout the season."

"Chuck" is averaging a 3.4 rating, 9 share in adults 18-49 and 8.4 million viewers overall this season. "Chuck" has been delivering competitive results in the Monday 8-9 p.m. (ET) slot and has increased its adult 18-49 rating from half-hour to half-hour with each of its nine Monday telecasts to date. "Chuck's" average 3.1 rating in adults 18-49 for the November sweep has kept NBC on pace with its rating in the time period during last May's sweep with "Deal or No Deal."

"Life" is averaging a 3.0 rating, 9 share in adults 18-49 and 8.0 million viewers overall for the season to date. With its November 14 telecast, "Life" retained its full adult 18-49 lead-in from "Bionic Woman" for the first time and attracted its biggest overall audience in four weeks. Season to date, "Life" is winning its competitive time period among men 18-34 opposite CBS's "CSI: Miami" and ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money."

From Rand Ravich ("The Astronaut's Wife"), Far Shariat ("Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"), and Dan Sackheim -- who directed the pilot of NBC's "Heroes" -- "Life" is a first-year drama about a detective who is given a second chance. Damian Lewis ("Band of Brothers") stars as complex, offbeat Detective Charlie Crews, who returns to the force after years in prison, thanks to close friend and attorney Constance Griffiths (Brooke Langton), after serving time in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

The cast also includes Sarah Shahi ("Rush Hour 3") as Charlie's skeptical, demanding partner, Robin Weigart (HBO's "Deadwood") as their hard-hitting lieutenant, and Adam Arkin ("Chicago Hope") as former cellmate Ted Early.

"Life" is a Universal Media Studios production. Rand Ravich is executive producer and writer; Far Shariat and Dan Sackheim are executive producers on the series.

From executive producer, Josh Schwartz ("The O.C.") and executive producer-director McG ("Charlie's Angels," "We Are Marshall") comes "Chuck," a one-hour, action-comedy series about Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi, "Less Than Perfect") -- a computer geek who is catapulted into a new career as the government's most vital secret agent. When Chuck opens an e-mail subliminally encoded with government secrets, he unwittingly downloads an entire server of sensitive data into his brain. Now, the fate of the world lies in the unlikely hands of a guy who works at a Buy More Electronics store. Instead of fighting computer viruses, he must now confront assassins and international terrorists.

With the government's most precious secrets in Chuck's head, Major John Casey of the National Security Agency (Adam Baldwin, "My Bodyguard") assumes the responsibility of protecting him. His partner is the CIA's top agent (and Chuck's first date in years), Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski, "Gone"). They'll try to keep him safe by trading in his pocket protector for a bulletproof vest. Also starring are Joshua Gomez ("Without a Trace") as Morgan Grimes, Chuck's best buddy, and Sarah Lancaster ("What About Brian?") as Chuck's ever-supportive sister, Ellie.

Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak wrote, "Chuck," which is produced by College Hill Pictures, Wonderland Sound and Vision, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

 

 

 

 

NBC KICKS OFF THE SEASON FROM THANKSGIVING TO THE NEW YEAR WITH ORIGINAL HOLIDAY-THEMED SHOWS, TRADITIONAL SPECIALS AND CLASSIC MOVIE FAVORITES
Published: November 15, 2007


 
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Original Series Include Holiday-Themed Episodes of "Chuck," "30 Rock," "My Name Is Earl," "Journeyman," "Deal or No Deal," "Las Vegas," "Clash of the Choirs" and "Days of our Lives," Along with Annual Holiday Programming Events That Include "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," "Christmas in Rockefeller Center," "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street"


BURBANK, Calif. - November 15, 2007 - NBC unwraps its holiday programming with themed episodes of "Chuck," "My Name Is Earl," "Journeyman," the 300th episode of "ER," "30 Rock," "Deal or No Deal," "Las Vegas," "Clash of the Choirs" and "Days of our Lives," along with the traditional favorites "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," "Christmas in Rockefeller Center," "It's a Wonderful Life," and "Miracle on 34th Street" -- as well as the special "Radio City Christmas Spectacular," and recent feature films "The Incredibles" and "The Family Man."

The holiday season begins on November 21 with a special two-hour Thanksgiving-themed "Deal or No Deal," followed by the annual broadcast of the "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" on November 22, and continues through NBC's traditional coverage of "The Tournament of Roses Parade" on January 1.

Following are days, times (ET) and programming information.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

DEAL OR NO DEAL (9-11 p.m.)

SPECIAL TWO-HOUR THANKSGIVING EXTRAVAGANZA AS ONE CONTESTANT PLAYS FOR A $2 MILLION TOP PRIZE AND ANOTHER TRIES TO AVOID THE "TURKEY" CASE; VIEWERS AT HOME HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN $100,000 -- Celebrate Thanksgiving with a special two-hour episode with DaKenya McDuffy of Indianapolis, Indiana, who will play for the top prize of $1 million as she tries to avoid the "turkeys" as the five lowest cases have been replaced with gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, pumpkin pie and a turkey! Also tonight, Jay Garrity of Medford, Massachusetts turns down record-breaking offers when he plays for the top prize of $2 million in a high-energy match of nerves, instincts and raw intuition. Viewers at home can also watch and play the "Play at Home Lucky Case Game" for a chance to win $100,000. Howie Mandel hosts.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE (9 a.m.-12 noon)

MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE CELEBRATES ITS 81ST ANNIVERSARY ON NBC WITH 'TODAY' HOSTS MEREDITH VIEIRA, MATT LAUER AND AL ROKER - America's favorite Thanksgiving Day parade features all the spectacular pageantry, fun and surprises that have made this annual New York City extravaganza a perennial favorite. Heralding the start of the Christmas season, this beloved holiday features colorful grand floats, lively marching bands, amazing character balloons and special performances by some of today's hottest stars and Broadway performers. This year's special guests include Ashley Tisdale, Bindi and Terri Irwin, Corbin Bleu, Dolly Parton, Good Charlotte, Grandma from the Big Apple Circus, Jonas Brothers, Jordin Sparks, Kay Hanley, Lifehouse, Menudo, Michael Feinstein, Miss U.S.A. 2007 - Rachel Smith, Ne-Yo, Nikki Blonsky, Sarah Brightman, and Wynonna Judd -- plus an appearance by Santa Claus. Brad Lachman is the executive producer of this live (in some time zones), three-hour special from NBC Entertainment.

NATIONAL PURINA DOG SHOW (12-2 p.m.)

CELEBRATE THE "BEST IN SHOW" WITH "THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA" --- John O' Hurley returns as host of "The National Dog Show Presented By Purina," a purebred canine competition that is part of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia's annual dog show. The show -- one of the oldest and most prestigious sporting events in North America -- is one of only six remaining "benched" dog shows where the public can interact with the show dogs. With expert commentary from David Frei, "the dean" of dog show commentators, the show is expected to feature more than 2,000 of the nation's leading canines in a wide array of more than 150 breeds and varieties, all vying for "Best in Show" honors. "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina" is a property of NBC and Carson International of Ketchum, Idaho.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (2-4 p.m.)

NBC PRESENTS ORIGINAL HOLIDAY 'MIRACLE' -- NBC continues its tradition of bringing home the holiday classics with this Academy Award-winning feature. Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn)--the real Santa Claus--is hired to play himself at Macy's Department Store in New York City. His gentle, joyous spirit and magical powers soon transform those around him including a little girl (Natalie Wood) and her cynical mother Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara). However, Kris' attempts to spread the true meaning of Christmas in a cynical world land him in the psychology ward with only lawyer (John Payne) on his side.

NBC MOVIE OF THE WEEK: "THE INCREDIBLES" (8-10:30 p.m. ET)

ITS NOT A JOB, IT'S A WAY OF LIFE--Bob Parr (formerly Mr. Incredible) lives in Metroville with his wife Helen (formerly Elastigirl) and their three children: Violet, Dashiell and Jack-Jack. Life has changed drastically for them since lawsuits in Metroville forced superheroes into retirement. Now, Bob works a mundane job as an insurance agent and Helen is doing all she can to make a "normal" life for the family- a family that is far from normal. The children, trying hard to hide their superhero characteristics, are working hard to fit in at school. However, things go topsy-turvy for the family when they are forced to use their powers to save their dad from a dangerous government mission he has been lured into.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

DAYS OF OUR LIVES (Check Local Listings)

THANKSGIVING WEDDING FOR BELLE & SHAWN - The families of Salem gather for Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle's (Martha Madison) wedding on Thanksgiving at Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope's (Kristian Alfonso) house. In a touching moment of strength since she lost John (Drake Hogestyn), Marlena (Deirdre Hall) walks Belle down the aisle. Alison Sweeney, Mary Beth Evans, Bryan Dattilo, Stephen Nichols, Jay Johnson, Lauren Koslow, Joe Mascolo, Peggy McCay, Frank Parker, Julie Pinson, Josh Taylor, Suzanne Rogers, Rachel Melvin, Darin Brooks, Blake Berris, Jim Reynolds and Shelley Hennig also star.

NBC MOVIE OF THE WEEK: "THE FAMILY MAN" (8-11 p.m. ET)

SECOND CHANCES--Thirteen years ago, Jack Campbell (Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage) left a devastated college girlfriend, Kate (Tea Leoni), to go after a business opportunity in London with a promise to return in a year, which never happened. Fast forward to Christmas Eve present day and Jack is high-powered businessman on New York's Wall Street, wants for nothing – or so he thinks. However, life is about to change for him when he wakes up on Christmas morning next to his old girlfriend, in a parallel universe, where he's been married for 12 years, has two children and works as a tire salesman. A glimpse of what might have been, had he made different choices, changes Jack's life forever and he is left to decide what truly makes him happy. Don Cheadle and Jeremy Piven also star.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24

THE INCREDIBLES (8-10:30 p.m.)

ITS NOT A JOB, IT'S A WAY OF LIFE--Bob Parr (formerly Mr. Incredible) lives in Metroville with his wife Helen (formerly Elastigirl) and their three children: Violet, Dashiell and Jack-Jack. Life has changed drastically for them since lawsuits in Metroville forced superheroes into retirement. Now, Bob works a mundane job as an insurance agent and Helen is doing all she can to make a "normal" life for the family- a family that is far from normal. The children, trying hard to hide their superhero characteristics, are working hard to fit in at school. However, things go topsy-turvy for the family when they are forced to use their powers to save their dad from a dangerous government mission he has been lured into.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26

CHUCK (8-9 p.m.)
"Chuck vs. the Crown Vic"

HE'S BACK! MATTHEW BOMER GUEST-STARS— It's Thanksgiving and Chuck's (Zachary Levi) nemesis, Bryce Larkin (guest star Matthew Bomer), returns after being ruled dead earlier in Chuck's life. Secret internal committees trying to destroy the "intersect" -- now better known as Chuck's brain -- saved Bryce in hopes he would be able to help them locate it. Bryce needs Chuck to help prove to Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), Casey (Adam Baldwin) and the rest of the CIA that he is not a rogue agent. Upon seeing Bryce and Sarah back together, former lovers and partners, Chuck grows jealous and doubts any future with Sarah. Meanwhile, Buy More is prepping for the biggest shopping day of the year -- the day after Thanksgiving -- and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) is left in charge. Sarah Lancaster and Ryan McPartlin also star.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28

CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER (8-9 p.m.)

NBC HERALDS THE ARRIVAL OF THE HOLIDAYS WITH A DAZZLING DISPLAY OF MUSICAL TALENT AND THE LIGHTING OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS CHRISTMAS TREE DURING THE 10TH ANNUAL 'CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER TELECAST. Hosted by Al Roker ("Today"), the star-studded 75th annual tree lighting extravaganza will feature Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Taylor Swift, Ashley Tisdale and Carrie Underwood performing current hits and holiday classics from Rockefeller Center in New York City. Prior to the network special, WNBC NBC's New York flagship station, will broadcast an additional live hour of the special (7-8 p.m. ET). "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" is produced by NBC Universal Media Studios, and Bob Holmes is the executive producer.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR (8-9 p.m.)

THIS DECEMBER NBC BRINGS MORE HOLIDAY CHEER INTO VIEWERS HOMES WITH 'THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR' SPECIAL- For the first time ever, NBC will televise the 75th celebration of the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" in a one-hour exclusive special from the great stages at Radio City Music Hall. Hosted by Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira ("Today"), the show will feature brand new glamorous costumes, state-of-the-art special effects and new eye-popping numbers performed by the world-famous Radio City Rockettes, as well as traditional favorites including the famed "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers." This year's brand new and re-imagined production will be executive produced by legendary and veteran news producer Don Hewitt.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 3

CHUCK (8-9 p.m.)
"Crown Vic"

A COUNTERFEIT CHRISTMAS--Still licking his wounds after realizing Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) continues to have feelings for Bryce, Chuck (Zachary Levi) must assume the cover of being Sarah's husband on a mission to foil a politically connected counterfeiter and yachtsman. Emotions and sea legs are tested when Chuck, Sarah and Casey (Adam Baldwin) have to head to the marina to scuttle a plot that also puts an unwitting Morgan (Joshua Gomez) and Anna (Julia Ling) squarely in the crosshairs. Meanwhile, It's time for the annual Buy More holiday party, but the party comes with lots of rules from Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence).


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6

ER (10-11 p.m.)
"300 Patients"

PATIENT OVERFLOW IN THE ER- SPECIAL 300th EPISODE-PETER FONDA ("3:10 to Yuma") AND REIKO AYLESWORTH ("24") GUEST STAR—Morris (Scott Grimes) makes a bet with the other doctors that the ER will have 300 patients pass through its doors before the nights end. Kovac (Goran Visnjic), Abby (Maura Tierney) and baby Joe quickly make plans to go to Croatia after Luka's father unexpectedly passes away. A husband (guest star Peter Fonda) rushes to the ER when he hears about his wife's car accident but is shocked to meet someone from his past. Meanwhile, Julia (guest star Reiko Aylesworth) decides to hold a service to bless the ER and the patients that have been lost. Mekhi Phifer, Parminder Nagra, Linda Cardellini and John Stamos also star.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7

LAS VEGAS (10-11 p.m.)
"A Cannon Carol"

'TIS THE SEASON—The casino staffers are busy making holiday plans except for Mike (James Lesure), who begins to doubt his place in Vegas as well as in his friend's lives. A modern day Scrooge, Sam (Vanessa Marcil) invites a client to come to the casino for the holidays, but he decides to donate his money to a charity instead of gambling at the casino. Meanwhile, Delinda (Molly Sims) and Piper (Camille Guaty) host a "Hot Santa" contest to win the Vegas casino charity competition and Danny (Josh Duhamel) is pressured by Cooper (Tom Selleck) to fill a vacant retail space at the Montecito.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 10

JOURNEYMAN (10-11 p.m.)
"Home by Another Way"

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS-JOHN ANISTON ("Days of Our Lives") GUEST STARS--Layoffs hit Dan's (Kevin McKidd) office on Christmas eve and he is forced to travel back in time to the newspaper's holiday party. Dan interferes with his past when he meets up with his father and tries to convince him to spend more time with the family. At home, Katie (Gretchen Egolf) trys to enjoy the holidays but struggles to get her traumatizing experience out of her head. While Dan is traveling he discovers a new secret about Livia (Moon Bloodgood). Meanwhile, Jack (Reed Diamond) and Theresa get some unexpected news. Brian Howe and Charles Henry Wyson also star.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13

MY NAME IS EARL (8-8:30 p.m.)
"Bad Earl"

CHRISTMAS OF KARMA—ALYSSA MILANO AND GIOVANI RIBISI GUEST STAR— Newly released from prison, Earl is having a hard time adjusting back to normal life and continues to hold a grudge with karma. With no job, no home and no money, Earl decides that his good deeds are not getting him anywhere, so he reverts back to his bad old ways. Earl's path to trouble starts when he sees that Ralph (Giovani Ribisi) is living a lavish life after conning an elderly woman. Randy (Ethan Suplee) cannot handle Earl abandoning his belief in karma, so he turns to Joy (Jaime Pressly) and Earl's old friends to partake in an intervention on Christmas morning. Eddie Steeples and Nadine Velazquez also star.

30 ROCK (8:30-9 p.m.)

IT'S TIME AGAIN FOR THE OFFICE'S ANNUAL `LUDACHRISTMAS' PARTY, AND LIZ AND JACK'S FAMILIES COME TO VISIT; SPECIAL GUESTS ELAINE STRITCH, ANDY RICHTER, BUCK HENRY AND ANITA GILLETTE GUEST STAR - It's holiday time and the staff of "TGS with Tracy Jordan" is having their annual "Ludachristmas" party - complete with music, merriment, "The Human Table" and a Horny Santa. Unfortunately, Tracy (Tracy Morgan) can't participate due to his newly court mandated alcohol monitoring bracelet. Since holidays mean special family time, Liz's (Tina Fey) parents, Dick (Guest star Buck Henry) and Margaret (Guest star Anita Gillette) Lemon, and her 40-year-old brother Mitch (Guest star Andy Richter), who suffers from memory loss due to a skiing accident and thinks he is 17-year-old high school senior, come to gloat over their "beautiful genius" daughter. Jack's (Alec Baldwin) jaded mother, Colleen (Guest star Elaine Stritch), even shows up unexpectedly from Florida. The Lemons and the Donaghys go to dinner together, where Colleen spends the night trying to break the eternal optimism of the Lemon family. Meanwhile, in the spirit of Christmas cheer, Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) decides to teach the writing staff a lesson on gratitude by inviting a priest to the party. Also stars Jane Krakowski, Lonny Ross, Judah Friedlander, Scott Adsit, Katrina Bowden, and Maulik Pancholy. Special guest stars include Elaine Stritch, Andy Richter, Buck Henry and Anita Gillette.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (9:30-11 p.m.)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE CHRISTMAS- 'Saturday Night Live' presents a compilation of holiday themed sketches from its over 30-year history. Hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey, highlights run the gamut from Dan Aykroyd's "Irwin Mainway" selling dangerous Christmas toys to Eddie Murphy's "Gumby Christmas Special" and Alec Baldwin's "Schweddy Balls" and much more star-studded holiday fun.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14

NBC MOVIE OF THE WEEK – IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE – (8-11 p.m.)

MOST 'WONDERFUL' HOLIDAY MOVIE IN FRANK CAPRA CLASSIC -- NBC marks a milestone for the nation's visually impaired as the network presents this exclusive and special telecast of Frank Capra's 1946 holiday classic, "It's a Wonderful Life," starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. Through a process of Descriptive TheatreVision, the special presentation will be described for the blind and visually impaired by former President George Bush. Bush's description will inform the viewer of what is occurring on the screen, filling the blanks where no dialogue or other sounds tell a visually impaired person what is happening during a television presentation. The film follows the life of George Bailey (Stewart) from childhood to maturity in the town of Bedford Falls. On what might be his last Christmas Eve, a discouraged Bailey wants to throw his life away. Fortunately, Clarence (Henry Travers), a second-class angel, is sent to show him the value of life. After Clarence gives Bailey a view of Bedford Falls without him, Bailey realizes how precious his life is and gets a second chance. He comes to learn that Clarence was right when he said, "No man is a failure who has friends." The film, which earned Oscar nominations for best picture, director, actor and film editing, was produced and directed by Capra.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 17

CLASH OF THE CHOIRS (8-10 p.m.)

'CLASH OF THE CHOIRS' JOINS THE NBC HOLIDAY LINEUP WITH A LIVE FOUR-NIGHT MUSICAL EVENT - In an exciting four-night event series, "Clash of the Choirs," has tapped five musical superstars -- Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick Lachey, Kelly Rowland and Blake Shelton to embark on a musical challenge as they return to their hometowns to assemble an amateur choir and prepare them to compete live in studio for the title of America's best choir. From December 17-20 the show will feature music genres ranging from current pop hits to holiday classics and the choir hopefuls will be judged each night by viewers watching at home. Jason Raff and Suzy Lamb will executive produce this BBC Worldwide Production based on a series format acquired from Scandinavian based Friday TV.


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18

CLASH OF THE CHOIRS (8-9 p.m.)

'CLASH OF THE CHOIRS' JOINS THE NBC HOLIDAY LINEUP WITH A LIVE FOUR-NIGHT MUSICAL EVENT – In an exciting four-night event series, "Clash of the Choirs," has tapped five musical superstars -- Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick Lachey, Kelly Rowland and Blake Shelton to embark on a musical challenge as they return to their hometowns to assemble an amateur choir and prepare them to compete live in studio for the title of America's best choir. From December 17-20 the show will feature music genres ranging from current pop hits to holiday classics and the choir hopefuls will be judged each night by viewers watching at home. Jason Raff and Suzy Lamb will executive produce this BBC Worldwide Production based on a series format acquired from Scandinavian based Friday TV.


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19

CLASH OF THE CHOIRS (8-10 p.m.)

'CLASH OF THE CHOIRS' JOINS THE NBC HOLIDAY LINEUP WITH A LIVE FOUR-NIGHT MUSICAL EVENT – In an exciting four-night event series, "Clash of the Choirs," has tapped five musical superstars -- Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick Lachey, Kelly Rowland and Blake Shelton to embark on a musical challenge as they return to their hometowns to assemble an amateur choir and prepare them to compete live in studio for the title of America's best choir. From December 17-20 the show will feature music genres ranging from current pop hits to holiday classics and the choir hopefuls will be judged each night by viewers watching at home. Jason Raff and Suzy Lamb will executive produce this BBC Worldwide Production based on a series format acquired from Scandinavian based Friday TV.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20

CLASH OF THE CHOIRS (8-9 p.m.)

'CLASH OF THE CHOIRS' JOINS THE NBC HOLIDAY LINEUP WITH A LIVE FOUR-NIGHT MUSICAL EVENT – In an exciting four-night event series, "Clash of the Choirs," has tapped five musical superstars -- Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick Lachey, Kelly Rowland and Blake Shelton to embark on a musical challenge as they return to their hometowns to assemble an amateur choir and prepare them to compete live in studio for the title of America's best choir. From December 17-20 the show will feature music genres ranging from current pop hits to holiday classics and the choir hopefuls will be judged each night by viewers watching at home. Jason Raff and Suzy Lamb will executive produce this BBC Worldwide Production based on a series format acquired from Scandinavian based Friday TV.

THE OFFICE (10-11 p.m.) (R)
"A Benihana Christmas"

In a special one-hour holiday episode directed by Harold Ramis, strife on the party planning committee results in two competing Christmas parties, while Michael is dumped for the holidays. Michael (Golden Globe Winner Steve Carell) sends out an inappropriate photoshopped Christmas card and gets his heart broken for the holidays by girlfriend Carol (guest star Nancy Walls). Andy (guest star Ed Helms) takes Michael out drinking, with Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Jim (John Krasinski), while tensions on the party planning committee between Angela (Angela Kinsey), Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Karen (guest star Rashida Jones) cause rival parties to form. B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, David Denman, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein and Mindy Kaling also star.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 24

NBC MOVIE OF THE WEEK – IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE – (8-11 p.m.)

SPEND CHRISTMAS EVE WITH THE MOST 'WONDERFUL' HOLIDAY MOVIE IN FRANK CAPRA CLASSIC -- NBC marks a milestone for the nation's visually impaired as the network presents this exclusive and special telecast of Frank Capra's 1946 holiday classic, "It's a Wonderful Life," starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. Through a process of Descriptive TheatreVision, the special presentation will be described for the blind and visually impaired by former President George Bush. Bush's description will inform the viewer of what is occurring on the screen, filling the blanks where no dialogue or other sounds tell a visually impaired person what is happening during a television presentation. The film follows the life of George Bailey (Stewart) from childhood to maturity in the town of Bedford Falls. On what might be his last Christmas Eve, a discouraged Bailey wants to throw his life away. Fortunately, Clarence (Henry Travers), a second-class angel, is sent to show him the value of life. After Clarence gives Bailey a view of Bedford Falls without him, Bailey realizes how precious his life is and gets a second chance. He comes to learn that Clarence was right when he said, "No man is a failure who has friends." The film, which earned Oscar nominations for best picture, director, actor and film editing, was produced and directed by Capra.


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25

DAYS OF OUR LIVES (Check Local Listings)

CHRISTMAS TIME IN SALEM - This year's Christmas in Salem is filled with family drama as usual. Sami (Alison Sweeney) wants to have Christmas with Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) and the twins but Lucas says he wants to be with their other son Will, who's in Switzerland. Belle (Martha Madison) tries to hide her awkwardness around Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) on Christmas since she knows they are aware that she, Belle, cheated on their son, Shawn (Brandon Beemer). Meanwhile, Bo and Hope celebrate their Christmas Eve Wedding Anniversary and at the Salem Hospital Max (Darin Brooks) dresses up as Santa and Nick (Blake Berris) dresses up as an elf for a reading with the children. Deidre Hall, Joe Mascolo, Frances Reid, Jim Reynolds, Mary Beth Evans, Stephen Nichols, James Scott, Jay Johnson, Lauren Koslow, Suzanne Rogers, Peggy McCay, Frank Parker, Julie Pinson, Rachel Melvin and Shelley Hennig also star.

DEAL OR NO DEAL (8-10 p.m.)

SPECIAL TWO-HOUR "DEAL OR NO DEAL" CHRISTMAS WITH SANTA CLAUS, 25 CASES AND GIFTS FOR THE AUDIENCE; VIEWERS AT HOME HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN $100,000 -- It's Christmastime at "Deal or No Deal" when the models appear in festive green and red fur-lined dresses and host Howie Mandel reveals that the audience will receive twelve gifts amazing gifts --which classically dressed Christmas carolers will sing to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." In tonight's episode, contestants will play a special 25 case game, trying to win the top prize of $1 million dollars while avoiding the cases that have been replaced with coal, egg nog and fruit cake. The first player is 71-year-old Harriet Cohen of Los Angeles, California, who is surprised by her firefighter husband when he arrives as Santa Claus on top of an old-fashioned fire truck with fellow firefighters to cheer her on. Also playing tonight is Jennifer Masche of Camp Verde, Arizona -- a mother of sextuplets celebrating their first Christmas together. Viewers at home can also watch and play the "Play At Home Lucky Ornament Game" for a chance to win $100,000.


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26

DAYS OF OUR LIVES (Check Local Listings)

CHRISTMAS TIME IN SALEM - This year's Christmas in Salem is filled with family drama as usual. Sami (Alison Sweeney) wants to have Christmas with Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) and the twins but Lucas says he wants to be with their other son Will, who's in Switzerland. Belle (Martha Madison) tries to hide her awkwardness around Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) on Christmas since she knows they are aware that she, Belle, cheated on their son, Shawn (Brandon Beemer). Meanwhile, Bo and Hope celebrate their Christmas Eve Wedding Anniversary and at the Salem Hospital Max (Darin Brooks) dresses up as Santa and Nick (Blake Berris) dresses up as an elf for a reading with the children. Deidre Hall, Joe Mascolo, Frances Reid, Jim Reynolds, Mary Beth Evans, Stephen Nichols, James Scott, Jay Johnson, Lauren Koslow, Suzanne Rogers, Peggy McCay, Frank Parker, Julie Pinson, Rachel Melvin and Shelley Hennig also star.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 31

NBC'S NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH CARSON DALY (11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.)

CARSON DALY RINGS IN 2008 -- Carson Daly will be on the east coast this holiday season when he and "Last Call" executive producer David Friedman produce "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" live from Times Square in New York City. Expanding on the success of last year's music-filled event, this year's celebration will begin at 11:35 pm (EST) and ring in 2008 with performances by Grammy winning artist Lenny Kravitz, among others.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 1

119TH TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

NBC's live, high-definition coverage of the "119th Tournament of Roses Parade" from Pasadena, California will feature celebrated chef Emeril Lagasse as the Grand Marshal for this year's parade. With a 2008 theme of "Passport to the World's Celebrations," the parade will feature all the lavish floral floats, spectacular marching bands and high-stepping equestrian teams that have made the New Year's Day event so popular. This year's Rose Queen and her court will also appear, along with special guests on spectacular floats, all paying tribute to festivities from around the globe. NBC has been broadcasting the New Year's Day parade for 81 years, beginning on radio in 1927 and then televising the event beginning in 1954. Arthur Forrest is the executive producer/director, Carol Kahl is the supervising producer and Stephanie Prescott is the coordinating producer for NBC Entertainment. Tom Patino is the line producer.
 

 

 

LAILA ALI JOINS HULK HOGAN AS CO-HOST OF NBC'S 'AMERICAN GLADIATORS'
Published: November 9, 2007



 
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BURBANK, Calif. – November 9, 2007 – Athlete, author, champion of health and fitness and all-around entertainer Laila Ali will join Hulk Hogan as co-host of NBC's latest midseason primetime offering, the return of the competition series "American Gladiators."

The announcement was made today by Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment.

"Laila is a Gladiator in her own right," said Plestis. "Her fierceness in the ring is matched only by her charisma and authenticity. There is no competitor -- male or female -- who she can not relate to on a personal and competitive level."

"It's an honor to be reintroducing this American classic to a new generation of fans," said Ali.

Ali made her professional boxing debut on October 8, 1999 and is currently the undefeated Super Middleweight Boxing Champion of the world with a 24-0 record and 21 knock-outs. While Ali has undoubtedly been the major draw in women's boxing for years, she recently took on a new challenge, strutting her stuff in front of America every week on "Dancing With The Stars." In addition, she is the author of a motivational book titled "Reach!"

This show marks the first time Ali has co-hosted a televised competition series.

"American Gladiators," the iconic event/competition show, returns with a fresh modern reinvention for the 21st century. Using splashy twists including special effects, water skills and the latest technology, the classic games will be upgraded with even higher thrills, impact, energy and spectacle.

Celebrating the everyday, true American heroes -- weekend warriors who excel and take pride in their physical fitness -- contestants will go up against the show's gladiators -- charismatic and eclectic warriors -- in the ultimate David & Goliath battle. As in MGM's traditional "American Gladiators" franchise, everyday amateur athletes compete against action stars and stunt professionals in contests of physical strength and endurance. The series will include such classic events as The Joust, The Wall, Hang Tough and the Eliminator.

The eight new gladiators (four men and four women) are action-adventure stars ready to take down the everyday challengers with hard knocks and explosive attitudes. Each challenger will also have a unique story to tell -- and a compelling reason why they need to win. These unsung heroes combine brawn and heart in their effort to be worthy competitors, which the audience can cheer for against the villainous gladiators.

The new series will be produced by MGM Television (the original producers of the show) and Reveille (NBC's "The Office" and "The Biggest Loser," "Nashville Star," "Ugly Betty"). Reveille's Mark Koops, Howard T. Owens and David Hurwitz ("Fear Factor") are the executive producers.
 

 

 

 

HEROES THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE
Published: November 6, 2007

 

 
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It was only a matter of time…

Fate has been leading us inevitably to this moment…

…The all-new Heroes Magazine has arrived!

NEW YORK -- November 5, 2007 -- Titan Publishing Group is proud to announce the release of the brand new Official Heroes Magazine on sale November 20, 2007.

In this 100-page premiere issue, we bring you interviews with Milo Ventimiglia (Peter), Hayden Panettiere (Claire), Masi Oka (Hiro), and, well, everyone else too!

The show's creator Tim Kring will be talking exclusively to us about the incredible first season, as well as giving a few hints about what's coming up for the rest of Season Two. On top of that, in this amazing first issue, we bring you all the latest news, take an in-depth look at the Heroes online comic and share some exclusive photographs from the epic Heroes World Tour.

"We are very excited to team with Titan on this magazine. HEROES is proud to be able to provide more access to the creative process and behind the scenes for the fans, and this magazine is the perfect way to include the audience in the HEROES world," said Tim Kring, creator-executive producer, "Heroes."

The official Heroes Magazine, taking you behind the scenes and beyond on TV's most exciting new show!

Catch Heroes on Monday nights on NBC – 8/9Central

ABOUT THE SHOW
From creator/writer Tim Kring (NBC's "Crossing Jordan") comes the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated "Heroes," an epic drama that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. In its first season, "Heroes" was honored with a People's Choice Award, an AFI Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and this year's TV Land Future Classic Award and the TV Critics Association Awards' Outstanding Program of the Year, as well as nominations at the Golden Globe Awards, NAACP Image Awards, WGA Awards and Satellite Awards.

After a total eclipse casts its shadow across the globe, seemingly calling forth a multitude of everyday men and women with special powers, Dr. Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy, "Blind Guy Driving"), a genetics professor from India, continues to champion his father's theory that there are people with extraordinary abilities living among us. Claire Bennet, an indestructible high school cheerleader (Hayden Panettiere, "Bring it On: All or Nothing"), must hide her ability from her peers while working to maintain her relationship with her father (Jack Coleman, "Dynasty"), a man of mystery who has a keen interest in people like her. Niki Sanders, a Las Vegas single mother (Ali Larter, "Final Destination") with astonishing strength – and a dangerous, amoral mirror image (Jessica Sanders) – struggles to support and protect her young son Micah (Noah Gray-Cabey, "My Wife & Kids"), a genius who can interact with electronic machinery through touch. Matt Parkman, a police detective (Greg Grunberg, "Alias") from Los Angeles, attempts to put his ability to hear the thoughts of others to good use. In Japan, Hiro Nakamura's (Masi Oka, NBC's "Scrubs") ability to pierce the space-time continuum and manipulate time has empowered him to change the future, as he embarks on wild adventures with his best friend Ando Masahashi (James Kyson Lee, "Shutter"). Nathan Petrelli, a congressional hopeful (Adrian Pasdar, "Judging Amy") with the ability to fly, has his dreams dashed after failing to stop his younger brother Peter (Milo Ventimiglia, "Rocky Balboa"), a nurse with the ability to absorb the powers of others, from exploding over the New York City skyline. And after this violent clash in New York, the fate of Sylar, a manipulative serial killer (Zachary Quinto, "24") dedicated to violently collecting the extraordinary talents of special people, is unknown. Meanwhile, in the Dominican Republic, a young woman named Maya Herrera (Dania Ramirez, "The Sopranos") and her twin brother, plagued by her threatening ability, attempt to make the dangerous crossing to the United States in search of help. And Monica Dawson, another young woman (Dana Davis, "The Nine") with newfound special abilities, would give up everything to help the people around her. Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world...

Joining Kring as executive producer are Dennis Hammer (NBC's "Crossing Jordan"), Allan Arkush (NBC's "Crossing Jordan") and Greg Beeman ("Smallville"). The drama is produced by Universal Media Studios in association with Tailwind Productions.

ABOUT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CONSUMER PRODUCTS GROUP
Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is responsible for global licensing and retail strategies as well as building brand recognition of the extensive catalogue of NBC Universal properties. Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is a unit of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

 

 

 

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: A Shocking Supernatural Thriller From the Producers of White Noise, Starring Nathan Fillion and Katee Sackhoff

WHITE NOISE 2 (http://www.whitenoisemovie.com/)

Creeping Exclusively onto DVD and HD DVD on January 8, 2008 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment

-- The line between the living and the dead is once again blurred and taken to terrifying new levels in White Noise 2 (http://www.whitenoisemovie.com/), coming exclusively to DVD on January 8, 2008 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Rogue Pictures. Starring Nathan Fillion ("Desperate Housewives," Serenity) and Katee Sackhoff ("The Bionic Woman," "Battlestar Galactica"), the shocking thriller dives deep into the eerie real-life phenomenon known as Near Death Experience (NDE), an unpredictable new dimension in the communication between the living and the dead, sometimes with unexpected consequences. Drawing on the similar mysterious and unexplainable issues that drew attention to the original hit film White Noise and the paranormal elements of Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP), White Noise 2 (http://www.whitenoisemovie.com/) tells the story of how communication with the other side can lead to a spiritual awakening for some and frightening experiences for others. The DVD is priced at $29.98 SRP.

SPINE-TINGLING BONUS MATERIALS

The White Noise 2 (http://www.whitenoisemovie.com/) DVD contains a fascinating, sometimes chilling look at the mysterious real-life phenomenon behind the film's story and the film itself:

-- More than 30 minutes of terrifying Deleted Scenes

-- Exploring Near Death Experience -- A look at the truth behind NDE, the

well-documented phenomenon that inspired the film.

-- The Making Of White Noise 2 -- From concept to completion, this

featurette is filled with interviews, b-roll and behind-the-scenes

footage that showcase the cast, the crew and the craziness it took to

bring this frightening tale to life.

-- Journey Into Madness -- Star Nathan Fillion and the film's location and

witchcraft expert Barbara Copp take viewers on a full tour of the

Crease Clinic, Vancouver's infamous psychiatric hospital where much of

the film was shot.

SYNOPSIS

Following the brutal murder of his wife and child, Abe Dale (Nathan Fillion) barely survives a suicide attempt, and begins to believe that his Near Death Experience has left him with the power to identify those about to die. A glowing aura that only he can see singles out the doomed and Dale, traumatized by his inability to save his own family, is determined to keep as many of people alive as possible. But when he begins to pull those back from the verge of death, he finds that the price for cheating fate is higher than he could ever have imagined. Inspired by stories of the very real phenomenon of Near Death Experience, White Noise 2 examines the ultimate penalty for interfering with destiny.

CAST AND FILMMAKERS

Directed By: Patrick Lussier

Written By: Matt Venne

Produced By: Shawn Williamson

Director of Photography: Brian Pearson

Production Designer: Anthony Neskoromny

Edited By: Tom Elkins, Patrick Lussier

Costume Designer: Maya Mani

Original Music By: Normand Corbeil

Cast: Nathan Fillion, Katee Sackhoff, Craig Fairbrass, Adrian Holmes,

Kendall Cross, Teryl Rothery

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

DVD

Street Date: January 8, 2008

Pre-Order Close: December 4, 2007

Copyright: 2007 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Price: $29.98 SRP

Rating: PG-13 (Intense sequences of violence and terror, some disturbing

images, thematic material and language)

Aspect Ratio: Full Frame 1.33:1

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 (English and Spanish)

Running Time: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

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ILLEGAL TENDER ON DVD DECEMBER 18, 2007 FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Published: October 25, 2007

 
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OVERVIEW: From producer John Singleton (Hustle and Flow, Four Brothers) comes the intense action-thriller about one Latino family's quest for honor and revenge. When the gangsters who killed his father come to settle a score, a young man and his mother turn the tables on the killers in this hard-hitting story fueled by deadly feuds and a lethally escalating game of cat and mouse.

Directed by Franc. Reyes (Empire) and starring Rick Gonzales (Coach Carter, "Reaper"), Wanda De Jesus ("CSI: Miami"), Dania Ramirez (X-Men, "Heroes") and renowned recording artist Tego Calderón ("Los Mate," "Chillin'"), Illegal Tender has been called "An homage to gangster movies like Scarface" by Christy Lemire, Associated Press.


BONUS FEATURES: The Illegal Tender DVD is loaded with extras that go inside the making of the film including:
• Deleted Scenes

• The Making of Illegal Tender: Go behind-the-scenes as this compelling, non-stop action-thriller unfolds before the cameras as "Hustle and Flow" producer John Singleton works hand-in-hand with screenwriter and director Franc. Reyes

• Music Video: "Dame Dame" music video by Que No featuring Dicky Ranking and Abusivo

• Making of "Dame Dame" Music Video

SYNOPSIS: Producer John Singleton (Four Brothers, Hustle & Flow) and writer/director Franc. Reyes (Empire) join forces to tell the story of one Latino family's quest for honor and revenge. Wilson De Leon, Jr. (Rick Gonzalez) is an exceptional college student with an adoring girlfriend (Dania Ramirez) , doting mother (Wanda De Jesus) and a future full of promise. But when the ghosts from his mother's past come back to haunt his present, he comes to understand the true meaning of his mother's motto to "Always Protect the Family" and the ultimate sacrifice paid by his deceased father. Now, in a battle fueled by family ties and blood feuds, it becomes very clear what happens when anyone tries to come between this son and his mother.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Street Date: December 18, 2007
Pre-Order Close: November 13, 2007
Copyright: 2007 All Rights Reserved Universal Studios
Price: $29.98
Selection Number: 61102663 WS
Running Time: 1 hour 48 Minutes
Layers: Dual Layers
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: R for violence, language, and some sexuality
Languages/Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1




Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

CONTACTS: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

 

 

 

 

NBC Universal's 'Green Is Universal' Initiative Includes More Than 150 Hours of Green-Themed Content

Ongoing Plans to Create Cleaner Operations Worldwide

Funding Awarded to Environmentally-Focused Organizations

NEW YORK, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- NBC Universal announced details for more than 150 hours of environmentally themed content encompassing all of NBCU's divisions across multiple platforms for the week of Nov. 4 - 10. Additionally, the company took further steps to green its own operations worldwide, and for the first time, will award funds from the NBC Universal Foundation to three environmentally-focused organizations. The announcements, part of NBC Universal's ongoing "Green Is Universal" initiative, were made by Jeff Zucker, President and CEO, NBC Universal and Lauren Zalaznick, Chairman, NBC Universal Green Council and President, Bravo Media.

"The environment has become both a corporate and cultural issue," said Zucker. "As a leading media and entertainment company, NBC Universal has a responsibility, both in our own operations and in driving awareness. Green is good for the world and the bottom line."

"Starting with this launch week of programming, the ongoing 'Green Is Universal' initiative will help reach hundreds of millions of NBCU's consumers, raising awareness, entertaining and ultimately, driving results," said Zalaznick. "This week reinforces NBCU's continued commitment to help raise environmental awareness through what we do in front of the cameras and behind the scenes, in our offices, and in how we interact with the community."

Separate related announcements are being made today by NBC Entertainment, NBC Universal Entertainment Cable, the Sundance Channel, Universal Parks and the Telemundo Network. Highlights of the company's efforts are listed below.

NBC Universal's corporate commitment to green its own operations worldwide continues to grow with its recently announced creation of a new West Coast News Headquarters and Content Center. The Center will be a leading example of sustainable design, construction and transit-oriented development under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED(R) rating system. NBC Universal will seek LEED Silver certification for new construction for the Center and will target LEED for existing buildings for its ongoing operations. Completed in May 2007, the Universal Studios lot installed its first solar energy system, the largest in the industry. Located on approximately 2.5 acres of hillside property, NBC Universal's long-term goal is to secure an increasing portion of its power from solar or wind generators.

In 2007, a different car service was introduced in New York, resulting in a 75 percent air pollution improvement over the old service and will be further improved by yearend when 25 percent of the fleet is replaced by Hybrid vehicles. Additionally, NBC Universal is in the process of deploying multi- functional office machines to enable employees to scan and e-mail documents, thus eliminating the need for multiple devices and reducing paper use.

NBC Universal's office supplier now provides paper with 34 percent recycled content. This equates to 145,000 gallons of water saved, 400 trees saved and 81,000 KWH conserved, or the equivalent of providing electricity to seven homes a year.

NBC Universal has been measuring greenhouse gas emissions since 2004 and in the coming months, the company has committed to conducting Energy Conservation Surveys ("eco audit") that will identify and prioritize additional internal environmental improvements. The company will work with GreenOrder, a sustainability strategy firm to provide an independent, quantitative analysis and verification of its environmental footprint.

Separately, the NBC Universal Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations that concentrate on strengthening public secondary education, has selected one national and two local environmentally-focused organizations to receive grants to promote environmental education and help employees get directly engaged in environmental efforts in their communities. They are the Student Conservation Association (www.thesca.org); New York Restoration Project (www.nyrp.org) and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps (www.lacorps.org).

"The More You Know," NBC Universal's award-winning public service campaign, will debut brand new environmentally-themed spots to be broadcast across all platforms. The messages will focus on global warming, pollution and recycling as well as provide viewers with ways to make a difference. Participating NBCU talent include: Molly Sims, Josh Duhamel and James Lesure ("Las Vegas"); Noah Gray-Cabey ("Heroes"); Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order: SVU"); Ann Curry ("Today"); Jesse Martin and Jeremy Sisto ("Law & Order"); Linda Cardellini ("ER"); Donald Faison ("Scrubs"); Tim Gunn ("Project Runway" and "Guide To Style," Bravo); Jeffrey Donovan ("Burn Notice," USA); Tricia Helfer ("Battlestar Galactica," Sci-Fi); Maria Celeste ("Al Rojo Vivo con Celeste," Telemundo).

The company will launch a digital home for NBC Universal's "Green Is Universal" initiative -- www.GreenIsUniversal.com -- to bring an environmental perspective to its networks, platforms, audiences and communities. Kicking-off on Nov. 4 with seven days of environmentally-themed programming, GreenIsUniversal.com will live on with green tips, green clips, and a fast- paced blog covering everything at NBC Universal, and beyond.

Highlights of the company's 150 hours of green-themed content for the week of Nov. 4-10 include:

NBC Sports kicks-off "Green Is Universal" on Nov. 4 during the "Sunday Night Football" game between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. NBC's "Football Night in America" host Bob Costas will explain the programming effort on NBC during the NFL studio show as NBC Universal's networks simultaneously turn their respective network logos green at 8 p.m. ET. The broadcast also will feature additional announcements about "Green Is Universal," as well as incorporate the themes throughout its broadcast on Sunday night.

The following Saturday, Nov. 10, the Air Force vs. Notre Dame college football game will feature the University of Notre Dame's students' and professors' research for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2), from the emissions of power plants, which could ultimately contribute to reversing the effects of global warming.

Highlighted by the "Today" show's "Ends of the Earth" trip (see separate release), NBC News will dedicate programming across many of its platforms as part of the Initiative. "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" will feature a five-part green series -- dedicating each night to a single topic: water, wind, grass, bio-fuels, nuclear, and how to "green your house." NBC News' Environmental Correspondent, Anne Thompson, will contribute to this series.

MSNBC will broadcast green-themed segments and programming all week, including an emphasis on the politics of Green on "Super Tuesday," Nov. 6. Throughout the week, the channel's "best and worst weather in America" segments will focus on how environmental changes affect weather.

MSNBC.com will kick off its green series with special stories and interactive features, including user-generated content showing what it's like to be green in America. The FirstPerson eco-gallery will feature videos and photos from consumers across the nation illustrating what they're doing to help the environment. MSNBC.com will also feature interactive slideshows, original stories, and video on a range of environmental issues.

MSNBC.com's interactive features include "Warming World," a gateway into compelling video, slideshows and stories about climate change around the world. Consumers can also log on and learn about carbon trading, see how the greenhouse effect happens, discover interesting engineering ideas to cool the Earth, check out the greenest and meanest cars, and find out about new and environmentally-friendly commuting options.

CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, will focus on investing opportunities in the rapidly expanding and dynamic green movement covering what Wall Street, venture capital firms and corporations are doing in such areas as clean technology, alternative energy, and sustainability, providing information for investors. In addition, CNBC will have "conversations" with CEOs of top companies that are making a business in the green space; large investors; environmental trailblazers in both the private and government sectors; economic experts, as well as those who question the business value of green. On Nov. 7, CNBC will report from the Pacific Growth Equities 2007 Clean Technology & Industrial Growth Conference in San Francisco; on Nov. 8, CNBC's housing reporter Diana Olick will report from Chicago and the Green Build Conference and Expo. That night, the network will broadcast a special green edition of CNBC's "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch" at 10 p.m. ET.

From the first and largest community of women online, iVillage's iGo Green channel (www.ivillage.com/green) helps moms make the green lifestyle work for them by featuring a wide variety and depth of green content, from organic Thanksgiving ideas to eco-friendly gifts. In addition, iVillage's gURL.com will feature a recycling game and Astrology.com will feature Green Scopes. Every day, new green content will be featured both on iVillage.com's main page and on its iGo Green channel, including opportunities to give green within iVillage Cares, with click-to-donate links for a variety of causes.

On November 1, iVillage.com will launch the iVillage Forest, (www.ivillageforest.com), a virtual wintertime forest where visitors can help offset the 32 million trees that are cut down each December for holiday decorating. For each $5 donation, a virtual tree is planted in the iVillage Forest and a live tree is planted by The Conservation Fund (www.conservationfund.org).

The NBC Owned-and-Operated Stations will incorporate extensive environmentally- themed stories throughout their newscasts and display green logos and graphics on air. In addition, the group will run a half-hour special on "Going Green at Any Age!" (check local listings). The stations' Going Green websites will also have a green theme and will provide calculators that can determine an individual's impact on the earth according to carbon, water and energy use. Users can also download widgets to get regional and national environmental news as well as the latest local headlines sent to their desktops. Many of the stations will also continue to partner with local organizations to promote green awareness in their communities.

NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution's "Access Hollywood" will report on Hollywood celebrities making an environmental difference, with additional green interviews posted online at (www.accesshollywood.com). On the Nov. 6 edition of "The Martha Stewart Show," (check local listings) naturalist, media personality and author David Mizejewski of the National Wildlife Federation, joins Stewart with several creepy-crawly friends to help educate her viewers on the growing importance of involving children in green activities and encouraging them to spend more time outdoors. "Lyons and Bailes Reel Talk" will highlight Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth" on the November 10-11 episodes. Additionally, "The Jerry Springer Show," "Maury," "The Steve Wilkos Show," "The Chris Matthews Show," "The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo," "Your Total Health" and "Lyons & Bailes" are all participating in the effort.

Universal Pictures will prominently promote "Green Is Universal" on www.universalpictures.com with a lead editorial placement and banner at the bottom of the page. Universal Pictures also will send its more than 400,000 newsletter subscribers information on the "Green Is Universal" initiative, and GetOnBoardNow.org will be updated with current content. Universal Pictures will run the "Green Is Universal" PSA's as a post-roll on their online trailers during this programming week and as ads in theater lobbies.

About NBC Universal

NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May, 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric and 20% owned by Vivendi.

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SCI FI CHANNEL GREENLIGHTS NEW CBS PARAMOUNT PILOT REVOLUTION FROM WRITERS/EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS ED REDLICH AND JOHN BELUCCI AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SIMON WEST
Published: October 18, 2007



 
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New York, NY – October 18, 2007 -- SCI FI Channel has greenlighted a two-hour drama/action pilot entitled Revolution, it was announced today by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming SCI FI. Much like our own revolution and the struggles of the American colonists, Revolution is the sweeping story of 'New America,' a distant colony on an Earth-like planet struggling for its independence from an increasingly hostile homeland.

Revolution is created and written by Ed Redlich (Shark, Without a Trace) and John Bellucci (Jack and Bobby, Without a Trace) who will both serve as executive producers along with executive producer Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Keen Eddie), and co-executive producer Jib Polhemus for Simon West Productions. The pilot from CBS Paramount Network Television is slated to begin production in January 2008.

New America is a colony settled by the now-named 'United State of America' on a planet resembling our own, located 50 light years away. Echoing many contemporary issues and themes, it is a futuristic version of a new world's passionate fight for freedom. The expansive drama centers on the Hart family – one of the founding families of New America. Tom, a former military man turned industrialist, is the patriarch of the family facing great pressure from the government to increasingly tax the colonists already heavily burdened. His two sons have struggles of their own with one rebelling against his industrialist grandfather and the old America, the other more radical one heading toward revolution. His 16 year-old daughter is simply trying to find her way in this world. Add to this a new local Governor torn between her allegiance to the colony and her desire for peace, and a young ambitious bureaucrat looking to bring the colony back under control.

"'Revolution' is a powerful drama with all of the key emotional elements," said Mark Stern. "There are power struggles, love stories, rebellions, victories, great sacrifices plus thrills and action. Ultimately it's a story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances and the heroes that emerge even in the most trying of times."

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 92 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.


 

 

 

 

NBC TOPS ALL BROADCAST NETWORKS AT 59TH ANNUAL EMMY AWARDS
Published: September 17, 2007


 
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PEACOCK NETWORK WINS 19 EMMYS INCLUDING "30 ROCK" AS OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

"TONY BENNETT: AN AMERICAN CLASSIC" HITS A HIGH NOTE WITH SEVEN STATUETTES, THE MOST EMMYS OF ANY PROGRAM

UNIVERSAL MEDIA STUDIOS SCORES PERSONAL BEST WITH 13, SETTING A NEW EMMY RECORD FOR THE STUDIO

USA NETWORK PICKS UP ONE FOR "THE STARTER WIFE" AS JUDY DAVIS WINS OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINISERIES

"LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN" NABS A WRITING EMMY AFTER 12 CONSECUTIVE NOMINATIONS

"THE OFFICE"'S GREG DANIELS ALSO WINS A WRITING EMMY

"KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST" WINS FOR OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM AT CREATIVE ARTS EMMYS


LOS ANGELES - September 16, 2007 - NBC turned in its best Emmy showing since 2002 and once again dominated all broadcast networks collecting a total of 19 statuettes between last week's Creative Arts Emmys and tonight's Primetime awards. The Peacock Network won seven at the Primetime awards and 12 at the Creative Arts Emmys.

Tonight proved to be a magical and impressive evening for NBC and Universal Media Studios as the network soundly defeated all other broadcast networks, racking up its best showing since 2002. Universal Media Studios (nee NBC Universal Television Studio) won a record 13 Emmys, spearheaded by "30 Rock," "Saturday Night Live" and "The Office" with two each.

NBC Universal cable networks, USA Network, Bravo and SCI FI Channel also picked up a total of five Emmys between the two Emmy-fests.

Leading the way for the NBC network was the critically acclaimed special, "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," which won a total of seven Emmys including Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Bennett, himself, won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance. Airing Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006 from 8-9 p.m. (ET), "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" averaged 6.4 million viewers overall.

Freshman series "30 Rock" rocked the house with a win as Outstanding Comedy Series. "30 Rock" was the second-most upscale comedy on network television last season, behind only NBC's "The Office," in concentration of affluent homes in its adult 18-49 audience. For the season, "30 Rock" averaged a 2.7 in 18-49 and 5.8 million viewers overall.

After 11 consecutive tries, "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" finally won Emmy gold for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series.

"All of us at NBC share in the excitement of this wonderful Emmy Awards night and congratulate every one of our talented winners, both at the network and the studio," said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. "It is especially gratifying to see that their industry peers have honored them, and that they share our passion and admiration for their excellent work this past year."

"We are extremely proud of our Emmy winners who were recognized tonight," added Marc Graboff, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. "The recognition that these artists and shows so richly deserve will provide NBC with additional momentum as we approach the new season."

Totals for all NBC Universal companies is as follows:

NBC - 19
Universal Media Studios - 13
USA Network - 2
Bravo - 2
SCI FI Channel - 1

Shows with multiple wins are as follows:

"Tony Bennett: An American Classic" - 7
"30 Rock" - 2
"Saturday Night Live" - 2
"The Office" - 2

All NBC Universal Emmy winners follow:

TONY BENNETT: AN AMERICAN CLASSIC (NBC)
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
RPM TV Productions, Inc.
Danny Bennett, Executive Producer
Jodi Hurwitz, Producer
John DeLuca, Executive Producer
Rob Marshall, Executive Producer

Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
Tony Bennett

Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
Rob Marshall

Outstanding Costumes for a Variety/Music Program or a Special
Colleen Atwood, Costume Designer
Kendall Errair, Wardrobe Supervisor

Outstanding Art Direction for Variety, Music or Nonfiction Programming
John Myhre, Production Designer
Tomas Voth, Art Director
Barbara Cassel, Set Decorator

Outstanding Choreography
Rob Marshall, Choreographer
John Deluca, Choreographer

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special
Dae Bennett, Recorded & Mixed by
Sue Pelino, Re-Recording Mixer
Christopher Koch, Additional Audio Post Mixer


30 ROCK (NBC)
Outstanding Comedy Series
Lorne Michaels, Executive Producer
Tina Fey, Executive Producer
David Miner, Executive Producer
JoAnn Alfano, Executive Producer
Marci Klein, Executive Producer
Robert Carlock, Executive Producer
Jack Burditt, Co-Executive Producer
John Riggi, Co-Executive Producer
Brett Baer, Co-Executive Producer
Dave Finkel, Co-Executive Producer
Adam Bernstein, Supervising Producer
Jeff Richmond, Producer
Jerry Kupfer, Produced By

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Elaine Stritch


LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC)
Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
Mike Sweeney, Head Writer
Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Dan Cronin, Devin Dorff, Daniel J. Goor, Michael Gordon, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Tim Harrod, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg, writers


MY NAME IS EARL (NBC)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Jaime Pressly


FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (NBC)
Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
Linda Lowry, Casting
John Brace, Casting
Beth Sepko, Location Casting


LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Leslie Caron


THE OFFICE (NBC)
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Greg Daniels

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series
David Rogers, Editor
Dean Holland, Editor


SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
Justin Timberlake, Composer & Lyricist
Jorma Taccone, Composer & Lyricist
Katreese Barnes, Composer
Asa Taccone, Composer
Akiva Schaffer, Lyricist
Andy Samberg, Lyricist
Song title: "Dick in a Box"

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Series
Steven Cimino, Technical Director
John Pinto, Camera
Richard B. Fox, Camera
Brian Phraner, Camera
Barry Frischer, Camera
Eric A. Eisenstein, Camera
Susan Noll, Senior Video
Frank Grisanti, Senior Video


SCRUBS (NBC)
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (half hour) and Animation
Joe Foglia, Production Mixer
John W. Cook II, Re-recording Mixer
Peter J. Nusbaum, Re-Recording Mixer


STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP (NBC)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
John Goodman


THE STARTER WIFE (USA NETWORK)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Judy Davis


MONK (USA NETWORK)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Stanley Tucci


KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST (BRAVO)
Outstanding Reality Program
Marcia Mule, Executive Producer
Bryan Scott, Executive Producer
Lisa M. Tucker, Executive Producer
Kathy Griffin, Executive Producer
Lenid Rolov, Supervising Producer
Beth Wichterich, Supervising Producer
Kelly Luegenbiehl, Supervising Producer
Cori Abraham, Executive Producer
Frances Berwick, Executive Producer
Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Producer


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL (BRAVO)
Outstanding Picture Editing for a Special (single or multi-camera)
Sylvain Lebel, Editor


BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SCI FI CHANNEL)
Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series
Gary Hutzel, Visual Effects Supervisor
Michael Gibson, Senior VFX Coordinator
Doug Drexler, CG Supervisor
Adam "MOJO" Lebowitz, CGI Sequence Designer
Jeremy Hoey, Lead Matte Painter
Tom Archer, Lead Compositor
Andrew Karr, CGI Supervisor
Alex McClymont, Lead CGI Artist/Animator
Brenda Campbell, Lead Compositor


HOUSE (UNIVERSAL MEDIA STUDIOS FOR FOX)
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup
Dalia Dokter, Department Head Prosthetic Makeup Artist
Jamie Kelman, Ed French, Prosthetic Makeup Artists
 

 

 

 

'THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW' GETTING FEMININE TOUCH FOR 17TH SEASON IN NATIONAL SYNDICATION


 

 
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Springer Hires Three Off-Duty Female Law Enforcement Officers To Help His Security Detail

Hit Series Returns With New Episodes on Monday September 17th

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CHICAGO - September 14, 2007 – "The Jerry Springer Show" is getting a feminine touch for its 17th season, which kicks off Monday Sept. 17th (check local listings) in national syndication.

Bringing viewers the outrageous guests they've come to expect, the upcoming season will continue the show's tradition of always being full of surprises. This fall "The Jerry Springer Show" is beefing up Jerry's security detail with three women security guards.

Mimi Madrigal, Katie Darwin and Mari Flores, all current off-duty law enforcement officers, will join with the veteran male members of the Springer security team this season.

"The truth is, with these three women, our security has never been better (looking)!" says host Jerry Springer, who is coming off a successful run as host of NBC's hit summer series "America's Got Talent."

"The last time I got arrested it was by these three women," says Executive Producer Richard Dominick. "They were very forceful and impressive, so I gave them a job."

Darwin, who is 5'8" and blonde, is from "the Sox side of town" in Chicago. Following in her mother's footsteps, she has been in law enforcement for three years now. Madrigal is the shortest, but probably the toughest new addition to the Springer security team. A law enforcement agent for more than 10 years, Madrigal is a die-hard Chicago White Sox fan, native of Chicago and can hold her own with any of the show's guests.

And Flores, the third newcomer to the security force, is a nine-year law enforcement veteran. This tall brunette stays fit by salsa dancing and wave-running on Lake Michigan. Excited to be a part of the security team, Flores says, "I'm really looking forward to the adventure on Jerry's stage! You never know what's going to happen."

"The Jerry Springer Show" is heading into its 17th season in national syndication and is distributed by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. Richard Dominick is the show's executive producer.

About NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution:
NBC Universal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. The NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution division is responsible for the distribution of NBC Universal product to all forms of television within the U.S. and Canada. This includes distribution of current and library film and television product, including formats and non-scripted programming, in the pay, free, and basic markets, as well as the domestic syndication of first-run syndicated TV programs and theatrical and TV movie packages.

Current and upcoming first-run strip syndicated programming at NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution includes Access Hollywood, Blind Date, The Jerry Springer Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Maury and The Steve Wilkos Show. Current first-run weekly syndicated programming includes The Chris Matthews Show, The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo, Your Total Health, Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk and the off-network distribution of The Office, House, Monk, the Law & Order series and much more.

 

 

 

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: 'Evening'

Tentative Street Date: 9/25/2007

-- OVERVIEW:

A stellar, all-star cast, including Academy Award(R) winners Vanessa Redgrave and Meryl Streep, Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Glenn Close, and introducing Glenn Close's daughter Naomi Gummer breathe glorious life into Susan Minot's beloved novel. "Evening" is a critically acclaimed, heart-warming and deeply engaging story about secrets of the past revealed and the bonds formed between mothers and daughters, family and friends, and the loves of our lives.

PRELIMINARY BONUS FEATURES:

-- Deleted Scenes

-- One Weekend By The Sea: Remembering "Evening": A look at the making

of "Evening."

-- Adapting "Evening": Focusing on author Susan Minot and Screenwriter

Michael Cunningham we'll learn how "Evening" was adapted from the

pages of a novel to the pages of a script, and how it will come alive

on screen.

 

SYNOPSIS: As Ann Grant (Academy Award(R) winner Vanessa Redgrave) nears the end of her life, she confesses to her daughters (Academy Award(R) nominee Toni Collette and Tony Award winner Natasha Richardson) the story of a weekend 50 years earlier when she met the one true love of her life. In those two days of passion, Ann (played as a young woman by Golden Globe-winner Claire Danes) learns that the choices we make often lead to unspeakable joys and even to unbearable tragedies, but always to the twists of fate that shape the story of our lives. As the daughters piece together this extraordinary story of their mother's past and present, it brings them all together in a way none of them could ever have imagined.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Street Date: September 25, 2007

Pre-Order Close: September 11, 2007

Price: $29.98 SRP Also available on HD DVD Combo Disc.

Selection Number: 62033446 WS

Running Time: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

Layers: Dual Layers

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1

Rating: PG-13 for some thematic elements, sexual material, a brief

accident scene and language.

Languages/Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

 

 

THREE OF THE MOST INFAMOUS BIG SCREEN HORROR ICONS — FREDDY, JASON AND LEATHERFACE — WREAK HAVOC AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD, THE ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL OF L.A., AS 'HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS' COMES TO LIFE FOR 10 TERROR-FILLED NIGHTS BEGINNING, FRIDAY OCTOBER 5
Published: September 6, 2007



 
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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – September 6, 2007 -- Three of the big screen's most infamous horror icons, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Leatherface, join forces for the first time to invade Universal Studios Hollywood's "Halloween Horror Nights" as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. brings to life New Line Cinema's legendary horror film franchises, "Friday the 13th," "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" in the Southland's most intense interactive Halloween experience with four new mazes and a new edition of the "Terror Tram," allowing guests to venture on foot through Universal's legendary back lot.
"Halloween Horror Nights" will extend over 10 nights beginning Friday, October 5 and continue on October 6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-28 and on Halloween, October 31. The event will begin nightly at 7:00 p.m.; closing hours vary by night throughout the event.
Freddy, Jason and Leatherface will each be featured within his own labyrinth of carnage, elevating the "Halloween Horror Nights" experience to appalling levels of madness and mayhem, levels that could only be realized by fiends as grisly as Jason, Leatherface and Freddy.
Each of the mazes will capture the gruesome tone of the notorious films to catapult horror fans to an excruciating level of intimacy often kept at a safe distance by virtue of the movie screen.
The popular "Terror Tram" experience-- unique to Universal Studios Hollywood—allows guests to disembark from Studio Tour trams and walk among the historic sets of the Universal backlot, birthplace of the horror genre. The backlot experience—incorporating such Hollywood landmarks as Psycho House, Bates Motel and the "War of the World's" airplane crash disaster scene—will play a pivotal role in the reemergence of Freddy, Jason and Leatherface where guests-victims will weave through the debauchery and fall prey to their tortured, sadistic minds.

Universal Studios Hollywood's "Halloween Horror Nights" will also feature a series of specially-created, spine-tingling entertainment adding an alarming element to the overall Halloween experience. Highlights include the new "House of Horrors" maze where Universal's most notorious monsters will descend upon guests as they navigate the creepy confines of vampire lairs, cannibal caves and psycho film slashers.
Universal Studios Hollywood's favorite attractions will remain open for the nighttime Halloween Horror Nights experience, but many will feature a menacing twist. The standing sets and themed streets of the theme park will be transformed into a bloodbath, as if scenes from horror films that were left on cutting room floor exploded to life. A transformed "WaterWorld," "Jurassic Park—In the Dark," the "Revenge of the Mummy" psychological thrill ride roller coaster and "Terminator 2:3D" will all seem like tranquil respites from Jason, Freddy and Leatherface's bedlam.
"Chucky's Insult Emporium" will provide a mix of menace and humor to the event, and the ingenious sleight-of-sight performances by two internationally renowned stunt magicians, Kevin James and Brian Bushwood, will feature an original mix of unusual feats from risky fire-eating stunts to tactfully hammering nails into eyeballs and sawing people in half before literally re-attaching them before guests' very eyes.
For more information on "Halloween Horror Nights" and to purchase advance tickets, including the popular "Stay & Scream" ticket option inviting guests to purchase a combo day and "Halloween Horror Nights" ticket, please access www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com, call 818-622-3801 or visit the Universal Studios Hollywood ticket booths. Various promotional offers include tickets for as low as $29 with any Coke can or special coupon from Del Taco restaurants. "Halloween Horror Nights" tickets will also be sold in advance at Vons Grocery Stores where consumers can save up to $22 off a ticket with the purchase of any Coca-Cola product.
The terror of Jason, Freddy and Leatherface will also extend to Universal Orlando, where the theme park will be celebrating its 17th annual event, thus making this year's "Halloween Horror Nights" the largest bi-coastal event in the U.S.
Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex; the Universal CityWalk Cinemas; and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue. The theme park features such groundbreaking attractions as "Revenge of the Mummysm – The Ride," "Shrek 4-D™," "Jurassic Park® – The Ride," the world-renowned Studio Tour, which takes guests behind-the-scenes of such landmark TV and movie locations and sets as Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds," and the upcoming Spring 2008 new mega-attraction based on the blockbuster hit series, "The Simpsons." Universal CityWalk features 65 entertainment-themed restaurants, nightclubs, shops and dynamic entertainment options. Universal CityWalk Cinemas, offering the best movie-going experience in Los Angeles, features 19 screens including one of Southern California's largest IMAX® venues and newly renovated stadium-style seating.
Universal Studios Hollywood (www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com) is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of Universal Studios, a part of NBC Universal. NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May of 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi.
 

 

 

 

 

IT'S A SIZZLING SUMMER FOR THE NBC UNIVERSAL CABLE GROUP, WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR TWICE AS MANY TOP-25 ORIGINAL SUMMER SERIES AS ANY OTHER BASIC CABLE GROUP
Published: September 4, 2007


 
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USA, SCI FI AND BRAVO COMBINE TO ACCOUNT FOR 10 OF THE SUMMER'S TOP 25 ORIGINAL BASIC-CABLE ENTERTAINMENT SERIES

USA IS THE SUMMER'S #1 CABLE NETWORK, ACCOUNTING FOR FIVE OF THE TOP SEVEN FIRST-RUN ENTERTAINMENT SERIES ON BASIC CABLE THIS SUMMER

SCI FI DELIVERS YEAR-TO-YEAR GAINS, ENJOYING ITS BEST SUMMER EVER AMONG ADULTS 18-34 AND WOMEN 18-34

BRAVO IS UP 10 PERCENT YEAR-TO-YEAR IN 18-49 TO DELIVER ITS BIGGEST SUMMER EVER

BURBANK, Calif. – September 4, 2007 – The NBC Universal Entertainment Cable Networks, USA Network, SCI FI Channel and BRAVO, have delivered 10 of this summer's top 25 original basic-cable entertainment series in adults 25-54, twice as many as any other cable group, according to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.

USA's "The Starter Wife," "Burn Notice," "WWE Entertainment," "Monk" and "Psych" accounted for five of the summer's top seven and teamed with SCI FI's "Eureka" and "Ghost Hunters," Bravo's Emmy-nominated "Top Chef" and USA's "The 4400" and "The Dead Zone" to account for more of this summer's top-25 original basic-cable entertainment series than any other group. The list is determined by averages of original telecasts only and excludes shows that ran substantial portions of their seasons outside the summer months*. Figures are "live plus seven day" Nielsen ratings, except for the two most recent weeks, which are "live plus same day."

While the NBC Universal Entertainment Cable Networks account for 10 shows on that top-25 list, the Turner cable networks are #2 with five shows on the list.

It's been a hot summer for all three NBC Universal Entertainment Cable Networks. USA was the #1 network in all of cable in primetime among adults 25-54 (1.3 million), adults 18-49 (1.3 million) and adults 18-34 (584,00). Among ad-supported cable networks, USA was also #1 in households (2.1 coverage rating) and total viewers (2.8 million).

USA was the #1 basic-cable network in 25-54 on every night that it regularly ran original programming -- on Mondays with "WWE Monday Night Raw," on Thursdays with "The Starter Wife" and "Burn Notice," on Fridays with "Monk and "Psyche" and on Sundays with "The Dead Zone" and "The 4400."

For the summer of 2007, SCI FI Channel delivered primetime year-over-year gains of 4 percent in 18-49 viewers (586,000), 5 percent in 25-54 viewers (657,000) and 3 percent in total viewers (1.208 million). It's SCI FI's best summer ever among adults 18-34 (229,000) and women 18-34 (103,000).

Top SCI FI performers this summer included "Ghost Hunters," which delivered its best season to date, "Destination Truth," SCI FI's strongest alternative series launch since "Ghost Hunters," and "Eureka," SCI FI's top series for 2007 to date. "Ghost Hunters" and "Destination Truth" teamed up this summer to deliver four of the top 10 Wednesdays ever for SCI FI in primetime 18-49 viewers.

Bravo delivered its biggest summer numbers ever in adults 18-49 (341,000 viewers in primetime), total viewers (635,000) and other key categories. Versus the summer of 2006, Bravo was up 10 percent in 18-49 (341,000 vs. 310,000) and up 15 percent in total viewers (635,000 vs. 552,000).

Propelling Bravo to these summer heights were season three of the Emmy-nominated "Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List," which soared 66 percent above its season-two average in 18-49 (630,000 vs. 379,000) and 58 percent above season two in total viewers (855,000 vs. 541,000); the Emmy-nominated "Top Chef 3," which is running up 17 percent in 18-49 (1.390 million vs. 1.193 million) versus "Top Chef 2" and up 24 percent among total viewers (2.099 million vs. 1.697 million) through nine episodes; and " Flipping Out," which achieved its strongest numbers to date with its August 21 debut of episode four (458,000 adults 18-49 and 623,000 total viewers).

The following chart list adult 25-54 averages for basic cable's top original summer entertainment series:

Rank PROGRAMS ORIG P25-54
MC AA(000)
1 CLOSER, THE TNT 3246
2 STARTER WIFE, THE USA 2343
3 BURN NOTICE USA 2334
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 2273
5 MONK USA 2253
6 SAVING GRACE TNT 2223
7 PSYCH USA 2197
8 ARMY WIVES LIF 2035
9 ICE ROAD TRUCKERS HIST 2029
10 RESCUE ME FX 1860
11 BILL ENGVALL SHOW, THE TBSC 1618
12 HOUSE OF PAYNE TBSC 1593
13 LA INK TLC 1526
14 HILLS, THE MTV 1444
15 DAMAGES FX 1441
16 TOP CHEF BRVO 1426
17 4400, THE USA 1424
18 DEAD ZONE, THE USA 1385
19 NEXT FN STAR 3 FOOD 1332
20 EUREKA SCIFI 1306
21 MAN VS. WILD DISC 1290
22 DIRTY JOBS DISC 1264
23 GHOST HUNTERS SCIFI 1236
24 DESIGN STAR II HGTV 1193
25 HEARTLAND TNT 1153


* FX's "The Shield" and Discovery's "Deadliest Catch" are excluded from this list.
 

 

NBC Universal Television Content Now Available on Amazon Unbox

Hit TV Series, Including The Office, Heroes, and 30 Rock, as Well as All New Fall NBC Series Available on Amazon.com's Digital Download Service

SEATTLE, Wash. & ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Sep 04, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and NBC Universal today announced that a wealth of quality TV content from NBC Universal is now available on Amazon Unbox (http://unbox.amazon.com), Amazon.com's digital video download service. Amazon Unbox and NBC Universal are offering customers a variety of content packages, including up to 30 percent off when purchasing full seasons of their favorite TV series.

Popular NBC shows now available on Amazon Unbox include the Emmy(R) Award-winning series The Office, the critically acclaimed drama Heroes, and Emmy(R)-nominated comedy 30 Rock. Beginning on September 10, Amazon Unbox customers can download for free -- in advance of their network premieres -- the pilot episodes of NBC's new shows Bionic Woman, Chuck, Journeyman and Life. New episodes will be available on Amazon Unbox the day after they air on TV.

Amazon Unbox has offered movies from Universal Pictures, Rogue Pictures and Focus Features since September 2006. Offerings include new releases such as Smokin' Aces and Hot Fuzz; classics such as Psycho and National Lampoon's Animal House; and later this year Knocked Up and Evan Almighty.

"With the addition of NBC Universal TV content to Amazon Unbox, fans now have the ultimate convenience for enjoying their favorite shows whenever or wherever they want," said Jean-Briac Perrette, President, NBC Universal Digital Distribution. "This further expands our longstanding relationship to bring a robust content offering to the marketplace in a variety of ways that will benefit the consumer and, at the same time, protects our content."

"We are excited to bring NBC Universal shows like the award-winning The Office, 30 Rock and Battlestar Galactica to our Amazon Unbox customers," said Bill Carr, Amazon.com Vice President for Digital Music and Video. "Our customers can now enjoy their favorite NBC Universal shows either on their personal computer or on their TV through the Amazon Unbox on TiVo service."

NBC Universal's networks include USA Network, SCI FI Channel, Bravo, Telemundo, mun2, NBC Sports, and NBC News. Examples of shows now available on Amazon Unbox from these networks include USA Network's Emmy(R)- and Golden Globe(R) Award-winning Monk, SCI FI Channel's Emmy-nominated Battlestar Galactica, Bravo's Emmy(R)-nominated Top Chef, Telemundo's El Cuerpo De Deseo, and mun2's popular The Chicas Project. Additional shows and episodes from NBC Universal's networks will be added to Amazon Unbox regularly.

These NBC Universal shows are part of a growing selection on Amazon Unbox that includes over 10,000 television shows, movies and other video content for rent or purchase. With the fall television season about to start, customers can now catch up or stay current with their favorite NBC Universal shows by watching them on their PC, on portable video players, or on their TV through the Amazon Unbox on TiVo service. Shows are available to purchase the day after they air on TV and complete seasons may be purchased as soon as the season concludes.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc., (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc., seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as health and personal care, jewelry and watches, gourmet food, sports and outdoors, apparel and accessories, books, music, DVDs, electronics and office, toys and baby, and home and garden.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, and www.joyo.com.

As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries and affiliates, unless the context indicates otherwise.

Amazon Forward-Looking Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, significant amount of indebtedness, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, and all subsequent filings.

About NBC Universal Digital Distribution

NBC Universal Digital Distribution, a division of NBC Universal, drives the company's development of digital content and distribution in the areas of digital business development and sales, digital platforms and wireless products. NBC Universal Digital Distribution manages product strategy and development for NBCU's content efforts by deploying it across multiple digital platforms, including mobile, Internet portals, wireless carriers, emerging digital companies and nontraditional customers. In addition, NBCU Digital Distribution spearheads the company's development of industry-leading technologies such as interactive television, on demand, electronic sell-through and IPTV. NBCU Digital Distribution also directs and manages the company's cable investments, including A&E, The History Channel, History Channel International, The Biography Channel and the Sundance Channel.

 

 

 

PRODUCTION BEGINS ON JOEL AND ETHAN COEN'S BURN AFTER READING, STARRING GEORGE CLOONEY, FRANCES McDORMAND, BRAD PITT, JOHN MALKOVICH



 
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NEW YORK, -- August 30, 2007 -- Production has begun in New York City on Burn After Reading, for Focus Features and Working Title Films. Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen are writing, producing, and directing the film, which will also shoot in Washington, D.C. Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are executive-producing the film with Robert Graf, who has worked on the Coens' last five features in various producing capacities.

The dark spy-comedy stars Academy Award winners George Clooney and Frances McDormand, and Academy Award nominees Brad Pitt and John Malkovich. Mr. Malkovich plays an ousted CIA official whose memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two unwise D.C. gym employees intent on exploiting their find. Rounding out the cast are Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles of Narnia), who plays the wife of Mr. Malkovich's character, and Richard Jenkins, who previously starred for the Coens in The Man Who Wasn't There.

The director of photography on Burn After Reading is Academy Award nominee Emmanuel Lubezki (Children of Men). BAFTA Award nominee Mary Zophres is the costume designer, marking her eighth consecutive feature with the Coens. Jess Gonchor, production designer on the Coens' new film No Country for Old Men, encores in that capacity on Burn After Reading. No Country for Old Men will be shown in October as the Centerpiece screening of the New York Film Festival, and will open in theaters the following month.

Mr. Clooney stars in the October release Michael Clayton with Ms. Swinton and is currently in post-production on Leatherheads, which he directed and stars in, for December release. As star and executive producer, Ms. McDormand is in post-production for Focus on Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day for 2008 release. Mr. Pitt will be seen next month starring in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and soon stars for Working Title in State of Play. Mr. Pitt also stars with Ms. Swinton in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which is in post-production for 2008 release. Mr. Malkovich recently wrapped filming Afterwards with Romain Duris and Evangeline Lilly.

Focus president of production John Lyons, who is overseeing Burn After Reading on behalf of the company, has previously collaborated with the Coen brothers extensively, as casting director on their features Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo and The Big Lebowski.

Messrs. Bevan and Fellner have also had a long association with the Coens; Fargo (which won Oscars for Ms. McDormand as Best Actress and for the Coens in the Original Screenplay category), The Hudsucker Proxy, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (for which Mr. Clooney won a Golden Globe Award), and The Man Who Wasn't There were all made by the Coens with Working Title.

Working Title is Europe's leading film production company, making movies that defy boundaries as well as demographics. The company's boxoffice hits earlier this year include Edgar Wright's Hot Fuzz (which Focus' sibling company Rogue Pictures released in the U.S.) and Steve Bendelack's Mr. Bean's Holiday.

Working Title's 2007 slate also includes Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age, starring Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, and Clive Owen (world-premiering at next month's Toronto International Film Festival before opening in theaters in October); and, also for Focus release domestically, Joe Wright's Atonement (which world-premieres this week as the opening-night film at the Venice International Film Festival), starring James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, and Romola Garai.

Focus Features (www.focusfeatures.com) is a motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company committed to bringing moviegoers the most original stories from the world's most innovative filmmakers.

In addition to Atonement, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, and Burn After Reading, upcoming Focus Features releases include David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, starring Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, and Vincent Cassel (world-premiering next week at the Toronto International Film Festival); Terry George's Reservation Road, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly, and Mira Sorvino (world-premiering next month at the Toronto International Film Festival); Martin McDonagh's In Bruges, starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes; Shane Acker's animated fantasy epic 9, starring Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly; Henry Selick's stop-motion animated feature Coraline, starring Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher; and Lust, Caution, the new film from Ang Lee, the Academy Award-winning director of Focus' worldwide success Brokeback Mountain (world-premiering this week at the Venice International Film Festival).

Focus Features, Rogue Pictures, and Working Title Films are part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and
entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric and 20% owned by Vivendi.

 

 

 

The 'Amazing Journey' Project, Two Powerfully Charged Films About The Who, Lays Bare One Of Rock's Greatest Icons Like Never Before

Film One: 'AMAZING JOURNEY: THE STORY OF THE WHO' Spitfire Pictures Unveils Film for World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

Film Two: 'AMAZING JOURNEY: SIX QUICK ONES' (sister film) A Feature Taking the Viewer, In-Depth, Behind What Drives The Who's Magic

Available in Highly Collectible Two-Film DVD Set On November 6, 2007 From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

-- "Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who and Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones", two exhilarating feature-length films about one of the seminal and most influential rock bands in history, produced by Spitfire Pictures in association with Trinifold Management, will be released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment on DVD on November 6, 2007.

Marking 40 years since The Who's first U.S. appearance in North America, "Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who" will make its worldwide debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2007.

Spanning over four decades, "Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who" reintroduces The Who now and to generations-to-come, as it tells one of the greatest stories of rock. The film tells the unfolding story of The Who and how they have straddled the rock world for forty years, in a tale as gripping in adventure, life and personality as the searing power of their music. The film features all-new, exclusive, never-before-seen interviews with Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and others, rare and recently discovered concert footage, artist profiles and much, much more, all in 5.1 Surround Sound.

"Amazing Journey transcends all generational barriers and offers a profoundly personal account of rock history," commented Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures Digital Platforms. "As an authorized piece, the film is the definitive anthology of one of the most important bands of our time. We are very pleased to be able to make this film available to those who already love the band, and perhaps more importantly, to showcase its legacy to those who may have not had the good fortune to have seen them perform live."

The companion feature film, "Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones", takes the viewer inside the mysteries that drive a rock band to the pinnacle of musical achievement.

Deliberately conceived as two complimentary pieces of work, one film for a wide audience and one for the die-hard rock fan, the two films present a complex and complete picture of the legendary musicians as they have never been seen before. Music greats including Sting, U2's The Edge, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Oasis' Noel Gallagher, offer insightful commentaries on The Who's indelible influence. Alongside a companion booklet and additional DVD

bonus content, this set comprises one of music's most collectible and comprehensive compilations ever assembled about one of rock's greatest bands.

"Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who" was produced by Spitfire Pictures' Nigel Sinclair, and Trinifold's Bill Curbishley and Robert Rosenberg. It is directed by Paul Crowder (ONCE IN A LIFETIME) and Academy Award(R) winner Murray Lerner (FESTIVAL). The film is presented by Universal Pictures, and was produced by Spitfire Pictures in association with Trinifold, VH1 Rock Docs, MLF Productions and Pony Canyon.

"Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones" was produced by Spitfire Pictures' Nigel Sinclair, and Trinifold's Bill Curbishley and Robert Rosenberg. The film is presented by Universal Pictures, and was produced by Spitfire Pictures in association with Trinifold.

Added Nigel Sinclair: "If there are four legs to the table of the 60's rock movement that has inspired and defined popular music ever since, they are The Who -- as well as, of course, The Beatles, The Stones and Dylan -- and it was both daunting and thrilling to be charged with producing the authorized story for this work. As part of the foundation of rock n' roll, The Who's legacy is still evolving, of course, as they continue to fill houses and inspire artists all over the world. Part of the power of The Who's music is its honesty and authenticity and we have tried our hardest to remain true to that spirit while making these two films."

Beginning with their first hit single "I Can't Explain," The Who emerged from Mod-Era London to electrify the world with their unique sound. The music and live performances of Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon tore through the existing boundaries of rock. The band has recorded 11 remarkable albums, including the world's first rock opera Tommy, and the ensuing masterwork Quadrophenia. The British legends produced some of the most compelling and original music of the era, including the songs, "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Happy Jack," "Pictures of Lily" and the immortal "My Generation."

The two-disc set is priced at $29.98 SRP. Pre-Order close is October 2, 2007.

ACCOMPANYING FEATURE FILM

The band's monumental legacy is celebrated not only by flagship title "Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who" but also by a second feature film, "Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones". The films will be released side-by-side on two discs in 5.1 Surround Sound. The two features represent approximately four hours of must-see materials, much of which have never been seen before.

"Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones" takes us through, in four individual pieces, the virtuoso musical abilities of each band member: Roger Daltrey; Pete Townshend; John Entwistle; and Keith Moon.

Then, in "Who Art You," the fifth constituent part of this feature, the viewer is taken into The Who's trademark bullseye, and the Mod and Pop Art movements, as The Who's 1960s journey to become a band as visual as they were musical is explored.

Finally, in a coup de grace, during 2003, The Who allowed legendary filmmakers, the Pennebakers, into the studio to film them record the hit song "Real Good Looking Boy." Recorded for the album Then and Now, this work was the band's first new studio recording in over 20 years. "Who's Back" -- the sixth "Quick One" -- is the intimate portrait that emerged of these artists at work.

IN ADDITION, THE DVD SET CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ADDED BONUSES:

- The Scrapbook: Five Additional Insider Insights into the World of The Who:

-- Dinner with Moon

-- A Legal Matter

-- Won't Get Fooled Again

-- Cincinnati: The Whole Story

-- Royal Albert Hall 2000

- The High Numbers at the Railway Hotel: The earliest footage of the band known to be in existence, seen in its entirety here for the first time.

SYNOPSIS

"Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who" is the definitive, authorized film of the iconic rockers. The filmmakers amassed a wealth of never-before-seen personal images, all-new interviews and rare and unreleased concert footage to tell the story of how four diverse Londoners -- Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon -- combined to create their own style of rock music, building a dedicated fan base the world over, and, as a result, surviving at the top for over 40 amazing years.

Whether they were The Detours, The High Numbers or The Who, their music and their story is the ultimate rock and roll tale. The film chronicles it all: from their roots as a 1960s pub cover band, through their meteoric rise, encompassing all the fascinating ups and downs, twists and turns, stops and starts, successes and failures that made this band one of the greatest in the world. Follow them as they evolve four decades of rock.

The narrative of "Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who" and sister-film "Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones" are both driven by compelling new interviews -- with surviving members Daltrey and Townshend, and those close to the band -- in which thoughts and memories of The Who, their music, and their history are shared with the viewer. These eyewitnesses include The Who's manager Bill Curbishley (the film's Executive Producer), and Chris Stamp (with Kit Lambert, one of The Who's original co-managers). Additional insight is provided by close friends, family and colleagues; and commenting on their musical legacy are Sting, U2's The Edge, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Oasis' Noel Gallagher.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Street Date: November 6, 2007

Pre-Order Close: October 2, 2007

Selection Number: 61102505

AWS Running Time: 120 minutes Disc 1; 117 minutes Disc 2.

Layers: Dual Layers

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen

Rating: Not Rated

Languages/Subtitles: English

SDH Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

Spitfire is currently in post production on "Addicted", a sexy psychological thriller starring Sarah Michelle Gellar ("The Grudge", "Cruel Intentions"). Spitfire is also responsible for the Grammy Award-winning documentary of 2005, "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan", directed by acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Spitfire's partners Nigel Sinclair and Guy East's acclaimed projects includes "Sliding Doors", "The Wedding Planner", "Iris", "The Life Of David Gale", "The Quiet American", and the box office smash hit "Terminator 3, The Rise Of The Machines". For more information, visit www.spitfirepix.com.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and Entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

Source: Universal Studios Home Entertainment


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NBC, MGM AND REVEILLE ENTER ARENA WITH UPDATED PRIMETIME SERIES VERSION OF POPULAR 'AMERICAN GLADIATORS' HIT FOR A NEW GENERATION
Published: August 23, 2007



 
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NBC, MGM AND REVEILLE ENTER ARENA WITH UPDATED PRIMETIME SERIES VERSION OF POPULAR 'AMERICAN GLADIATORS' HIT FOR A NEW GENERATION





BURBANK – August 23, 2007 -- NBC is reinventing the classic physical competition series "American Gladiators" with a big-arena attitude as a mid-season primetime series from MGM Television and Reveille, it was announced today by Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment.

"This memorable series was once a worldwide phenomenon, and given its built-in appeal, we feel it's time to re-introduce it to a new generation and take it to a heightened level of excitement for fans of all ages," said Plestis. "The 'gladiator' brand is unlike anything on television today, and is event programming at its biggest and best."

"'American Gladiators' is a successful MGM franchise that is ready for a whole new generation of TV viewers," said Jim Packer, co-president, MGM Worldwide Television. "The timing to bring the franchise back is perfect and NBC is the ideal home. We are also excited about partnering with Reveille, which marks the first time we have teamed together on a co-production."

MGM Television will handle international sales of the series and will assist Reveille in setting up locally produced versions outside of the US. "American Gladiators has long been viewed as a path-breaking concept. In taking this franchise around the world, we are sure to reach new levels of excitement and viewer interest," said Gary Marenzi, co-president, MGM Worldwide Television.

"The opportunity to work with MGM and NBC to reinvent one of the first great reality formats - especially one that fits in with our brand of fun, family, event programming - is a dream come true," added "American Gladiators" executive producer and Reveille Managing Director Mark Koops. "We are so psyched we are ready to take on the gladiators ourselves!"

The iconic event/competition show returns with a fresh modern reinvention for the 21st century. Using splashy twists including special effects, water skills and the latest technology, the classic games will be upgraded with even higher thrills, impact, energy and spectacle.

Celebrating the everyday, true American heroes -- weekend warriors who excel and take pride in their physical fitness -- contestants will go up against the show's gladiators -- charismatic and eclectic warriors -- in the ultimate David & Goliath battle. As in MGM's traditional "American Gladiators" franchise, everyday amateur athletes compete against action stars and stunt professionals in contests of physical strength and endurance. The series will include such classic events as The Joust, The Wall, Hang Tough and the Eliminator.

The eight new gladiators (four men and four women) are action-adventure stars ready to take down the everyday challengers with hard knocks and explosive attitudes. Contestants, both male and female, will also be extremely fit but as an added bonus, will also have the chance to train for the match, displaying their physicality, coordination and cunning to viewers in advance of the competition. Each challenger will also have a unique story to tell -- and a compelling reason why they need to win. These unsung heroes combine brawn and heart in their effort to be worthy competitors, which the audience can cheer for against the villainous gladiators.

Produced by MGM Television and Reveille (NBC's "The Office" and "The Biggest Loser," "Nashville Star," "Ugly Betty"), "American Gladiators" is currently casting for contestants.

Reveille's Mark Koops and Howard Owens are executive producers. David Hurwitz ("Fear Factor") will also serve as an executive producer alongside the series creator Johnny Ferraro.

"American Gladiators" originated as a weekly syndicated show in the U.S., airing from 1989 through 1996. The show also spurred equally successful international versions in the United Kingdom, Latin America, Australia, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, South Africa and Japan.

About Reveille:
Founded in March 2002 by Ben Silverman (now Co-Chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios), Reveille is a leading independent production and distribution company focused on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and alternative television formats. Reveille produces innovative entertainment programming across all television genres such as the Emmy Award-winning "The Office" (NBC), which has also received two Television Critics Association Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Peabody Award; "Ugly Betty" (ABC), winner of two Golden Globe Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award as well as a Peabody Award, an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award; "The Biggest Loser" (NBC); "Identity" (NBC); "House of Boateng" (Sundance Channel); "30 Days" (FX); "Blow Out" (Bravo); "Bound For Glory" (ESPN); "Nashville Star" (USA); "Date My Mom" (MTV); and "The Restaurant" (NBC). Reveille is also the world leader in creating integrated marketing opportunities for leading advertisers while developing alternative financing paradigms. In addition, Reveille distributes its growing library of programming, along with a broad array of programming acquired from independent producers and U.S. networks, to more than 150 countries worldwide through Reveille International. The company also creates, acquires and develops a broad slate of diverse films through its feature film division, Reveille Motion Pictures.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,000 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., Ventanazul, MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 110 countries. MGM ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit www.mgm.com.


 

 

 

 

EIGHT COUNTRIES IN EIGHT DAYS -- NBC ANNOUNCES CAST DESTINATIONS AND KEY FAN EVENTS FOR THE 'HEROES WORLD TOUR,' PRESENTED BY NISSAN
Published: August 21, 2007



 
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'Heroes World Tour' begins August 26 with 12 'Heroes' Cast Members Kicking off a Series of Extraordinary Promotional Events Domestically and Internationally throughout Europe, Asia and North America


BURBANK, Calif. and UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – August 21, 2007 – NBC Universal announced details of the "Heroes World Tour" presented by Nissan, the first global marketing initiative of its kind, as 12 cast members of the Emmy Award-nominated drama will travel to eight countries around the world in eight days, beginning August 26, 2007. The promotional tour celebrates the launch of "Heroes" Season One DVD and HD DVD on Aug. 28, the Second Season Premiere on NBC, Sept. 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET and the debut of the show in multiple international territories. NBC.com will be the online destination for fans following the "Heroes" global adventures (NBC.com/Heroesworldtour) with daily postings and exclusive video of the cast's adventures. NBC Universal unveiled highlights of the ambitious worldwide itinerary and upcoming events taking place throughout Europe, Asia and North America. The announcement was made today by John Miller, chief marketing officer, NBC Universal Television Group, Tim Kring, creator and executive producer, "Heroes," and Kathryn Fields, spokesperson for Nissan.

"Capitalizing on the domestic and ever-growing international groundswell of popularity for the epic series, the 'Heroes World Tour' presented by Nissan is a full-throttle effort to utilize all the assets afforded by NBC Universal, to celebrate the global spirit of 'Heroes' fans everywhere and to further grow this incredible franchise in the worldwide marketplace," said Miller.

"The message of 'Heroes' has always been about our world being a completely inter-connected place and this world tour is a celebration of that spirit," said Tim Kring. "We're all very excited to embark on this adventure next week and eager to hear from fans everywhere, whether they are already viewers, fans who are just discovering our show internationally or people buying the DVD."

"Nissan was the sole advertiser in last year's series premiere and since then Nissan has been fully integrated into every aspect of 'Heroes.' It only makes sense to continue our innovative partnership with the 'Heroes World Tour," said Kathryn Fields, spokesperson for Nissan. "The overwhelming success of the series gives us the opportunity to connect with the ever-growing, passionate audience it provides."

The tour has been split into three legs with four cast members traveling to each destination.

Europe-
-Munich (8/26-8/27
-Paris (8/28-8/29)
-London (8/30-9/2)
Cast Members: Jack Coleman ("H.R.G."), Hayden Panettiere ("Claire"), Adrian Pasdar ("Nathan"), and Milo Ventimiglia ("Peter") with executive producer Dennis Hammer

Asia-
-Tokyo (8/26-8/28)
-Hong Kong (8/29-8/30)
-Singapore (8/31-9/2)
Cast members: Greg Grunberg ("Matt"), Ali Larter ("Niki), Masi Oka ("Hiro"), and Sendhil Ramamurthy ("Mohinder")

North America-
-New York City (8/27-8/29) – The backdrop of Season One
-Toronto (8/30-9/1)
Cast members: Noah Gray-Cabey ("Micah"), James Kyson Lee ("Ando"), Zachary Quinto ("Sylar"), and Dania Ramirez ("Maya") with co-executive producer/writer Jeph Loeb and acclaimed graphic novel artist Tim Sale ("Batman: The Long Halloween")

The "Heroes World Tour" will be highlighted by personal appearances in the various markets, "meet & greets" with fans, television appearances, media events and activities as well as visits by the cast to iconic international landmarks and city hot spots. Some of these activities will be highlighted in Nightly updates, sponsored by Nissan, that will air in NBC Primetime and re-air on MSNBC. Examples of fan events include a signing at FNAC in Paris on August 28, a "Heroes" Premiere at Roppongi Cinemas in Tokyo on August 27, a fan event at Vivo City in Singapore on August 31, as well as a fan event and autograph signing at the NBC Experience Store in NY on August 28 and at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto on August 31.

Throughout the tour, NBC.com will be the online destination for fans following the "Heroes" adventure as the cast and producers travel the world. The "Heroes World Tour" site (NBC.com/Heroesworldtour) will include photos and video from each international location. Fans from around the world can also upload their photos from the events, uniting the online community for a shared global experience.

One highlight of the North American leg will be the appearance of cast members Gray-Cabey, Lee, Quinto and Ramirez along with artist Sale and co-executive producer Loeb at the NBC Experience Store in New York City on August 28, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Fans can visit the store and participate in signings of the "Heroes" Season One DVD and HD DVDs and other show merchandise on the floor. The "Heroes" Season One DVD will be an elaborate seven-disc set loaded with bonus features, including 50 deleted scenes and the 73-minute never-aired version of the pilot episode. The HD DVD offers a web-enabled Download Center that allows users unique access to exclusive online content, as well as other groundbreaking features such as the Heroes Abilities Test, The Helix Revealed, Character Connections and Picture-in-Picture Commentary.

Immediately following the autograph session, the stars will join with The Conservation Fund in a ceremonial tree planting to highlight the carbon zero "Heroes World Tour." Next spring, the fund will plant 188 trees in a Texas wildlife refuge to offset the tour's carbon footprint, including the emissions that will result from the air and auto travel, as well as hotel stays. As the trees grow, the new forest will safeguard the habitat for wildlife and trap more than 250 tons of carbon dioxide. The green message of the "Heroes World Tour" will be an important aspect of the campaign as NBC Universal and their international broadcast partners hope to raise awareness globally about the importance of environmental stewardship. Special limited edition green t-shirts, featuring art by Tim Sale, have been created for the "Heroes World Tour" and 50 percent of the sales proceeds will be donated to The Conservation Fund. Ten percent of all "Heroes" merchandise sold at the NBC Experience Store on Aug. 28 will also be donated to The Conservation Fund. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, STAR TV is sponsoring a "Heroes: Save the World Party" in conjunction with the World Tour to honor local heroes tied into their local CoolChange Green initiative.

Later on Aug. 28, Loeb and Sale will also appear at Midtown Comics Times Square, a popular local comic book and collectibles store, at 4-6 p.m. for a special autograph session for fans.

On the international front, "Heroes" continues to be licensed outside of the U.S. and Canada by NBC Universal International Television Distribution, now in nearly 150 territories. Since first premiering outside of the U.S. in January 2007, "Heroes'" global ratings performance continues to dominate primetime schedules and mirror the success it has achieved in the U.S. With upcoming launches in Germany and Japan, some of the territories where it is currently a ratings hero include Australia, the UK, France, Poland, New Zealand and Spain.

Earlier this month, Nissan and NBC announced a wide-ranging, robust marketing program for the second season of "Heroes," encompassing product integration, off-channel platforms, wireless applications, traditional television advertising and significant on-air and online sponsorships.

In the one-of-a-kind deal, Nissan will use "Heroes" as the central hub of a multi-pronged marketing campaign for the launch of its new crossover vehicle, the Nissan Rogue. The effort will kick off with Nissan sponsoring the world tour in mid-August.

"Heroes" was the #1 first-year series of the 2006-07 television season in all key ratings categories (including a tie for #1 among women 18-34) and is NBC's top new drama in 12 years. "Heroes" finished the season as the #2 scripted series on all of network television among men 18-34 and men 18-49.

From creator/writer Tim Kring (NBC's "Crossing Jordan") comes the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated "Heroes," an epic drama that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. "Heroes" has been honored recently with a People's Choice Award, an AFI Award and a Multicultural Prism Award, as well as nominations at the Golden Globe Awards, NAACP Image Awards, WGA Awards and Satellite Awards. As a total eclipse casts its shadow across the globe, a genetics professor (Sendhil Ramamurthy, "Blind Guy Driving") in India is led by his father's mysterious murder to uncover a secret theory -- there are people with super powers living among us. A young dreamer (Milo Ventimiglia, "Gilmore Girls") tries to convince his politician brother (Adrian Pasdar, "Judging Amy") that he can fly. A high school cheerleader (Hayden Panettiere, "Ice Princess") learns that she is totally indestructible while trying to relate to her father (Jack Coleman, "Dynasty") who has a keen interest in people with special abilities. A Las Vegas single mother (Ali Larter, "Final Destination") struggles to make ends meet to support her young son (Noah Gray-Cabey, "My Wife & Kids") and discovers that her mirror image has a secret. A fugitive from justice (Leonard Roberts, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") continues to baffle authorities who twice have been unable to contain him. A gifted artist (Santiago Cabrera, "Empire"), whose drug addiction is destroying his life and relationship with his girlfriend (Tawny Cypress, NBC's "Third Watch"), can paint the future. A down-on-his-luck Los Angeles beat cop (Greg Grunberg, "Alias") can hear people's thoughts, which puts him on the trail of an elusive serial killer. In Japan, a young man (Masi Oka, NBC's "Scrubs") develops a way to stop time through sheer will power. Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world. Joining Kring as executive producer are Dennis Hammer (NBC's "Crossing Jordan"), Allan Arkush (NBC's "Crossing Jordan") and Greg Beeman ("Smallville"). The drama is produced by Universal Media Studios in association with Tailwind Productions.

 

 

 

 EVAN ALMIGHTY ON DVD AND HD DVD OCTOBER 9, 2007 FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

OVERVIEW: Funnyman Steve Carell ("The Office") is at his hilarious best as Evan Baxter. When his simple wish to change the world turns into a baffling request from God (Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman) to build an ark, Evan's seemingly perfect life is turned upside down. With the help of his family and a comical cast of animals, Evan's unbelievable adventure becomes a life-changing experience filled with laugh-out-loud moments. Co-starring Lauren Graham ("The Gilmore Girls"), John Goodman (Cars), Wanda Sykes (Monster-in-Law), Jonah Hill (Knocked Up) and Molly Shannon (Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby).

BONUS FEATURES:
• Over 12 Minutes of Hilarious Deleted Scenes and Outtakes.
• The Building of Noah's Ark: Go behind the scenes and follow the building of the ark from its beginning as an artist's rendering to its final construction. Steve Carell provides comedic insight on the process.
• Steve Carell Unscripted: In this hilarious improvised stand-up routine on Capitol Hill, Steve Carell shows us what the ancient tools were "really" used for and how he made friends with all the animals.
• Becoming Noah: Spend some time in hair, wardrobe and makeup with Steve Carell and see what it takes to transform from Evan to Noah.
• Training the Animals: Head animal trainer Mark Forbes and his team of animal experts teach us what it takes to get a "perfect take" from animals on set.
• Interactive Ark Animals Game: Fun for the whole family, this interactive game has the player collecting the animals two by two, answering trivia questions before the floodwaters rise.
• Environment-Friendly Set: Director Tom Shadyac, Morgan Freeman and Habitat for Humanity's Ryan Jacobi talk about the efforts taken on set to make this an environmentally efficient production.
• Designing the Visual Effects: The designers at ILM and Rhythm & Hues demonstrate how they created the computer-generated sequences.

SYNOPSIS: Junior congressman Evan Baxter, whose wish is to "change the world," is heard by none other than God (Morgan Freeman). When God appears with the perplexing request to build an ark, Evan is sure he is losing it, along with his family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and the news media. But soon mysterious deliveries of wood and tools are being dropped on his doorstep, animals of every shape and size are flocking to him two by two, and Evan's predicament starts to mount, as well as the laughs.


TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Street Date: October 9, 2007
Pre-Order Close: September 4, 2007
Copyright: 2007 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved
Price: $29.98 SRP
Selection Number: 61028674 WS; 61028675 FF
Running Time: 1 hour 36 Minutes
Layers: Dual Layers
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1; Full Frame 1.33:1
Rating: PG for Mild Rude Humor and Some Peril
Languages/Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

CAST AND FILMMAKERS
Cast: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, John Goodman, John Michael Higgins, Jimmy Bennett, Wanda Sykes, Jonah Hill, Molly Shannon
Directed By: Tom Shadyac
Screenplay By: Steve Oedekerk
Story By: Steve Oedekerk, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow
Produced By: Tom Shadyac, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Neal H. Moritz, Michael Bostick
Executive Producers: Ilona Herzberg, Dave Phillips, Matt Luber, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman
Director of Photography: Ian Baker
Production Designer: Linda DeScenna
Film Editor: Scott Hill
Visual Effects Supervisor: Douglas Hans Smith
Costume Designer: Judy Ruskin Howell
Music By: John Debney
Co-Producer: Jonathan Watson, Amanda Morgan Palmer, Ori Marmur

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

 

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