NBC Banks On Comedy Pros

NBC looks to improve on its winning season -- first this fall with more dramas, and then later in the season with more comedies.

Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, announced at the Television Critics Association here that the network has given the go-ahead for two comedies, coming from veteran NBC producers: One from Tiny Fey and Robert Carlock and another called “A Good Place” from Michael Schur, creator of “Parks & Recreation.”

In addition, NBC Playground -- a development place for NBC to start new comedies -- announced it had commissioned two pilots from the emerging writers' competition.

Currently for the fall season, NBC has only scheduled one hour of comedy -- on Fridays. It’ll debut four new dramas in the fall.

NBC says it will not be producing a new “Celebrity Apprentice” for the current season -- but it will be back the season after. NBC says it is looking for a new host of “Apprentice.”



Back in June, host of the show Donald Trump, during his announcement for his candidacy for president, made controversial remarks about Mexican-Americans. NBC then decided to end its relationship with Trump and the show, as well as with Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants.

Univision said also said it would be ending its relationship with the Miss Universe Organization.

NBC, for the second year in a row, led all TV networks among key 18-49 viewers -- 3.1 million (2.4 rating/ 8 share) in analyzing Nielsen live program plus seven days of viewing.

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