eavesdroppingIt does seem that NBC always keeps fumbling. So I’m not sure which is funnier this morning: that NBC didn’t have any security keeping journalists away from its tech rehearsal at a NYC Hilton hotel. Or that The Hollywood Reporter just revealed bits and pieces of NBC’s upfront presentation – from the 2010-2011 schedule (Deadline TV’s analysis here) to Alec Baldwin’s taped comic intro (as his 30 Rock character Jack Donaghy praising advertisers as “the bright shining sun in our money universe”), to Entertainment President Angela Bromstad’s strategy speech, to Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gaspin acknowledging that the network has made some mistakes this season but is moving on with a stronger new slate, to even  the pre-prepared jokes.

nbc_peacockBoth reporter James Hibberd and NBC have confirmed that he obtained this info by sneaking into the network’s upfront presentation rehearsal. No executives were there, but it didn’t matter: the run-through script was unveiled. Wrote Hibberd about what he heard: “Gaspin also jokes that having this year’s NBC upfront at a Hilton hotel instead of a posh theater allows him to gain some Hilton Honors rewards points. The downside to having an upfront at the Hilton is it makes it easier for a reporter to crash your upfront’s tech rehearsal.” The result is that a pissed-off NBC has banned THR from covering the network’s upfront or interviews or calls. (This is the 2nd time that NBC has iced THR recently.)

Meanwhile, insiders have confirmed to me that the following NBC schedule is accurate barring any last-minute changes before it’s officially released at 5 PM ET. It consists of an action-adventure Monday night, a crime drama Wednesday night, and an all-comedy Thursday night. The new sitcom Outsourced replaces Parks & Recreation which shifts to midseason along with new comedies. Despite expectations, NBC did not launch a new comedy block in addition to Thursday although Bromstad will say the network was tempted. “But ultimately we decided [Thursday is] where our audience expects them.”

Jim DeLorenzo
5 years
It still amazes me, as a professional and also as a viewer, that the networks have given...
Mary Murphy
5 years
Where is Friday Night Lights -- THE best show on TV, with Parenthood.
joker
5 years
Does it really matter that THR got banned? What's to stop them now from picking up AdWeek...

MONDAYS
8 P.M. CHUCK
9 P.M. THE EVENT
10 P.M CHASE

TUESDAYS
8-10 P.M. BIGGEST LOSER
10 P.M. PARENTHOOD

WEDNESDAYS
8 P.M. UNDERCOVERS
9 P.M. LAW & ORDER: SVU
10 P.M. LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES

THURSDAYS
8 P.M. COMMUNITY
8:30 P.M. 30 ROCK
9 P.M. THE OFFICE
9:30 P.M. OUTSOURCED
10 P.M. LOVE BITES

FRIDAYS
8 P.M. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE / SCHOOL PRIDE
9 P.M DATELINE
10 P.M. OUTLAW (AKA GARZA)