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Jay Leno Continues to Poke Fun at NBC Execs

Photo by Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(NEW YORK) -- Jay Leno isn't letting up on the jokes targeting his NBC bosses.

The Tonight Show host has repeatedly poked fun at network executives on his late-night program over the past week, especially in light of reports that NBC wants to replace him with Jimmy Fallon next year.

Leno told his studio audience during Friday's edition of The Tonight Show that he'd had dinner with NBC executives, who offered to "make it up to me." He joked, "They are sending my wife and I on an all-expenses-paid Carnival Cruise," alluding to the company's recent mishaps, including the engine fire on the Carnival Triumph last month that stranded passengers in the Gulf of Mexico for days.

Leno also made light of reports regarding a Canadian man who'd had a knife pulled from his back after three years, saying, "He must have worked at NBC, too."

NBC has only confirmed that it is building a new studio in New York for Fallon, the current host of Late Night.

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"Smash," Featuring Guest Star Jennifer Hudson, Returns Tuesday Night

Eric Liebowitz/NBC(NEW YORK) -- NBC's Smash kicks off its second season Tuesday night with a two-hour episode, beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

The series will continue to follow the crew and stars involved in the fictional, Marilyn Monroe-themed musical Bombshell, which has just completed a successful run in Boston.  The producer, composer and lyricist behind Bombshell are attempting to bring the production to Broadway.

Former American Idol finalist Katharine McPhee returns as Bombshell actress Karen, who has a new mentor, a Broadway star played by Jennifer Hudson in a multi-episode arc that begins Tuesday night.

Smash will be preceded by Betty White's Second Annual 90th Birthday Special, featuring appearances by former President Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Sarah Silverman, Blake Shelton and other celebrities.  White turned 91 last month.

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"The Voice" Recap: Cassadee Pope Wins; Christina and Cee Lo Say Farewell

Tyler Golden/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Cassadee Pope, 23, of West Palm Beach, Fla., was crowned the winner of the third season of NBC's The Voice in a live finale Tuesday night.  She was mentored by Blake Shelton.  It's Shelton's second time being a winning mentor.

Terry McDermott, also from Team Blake, finished second while Nicholas David, who was mentored by Cee Lo Green, finished third.

Pope topped 63 other contestants this season and secured the highest number of viewer votes after Monday's final performance show to overcome McDermott and David.  Pope won a recording contract.  The three finalists were presented with new cars from “Saint Cee Lo.”

Pope has been hoping to become a solo artist after being the lead singer for the pop/rock band Hey Monday, which once supported acts such as Fall Out Boy and All Time Low.  She plays guitar as well as some bass, drums and violin, and prides herself on knowing a "surprising amount of '80s rock music."

McDermott, the runner-up, is a Scottish-born rock vocalist who moved to the U.S. years ago with his band, Driveblind, and later settled in New Orleans with his wife and young boy.

David, who finished in third, fell into bad habits when he began performing with a country band after college.  After meeting his dream girl five years ago and finding a spiritual path, he has cleaned up his life and now raises their two children -- with another on the way -- in St. Paul, Minn.

Prior to the results being announced, all four coaches sang a moving version of Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” 

Tuesday's finale was Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green’s last show for the foreseeable future.  Usher and Shakira will replace them and join Blake Shelton and Adam Levine in the red chairs when season four airs in March 2013.

Tuesday’s show also featured special performances by the finalists, their mentors, former contestants and several musical guests.  Here's a rundown:

  • Rihanna performed her number one hit “Diamonds.”
  • Terry McDermott was joined by returning contestants Rudy Parris, Amanda Brown, Bryan Keith and Michaela Paige on the KISS song “Rock and Roll All Night.”
  • Motown legend Smokey Robinson joined Nicholas David for a soulful rendition of “Cruisin’.”
  • The Killers invited Cassadee Pope to sing along with their song “Here with Me.”
  • Season three male heartthrobs Dez Duron, Diego Val, Mackenzie Bourg, Julio Cesar Castillo and Cody Belew teamed up for a performance of “Stacy’s Mom,” by Fountains of Wayne.
  • Cassadee Pope got some help from season three contestants Liz Davis, De’borah and Melanie Martinez for the Imagine Dragons song, “It’s Time.”
  • Rock guitarist Peter Frampton sang a duet with Terry McDermott on Frampton's “Baby, I Love Your Way.”
  • Bruno Mars gave a world exclusive TV performance of his new song, “When I Was Your Man.”
  • Nicholas David performed “End of the Road,” by Boyz II Men, with season three friends Dez Duron, Trevin Hunte and Amanda Brown.
  • Cassadee Pope got to sing with her hero Avril Lavigne.  The pair sang Lavigne’s hit “I’m With You.”

The fourth season of NBC's The Voice is scheduled to premiere on March 25, 2013.

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NBC Wins November Sweeps for First Time in Nine Years

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- NBC achieved a rare ratings milestone for itself this month. reports that for the first time since 2003, the network has won the November sweeps, one of four major ratings periods over the course of the year.  This month's sweep actually began on Oct. 25 and ends Wednesday night.

NBC was the only major broadcast network to enjoy an increase in its rating in the advertiser-coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic from the November 2011 sweep.

NBC's victory is due in large part to its Sunday Night Football broadcasts -- including this past weekend's game, which was the most-watched program for the week ending Sunday -- and the success of The Voice.

CBS has been the most popular network so far this fall season in terms of overall viewers.

CBS won the network ratings race for last week, followed by ABC, NBC, Fox, Univision, the CW, Telemundo and ION Television.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of Nov. 12-18, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. NFL Football: Baltimore at Pittsburgh, NBC, 18.16 million
2. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 17.63 million
3. NCIS, CBS, 17.05 million
4. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 15.77 million
5. Person of Interest, CBS, 14.57 million
6. 60 Minutes, CBS, 14.04 million
7. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 13.87 million
8. Dancing with the Stars, ABC, 13.79 million
9. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 12.91 million
10. Criminal Minds, CBS, 12.2 million

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Hurricane Sandy Telethon to Air on NBC

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, NBC Universal is the first out of the gate with a relief telethon. 

Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together will air Friday night from 8:00 to 9:00 ET on all of NBCU's broadcast and cable outlets, including NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA.  It will also stream online at

The telethon -- the proceeds of which will go to Red Cross relief efforts -- will be hosted by Today host Matt Lauer at NBC's 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City headquarters.  However, it's possible other networks could join the effort.

Announced performers so far include New Jersey natives Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, Staten Island-born Christina Aguilera, and New Yorkers Billy Joel and Sting, with appearances by Late Night host Jimmy Fallon and NBC News anchor Brian Williams.

Though a Category 1 storm when it made landfall, some estimates put Hurricane Sandy's damage at more than that of 1992's Hurricane Andrew, which was a Category 5 storm when it made landfall in southern Florida.  The total damage to Florida then was estimated at $25 billion.

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NBC Cancels "Animal Practice"

Neil Jacobs/NBC(NEW YORK) -- There will be no more monkey business on NBC's Wednesday-night schedule.

The network has cancelled its freshman series Animal Practice, which stars Justin Kirk, JoAnna Garcia Swisher and a monkey named Crystal.  The animal vet comedy was introduced during NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics' closing ceremony in August.

The Whitney Cummings sitcom Whitney will replace Animal Practice beginning Nov. 14.  It was originally supposed to return Friday night, but the network recently postponed its premiere date.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals celebrated the cancellation on its website, writing, "By not tuning in, viewers told NBC that they weren't interested in watching animals dressed up and made to perform cheap tricks -- animals who had been torn away from their mothers as babies and subjected to cruel training methods and unnatural living conditions."

Animal Practice is the second show to be cancelled this fall, following CBS' Made in Jersey.

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NBC to Air "Munsters" Reboot as Halloween Special

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- NBC plans to air its Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane, as a Halloween special later this month, The Hollywood Reporter says.

According to the report, the $10 million pilot, which is based on The Munsters TV series from the 1960s, has been in development for two years with network execs torn between going forward with it or canceling the project altogether.

Mockingbird Lane stars Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as Lily Munster and Eddie Izzard as the Dracula-esque Grandpa.

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ABC's "Nashville," NBC's "Chicago Fire" Premiere Wednesday Night

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The highly-anticipated ABC series Nashville premieres Wednesday night.

Connie Britton, best known for her roles on Friday Night Lights and American Horror Story, plays country singer Rayna Jaymes. Rayna has had a long and successful career, but her relevance in the music industry is slowly beginning to fade.

Complicating matters for Rayna is the emergence of a young and attractive musician, Juliette Barnes, who's struggling with personal problems. Juliette is played by Hayden Panettiere.

Nashville airs at 10 p.m. Eastern time, opposite an NBC drama also making its debut Wednesday night: Chicago Fire.  The series, from Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, follows the lives of firefighters, a rescue squad and paramedics in the Windy City.

If you're a comic fan, you may want to check out the new CW show Arrow at 8 p.m. Eastern time.  It's an adaptation of the DC Comics character Green Arrow.

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ABC's "Modern Family," "The Neighbors" Among Wednesday's Premieres

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(NEW YORK) -- The fall season continues Wednesday night with the premieres of several shows, including three ABC comedies.  Here’s a closer look. 


  • The Middle, 8 p.m. -- A one-hour episode kicks off season four.  Among the highlights: Mike accidentally reveals that Axl is his favorite child.
  • Modern Family, 9 p.m. -- The Emmy-winning comedy opens its fourth season with Gloria revealing her pregnancy.
  • The Neighbors, 9:31 p.m. -- In this new comedy, a family moves into a neighborhood inhabited by aliens.  Jami Gertz plays the matriarch of the family.


  • Criminal Minds, 9 p.m. -- A Texas prisoner escapes on the eighth-season premiere of the drama.
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 10 p.m. -- The CSI team searches for the kidnapped granddaughter of D.B. Russell to begin season 13.


  • Animal Practice, 8 p.m. -- You may remember that NBC caught flak for airing a preview of this animal vet comedy during its coverage of the Olympics closing ceremony last month.  Wednesday marks the show's official premiere.
  • Guys With Kids, 8:30 p.m. -- The pilot was broadcast a few weeks ago.  In case you missed it, the show revolves around three 30-something-year-old guys and their unique take on fatherhood.
  • Law & Order: SVU, 9 p.m. -- Season 14 launches with Cragen being investigated for a prostitute’s murder.

All times are Eastern.

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NBC’s Salt Lake City Affiliate Won’t Air Gay-Themed Comedy "The New Normal"

Trae Patton/NBC(SALT LAKE CITY) -- For the second year in a row, NBC’s affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah, has opted not to air one of the network’s new series.

In 2011, KSL-TV banned The Playboy Club from its airwaves, which was quickly cancelled by NBC. Now, the station has said it will leave The New Normal — a comedy about a surrogate mother who moves in with a gay couple to help them have a child — off its schedule.

Speaking with Deseret News, the CEO of KSL’s parent company cited what he deemed to be crude language and explicit content as the reason for the decision.

He said, “For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.”

Series star Ellen Barkin has chastised KSL for its decision on Twitter, writing to her followers, “Anyone in Utah interested in @NBCTheNewNormal please clog up @ksl5tv feed 4 their blatantly homophic decision 2 not air the show #KSLBigots”

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has also called attention to the ban. It posted an article on its website describing KSL’s announcement, headlined “Utah NBC Affiliate’s Decision to Ban The New Normal is Anti-Gay and Outdated.” The president of GLAAD is quoted in the article as saying, “While audiences, critics and advertisers have all supported LGBT stories, KSL is demonstrating how deeply out of touch it is with the rest of the country.”

Last month, the conservative group One Million Moms called for a protest of The New Normal, which was co-created by Glee’s Ryan Murphy.

The New Normal premieres Sept. 11.

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