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February 11 2014

Bob Costas Sidelined by Eye Infection, Matt Lauer to Step In

Bob Costas' eye infection has spread to both eyes, forcing the anchor to cede hosting duties to Matt Lauer.

Costas started his hosting duties for the Winter Olympics last week with a left eye that was clearly suffering from some sort of infection, forcing the anchor to wear glassesDeadspin reported that it was expected to last only a few days, but by Monday night, it had clearly spread to his right eye, too.

Twitter, predictably, had a field day.

He has seen too much Sadness and sorrow of sport For it all, he weeps #haiku pic.twitter.com/9vFglkMwgJ

— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) February 11, 2014

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February 07 2014

Jay Leno's Emotional 'Tonight Show' Farewell Speech Will Make You Teary

Jay Leno ended his long stint as Tonight Show host on Thursday the same way he began it in May 1992: with Billy Crystal as a guest. But what stood out the most during the celebrity-studded finale episode was Leno's heartfelt goodbye speech

"Boy, this is the hard part," said Leno, fighting back tears. "I want to thank you the audience. You folks have just been incredibly loyal. This is tricky. We wouldn't be on the air. Secondly, this has been the greatest 22 years of my life."

Leno went on to remind viewers that his mother and father both passed away during his first two seasons in the hosting chair, followed by the death of his brother Read more...

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NBC Reporter's Story of Getting Hacked in Russia Is BS, Experts Say

An NBC report that claimed visitors to Russia would have their phones and computers hacked almost immediately upon arrival has come under fire from security experts who claim the segment is misleading.

In the report, NBC's Richard Engel claims that visitors are "especially exposed as soon as you try and communicate with anything" and that hackers are "counting on" people to "log on."

The report quickly became a point of skepticism among security specialists. Kyle Wilhoit, the expert involved in the NBC segment, took to Twitter to discuss the piece. He said he will be issuing a "white paper" that will clarify the details of the security flaws that Engel highlighted. Read more...

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February 05 2014

The Big Bet: NBC Thinks More Digital Coverage Means Better Olympics Ratings

NBC’s last Olympics was either a rousing success or a spectacular failure, depending on who you ask.

The failures, as some called aspects of the coverage, were painstakingly documented in the #NBCFail hashtag that served as a sounding board for complaints about the tape-delayed coverage of the opening ceremony and some of the most anticipated events, in addition to spoiling the Michael Phelps/Ryan Lochte showdown.

The success made a smaller splash on social media but a bigger impact on NBC's bottom line - record setting viewership helped the broadcaster turn an unexpected profit on the Summer games. Read more...

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January 19 2014

NBC's Next Live Musical Is 'Peter Pan'

After attracting 18.5 million viewers in early December for its three-hour televised spectacle The Sound of Music Live!, NBC has picked Peter Pan as its second live musical

An NBC spokesperson confirmed the news to Mashable, saying that "There have been no casting announcements yet." NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt revealed the selection at a Television Critics Association event Sunday morning

NBC's Peter Pan project will air on Dec. 4. Greenblatt had previously revealed the network was planning to produce more live-TV versions of Broadway musicals in 2014 and beyond Read more...

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January 16 2014

Facebook, NBC Deal Puts More Olympics-Related Facebook Content on TV

Facebook and NBC are on the same team for next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The two companies announced a partnership on Thursday, agreeing to share content during NBC's live coverage of the Olympic Games. Facebook and Instagram posts will be included in live broadcasts from Sochi, and NBC will post original video content to its Olympics Facebook page leading up to and throughout the Games

NBC commentators, including former figure skating gold medalist Sara Hughes, will also answer questions from Facebook users during primetime broadcasts of the Olympics Read more...

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January 13 2014

NBC News Group Partners With Video Startup NowThis News

NBCUniversal News Group has taken a minority stake in NowThis News, the quick-hit online video startup, and the two will collaborate on producing short video news segments.

The deal, announced Sunday night in a press release, will include production of short-form videos between the two companies that are aimed at attracting audiences on mobile devices and social media websites.

NowThis News specializes in short news segments, with most taking only the 15 seconds allotted by Instagram video.

NowThis News already has partnerships with a variety of media outlets including The Atlantic, Slate, BuzzFeed and Mashable. The company was founded in 2012 by Huffington Post cofounder and former chairman Kenneth Lerer and former Huffington Post CEO Eric Hippeau. It has studios in New York and Washington, D.C. Read more...

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January 06 2014

'SNL' Hires First Black Female Cast Member in 7 Years

After holding auditions in December to find a black female to add to the Saturday Night Live cast, NBC producers have hired comedian Sasheer Zamata, an SNL spokesperson confirmed to Mashable on Monday.

Zamata joins this year's lineup after NBC found itself embroiled in a season-long controversy over the lack of diversity on the late night show's cast. Until now, SNL hasn't employed a black female comedian since Maya Rudolph left the show in late 2007.

Zamata, who earned a drama degree from the University of Virginia, stars in sketches on online comedy engines Jest and College Humor as well as on TV in FX's Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell, Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer, MTV's Hey Girl and ABC's Would You Fall For That?. She also has a web show called Pursuit of Sexiness. Read more...

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December 11 2013

Mr. Winger Returns in 'Community' Season 5 Trailer as a Teacher

Community is coming back, and a new trailer reveals a newly graduated Jeff Winger can't escape the pull of Greendale for long.

After a brief and unsuccessful return to practicing law, Jeff heads back to community college and his friends, but now he's in the role of a teacher.

The season five trailer doesn't give much else away other than hints of a few promising scenes (Troy as a chair?) but it's enough to get fans pumped for the study group's return

Community's fifth season premieres Jan. 2 on NBC. Last, NBC promoted the new season with this 20-second teaser, below: Read more...

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December 09 2013

Will Social Snark for 'Sound of Music' Stifle the Future of Live TV?

Though criticism and snark ran high on social media for NBC's costly The Sound of Music Live!, the network's three-hour musical-theater spectacle attracted a lofty 18.5 million viewers

Thursday night's ratings have viewers and television-industry professionals wondering whether NBC or other networks can and will try to replicate this live approach with other musicals and entertainment programming, especially in the face of strong competition for viewers from hotshot online-streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon

"What social media has proven is that live TV is stronger than ever ..These one-off events will absolutely continue and social media will be its best friend," Natan Edelsburg, senior vice-president of social tech startup Sawhorse Media and Lost Remote social TV writer, told Mashable. "I wouldn't say the negative social sentiment was a serious problem; I'd instead say they need to up their game in producing good-quality live entertainment." Read more...

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December 06 2013

Dough-Re-Mi? DiGiorno Pizza Live Tweets 'The Sound of Music'

A year of attention-getting stunts on Twitter paid off for DiGiorno Pizza after the Nestle brand's live-tweet of NBC's The Sound of Music netted the brand some social media buzz.

The brand began its commentary around 8 p.m. ET, at the start of the live broadcast. A few choice tweets:

#TheSoundOfMusicLive Can't believe pizza isn't one of her favorite things smh

— DiGiorno Pizza (@DiGiornoPizza) December 6, 2013


— DiGiorno Pizza (@DiGiornoPizza) December 6, 2013

RT if you love curtain clothes #TheSoundOfMusicLive

— DiGiorno Pizza (@DiGiornoPizza) December 6, 2013

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December 05 2013

6 Fun Facts About NBC's Live Musical 'The Sound of Music'

NBC's three-hour televised musical The Sound of Music Live!, starring country music star Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp and True Blood's Stephen Moyer as Captain von Trapp, airs live tonight (Dec. 5) at 8 p.m. ET.

For the uninitiated, The Sound of Music tells the story of aspiring nun Maria's adventure to become governess for the widower Captain von Trapp's seven kids, but her romantic emotions for the Captain kick in and she begins to doubt her religious calling

But before you watch Underwood take on the iconic role national TV, here are six fun facts to digest and share with your friends family Read more...

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November 22 2013

JFK Remembered: 'This Guy Was So Close to the Edge of Life'

Jay Leno was in school. Jane Fonda was shooting a movie in Paris, and Jimmy Carter was hauling peanuts and grain on his tractor.

NBC News Digital compiled more than six hours of interviews with celebrities and historians detailing their memories of Nov. 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

The interviews discuss not only Kennedy's assassination, but also his presidency, his personal life and the era as a whole

"The legacy of the Kennedy family has this emotional connection that still holds today," Gregory Gittrich, NBC News Digital's vice president of news and product and executive editor, told Mashable. Read more...

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November 08 2013

Virgin Galactic's First Commercial Spaceflight to Air on 'Today' Show

Sir Richard Branson is set to travel to outer space in 2014 on Virgin Galactic's first commercial spaceflight, and all of us on Earth will get to watch the adventure

NBC revealed it will televise the historic flight on Today next year. Exact dates for the 3-hour live broadcast depend on flight tests. However, the flight and the broadcast are tentatively slated for August 2014, Today reports

“In this first chapter of commercial space travel, we will help make space accessible and inspire countless more people to join us in the pursuit of space exploration and science innovation," Branson said the a statement Read more...

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October 24 2013

'Murder, She Wrote' Reboot to Star Octavia Spencer

NBC has agreed to a put pilot commitment on a reboot of Angela Lansbury‘s hugely popular and long-running mystery series Murder, She Wrote. That means that we’re definitely seeing Octavia Spencer in the lead role some time soon.

There’s usually no guarantee that a show will actually air until after a pilot is produced and the network commits to a series. A put pilot, however is a distinctly different animal, and that’s what Deadline is calling Alexandra Cunningham and producer David Janollari‘s new project, starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer. The “put” part of a put pilot means that the network has agreed to air the pilot, regardless of whether they pick it up for a series or pay some steep fees to the production studio that made it. It means that whatever Cunningham, Janollari and Spencer produce, we’re very very likely to actually see it air. Read more...

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Twitter Hires NBC's Vivian Schiller as Head of News Partnerships

Twitter announced on Thursday that Vivian Schiller, the chief digital officer at NBC News, will join the company in a newly created head of news partnerships position beginning in 2014

Twitter announced the news from one of the company's Twitter feeds, @TwitterForNews, and Schiller also tweeted about her upcoming job switch. Schiller brings an extensive news background with her to the microblogging site, having spent time in senior management positions at NPR, the New York Times and CNN over the past 12 years

Schiller's role with Twitter will be broad, according to sources familiar with the situation. She will serve as an intermediary between the social network and the numerous media outlets it works with daily, and she will also provide journalists' feedback to Twitter so it can build the service around the needs and wants of the media industry. Schiller's television background should come into play in helping Twitter increase involvement in real-time news broadcasts during events like Presidential debates. Read more...

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October 23 2013

Watch the Sarah Silverman Pilot NBC Passed On

Last year, Sarah Silverman gathered a few of her comedy buds to make a sitcom pilot for NBC. The result is Susan 313, which Silverman stars in and co-wrote.

The plot revolves around Susan, played by Silverman, reeling from a very recent break up. It also features Harris Wittels, Tig Notaro and June Diane Raphael as the neighbors Susan connects with after moving back into her old apartment.

Sadly, NBC passed on the pilot, but Silverman has released the episode in its entirety on YouTube, with the help of comedy collective JASH. Read more...

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