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NBC’s upfront conference call with reporters spent plenty of time on shows that won’t be on the network’s schedule next fall — “Law & Order,” “Heroes” and “Parks & Recreation” — while touting a fall slate that’s heavy on original new shows.
— As previously reported, NBC will try to find a way to wrap up “L&O” with a movie or special event. NBC entertainment president Angela Bromstad: “We all knew the mothership was coming to an end … it was time to move forward … it’s about the overall health of the ‘Law & Order’ franchise.”
— Pushing “Parks & Recreation” to one midseason was, Bromstad said, was “one of the toughest decisions we had to make. Ultimately we wanted to get a new comedy on our schedule … it’s not in any way any indication that we don’t think it’s good. It seems on cable you can wait a year and actually create more anticipation for a series so we’re not losing momentum.” The executives added that the network may give “Parks” a run at 9:30 p.m. when it returns.
— On why the network brought back modestly performing “Chuck,” the executives noted the show performs well on Mondays, and Bromstad noted, “we can’t change every hour of the schedule at once” NBC’s entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin added, “It becomes our job to get [the show] a broader audience.”
— As previously reported, NBC’s “Heroes” is canceled, but NBC will
talk with creator Tim Kring after the upfronts about the possibility of a
— NBC decided to give “Undercovers” an 8 p.m. Wednesday slot due to no strong competitor incumbents in the time period.
— On not moving forward with its “Rockford Files” remake, Bromstad said, “it would have A++ and I think we had an A-, B+ pilot and wanted to get it right.”
— On putting Jimmy Smits’ new series “Outlaw” in an extremely difficult Fridays at 10 p.m. time slot: “We are certainly counting on Jimmy to bring people there.”
— And finally, on programming 10 p.m. in general, Gaspin said: “The one thing we learned this year is if you’re going to compete at 10 p.m. you’re going to have to put the very best content on because you have to compete with cable and DVR.”
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