Friday, August 31, 2012

Three Nights of September Prime Changed

It's almost become a tradition for the folks at 30 Rock to make similar announcements (this time with shorter notice than most) on the eve of holiday weekends as they depart..  this year does not seem to be an exception.

Happily, clients have already been updated, and their inventory and estimates have been published.

Posted: 08/31/2012 03:50:40 PM
Air Date: 09/12/2012 Wednesday
Start Time: 10:30:00 PM [ET]
Duration: 00:29:30
Type: New Booking
Message: THE NEW NORMAL is booked. 


Posted: 08/31/2012 03:49:35 PM
Air Date: 09/10/2012 Monday
Start Time: 10:30:00 PM [ET]
Show Name: GO ON
Duration: 00:29:30
Type: New Booking
Message: GO ON is booked.

Posted: 08/31/2012 03:48:43 PM
Air Date: 09/10/2012 Monday
Start Time: 10:00:00 PM [ET]
Duration: 00:30:00
Type: New Booking
Message: THE NEW NORMAL is booked.

Posted: 08/31/2012 03:47:44 PM
Air Date: 09/08/2012 Saturday
Start Time: 08:00:00 PM [ET]
Duration: 01:00:00
Type: New Booking
Message: AMERICA'S GOT TALENT is booked

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Eleven Changes To NBC Sports Specials in 4th Quarter

Posted: 08/29/2012 03:42:08 PM
Air Date: 10/14/2012 Sunday
Start Time: 02:30:00 PM [ET]
Duration: 01:00:00
Type: Time Change
Message: WORLD OF ADVENTURE SPORTS #1 moves to 2:30pm ET (previously scheduled at 3:30pm ET). 

Posted: 08/29/2012 03:34:51 PM
Air Date: 10/13/2012 Saturday
Start Time: 01:30:00 PM [ET]
Duration: 01:00:00
Type: Time Change
Message: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED moves to 1:30pm ET (previously scheduled at 2:30pm ET). 2:30-3:30pm ET reverts to local time.

The above are two of the 11 NBC Sports Specials changed in 4th Quarter this afternoon on APT. clients have been updated.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Next 3 Saturday Nights Prime Changed

After 5pm EDT tonight, NBC announced several changes for weekend prime beginning in 4 days, including changed times for America's Got Talent and Saving Hope. clients have been updated.

Friday, August 24, 2012

What Happens if RNC Gets Stormed Out?

Posted: 08/24/2012 05:07:59 PM
Air Date: 08/29/2012 Wednesday
Start Time: 10:00:00 PM [ET]
Duration: 00:59:30
Type: Contingencies
Message: Standby programming has been added for REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION on Wednesday 8/29. Please see updated contingencies for further details.
 Answer: Tuesday @ 10pm would be Parenthood, and Wednesday @ 10p would be L&O:SVU, but if there's a storm big enough to cancel this party,  we'll all be watching storm coverage rather than re-runs.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tonight Show Gets New Competition in January from Kimmel

Previously, Jay Leno had competition from Letterman and Comedy Central.  Starting in January, there will be a battle for younger demos.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Morning in Chattanooga

Attention NBC GSMs:

Don't you wish you could send out an email to your salespeople this morning like this?
The sales team at WRCB got this email from their GSM at 5:45am PDT this morning.

The July book is in One Domain.  Paul Heine worked over the weekend and completed estimates, rationale etc. for both WRCB and ERCB.  I gave him the authorization to publish a few minutes ago.  Since he lives in Las Vegas I expect we will see his work by noon today.  He will be updating the other stations this week.

How’s that for fast!!

Once Ralph approved the estimates and rationale, I published.  His team was rocking by 10am EDT. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Chattanooga July 2012 Data Arrives

Good thing I restocked my supplies of Colombian coffee and Mexican Coca-Cola yesterday.

With Dave Brubeck playing Take Five, I'm ready to take on July PAV info.

Wish your NBC station had this kind of service?  Call me.  Just click the box over on the right column.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Ten Changes To September Prime Posted Friday Night

Posted: 08/17/2012 06:27:42 PM
Air Date: 09/14/2012 Friday
Start Time: 08:30:00 PM [ET]
Duration: 00:30:00
Type: New Booking
Message: GUYS WITH KIDS is booked.
And nine others will be added to client inventories this weekend.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Next Tuesday Night Prime Changes

NBC has dropped an encore of Stars Earn Stripes next Tuesday at 10pm and has replaced it with half hours of Go On and Animal Practice. clients have been updated and published.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

At NBC, the Thrill Is Gone Along With the Audience

From The New York Times:

NBC got its first taste of the difference between the Olympics and anything else it can offer in prime time: its audience Monday night dropped about 25 million from the network’s Olympic highs.
And if anyone deserved a ratings gold medal on the night, it was the chef Gordon Ramsay on Fox. With none of the Olympic hype, Mr. Ramsay’s two reality shows beat NBC from 8 to 10 p.m., with his returning series, “Hell’s Kitchen,” the dominant show of the night.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Presidential and VP Debates Booked in October

With September's prime filled with premieres and political conventions, these 4 nights posted today in APT in October have been published to clients.

Friday, August 10, 2012

WWE Wrestlemania booked for August 25th plus..

Posted: 08/10/2012 12:10:21 PM
Air Date: 08/25/2012 Saturday
Start Time: 09:00:00 PM [ET]
Duration: 01:00:00
Type: New Booking
Message: WRESTLEMANIA 28 - ROCK VS. CENA is booked

In other pre-scripted theatrics of legendary battles of good versus evil, both GOP and Democratic convention coverages have been posted, and my clients are being  are updated now.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Too Late To Sell It, but FYI

London – August 5, 2012 – NBC will air Michael Phelps: America’s Golden Champion, a special, intimate look at 18-time gold medalist and 22-time overall Olympic medalist, Michael Phelps, Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET/PT, 6 p.m. CT/MT.
Phelps sat down exclusively late Saturday night with NBC Olympics host Bob Costas, and disclosed his innermost thoughts about his Olympic odyssey, beginning as a 15-year old boy in Sydney in 2000, to his six-gold medal performance in Athens in 2004, through the unprecedented 8 for 8 in Beijing in 2008, and ending this week at the London Olympics with four more gold and two silver medals to cap the greatest Olympic career ever.
“America’s greatest interviewer sitting down with the world’s greatest Olympian makes for an inspiring piece of television,” says NBC Olympics Executive Producer Jim Bell. “Our feeling after seeing the interview was that this was something that every fan of the Olympics should see, and tonight they will.”
On the night of his final Olympic event, a night full of emotion and achievement, Phelps sat with Costas shortly after leaving the pool. Phelps and Costas discuss the tapestry of Phelps’ career, including; the first time on an international stage in Sydney; the trials and tribulations with coach and mentor Bob Bowman; his world famous 200-meter Butterfly race in Beijing, where his goggles filled with water during the race; the training regimen that helped him win so many medals; how his rivalries fueled his passion and desire to win; the influence of watching Michael Jordan’s dominance and how it shaped his career as one of America’s greatest athletes ever; and Phelps’ future outside of the pool.
Sunday night’s show will also feature the Men’s 100-meter final, which determines the World’s Fastest Man, as well as the return of women’s gymnastics and the start of three straight night’s showcasing the Fab Five in individual competition, as well as beach volleyball and two-time defending Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings.
-NBC Olympics-

Thursday, August 2, 2012

NBC's New Head of Primetime Scheduling Announced

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – August 1, 2012 – In a move to further accelerate the strategic vision and future of NBC Entertainment, Jeff Bader was named President, Program Planning, Strategy and Research, NBC Entertainment, by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, to whom he will report.

In this newly created position, Bader will be responsible for overseeing long and short term program planning for NBC’s primetime, daytime and late night programming. The NBC Entertainment scheduling department will report to him as well as the division's research team. He will also supervise the windowing strategy for primetime and late night programming across all NBCU platforms as well as interfacing with NBC News and NBC Sports. Further, he will work closely with the east coast's network division led by Ted Harbert -- with whom he has worked before -- to provide coordination with the sales, affiliate, and distribution areas.

Said Greenblatt: “I am thrilled that Jeff Bader is joining the new NBC family. He is widely known as one of the broadcasting industry's most consummate executives and he will be integral to the re-building of NBC in many ways. He has deep experience in so many key areas of running a network in today's challenging environment that he will instantly prove to be invaluable to us as we look to the future. I am excited to welcome him to NBC."

For more than two decades, Bader has had numerous leadership roles at ABC. Most recently, he was Executive Vice President, Planning, Scheduling and Distribution, ABC Entertainment Group. In this position, he was ABC Entertainment's senior executive in charge of primetime and late-night program planning and scheduling. Beyond these network-specific duties, he was responsible for windowing strategies for ABC Entertainment Group programs across all platforms, both domestic and international.

Bader joined ABC in 1988 as Supervisor, Audience Analysis. He became Manager, Audience and Program Research, in 1989; Manager, Program Planning and Scheduling, in 1991; Director in 1992; Executive Director in 1994; Vice President, Current Series Programming, in 1995; Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling, in 1996; Senior Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling, in 1998 and Executive Vice President ABC Entertainment in 2000.

Prior to joining ABC, Bader held senior research positions at the MTM Distribution Group. His first job professionally was at NBC Entertainment.

Bader received a Master of Arts degree with distinction from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California. He graduated with honors from Williams College in Massachusetts.

Raised in Wayland, Massachusetts, he now resides in Los Angeles, California.