As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for NBC, Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt and President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke took some time to talk about their comedies and dramas, both with their present line-up and what’s to come. During this interview, they touched on when viewers might expect to see Hannibal (from show creator Bryan Fuller and starring Hugh Dancy as Special Agent Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter), how they’re going into production on Dracula (with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lead role) and pre-production on the Blackbeard series Crossbones (from Luther creator Neil Cross), how they approach violence in their programming, their upcoming series with Michael J. Fox, their approach to keeping people aware of Revolution, after a four-month hiatus, and how they feel about the changes to Season 2 of Smash. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for NBCUniversal, Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt and President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke, who’s in charge of scripted programming, took some time to talk about their slate of comedies and dramas, both with their present line-up and for the Fall season. During this interview, they addressed the upcoming season of Community, why only 13 episodes and why on Friday night, the affects of the new showrunner, and whether it could get another season or more episodes to this next season. They also talked about their hopes for Go On (with Matthew Perry) and The New Normal (from Ryan Murphy), why they passed The Mindy Project on to Fox, and what fans of the series can expect from Season 2 of Smash. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Prior to the NBC presentation at the TCA Press Tour, the networks new Chairman of Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt gave a glimpse of what he sees in the future of what is currently the fourth place network. Here are the most interesting points:
- NBC has made development deals with both executive producer/writer/director Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks & Recreation) and Gary Sanchez Productions (the production company of Adam McKay and Will Ferrell).
- Sean Hayes will be stepping back in front of the camera for an NBC comedy in 2012, while a one-hour drama about firefighters is being developed with Dick Wolf (Law & Order).
- The hit singing competition The Voice will return on February 5th, following the Super Bowl, and the mid-season musical drama Smash, from executive producer Steven Spielberg, will premiere on February 6th
- Greenblatt was not surprised by the controversy caused by The Playboy Club, as the brand name can be polarizing for people.
- NBC is hoping to under-expect but over-deliver on the upcoming season of The Office, with all of the changes and the addition of James Spader to the cast.
- The Office is important to the network, but they are approaching it with realistic expectations while the writers work to refocus what the show will now be.
- The goal is to expand comedy to more nights than just Thursday, and make multi-camera comedy shows popular again.
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