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January 7th, 2013 · No Comments

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"I don't think you can make the leap of shows about serial killers causing the violence that we have in our country," NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said. (Chris Haston, NBC / January 6, 2013)

“I don’t think you can make the leap of shows about serial killers causing the violence that we have in our country,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said. (Chris Haston, NBC / January 6, 2013)

NBC Execs Also Talk Voice and Trump By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (Hollywood Today) 1/6/12 – “NBC is the only broadcast network that’s getting younger,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, at the TCA Winter Press tour, in reference to the network’s median age. He also noted that NBC is the only network among the four broadcast networks to be up in the 18-to-49 demographic. After highlighting the network’s recent successes, Greenblatt assured that NBC is “ramping up production dramatically” and “already planning for summer and fall and even looking ahead to the 2014 Winter Olympics.” This fall will also bring a new show starring Michael J. Fox, which, according to Jennifer Salke, was pitched by Fox himself and is “completely inspired by his life as a father and a husband and a family man who is grappling with his disease.”  On the show he will play a newscaster and, Salke says, “The story of the pilot is actually him coming back into the seat at the news with a kind of special-interest story and a lot of great, fun guest casting and kind of the family rallying around him.” Greenblatt stated that there will be a separate junket featuring new The Voice coaches Usher and Shakira closer to the show’s premiere, but Paul Telegdy did address the choice of two cycles a year for the show and the possibility of “too much of a good thing.”  “We like to think of every season of The Voice as very distinctive – distinctive in terms of the kinds of contestants that come in and the viewing experience. And we just had a really, really great season. The format has some unique elements to it that make it extremely compelling for viewers but also extremely compelling for the participating coaches. They’re involved in a very chewy and organic way. And so I think we’ve considered this year’s experiment going twice a year a success.” Regarding Donald Trump and his actions during the presidential election, Greenblatt offered, “We live in this country where you can sort of say anything you want as long as you’re not harming other people. And he’s got a political belief system.” He continued, “But I really don’t think that what he’s doing kind in his personal life is going to corrupt what is happening on the show. That said, if he sort of becomes somehow hurtful or says things or does things that cross a line, I guess we would figure out what to do about that.” Looking ahead for NBC, Greenblatt stated, “We’ve made some great strides forward, and we know there are lots of ups and downs ahead of us.”

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