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TCA Winter 2010 Press Tour: NBC

Posted by Sarah Rodman  January 11, 2010 01:12 AM

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Although it may be hard to believe, the peacock network did actually have some other news to report in addition to the late night intrigue.

-"Deal or No Deal" host Howie Mandel will replace David Hasselhoff on the judging panel of "America's Got Talent."

-"Heroes" executive producer Tim Kring is going to have map out what the next season will look like before NBC signs on to extend the superhero show with the less than super ratings.

-NBC is talking to "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf about doing a Los Angeles version of the show. Apparently, Wolf has taken to calling it "LOLA." The executives said they also expect "L&O" original flavor to survive another season.

-Jerry Seinfeld's new reality series "The Marriage Ref" will get a sneak preview following the closing ceremony of the winter Olympics Feb. 28 at 10:30 p.m. before taking up residence in its normal timeslot, Sundays at 8, on March 14.

-Eager to announce what they have in the pipeline, Angela Bromstad talked up a clutch of new potential series whose pilots have gotten the greenlight including: J.J. Abrams spy couple series "Undercovers," conspiracy thriller "The Event," a reboot of "The Rockford Files" from "House" producer David Shore and, interestingly, Steve Carell in a producer's role, and a remake of the BBC hit "Prime Suspect."


Quote of the Day

Asked to weigh in on the late night story during his panel on for "The Marriage Ref," Seinfeld pulled no punches saying he doesn't buy into the theory that NBC somehow sabotaged O'Brien by having him follow Leno.  "I don’t think anyone is preventing people from watching Conan. He is there," he said. "Once they give you the cameras, it’s on you. So I can’t blame NBC for having to move things around. I mean, Conan has a chance to, you know, destroy everybody. Go ahead. You are out there.I don’t think anyone has done anything to Conan. I hope he stays. I think he’s terrific. And that was a great combination. Jay and Conan worked great. They should keep it."

NBC Party/Tall, Not Tall

One of the most striking sights at the NBC fete was the very tall news anchor Brian Williams chatting up the equally height-empowered Chevy Chase. Wonder what they were talking about?; Chase's "Community" co-star Joel McHale was a social butterfly who towered over just about anyone he talked to; Ditto Zachary Levi, who puts the Chuck in "Chuck" and is looking sleeker and less nerdy in accordance with his new smoother onscreen persona; "Parenthood" co-stars Peter Krause and Lauren Graham were definitely tops in their cast and, Mae Whitman, who plays Graham's daughter, is a petite spitfire; Alison Brie of "Community" and "Mad Men" is taller than you might expect and, shockingly, said she truly doesn't know if Trudy Campbell will be back next season to help out around the Sterling, Cooper, Draper, and Pryce office.


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