The peacock network is strutting its features for day one of the press tour:
-NBC announced it is using the upcoming Olympics to promote its short-term Monday lineup, consisting of the premiere of America’s Toughest Jobs and Deal or No Deal – each will run on Mondays for four weeks beginning August 25. Jobs moves to its regular 7 p.m. (CT) time slot on Fridays beginning September 19, while Deal will air on Wednesdays and Fridays beginning in October.
Don’t forget the weekday strip of Deal premieres in syndication on September 8, locally over WMAQ-TV.
– In preparation of his new late-night gig in 2009, Jimmy Fallon is testing material online, which could contain several comedy segments. Meanwhile, Late Night is leaving is Studio 6A home of 27 years to move next door to Studio 6B at Rockefeller Center. Studio 6A of course, was home to David Letterman’s and Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk shows.
– Continuing on the NBC late-night beat, the network also announced the season premiere date of Saturday Night Live (Sept. 13), and will run four straight weeks of new episodes, to coincide with the Presidential campaign. NBC also is airing SNL prime-time specials on Thursdays in October and the Saturday Night Presidential Bash 2008 on the night before the election.
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From the networks of NBC Universal…
– USA has renewed crime drama In Plain Sight and outlined three other new projects: two crime dramas titled Stiffs and Covet Affairs, and a hospital drama titled Operating Instructions (don’t lose them…)
– Former Square Pegs and Sex In The City star Sarah Jessica Parker is developing a new series for Bravo titled American Artist, a reality-competition series dedicated to – what else? Finding the next American artist. Bravo also unveiled a Top Chef spin-off, another series focusing on Miami professionals, and a new series called Fashion House, based on a BBC Series.
Does that title sound familiar? It was used for a short-lived telenovela that aired on My Network TV back in 2006, featuring Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild.
-Women-targeted net Oxygen is launching a new series called Dance Your Ass Off, a new dance competition series. Look for a spin-off series called Falling Down On Your Ass.
The network also announced a renewal of Bad Girls Club for a third season, aka Fight Your Ass Off.