Friday, November 30, 2012

NBC Makes Changes To Prime Time, Moves "Rock Center" To Friday

NBC will premiere the new drama "Do No Harm" on Thursday, January 31, from 10-11 p.m. following the hour-long series finale of the Emmy Award-winning "30 Rock" at 8 p.m. earlier that same night.

In addition, "Rock Center with Brian Williams" will move to Fridays beginning February 8 from 10-11 p.m. right after "Dateline NBC" which also makes a move to an earlier 9 p.m. slot.

The announcements were made Friday by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.

"January 31 will be a special night as one classic series will mark its finale with a great hour-long sendoff episode while a promising new drama will make its debut on Thursdays," said Greenblatt. "'30 Rock'" is acclaimed as a legendary comedy and we will see a truly memorable and fitting last episode. In "Do No Harm," viewers will have a unique new dramatic storyline with an exciting new star in Steven Pasquale that takes them into dark and uncharted territory."

Details of the finale of "30 Rock" will be provided later.

"Grimm" will return to the schedule on Friday, March 8, at 9 pm. In "Do No Harm," Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale, "Rescue Me") is a highly respected neurosurgeon who has it all - a lucrative career, confident charm, the gift of compassion. But he also has a deep, dark secret.

One morning when he wakes up disoriented in a wrecked hotel room amidst several near-naked women he's never seen before, he knows one thing: it's happening again. Every night at the same hour, something inside Jason changes, leaving him almost unrecognizable, seductive, devious, borderline sociopathic.

Friday, November 09, 2012

WKYC News & Notes: 11/9/12

By Frank Macek

It's time for another "behind the scenes" look at what's happening inside the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center.
  • The last week was an extremely busy one around WKYC as we brought you the best local coverage of "Decision 2012" anchored by WKYC's Russ Mitchell and Kris Pickel and our team of journalists spread out around Ohio. According to Nielsen, Channel 3's extended, evening coverage was the most watched in Cleveland, while NBC's network coverage anchored by Brian Williams was the highest rated on Election Night. NBC was also the first network to accurately call the race to the White House. For a photogallery of some of the behind the scenes pictures at WKYC on Election Night, go to:

  • Channel 3 was part of a special "See the Possible" push to help educate our viewers about the importance of Issue 107, the Cleveland school levy, on the November 6th ballot. Our viewers responded positively and passed the issue by a wide margin. Also, Channel 3 staff participated in this year's "Making a Difference" Day held on October 27th. A total of 748 volunteers donated 1,671 hours of their time that Saturday at 23 different locations across Northeast Ohio in an effort to make our community a better place. For more, visit

  • As we told you a few weeks ago, John Anderson has returned to Channel 3 News after spending the last five years in Philadelphia at WTXF FOX 29 where he anchored various news and sports programming. John joined Lynna Lai on the anchor desk as of October 27th and is also handling weekend evening sports duties as well, including as host of "Browns Tonight." John and his wife Kristen was the first husband and wife morning anchor team in Cleveland when they first came to Channel 3 News in 2000.

  • The holidays are fast upon us and Channel 3 and NBC are presenting a great selection of holiday programming this year including the "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," re-broadcast of "It's A Wonderful Life," an "SNL Christmas," "Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays" and "Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas."  For a complete list of this year's programming, check out our holiday posting @

  • And, be looking for more exciting changes coming to Channel 3 early in 2013! We are working on a few projects that we will be sharing with you in the coming months.

NBC Announces Holiday Programming on WKYC

WKYC and NBC will offer up a stocking full of festive holiday programming this season original Christmas music/variety specials from Blake Shelton (Monday, December 3; 10-11 p.m. ET) and Michael Buble (Monday, December 10 10-11 p.m. ET); the new special "Christmas in the White House" (Thursday, December 13, 8-9 p.m. ET) and the traditional tree-lighting ceremony on "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (Wednesday, November 28, 8-9 p.m. ET).

"The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" will step off on Thursday, November 22 (9 a.m-12 noon all time zones).

Following the parade will be popular holiday special "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina" -- hosted by actor, author and Broadway star John O'Hurley ("Seinfeld," "Dancing with the Stars") and expert analyst David Frei -- on Thanksgiving Day from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in all time zones.

In addition, the network will once again honor the United States armed forces as World Wrestling Entertainment, in conjunction with NBC, will air the fourth annual "WWE Tribute to the Troops" (Saturday, December 22, 9-10 p.m. ET).

NBC's holiday lineup includes the 50th anniversary celebration of "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" (Saturday, December 22, 8-9 p.m. ET), a popular musical adaptation that first aired on NBC in 1962 -- and the Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life," which will be featured in encore broadcasts on Saturday, December 1 (8-11 p.m. ET) and its Christmas Eve slot on Monday, December 24 (8-11 p.m. ET).

NBC also includes "SNL Christmas" on Wednesday, November 28 (9-11 p.m. ET), a compilation of fan-favorite holiday sketches from "Saturday Night Live." The popular Buble returns a second time to NBC as to host his own Christmas music special in "Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays" while Shelton (NBC's "The Voice") will host his first holiday-themed special in "Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas."

The Buble holiday special will have an encore broadcast on Friday, December 21 (8-9 p.m. ET) while the Shelton special also will have an encore airing on Friday, December 14 (9-10 p.m. ET). "Christmas in the White House" will have an encore telecast on Friday, December 21 (9-10 p.m. ET). The blockbuster feature film "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" also will have an encore airing on Saturday, November 24 (8-11 p.m. ET) during Thanksgiving weekend.

The hit film "Enchanted" will air on New Year's Eve, Monday, December 31 (8-10 p.m. ET). Likewise, the film "Horton Hears a Who" will be telecast on Christmas night, Monday, December 25 (8-10 p.m. ET).

Thursday, November 01, 2012

NBC Holding A Benefit Concert For Sandy Victims

NBC is doing a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy featuring some artists native to the areas hardest hit.

Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi of New Jersey and Billy Joel of Long Island are scheduled to appear at the concert Friday.

The telecast will benefit the American Red Cross and will be shown on NBC and its cable stations including Bravo, CNBC, USA, MSNBC and E!

Other networks are invited to join in.

The concert will be hosted by Matt Lauer. It will air at 8 p.m. Eastern and will be taped-delayed in the West. Other performers include Christina Aguilera, Sting and Jimmy Fallon.

The telethon will be broadcast from NBC facilities in Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Source: The Associated Press