Showing posts with label NBC TELEVISION. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NBC TELEVISION. Show all posts

Friday, July 03, 2015



Story By: James Edstrom

Flo Rida Macy's Dress Rehearsal For Forth Of July

Being at ground zero for the Macy's Forth Of July in Long Island City on the East River, tonight I watched Flo Rida bring filmed on the East River. Not only did it appear that Rida was lip Syncing, it also looked like Macy's and NBC were staging a pre taped show to air on the Forth Of July. Even the Empire State Building was in on it when they lit up the building in Forth Of July Colors, only to turn them off when the taping was done.

I have been in this business for many years and was the photographer for many television shows, so I can spot when something is being faked. The crowds started forming in front of the set up stage and they were being handed lights with flags on them. Directors on stage would tell them to yell or scream and the cameras were rolling as they filmed the audience. They played Rida's song time after time to get footage, most of the time Rida was not even on stage. When he was on stage, it was the exact same thing as the pre-recorded version that played so many times. It clearly was being lip synced.

It would seem a big disappointment if Macy's and NBC along with Rida can not even do a live stage show for the Forth Of July. It looks like at least part of the famed show is being staged and filmed way before the holiday. Ed Sheeran was there the other night performing. Since I did not pay attention that night, I wonder if his show is being staged too.


About the Show

NBC's annual "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" celebrates the nation's birthday with all-star performances from multi platinum singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. The six-time Grammy nominated singer joins Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson, Brad Paisley, Flo Rida and Meghan Trainor. "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" airs Saturday, July 4 (8:00 -10:00 p.m. ET/PT) with an hour-long encore presentation at 10:00 p.m.


For weeks now we have had Homeland Security casing our block and installing cameras. They have been going up and down Hunters Point South Park with maps and marking security points with spray paint which I am sure they will not remove after this event. I am being told our street will be closed off starting today. Residents are a little upset that no arrangements were made for them. I asked our building if passes were requested for the tenants from Macy's and I was told yes and they were told no. It is a shame that our park and block is taken over and no arrangements made for the people who live here. I am also being told by a source, that only friends, relatives and Macy's VIP's are allowed in the park to see the show. Since I am press, I can pretty much go anywhere, I used to do this event for years with Macy's. But I am remorseful that the people in my building are not even thought of. They are going into lock down and will be prisoners till this event is over.

Macy's needs to address this issue and think of the residents that live here. But I am sure they won't!

Friday, February 21, 2014



Story By: G. H. Harding
Meredith Viera

SOCHI SOCIAL --- So, what’s been the #1 story of this year’s Winter Olympics? Bob Costas’ crippling pinkeye. As the 11 days of events begin to wind down, the biggest stories besides the anchor’s optical mishaps, were Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera’s double-duty; as both pinched in for the ailing sportscaster, and, alpine skier Bode Miller crying after being prodded about his dead brother by the network’s Christin Cooper.

Also, NBC’s solid viewership has also shown signs of fatigue, lagging 13% behind the Vancouver games in 2010. An inside source at the network admitted, “It’s been very underwhelming.” The source continued, "The lack of really dramatic American performances is a big part of it." Two blows to NBC's coverage has been the scarcity of Winter Games stalwarts Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White. "Sometimes it's just the dynamic of the sport. Gabby Douglas broke out in London, but the difference there is that gymnasts stay front and center (with events) for the majority of the games."

Also, continuing stories about Russia’s lack of preparation; the unfortunate design of the hotel bathrooms; the glitch in the opening ceremonies, and, Putin’s ongoing steely presence; it just was not a very welcomed environment on any level.

Even Matt and Al Roker's Luge performances fell short; feeling cocky they opted for a second run which ended in a spiraling-out-of-control run.

NBC is expected to turn a profit, however in the final days, it was reported that there was still ad inventory still available … meaning, if you wanted to secure an ad at this late date, you could.

CAN'T STOP --- Varèse Sarabande Records will release the Non-Stop Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, digitally and on CD February 25, 2014. The film features an original score by John Ottman (Jack the Giant Slayer, The Usual Suspects) and arrives in theaters on February 28.

Global action star Liam Neeson stars in Non-Stop, a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into a numbered account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. Non-Stop reunites Neeson with Unknown-director Jaume Collet-Serra and co-stars Golden Globe Award winner Julianne Moore.

Ottman described scoring Non-Stop: "The obvious instruction was to keep the energy going throughout the film. This would be a challenge, being that the music always had to go somewhere further, constantly pushing or creating the tension in a simple and confined environment. The other feeling was that the score should reflect Bill Marks, played by Liam Neeson, as an imperfect character with a checkered and painful past…but who also is a ‘tightly wound spool.”

The right-hand man—as both composer and editor—of Bryan Singer, Ottman has scored such iconic modern films as The Usual Suspects, X2, Superman Returns and Valkyrie.

He has proven himself equal to the challenge of horror (Gothika, Orphan), comedy (The Cable Guy, Bubble Boy) action (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), thrillers (Unknown, The Resident), superhero films (Fantastic Four 1 & 2) and animation (Astro Boy). He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his score to the ABC series Fantasy Island. Ottman edited and scored Singer’s large-scale fantasy film, Jack the Giant Slayer. Currently, Ottman is working on Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

“The biggest hurdle was the opening scene that introduces Bill sitting in his car and then walking to the terminal. We decided that establishing a bass propulsive sound underneath would provide another signature of the score and could therefore be part of the opening from the onset.” explained Ottman.

CLOSING NOTES --- I like Jimmy Fallon, I really do, but I think his joke the other night about Ryan Seacrest starting a line of clothes: but, it’s hard getting them out of the closet, was a little ill-chosen. I mean, has it come to this ... one host knocking another? C’mon, not cool at all …

CBS’ Criminal Minds beat American Idol in the ratings the other night. First time ever too. As we've said, interest in these competition shows are dwindling. My outlook: It was fun while it lasted, but let’s move on gentlemen …

The Oscars are a week from this Sunday; have you seen all the nominated movies? Me, I saw Gravity, loved it … but, the commercials currently running on the movie, highlighting the most dramatic moments are terrifically well-done. George Clooney’s emotive voice over, about living your life … are just starkly emotional. Don't count this movie out; director Alfonso Cuaron is scoring awards left and right …

How about former-SNL-er Fred Armisen signing on to be the new band leader for the new Seth Meyers’ Late Night show? I know the Valley Stream-born Fred and he’s the real deal. His IFC show Portlandia is utterly brilliant. According to Fred, a sudden phone call from executive producer Lorne Michaels started the ball rolling. Fred realized,“This has been a dream of mine.” Turns out Meyers created the role of down-on-his luck Brit-music-legend Ian Rubbish for Armisen; in fact, Rubbish even released his own record. Questlove redefined what a band could be on the Fallon-show, and Paul Shaffer on Letterman never fails to dazzle, but I predict that Armisen’s tenure will be most innovative …

Last night in L. A. at The Beverly Hilton: The Ella Awards celebrating Beach Boy Mike Love took place. Attending were: Rita Wilson; Christopher Cross; Micky Dolenz; America; John Stamos; Carnie Wilson; Peter Noone; Bill Medley; Diane Warren; producer-Nigel Lythgoe; and, Wayne Brady.

The Society of Singers, Founded in 1984 by Ginny (Mrs. Henry) Mancini and Gilda Maiken Anderson, SOS was the first of its kind to focus on the needs of singers who were unable to access benefits and services when faced with emergencies or simply life’s daily challenges. SOS provides a safety net for artists that are facing personal and medical crises which may include chronic illness and disability.

Monday, October 14, 2013


Welcome To The Family

Chicago-born Puerto Rican actress Justina Machado, best known for playing Taye Diggs’ girlfriend ‘Stephanie Kemp’ on “Private Practice,” and Freddy Rodriguez’s wife ‘Vanessa Diaz’ on “Six Feet Under,” returns to primetime TV this fall on NBC’s new comedy WELCOME TO THE FAMILY (Thursdays, at 8:30PM) as ‘Lisette Hernandez,’ with Ricardo Chavira (“Desperate Housewives”), Mike O’Malley (“Glee”) and Mary McCormack (“In Plain Sight”).

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY is a comedic look at the culture clash between an Anglo and Latino family brought together by a pregnancy.

In addition to her work on-screen, Machado lends her voice as “Rosa Sachez” in the FOX midseason animated series MURDER POLICE from “Family Guy” producer David A. Goodman and starring Will Sasso, Chi McBride and Phil LaMarr. The show expands the boundaries of the cop show genre as only animation can, following a dedicated but inept detective and his colleagues- some perverted, some corrupt, some just lazy –in a twisted city precinct. The series is centered around Manuel Sanchez (voiced by Jason Ruiz), a nerdy and clumsy cop trying to impress his teenage son, while also aspiring to be a good policeman but often put in jeopardy by fellow incompetent colleagues. 

Thursday, May 02, 2013



The rumors are true! After months of speculation about former TODAY show co-anchor Meredith Vieira being considered for her own talk show, the veteran journalist has moved on to shooting the proposed series, sources confirm exclusively to Us Weekly.

Insiders tell Us that Vieira, 59, is currently filming the pilot for her NBC show, which is in the vein of Katie Couric's ABC daytime talk show. The series has not yet been picked up, but if and when it is, it would air sometime in 2014.

New York Times journalist Brian Stelter -- author of the controversial morning show tell-all Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV -- first reported in his Media Decoder blog in January that the Dateline NBC contributor was "in talks" with NBCUniversal for a syndicated talk show to premiere no sooner than September 2014. NBC declined to comment on the rumors at the time, but Vieira hinted earlier that month that she was working with the network on a new project.

Announcing the end of her run on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which she has hosted since 2002, the View alum said she wanted to focus on other aspects of her career. "It's been a great 11 years," she said in a statement on Jan. 11. "I am about to embark on a new adventure with NBC, and I have a digital venture which will be announced shortly. This just seemed like the right time to make the move."

If Vieira's series is picked up, it could compete with her former show The View, or with Couric's show Katie, Stelter reported in January. Vieira replaced Couric on TODAY in 2006, after nine years as a cohost on Barbara Walters' daytime series. She later left her co-anchor post in 2011 but has remained with NBC as a contributor to Dateline NBC and Rock Center With Brian Williams.

Sunday, November 04, 2012



Bear Grylls

NBC has given the green light to “Get Out Alive” (working title), a new, larger-than-life and extreme adventure reality-competition series headlined by world-renowned adventurer Bear Grylls, to be co-produced by Bear Grylls Ventures and Ben Silverman’s multimedia studio, Electus.

The move to NBC for “Get Out Alive” marks the first time the international television star will debut on network television. The show will test teams of two beyond their most extreme imaginations in the wild. NBC has ordered eight episodes of the series, with additional creative details to be revealed at a later date. “Get Out Alive” is set to air in primetime in Summer 2013. 

“To meet Bear is to meet a force of nature,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “He is a magnetic and charismatic talent, whose infectious enthusiasm for adventure inspires people to push themselves beyond their limits. These contestants are in for the ride of their lives!”

“‘Get Out Alive’ will be raw, tough and unrelenting, but it will also inspire and teach the essentials that one day may just save your life," said Grylls. "The goal is to empower people with the ultimate in both survival and teamwork, and that brings incredible reward... but first there must be some pain.”

“Bear is the most exciting talent in the world of survival adventure today -- there is simply no one like him,” said Chris Grant, CEO of Electus. “To be able to partner with Bear and the rest of his team is a dream come true. I believe that the synergies between our two companies are limitless and we are very excited to make programming with Bear for NBC.”