As part of the deal, NBC News will also have exclusive broadcast access to Shriver’s “Shriver Reports” — multiplatform investigations into the status of American women and their central role in the key issues facing our nation.
The next “Shriver Report,” to be released early next year, will address the “alarming financial insecurity among American women and families” — and hopefully reconcile that finding with the aforementioned profound impact of women’s rising influence and leadership.
Shriver — who, NBC News noted, is a mother of four — will remain based in Los Angeles, and will continue to produce outside television, film, book and live-event projects under the auspices of her own production company.
In other TV-news news, CNN has unveiled the name of its new morning show with Chris Cuomo — father of three — in advance of its June 10 premiere: “New Day.”
‘Hannibal’ off Utah station
One of NBC’s TV stations has beaten the network to the punch and pulled “Hannibal” off its Thursday schedule.
Can you guess which NBC station yanked “Hannibal”?
If you guessed NBC’s Salt Lake City station, KSL TV — you’re right!
(KSL did so after last Thursday’s episode, on the first night of the May sweep ratings derby, which local stations use to set ad rates for the coming months.)
Serious students of TV know that KSL, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has a tradition of letting America know, usually before a TV season begins in September, which of NBC’s new prime-time series it will not air.
Last August, it was “The New Normal.” That’s Ryan Murphy’s comedy about a gay couple having a baby via a single-mom surrogate, who comes with a “small-minded” (said NBC) granny, played by Ellen Barkin — who provides the show with such laugh lines as: “I happen to love the gays; I could never get my hair to look this good without them.”
KSL deemed the show’s dialogue “excessively rude and crude,” its scenes “too explicit” and the stereotypes “offensive on all sides.”
“The New Normal” marks a rare instance of an NBC series pulled by KSL that has survived on the network.
The previous summer’s lottery winner, “The Playboy Club” — about a brand “associated with pornography,” KSL explained — lasted just three episodes before NBC removed it from rotation.
KSL also declined to air NBC’s prime-time remake of the Brit-com “Coupling,” which NBC wound up pulling after just four episodes — because, then-NBC Big Cheese Jeff Zucker explained, it stunk.
And in 2000, KSL gave a thumbs-down to NBC’s controversial animated comedy “God, the Devil and Bob,” which NBC canceled after a handful of low-rated episodes.
But this week’s pulling of “Hannibal” is different, in that KSL actually aired some of the episodes before yanking the show. Last Thursday was episode No. 4. And with just 2.4 million tuned in, NBC soon should be following suit.
“After viewing the past few episodes, as well as receiving numerous complaints from viewers, KSL TV will cancel the airing of the NBC show ‘Hannibal’ on Thursday evenings. This decision was made due to the extensive graphic nature of this show,” the station explained Monday evening on its Facebook page.
“We don’t make programming decisions lightly, and we want to listen to our viewers, who have called and e-mailed our station — and also responded with low viewership. This show has been called one of the most violent, bloody [shows] on TV by the The Salt Lake Tribune. Thank you for your feedback — we’re reading them all,” the station added, in response to many viewer comments.
Remaining episodes will air on that market’s CW station.