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NBC in chaos (still)
Another year, more chaos from NBC. Last year at this time, we were talking about the Conan/Leno debacle and a dismal fall of failures. Well, the late-night mess has been cleared up (somewhat), but the triumphant return of 10 p.m. programming hasn't been so triumphant. In fact, it was another fall of failures -- "Undercovers," "Outlaw" -- and semi-failures -- "Chase" and "The Event" got full seasons, at least -- for NBC's development team. Several of the network's 10 p.m. shows are actually doing sub-Leno numbers. The upshot of another dismal fall is that NBC will be turning its schedule upside down again in the spring with premieres and new time periods galore.
Meanwhile, looming over everything is the upcoming merger with Comcast, expected to go through early next year. That long-in-coming merger will bring with it a major organizational overhaul, including the departure of Jeff Zucker and several other key executives and the arrival of a new team facing a greater challenge than Hercules at the Augean Stables.
- Daniel Fienberg and Alan Sepinwall
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