Jeff Zucker's job in danger?

NBC head honcho Jeff Zucker "must see" a pink slip.

At least, that's the opinion of one man's blog. The blog, appropriately dubbed "Fire Jeff Zucker," chronicles the NBC network and TV in general, emphasizing the namesake's shortcomings.

Chicago sports writer David Thomas started the blog in June, during the time CBS was wooing Katie Couric away from NBC's Today Show. In an open letter to Zucker, Thomas lists the reasons he thinks Zucker should be axed.

During Zucker's tenure, the network has tumbled from first place to fourth place among the Big Four networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC). In addition to letting Katie Couric get away, NBC hasn't created new shows to replace the glory days of "must see TV," when NBC featured Friends, Seinfeld, and Frasier. Now, it has too many reality shows and isn't nurturing a sitcom like Scrubs.

At the same time, Zucker was promoted from president of NBC News, Entertainment, and Cable Group to head of NBC Universal Television Group. NBC Uni is owned by General Electric.

In an interview last month with Media Life magazine, Thomas said he didn't think his blog would put Zucker's job in peril.

"Well, as has been pointed out a few times since we started, the industry often rewards mediocrity. So maybe he won't get fired," Thomas quipped.

Showbiz fortunes change on a dime, and networks have often had comebacks after down years. ABC was a perennial third place until Lost and Desperate Housewives helped them rocket forward to within striking distance of CBS's ratings crown for overall viewers in the 2005-2006 season.

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I agree. He cancelled the wonderful 3rd watch & now reruns are not on AE anymore.
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And may anyone who presides over a network that cancels shows like Boomtown be cast into eternal damnation...
or forced to sit through NBC's "designed for morons" reality TV.
Anyone can join the race to the bottom, it takes a skilled marketer to do something different, and Zucker's not the guy.
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Get rid of Jeff Zucker and give Dick Ebersol the job because Zucker's no Brandon Tartikoff.
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They should have kept Four Kings. That show had potential.
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"Now, it has too many reality shows and isn't nurturing a sitcom like Scrubs."
That about sums it up. The just don't give due respect nor cherish the one series that could be their basis for a nice grid.
Also, they keep "not liking" the best ideas Bill has which invariably become public's favs. They clearly don't know what people want.
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I think he should be beaten to death by angry ninjas armed with used dildos.

And I also think the man who wrote the blog should be fired for wasting his time writing crappy blogs no ones wants to read.
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the glory days are over
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The Office is better than Friends ever was!
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He's definitely been a commercial disaster, but there's more good shows on NBC (three - Scrubs, Earl and Office) than any other network. His biggest problem was putting too much faith in old hits (letting Apprentice have a spinoff and continue, the Friends spinoff, Will and Grace, West Wing, etc....) If a show starts failing, you'll pull it and try something more creative, rather than simply let it continue with weaker and weaker turnout.
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What NBC really needs is another reality show with Donald Trump.
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Hey thanks for the mention!
Two things. I'm not a sports writer, mainly automotive and pop culture but my other blog is a Miami Dolphins blog.
Also my wife came up with the name of the site itself, wrote the open letter and also blogs quite a bit. We're still working on getting those bylines up.
Thanks again for the mention!
Dave
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Easier fix -- Leave the shows on the air for more than five seconds and let them find an audience.
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easy fix, more strong character shows.
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