NBC: More Lights and 100; fewer jobs

The peacock is making some changes around its nest.

NBC has ordered 10 additional episodes of the Bob Saget-hosted game show 1 vs. 100 and six more scripts for the low-rated but critically praised football drama Friday Night Lights.

Lights received the critical "back nine," which brings the show to a full-season order of scripts. Lights will get a special airing after NBC's hit new show Heroes, at 10 p.m. on Monday, October 30. The Lights episode will then be repeated the day after, in its normal 9 p.m. Tuesday slot. The show has averaged less than 7 million viewers a week.

The Lights episode on October 30 will replace a scheduled repeat of the sputtering Aaron Sorkin show Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip.

1 vs. 100 got an additional 10-episode order, bringing its total run to 15 episodes. The show premiered strong to numbers last Friday, helping NBC to its highest rating in the time period in four years.

NBC is keeping 100 where it is, Friday nights at 9 p.m., instead of moving it to the 8 p.m. slot as originally planned. The season premiere of Las Vegas was to air Friday, October 20, at 9 p.m.; now, Deal or No Deal will stay at 8 p.m. and 1 vs. 100 will remain at 9 p.m. until October 27, when Las Vegas will return.

Today, Jeff Zucker, chief executive of NBC Universal television, told the Associated Press that the network is cutting 700 jobs, or 5 percent of its workforce, in an effort to save $750 million. The cuts will mainly be in the news departments at NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC, and will include some on-air talent.

Zucker said that the network was going stop scheduling expensive dramas and sitcoms in the 8 p.m. prime-time hour and concentrate on cheap game shows and reality shows such as Deal or The Biggest Loser.

The cost-saving measures come on the heels of earning announcements last week that saw NBC Uni parent GE's profits take a hit due to lower revenue from NBC in the third quarter. The network revenue is expected to increase by 10 percent in the fourth quarter of this year.

NBC has been in damage-control mode for several years now, after dropping from the number-one rated network in the '90s, with hits like Seinfeld and Friends, to the fourth-rated network last season. The network recently wrapped production on the freshman action series Kidnapped. Over the summer, the net downsized the budget of sketch comedy vet Saturday Night Live.

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Please God dont let the brainless majority be your divinign rod. Without quality television to inspire youth the human race will be circling the drain in no time. Intelligence seems to be frowned upon these days. 'Oo if i have to think about this program for more than 10seconds my brain hurts'
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A show that gives not just one player the chance to win some money. This show has its entertaining moments, and who hasn't missed Bob Saget, since he stopped hosting AFV.
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ok
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>networks really can't afford to keep shows that aren't [somewhat] immediatly working

... well, sort of. Programmers prefer a cheap crap show to a more expensive crap show - or indeed to an expensive good show. (Ever wonder why "Americas Funniest Home Videos" ran for *8* years? Cheap crap show.) But programmers should have more guts than they do. The last show I can think of that had quality, but bad initial ratings, and survived to prosper is "Cheers" -- and NBC rode that for over a decade. But generally programmers are a weird lot - they will provide crap shows, then complain that they "can't figure out the audience". They need to remember that they should make good shows, and the audience will find them. (Programmers roll their eyes at you when you say things like that, by the way. Oh well.)
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I think they all should be fired ABC,CBS,NBC and start all over again!
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I personally only watched one episode of Studio 60. I knew that it was going to be one of the shows that was going to have to be watched every week or else you would be lost. So, I really don't care how things go for it. 1 Vs. 100 is a good show, I think. I like game shows but even Casey can't svae Deal Or No Deal. It isn't a trivia game so it just gets boring after a while. I'm losing interests. 1 Vs. 100 has trivia questions so I'm glad it will stick around a while. Plus, they had Casey from Deal on there in the first episode. NBC has had the must see TV forever. Cosby Show, Seinfeld, Friends. Friday Night Lights is a really good show. I don't know why it has low ratings. I wish it would do better. Heroes is kicking ass though. So, congrats NBC. Too bad, they were the first to lose a show: Kidnapped.
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Never seen either show. Seriously, I've got other shows to watch and video games to play.
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save studio 60!
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Go heroes!
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This is so sad. NBC has critically acclaimed shows, but no one watches them.

I don't understand the appeal of Deal or No Deal.
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good luck NBC!
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Why did GE and NBC by Universal Studios. They don't need sound stages for game, talk, new and sport shows.
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it's looking more and more like they are not gonna order the full season of S60... :( sad! very sad indeed
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I never heard of 1 vs 100, so it must be a reality show or game show (actually, these days they are one and the same). Why doesn't anyone put anything on Saturday nights? Does anyone know if the ratings take Tivo and vcrs into account? I know that I record at least 6 hours of programming during prime time most nights. Not to mention the fact that most shows are streamed online now. I watch most of my CBS shows online now.
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So Friday Night Football is going "up" against Monday Night Football....this should be somewhat interesting.
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It's good to hear about Friday Night Lights, but how about making a full season order official for Studio 60 already?
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probably not a good idea for snl
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They are not going to dump 1 v. 100 as long as it continues to bring in those fantastic ratings. Most people here seem to know little about how the television business actually works.
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Don't forget, folks, that if NBC is taking hits, so, probably, will sci-fi channel. They're both owned by NBC Universal (owned in turn by GE). sci-fi might be small beans to the big expenses of the other channels, but they are still beans for the bean-counters to count, and items to cut to make sure the execs can still ride in limos...
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I'd have to disagree with you pre-occupied. Hit shows don't come that often and networks really can't afford to keep shows that aren't [somewhat] immediatly working.
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lol Apprentice Martha Stewart must have been the worst idea the network idea ever had.

NBC has some good shows this year, surprisingly. Friday Night Lights is the best new show in my opinion on all TV, Heroes is also good, and Studio 60 is actually pretty good (only seen a little of each ep, when I'm switching during commercials of CSI Miami).

Deal or No Deal is alright. NBC is trying way too hard with the game show genre. By next year 1 vs. 100 will be gone. Why do networks try working an old concept which has proven to last for not that long? Game shows don't generally work in primetime. I do enjoy DOND, but one game show per network is how it should be. Dump the 100 show.
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Shelz89, i totally disagree with you. yes, NBC has its fair share of reality crap and the like, but this season it has some of the best shows on tv. studio 60, heroes, kidnapped, lights, 30 rock, the office--that is some good stuff.
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If NBC thinks replacing actual TV with drivel like deal or no deal is going to save them they need to look back at shows like seinfeld. How long did it take that show to be the hit it was? It just seems like shows don't get the proper gestation period anymore. Let something build up before you cancel it and maybe you will have another hit on your hands!
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Eww... Cancel it all! I haven't watched anything on NBC since The Apprentice Martha Stewart. And I believe that's the only time I ever watched NBC.

CBS > ABC > CW > CABLE NETWORKS > DOG POO > NBC
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"Friday Night Lights" is a spectacular show! What's really boring is "Twenty Good Years." Honestly, the laugh track? Guys in speedos? John Lithgow? Why is Jeffery Tambor slumming like this?
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well I dont know why they are keeping Friday Night Light I think it is a boring show I barley made it through one episode and I really like 1 vs 100 i was a good show so I am Glad that it is sticking aroound but little made about las vegas getting bumped for another week I was really looking forward to it tommorrow night
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I love 1 vs. 100 but not Friday Night Lights.
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