News Briefs: NBC Sets More Summer Premiere Dates, Including the Burn-off for Save Me

SUMMER SCHEDULING

... NBC has added more dates to its summer schedule, and here they are!

Thursday, May 23 at 8pm

Save Me – In this comedy, Anne Heche plays a suburban mom who has a spiritual awakening after a near-death experience. The show was originally ordered for NBC's fall 2012 lineup, but it sounds like NBC hated it and is now burning it off in the summer.

Monday, July 1 at 8pm

American Ninja Warrior – Strong dudes chin-up their way through a wicked obstacle course in this returning summer show. It will premiere with a two-hour episode before dropping down to an hour the following week.

Monday, July 8 at 9pm

Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls – The survivalist takes 10 teams of two to the primitive turf of New Zealand. Make it out alive, and you win! Don't, and you die! 

Wednesday, July 10 at 10pm

Camp – The dramedy stars Rachel Griffiths as a recently divorced camp director who runs a summer stopover for kids. In the vein of Meatballs, Camp will follow the lives of the counselors, kids, and staff through summer romances, poison ivy breakouts, and the inevitable Olympiad against the fat camp across the lake!


BUSINESS TIME

... Starz had a good weekend with the series finale of Spartacus and the series premiere of Da Vinci's Demons. The latter can now claim the title of the most-watched series premiere in Starz's young history, with a combined viewership of 2.14 million viewers over multiple airings topping the 2.09 million who tuned in to Camelot. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The brand-new television home for men, the Esquire Network, was supposed to debut next week. But like a typical man, it's going to be late. The re-branded G4 network has pushed its premiere back to this summer in order to stockpile its schedule with more original programming. It currently has cooking show Knife Fight, travel series The Getaway, style guide How I Rock It, second travel series American Field Trip, and the reality fitness competition American Ninja Warrior prepped for launch. [Variety]

... Zach Galifianakis is teaming up with Comedy Central for a new "dramatic comedy" show centered on comedian Brody Stevens. Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! will follow the troubled comedian as he recovers from a very public and scary mental breakdown. The project originated at HBO Digital, where it became a six-part web series (and a fascinating one at that, highly recommended!). Those 15-minute episodes will be included in the Comedy Central series and expanded to 30 minutes, as will six all-new episodes. No premiere date has been announced. [Deadline Hollywood

... Disney has renewed Crash & Bernstein for a second season! I just read what this show is about: a kid and his surrogate brother become friends. And the surrogate brother is a puppet. See, this is how you create success, NBC. [Disney via press release]

CASTING NEWS

... Showtime's Californication continues to beef up its cast for Season 7, adding Heather Graham (Boogie Nights) and Mary Lynn Rajskub (24) for substantial. Graham's will be a season-long run, and she'll play a woman from Hank's past. Rajskub's stay will be a bit shorter, and she'll play a neurotic writer. The Sopranos vet Michael Imperioli was also recently added to the cast. [Showtime via press release]

... Hey, this is kinda casting news. Faith Hill will not be singing the theme song for NBC's Sunday Night Football anymore. The singer took to Twitter to make the announcement, calling the decision difficult. NBC says the song will stay the same, but someone new will have to try to come up with something that rhymes with "Green Bay." [Faith Hill's Twitter]

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Apr 18, 2013
"American Ninja Warrior" sounds like something I'd watch.
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Apr 16, 2013
nice more heather graham boobs.
also the quote "But like a typical man, it's going to be late."
isn't it women who are always late?...it's the men who are always wrong. right?
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Apr 16, 2013
Da Vinci is looking like a great replacement for the large, Spartacus-sized hole in Starz's schedule. But they should get started on a Julius Caeser spin-off ASAP!
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Apr 16, 2013
NBC, get your shit together, that's embarrassing. And nobody wants to see Anne Heche on TV anymore, why you threw your money at that horrible idea is beyond any imagination or sense.
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Apr 16, 2013
Would love to see Da Vinci's Demons, but it doesn't air (yet) in Canada, despite the fact that Spartacus airs here on The Movie Network concurrently with the Starz broadcasts. However, I'll guess that "demons" will find it's way to Canada if it continues with great ratings. We got Camelot after it finished airing in the U.S and the same for The Tudors.
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Apr 16, 2013
Heather Graham will be a nice addition but when are they going to add Gillian Anderson for a season. Not sure what she could play, maybe a bad ass cop or something juicy and good.
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Apr 16, 2013
Now if NBC would announce when or if Parks and Rec will be coming back
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Apr 16, 2013
Anyone hear anything about if NBC has any plans to air the four episodes of Next Caller?
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Apr 16, 2013
I used to have a bit of a crush on Heather Graham. Looking at her IMDb page though, I can't exactly figure out when or from what... I feel like it was after Swingers and Boogie Nights, but before The Hangover... but I don't think I've seen any of the movies in between. And I feel like it should be for more than her recurring role on Scrubs and one-off on Arrested Development. Maybe it was just a mix of the latter TV roles and random photos online.
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Apr 16, 2013
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. I've been crushin' ever since.
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Apr 16, 2013
Lost in Space for me, saw that in the theaters while the others I saw only slightly later on video. Boogie Nights and Austin Powers 2 were definitely high points.

She was also in License to Drive, which I did not realize until just now. Then again I saw that move a LONG time ago and it didn't really stick in my memory.

And I don't even remember her role on Scream 2.
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Apr 16, 2013
License to Drive was it for me, even though she was unconscious in the trunk for half the film.
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Apr 16, 2013
Ahhh! Felicity Shagwell! Of course! Ugh, I feel so stupid for not only my forgetfulness, but for my failure to properly read her IMDb page -_-
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Apr 17, 2013
That short, tight and blue outfit she wore is forever and blissfully burned into my memory. I'm pervin' out!
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Apr 16, 2013
What, no Duchovny photo bombing Heather Graham? No it's not getting old AND the show that she's joining STARS HIM!!!!!
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Apr 16, 2013
It would have been perfect! It's not too late to edit and photoshop that creepster in there. Make this right, Tim!
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Apr 16, 2013
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Apr 16, 2013
Heather Graham is absolutely gorgeous :)

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Apr 16, 2013
Heather Graham always plays a bad naughty girl roles. I like that.
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Apr 16, 2013
I think I was going to watch Save Me.. but I don't remember anymore.

Camp sounds stupid and I doubt I'll watch it.. the fat camp across the lake? are we talking about ABC Family's short lived show Huge? :P

I remember when G4 used to be TechTV.. and I liked it. now each rebranding makes me dislike it more.

Green Bay, here to stay? I don't know anything about sports really but hey, that DID rhyme!
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Apr 16, 2013
So far, up to now, I've refrained from stating that "If NBC had another brain, it would be lonely."
My question is, why is there a summer burn off of a show I've never heard of...& if it sucks enough to be pre-emptively burned, who's the employee that thought it was a good idea from the start?

It's hard to truly deduce who the dumbasses at NBC are...The ones who greenlight or the ones who axe. Either way, I'll bet neither camp watch TV as fans, but are trapped in TV strictly as a job that they hate.
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Apr 16, 2013
Kat McPhee should replace Faith Hill, after all she's soon to be out of a job.
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Apr 16, 2013
Da Vinci's Demons also aired on Encore for non-Starz subscribers. Was that figured into the ratings too?

It's amazing that Disney owns the Muppets and Crash & Bernstein is what they come up with? Is the puppet a Muppet or separate from the Muppets anyway? Would it kill Disney to bring back a Muppet show? I wouldn't even mind a young people's/kid's variety version so long as it had the goofy fun of the original.
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Apr 16, 2013
Knife Fight - i would watch a cooking show where the chef had to duel to win. Each week 2 different chefs have to fight to the death with cooking utensils -
"OMFG RAMSAYS KILLED HER WITH A COLANDER, RAMSAYS KILLED HER WITH A COLANDER!!!!!!!"
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Apr 16, 2013
Caption for Save Me picture..."why am I on NBC with this stuff?"....lol
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Apr 16, 2013
Crash & Bernstein - "a kid and his surrogate brother become friends. And the surrogate brother is a puppet"

Sounds like a rip off of the late 90's early 00's Nickelodeon show Cousin Skeeter.
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Apr 16, 2013
It's gonna be so cool to see Michael Imperioli back on TV again. I was so upset that they cancelled... that cop show he was on (I forgot the name of it lol).
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Apr 16, 2013
Detroit 1-8-7
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Apr 18, 2013
Thanks.
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Apr 18, 2013
You are quite welcome. :)
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Apr 16, 2013
OH, and is Anne Heche in "Save Me" somehow, I don't know, Enlightened? Sounds a little that way. I just hope she doesn't set out to take down her employer or becomes an annoying activist.
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Apr 16, 2013
I loved Da Vinci's Demons, and Laura Haddock has such an impressive face. But I wonder how much of that beauty is natural. It didn't seem like the kind of beauty you'd find at a time when plastic surgery didn't exist. But I hope I'm wrong. And it was great to see Dr. Baltar, I mean, Bashir again!
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Apr 16, 2013
All the non-NBC stories could end with the line "See, this is how you create success, NBC."
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Apr 16, 2013
American Ninja Warrior (ANW) was on Fuel (or Speed) which I think became FoxSport 1 or 2. Now it looks like ANW is on NBC and Esquire. I'm confused
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May 20, 2013
It started on G4. If it was ever on Fuel, Speed or a FoxSport network, they were showing reruns.
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May 20, 2013
so confusing--lol. I actually watch everything online so most of the time I don't know what network a show is on but G4 rings a bell.
Thanks!!
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