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November 10, 2008

NBC: Everybody under the hood

Entertainment Weekly got under the hood of "Heroes," suggesting how to tune it. NBC was reportedly alarmed by this story and started swapping out parts, which is funny. Shouldn't they have been alarmed by the falling ratings? Or TV critics and fans making the same creative complaints for weeks?

Defamer weighed in, snarking, hey, "Heroes" was never great to begin with. And talented "Pushing Daisies" creator Bryan Fuller is reportedly waiting in the wings to return to re-join the convoluted show's writing staff if ABC cancels "Daisies" (Okay guys, how about a hero who can bring dead people back to life by touching them? What do you mean you already have three of those?)

Meanwhile NBC is also under the hood of “Knight Rider." The network gave the show a full-season order, then watched in horror as the car drove itself off a cliff. The format changes will make "Rider" more of a weekly crisis-of-the-week procedural -- traveling around, helping people, solving mysteries. But if somebody is killed on the top floor of a high-rise building, how will a car solve the crime? 

Nobody, it seems, is going under the hood of NBC's "Crusoe" or "My Own Worst Enemy." No word on renewals. No word on script orders. Right now they look like cars abandoned near an airport.

The biggest under-the-hood rumors have been about NBC shaking up its executive ranks -- replacing the engine, if you will. But co-chair Ben Silverman, the industry chatter now says, is on the verge of re-signing with the network (that’s re-signing, not resigning). An announcement of his re-up will likely coincide with announcing Paul Telegdy taking over reality (and, possibly, more than just reality).

Employees at NBC have Monday off, which some are finding funny since Veterans Day is tomorrow. They couldn’t even get the holiday right! But, c’mon. You are just bitter because you didn’t get a three-day weekend.

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