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Former NBC Exec Garth Ancier Responds to Seth Rogen About Freaks and Geeks' Cancellation

Former NBC Entertainment (and ex-The WB) president Garth Ancier was visiting the Saturday Night Live writers' room last weekend when he ran into another guest: Seth Rogen.

Ancier was the NBC exec who canceled critical fave Freaks and Geeks in 2000 after 12 episodes (18 were actually produced in total) due to low ratings. Freaks and Geeks went on to cult status ...

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Joan Rivers: The 7 Most Endearing Anecdotes from The Hollywood Reporter's Oral History

Tributes have been pouring in for Joan Rivers since the comedienne died on Sept. 4 at the age of 81. Among her fans, Rivers was known for her abrasive humor and brash commentary, but among those closest to her, Rivers was known for her kindness, loyalty and early brand of feminism.

The Hollywood Reporter recently compiled comments from two dozen current and former colleagues of Rivers into a career-spanning oral history. Here are the seven most telling excerpts from the piece:

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Bryan Singer Accuser Names More Hollywood Execs in Sex Abuse Lawsuits

The man who accused director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a teen has made similar claims against more Hollywood executives, The Associated Press reports.

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Allegations Of Teen Sex Abuse By Three Hollywood Execs Denied
TV Exec Garth Ancier -- I Didn't Rape That Kid
Film Producer Garth Ancier Suing Michael Egan Who Accused Him And Other Hollywood Bigwigs Of Sexual Molestation!
Sex Abuse Lawsuit Dropped Against TV Executive Garth Ancier

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The Biz: Can NBC Be Saved?

NBC will soon have a new owner, a new entertainment chief — and a long road back to prime-time ratings success.

Once the government gives its stamp of approval to cable company Comcast's deal to buy a controlling interest in NBC Universal, former Showtime chief Robert Greenblatt will try to restore the luster of NBC's entertainment division. While NBC is a powerhouse in TV news and its cable networks are a profit machine (current executives in both divisions will remain in place when Comcast takes over), the most visible aspect of its business — the broadcast network's prime-time lineup — has deteriorated steadily throughout the decade. The once proud peacock has not turned out a new major ratings hit in five years, and its biggest shows — The Office, Law & Order: SVU and The Biggest Loser — are aging and in decline.

New management is looking for a rescue effort from Greenblatt, who in seven years at Showtime stewarded such lauded series ... read more

Boreanaz Keeps Angel Alive

Rumors that David Boreanaz is not up for an Angel movie are utterly bloodless. The ex-vamp is willing to take another turn at bat, but not on the tube. "It would have to be a theatrical release," he tells TV Guide Online. "I'm not into the movie-of-the-week [idea]." Last month at the Television Critics Association press tour, WB execs remained hopeful that Angel would someday be reborn into a series of small-screen flicks. But network chairman Garth Ancier conceded that it would take "a little coaxing" to get Boreanaz interested. "I know they wanted to do, like, six films," Boreanaz says, "It's not that I'm against it; it just needs to be a bigger challenge. When you do something for five seasons, you want to continue to challenge yourself... go to another level with it rather than just doing the same thing you've been doing." With that in mind, Boreanaz recently shot the title role in the big-screen comedy read more

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