It would be nice to hope, as NBC does, that the ratings magnet of the Summer Olympics, opening Friday, will somehow magically transform the network's sagging fortunes with its "incredible promotional platform" (as NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt put it). To that end, NBC will sneak-peek two of its new comedies with commercial-free premieres on pivotal nights of the games, and tease a high-profile new drama on another. Much of NBC's fall lineup will launch ahead of the official premiere week in late September, in hopes of capitalizing on the momentum the Olympics provides.
Amy Poehler, John McCain
From Pawnee to the Potomac: NBC's Parks and Recreation is traveling to Washington, D.C. this month to shoot an episode inside the Beltway. The show will feature cameos from U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-California), John McCain (R-Arizona) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).
Damian Lewis and Claire Danes
Emmy voters are creatures of habit, known for nominating the same shows and stars year after year. Many deserve to be: Modern Family, Mad Men and their stellar casts, to name a select few. But in each of the top categories, there's opportunity to welcome new blood or correct past oversights. So here's a short list of some of the breakthroughs and/or underdogs I'd love to see make the cut when the nominations are announced Thursday morning....
Emily Van Camp, John Krasinski, Anna Paquin
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I know it's early, but got any scoop on Revenge? —Jennifer
NATALIE: Daniel isn't the only Grayson making a play for the family business. Conrad's son from his first marriage will pop up next season. Intelligent and effortlessly handsome, this other heir apparent will attempt to reclaim his role in Conrad's life and company, throwing the family and corporate dynamic into chaos. Anyone else hoping Emily sets her sights on him next?
I heard The Office might be bringing in some fresh blood. Got any intel on Dunder Mifflin's new hires? —Michael
ADAM: Yes, but don't worry, the paper company isn't...
Parks and Recreation
Knope we can, and yes, Parks and Recreation's Leslie did!
After spending the majority of Season 4 fighting her way through a lopsided election against the biggest imbecile in Pawnee, Ind. — you're so pretty, Bobby Newport (Paul Rudd) — Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) is finally a City Councilor. But just as her dreams finally came true, Leslie's boyfriend Ben (Adam Scott) nabbed a job in Washington, D.C., which is where Ben will be stationed when the comedy returns this fall.
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for best comedy series
With executive producer Mike Schur and the brain trust behind NBC's Thursday night staple back in the writers' room, TVGuide.com has the scoop on what's in store for Season 5, including how the series will change now that Leslie is in office, how close she came to losing the election and what the distance between Leslie and Ben will really mean next season. Plus: Tammys + The Avengers = Awesome? Get the scoop:
Sara Wright and Eric Christian Olsen
NCIS: Los Angeles star Eric Christian Olsen has gotten married, People reports.
The actor wed actress Sarah Wright on Saturday near Jackson Hole, Wyo., before family and friends, including Olsen's ...
Retta plays a lively diva on Parks and Recreation, but freed from the stodgy bureaucracy of Pawnee, Ind., she can still bring the funny.
As you'll see Saturday (10/9c on TV Guide Network), when Retta takes the stage on StandUp in Stilettos, a comedy hour that proves — despite what Adam Carolla says — that females can be funny. Retta tells us about her involvement in the comedy series, her fear of performing standup and why Parks' infamous catchphrase "Treat yo' self!" has paid off in the long run.
Jim Parsons, Leonard Nimoy
Emmy season is underway! For the next week, Emmy voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 19. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Comedy Series.
Emmy season is underway! For the next two weeks, Emmy voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 19. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
James Van Der Beek
Emmy season is upon us! For the next two weeks, Emmy voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 19. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.