In the wake of Matt Lauer emerging as an alleged serial workplace creep, the higher-ups at the network have issued strict orders of how to handle sexual harassment, and it goes something like this: Point at the doll where one of those sneaky snake Dateline anchors did something to Peggy in accounting or your ass is no longer going to have a job. Continue reading
Back in August, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt let it be known that they were busy reviving old shows and The Office was brought up as a possible option. Well, rumor has it that we’re definitely getting more of The Office in 2018. But like every wish made on a cursed monkey paw goes, there’s always a sinister catch. The Office is coming back, Steve Carell isn’t coming back with it. And just like that, the news of an Office reboot quickly turned into a boardroom full of depressing barely inflated brown and grey balloons.
NBC is in the process of rebooting Miami Vice and Will & Grace, because originality is dead and nostalgia makes for a quick dollar. Of course, NBC is not the only network mining it’s past for content, but NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt is really on one right now. He’s also got his sights set on remakes or reboots of The Office, 30 Rock, ER and The West Wing.
AMERICAN IDOL! You remember, that show some of you stopped caring about back when George Bush was in office? Well, according to Variety, the show you loved to ignore could potentially be returning to television soon, but to a network that’s not FOX. Continue reading
I am a person without cable, which means I can’t watch the 2016 summer Olympics on NBC, CBC or any other channel. So if I want to see a greasy shirtless hottie in a paper mache skirt work it for his homeland, I go to Twitter. And there are some people on Twitter who truly deserve a gold medal for their coverage of the Olympic games. Leslie Jones is one of them. Leslie returned to twitter after a brief hiatus, and thank god she did, because Leslie’s coverage of the Olympics is the only coverage you need. NBC thinks Leslie is doing such a good job of covering the Olympics that they recently invited her to Rio and do it live.
What does that mean? Like his asshole? Was the tumor in his asshole? *sad-face*. Brian Williams has had a rough time of it. He was revealed to be a tall tale teller which is a no-no when you’re getting paid millions to anchor the NBC Nightly News. He had to watch his daughter get her ass eaten on Girls. He’s been demoted to MSNBC and replaced by the dude whose chiefly known for saying things like “…and now the conclusion of Passion Pit Patricide in Pittsburgh on tonight’s Dateline NBC.” This morning, however, he hit his bottom. In an effort to hang on to some sort of career, Williams was forced into an interview with the insufferably smug Matt Lauer.
During their discussion, Brian blamed his fanciful tales of Iraq War chopper derring-do on “ego“, and claims he was trying to come off as cooler than the other kids.
“This came from clearly a bad place, a bad urge inside me. This was clearly ego-driven, a desire to better my role in a story I was already in. That’s what I’ve been tearing apart and unpacking and analyzing.”
Lauer, clearly enjoying administering the journalistic equivalent of a colonoscopy sans anesthesia to a formerly envied colleague, made sure Brian explained that he was an insecure neurotic in every way possible.
“It had to have been ego that made me think I had to be sharper, funnier, quicker than anybody else. I told the story correctly for years, before I told it incorrectly. I was not trying to mislead people, (and) that to me is a huge difference. It came from a bad place. It came from a sloppy choice of words. I told stories that were not true. Over the years, looking back, it is very clear I never intended to. It got mixed up, it got turned around, in my mind.”
Money kills brain cells. And sanity. He could have coasted along as the catty bitch running the news game at NBC. Now he’s going to have endure Tamron Hall offering him the banana from her brown bag lunch in the break room and Rachel Maddow instructing her assistant to make sure Brian knows to address her as MIZ Maddow, thank you.
Check out Matt Lauer’s interview with Brian Williams below.