NBC's "Heroes" Gets a Second Season
NBC has announced what has been clear for months - their greatest new hit series "Heroes" has been renewed for a second season. The Peacock network has also renewed hit comedies "My Name Is Earl" and "The Office" as well as procedural smash "Law & Order: SVU".
Speaking at the TCA Winter Press Tour on Wednesday, the network president Kevin Reilly said he was very happy with the direction of the network as it is "one big hit away" from returning to its past ratings glory.
Although the network has not made a decision regarding its low-rated but critically acclaimed series "Friday Night Lights", "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and "30 Rock", it will continue to support these shows.
"Law and Order: SVU" stars Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni whose contracts are up at the end of the season are currently in negotiations with NBC to renew those contracts. Word is out, negotiations are difficult for the network.
Reilly admitted daytime television has become very hard for NBC to manage financially and the network decided to discontinue its daytime soap opera "Passions", which will end its run in June, and add the fourth hour of the morning "Today" show. One too many, critics might say.
Reilly declined to comment on the ongoing Rosie O'Donnell/Donald Trump feud instead opting to say Trump has been a great partner for NBC and a decision whether to renew "The Apprentice" for a 7th cycle or not was dependent on its ratings performance.
The network is also negotiating with Jay Leno to extend his current contract beyond 2009 and include both late-night as well as prime-time programming in the new deal.
NBC has also decided to bring back its new game show "Identity" and extend "Grease" for two additional live episodes.
The network was at one point considering moving "Heroes" away from direct battle with FOX's 24, but ultimately decided to go ahead with new episodes in the same timeslot. NBC believes both series will suffer a minor ratings hit, but survive.