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Jan 19, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Shriver’s Status at NBC Under Discussion
NBC News President Neal Shapiro and correspondent and “Dateline NBC” anchor Maria Shriver will resume conversations this week about Ms. Shriver’s status with NBC’s news division while her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is governor of California. Ms. Shriver took an unpaid leave of absence from NBC News during the gubernatorial campaign late last year. After her return to work on “Dateline,” questions were raised regarding whether Ms. Shriver should avoid covering stories about California and politics to prevent conflicts of interest. Also of concern are the demands associated with Ms. Shriver’s role as California’s first lady. While he was on the West Coast for NBC’s sessions with the Television Critics Association, Mr. Shapiro spoke with Ms. Shriver about the situation. A spokeswoman for NBC News said Mr. Shapiro and Ms. Shriver had a few minutes of “good conversation” before Mr. Shapiro was called away. The spokeswoman said the two agreed to talk again this week.
SAG Nominations Announced
HBO’s “Angels in America” and CBS’s “Everybody Loves Raymond” were the most nominated shows in the television categories announced last week for the 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will honor outstanding performances in 2003. “Angels in America” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” each received six nominations. They were followed by “The West Wing” and “Will & Grace” with four nominations each. Among networks, NBC had the most nominations with 13. CBS and HBO tied for second with 10 nominations each. The only other network with more than one nomination was Showtime, with four. The winners will be revealed during a live telecast Sunday, Feb. 22, from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The show will air on TNT at 8 p.m. (ET). A list of nominees for prime-time television is available online at www.TVWeek.com.
Updated `Real People’ In the Works
Tribune Entertainment Co. has teamed with The Gurin Co. and producer George Schlatter Productions for a new version of Mr. Schlatter’s classic reality series “Real People” for fall 2005. Donna Harrison, senior VP of unscripted and reality programming for Tribune Entertainment, made the announcement Friday. The new version of “Real People” is being developed as a weekly hour or a half-hour strip in first-run syndication. Mr. Schlatter and Mr. Gurin will serve as executive producers. The original version of “Real People,” which ran on NBC from 1979 to 1984, was considered a maverick program concept as it explored touching, timely, funny and controversial stories of the day.