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NBC Streaming Ad-Supported Episodes of New Prime-Time Series

Sep 13, 2006  •  Post A Comment

NBC will stream entire episodes of its new fall prime-time shows, with advertising support, on the network’s Web site for free.

Viewers will be able to watch episodes of the new series on NBC Universal’s video player at NBC.com, which will re-launch Oct. 1 with an enhanced high-resolution, large-format version.

NBC will stream the first four episodes of new comedies “30 Rock” and “Twenty Good Years” and eight episodes each of the new dramas “Kidnapped,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “Heroes.”

Jeff Gaspin, president of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, digital content and cross-network strategy, made the announcement Tuesday.

Additionally, NBC.com will feature live premiere blogs from the creators, producers or cast members for every show on the air. All new, returning, scripted and reality shows will host a live blog immediately after the premiere episode.

The premiere blogs (premiere dates indicated) will feature the following creators, producers or cast members from each prime-time show:

“Deal or No Deal,” Sept. 18: The Banker’s Blog

“Studio 60,” Sept. 18: Aaron Sorkin, creator and executive producer; and Thomas Schlamme, executive producer and director

“Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” Sept. 19: Warren Leight, executive producer

“Law & Order: SVU,” Sept. 19: Neal Baer, executive producer

“The Biggest Loser,” Sept. 20: Bob Harper, trainer

“Kidnapped,” Sept. 20: Jason Smilovic, creator and executive producer

“My Name Is Earl,” Sept. 21: Greg Garcia, creator and executive producer

“The Office,” Sept. 21: Greg Daniels, executive producer

“ER,” Sept. 21: John Wells, creator and executive producer; and David Zabel, executive producer

“Law & Order,” Sept. 22: Dick Wolf, creator and executive producer

“Heroes,” Sept. 25: Tim Kring, creator and executive producer

“Friday Night Lights,” Oct. 3: Peter Berg, creator and executive producer

“30 Rock,” Oct. 11: Tina Fey, creator and executive producer

“Twenty Good Years,” Oct. 11: Marsh McCall, creator and executive producer

“Crossing Jordan,” Oct. 20: Robert Rovner, executive producer; Jon Cowan, executive producer; and Kathy McCormick, executive producer

“Las Vegas,” Oct. 20: Gary Scott Thompson, creator and executive producer