NBC Pulls New Shows From Paley Preview Series

Sep 2, 2008  •  Post A Comment

NBC is keeping its new fall shows under wraps a little while longer.
The network had planned to screen newcomers “My Own Worst Enemy,” “Kath & Kim,” “Crusoe” and “Knight Rider” next Monday as part of the Paley Center for Media’s annual fall preview screening series. All five major broadcast networks are participating in the event.
But now, the Paley Center’s Web site has announced a lineup change. Instead of new fare, NBC will screen episodes of returning dramas “Chuck,” “Life” and “Lipstick Jungle.” It also will show off some scenes from midseason hour “Kings.”
When the Paley Center unveiled details of the fall preview series last month, NBC brass figured they would have cuts of their new shows ready in time for the Sept. 8 event, a network insider said. But a combination of factors—some last-minute reshoots, cast tweaks and unfinished special effects—led the network to decide the episodes wouldn’t be ready in time for next week’s Los Angeles event.
“We want to put the final, finished versions out there,” the network source said. “We don’t want to show things before they’re ready.”
The same insider said NBC still plans to send advance screeners of its new shows to critics and other journalists before the shows premiere.
NBC isn’t the only network unable to show off its new series at the Paley event.
ABC’s “Life on Mars,” which began filming a new pilot just a few weeks ago, won’t be done in time to be screened at Paley. The network instead will offer a preview of scenes from the show, along with full episodes of established series “Pushing Daisies,” “Private Practice” and “Eli Stone.”
And while The CW will screen an episode of “90210,” the network made a strategic decision not to send out the show’s pilot to critics in advance of tonight’s premiere.

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