Seth Meyers jokes about 'The Voice,' 'Wonder Woman, CBS

Seth Meyers opened up NBC’s fall presentation in New York today with a special edition of Weekend Update – and as usual, the jabs at his home network came fast and furious. The comedian had this to say about the net’s promising new hit The Voice: “Some critics say were ripping off American Idol, to which I say, if you have a better idea we’d love to hear it.”

And then he said added this about the network’s new musical drama Smash: “Gwyneth Paltrow, if you’re listening, they’ll call you.” As for the network’s new owner, “I have to say things are better already,” Meyers quipped, before adding. “I literally have to say that.”

He also joked about how NBC’s IT guys are now grouchy after entertainment topper Robert Greenblatt passed on Wonder Woman, and he took a swipe at the recent departures of Regis Philbin, Larry King and Jim Lehrer: “On the upside, CBS gains three more viewers.”

Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt came out to say “today is the start of our road to recovery” and “thank you God for The Voice.” NBC Broadcasting Chairman Ted Harbert then promised “a little less reinvention of the wheel and more broadcast 101.” (Hmm, indirect swipe at former NBC-Universal suit Jeff Zucker?)

Some highlights for fall: Greenblatt said The Playboy Club is “tame compared to what you’d see on Jersey Shore.” (And yet the trailer for the drama didn’t play nearly as well as the one for Prime Suspect, the network’s reboot of the UK hit.) The latest edition of The Biggest Loser will feature a young versus old theme this fall, and a new trainer for the show will be announced in this season’s finale.

The suits also announced 4,000 hours of Olympic coverage across all of the NBC-Universal networks (yippee?)


***New shows in red

Day 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Mon The Sing-Off The Playboy Club
Tue The Biggest Loser Parenthood
Wed Up All Night Free Agents Harry’s Law Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Thu Community Parks and Recreation The Office Whitney Prime Suspect
Fri Chuck Grimm Dateline
Sun Football Night in America (Airs 7 – 8:15) NBC Sunday Night Football (Airs 8:15 – 11:30)

Mid Season Highlights

***New shows in red

Day 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Sun Dateline NBC / The Celebrity Apprentice (Airs 8 – 10) The Firm
Mon The Voice Smash

For more from the NY upfronts:
Watch clips from NBC’s new shows here
The Voice versus X Factor: Fox says ‘we have the gold standard’

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  • Anthony

    Where is 30 Rock?

    • Matthew

      It’s coming back at midseason, probably due to Tina Fey’s pregnancy.

      • RCB

        I hope NBC hasn’t cancelled Outsourced. I love that show.

      • Captain

        They did.

      • Andrew

        @RCB – so you’re the one!

    • whatevs

      30 Rock starts at midseason normally, plus they’re starting even later to accommodate Tina’s pregnancy.

      • whatevs

        Oops, responded too late.

      • Daw Johnson

        Wrong. 30 Rock does not start at midseason “normally.” It sometimes starts a few weeks deeper into the fall, but it’s always been a full-year series.

        It’s just the pregnancy thing.

      • Skye Hill

        30 Rock has never once started mid-season.

    • Ran

      Road to recovery; is that a swipe at Ben Silverman? Was Silverman snorting platters of the white stuff like Scarface? As long as NBC is making changes please drop the announcer who makes every show promo seem like crappy reality TV: “On 30 Rock it’s DO or DIE!” The promos are schlocky enough when they’re for The Event, but why are they selling comedy like WWF wrestling?

  • Ummm

    30 Rock???

    • Ummm

      Midseason, gotcha.

  • sid ceasar


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      • Bob

        No, that designation will fall to Fox based on the cancellation bloodshed and new schedule for next year.


    Thank you for that schedule, and for realizing that a visual representation is better than a normal list, like most of the other sites are doing.

    • gina

      If you guys can provide those, updated, in the Fall, that’d be awesome.

  • Tell It Like It Is

    Seth was trying to be funny, but “The Voice” is the clone of “The Voice of Holland”, a Dutch-developed television show (not British like Idol). We can also thank the Dutch for Big Brother, which started the landslide of reality cr*p TV.

    • Jason

      Seth is never as funny as he thinks he is

    • Mac

      Except at White House Correspondent’s Dinners.

  • Al

    Chuck is on Fridays now? That doesn’t bode well for its longevity.

    Two hours is just too long for Biggest Loser. I’ll start watching it again if they scale it back to one.

    • jen

      Chuck doesn’t have a future after the 13 episodes they have ordered for next season. They have already said this will be it for Chuck. I agree about Biggest Loser, they coudl shorten that to an hour it dwells too much on the workout portions and drags out weigh ins.

    • Monty

      Chuck received a 5th season pickup of 13 episodes, and they have said this is the last season. They aren’t worried about next season anymore.

    • charlie’s angel

      this is chuck’s last season.

    • Thomas

      I read over at that it’s been announced that Chuck is going to air one final season.

    • DN

      Unless “Chuck” moves to the CW. It is a WB produced show.

      “Biggest Loser”? Go to the gym, folks, and watch it live.

  • Zeke

    When did the voice become such a big dal? The show is fine but there’s better

  • Tupelo

    Just loop “Jack Sparrow” by The Lonely Island for 30 minutes, one night a week. I’d watch that.

  • Terry

    SO happy Parenthood made the cut!!! Can’t wait.

  • Boiler

    I have a much better idea. Get rid of all the stupid reality shows and give scripted a chance. There is nothing I am watching on NBC until 30 Rock back!

    • Shannon

      I guess you haven’t heard of Parks and Recreation. It was actually funnier than 30 Rock this season and I love that show.

    • Mac

      Parks and Rec and Community are MUCH better than the stagnant 30 Rock.

  • bamalam

    Community needs to be the thing coming on after The Office. A briliant show that barely gets over 3 million viewers, I’m afraid this upcoming season might be its last.

  • Pat

    So, Outsourced is canceled? Yay!

    • Bob

      There IS a programming god.

  • Bob

    They are dwelling way too much on contest shows. Two hours each for Sing-off and Biggest Loser? Those 10:00PM shows after each are going to have to be brilliantly scripted to attract an audience.

  • tomm

    Should get the right to reruns of ‘friends’, ‘Seinfeld’, ‘Cosbby’ and ‘Cheers’.

    Nah, how about stop trying to be so ‘hip’ or the ‘next Lost’? Just do good basic comedies and dramas.

    • CJG

      They have two good basic comedies in Community and Parks and Rec (I’m putting the office on hiatus). Why not more of those?!? Maybe it’s a generation gap thing that I’m no longer part of…

  • tomm

    And gag, ‘min to win it’ is one of the silliest game shows since ‘gong show’. It’s like watching Bozo’s circus.

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