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‘Skyscraper Live’ is Discovery’s Most Watched Telecast of 2014

WallendaChicagoNik Wallenda made history on Sunday after successfully crossing between two Chicago skyscrapers on a tightrope. “Skyscraper Live,” produced by NBC’s Peacock Productions, and airing on Discovery Channel peaked at 6.7 million viewers, making it Discovery’s most-watched telecast of 2014.

On the “Today” show Monday, Wallenda talked about his next feat:  Read more

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Willie Geist, Natalie Morales, Jim Cantore Hit the Windy City for Wallenda Skyscraper Walk

Discovery ChannelIt’s being billed as the most dangerous tightrope walk in the history of the Wallenda family: tonight in the Windy City, Nik Wallenda is set to cross the Chicago River while more than 50 stories high above the water, with no tether and no net.

For an encore, he’s then to do a second, shorter wire walk, between the two famed Marina Tower buildings located nearby. And this time, he’ll be blindfolded.

Not a feat for the faint of heart.

“Nik is probably the coolest, most calm guy when it comes to these things, as you would want him to be,” says Natalie Morales. who, with Today colleague Willie Geist, will co-anchor Discovery Channel’s coverage of the high-intensity event, which is being produced by NBC’s Peacock Productions.  ”I think we feel more of a comfort level, knowing how well he trains for the unforeseen circumstance.”

“I think we’re so confident in Nik because he’s so confident in himself,” adds Geist. “He does things he knows he’s capable of doing.”

TVNewser caught up with Morales and Geist in Chicago as the two prepped for today’s broadcast.  It will be the second time the pair will anchor such coverage, having teamed up last year with The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore for Wallenda’s Grand Canyon walk.

Cantore is part of tonight’s event as well, providing updated forecasts during the show. He told TVNewser in Chicago that while the weather will be blustery - temperatures in the low-to-mid 40′s, with winds between 15-20 mph – that’s his forecast for those of us on the ground.  For Wallenda, “the winds can be a little bit stronger up there.”

Should the gusts be too great during his walk, Wallenda has said that his backup plan is to hold on to the wire and wait for help to arrive.

It will be a dangerous endeavor. Peacock Productions President and General Manager Sharon Scott confirms with TVNewser that there will be a 10-second delay during the broadcast, and Morales and Geist say they’re prepared should something go awry.

“Rest assured, there is a plan,” says Geist. ”But we don’t plan on using it.”

Another strategic consideration for the anchors is how to handle their direct communication with Wallenda. The three will be able to talk with each other during the second, shorter walk – the one that will have Wallenda blindfolded. Read more

The Ticker: ‘Outnumbered,’ Peacock, Graphics

  • FNC’s Bill Shine tells Lloyd Grove how “Outnumbered” came to be. Earlier this year, Roger Ailes suggested, “‘How about [a show] with four women versus one guy?’ Apparently it was an idea he’d had for a long time. So we talked about that, and at some point along the way, Roger said, ‘the guy would be outnumbered.’ And boom! That’s where the title came from.”

  • NBC News’s Peacock Productions is expanding its Los Angeles office where Melody Shafir, late of BBC Worldwide, joins as VP overseeing all U.S. development. Sharon Scott continues as president and GM of Peacock Productions based in New York.

  • CNBC has updated its graphics package today, switching to a full 16:9 letterbox presentation.  CNBC HD’s sidebar graphic has been  removed as a result. Below at the left is Friday morning. Below, right is this morning.


The Weather Channel Network Taps New President

The Weather Channel Network, the TV arm of what is now called The Weather Company, has tapped David Clark as President. Clark was most recently executive VP of sales and partnership development for The Madison Square Garden Company, where he had oversight of MSG Network and Fuse TV. He is a former executive at MTV Networks.

Clark joins during one of the more eventful weeks in Weather Channel history, as it covered Hurricane Sandy, and the storm’s aftermath. NBC News executive Sharon Scott had been filling in as acting head of Weather Channel, until a new leader was hired.

“David brings a unique and broad range of experience across all areas of media and television to this role, one that requires a leader who understands the brand promise of The Weather Channel network while understanding how it must super serve our core audience of weather enthusiasts,” said Weather Company CEO David Kenny in a statement.

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Weather Channel Plans Programming Revamp

First on TVNewser: At a company town hall meeting after its reorganization last week, The Weather Channel outlined a new name for its parent company and a revamp of its TV morning, dayside and primetime programming.

The Weather Channel will be changing its corporate name to The Weather Company. Brian Stelter in the NY Times has more details on that, though it is also worth noting that the company appears to have struck a deal with meteorologist James Spann, who works for a pair of ABC affiliates in Alabama. Spann’s private company was called “The Weather Company,” and he tweeted: “All parties are very happy… And we will have NO changes in our operation. Just a new name.”

As for the new TV programming: Weather is readying a new-look for its entire morning lineup later this year. The new shows begin with a program called “First Forecast” at 4 am followed by “On the Radar” at 5 with “Wake Up With Al” moving up by half an hour to 5:30 AM. From 7-9 AM will be a show called “Morning Rush,” which will lead-in to a revamped dayside lineup.

The details on the dayside lineup are scarce, but Weather acting head of TV Sharon Scott said at the meeting that the network will be moving to a new talk show format during dayside early next year.

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Peacock Productions’ 1000th Episode

NBC’s in-house production company Peacock Productions just finished production of its 1,000th episode: the season premiere of “Disappeared,” which airs on ID.

Launched in July 2007 and named for the iconic NBC brand, Peacock Productions produces shows for several networks inside the NBC family, including USA, Cloo and CNBC as well as outside the company for networks like A&E, TLC and History.

“We have an amazing team and incredibly supportive partners who make the creative process collaborative,” says Sharon Scott, EVP and GM. “As a result, we’ve been able to produce entertaining story telling and impactful award-winning programming.”

After the jump, some of the shows produced by Peacock Productions…

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NBC’s Peacock Productions to Document Chimpanzee Attack Victim Charla Nash

Charla Nash, the Connecticut woman attacked by a 200-pound chimpanzee in February 2009, has inked an exclusive deal with Peacock Productions to tell her story. And TVNewser has learned former “Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira could host the documentary series.

Nash underwent successful face transplant surgery at Brigham & Women’s hospital in the last few weeks. The hospital had camera crews on hand documenting the surgery.

“We were so pleased to hear that Ms. Nash’s surgery was a success and are honored to produce this documentary with her,” said Sharon Scott, Executive Vice President and GM of Peacock Productions.

Vieira interviewed Nash last year on “Today” and has followed her progress closely. NBC tells us Vieira “has expressed interest in continuing to build on that relationship with the Peacock Productions project.” And because this is an NBC production, you can expect to see clips of the project on “Today.”

Nash also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey. Her network, OWN, is just one of the networks NBC is having discussions with about buying the series.

Nash’s face transplant is the third such surgery for Brigham & Women’s hospital in Boston. It was the backdrop for last summer’s ABC News series “Boston Med” which documented the second successful face transplant in the U.S.

Launched in 2007, Peacock Productions is NBC News’ in-house documentary unit which produces programs for the NBCU networks as well as for non-NBC networks.