Will & Grace, ER and Seinfeld are just a few of the iconic shows that made NBC's 'must see TV' era. Former network chief Warren Littlefield recounts stories from his new book, Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV. He talks about the origin of Will & Grace and how The Cosby Show made Seinfeld a hit. He also looks at the role that tragedy and fame played in Kelsy Grammer's life, how Jeff Zucker took NBC in a radically different direction after Littlefield was let-go, and how CBS is the number one broadcast network because it knows who it is.
Today's Banter Topics:
- AMC Theaters is in talks to sell all (or part of itself) to the Chinese Theater company, Wanda Group
- Discovery earnings down, partly due to losses born from the Oprah Winfrey Newtork's struggles
- NBC and FOX announce some new shows they'll reveal to advertisers at the Upfronts in NY
Interstitial music, post-Banter: "1901" by Phoenix
Outro music: "Diversion" by Marc Ronson