NBC Upfronts: Ben Silverman Declares War on Repeats, Makes Peace With Obama

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Sadly, the impeccably eyebrowed bluesman Ben Silverman didn't decide to dial into this morning's conference call with his harmonica-playing sidekick Fisher Stevens in tow. However, we are happy to report that Silverman successfully managed to reset his alarm clock after yesterday's earthquake in Los Angeles and, for once, remembered to show up for an important meeting. And it even seems he had time to down a cup of coffee before the proceedings, as he was in top Silvermanian form during the call. When he wasn't being pressed to answer the tough questions, he found time to declare war on repeats, praise TV critic Alan Sepinwall, and respond to an inquiry from noted Silverman basher (and Vulture buddy) Nikki Finke with a well-timed Obama joke!

But perhaps most interesting, the cost-slashing Silverman seems to be making good on his promise that NBC would commit to airing new (albeit wildly inexpensive) programs year-round. Because NBC's winter TV schedule will be interrupted for two weeks in February when the 2010 Winter Games roll around, Beijing Ben explained that "you'll be seeing deeper and richer ordering patterns throughout these years to stay in originals ... What we've seen is repeats don't work anymore." We can hardly wait to see how Moonvest responds!

But perhaps most interesting, the cost-slashing Silverman seems to be making good on his promise that NBC would commit to airing new (albeit wildly inexpensive) programs year-round. Because NBC's winter TV schedule will be interrupted for two weeks in February when the 2010 Winter Games roll around, Beijing Ben explained that "you'll be seeing deeper and richer ordering patterns throughout these years to stay in originals ... What we've seen is repeats don't work anymore." We can hardly wait to see how Moonvest responds!

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