Gail in LA: NBC will preview new shows during Olympics

2012-07-25T15:00:00Z 2012-07-25T20:04:40Z Gail in LA: NBC will preview new shows during OlympicsBY GAIL PENNINGTON • Post-Dispatch Television Critic •

LOS ANGELES • The Olympics start Friday in London, and if you watch, you'll be seeing lots about NBC's fall shows. Maybe even full shows, and in many places.

The network plans to offer full episodes of its fall series "for digital sampling ... over multiple platforms" during the Olympics, before the series' regular premiere dates, NBC Entertainment president Bob Greenblatt told TV critics meeting in Los Angeles.

Full episodes of Matthew Perry's "Go On" (Aug. 8) and vet comedy "Animal Practice" (Aug. 12) will air commercial-free during the Olympics, at times to be determined. (Because of the unpredictability of the games, episodes may air late or unannounced.)

After that, the episodes will be available "on demand and online through cable, satellite and telco providers; at; NBC Owned and affiliate station websites (should they choose to opt in); on Hulu (including Hulu’s online distribution partners); and on iTunes, Amazon and Xbox," NBC said.

NBC will also air a 6-minute tease of the drama “Revolution” at about 9:54 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, after the swimming competition that's expected to feature Michael Phelps and thus be much watched.

Here are some more tidbits from NBCUniversal's two days at the TCA summer press tour, the second of which was devoted mainly to smaller cable networks.

• Greenblatt said he thought Sharon Osbourne's Twitter comment that she was leaving "America's Got Talent" was "coming out of context and sort of spontaneously. We don’t even really know what’s going on. So I think it’s probably much ado about nothing at the moment."

• NBC has ordered 10 episodes of "Dracula," a new version of the Bram Stoker classic that rturns to the original book. Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("The Tudors") stars in the co-production with Britain's Sky Living and Carnival Films, which produces "Downton Abbey."

• "The Office" spinoff featuring Dwight (Rainn Wilson) is still in play, and the framework for it will be introduced on "The Office" this season. The new show could replace "The Office," run concurrently with "The Office" or never fly at all; nobody knows at this point.

• All NBC's series that got short orders, including "Parenthood" with just 15 episodes, have the potential for making more, depending on their viewership.

• Nene Leakes, the "Real Housewife" and "Celebrity Apprentice" star turned actress, so impressed Ryan Murphy when she smacked down with Star Jones on "Apprentice" that he cast her on "Glee." And that guest spot impressed him even more, so she's a regular on his new NBC show, "The New Normal." Leakes was with her ex-husband, Gregg, at NBC's party, and he kept busy fetching her drinks.

• A small earthquake was felt in Los Angeles in the early morning hours Tuesday. Most of those awakened jumped on Twitter to discuss. As with all Missouri earthquakes to date, I felt nothing, but others in the hotel did.

Next up: ABC 

Gail Pennington is attending the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles. Follow Gail on Twitter. "Like" TubeTalk on Facebook.

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