Brian Williams is reportedly angry with NBC over changes to "Rock Center," according to a Feb. 13 Huffington Post report. The Huffington Post report references a Hollywood Reporter article that goes inside NBC’s ongoing problems, after a month in which the network slipped from first to fourth place. THR noted the network's various programming struggles and said that the ratings for “Rock Center,” which was recently moved to Friday nights looked good compared to its replacement on Thursday “Do No Harm.”
It continued, “But NBC brass might have upset Williams with the move. He closed Rock Center on Feb. 8 with a segment characterizing Friday as its 'latest resting place.' Sources at NBC News say Williams was angered that Burbank execs did not give the show the promised promotion, while plans to expand it to multiple weekly airings have been abandoned.”
Since its debut in November 2011, Williams’ show has been moved three times. First from Monday night to Wednesday night, then to Thursday night, and now Friday night. “Rock Center” debuted in its new 10 p.m. time slot on Friday, February 8 and reportedly drew 5.3 million viewers. According to Huffington Post, “Williams addressed the re-shuffling in a segment that depicted “Rock Center” as a nomadic settler in the West "not wanted" on Wednesdays and displaced by 'American Idol' and 'Modern Family,'”
In an update to the story, Alexandra Wallace, the executive producer for “Rock Center” issued this statement to Huffington Post, “Brian’s take on our new time slot was truly funny and the furthest thing from 'angry.' He made light of our travels through the schedule -- and we are all thrilled by Rock Center’s strong ratings after our Friday night debut. We look forward to settling down in our new home.”
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