August 10, 2005 11:02 PM by Joe Blackmon
NBC pulls the curtains back on its new Fall program lineup for 2005-06 with its 10th-annual "NBC Premiere Week Preview Show," hosted by Nikki Cox and Vanessa Marcil of NBC’s "Las Vegas," featuring an upfront look at the network’s new and returning series. The 30-minute event is designed for broadcast on NBC’s affiliates — as well as on such sources as CNBC, DirectTV, USA, SCI FI, Bravo, Trio, nbc.com, Mun2, Universal HD, E!, TV Guide Channel and on United Airline flights.
Produced by Apogee Productions and NBC, "The "NBC Premiere Week Preview Show" will be offered for telecast on selective days and times throughout August until September 18 (the day before NBC’s new Fall programs premiere on Monday, September 19). This period marks the widest window of availability ever for NBC affiliates to showcase the program.
This year’s fast-paced edition will provide viewers with a night-by-night, backstage view of NBC’s six new drama, comedy and unscripted series — as well as an update of changes in many of the popular returning series. The focus will include last season’s finale cliffhangers and time-period shifts, such as the recently Emmy Award-nominated "Will & Grace," "The West Wing," "Las Vegas" and "Medium," among others.
The program will also be available for broadcast at various alternative dates and times on most of NBC’s 232 affiliate stations. In addition, it will be offered on select cable systems and on a video-on-demand basis.
On the unscripted side, "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart" (Wednesdays, 8-9 p.m. ET) will retain the general format of the original "Apprentice" series, including weekly eliminations. However, the style and feel will be tailored to Martha Stewart’s personality and brand identity and tasks will center around Stewart’s expertise in media, home renovation, entertaining and design, among others. Mark Burnett is the creator and executive producer of the series. Donald J. Trump and Jay Bienstock are also executive producers; Conrad Riggs and Kevin Harris are co-executive producers.
Also on NBC for Fall is "Three Wishes" (Fridays, 9-10 p.m. ET), an inspiring and heartwarming new alternative series starring five-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Amy Grant ("Rock of Ages…Hymns & Faith"). The series features Grant leading contributors Carter Oosterhouse (NBC’s "Today"), Eric Stromer ("Clean Sweep") and Diane Mizota ("Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls") who go to communities all over the country to grant wishes. Individuals, families and even entire towns are affected as Grant and her team witness the extraordinary consequences of their wish-granting. Andrew Glassman (NBC’s "Average Joe 1-4") and Jason Raff ("Average Joe: The Joes Strike Back") are the executive producers of the series for Glassman Media and NBC Universal Television Studio.