The Associated Press reports that NBC Universal plans to cut $750 million in operating expenses by eliminating scads of jobs, slashing its news budget -- look out, Keith Olbermann! -- and decreasing the number of scripted shows in prime time. Money quote: "NBC Universal said it will stop scheduling high-priced dramas and comedies during the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. slot. Jeff Zucker, chief executive of NBC Universal's television group, said he'll focus on cheaper programming." Like, maybe, seven nights a week of Deal or No Deal?
BTW: The cutbacks "will also affect movie production," so I guess we can forget about ever seeing Miami Vice II.