The above picture was from NBC's party last night, and where else could you find three of the women from "Friday Night Lights" hanging with Christian Slater, Selma Blair, Benjie Silverman (as Tina Fey likes to call him) and Stanley from "The Office"? (This was Leslie David Baker's second or third appearance of the tour; he must like us.)
Yesterday was technically NBC's first day, but virtually all of it was devoted to cable channels in the NBC/Uni/GE/Sheinhardt family. Today, for the most part, is for NBC proper. (It's also the last real day of the tour. Tomorrow we do a bunch of set visits, but a lot of people will have already gone home by then, and as we'll be out and about, nobody's going to be blogging.) After the jump, a rundown of the schedule...
9-9:45 a.m.: An Olympics panel, with Dick Ebersol, Bob Costas and company appearing via satellite.
9:45-10:15 a.m.: A panel devoted to sophomore dramas, with Zachary Levi and Josh Schwartz from "Chuck," Damian Lewis and Rand Ravich from "Life" and Brooke Shields and Oliver Goldstick from "Lipstick Jungle." These multi-show jam panels have been really hit-or-miss so far. The ABC showrunner panel was awesome, while a Showtime panel featuring the stars and showrunners of "Dexter," "Weeds," "Californication" and "Brotherhood" sucked all the life out of the room. If all goes badly, we'll see if we can bait Schwartz into discussing his favorite Brooke Shields films of the 1980s.
10:30-11 a.m.: NBC News -- represented by, among others, NBC News president Steve Capus, Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, David Gregory, Chuck Todd and Keith Olbermann -- take their turn discussing the run-up to Obama vs. McCain. Ya think Olbermann might say something quotable?
11:15-11:45 a.m.: Executive session, where I imagine far too much time will be devoted to parsing the exact nature of the "The Office" spin-off/non-spin-off with Amy Poehler.
12-1:15 p.m.: Lunch, which will include a session for "Deal or No Deal."
1:30-2 p.m.: An informal session with NBC research president Alan Wurtzel, in which we discuss how to measure audiences in this new age of DVRs, Hulu, iTunes, etc.
2:15-2:45 p.m.: "Kath & Kim," which none of us have seen yet, so I suspect there may be an undertone of "How dare you?" to a lot of the questions, and a lot of "Didn't you see how good 'The Office' remake was?" to the answers.
3-3:30 p.m.: "Knight Rider," a shadowy flight into the world of a man... who does not exist.
3:30-4 p.m.: Kate Flannery and Oscar Nunez from "The Office" host a combination smoothie break and demonstration of the new "Office" trivia game.
4-4:30 p.m.: "My Own Worst Enemy," which we also haven't seen. My goal is to measure the percentage of Jack Nicholson that creeps into Christian Slater's mannerisms. If it dips anywhere below 50 percent, the show is doomed, as it became clear a while ago that the Jack impression is really all he has going for him.
4:45-5:15 p.m.: Our second does of Olbermann, this time for a panel featuring the entire, ginormous Sunday night football crew. Be interesting to see how much Olbermann and Dan Patrick will dominate this one.
5:30-6 p.m.: "Kings," in which Ian McShane will become the latest "Deadwood" castmember to explain to us that he wasn't surprised at all to learn the movies would never happen, what with the cast's contracts lapsing, the sets being dismantled, etc.