Paul Telegdy and Meredith Ahr have extended their contracts within the alternative space at NBC Entertainment, and Ahr has been tapped to head up a new Universal Television Alternative Studio.
The initiative, which will run parallel to Universal Television, is intended to supply reality and other alternative series to broadcast and cable networks.
Ahr will continue to report to Telegdy from her new post. Reporting to Ahr at the studio will be Senior Vice Presidents Enrique Guillen, George Sealey and Fernando Hernandez, who lead the development team and helps oversee a bold roster of producers and talent deals.
Meanwhile, Telegdy has been named president of NBC Entertainment’s Alternative and Reality Group. And why not? He’s overseen hits like “The Voice,” “American Ninja Warrior” and “Little Big Shots” during his tenure. He’ll keep reporting directly to NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt.
“Paul is in a class by himself in the area of alternative programming, which is one of the biggest strengths of NBC and a key reason why we have returned to a leadership position among networks,” said Greenblatt. “Part of the strategy was setting up a studio, to be run by Meredith, that will provide us with the biggest reality hits of the future, whether on NBC or other programming services and to territories around the world.”
Greenblatt concluded: “Paul comes to us with a global understanding of this business and I’m pleased that he will continue to make this company his home after such a winning track record that began so dramatically with ‘The Voice.'”
“Meredith is an exceptional creative executive and leader, with the rare combination of being fiercely competitive, smart and humble,” Telegdy added. “There is not a successful alternative franchise on this network that hasn’t been influenced and energized by her expertise and insight into what audiences crave.”
Saturday, June 11 "The American West"(AMC) at 10 p.m./9c Check out a different slice of American history with this event series that explores the lives of famous frontier figures like Wyatt Earp, Sitting Bull and Billy the Kid.
Sunday, June 12 "The Last Ship" (TNT) at 9 p.m./8c With a cure for the virus in their possession, the crew of the Nathan James must now focus on rebuilding society
Sunday, June 12 "Ride with Norman Reedus" (AMC) at 10 p.m./9c "The Walking Dead" star will tour the U.S. exploring all the facets of biker culture.
Monday, June 13 "Guilt" (Freeform) at 9 p.m./8c An American student living in London is accused of her roommate's murder in this ripped from the headlines Freeform original starring Emily Tremaine, Billy Zane and Kevin Ryan.
Tuesday, June 14 "Wrecked" (TBS) at 10 p.m./9c This new comedy series tries to find the lighter side of surviving a plane crash and ending up on a desert island.
Tuesday, June 14 "To Tell the Truth" (ABC) at 10 p.m./9c Anthony Anderson will host a game show revival in which a panel of celebrities try to determine the true identity of the contestants.
Wednesday, June 15 "Another Period" (Comedy Central) at 10 p.m./9c Any "Downton Abbey" fans with a taste for comedy should check out this series from creators Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome
Thursday, June 16 "Aquarius" (NBC) at 9 p.m./8c David Duchovny returns for Season 2 of period crime drama about a detective who goes undercover with infamous the Manson Family.
Friday, June 17 "Orange Is the New Black" (Netflix) at 12:01 a.m. Get locked up again with Season 4 of this popular Netflix show that explores the colorful lives of the women being held at Litchfield Penitentiary.
Sunday, June 19 "The Jim Gaffigan Show" (TV Land) at 10 p.m./9c Season 2 of Jim Gaffigan's comedy series sees the comedian still trying to balance his family life with his career.
Sunday, June 19 "Murder in the First" (TNT) at 10 p.m./9c Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson return for Season 3 as Dets. English and Mulligan from veteran producer Steven Bochco.
Monday, June 20 "The Fosters" (Freeform) at 8 p.m./7c The atypical Foster family comes back for Season 4 to continue their exploration of what it means to be a family in the modern age.
Monday, June 20 "Odd Mom Out" (Bravo) at 10 p.m./9c Season 2 of this comedy will see star Jill Kargman fighting against the matronly monarchy that rules over New York's Upper East Side.
Tuesday, June 21 "Pretty Little Liars" (Freeform) at 8 p.m./7c Get ready for more mayhem and makeup in Season 7 of this series based on the novels by Sara Shepherd.
Tuesday, June 21 "The Haves and the Have Nots" (OWN) at 10 p.m/9c
Season 4 of Tyler Perry's drama series will continue to explore the contrast and conflict in the lives of the wealthy Cryer and Harrington families and the poor Young family
Tuesday, June 21 "Queen of the South" (USA) at 10 p.m/9c Alicia Braga leads this USA original about a Mexican woman who flees across the border after her drug dealer boyfriend is killed.
Tuesday, June 21 "Greenleaf" (OWN) at 10 p.m./9c Family and faith collide in Oprah Winfrey's new drama about the life inside a family that runs a Memphis megachurch.
Wednesday, June 22 "Big Brother" (CBS) at 8 p.m./7c Julie Chen welcomes a new group of bickering housemates for Season 18 of this popular reality series.
Wednesday, June 22 "American Gothic" (CBS) at 10 p.m./9c Steven Spielberg and James Frey produce this drama about a prominent Boston family that is attempting to redefine itself in the wake of a discovery that links their recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders spanning decades.
Thursday, June 23 "BattleBots" (ABC) at 8 p.m/7c Season 2 will continue all the mechanical mayhem we have come to expect from this robot demolition derby competition series.
Sunday, June 26 "Celebrity Family Feud" (ABC) at 8 p.m/7c Steve Harvey hosts this version of the syndicated game show in which celebrities try to win money for charity.
Sunday, June 26 "The $100,000 Pyramid" (ABC) at 9 p.m/8c Former "Live" co-host Michael Strahan will helm the revival of this game show in which contestants team up with celebrities for word-association games.
Sunday, June 26 "Ray Donovan" (Showtime) at 9 p.m./8c Liev Schreiber is back for Season 4 of the gritty drama about a professional "fixer" and his efforts to keep his own family out of trouble.
Sunday, June 26 "Match Game" (ABC) at 10 p.m/9c Alec Baldwin will host the revival of this seminal dating game show.
Tuesday, June 28 "Dead of Summer" (Freeform) at 9 p.m./8c "Once Upon a Time" creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis along with Ian Goldberg are leading this series about the dark forces at work at a summer camp in the 1980s.
Tuesday, June 28 "Zoo" (CBS) at 9 p.m/8c Season 2 of this hit summer series will see animals continue to strike back against humanity for years of abuse and imprisonment.
Thursday, June 30 "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" (FX) at 10 p.m./9c Denis Leary puts on his leather pants once again for Season 2 of this comedy about a has-been rock star looking to reclaim his former glory.
Friday, July 1 "Marco Polo" (Netflix) at 12:01 a.m. Lorenzo Richelmy will again play the famed explorer in Season 2 as he navigates the treacherous waters of Kublai Khan's court.
Friday, July 1 "Killjoys" (Syfy) at 9 p.m./8c The bounty hunting heroes of this sci-fi series are back for Season 2 for more out of this world action.
Friday, July 1 "Dark Matter" (Syfy) at 10 p.m./9c Season 2 finds the Raza crew still piecing their pasts together while outwitting untold dangers across the galaxy.
Wednesday, July 6 "Tyrant" (FX) at 10 p.m/9c Adam Rayner returns as Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed, the son of a Middle Eastern dictator who struggles with whether or not to enter the family business.
Sunday, July 10 "The Night Of" (HBO) at 9 p.m./8c John Turturro stars in this miniseries about a murder in New York City, which spirals into a larger examination of the criminal justice system.
Monday, July 11 "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"(The CW) at 9 p.m./8c Season 4 will bring more improv craziness as the "Whose Line" gang makes it up as they go along with a little help from the audience.
Monday, July 11 "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" at 8 p.m/7c Season 3 will see the world-renowned magicians trying to shepherd the younger generation of prestidigitators in this reality competition series.
Tuesday, July 12 "Difficult People" (Hulu) Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner play fictionalized versions of themselves once again in Season 2 of this comedy about two jaded New York comedians.
Wednesday, July 13 "Suits" (USA) at 9 p.m./8c In Season 6, Pearson Specter Litt will have to rebuild after all their employees jumped ship at the end of last season.
Wednesday, July 13 "Mr. Robot" (USA) at 10 pm/9c Rami Malek returns for Season 2 of this surprise hit and Golden Globe winner about a hacker who gets pulled into working with a hacktivist group.
Friday, July 15 "Stranger Things" (Netflix) at 12:01 a.m. Winona Ryder stars as a mother whose child disappears without a trace, and she must confront evil forces to get him back.
Sunday, July 17 "Power" (Starz) at 9 p.m./8c Omari Hardwick returns as drug kingpin/entrepreneur "Ghost" for Season 3 of this crime drama, which co-stars and is produced by 50 Cent
Sunday, July 17 "Ballers" (HBO) at 10 p.m/9c Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is back for Season 2 of the comedy series in which he plays a former NFL player turned manager trying to keep his pro athlete clients on the straight and narrow.
Sunday, July 17 "Vice Principals" (HBO) at 10:30 p.m./9:30c Danny McBride and Walton Goggins play rival high school vice principals in this new comedy series.
Tuesday, July 19 "Shooter" (USA) at 10 p.m./9c Ryan Phillippe takes over for Mark Wahlberg in this small screen adaption of the movie about an ace sniper who is framed for an assassination.
Friday, July 22 "BoJack Horseman" (Netflix) at 12:01 a.m. Will Arnett again lends his voice to Season 3 of this animated series about a once-great horse actor trying to get back on top of Hollywood.
Friday, July 22 "Degrassi" (Netflix) at 12:01 a.m. Netflix is reviving this popular Canadian teen melodrama for the fifth series in the long-running franchise
Sunday, July 24 "Survivor's Remorse" (Starz) at 10 p.m/9c In Season 3 of this comedy from producer LeBron James, Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher) lives the high life of a pro basketball player with his crazy family along for the ride.
Tuesday, August 2 "Bachelor in Paradise" (ABC) at 8 p.m./7c Season 3 will see even more steamy action as former "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" contestants hooking up in tropical locales.
Monday, August 22 "Cheer Squad" (Freeform) at 10 p.m./9c This original reality series follows the trials and tribulations of champion cheerleading team The Great White Sharks.
Tuesday, August 23 "Better Late Than Never" (NBC) at 10 p.m./9c William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw star in this comedy event series as the four icons tour across Asia together.
Sunday, August 28 "The Strain" (FX) at 10 p.m/9c Season 3 picks up with a bloody vengeance as the human survivors of a vampiric virus battle for their lives.
Wednesday, August 31 "You're the Worst" (FX) at 10 p.m./9c This dark comedy explored the effects of clinical depression last season, and Season 3 will no doubt go in even crazier and more powerful directions.
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