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‘Rock Center With Brian Williams’ Canceled

NBC cancels Rock Center

NBC has canceled Rock Center with Brian Williams after two seasons.

The weekly newsmagazine debuted on October 31, 2011, airing on Mondays until January 30, 2012. The show switched to Wednesdays at 9 temporarily before returning to its Monday 10 pm timeslot. The program then moved back to Wednesdays until it was removed from the NBC lineup last May.

When NBC announced Rock Center‘s second season renewal, the program was moved to Thursdays at 10, but it has since been moved again to Fridays at 10. Because of the numerous scheduling changes, Rock Center was never really able to land a steady audience, although it did receive critical acclaim for its reporting. The program also pulled major exclusives for NBC, including an interview with Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, for which NBC sports anchor Bob Costas earned an Emmy. The May 10 episode will feature an exclusive interview with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about his secret weight loss surgery.

Rock Center will air its final broadcast on June 21.

“I’m so proud of the work we did. Our people got shot at for this broadcast. They pulled countless all-nighters. They investigated, cajoled, hustled and cared deeply,” Brian Williams said in a statement. “They won awards, won the respect of their colleagues and produced great television journalism.”

Fortunately for Williams, he still has his day job as an anchor for Nightly News. Rock Center was a second outlet for him, since NBC management felt that he was being underused on that program.

With the cancellation of Rock Center, NBC is now down to one newsmagazine, Dateline, which is largely devoted to crime stories. The program debuted in 1992 with Stone Phillips and Jane Pauley as co-anchors, and went through a few anchor changes in its 20+ year run. Most recently, Lester Holt replaced Ann Curry at the start of season 20, shortly after Curry became a permanent co-host on the Today Show.

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20 Responses to “‘Rock Center With Brian Williams’ Canceled”

  1. Derek Dreizen

    Brian Williams would be worth a damn if he would stop fornicating! I know for a fact that's how he spends all of his time. Yeah! Even when he's on the air, NBC hired a black chick to give him fuckin' blowjobs under the desk! THIS HAS GOT TO STOP! Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh!

  2. Danny Warson

    to nice to establishment , don't say anything bad, and you boring! people to day do not have ball's of G. Carlin! hee..hee..all the way to a sleep!

  3. Gayle Gerard

    I have an idea for a show: 30 Rocks. It could be a reality game show where people who have been dissed, cheated on, ruined by or just plain hate Matt Lauer would be given 30 rocks to throw at him!

  4. Brent Cowart

    You really don't want to know what I'm SICK of seeing on T.V.:
    I don't CARE if It's CABLE, SATELLITE, are U- VERSE: It still.
    makes me SICK to see it on T.V. as many TIMES a DAY as I DO:
    Check you LOCAL LISTINGS on Law & Order, Law & Order SVU.
    and Law & Order Criminal Intent: CBS has Cancelled CSI MIAMI.
    CSI NY is no Longer on FRI nights: They put VEGAS on It's Place:

    I didn't WATCH VEGAS before why should I Watch it NOW: Now.
    Dateline & 48 Hours is coming on 2 Hours ON Fri night: I Quit.
    Watching it I get enough CRIME STORIES in my PAPER are T.V.
    NEWS: CBS used to be my STATION it ISN'T ANYMORE:
    LATER FOLKS:

  5. Vin Smith

    …I'm very disappointed that Rock Center was cancelled. I watched it every week. It was cutting edge news coverage of the major happenings. Meanwhile, as the story above suggests, Dateline is just about who murdered who. We get too much of that…

  6. Sam Johnson

    Can't stand him. Nasal voice, needs to blow his nose. Yuk!

  7. Anonymous

    Very sorry to hear this as I am a big fan of the show and Brian. I always felt that this show was better suited for a Saturday night. And Brent, Dateline is back to an hour and as for 48 Hours, it has been on for 2 hrs. but the first hour is a rerun followed by a new episode.

  8. Scamuel Jones

    NBC = No Body Cares! Why don't both NBC and Brian both just go away and stop clogging up the airways with this POS network that nobody watches?

  9. Suzanne Root

    Maybe if the network did not move the program around so much at so many differant times and days it would have had a chance to make it. What is wrong with you people?

  10. Eisha Williams

    EXTREMELY disappointed that Rock Center is being cancelled. They should have never moved the show to Fridays. Rock Center is a very good, informative show. #Sad

  11. Donna Dufour

    I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU HAVE CANCELLED ROCK CENTER YOU DID YOUR BEST TO MOVE IT AROUND ALL OVER THE PLACE BUT WE ALWAYS FOUND IT BECAUSE WE LOVE THAT SHOW IS IT BECAUSE ANN CURRY WAS ONCE MORE SEEN WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET RID OF MATT LAUER INSTEAD OF KILLING A GREAT SHOW LIKE ROCK CENTER AND NO MORE 2 HRS OF DATELINE WE SEE ALL THE SAME THING ON 20/20 OR 48 HRS.

  12. Nancy Boehmer Dunn

    I am disgusted that this show is being cancelled. You leave us with more murder, more murder and even more murder! Why? Brian Williams is a classic host!

  13. Karen Bernardin Timberlake

    Farewell Rock Center! I'll miss u if I could've only gotten down the scheduled times it aired. I will miss you greatly!

  14. Leslye Hilliard Evans

    I'm also disappointed. I really enjoyed the show and I love Brian Williams! It was hard to keep up with what night it was on. There is not a lot to watch if you don't like reality television.

  15. Ginger Sheffer Dunn

    Watched it for the first time last night and it was just that – the Last Night!

  16. Robin Lent Robillard

    I am very disappointed. It was much better than dateline.