The build-up to Monday’s exec sesh with newly minted NBC toppers Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff (pictured left) was more dramatic than the actual 50-minutes of Q-ing and A-ing. The Hilton’s International ballroom was packed, there was an audible buzz in the room and in the lobby outside. A number of top industry agents and execs were on hand, just because….It was rock-star anticipation time. (For a good time read Brian Lowry’s review of "The Ben Silverman/Marc Graboff Show.") And get the lowdown on all the news out of the sesh from Variety’s TCA avatars Joe Adalian and Michael Schneider.
By any measure, Ben aced his first TCA test, with a lot of help from Marc on those nagging "why’d you sack Kevin Reilly?" questions.
Graboff took those blows for the team, provoking laughter when he asserted in a very lawyerly fashion that "Kevin was not fired," which in point of fact is true. He just got demoted when his boss decided to recruit a new top-top guy…..But that’s so late May. (Besides, it’s not like Reilly’s on the unemployment line. He’ll get his TCA turn on Sunday as Fox’s new head programmer.)