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Ben Silverman

NBC co-chairman under the microscope

All eyes are on NBC Entertainment/Universal Media Studios co-chair Silverman this fall — and how soon the energetic exec puts his stamp on the Peacock.

Silverman is inheriting a slate developed by his predecessor, new Fox Entertainment topper Kevin Reilly, including several low-rated but critically acclaimed shows (“Friday Night Lights,” “30 Rock”) that Reilly gambled on renewing for second seasons.

How patient Silverman will be with NBC’s existing sked remains to be seen. Whether the net can finally pull itself out of the ratings cellar also will be a closely watched story as the 2007-08 TV season gets under way.

But Silverman already is busy with future development, tapping Norman Lear and producer Charlie Corwin to create projects, and greenlighting pilots such as “Backyards in Bullets” and “Sin Tetas.” Says Silverman: “I hope that our shows and our results speak for what we’re doing.”

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