Universal Television produces some of television’s most critically acclaimed and successful programs. In 2012, the studio garnered 44 Emmy nominations, including three for Outstanding Series: 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
The studio produces or co-produces series for broadcast networks and online outlets in a variety of dayparts and genres, including primetime, late-night, longform, and reality programming. Its current roster features Emmy-winning comedies The Office, 30 Rock, and critical favorites Parks and Recreation and Up All Night, as well as dramas Smash, Parenthood, and Grimm, among others. Additionally, the studio, along with Wolf Films, produces Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which is part of the most successful drama series brand in television history. Many of these series have been honored with prestigious Emmy, Golden Globe, Peabody, SAG, AFI, and Humanitas Awards.
New scripted series produced by Universal Television for the 2012-2013 season include the dramas Chicago Fire, Do No Harm, Bates Motel (for A&E), Dracula, Crossbones, and Infamous, and the comedies The Mindy Project (for Fox), Go On, Animal Practice, and Guys with Kids.
Universal Television has a rich legacy comprising the merged entities of NBC Studios and the original Universal Television (in 2004). The former NBC Studios first made its mark in the 1950s with NBC’s hit western Bonanza and went on to create hit series including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Providence, and Will & Grace. Universal Television was created in 1951, and its roster of memorable programs includes Leave It to Beaver, Columbo, The Rockford Files, Miami Vice, House and Law & Order, among dozens of others.
Late-night programs include NBC’s successful The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, and Last Call with Carson Daly.