NBC Late-Night Going HD


NBC -- the first network to air a nightly series in HDTV with The Tonight Show with Jay Leno four years ago -- will upgrade the rest of its late-night lineup to HDTV next year, officials said Monday.

In addition, two of the “Peacock Network’s” annual signature holiday specials -- The Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade --will also be broadcast in HDTV in 2005.

The late-night HDTV conversion is slated to begin in April when Late Night with Conan O’Brien converts to HDTV. Saturday Night Live follows when it returns for its season premiere next fall, as will Last Call with Carson Daly,which shares SNL’s studio, 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s Studio 8H.

NBC currently broadcasts 90% of its scripted entertainment programming in HDTV, including 13.5 primetime hours.