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[08/28/08 - 06:26 PM]
Development Update: August 27-28
Updates include: "Back to You" co-creators Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd land a hefty put pilot commitment from ABC.

[08/28/08 - 02:52 PM]
Trading Spaces Returns with All-News Episodes Beginning September 20, 2008 at 10 PM ET/PT
The upcoming 13 episodes will air as part of the show's eighth season.

[08/28/08 - 02:51 PM]
Bravo Scores with "Shear Genius" Finale
Bravo spins the numbers for August 26-27.

[08/28/08 - 12:47 PM]
CBS Fall Preview Show Primetime Special, Hosted by "The Insider's" Lara Spencer, to Be Broadcast Friday, SepT. 5, 9:00-9:30 Pm, ET/PT
The special will also be available on TV Guide Channel and as video on demand to customers of Comcast, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS.

[08/28/08 - 12:46 PM]
Gary French and Paula Warner Take the Reigns as Co-Heads of Production at ABC Studios
Both retain their titles as senior vice president, but will now be reporting directly to ABC Studios President Mark Pedowitz.

[08/28/08 - 12:45 PM]
Michael Phelps, Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, Scarlett Johansson, High School Musical 3 Cast, Ciara & Twilight Cast to Present at "2008 MTV Video Music Awards"
In addition, DJ AM and Travis Barker will rock the party by mixing live drum beats to scratched records throughout the show.

[08/28/08 - 11:28 AM]
NBC's Smash Hit Summer Series 'America's Got Talent' Renewed for Another Fun-Filled Season
"[The series] has produced the most successful winner in reality television history," said NBC's Craig Plestis. "This is the only show where truly unique and talented performers can achieve their ultimate dream. There's nothing like it on television."

[08/28/08 - 09:53 AM]
NBC Announces Contestants for Exciting New Family Edition of Hit Weight Loss Series "The Biggest Loser," Premiering Tuesday, September 16 (8-10 P.M. Et)
The new season features "four husband-and-wife teams and four parent-child duos trying to lose weight through diet and exercise as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000."

[08/28/08 - 09:27 AM]
TNT Springs for Tolls in Atlanta, Orlando, Philadelphia and Chicago to Spread the Word About New Drama Raising the Bar
"With so many people on the roads Labor Day weekend, it's a perfect time to get our message out about the premiere of this outstanding new drama series," said TNT's Tricia Melton.

[08/28/08 - 09:26 AM]
NBC to Pick Up Nine Additional Episodes of Returning Drama 'Chuck' to Complete Full-Season Order for 2008-09
"We couldn't be more excited with the creative direction Josh (Schwartz) and his team are executing on 'Chuck,'" said NBC's Teri Weinberg.

[08/28/08 - 08:44 AM]
TLC Takes You Back Inside the Reality of Child Beauty Pageants
Look for both "Painted Babies at 17" and "Toddlers & Tiaras" on Sunday, September 7 starting at 9:00/8:00c.

[08/28/08 - 07:05 AM]
Emmy(R) and Grammy(R) Award Winner Harry Connick, JR. Stars in Lifetime Original Movie, 'Living Proof,' Premiering Saturday, October 18
The film continues Lifetime's quest to support their Stop Breast Cancer for Life campaign.

[08/27/08 - 04:04 PM]
Secret Life Is Tuesday's No. 1 Cable's Telecast in Target Adults 18-34, Women 18-34 and Women 18-49
ABC Family spins the numbers for Tuesday, August 26.

[08/27/08 - 03:49 PM]
ABC Family's "Greek" Sets Records in Its Sophomore Premiere
ABC Family spins the numbers for Tuesday, August 26.

[08/27/08 - 03:38 PM]
Oxygen's Janice Dickinson Kicks Off Fourth Season with Its Most Watched Season Premiere Ever
Oxygen spins the numbers for Tuesday, August 26.

[08/27/08 - 02:50 PM]
BET's 'Comic View: One Mic Stand' Offers a New Flavor to an Old Favorite
Kevin Hart hosts the series, which premieres Tuesday, September 2 at 10:00/9:00c.

[08/27/08 - 02:31 PM]
CBS Announces 18 Castaways to Compete on "Survivor: Gabon -- Earth's Last Eden"
Host Jeff Probst adds, "Shooting in HD is like adding another character to the show. The detail is so sharp you can't help but feel as though you are experiencing the adventure yourself."

[08/27/08 - 02:22 PM]
Hole in the Wall Takes an Early Jump with Special Previews Sunday, September 7 and Tuesday, September 9, on Fox
The series will then have its one-hour series premiere Thursday, September 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

[08/27/08 - 01:20 PM]
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" Returns on September 13 with Olympic Phenomenon Michael Phelps & Musical Guest Lil Wayne
The "SNL" season premiere kicks off four live shows in a row.

[08/27/08 - 01:15 PM]
Kimbo Slice, Ken Shamrock, Jake Shields, Paul Daley and Gina Carano Among Mma Superstars Entering the Cage for "CBS Elitexc Saturday Night Fights," Saturday, OcT. 4 on the CBS Television Network
The four-fight broadcast will feature two main events: Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock and Jake Shields vs. Paul Daley.

[08/27/08 - 01:14 PM]
ABC Brings Emmy-Nominated "Pushing Daisies" to Your Hometown
Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City will all be visited by the "interactive experience."

[08/27/08 - 01:13 PM]
Here Come the Newlyweds - Again!
ABC renews the series for a second season of eight episodes.

[08/27/08 - 01:12 PM]
ABC and People Team Up for Primetime Special "Half Their Size: The People Magazine Weight Loss Challenge," Airing Tuesday, September 30 on Abc
The one-hour special will follow "eight residents from Mississippi, the nation's most overweight state, on an emotional journey to lose weight and overcome adversity."

[08/27/08 - 01:11 PM]
ABC Takes the Highly-Anticipated "Opportunity Knocks" Family Game Show on a Block Party Mobile Tour Across the Country
From September 2 through September 15, the "Opportunity Knocks" Block Party Mobile Tour will visit 14 U.S. cities.

[08/27/08 - 01:09 PM]
Second Set of Presenters Announced for "The 60th Primetime Emmy(R) Awards," Airing Sunday, September 21, on ABC
America Ferrera, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Hayden Panettiere and Vanessa Williams all tapped while "CSI's" William Petersen and Laurence Fishburne will present together.

[08/27/08 - 11:51 AM]
America Chooses Inspirational Singer Donald Braswell as the 'America's Got Talent' 'Wildcard' Act Rounding Out the 'Top 40'
The million-dollar winner will be announced during the live finale on Wednesday, October 1 at 9:00/8:00c.

[08/27/08 - 11:37 AM]
Oscar(R) Winner Cuba Gooding JR. to Star in TNT Original Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, a Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentation(R) Movie
The movie, based on Carson's inspirational memoir, will "trace his journey from frustrated inner-city kid to director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital."

[08/27/08 - 10:16 AM]
Jesse James Takes on Death-Defying Challenges Each Week in Spike TV's "Jesse James Is a Dead Man"
10 weekly one-hour episodes are due starting in February.

[08/27/08 - 10:06 AM]
Emmy- and Tony-Winning Actress Blythe Danner to Guest Star on NBC's 'Medium,' with Emmy-Winning Patricia Arquette, as the Mother of Missing Nurse with a Chronically-Ill Step-Daughter
Danner will play Sarah Leaming, "a local councilman's wife and mother to a missing private nurse, whose extraordinary dedication to her chronically-ill step-daughter's care led to some unconventional measures."

[08/26/08 - 06:42 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, August 26
Updates include: The CW's "Surviving Suburbia" rounds out its cast; a pair join Valerie Bertinelli at TBS; and Jill Flint signs on to USA's "Royal Pains."

[08/26/08 - 02:49 PM]
Charles Latibeaudiere and Evan Rosenblum Named Co-Executive Producers of Tmz
The pair will manage the day-to-day responsibilities of the entertainment newsmagazine, leading to its second season launch on September 8.

[08/26/08 - 02:47 PM]
Beijing Olympics Set Record as Most-Viewed Event in U.S. TV History with 214 Million Viewers
NBC Universal spins the numbers for its Olympics coverage.

[08/26/08 - 02:46 PM]
NBC Dominates the Primetime Week, with the Beijing Olympics Scoring as the Most Viewed Event in U.S. TV History
NBC spins the numbers for the week of August 18-24.

[08/26/08 - 02:45 PM]
Jane Seymour's "Dear Prudence" Ranks as Highest-Rated Cable Movie of the Day for Hallmark Channel
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for Saturday, August 23.

[08/26/08 - 02:44 PM]
Disney Channel Ratings Highlights (Week of 8/18)
The Disney Channel spins the numbers for the week of August 18-24.

[08/26/08 - 02:42 PM]
CBS Takes Silver with the Top 14 Non-Olympic Programs of the Week
CBS spins the numbers for the week of August 18-24.

[08/26/08 - 02:41 PM]
The Next Finalist Is Eliminated from Competition But Remains in the Show as Part of the Chorus, on "High School Musical: Get in the Picture"
ABC details the latest "High School Musical: Get in the Picture" elimination.

[08/26/08 - 11:15 AM]
BET Opens the Door to Scripted Programming with the Original Series 'Somebodies'
The series, due on September 9, is based on the feature film of the same name.

[08/26/08 - 10:29 AM]
ABC Announces Five New Series Pick-Ups
Newcomers include "Better Off Ted," "Castle," "Cupid," "Single With Parents" and "The Unusuals."

[08/26/08 - 09:40 AM]
Filming Begins for New Season of Torchwood
Upcoming guest stars include Peter Capaldi, Paul Copely and Liz May Brice.

[08/26/08 - 09:17 AM]
Megalyn Echikunwoke Joins "Csi: Miami" as a Series Regular
"She brings savvy and humor to her role of Dr. Tara Price, a young medical examiner whose methods are on the cutting edge of technology," said executive producer Ann Donahue.

[08/26/08 - 09:12 AM]
TBS Orders Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns from Debmar-Mercury
TBS has ordered 10 episodes of the new sitcom, which is slated to premiere in January 2009.

[08/26/08 - 06:11 AM]
TLC and Real Simple Premiere Series, 'Real SimplE. Real LifE.' with Host Kit Hoover
Kit Hoover hosts the 15-episode series, which premieres Saturday, October 18 at 8:00/7:00c.

[08/26/08 - 06:00 AM]
Interview: "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency" Star Janice Dickinson

[08/26/08 - 12:02 AM]
Interview: "America's Got Talent" Executive Producer Simon Cowell

[08/25/08 - 06:21 PM]
Development Update: Monday, August 25
Updates include: Lifetime plans to "Blush" for makeup artists; Benjamin McKenzie signs on for NBC's "LAPD"; plus the usual mix of casting news.

[08/25/08 - 03:42 PM]
Beijing Games Show Significant Increases in Rating and Average Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Sunday, August 24.

[08/25/08 - 03:34 PM]
Mario Lopez to Host New Live Music Competition Series "MTV's Top Pop Group" Premiering Thursday, September 11
First up though: "MTV's Top Pop Group: The Casting Special" on Thursday, August 28 at 9:00/8:00c.

[08/25/08 - 02:38 PM]
Humanitas Prize Announces New Finalists and Welcomes New President, New Venue and New Vision
"It is extremely gratifying to play a role in recognizing and honoring these Humanitas finalists," said incoming president John Wells.

[08/25/08 - 02:37 PM]
CBS Consumer Products Ushers in Return of 90210 with Launch of Global Merchandising Campaign
The new "90210" premieres September 2 at 8:00/7:00c on The CW.







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[08/16/17 - 12:11 PM]
OWN Announces New Drama Series from Academy Award-Winning "Moonlight" Writer/Producer Tarell Alvin McCraney
Haunted by the death of his closest friend, and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty, a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out.

[08/16/17 - 11:44 AM]
Lifetime's Twisted Secrets September Features the Premieres of the Movies "Ten" Starring China Anne McClain, Vampire Flick "Drink, Slay, Love" from Producer Bella Thorne and "Sea Change" Based on the YA New York Times Bestseller
Based on the teen horror novel by Gretchen McNeil, "Ten" is the story of a weekend retreat gone wrong.

[08/16/17 - 11:41 AM]
Video: Watch the New Trailer for TNT's "Good Behavior"
The new season will premiere Sunday, October 15, now at the later time of 10:00/9:00c.

[08/16/17 - 10:09 AM]
TLC's "My Giant Life" Returns with a Brand-New Season of Tall Tales to Tell on Sunday, September 17th at 10/9c
Haleigh, Alicia Jay, Katja, Lindsay, Krista and Coco will take viewers inside their everyday lives as they deal with issues that far surpass height than ever before.

[08/16/17 - 10:05 AM]
Joy Nash Cast as Lead in AMC's Upcoming Series "Dietland"
Set against the backdrop of the beauty industry, this part-character drama and part-revenge fantasy explores society's obsession with weight loss and beauty in a bold, original and wickedly entertaining way.

[08/16/17 - 10:00 AM]
Carlton Cuse Signs Multiyear Pact with ABC Studios
Under the Genre Arts banner, Cuse will develop projects and collaborate with other writers to bring their visions to the screen under the new agreement.

[08/16/17 - 09:01 AM]
USA Network and Universal Cable Productions Confirm Spinoff Pilot Starring Gina Torres to Air in the Current Season of "Suits"
When Jessica Pearson is forced to enter the dirty world of Chicago politics, she must rely on her legal wits and valiant relationships from Pearson Specter Litt to navigate this unknown territory.

[08/16/17 - 08:23 AM]
An All-New Season of "Victoria" Premieres January 14, 2018 on "Masterpiece" on PBS
More than 16.2 million viewers tuned in for "Victoria's" premiere season, making it the highest-rated drama on PBS in 20 years - second only to "Downton Abbey."

[08/16/17 - 08:17 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Continues Its Win Streak
The Peacock, powered by "America's Got Talent," has won Tuesday night for 13 consecutive weeks.

[08/15/17 - 01:43 PM]
Julian McMahon Joins Cast of Hulu Original Series, "Marvel's Runaways"
While his origins and ultimate intentions are unknown, McMahon will be a pivoltal player in the Runaways' rebellion against their parents.

[08/15/17 - 01:14 PM]
Showtime Sports(R) to Chronicle the 2017 United States Naval Academy Football Team with Weekly Docu-Series "A Season with Navy Football"
After chronicling The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Florida State Seminoles in its first two seasons, the original franchise returns to reveal a vastly different picture of student-athlete life.

[08/15/17 - 11:21 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' Newest "Garage Sale Mystery Month" Premiere Scores as Highest-Rated and Most-Watched Telecast in Network History
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for the week of August 7-13.

[08/15/17 - 11:20 AM]
Video: Netflix Announces the Launch Date and Debuts Trailer for Original Documentary Short "Resurface"
The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Mention and will launch globally on Netflix on September 1.

[08/15/17 - 10:44 AM]
Smithsonian Channel(TM) Calls All Aboard with "Mighty Cruise Ships" and "Mighty Trains"
Look for both series back-to-back beginning Sunday, September 3 at 8:00/7:00c.

[08/15/17 - 10:31 AM]
2017 "NFL on CBS" Broadcast Pairings Feature Five New Teams Led by New Lead Announce Team of Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
Beth Mowins will become the first woman to ever call play-by-play for the network's NFL games when she teams with new game analyst Jay Feely to call Cleveland-Indianapolis on September 24.