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[12/11/08 - 06:18 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, December 11
Updates include: Marc Cherry eyes a "Desperate Housewives" extension; and Showtime to go "Way Out" with a new reality series.

[12/11/08 - 02:36 PM]
'Ghost Hunters' Wraps Phenomenal 4th Season!
Sci Fi spins the numbers for Wednesday, December 10.

[12/11/08 - 01:40 PM]
Michael Wright Named Executive Vice President, Head of Programming, Tbs, TNT and Turner Classic Movies
Plus: Phil Oppenheim and Lillah McCarthy are upped at TBS and TNT.

[12/11/08 - 01:38 PM]
Lionsgate(R) Scores Five Golden Globe(R) Nominations for Its Acclaimed Series Mad Men and Weeds, Adding to Nods This Week from the Writers Guild and the Producers Guild
"We thank the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Writers Guild and the Producers Guild for once again recognizing MAD MEN and WEEDS," said Lionsgate's Kevin Beggs.

[12/11/08 - 01:37 PM]
HBO Receives 22 Golden Globe Nominations, the Most of Any Television Network This Year
"In Treatment" and "Recount" led all HBO programming and tied for the lead among all TV programming with 5 nominations apiece.

[12/11/08 - 01:34 PM]
Treasure Quest Captures Thrill of High-Stakes Hunt for the Ocean's Greatest Lost Treasures
The series, a co-production with Odyssey Marine Exploration, premieres Thursday, January 15 at 10:00/9:00c.

[12/11/08 - 01:33 PM]
AMC Receives Three Golden Globe Nominations Most for Any Basic Cable Network
"Congratulations and thanks to Matthew Weiner and his incredible team for creating an outstanding series, which continues to raise the bar for quality drama on television," said AMC's Charlie Collier.

[12/11/08 - 01:16 PM]
Two More Categories Announced for "The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards"
"Favorite Online Sensation" and "Favorite User Generated Video" along with the finalists for "Favorite New TV Comedy" and "Favorite New TV Drama" will remain open for voting until Wednesday, January 7.

[12/11/08 - 01:09 PM]
A&E Mainstays, Sci Fi's "Relicquest" Latest January Entries
"Paranormal State," "The First 48" and "The Beast" will join "Intervention" and "Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force" on A&E next month.

[12/11/08 - 10:17 AM]
Christine and Gary Soar to New Highs
CBS spins the numbers for Wednesday, December 10.

[12/11/08 - 07:17 AM]
Sarah Chalke to Star in Maneater, a World Premiere Miniseries Based on Best-Selling Novel to Air on Lifetime Television in 2009
Timothy Busfield will direct the project from a script by Emmy winner Suzanne Martin.

[12/11/08 - 06:00 AM]
Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2008 Golden Globe Awards Nominations for the Year Ended December 31, 2008
HBO leads the TV nominations with 22 thanks to "In Treatment" (five), "Recount" (five), "John Adams" (4), "Bernard and Doris" (three) and "Entourage" (three).

[12/11/08 - 12:05 AM]
American Idol Winner David Cook and Grammy Winner Scott Weiland Ring in 2009 from the Mirage in Las Vegas on "New Year's Eve Live" Wednesday, December 31, on Fox
"Talkshow's" Spike Feresten and "Hole in the Wall's" Mark Thompson host the special.

[12/10/08 - 06:03 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, December 10
Updates include: Kiele Sanchez and Martha Plimpton join Matthew Perry's "End of Steve"; Sonya Walger and Christine Woods added to ABC's "Flash Forward"; and Jessica Collins signs onto AMC's political thriller.

[12/10/08 - 04:51 PM]
Interview: "30 Rock" Guest Star Elaine Stritch

[12/10/08 - 03:57 PM]
Susie Castillo ("House of Payne," MTV's "Trl") Joins Michael Flatley as Co-Host of NBC's New International Dance Competition Series 'Superstars of Dance' from Executive Producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller
As previously announced, the series premieres Sunday, January 4 (9-11 p.m. ET).

[12/10/08 - 01:31 PM]
TruTV Scores Network Records in Delivery of Key Demos During First Year of New Branding
truTV spins the numbers for the year to date.

[12/10/08 - 01:29 PM]
Record-Breaking Original Programming Drives TNT to Sixth Consecutive Year as Ad-Supported Cable's #1 Network Among Adults 25-54 in Total Day
TNT spins the numbers for the year to date.

[12/10/08 - 01:27 PM]
TBS Sets New Ad-Supported Cable Record for Primetime Delivery of Adults 18-34
TBS spins the numbers for the year to date.

[12/10/08 - 01:25 PM]
A&E's New Original Real-Life Series "The Exterminators" Delves Inside the World of Pest Removal Alongside Louisiana's Premier Extermination Family
Originally set for January 7, the series will now roll out on Wednesday, February 4 at 10:30/9:30c.

[12/10/08 - 12:45 PM]
The Pussycat Dolls to Perform Live at "The Hills Finale Live from Nyc" on December 22nd Beginning at 8pm ET/PT
Plus: look for the complete fourth season on DVD in stories on March 3.

[12/10/08 - 12:04 PM]
Screen Actors Guild Announces Referendum Ballot Dates
A yes vote by 75% of members voting is required to pass the measure, which would authorize SAG's national board of directors to call a strike, if and when the board determines it is necessary.

[12/10/08 - 10:40 AM]
CBS's Tuesday Rebroadcasts Top the Night
CBS spins the numbers for Tuesday, December 9.

[12/10/08 - 10:38 AM]
Hallmark Channel Becomes the First Cable Network to Combine Nielsen's TV, Retailer and Product Usage Ratings
The network is also the first Nielsen client to include magazines and retail in its cross-platform measurement.

[12/10/08 - 10:38 AM]
CBS Number One Live -- and in Playback
CBS spins the LIVE+7 numbers for the season to date.

[12/10/08 - 10:37 AM]
Hallmark Channel & Emmy(R) Award Winner Regis Philbin to Honor Ordinary People with Extraordinary Hearts
The second annual "Hallmark Heroes with Regis Philbin" airs Thursday, December 25 at 8:00/7:00c.

[12/10/08 - 08:04 AM]
DirecTV's the 101(R) Network Brings Back the Controversial and Critically Acclaimed Television Series Wonderland, Including Six Never-Before-Seen Episodes Beginning JaN. 14
The series, from "Friday Night Lights" executive producer Peter Berg, ran for just two episodes on ABC in the spring of 2000.

[12/10/08 - 07:01 AM]
Mountain Dew and Spike TV's Geoff Keighley Team Up to Recognize 'The Next Great Game Gods'
The half-hour special premieres Friday, December 12 at 12:30 AM EST.

[12/10/08 - 06:49 AM]
Brand New Reality Series Follows the Emotional Journey of Five Friends as They Attempt to Go from 'Fat' to 'Fit' on Diettribe Premiering January 5th on Lifetime Television
The five-episode, one hour-long series premieres on Monday, January 5 at 10:00pm ET/PT.

[12/09/08 - 06:44 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, December 9
Updates include: Bunim-Murray Productions to open late-night "Frat House" for TBS.

[12/09/08 - 04:03 PM]
Conan O'Brien's Comments on Jay Leno's Staying at Nbc
"I am thrilled. I am absolutely thrilled that Jay is staying at NBC," said O'Brien. "He has been my lead-in on this program for 16 seasons. He is a fantastic lead-in. He is a huge part of my success."

[12/09/08 - 02:17 PM]
Ion Television to Launch U.S. Premiere of the Diplomat, an Original Miniseries, on Saturday, January 24 at 7:00 Pm, Et
Dougray Scott toplines the project, which is inspired by actual incidents - including the 1997 theft of five Soviet built nuclear "suitcase bombs."

[12/09/08 - 02:01 PM]
History(Tm) Examines State of Economy by Looking BacK... Crash: The Next Great Depression?
The one-hour special, premiering Saturday, December 13 at 10:00/9:00c, "looks at the economic collapse of the 1920's and 30's compared to what is happening today."

[12/09/08 - 01:59 PM]
Hallmark Channel Celebrates the Rule of Three (Point 0)
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for Saturday, December 6.

[12/09/08 - 01:58 PM]
Storm Chasers Blows Through Sunday Night
Discovery spins the numbers for Sunday, December 7.

[12/09/08 - 01:56 PM]
Beloved Bart Bass Bites the Dust as the CW's "Gossip Girl" Remains #1 with Young Women
The CW spins the numbers for Monday, December 8.

[12/09/08 - 01:55 PM]
60 Minutes Makes Nielsen's Top 10
CBS spins the numbers for Sunday, December 7.

[12/09/08 - 01:53 PM]
CBS Posts Year-To-Year Gains for the 4th Consecutive Week Leading the Network to Its 10th Straight Win
CBS spins the numbers for the week of December 1-7.

[12/09/08 - 01:51 PM]
AMC Recieves Most Wga Nominations for Any Basic Cable Network
"When AMC embarked upon original programming, it was under the directive to look for author-driven projects and allow them the artistic freedom to create what can only be described as cinematic television," said the network's Charlie Collier.

[12/09/08 - 01:50 PM]
ABC Is Up Week to Week by 1.7 Million Viewers and by 8% in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Monday, December 8.

[12/09/08 - 01:47 PM]
ABC Finishes in a Near-Tie for First with an Nfl-Boosted FOX in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for the week of December 1-7.

[12/09/08 - 01:19 PM]
NBC Results for the Primetime Week of DeC. 1-7
NBC spins the numbres for the week of December 1-7.

[12/09/08 - 12:41 PM]
Change the Channel to ABC... "Wipeout Superball Sunday" -- Cheerleaders VS. Couch Potatoes -- the Wildest "Wipeout" Ever, Sunday, February 1 on Abc
Former Dallas Cowboy and NFL Hall of Fame member Michael Irvin will serve as a special guest sideline reporter.

[12/09/08 - 11:46 AM]
The Biggest Bang Yet Leads CBS to a Monday Win in Viewers and Key Demos
CBS spins the numbers for Monday, December 8.

[12/09/08 - 11:39 AM]
Milk and the Curious Case of Benjamin Button Lead with Eight Nominations for the 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards
TV nominees include "John Adams," "Recount" and "Coco Chanel."

[12/09/08 - 11:21 AM]
Lifetime Television Set to Capture Third Straight #1 Ranking Among Women 25-54
Lifetime spins the numbers for the year to date.

[12/09/08 - 09:20 AM]
Jay Leno Comes to Primetime on Nbc
The show, due in the fall of 2009, will originate from Burbank, Calif., and will air Monday through Friday, 10-11 p.m./9-10 p.m. CT.

[12/09/08 - 09:19 AM]
An Extra-Special Announcement for the Host of the 2009 Miss America Pageant Live on TLC
Mario Lopez, who previously hosted in 2007, will resume said duties in 2009.

[12/09/08 - 09:03 AM]
Jimmy Fallon Reveals New House Band and Studio Location on First Video Blog
The Roots will rock 30 Rock's Studio 6B, starting March 2.

[12/09/08 - 09:00 AM]
She's Baaaaack! Bravo Gets Serious with Elite Matchmaker Patti Stanger on "The Millionaire Matchmaker"
The series returns on Thursday, February 12 at 10:00/9:00c.







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