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[12/15/08 - 06:06 PM]
Development Update: Monday, December 15
Updates include: Mark Schwahn in talks to spearhead The CW's "Melrose Place" revival; Danny Comden returns to ABC with "Temps"; and David Hemingson's drama pilot for ABC gets a second chance.

[12/15/08 - 02:46 PM]
HBO Partners with Funny Or Die to Provide a Sneak Peek of the Second Season of HBO's Critically Acclaimed Comedy Series Flight of the Conchords on December 17
HBO.com, iTunes and HBO's YouTube channel will also carry the premiere starting December 21.

[12/15/08 - 02:35 PM]
BBC America Acquires Life on Mars Sequel - Ashes to Ashes
The series, starring Keeley Hawes and Philip Glenister, will premiere in March.

[12/15/08 - 02:15 PM]
Selena Gomez and Drew Seeley Star in a Modern Day Retelling of a Classic Fairy Tale in "Another Cinderella Story" on ABC Family
The film is a follow-up to the Hilary Duff/Chad Michael Murray-led feature "A Cinderella Story."

[12/15/08 - 01:24 PM]
Multitalented Comedy Actor Jack Black to Guest-Star in NBC's Special Post Superbowl Episode of Emmy-Winning "The Office"
The special hour-long episode titled "Stress Relief" will premiere immediately following "Super Bowl XLIII," Sunday, February 1.

[12/15/08 - 01:18 PM]
Emmy Award Nominee Lauren Ambrose and Adam Kaufman Star in "Loving Leah," a New "Hallmark Hall of Fame" Presentation to Be Broadcast Sunday, JaN. 25 on the CBS Television Network
Susie Essman, Ricki Lake, Natasha Lyonne and Mercedes Ruehl also star in the film, based on the play of the same name.

[12/15/08 - 01:14 PM]
Southern Hospitality Is Back as Bravo Renews 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta'
"Atlanta" was the network's first docu-drama ever to crack the two million viewer mark among adults 18-49.

[12/15/08 - 01:01 PM]
Soapnet Acquires a Package of 19 Movies from Sony Pictures Television, InC. for Its Sunday Night Movies Franchise
"Hitch," "Fun with Dick and Jane," "Something's Gotta Give," "My Best Friend's Wedding" and "Jerry Maguire" are among the acquisitions.

[12/15/08 - 11:51 AM]
Spike TV Lassos New Series, 'Toughest Cowboy'
The Mark Burnett-produced series will premiere Thursday, January 29 at 11:00/10:00c.

[12/15/08 - 11:10 AM]
The Finale of "Survivor: Gabon" Outdelivers Last May's "Survivor: Micronesia" in Viewers and Key Demos
CBS spins the numbers for Sunday, December 14.

[12/15/08 - 10:07 AM]
Sixteen Aspiring Chefs Step Up to the Plate on the Season Premiere of "Hell's Kitchen" Thursday, January 29, on Fox
The grand prize this season is a "Head Chef" position at the East Coast's leading resort destination, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

[12/15/08 - 10:06 AM]
The Martha Stewart Show Renewed by Leading Station Groups in the Nation's Top Markets
The series is a go for a fifth season in markets covering more than 60% of the country.

[12/15/08 - 09:59 AM]
Get Ready to Share Your Voice as "American Idol" Returns with a Brand-New Season, New Contestants and a New Judge Tuesday, January 13 and Wednesday, January 14, on Fox
FOX details the schedule for the opening weeks of the new season.

[12/15/08 - 09:44 AM]
NBC Sunday Night Football Produces Best Overnight Rating of Season; 2nd Best in Snf History
NBC spins the numbers for Sunday, December 14.

[12/15/08 - 08:38 AM]
Robert Carlyle to Star in Sci Fi's New Original Series Stargate Universe
Production will begin on the project in Vancouver in February with an eye toward a summer premiere.

[12/15/08 - 08:24 AM]
Animal Planet Swoops in to Transform Ordinary Dogs Into Extraordinary Pets in New Series Underdog to Wonderdog
Ryan Smith hosts the series, due on Saturday, January 3 at 8:00/7:00c.

[12/14/08 - 11:11 PM]
Spike TV Announces 2008 'Video Game Awards' Winners
"Grand Theft Auto IV" was crowned Best Game of the Year while "Gears of War 2," "Rock Band" "Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots" also took home multiple wins.

[12/13/08 - 01:50 PM]
Hit Fantasy Merlin Is Recommissioned for BBC One
Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Anthony Head and Richard Wilson star in the drama, which will make its U.S. debut on NBC next year.

[12/12/08 - 06:35 PM]
Development Update: Friday, December 12
Updates include: Mike Fleiss inks an eight-figure overall deal with Warner Bros. Television; CBS Television Distribution renews "The Doctors"; and Lauren Graham returns to TV with a new pilot for ABC.

[12/12/08 - 03:40 PM]
TBS Adds "Browns" in January, "My Boys" in March
"Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns," based on the film and play of the same name, will premiere Wednesday, January 7 at 10:00/9:00c.

[12/12/08 - 01:47 PM]
Bravo Ties for Most Producers Guild Award Nominations
"We want to thank the Producers Guild for nominating three of our series with this prestigious honor," said Bravo's Frances Berwick.

[12/12/08 - 11:53 AM]
Eleventh Hour Clocks Season High Ratings
CBS spins the numbers for Thursday, December 11.

[12/12/08 - 11:50 AM]
Hugh Jackman to Host the "81st Annual Academy Awards,(R)" Sunday, February 22, 2009, on the ABC Television Network
"Hugh is the ideal choice to host a celebration of the year's movies - and to have fun doing it," said Laurence Mark and Bill Condon in a joint statement.

[12/12/08 - 06:21 AM]
Oxygen Goes Behind the Scenes at One of the Hottest Medi-Spas in the Country as "Addicted to Beauty" Joins the Oxygen Schedule in '09
Other series in the works include "Hogs and Heifers," "The Girls," "The Naughty Kitchen" and "Lady and the Champ."

[12/12/08 - 06:01 AM]
VH1 Closes 2008 with Season Finales from Celebrity Rehab 2, Rock of Love: Charm School and Real Chance of Love
Also on tap: "40 Greatest Pranks 2," "Best Year Ever," "Top 40 Videos of 2008" and "Roc Doc's: Neil Young."

[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.







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[10/30/14 - 11:20 AM]
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[10/30/14 - 11:18 AM]
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[10/30/14 - 11:03 AM]
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[10/30/14 - 11:01 AM]
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[10/30/14 - 11:00 AM]
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[10/30/14 - 10:44 AM]
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[10/30/14 - 10:37 AM]
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[10/30/14 - 09:52 AM]
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[10/30/14 - 09:40 AM]
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[10/30/14 - 09:16 AM]
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