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[01/15/09 - 06:31 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, January 15
Updates include: FOX on track to order drama pilots "Human Target" and "Maggie Hill"; while CBS eyes a cast-contingent commitment for "Tick Tock."

[01/15/09 - 02:55 PM]
NBC Cuts "Kath & Kim" to 17 Episodes
A month after rolling back its full season commitment to "Knight Rider," NBC will do the same to fellow freshman entry "Kath & Kim."

[01/15/09 - 02:09 PM]
Universal Media Studios Signs First-Look Deal with Actor-Producer-Director Don Cheadle and His Crescendo Productions Shingle
"I look forward to our partnership with NBC," said Cheadle. "We have a unique opportunity to make some compelling television and are very excited to get up and running."

[01/15/09 - 02:06 PM]
Conan O'Brien Signs Off of 'Late Night' February 20, 2009 and Jimmy Fallon Takes Over March 2, 2009
As previously announced, O'Brien will be taking over "The Tonight Show" hosting duties on June 1 and Jay Leno's last "Tonight Show" telecast will air Friday, May 29.

[01/15/09 - 02:04 PM]
NBC Gives New Season Pickups to Popular Series 'The Office,' '30 Rock' and "The Biggest Loser' for 2009-2010
"These renewals represent our faith in 'The Office' and '30 Rock' as they continue to represent the gold standard in acclaimed and award-winning series," said NBC's Angela Bromstad.

[01/15/09 - 02:02 PM]
NBC Unveils Spring Programming Announcements That Include New John Wells Police Drama 'Southland' and Premiere Dates for New 'Untitled Daniels/Schur/Poehler Series' and Cooking Competition Series 'The Chopping Block'
"Southland" and "The Untitled Daniels/Schur/Poehler Series" will both launch on Thursday, April 9.

[01/15/09 - 12:48 PM]
USA Network to Launch "Characters Unite" -- New Multimedia Platform to Combat Intolerance and Promote Acceptance
The initiative includes "a multimedia pledge drive for tolerance and understanding, the creation of an advisory board of national organizations, and plans to field a national opinion survey to assess issues and attitudes related to intolerance and prejudice."

[01/15/09 - 11:17 AM]
Viewers Get a Closer Glimpse Into the Stallionaires' Stable with 'Real Chance of Love' Behind the Scenes Special
Plus: "Real Chance of Love Reunion Special" airs Monday, January 26 at 9:00/8:00c.

[01/15/09 - 10:13 AM]
Comedy Legend Chevy Chase ('NBC's Saturday Night Live,' 'Caddyshack') to Guest-Star as Iconic Computer Genius in Multi-Episode Arc on NBC's Action-Comedy Series 'Chuck' This Spring
Chase will play Ted Roark, an iconic computer genius who may be more than he appears.

[01/15/09 - 09:33 AM]
Screen Actors Guild Nominee Idris Elba to Guest-Star in Multi-Episode Story Arc on NBC's Emmy-Winning 'The Office'
Elba will play the new no-nonsense hire at Dunder Mifflin's corporate office that will throw Michael Scott (Steve Carell) into turmoil.

[01/15/09 - 09:11 AM]
USA's Hit Series "Burn Notice" Returns with the Launch of All-New Episodes on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 10/9c
The cable channel details this month's installments of "Burn Notice," "Monk," "Psych" and "WWE Raw."

[01/15/09 - 12:05 AM]
The Futon's First Look: "Beast, The" (A&E)

[01/14/09 - 06:41 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, January 14
Updates include: Rhea Seehorn to topline FOX's "Eva Adams"; early contenders emerge for pilot season; and TCA updates from CBS and Showtime.

[01/14/09 - 03:07 PM]
Bad Girls Club Breaks One Million Viewers for First Time This Season
Oxygen spins the numbers for Tuesday, January 13.

[01/14/09 - 01:44 PM]
I'M Nuyorican and "I'M Addicted to Meds" Two Brand New Topics Explored on MTV's "True Life" Sunday, January 25th from 1pm - 3pm ET/PT
"I'm Nuyorican" follows three young teens "who are trying to balance the demands of their old school heritage with the outside influences they experience in a very diverse city."

[01/14/09 - 01:21 PM]
8th Season Premiere of American Idol Is Most Viewed Program of the Season
CKX, Inc. and 19 Entertainment Limited spin the numbers for Tuesday, January 13.

[01/14/09 - 12:19 PM]
ABC's Tuesday Is Up by 15% in Viewers and by a Substantial 64% in Adults 18-49 Over the Year Ago Night
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, January 13.

[01/14/09 - 11:13 AM]
Universal Media Studios Inks Three-Year Overall TV Deal with Carousel Television, a Division of Steve Carell's Carousel Productions
"I could not be more excited to be entering into this partnership with NBC/Universal," said Carell. "Thom [Hinkle] and Campbell [Smith] are smart, funny and creative. And they also smell great."

[01/14/09 - 10:10 AM]
NBC to Showcase Upcoming 'The Last Templar' Miniseries - Airing January 25-26 -- with Preview Special "Making 'The Last Templar'" to Run Over Affiliate Stations and NBC.com
The 30-minute sneak peek will be available to NBC's affiliate stations this month and on NBC.com through February 24.

[01/14/09 - 09:07 AM]
Bravo Reveals the 16 Finalists on the Second Season of "Make Me a Supermodel," Premiering Wednesday, March 4 at 10 PM ET/PT
Plus: look for a casting special on Saturday, February 7 at 11:00/10:00c.

[01/14/09 - 08:00 AM]
Grammy(R) Nominees Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne and Katy Perry to Perform Live at "The 51st Annual Grammy Awards," Sunday, FeB. 8, on Cbs
In addition to performing, all four are up for awards that night.

[01/14/09 - 07:59 AM]
CBS Announces the 16 Castaways to Compete on "Survivor: Tocantins - the Brazilian Highlands"
The 18th installment of the Emmy Award-winning series premieres Thursday, February 12 at 8:00/7:00c.

[01/13/09 - 06:29 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, January 13
Updates include: VH1 to launch "For the Love of Ray J" next month; plus TCA notes from FOX and The CW.

[01/13/09 - 06:05 PM]
Networks Confirm Bush Address Plans for Thursday
ABC, FOX and NBC have opted to join various repeat programming in progress while CBS will air its schedule in its entirety after the planned 15-minute speech.

[01/13/09 - 02:37 PM]
CBS News Correspondent Byron Pitts Named a Contributor to "60 Minutes"
Pitts, who has appeared on the series periodically since 2006, will be featured regularly beginning in the 2009-10 season.

[01/13/09 - 02:36 PM]
60 Minutes Makes the Top 10 for the Seventh Straight Week
CBS spins the numbers for Sunday, January 11.

[01/13/09 - 02:08 PM]
Freshman Season of 'Sanctuary' Makes Sci FI.com History
Sci Fi spins the digital numbers for the season to date.

[01/13/09 - 02:06 PM]
CBS Programming Advisory for Thursday, JaN. 15
The network's schedule will be broadcast in its entirety on Thursday, immediately following President Bush's address to the nation.

[01/13/09 - 01:40 PM]
Hallmark Channel's "Expecting a Miracle" Ranks as #1 Cable Program of the Night, #1 Cable Movie of the Week and Boosts Network to #1 in Prime Time for the Day
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for Saturday, January 10.

[01/13/09 - 01:33 PM]
Animal Planet Boosts New Entertainment Slate with Trio of Innovative and Genre-Expanding Series
The newcomers include "Animal Armageddon," "River Monsters" and "Groomer Has It" spin-off "Beverly Hills Groomer."

[01/13/09 - 01:32 PM]
Presidential Inaugural Committee Announces Talent Lineup for Neighborhood Inaugural Ball and Kids' Inaugural Concert
Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Shakira and Stevie Wonder are all set to perform during ABC's "The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration."

[01/13/09 - 01:03 PM]
CBS and Eqal Announce "Harper's Island" as a Multi-Platform Social Show Collaboration
The online social show will launch on Wednesday, March 18, several weeks prior to the broadcast premiere of HARPER'S ISLAND on Thursday, April 9.

[01/13/09 - 12:48 PM]
The 2009 CMT Music Awards to Air Live on Wednesday, June 17
Host, venue and ticket information to be announced at a later date.

[01/13/09 - 11:44 AM]
Unleash Your Yellow as "The Simpsons" Celebrate the "BesT. 20 YearS. EveR."
The year-long campaign begins tomorrow with THE SIMPSONS Poster Contest and will follow with multiple fan-based initiatives through January 2010.

[01/13/09 - 11:43 AM]
FOX Heads Back to School When "Sit Down, Shut Up" Premieres Sunday, April 19, on Fox
Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Kristin Chenoweth, Will Forte, Tom Kenny, Nick Kroll, Cheri Oteri, Kenan Thompson and Henry Winkler are among the ensemble voice cast.

[01/13/09 - 11:42 AM]
House Celebrates Milestone 100th Episode Monday, February 2, on Fox
In the 100th episode, "The Greater Good," House and the team take on the case of a woman who collapsed in the middle of a cooking class.

[01/13/09 - 11:41 AM]
Prison Break Plans Its Greatest Escape Yet as Series Comes to a Close This Spring
The show's final installments will begin airing Friday, April 17 at 8:00/7:00c.

[01/13/09 - 11:40 AM]
So You Think You Can Dance Season Five Auditions Continue Tuesday, February 3 in Miami
Producers will also travel to Los Angeles, Denver, Memphis and Seattle "seeking dancers who best represent the rhythm of the nation."

[01/13/09 - 11:35 AM]
The Mentalist Delivers Its Largest Audience Ever
CBS spins the numbers for the week of January 5-11.

[01/13/09 - 11:34 AM]
ABC Is Up Over the Same Week Last Year in Viewers and Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for the week of January 5-11.

[01/13/09 - 11:33 AM]
Week 2 of ABC's Monday Lineup Holds 100% of the Net's Week-Ago Premieres Across All Key Adult Demographics
ABC spins the numbers for Monday, January 12.

[01/13/09 - 11:31 AM]
'Golden Globes' and 'Biggest Loser' Lead NBC's Primetime Week of JaN. 5-11
NBC spins the numbers for the week of January 5-11.

[01/13/09 - 11:07 AM]
The Big Bang Theory and "How I Met Your Mother" Open the New Year with Record Ratings
CBS spins the numbers for Monday, January 12.

[01/13/09 - 07:41 AM]
Some Secrets Are Better Left Hidden in the Provocative New Drama Mistresses
"Mistresses" premieres Friday, February 20 at 8:00/7:00c on BBC America.

[01/13/09 - 12:29 AM]
Interview: "American Idol" Judge Simon Cowell

[01/12/09 - 08:37 PM]
FOX to Carry Bush Farewell Address on Thursday
To accommodate the address, FOX has opted to delay the Thursday premiere of "Bones" until next week.

[01/12/09 - 06:10 PM]
Development Update: Monday, January 12
Updates include: Hilary Duff to topline NBC's "Barely Legal"; a trio added to "Light Years" at The CW; and TNT gives a series commitment to Ray Romano's "Men of a Certain Age."

[01/12/09 - 02:49 PM]
'Stargate Atlantis' and 'Sanctuary' Finales Triumph on Sci Fi
Sci Fi spins the numbers for Friday, January 9.

[01/12/09 - 02:48 PM]
Sci Fi Orders a Third Season of Reality Hit Destination Truth
Nine new episodes are set to roll out this fall.

[01/12/09 - 02:47 PM]
Taylor Swift, the Best-Selling Musical Artist of 2008, Will Guest Star in an Upcoming Episode of "Csi: Crime Scene Investigation"
Taylor will play Haley Jones, a teenaged girl whose family runs a seedy Vegas motel.







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[05/03/16 - 10:36 AM]
Molly Ringwald, Meredith Vieira, Amy Sedaris, John Hodgman, and "Hamilton" Cast Members Guest Star in Season Two of Bravo Media's "Odd Mom Out"
They'll join the previously announced Drew Barrymore and Blythe Danner.

[05/03/16 - 10:01 AM]
TBS's "Search Party" Adds Rosie Perez, Ron Livingston, Christine Taylor & Parker Posey in Recurring Roles
In addition, Brandon Micheal Hall has been named a series regular.

[05/03/16 - 09:07 AM]
Vice Media and ESPN Enter Production and Distribution Deal Across Digital, Mobile, and TV
Select films from ESPN's renowned documentary series "30 for 30" will air on Viceland, the new cable network from Vice.

[05/03/16 - 08:45 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice" Extends NBC's Demo Win Streak
The Peacock has taken home the adults 18-49 crown for seven consecutive Mondays.

[05/03/16 - 08:29 AM]
Acclaimed Italian Crime Series "Gomorrah" Premieres August 24 on SundanceTV
As previously announced, the network has acquired seasons one and two from The Weinstein Company, each season featuring 12 one-hour episodes.

[05/03/16 - 07:22 AM]
Bravo Media Debuts New Series "Below Deck Mediterranean" Launching Activations in New York City and Across Digital Platforms
The network kicks off the new installment of the hit series with a premiere day stunt in New York City, as well as with a "Below Deck Mediterranean" Lens on Snapchat.

[05/03/16 - 07:17 AM]
Surging VH1 Greenlights Weekly Topical Show with Pop Culture Maven and Social Media Powerhouse Amber Rose Slated to Premiere This Summer
Rose will conduct candid interviews with celebrity friends and lead provocative, entertaining and humorous conversations with guests about pop culture, motherhood, relationships, friendships, race, and entrepreneurship.

[05/03/16 - 06:00 AM]
Amazon Prime Video Adds the Latest Series from The Weinstein Company and Oscar and Emmy-Winner Julian Fellowes, "Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne," to Its Original Series Lineup
The series stars Tom Hollander as Doctor Thorne, Ian McShane as Sir Roger Scatcherd, and Alison Brie as Miss Martha Dunstable.

[05/02/16 - 11:53 AM]
Freeform's "That's So Throwback" Programming Event Begins May 2
Laugh along with Lizzie McGuire as she competes with Kate, flash forward to the future with Raven Baxter, live a double life with Hannah Montana, and help Kim Possible save the world.

[05/02/16 - 11:03 AM]
FYI Premieres New Series "Teenage Newlyweds" - Tuesday, May 31 at 10pm ET/PT
The series captures their weddings and all the ups and downs of juggling family, school, career, finances and first homes, while still navigating life as a teenager.

[05/02/16 - 10:49 AM]
Rivalries Reach New Heights as the Competition Goes Down to the Wire in "Wicked Tuna's" Season Finale on Nat Geo Channel
The high-octane season five finale will be followed immediately by National Geographic Channel's only live show-after-the-show, "Reel Talk Live," on Monday, May 16.

[05/02/16 - 10:38 AM]
Oprah Winfrey to Star in HBO Films' "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line.

[05/02/16 - 10:30 AM]
Former Ohio State & NFL All-Pro Robert Smith Added to FOX Sports & BTN College Football Rosters
Smith teams with host Rob Stone and analysts Dave Wannstedt and Matt Leinart for pregame, halftime and postgame coverage on the FOX broadcast network and FS1 and appears on BTN studio shows throughout the week.

[05/02/16 - 10:11 AM]
Own a Piece of History with "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Audience Chair Auction
A select number of studio audience chairs will be available for auction with net proceeds going to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.

[05/02/16 - 09:37 AM]
Next Documentary in ESPN Films 30 for 30 Series, "Believeland," Premieres May 14
The documentary will chronicle the struggles of Cleveland's major sports franchises over the past 50 years and the impact it has all had on the psyche of a typical Cleveland sports fan.