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[01/16/09 - 06:09 PM]
Development Update: Friday, January 16
Updates include: Hugh Bonneville joins David E. Kelley's "Legally Mad" at NBC; Matthew Weiner to return to AMC's "Mad Men"; and TCA news from ABC.

[01/16/09 - 12:25 PM]
The Futon's First Look: "Flight of the Conchords: Season Two" (HBO)

[01/16/09 - 11:33 AM]
ABC Is a Solid No. 2 in Viewers and Adults 18-49, While Dominating in Adults 18-34
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, January 15.

[01/16/09 - 11:31 AM]
ABC Wants Your Mommy Stories -- Go to InthemotherhooD.com & Share
Cheryl Hines, Jessica St. Clair, Horatio Sanz, RonReaco Lee and Megan Mullally all star in the comedy, due later this year.

[01/16/09 - 11:29 AM]
ABC Gives Away a Million Dollars in the "Extreme Makeover: American Dream Edition" National and Local Promotions
Five national winners will receive $20,000 and could be featured in one-minute segments on episodes of "EM:HE" on March 15, 22, 29, April 12 or April 26.

[01/16/09 - 11:28 AM]
At Least 23 Million Viewers Bid Farewell to Csi Gil Grissom
CBS spins the numbers for Thursday, January 15.

[01/16/09 - 10:37 AM]
Lifetime Television Picks Up Hour-Long Comedic Drama Series Drop Dead Diva from Creator/Executive Producer Josh Berman and Executive Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
"Diva" tells the story of "a shallow model-in-training who dies in a sudden accident only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, thoughtful and plus-size attorney."

[01/16/09 - 10:14 AM]
TV Land Named Broadcast Partner for Prestigious Afi Life Achievement Award
Michael Douglas will receive the 37th AFI Life Achievement Award during a gala tribute airing Sunday, July 19.

[01/16/09 - 07:37 AM]
Justin Louis, David Blue, Brian J. Smith and Jamil Walker Smith Cast in Sci Fi's 'Stargate Universe'
The four will enlist alongside Robert Carlyle on the series, which begins production in February with an eye toward a fall premiere.

[01/16/09 - 12:39 AM]
The Futon's First Look: "United States of Tara" (Showtime)

[01/16/09 - 12:01 AM]
Interview: "The L Word" Co-Creator Ilene Chaiken

[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.







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