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    [wednesday, july 18, 2007]    
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[07/18/07 - 11:39 PM]
The Futon's First Look: "Swingtown" (CBS)

[07/18/07 - 11:39 PM]
The Futon's First Look: "Demons" (CBS)

[07/18/07 - 03:09 PM]
FOX Bumps '5th Grader' Return to September, Extends 'Lyrics'
Also: details on what will fill the gaps between its summer and fall schedules.

[07/18/07 - 02:18 PM]
Victoria Beckham Hosts NBC's Thursday Night Comedy Block and Encore Presentation of Her Popular Special 'Victoria Beckham: Coming to America' on Thursday, July 19
Beckham will provide commentary about her life in America featuring clips from her recent special, while she takes viewers through two hours of its critically acclaimed comedies.

[07/18/07 - 02:02 PM]
TBS Continues Hot Comedy Winning Streak as Premiere of the Bill Engvall Show Joins Ad-Supported Cable's Top Sitcom Telecasts of All Time
TBS spins the numbers for Tuesday, July 17.

[07/18/07 - 02:01 PM]
Quick Take for Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - (Based on Fast Affiliate Ratings)
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, July 17.

[07/18/07 - 01:57 PM]
Production Begins in Los Angeles on New ABC Drama Series "Private Practice," from Shonda Rhimes, Creator of "Grey's Anatomy"
Plus: the network reveals details on KaDee Strickland's character as well as the addition of Mark Tinker as an executive producer.

[07/18/07 - 11:36 AM]
House Announces Casting News
Olivia Wilde, Kal Penn, Peter Jacobson, Anne Dudek and Edi Gathegi all land multi-episode arcs on the popular medical drama.

[07/18/07 - 10:56 AM]
CBS Announces 2007-2008 Premiere Dates
"Kid Nation" and "Survivor" will get the jump on the network's traditional "premiere week" while "Viva Laughlin" will get a special post-"C.S.I." bow on Thursday, October 18.

[07/18/07 - 10:53 AM]
CBS Announces Its "New" Drama Development Team
Christina Davis and Robert Zotnowski have been promoted to Senior Vice Presidents, Drama Series Development, CBS Entertainment, jointly overseeing the Network's drama department, and Yelena Chak joins as Director, Drama Development.

[07/18/07 - 10:52 AM]
Renowned Feature Film Director/Producer Tony Scott ("Man on Fire," "Deja Vu") Makes His Network Television Directing Debut on the Fourth Season Premiere of "Numb3rs," on the CBS Television Network
Scott's episode will serve as "a template that freshens up the production values of the show for the fourth season."

[07/17/07 - 11:48 PM]
The Futon's First Look: "Women's Murder Club" (ABC)

[07/17/07 - 11:48 PM]
The Futon's First Look: "Judy's Got a Gun" (ABC)

[07/17/07 - 07:18 PM]
MTV Drives Sunday Nights with New Line-Up Starting Sunday, July 22nd
New car makeover competition series "Trick It Out" joins returning favorite "Pimp My Ride" for its final season starting on Sunday, July 22 at 10:00/9:00c.

[07/17/07 - 06:16 PM]
Recasting Bug Hits NBC's 'Life,' 'Bionic,' Others
Mae Whitman and Melissa Sagemiller are out of NBC's "Bionic Woman" and "Life" respectively, while changes are in store for The CW's "Eight Days a Week" and NBC's "Lipstick Jungle." Plus: a recap of the recastings to date this season.

[07/17/07 - 02:03 PM]
Linus Roache ('Kidnapped,' 'Batman Begins') Joins Regular Cast of NBC's 'Law & Order' as New Executive Assistant District Attorney
He'll portray an executive assistant district attorney - the former office held by Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) after McCoy was elevated to district attorney for next season.

[07/17/07 - 02:01 PM]
Sundance Channel Re-Ups with Scout Productions for Season 2 of Eco-Series 'Big Ideas for a Small Planet(Tm)' 13-Part Series to Premiere April 2008
In addition the network has acquired the U.S. rights to the second season of the BBC series "It's Not Easy Being Green."

[07/17/07 - 12:14 PM]
'The Singing Bee' Tops the Charts as the Week's #1 Show
NBC spins the numbers for the week of July 9-15.

[07/17/07 - 12:12 PM]
CBS Ratings for the Seventh Week of Summer -- CBS Has the Week's Top Four Scripted Programs
CBS spins the numbers for the week of July 9-15.

[07/17/07 - 12:10 PM]
Pictures of Hollis Woods, a New Hallmark Hall of Fame" Presentation Starring Sissy Spacek, Alfre Woodard and James Tupper Has Begun Production in Victoria, B.C., for Broadcast on the CBS Television Network
Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek ("Coal Miner's Daughter"), Academy Award nominee Alfre Woodard ("Cross Creek") and James Tupper ("Men in Trees") all star in the original movie, due to air during the upcoming season.

[07/17/07 - 12:09 PM]
Primetime Ratings Report for the Week of July 9, 2007
ABC spins the numbers for the week of July 9-15.

[07/17/07 - 12:08 PM]
Production Has Begun on "Dirty Sexy Money"
Peter Krause stars in the new ABC drama about "an idealistic lawyer who inherits the job of taking care of the legal and sometimes illegal needs of the absurdly wealthy Darling family of New York."

[07/17/07 - 12:07 PM]
ABC News Receives 15 News Emmy Nominations
ABC News has received 15 News Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, it was announced today by the Academy.

[07/17/07 - 11:46 AM]
Lifetime Television Reigns Supreme on Sunday Night
Lifetime spins the numbers for Sunday, July 15.

[07/16/07 - 10:13 PM]
Ufc 75: Champion VS. Champion on Spike TV!
A unification bout between UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and PRIDE's 205-pound Champion Dan "Hollywood" Henderson will air on Saturday, September 8 at 9:00/8:00c.

[07/16/07 - 06:36 PM]
FOX Reality Channel Welcomes Back the Controversial Original Series, "Solitary" with a Behind-The-Scenes Special
Viewers will get an in-depth look at the casting process and the development of twisted new psychological tests and physical challenges with the August 4, special "The Road to Solitary 2.0" at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT.

[07/16/07 - 06:16 PM]
The Futon's First Look: "World According to Barnes, The" (The CW)

[07/16/07 - 06:16 PM]
The Futon's First Look: "Life Is Wild" (The CW)

[07/16/07 - 01:24 PM]
Comedy Central(R) Late-Night Series "Web Shows" Second Season Premieres Monday, August 6
This season, Comedy Central has upped its on-air collaboration with AtomFilms and committed to air six AtomFilms Web originals -- one in each of the series six episodes.

[07/16/07 - 01:24 PM]
106 & Park Revamps in Time for Hosts' First Anniversary
Chosen from a pool of over 15,000 applicants, Terrence and Rocsi joined the BET family as two of five winners during the networks nationwide "New Faces" Search in 2006.

[07/16/07 - 01:22 PM]
Thirty Years Later, VH1 Remembers the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of 1977 in 'Ny77: The Coolest Year in Hell' Premiering Saturday, August 11 at 9pm*
Ed Koch, Geraldo Rivera, Jimmy Breslin, Gloria Gaynor, Afrika Bambaataa, Chris Stein (Blondie), Richard Hell, KRS-One, Grandmaster Caz, DJ Disco Wiz, Legs McNeil, Annie Sprinkle, Al Goldstein, Tommy Ramone, Jellybean Benitez are Lee Quinones are among those featured in the documentary.

[07/16/07 - 01:21 PM]
Sundance Channel Announces Talent Pairings for Third Season of 'Iconoclasts' Premiering October 25 at 10 PM ET/PT
The new season to feature Sean Penn + Jon Krakauer; Alicia Keys + Ruby Dee; Mike Myers + Deepak Chopra; Howard Schultz + Norman Lear; Wynton Marsalis + John Besh; Madeleine Albright + Ashley Judd.

[07/16/07 - 12:08 PM]
Big Brother 8 Sunday Places First in Key Demographics with Increases Over Last Week's Premiere
CBS spins the numbers for Sunday, July 15.

[07/16/07 - 11:40 AM]
Isaiah Washington to Guest-Star in Five Episodes of NBC's New Drama 'Bionic Woman'
Washington will play a mysterious person who is brought into the enigmatic scientific organization that is responsible for creating the bionics that turn Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan, "EastEnders") into the "Bionic Woman."

[07/16/07 - 11:38 AM]
NBC Signs New Series Deal with Norman Lear to Produce Hour-Long Dramedy Series Based on Single Mother's Battle of the Sexes on Wall Street
The one-hour dramedy, from Reveille, Act III Productions, and Universal Media Studios, focuses on "a mother who reenters the work force and is pitted against her late husband's ruthless partner in a money-charged battle of the sexes on Wall Street."

[07/16/07 - 11:37 AM]
NBC Announces Deal with World-Renowned Mystifier Criss Angel and Famed Mentalist Uri Geller for 'Phenomenon,' Controversial New Live Competition Series That Will Lead Search for the Next Great Mentalist
The pair will tem for "a mysterious live competition series in which both men will conduct an intensive search for the next great mentalist."

[07/16/07 - 11:34 AM]
NBC Announces Updates on New Scripted Series Projects and Universal Media Studios Creative Deals for 2007-08
The pacts include an exclusive, first-look deal with independent film producer Charles Corwin ("Half Nelson," "The Squid and the Whale") with Universal Media Studios and NBC, and the drama pilot "Backyards and Bullets," with Emmy winner Charles McDougall ("The Tudors") as director and executive producer.

[07/16/07 - 10:36 AM]
NBC Showcases Fall Primetime Entertainment Series Beginning Week of September 24
Plus: the Peacock shifts "Chuck" to Mondays at 8:00/7:00c while "30 Rock," "Friday Night Lights" and "Scrubs" will return in October.

[07/16/07 - 10:35 AM]
NBC Commits to a New Celebrity Version of 'The Apprentice' Featuring Donald Trump as Celebrity Contestants Vie to Be the Best Business Brain Under Trump's Tutelage
A list of the participating celebrities will be announced at a later date for the series' seventh season.

[07/16/07 - 10:32 AM]
Television Superstar Jerry Seinfeld Returns to NBC to Guest-Star as Himself in NBC's '30 Rock' During Comedy's Second-Season Premiere October 4
"I was thrilled to be asked to guest star on NBC's hit comedy '30 Rock'. I think it's going to be so refreshing for me to be playing myself in a show that has nothing to do with neurotic, dysfunctional New York characters," said Jerry Seinfeld.

[07/16/07 - 10:29 AM]
NBC Digital Entertainment Launches New Tech and Content Features
NBC Digital Entertainment will introduce extensive new digital features for both its new and returning shows.

[07/16/07 - 10:26 AM]
Tribune and Sinclair Broadcast Stations Extend Deals to Broadcast Hit Talk Show Franchise "Maury" Through September 2010
"Maury," which is entering its 10th season in national syndication this fall, has been re-upped by the Tribune and Sinclair broadcast stations in the nation's largest markets, covering nearly half the country for the next three seasons.

[07/16/07 - 10:23 AM]
Tribune and Sinclair Broadcast Stations Re-Up Hit Talk Show Franchise "The Jerry Springer Show" Through September 2010
The deal calls for the Tribune and Sinclair broadcast stations in the nation's largest markets, covering nearly half the country, to continue broadcasting "The Jerry Springer Show" for the next three seasons in national syndication.

[07/16/07 - 08:51 AM]
BET's Scorching Summer Schedule Just Got Hotter!
"The 5ive" earns a daytime berth on July 17 while "The Black Carpet" shifts to primetime on July 19.

[07/16/07 - 08:49 AM]
BET Networks Gets Animated with 'Bufu,' Dons Its 'Sunday Best' and Debates 'Hip Hop VS. America' at the Summer 2007 Television Critics Association Tour
The shows announced at TCA are part of BET Neworks' ambitious original programming slate this fall, with the premieres of 10 new shows and specials.

[07/16/07 - 08:46 AM]
R&b Superstar Lets Her Life Do the Singing Once Again in 'Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is 2' on BET This Fall
The six-episode season 2 will focus on Keyshia's continued growth and evolution, as well as her efforts to rebuild her strained relationship with her mother and a search to find her supposedly dead father.

[07/16/07 - 08:45 AM]
A&E to Launch New Weekly Music Performance and Interview Series 'Private Sessions' on Sunday, July 22 at 9:00am ET/PT
Avril Lavigne will be featured on the premiere installment with The Goo Goo Dolls on July 29, Toby Keith on August 5, Blues Traveler on August 12 and Meat Loaf on August 19.

[07/15/07 - 10:19 PM]
AMC to Launch New Original Drama Series "Breaking Bad"
The series is described as "the dark tale of a desperate man who turns to a life of crime to secure his family's financial security."

[07/15/07 - 10:17 PM]
AMC Continues Original Programming Momentum with New Slate of Series in Development
"AMC is committed to creating an environment of cinematic quality, and it is gratifying to see that our vision is resonating with such high profile talent," stated AMC's Executive Vice President of Programming and Production, Rob Sorcher.

[07/15/07 - 10:15 PM]
AMC Establishes Commitment to Miniseries with New Programming Slate in Development
The projects include "State of Wrath" (Michael Blake and Lou Morheim), "Berlin Mesa" (Michael Frost Beckner, John Baldecchi, and Rich Silverman), "Skylark" (Michael Nankin, Jonathan Baruch with CBS/Paramount), "White Rose" (John Leekley) and "L-19" (William Brookfield, Gub Neal, and Justin Thompson Glover).







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[05/26/18 - 12:13 PM]
ESPN's Most-Watched NBA Conference Finals Game 6 Since 2012
ESPN spins the numbers for Friday, May 25.

[05/25/18 - 11:09 PM]
Development Update: Friday, May 25
Updates include: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announces fourth season pickup of "The Expanse"; Barbara Boxer to "Run" for FX; and Mick Betancourt joins Syfy's "Deadly Class" as co-showrunner.

[05/25/18 - 12:57 PM]
E!'s "Total Bellas" Delivers Series High in P18-34 and W18-34 for Season Three Premiere
E! further spins the numbers for Sunday, May 20.

[05/25/18 - 08:24 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Demos with "The Last Days of Michael Jackson" Special
The two-hour special powers the Alphabet to an adults 18-49 victory last night.

[05/25/18 - 08:01 AM]
Alyson Hannigan, Connie Ray, Todd Stashwick, Taylor Ortega, Ciara Wilson And Erika Tham Join The Cast Of The Live-Action "Kim Possible" Disney Channel Original Movie
Hannigan will play the role of brain surgeon Dr. Ann Possible (aka Mom Possible) and Ray will play grandmother Nana Possible.

[05/25/18 - 07:40 AM]
Keith Olbermann to Expand Multi-Faceted ESPN Role
Olbermann will combine select studio assignments with on-site opportunities, including calling the radio play-by-play with analyst Jim Bowden for Astros at Yankees on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN Radio.

[05/25/18 - 05:51 AM]
Red Nose Day Raises Over $42 Million to End Child Poverty, Top Talent Turns It on for NBC's Night of Themed Programming & Live Special
The campaign has now raised over $42 million for children who need it most in America and around the world - totaling more than $145 million in the campaign's first four years in the U.S.

[05/24/18 - 11:08 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, May 24
Updates include: Lesley Ann Warren, Max Ehrich cast in Lifetime's "American Princess"; P.J. Byrne books return trip to "Big Little Lies"; and Janine Sherman Barrois, Michelle Nader ink overall deals with Warner Bros. Television.

[05/24/18 - 03:42 PM]
MTV Heats Up Summer with the Return of "Floribama Shore"
The 14-episode run will feature original cast members Jeremiah Buoni, Codi Butts, Kortni Gilson, Aimee Hall, Kirk Medas, Nilsa Prowant, Candace Rice and Gus Smyrnios.

[05/24/18 - 02:40 PM]
ABC Moves Up to No. 2 in 2017-18 for Its Most Competitive Season in 10 Years
ABC further spins the numbers for the season to date.

[05/24/18 - 02:36 PM]
Shining, Gleaming, Streaming, Flaxen, Waxen "Hair Live!" Is NBC's Next Musical Event
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive produced each of NBC's live musicals since "The Sound of Music" revived this innovative programming genre, will executive produce the telecast.

[05/24/18 - 01:12 PM]
Netflix Re-Teaming with Dee Rees for "The Last Thing He Wanted"
The story is based on the 1996 novel by Joan Didion and centers on hardscrabble journalist Elena McMahon who finds herself on dangerous ground as the Iran Contra Affair's arms for drugs plot reaches its tipping point.

[05/24/18 - 12:31 PM]
NBC Entertainment Podcast Network Debuts with Fan Favorites "American Ninja Warrior" and "The Good Place"
Hosted by "The Good Place" guest-star Marc Evan Jackson, "The Good Place - The Podcast" debuts Friday, June 1.

[05/24/18 - 12:30 PM]
"Young & Hungry" Returns for "The Last Bite" with a Two Episode Season Premiere, on Wednesday, June 20
The final season sees Gabi and Josh happily together and in love, but now navigating their new status as a full-fledged couple.

[05/24/18 - 11:54 AM]
CBS Is America's Most-Watched Network in 2017-2018 Across Primetime, Daytime and Late Night
CBS further spins the numbers for the season to date.