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[12/19/08 - 06:15 PM]
Development Update: Friday, December 19
Update include: HBO's "Bored to Death" and "How to Make It in America" move forward to series; Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay team for "Cocaine Cowboys" at HBO; and the usual mix of casting news.

[12/19/08 - 01:41 PM]
'Notes from the Underbelly'S' Jennifer Westfeldt David Sutcliffe and Lauren Holly Star in 'Before You Say "I Do"' a Hallmark Channel Original Movie Premiering February 14
Lauren Holly also stars in the "time-twisting romantic comedy."

[12/19/08 - 01:39 PM]
Feel the Love for 'Lucy,' 13-Hour Marathon Kicks Off the Comedy Queen's Reign
"I Love Lucy," which has aired continuously since its premiere in October 1951, is coming to the Hallmark Channel on January 2.

[12/19/08 - 10:42 AM]
FOX Reality Channel Unveils Innovative "Pixilation" Graphic Package for Branding of Original Productions
The network will debut its new look with the rollout of "Solitary v3.0" on Saturday, January 17 at 9:00/8:00c.

[12/19/08 - 10:09 AM]
MTV Closes Out 2008 with a Surprise-Filled Bash Featuring One of Music's Biggest Stars, Miley Cyrus, Taking Over a Lucky Fan's Home to Celebrate New Year's Eve
"FNMTV Presents: A Miley-Sized Surprise... New Year's Eve 2009" will air live on Wednesday, December 31 from 8-9:30pm ET with a replay at 10:30pm ET.

[12/19/08 - 08:25 AM]
Tracy Pollan to Star in the Natalee Holloway Story (Wt*) Premiering on Lifetime Movie Network in April 2009
She'll play Beth Twitty, Natalee Holloway's mother, in the project, which premieres in April.

[12/19/08 - 06:48 AM]
Bad Bowl Marathon Kicks Off Oxygen's New Year Featuring "Bad Girls Club" Season Two Breakout-Star Tanisha
A football-themed marathon of the first three episodes of the show's new season will air New Year's Day starting at 2 PM ET/PT.

[12/19/08 - 06:02 AM]
Spike TV Orders College Football Comedy Pilot to Be Produced by Varsity Pictures' Brian Robbins and Lionsgate
The pilot, set to film in February, follows three incoming freshmen attending college football powerhouse Blue Mountain St. University.

[12/19/08 - 06:01 AM]
VH1 Maintains Its Sobriety with 'Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House'
The series, due on January 15, will feature "Rehab" alums Rodney King, Nikki McKibbin, Steven Adler, Amber Smith, Seth "Shifty" Binzer and Mary Carey as well as comedian Andy Dick.

[12/19/08 - 12:31 AM]
The Futon's First Look: "Lie to Me" (FOX)

[12/18/08 - 06:47 PM]
Interview: "Numb3rs" Co-Creator Cheryl Heuton

[12/18/08 - 06:42 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, December 18
Updates include: HBO gives "Hung" a series commitment; Kristin Chenoweth joins David E. Kelley's "Legally Mad" at NBC; and Michael Chiklis to develop "House of Cards" at FX.

[12/18/08 - 03:20 PM]
Final Dvr Data Revs Up Ratings for FX Frosh Drama Sons of Anarchy
FX spins the numbers for the year to date.

[12/18/08 - 01:38 PM]
A&E Posts Best Year in Network History Ranking
A&E spins the numbers for the year to date.

[12/18/08 - 01:36 PM]
Warner BroS. Domestic Television Distribution Licenses Off-Network Broadcast Rights for the Closer to the FOX Television Stations
The agreement, which begins in the fall of 2010, includes the Fox owned-and-operated stations in 16 markets - such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

[12/18/08 - 01:33 PM]
Emmy(R)-Nominated HBO Comedy Series Flight of the Conchords Kicks Off Second Season JaN. 18
Among the guest stars in the new season are Seymour Cassel, Jim Gaffigan, Greg Proops and Kristen Wiig.

[12/18/08 - 01:31 PM]
HBO Drama Series Big Love Kicks Off Third Season JaN. 18
Plus: series creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer have created a trio of "Three Past Midnight" promotional pieces that will be featured on a variety of linear and non-linear platforms.

[12/18/08 - 01:30 PM]
CBS Wins Wednesday in Key Demos for the Fifth Consecutive Week
CBS spins the numbers for Wednesday, December 17.

[12/18/08 - 01:18 PM]
AMC Signs Deal with Warner Horizon Television for Network's Next Pilot
James Badge Dale toplines the project, which "revolves around a secret society that pulls the strings on the world political stage."

[12/18/08 - 01:16 PM]
AMC's Critically Acclaimed Original Drama ''Mad Men'' Nominated for Three Sag Awards
"We thank the Screen Actors Guild for these prestigious nominations and congratulate the entire cast and crew of 'Mad Men' on the well-served recognition of their many accomplishments this season," said Charlie Collier of AMC.

[12/18/08 - 12:54 PM]
BBC America Serves Up an All-New Season of Gordon Ramsay's F Word
The latest Gordon Ramsay entry premieres Wednesday, January 14, 3:00 p.m. ET/PT.

[12/18/08 - 11:38 AM]
Whitney Port Chases Big Dreams in the Big Apple in MTV's 'The City'
The 13-episode series kicks off with back-to-back installments on Monday, December 29 at 10:00/9:00c.

[12/18/08 - 11:16 AM]
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sold in More Than 92% of U.S. for Monday-Friday Broadcast Syndication Debut Next Fall
The series is currently averaging more than 4.7 million viewers per week in weekend syndication.

[12/18/08 - 11:15 AM]
Sci Fi Orders More 'Ghost Hunters'
The multi-part deal includes a sixth season of "Ghost Hunters," a second season of "Ghost Hunters International" and a six-episode order of "Ghost Hunters: New Generation."

[12/18/08 - 11:14 AM]
Tony Award(R)-Winning Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur ("Hairspray") to Host Oxygen's New Original Series "Dance Your Ass Off"
Winokur will "introduce the dance numbers and support the contestants by guiding them through their weekly journey to a healthier lifestyle, but doing it in a fun way."

[12/18/08 - 09:38 AM]
NBC News Traces Historic 2008 Election with New Documentary "Yes We Can! the Barack Obama Story"
NBC Nightly News Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams narrates the documentary, which is on sale now exclusively at NBC Universal's online store.

[12/18/08 - 09:32 AM]
NBC Universal Returns to the International Consumer Electronics Show as Official Broadcast Partner
Al Roker, Maria Bartiromo, Nancy O'Dell, Jimmy Fallon and Bill Griffeth will be "creating live programming from its enhanced booth."

[12/18/08 - 09:08 AM]
NBC Announces Contestants for Exciting New Couples Edition of Hit Weight Loss Series "The Biggest Loser," Premiering Tuesday, January 6 (8-10 P.M. Et)
The new season includes the oldest players yet (63), youngest male contestant (18), heaviest female contestant (379 lbs.) and heaviest contestant ever in the history of the show (454 lbs.).

[12/18/08 - 08:47 AM]
Comedy Central(R) Greenlights 'Secret Girlfriend' Series from 'American Idol' Producers Fremantlemedia North America
The project, based on Atomicwedgietv.com's ground-breaking comedy series, will premiere in the second half of 2009.

[12/18/08 - 08:11 AM]
Oxygen's "Seventh Deadliest Season" of "Snapped" Returns at 10pm ET/PT Thursday, January 8
The new season will feature expanded hourlong episodes.

[12/18/08 - 08:07 AM]
Oxygen's "Bad Girls Club" Pledge New Habits and Continue Bad Ones
On-air vignettes featuring said resolutions will air throughout the rest of December.

[12/18/08 - 08:01 AM]
Lifetime Television's Annual 'Fa La La La Lifetime' Holiday Movie Festival Reaches 82 Million Total Viewers
Lifetime spins the numbers for the month of December.

[12/18/08 - 07:14 AM]
VH1's 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards Announces This Year's Presenters
The 2009 presenters include Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Beckinsale, Kristen Bell, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Josh Brolin, Rosemarie DeWitt, Aaron Eckhart, Dakota Fanning, Dustin Hoffman, Eva Longoria, Virginia Madsen, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Marisa Tomei, and Forest Whitaker.

[12/18/08 - 06:15 AM]
Nominations Announced for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards(R)
"30 Rock," "John Adams," "Mad Men" and "The Closer" lead the nominations with three each.

[12/17/08 - 06:52 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, December 17
Updates include: Reality house Endemol USA books scripted projects at AMC, FOX, HBO, Comedy Central, The CW and SoapNet.

[12/17/08 - 01:15 PM]
It's Graduation Day at 'Charm School'!
The final three girls - Lacey, Destiney, and Brandi M. - will hit the streets of Hollywood to compete for charity on the December 21 finale.

[12/17/08 - 01:13 PM]
All-New Episodes of Dirty Jobs and Man VS. Wild Usher in the New Year on Discovery Channel
"Dirty Jobs" returns on Tuesday, January 6 while "Man vs. Wild" is back on Monday, January 12.

[12/17/08 - 12:09 PM]
Starz Entertainment Caters to Hollywood with Start of Production on 'Party Down'
Ken Marino, Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen and Lizzy Caplan all star in the series, due in March.

[12/17/08 - 11:25 AM]
WilL.I.am Joins Hollywood Party on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2009," December 31st on Abc
He's scheduled to perform his latest song, "It's A New Day," celebrating the historic victory of President-elect Barack Obama.

[12/17/08 - 11:24 AM]
Four Single Moms Make "Bachelor" History, as Jason Mesnick Begins His Search for That One Special Woman When "The Bachelor" Premieres, Monday, January 5, on Abc
The Alphabet details the 25 women featured on the upcoming season of "The Bachelor."

[12/17/08 - 11:18 AM]
'The Biggest Loser' Hits a Three-Year Slot High for Entertainment Programming
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, December 16.

[12/17/08 - 10:55 AM]
Spike TV Television Highlights - January 2009
Among the offerings: the premieres of "MoCap LLC" (Friday, January 9) and "Afro Samurai: Resurrection" (Sunday, January 25).

[12/17/08 - 10:08 AM]
A Record-Setting Night for CBS as the Network Delivers Its Largest Tuesday Audience Since 1995
CBS spins the numbers for Tuesday, December 16.

[12/17/08 - 10:07 AM]
People's Choice Award-Winner and Grammy(R) Winner Carrie Underwood to Perform at the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards Wednesday, JaN. 7, on Cbs
Plus: Queen Latifah to return as host of the annual event.

[12/17/08 - 09:37 AM]
MTV Launches New Ambitious Programming Schedule with 8 Empowering and Aspirational New Series
The newcomers include "Rob Dydrek's Fantasy Factory," "The CollegeHumor Show," "Nitro Circus," "How's Your News?," "Daddy's Girls," "The Girls of Hedsor Hall," "MTV's Untitled Performing Arts Reality Project" and "College Life."

[12/17/08 - 09:33 AM]
2008 Becomes Lifetime Digital's Most Trafficked Year Ever
Lifetime spins the digital numbers for the year to date.

[12/17/08 - 08:39 AM]
Bravo Media Wraps Up 2008 with Its Best Year Ever
Bravo spins the numbers for the year to date.

[12/17/08 - 08:38 AM]
Oxygen Marks Best Year Ever with NBC Universal Acquisition
Oxygen spins the numbers for the year to date.

[12/17/08 - 08:37 AM]
Sci Fi Has Best Year Ever! #5 in Adults 25 - 54
Sci Fi spins the numbers for the year to date.

[12/17/08 - 08:36 AM]
USA Takes 2008 Ratings Crown with Best Year in Cable History
USA spins the numbers for the year to date.







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[09/27/16 - 03:36 PM]
NBC's Beloved New Tuesday Drama "This Is Us" Receives Full-Season Order
The Peacock has ordered an additional five episodes of the network's critically beloved new drama series, bringing the full season order to 18.

[09/27/16 - 12:00 PM]
"The Strain" Renewed for Fourth and Final Season
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[09/27/16 - 11:32 AM]
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Hosted by Richard Bacon, the documentary series will use a mix of intrepid field pieces, roundtable discussions and in-depth interviews in a continuation of the series' legacy of pushing the boundaries of journalism.

[09/27/16 - 10:49 AM]
Lifetime Announces Programming Event on Saturday, November 5 with Premiere of Original Movie, "Who Killed JonBenet?"
The film stars Eion Bailey, Michel Gill, Julia Campbell and Payton Lepinski as JonBenet.

[09/27/16 - 10:00 AM]
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[09/27/16 - 09:15 AM]
"Family Time" Season Four Premieres Tues. Oct. 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET on Bounce TV
The series comedically chronicles the lives of the Stallworth family, headed by the dad Tony, a struggling general contractor played by Omar Gooding, and his wife Lisa, an unfulfilled stay-at-home mom portrayed by Angell Conwell.

[09/27/16 - 09:10 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Coverage of the First Presidential Debate
Said 90-minute telecast draws a collective 45.3 million viewers between ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.

[09/27/16 - 07:01 AM]
Video: Netflix Releases Trailer & Key Art for "Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids"
The Netflix Original Film, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, gives you the best seat in the house for the final show of the 20/20 Experience World Tour at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.

[09/27/16 - 06:58 AM]
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The new production is set immediately after the events of Wolfgang Petersen's 1981 Oscar-nominated classic anti-war film, one of the most successful German films of all time.

[09/27/16 - 06:12 AM]
Amazon Studios Greenlights Three New Series for Prime Video
"I Love Dick," "Jean-Claude Van Johnson" and "The Tick" are all due next year on the streaming service.

[09/27/16 - 06:09 AM]
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[09/26/16 - 02:07 PM]
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[09/26/16 - 12:09 PM]
Viceland Sets Premiere for Its First-Ever Daily, Late Night Show "Desus & Mero"
The show will air Mondays-Thursdays at 11:00/10:00c beginning Monday, October 17.

[09/26/16 - 11:33 AM]
Prepare to Be Scared with Syfy's Annual "31 Days of Halloween" Celebration
Among the highlights: "Channel Zero: Candle Cove," which will now premieres Tuesday, October 11 at 9:00/8:00c.

[09/26/16 - 11:14 AM]
Raise a Glass to An All-New Season of Bravo Media's "Vanderpump Rules" Premiering Monday, November 7 at 9PM ET/PT
The new season of "Vanderpump Rules" once again partners Lisa with Jax Taylor, Stassi Schroeder, Scheana Shay, Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, James Kennedy, Katie Maloney, Tom Schwartz, Kristen Doute, and Lala Kent.