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[12/16/11 - 11:13 PM]
Development Update: Friday, December 16
Updates include: Mariska Hargitay to produce NBC's "American Dream"; John Wells to bring "Animal Kingdom" to Showtime; and Allen Coulter to direct the Liev Schreiber-led pilot "Ray Donovan."

[12/16/11 - 03:35 PM]
NBC Announces Sneak-Peek Preview of New Hidden-Camera Series "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" on January 16
The preview will be immediately preceded that same night by the 90-minute special "Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl."

[12/16/11 - 02:30 PM]
FX Orders Drama Series Pilot "The Americans" Created by Joe Weisberg
Graham Yost will also executive produce the hour, about "two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC in the early 1980's."

[12/16/11 - 02:19 PM]
Video: First Look at USA Network's 2012 - "Royal Pains"
The summer drama kicks off its winter run Wednesday, January 18 at 10:00/9:00c.

[12/16/11 - 02:18 PM]
Video: First Look at USA Network's 2012 - "White Collar"
New episodes of the drama return Tuesday, January 17 at 10:00/9:00c.

[12/16/11 - 01:47 PM]
New Fantasy Drama from "Skins" Writer Jack Thorne, "The Fades," Premieres January 14 on BBC America
Iain De Caestecker, Daniel Kaluuya and Lily Loveless star in the project, part of the network's "Supernatural Saturday" lineup.

[12/16/11 - 01:46 PM]
Jamie Oliver Returns to BBC America on January 3
"Jamie's American Road Trip," a six-part series, premieres on Tuesday, January 3 at 10:00/9:00c.

[12/16/11 - 01:04 PM]
Nat Geo WILD Joins Stephen Colbert in Hosting the "South Carolina Serious, Classy Republican Debate"
"Bring on the candidates for the greatest battle in the history of the universe," said David Lyle. "It will be red in tooth and claw."

[12/16/11 - 12:15 PM]
Grammy Award-Winning Musician Nelly Writes and Performs Original Song for ESPN's Bowl Coverage
The song, "The Champ," was written by Nelly specifically for the network's game and studio shows.

[12/16/11 - 12:11 PM]
TLC Takes You Inside the World of Justin Bieber With "This Is Justin Bieber"
The one-hour holiday special premieres Wednesday, December 21 at 9:00/8:00c on the network.

[12/16/11 - 11:55 AM]
Cartoon Network Announces "Hall of Game" Awards Voting Categories
Shaquille O'Neal will host the second annual sports awards show, due in February.

[12/16/11 - 10:46 AM]
"HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway 2011" Will Air Thursday, December 29 at 8 P.M. ET/PT
Custom-designed by Vern Yip, the fully-furnished condominium was the centerpiece of the fall 2011 grand-prize package valued at more than $750,000.

[12/16/11 - 10:12 AM]
TBS Continues Holiday Tradition with 15th Annual 24 Hours of "A Christmas Story"
Said marathon begins Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24 at 8:00/7:00c.

[12/16/11 - 09:17 AM]
"Person of Interest" Delivers Largest Audience Since Series Premiere
CBS spins the numbers for Thursday, December 15.

[12/16/11 - 09:05 AM]
ABC's "The Year with Katie Couric" Earns 2nd Place During its 2-Hour Broadcast and Generates Strong Year-Over-Year Time Period Increases in Viewers and Key Adults
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, December 15.

[12/16/11 - 09:02 AM]
Saving Gets Serious in TLC's New Special "Extreme Cheapskates"
The one-hour special premieres Wednesday, December 28 at 9:00/8:00c on the cable channel.

[12/16/11 - 08:37 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Demos
"Person of Interest," "The Mentalist" snag the top spots last night for the Eye.

[12/16/11 - 07:04 AM]
NBC to Air Encore Broadcast of "A Michael Buble Christmas," on Wednesday, December 21st from 9-10 PM ET
Said hour featured appearances by Justin Bieber, Kellie Pickler, Thalia, Oscar the Grouch, The Puppini Sisters, Naturally 7, Ed Helms and Tracy Morgan.

[12/16/11 - 06:31 AM]
VH1 Seeks Relationship Counseling With "Couples Therapy" (WT)
DMX & Tashera Simmons, Linda Hogan & Charlie Hill, Chris Nirschel & Angelina Pivarnick, Kasey Kahl & Vienna Girardi and Reichen Lehmkuhl & Rodiney Santiago are among the featured couples.

[12/15/11 - 10:48 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, December 15
Updates include: Peter Farrelly books comedy at CBS; Rosa Salazar joins FOX's "Little Brother"; and Ken Kwapis to direct Sarah Silverman's NBC pilot.

[12/15/11 - 09:06 PM]
"The X Factor" Voting Results for December 15
The show's two-night finale airs Wednesday, December 21 and Thursday, December 22.

[12/15/11 - 06:42 PM]
Online Auditions for "The X Factor" Now Open at www.TheXFactorUSA.com
Now through December 31, solo artists and vocal groups 12 years old and over have the opportunity to submit for season two.

[12/15/11 - 03:36 PM]
Next Edition of "The Amazing Race" Premieres Sunday, Feb. 19
Plus: "Undercover Boss" and "A Gifted Man" to shift to Fridays at 8:00/7:00c and 9:00/8:00c beginning February 17.

[12/15/11 - 02:02 PM]
"Saturday Night Live" Delivers Its Biggest Overall Audience Since May
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, December 10.

[12/15/11 - 01:49 PM]
ABC Pushes Up "Shark Tank" Return to January 20, Brings Back "Primetime: What Would You Do?"
Said duo will take over for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on Friday nights.

[12/15/11 - 01:23 PM]
The Beloved Series That Changed Thousands of Lives, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," Airs Its Series Finale January 13, 2012
The ABC series will conclude after nine seasons and 200 episodes.

[12/15/11 - 01:02 PM]
David Wolkis Named Vice President of Production for TNT and TBS Originals
Most recently, Wolkis served as director of production for TNT and TBS Originals.

[12/15/11 - 12:48 PM]
Discovery to Debut "Alaska: The Last Frontier" on Thursday, December 29 at 10:00/9:00c
Plus: look for the "Storm Chasers: Behind the Storms" special on Monday, December 26 at 8:00/7:00c.

[12/15/11 - 12:31 PM]
Video: A "Shameless" Holiday Greeting from the Gallagher Family
The show's sophomore run begins Sunday, January 8 at 9:00/8:00c on Showtime.

[12/15/11 - 12:28 PM]
USA Network Names Melanie Frankel Vice President, Original Comedy Series
Frankel was most recently director of comedy for ABC Studios.

[12/15/11 - 12:08 PM]
"E! True Hollywood Story: Timbaland" Premieres December 20
Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott, Keri Hilson and Ryan Tedder are among those interviewed in the one-hour special.

[12/15/11 - 11:51 AM]
Showtime(R) and Strikeforce(R) Reach New Programming Agreement for Live MMA Events on the Premium Network
Under the new agreement, Showtime will produce and televise up to eight live events.

[12/15/11 - 11:46 AM]
Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon Score #1 Finishes for the Late-Night Week of Dec. 5-9
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of December 5-9.

[12/15/11 - 11:02 AM]
Fred Willard Guest Stars As Rob's Father, "George," On the New CBS Comedy Series "Rob"
The Rob Schneider-led comedy premieres Thursday, January 12 at 8:30/7:30c.

[12/15/11 - 11:02 AM]
ESPN and NCAA(R) Extend Rights Agreement Through 2023-24
The new agreement includes 600-plus hours and 300 telecasts of live coverage annually across more platforms than ever before.

[12/15/11 - 10:48 AM]
G4 to Premiere Marvel Original Anime Series "Blade" on Friday, January 13 at 11PM ET/PT
Harold Perrineau will voice the title character, Eric Brooks, the supernatural Daywalker known as Blade.

[12/15/11 - 10:08 AM]
Season to Date for the Second Straight Year, "Nightline" Ranks No. 1 in Late-Night Among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the week of December 5-9.

[12/15/11 - 10:04 AM]
CBS Television Distribution Acquires Domestic Distribution Rights for "Hot in Cleveland"
"In a marketplace where the sitcom pipeline is dry, there is a pent-up demand by stations for a big, broad-skewing sitcom like this," said Scott Koondel.

[12/15/11 - 09:57 AM]
Showtime(R) Honored With Eight Golden Globe(R) Nominations
Drama "Homeland" and comedy "Episodes" are up for Best TV Series in their respective genres.

[12/15/11 - 09:55 AM]
GSN Premieres Season 4 of "Dancing With the Stars" on Saturday, January 21, 2012
Said cycle featured Apolo Anton Ohno, Leeza Gibbons, Heather Mills, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ian Ziering and Joey Fatone, among others.

[12/15/11 - 09:40 AM]
FX Strengthens Comedy Brand - Network Inks Deal With Acclaimed Actor/Comedian Russell Brand
Six half-hour installments of an unscripted late night series will debut in the spring of 2012.

[12/15/11 - 09:24 AM]
"Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker" Stand-Up Special Premieres Tuesday, December 20 at 10 PM ET/PT on Bravo
Plus: look for the season finales of "Watch What Happens: Live" and "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" next week.

[12/15/11 - 09:21 AM]
"CSI" Delivers Largest Audience Since Season Premiere and Highest Adult 18-49 Rating Since Week Two
CBS spins the numbers for Wednesday, December 14.

[12/15/11 - 09:17 AM]
HBO Receives 18 Golden Globe Nominations, The Most of Any Television Network This Year
Other nominated series include "Game of Thrones," "Hung" and "Enlightened."

[12/15/11 - 09:16 AM]
USA Network's "Psych" Makes a Leap Year Return!
The final seven episodes of the show's sixth season will roll out beginning Wednesday, February 29 at 10:00/9:00c.

[12/15/11 - 08:57 AM]
ABC's Barbara Walters Special Marks Big Year-Over-Year Time-Period Improvement
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, December 14.

[12/15/11 - 08:55 AM]
Interview: "Burn Notice" Creator Matt Nix
The always entertaining showrunner teases tonight's Renny Harlin-directed season finale.

[12/15/11 - 08:54 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Criminal Minds" Lifts CBS Over FOX
The Eye is last night's most-watched network in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[12/15/11 - 08:23 AM]
"MTV2's Guy Code" to Premiere Two New Back-to-Back Episodes Including Holiday Episode Tuesday, December 20th at 11pm ET/PT
The series "gives viewers the ins and outs of the special code that exists between bros."

[12/15/11 - 08:20 AM]
CBS News Brings Back "Person to Person"
Charlie Rose and Lara Logan will host the interview specials, the first of which premieres Wednesday, February 8 at 8:00/7:00c.







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