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CBS picks up 'Chaos' for midseason

CBS wanted it, didn't want it and now the network wants "Chaos" again.

Sure installs confidence in this show, huh?

CBS has picked up the appropriately titled drama for midseason in a 13-episode order after a considerable amount of haggling.

Reports: Man who threatened 'South Park' arrested

The Islamic fundamentalist who threatened "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone has been arrested by the FBI.

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Must-see Comic-Con TV panels

Comic-Con 2010  

CBS' "Hawaii Five-0"
Why: Can a CBS crime drama nobody's seen yet pull off a Comic-Con event? Will convention-goers embrace or shun? CBS figures fans will fill the room for the geek-auspices of the cast and producers and, hopefully, walk away impressed by its action-heavy trailer for the show ("'Lost' castaway found! 'Battlestar' Cylon becomes human! Star Trek writers return from space!" touts the panel's ad copy). 
Who: Executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and Peter M. Lenkov, director Len Wiseman, and stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park.
When: Friday at 10:15 a.m. in Room 6BCF

AMC's "The Walking Dead"
Why: Frank Darabout's zombie apocalypse drama has everybody curious. This show could be a major GeekTV milestone ... or prove that zombies and TV don't mix.
Who: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Emma Bell, Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman, more
When: Friday at 11 a.m. in Room 6BCF

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Tuesday ratings: Fox tops with 'Hell's Kitchen'

By Georg Szalai

Despite a 9% drop for its two hours of "Hell's Kitchen," Fox won Tuesday's primetime ratings race in the adults 18-49 demographic on a night that saw most broadcast networks post declines.

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Inside 'American Idol' judge hunt: Isaak, Connick among contenders; Trump wants in

White White Isaak Exclu by James Hibberd & Kim Masters:

The search to replace Simon Cowell is intensifying as preliminary auditions get under way for the 10th season of Fox’s “American Idol.”

The network is determined to land a widely known music industry figure for the post, and THR has learned that singer Chris Isaak has met twice with the network.

Also, at least one desirable candidate has set off a tug-of-war between “Idol” executive producer Simon Fuller and Cowell — whose upcoming Fox singing competition “The X Factor” is similarly seeking judges.

While Fox insists no decision is imminent, the clock is ticking to replace the snarky Brit. Peter Rice, the network’s new entertainment chairman, has said he expects the new “Idol” judge to join the audition roadshow by early September.

Though filling Cowell’s chair is the network’s top priority, it could be just one of several significant changes. Though “Idol” remains the highest-rated series on TV, its numbers have declined in recent years. Some believe the recent decision to lower the show’s age audition requirement (from 16 to 15) could be the beginning of an “Idol” revamp.

As for replacing Cowell, the network has met with a fair number of candidates.

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Cinemax orders 'Femme Fatales' anthology series

FFcover29Exclu: Cinemax is looking to revive the thriller anthology series with a project based on the men's magazine "Femme Fatales."

The network has given a series order to a half-hour late-night program with the same title, which will explore noir-style mysteries with strong female protagonists.

The show is part of the network's effort to expand its scripted originals. Though "Femme Fatales" will have a strong erotic component, it will not fall into the network's famous softcore "Skinamax" genre.

"It's a different show than we've ever done before," said Bob Conte, senior vp creative affairs, HBO & Cinemax, who cited movies like "Bound," "Dead Calm" and "Red Rock West" as inspirations. "We have an opportunity to tell some sexy and thrilling stories that all have powerful women."

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10 ways Zuckerberg will blow his TV interview

Mark Zuckerberg's interview Wednesday with ABC's Diane Sawyer is not just another interview for the Facebook founder. When he appears on "World News Tonight" and "Nightline," it will be the most prominent appearance Zuckerberg has made in the wake of a string of PR problems that have dogged the mogul and his social networking empire. Here's THR's Andrew Wallenstein with 10 tips for Zuckerberg to turn the interview into a win...

'Jersey Shore' salary dispute resolved

MTV statement:

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'Weeds' sixth season trailer (video)

"We're on the run now, honey. It's what we do."

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'Jersey Shore' cast update: Situation, Pauly D signed

At MTV, The Situation is under control.

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'Hole in the Wall' revived at Cartoon Network

How's this for an unexpected announcement: Cartoon Network is reviving Fox's short-lived reality show "Hole in the Wall."

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Monday ratings: 'Bachelorette,' 'Beauty' improve

ABC once again topped Monday night in the ratings with "The Bachelorette" and "True Beauty" both improving from last week.

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Conan shafted from Emmy telecast? Not exactly ...

101547434 Sixteen hours ago, one of Conan O'Brien's writers Tweeted that they received a dispatch saying their Emmy category would not be shown during NBC's primetime telecast.

"NOT 'NBC' but someone with power has kicked us in the nuts again! ... wow, unbelievable! but the powers that be has sent us an email saying that the category we are nominated for will not be televised this year! really?" wrote Deon Cole. 

The Tweet set off a couple outraged blog posts, with surely more to come, about how O'Brien is getting shafted from the Emmys, along with some darkly conspiratorial speculation.

"How is this NOT something [Jay Leno is] orchestrating?" wrote one. 

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