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December 30, 2008: MTV's 'Hills' spinoff disappoints
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MTV had a double shot of modest ratings Monday night, with lackluster premiere numbers for two new series seeking to capitalize on the popularity of...

December 30, 2008: Latest 'Lost' Season 5 trailers
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ABC has been cranking out the trailers for next month's "Lost" premiere. Below are four recently released promos -- numbers 12, 11, 10 (the best...

December 30, 2008: Weekly ratings: NBC tops slow week
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Just how slow was broadcast TV last week in the Nielsen ratings? It was so slow, the lead from Fox’s weekly ratings press release says,...

December 30, 2008: 'Momma's Boys' steady; CBS tops Monday
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NBC was the only major network airing original programming Monday night, yet wound up in fourth place in the adult demo. A video clips special...

December 30, 2008: NBC tops 2008 ratings -- for newscasts
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Paul J. Gough reports... NBC, mired in fourth place in primetime, heads into the final days of 2008 with ratings leads for its morning and...

December 29, 2008: Chuck Lorre's gruesome holiday card
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The creator of "Two and a Half Men" and "Big Bang Theory" sent out a rather memorable greeting for the holiday season. Looks like it...

December 29, 2008: John Lennon virtually resurrected for TV ad
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The morbid practice of re-animating celebrities for commercials has claimed another postmortem victim -- John Lennon. The deceased singer-songwriter is urging viewers to support charitable...

December 29, 2008: Holiday ratings rundown: 'Momma's,' 'Hills,' more
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-- NBC's “Sunday Night Football" (11.9 million viewers, 4.4 preliminary adults 18-49 rating and a 12 share), Broncos vs. Chargers, was down a bit from...

December 23, 2008: CBS peaks in bleak season
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By Nellie Andreeva CBS is in the black. Following its 12th consecutive weekly victory in total viewers, CBS became the first major broadcast network this...

December 22, 2008: NBC wins with 'Sunday Night Football'
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By Nellie Andreeva Football was the ratings king Sunday, handing NBC a nightly victory and helping Fox finish at No. 2. NBC's "Sunday Night Football"...

December 22, 2008: Light posting -- 12/22-01/04
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The Live Feed will have few new posts through the end of the year.

December 22, 2008: TV shows in limbo: 'Gladiators,' 'Truth,' 'EliteXC'...
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Most TV shows exit the airwaves with a flurry of headlines memorializing their demise. Sometimes, though, a program fades from the spotlight into a scheduling...

December 19, 2008: Trailer: ABC's 'Homeland Security'
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Here's a look at ABC's midseason reality show, "Homeland Security." Article Template

December 19, 2008: 'Millionaire' steady amid repeats and specials
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Broadcasters aired repeats Thursday night aside from a few unscripted hours. Fox's short-run season finale of "Secret Millionaire" (6.4 million, 2.0 preliminary adults 18-49 rating...

December 18, 2008: Chiklis developing Ponzi scheme TV series
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In the wake of Bernard Madoff scandal, former "The Shield" star Michael Chiklis is developing a new series at FX about a similar investment scheme....

December 18, 2008: Report: Young people watch less TV
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THR's Paul Bond reports... Young Americans just aren't watching TV like they used to. Put another way, the older you get, the more you watch,...

December 18, 2008: 'Muppets' scores for NBC; CBS tops Wednesday
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CBS won a fairly uneventful Wednesday night in the ratings, with most shows holding steady or down a couple notches from last week as the...

December 18, 2008: Sci Fi to gather more 'Ghost Hunters'
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[MORE DEVELOPMENT NEWS FROM THR: HBO picks up "Hung" ... ABC orders "Family" pilot] Sci Fi Channel is expanding its "Ghost Hunters" franchise with a...

December 17, 2008: USA Network tops cable (and the CW) for 2008
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NBC Universal is taking its cable victory lap a little early, sending out year-end ratings announcements for its major channels touting healthy year-over-year increases. USA...

December 17, 2008: Fan death made Cowell reconsider blunt comments
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Simon Cowell had a conference call with reporters Wednesday where the "American Idol" judge said he's thought "long and hard" about his blunt comments to...

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