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January 30, 2009: 'Hell's' storms Thursday; 'CSI' thrives
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Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" returned very strong during an irregular night in the ratings, with "American Idol" making a Thursday appearance and several top shows in...

January 30, 2009: A&E orders 'Obsessed'
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Building on its brand of gritty, documentary-style reality series, A&E Network has ordered a show exploring extreme anxiety disorders. The network has ordered 11 hours...

January 29, 2009: PTC outraged by 'Nip/Tuck' self-mutilation
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Time for another example of moral outrage from the Parents Television Council. Earlier this month, the PTC was horrified that NBC accidentally showed a raised...

January 29, 2009: ABC denies Kimmel slot shift
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This is one of those stories that a network will deny until it's true. This isn't to say it will happen. "Nightline" is much cheaper...

January 29, 2009: NBC orders more 'Howie'
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NBC has ordered 12 more episodes of the hidden-camera show “Howie Do It.” The series has boosted the network's average in its Fridays at 8...

January 29, 2009: 'Mars' slips; 'Idol' improves; Couric flops
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Wednesday night saw a possible ratings pivot for "American Idol," a Katie Couric primetime news experiment, the return of a freshman series and the second...

January 28, 2009: Gordon Ramsay plans live cooking special
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No F-bombs allowed. How will he do it? Fox is looking to do at least one live special where "Hell's Kitchen" star Gordon Ramsay shows...

January 28, 2009: 'Bart Simpson' records Scientology ad; producer responds
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Scientologist Nancy Cartwright, who does the voice of Bart Simpson on "The Simpsons," has recorded a message in the voice of the iconic animated character...

January 28, 2009: NBC's 'Loser' tops 'Fringe' as Fox climbs
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NBC's "The Biggest Loser" seems to exist in its own ratings universe where some of the usual rules do not apply. As NBC's ratings have...

January 27, 2009: 'The Office' porn parody trailer
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Because you just have to post "The Office" porn parody trailer. The movie is "The Office -- An XXX Parody," and this preview clip shows...

January 27, 2009: Cable ratings: 'Tara,' 'Trust,' SAG Awards
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>> The debut of TNT's "Trust Me" (3.4 million viewers, 1.0 adults 18-49 rating) lost 50% of its "Closer" lead-in. The middling-reviewed new drama got...

January 27, 2009: Fox moves into 1st place for season
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It’s only two weeks after the premiere of "American Idol" and already Fox has leapfrogged rivals and caught CBS as the top-rated network for the...

January 27, 2009: NBC schedules geneology series, casts Sarandon
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NBC has cast Sarah Jessica Parker and Susan Sarandon for its genealogy reality series "Who Do You Think You Are?" The network has scheduled the...

January 27, 2009: NBC bans PETA's Super Bowl ad
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Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claims NBC is refusing to air its rather provocative Super Bowl ad. The PETA ad...

January 27, 2009: 'House' hits season high; 'Bachelor' grows
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With CBS airing encores, Fox and ABC enjoyed some of their best Monday night viewership all season. Fox’s "House” (15.6 million viewers, 5.9 preliminary adults...

January 26, 2009: Pilot recap: 'V,' 'Witches,' 'AbFab,' and new ideas too
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News: ABC orders remakes of "V" and "Witches of Eastwick" Comment: That Ben Silverman! When will NBC learn to stop remaking cheesy properties and do...

January 26, 2009: MTV renews 'City,' 'Girls' & orders 'Teen Cribs'
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MTV has renewed freshman reality shows "The City" and "Daddy's Girls," and given a series order to the recent special "Teen Cribs." The network will...

January 26, 2009: CBS and NBC fight over Sullenberger
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A nice story from THR's Paul J. Gough, below, about the booking war over "Hero on the Hudson" pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. NBC News accuses...

January 26, 2009: VH1 orders Owens series
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On the heels of SpikeTV announcing its Dallas Cowboys competition series with Michael Irvin, fellow MTV Networks channel VH1 is getting into business with Terrell...

January 26, 2009: ABC targets Thursday: Slots 'Motherhood' and 'Ted'
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ABC is making a bold scheduling play for midseason, targeting one of NBC's Thursday night comedy hours and temporarily removing veteran dramedy "Ugly Betty" from...

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