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January 26, 2009: NBC's 'Templar' spars with 'Leah'
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Part one of NBC's cheesy "The Last Templar" edged out CBS' earnest "Loving Leah" on Sunday night. Yet both modest performers lost time periods to...

January 25, 2009: The next 'Real World' city is...
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And the location for the next season of "The Real World" is ... Cancun! The Mexico vacation destination will serve as the setting for the...

January 25, 2009: CBS develops crime reality show
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CBS might extend its crime brand into the reality genre. The network has ordered a pilot presentation of a procedural reality show called "Missing You,"...

January 23, 2009: 'Burn Notice' lights up USA; 'Beast' drops
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The winter premiere of USA's "Burn Notice" set a new adult-demo record for the drama series and topped all of cable Thursday night. The midseason...

January 23, 2009: New 'Life on Mars' trailer
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Here's a preview of the midseason return of ABC's "Life on Mars," which comes back next week after "Lost" on Wednesday nights...

January 23, 2009: 'CSI' slips without Petersen; Fox breaks into Thursday
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CBS got its first glimpse of "CSI" ratings without William Petersen, while an ABC drama hit a season high and Fox launched a new drama...

January 22, 2009: Mailbag: 'Knight Rider,' 'Gossip' spinoff, Poehler...
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Catching up on reader questions from the comment boards and email... Q: The CW is a joke. How can you have a spinoff of a...

January 22, 2009: ABC and ABC Studios merge, more...
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>> Sigh, another month, another merger (which tend to be followed by layoffs), this time at ABC. Full story. >> NBC hires a marketing company...

January 22, 2009: 'Dark Knight' snub will cost ABC's Oscar telecast
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They did it again! Despite having the most critically acclaimed commercial blockbuster Oscar hopeful since 2003's "Return of the King," academy voters refused to give...

January 22, 2009: 'Lost' edges 'Lie to Me' in tight premiere race
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UPDATED: Wednesday night pitted the fifth season premiere of ABC's "Lost" against Fox's new Tim Roth procedural "Lie to Me" in a very tight match....

January 22, 2009: Michael Irvin lands Spike TV NFL series
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Michael Irvin has created a Spike TV reality series where NFL hopefuls compete to potentially join the Dallas Cowboys. The untitled project pairs Irvin’s Playmaker...

January 21, 2009: Reality staffers settle class-action lawsuit
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Two class-action lawsuits by reality shows staffers against TV networks and production companies have been settled for more than $4 million. Several hundred reality employees...

January 21, 2009: HBO declines; Showtime fares better with 'Tara'
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HBO and Showtime launched dueling winter slates Sunday night, with one network enjoying increased ratings and the other enduring steep declines. The debut of Showtime’s...

January 21, 2009: Obama's inauguration most-watched since Reagan's
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UPDATED: Here's another way Barack Obama's inauguration made history. Nielsen Media Research says 37.8 million TV viewers watched Tuesday's coverage -- the largest inaugural audience...

January 21, 2009: 'Idol' slips, yet improves 'Fringe'
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After last Wednesday's "American Idol" ratings stunned insiders by growing from its Tuesday premiere, the launch of the reality hit's second week fell back to...

January 20, 2009: Michelle Obama's hairstylist lands reality deal
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Michelle Obama's hairstylist has landed a development deal to star in a reality show. Former Chicagoan Johnny Wright has styled the first lady's coif for...

January 20, 2009: Fox pulls 'Hole,' says it will return
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Fox has pulled game show "Hole in the Wall" after a single airing in its new Sunday time period. "Hole" is out of its 7...

January 20, 2009: 'Battlestar' ratings on par for final episodes
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Friday night's heavily promoted final premiere of Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica" roughly maintained last year's season debut. The first episode of the final batch...

January 20, 2009: Inauguration breaks news site records
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UPDATED: Online news sites enjoyed a massive surge of record-setting traffic during Barack Obama's inauguration. CNN says that according to its early data, the Obama...

January 20, 2009: Fox orders 4 comedies, 3 dramas
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Fox has picked up seven pilots -- including Ben Stiller comedy "The Station" and DC Comics' "Human Target." Full story here.

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