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March 31, 2009: 13 cable nets earn large ratings gains
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While broadcast networks continue struggle, cable nets keep surging. Thirteen of ad-supported cable's top 40 networks enjoyed double-digit ratings gains in the first quarter of...

March 31, 2009: Lamest sweeps ever
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What a circus. Broadcasters, scared that the February deadline for the digital transition might impact their ratings, convinced Nielsen to push its sweeps measurement period...

March 31, 2009: 'Amazing Race' keeps climbing
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After the nationals came in yesterday, Sunday night's "The Amazing Race" hit a 3.7 in the adult demo. So far this season, "Race" has gone...

March 31, 2009: Fox dramas and 'Two and a Half Men' lead Monday
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Not all official photos for CBS shows are flattering Fox won a close three-way race for first place in Monday's preliminary ratings, with the network...

March 31, 2009: MTV renews 'Real World' for four seasons
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MTV is ordering four more seasons of its veteran reality hit "The Real World." The order will extend the 17-year-old docudrama from Bunim-Murray Prods. to...

March 31, 2009: IFC adapting 'Anita Blake' vampire novel
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Cable network IFC is readying to announce an adaption of a popular vampire novel as its first-ever theatrical-length movie production. IFC is teaming with Lionsgate...

March 30, 2009: CBS wins Sunday; 'Family Guy' tops night
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With ABC's top-rated dramas sidelined Sunday night, CBS won the night aided by some NCAA overrun. After struggling against some heavy competition such as the...

March 29, 2009: Q&A: Darnell and Fleiss talk 'More to Love'
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The two "evil geniuses" of reality TV -- Fox president of alternative Mike Darnell and “Bachelor” executive producer Mike Fleiss -- are together again for...

March 29, 2009: ABC greenlights Burnett's 'Shark Tank'
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"Dragon's Den,' the UK version... ABC is teaming with Mark Burnett for a new series that offers a bailout to struggling entrepreneurs. The network has...

March 29, 2009: 'More to Love' -- Fox orders dating competition series for the heavy set
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Fox is teaming with "The Bachelor" producer Mike Fleiss for a new dating-competition series that casts "average-looking" people. The series, titled “More to Love,” is...

March 28, 2009: Feedbag: 'The Pacific,' 'Chuck,' 'Glee,' 'Dollhouse'...
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Q: James, I notice you didn't mention "Chuck" as looking "pale & shaky." At this point do you think it will get renewed? Given all...

March 27, 2009: 'Motherhood' debuts average; medical dramas rise
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Thursday was a strong night overall for broadcast programming, though ABC continues to have trouble getting new comedies off the ground. First there was NBC...

March 27, 2009: Fox announces summer schedule
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Fox announced the return of "So You Think You Can Dance," another round of "Hell's Kitchen" and a new scripted psych ward drama called "Mental"...

March 26, 2009: NBC pulls 'Chopping Block'
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NBC is pulling cooking competition series "Chopping Block" from primetime after three weeks, sources say. The network informed affiliates tonight the reality series starring renowned...

March 26, 2009: Discovery's 'Universe' promises to rule History
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Property of History Discovery Discovery Channel announced Thursday a new project that aims to do for outer space what "Planet Earth" did for polar bears....

March 26, 2009: First look: 'Star Trek' cast visits 'Family Guy'
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Here's a first look at the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" doing a blogger-bait guest appearance on "Family Guy." In the episode, Stewie...

March 26, 2009: 'American Idol' dominates; 'Ted' slips
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Getting delayed due to the president's press conference didn't seem to faze Fox's "American Idol," which on Wednesday night posted slightly higher numbers than either...

March 25, 2009: '24' producer Surnow plans Kennedy minseries
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Conservative co-creator of "24" Joel Surnow is shopping a 10-hour miniseries on the Kennedy family. The Canadian-based project from Muse Entertainment will be pitched internationally...

March 25, 2009: Branding company: 'Don't credit us for SyFy'
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I'm very ready to stop writing stories about Sci Fi Channel's rebranding, but the gifts just keep on coming, and they're tough not to unwrap....

March 25, 2009: TLC orders cake-themed docu-soap
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TLC has ordered a new docu-soap series called "Cake Boss" that follows acclaimed baker Buddy Valastro (I almost described him as a "master baker" there,...

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