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June 30, 2009: ABC to air sci-fi series 'Gravity'
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Fox's "Virtuality" may be kaput, but sci-fi fans will get another deep-space series on broadcast TV this summer instead: ABC network has picked up Fox TV Studios' 13-episode adventure drama "Defying Gravity" starring Ron Livingston.

June 30, 2009: ABC to publish 'Castle' novel
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As networks brainstorm dizzying high-tech ways to promote shows online and via social networks, ABC is adopting a decidedly retro medium to excite viewers for the upcoming second season of "Castle": a book.

June 30, 2009: Oxygen's 'Dance Your Ass Off' sets record
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Oxygen’s "dance/weight-loss competition" show “Dance Your Ass Off” was the most-watched series premiere in network history.

June 30, 2009: USA tops second quarter cable ratings
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By Anthony Crupi USA Network held off rival TNT to win the second-quarter ratings crown, averaging 1.37 million adults 18-49, an increase of 9% over...

June 30, 2009: HBO's 'Hung' opens huge
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The premiere of HBO’s newest comedy series "Hung" was seen by 2.8 million viewers, making it the network's most-watched series debut in two years.

June 30, 2009: Jackson-fueled BET Awards scores cable record
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BET's annual awards program the "BET Awards" is the No. 1 cable telecast of the year.

June 30, 2009: FX sets premiere dates for 'Anarchy' and 'Sunny'
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What the network is ready to declare are the premiere dates for "Sons of Anarchy" (on a new night, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. starting Sept. 8. ) and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

June 30, 2009: Final 'Lost' season gains an hour
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The sixth and final season will run 18 hours, an hour longer than originally announced.

June 30, 2009: ABC's 'Bachelorette,' 'Newlyweds' rise in ratings
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Seems like NBC's "I'm a Celebrity" viewers broke to ABC's "Bachelorette" this week, with the reality romance on the rise following the conclusion of NBC's program.

June 30, 2009: MSNBC beats CNN in first-ever quarterly victory
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For the first time ever, MSNBC drew more weekday primetime viewers than rival CNN.

June 29, 2009: CBS sets premiere date for 'Neighborhood'
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CBS announced plans to air its new reality show “There Goes the Neighborhood” in August.

June 29, 2009: VH1 greenlights Pepa & Chilli reality shows
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VH1 is giving two female hip hop artists their own reality series -- Sandra “Pepa” Denton of Salt n Pepa and Chilli from TLC.

June 29, 2009: 'Merlin' and 'Impact' dip further into obscurity
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Show of hands: Who's really curious how underacheiving import movie duo "Merilin" and "Impact" performed during their second weeks?

June 29, 2009: Comic-Con boasts heavy TV lineup
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TV studios plan a strong presence at Comic-Con, with at least one company scheduling a record number of show panels.

June 27, 2009: Fox's 'Virtuality' tanks
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Fox executives aren't going to lose any sleep over their decision to air "Virtuality" in the summer.

June 26, 2009: CNN leads Jackson cable news coverage
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CNN once again jumped to the ratings foreground during a national news event last night, easily dominating the primetime cable news audience. CNN averaged 3.9...

June 26, 2009: List of Jackson and Fawcett tributes
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Networks continue to put together tributes to Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, with several new and returning specials scheduled to hit the airwaves this weekend and beyond.

June 26, 2009: ABC's Fawcett coverage leads Jackson news specials
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And the big ratings draw amid all the Michael Jackson news specials Thursday night was ... Farrah Fawcett.

June 25, 2009: Networks plan Michael Jackson specials tonight
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Broadcasters are scrambling to pull together retrospective news specials on Michael Jackson, who was pronounced dead today at the age of 50 after going into cardiac arrest.

June 25, 2009: Scientologists launch new TV ads
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Behold, last night on CNN's Anderson Cooper, viewers saw a new Scientology ad offering ... The Truth.

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