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June 25, 2009: NBC announces fall premiere dates
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NBC will launch the bulk of its new fall schedule during the weeks of Sept. 14 and Sept. 21, the latter marking the network's official premiere week.

June 25, 2009: 'Late Show' outdraws 'Tonight' for first time since '05
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"Late Show" drew more viewers than "The Tonight Show" in last week's ratings -- the first time the CBS program has pulled a larger audience for a full-week average since 2005. NBC's program still firmly won among the key adult demo.

June 25, 2009: NBC's 'Philanthropist' wins hour with modest debut
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The premiere of NBC's new adventure-drama series "The Philanthropist" got off to a fair start Wednesday night, winning the 10 p.m. hour with a modest overall number.

June 25, 2009: ABC's White House special struggled for viewers
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President Obama's town hall meeting on health care delivered a sickly rating Wednesday evening.

June 24, 2009: 'Dexter' season four teaser poster
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Teaser poster for "Dexter" season four below and the message is clear: don't mess with a serial killer's kid.

June 24, 2009: Fox News ratings rise in Obama era; CNN slides
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Fox News is on track to have its most-watched year ever, showing significant ratings growth despite coming off a high-flying election year.

June 24, 2009: CBS announces fall premiere dates
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Tradition-embracing CBS will debut nearly all of its new and retuning series during the usual September premiere week, with "Survivor" going one week early (which has also become a tradition of sorts).

June 24, 2009: 'America's Got Talent' tops despite lowest-rated debut
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NBC's tentpole summer series "America's Got Talent" returned Tuesday evening and easily topped the ratings chart, while ABC's new competition series "The Superstars" stumbled out of the gate.

June 23, 2009: MTV orders Audrina Patridge pilot
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MTV has picked up Mark Burnett's new docusoap reality series starring former "Hills" co-star Audrina Patridge.

June 23, 2009: Biggest 'Jon & Kate' ratings ever: 10.6 million watched
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Monday's breakup episode of TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8" was most-watched episode of the show ever with 10.2 million viewers.

June 23, 2009: ABC wins Monday with 'Bachelorette'
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The summer ratings nadir tends to be around the Fourth of July weekend so no surprise last night showed reality shows "The Bachelorette," "Here Comes the Newlyweds" and "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here" either matching last week or dipping a notch.

June 23, 2009: Ed McMahon dies at 86
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Ed McMahon, a fixture on U.S. late-night television for 30 years as the full-throated announcer and sidekick for Johnny Carson on NBC's "The Tonight Show," died on Tuesday at age 86, his spokesman said.

June 23, 2009: Jon & Kate to divorce but 'show must go on' (video)
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The stars of the reality television show "Jon & Kate Plus Eight" said on Monday's episode that they had decided to split up after 10 years of marriage.

June 22, 2009: Network upfront ad sales could drop 20%
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Media buyers and national TV sales executives have yet to clear the air on their pricing differences, but other atmospheric disturbances that have stalled the upfront marketplace are beginning to show signs of dissipating.

June 22, 2009: 'Merlin' outcasts 'Impact' in lackluster debuts
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NBC's 'Merlin' topped ABC's 'Impact' in the battle of low-cost summer event programming, yet the likes of "Dateline" and repeats of "King of the Hill" and "American Dad" beat both.

June 22, 2009: Trailer: HBO's 'The Pacific'!
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At long last, here's the trailer for HBO's "The Pacific," the long-awaited follow up to Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's beloved WWII war epic "Band of Brothers."

June 21, 2009: 'True Blood' tops new TV fandom ranking system
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Web site creation service Wetpaint has launched a measurement system that tracks fan interest in popular TV shows.

June 21, 2009: Bill Maher: There's no left wing on TV (video)
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A follow-up to last week's post that ended up causing so much debate: Bill Maher talks about David Letterman, Barack Obama and proclaims there's no left wing on TV.

June 21, 2009: Pilot first look: Fox's "Human Target"
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Best part: Many flavors of action in this fast-paced pilot, but it earned this genre fan’s respect with a surprisingly lengthy and nicely choreographed fist fight – gotta prove yourself with the basics, don’t you know.

June 19, 2009: 'Daily Show''s Hodgman: Obama 'first nerd president'
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"Daily Show" corespondent John Hodgman rocked the annual Radio & Television Correspondents' Assn. Dinner early this evening, presenting a smart and funny thesis as to why President Obama is bridging "the age-old conflict between jocks and nerds."

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