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July 31, 2009: Atlanta 'Housewives' sets franchise ratings record
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The second season of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlantaā€¯ drew more than four million viewers across its 10 p.m. debut and 11 p.m. encore Thursday night, making it the most-watched series premiere in the "Housewives" franchise history.

July 31, 2009: 20th signs 'Futurama' voice actors
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Three of the holdout cast members of "Futurama" have signed new contracts with 20th TV to continue voicing their characters as the show reboots on Comedy Central.

July 31, 2009: The post-fame comedy of Zach Galifianakis
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Let's go transcript dumpster-diving to yesterday's TCA panel for HBO's "Bored to Death," where Zach Galifianakis had critics and fellow panelists rolling with his nonchalant deadpan reactions to post-"Hangover" fame.

July 31, 2009: WE orders two marriage-minded series
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WE announced two new series Friday morning at the TCA press tour, some pick-ups and a couple specials.

July 31, 2009: 'Dance' and 'Brother' lead Thursday
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On a sleepy Thursday in the ratings, Fox won the night with "So You Think You Can Dance" (5.2 million, 2.5) and a repeat, with...

July 30, 2009: Larry David details 'Seinfeld' reunion on 'Curb'
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The "Seinfeld" reunion on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" will be an extensive part of the show, with the four cast members of the original series appearing in five episodes.

July 30, 2009: HBO executive session live blog...
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HBO communications executive Quentin Schaffer introduces the network's press tour session by declaring, "Two years ago we were feeling beat up, now we're feeling upbeat."...

July 30, 2009: HBO renews 'Hung,' 'True Blood,' 'Entourage'
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HBO just announced the renewals of freshman comedy "Hung," veteran comedy "Entourage" and hit vampire drama "True Blood" Thursdays.

July 30, 2009: 'Kings' writer doesn't blame NBC (much)
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Those who caught the finals few hours of NBC's "Kings" saw a doomed series that was finding its creative footing, with some nicely dramatic moments and intriguing setup for a second season ... that will never happen.

July 30, 2009: 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' premiere date set
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The seventh season of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" will return on Sunday, Sept. 20, followed by the debut of new comedy "Bored to Death."

July 30, 2009: Katzenberg: 3D coming to TV
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By Paul Bond Apparently, Jeffrey Katzenberg's passion for 3D films in theaters can be matched only by his enthusiasm for 3D movies in homes. The...

July 30, 2009: TLC: 'Jon & Kate' dates shown on 'case-by-case' basis
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TLC president Eileen O'Neill read a statement on "Jon & Kate plus 8" that regraded the divorcing reality couple with all the profound seriousness that the public has taken it.

July 30, 2009: TV Academy shafts HBO to be more entertaining
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The TV Academy is going to pre-tape eight categories from the Emmy Awards, most likely among the long-form categories. That's of concern to HBO, which dominates those slots. The premium network just released this statement:

July 30, 2009: Fox's 'Dance' leads Wednesday; late-night update
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Fox won the night with "So You Think You Can Dance," which edged out NBC's "America's Got Talent" as the top-rated program. "Dance" (7.6 million...

July 30, 2009: Lorenzo Lamas' icky family therapy
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With Mike Fleiss' new docusoap reality show "The Lamas Life" on the TCA stage, critics waste no time swooping into the big tabloid question: What's going on in this family after Star magazine reported that Lorenzo Lamas' son slept with his ex-wife?

July 30, 2009: Ferguson's marvelous rant: 'Why everything sucks'
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Craig Ferguson's opening monologue rant from last week gives his grand theory of why everything sucks

July 30, 2009: 'Giuliana & Bill': nice, pleasant ... entertaining?
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The first TCA panel of the morning is for Style Network's "Giuliana & Bill," which follows the E! News anchor's newlywed life with "Apprentice" winner Bill Rancic

July 29, 2009: Matt Damon talks 'People Speak' project (video)
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Matt Damon and Howard Zinn talk about their History project, "The People Speak," at press tour ....

July 29, 2009: 'Spartacus' panel TMI
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Everything is big in Starz' "Spartacus: Blood and Sand." The muscular gladiators, the Roman Coliseum, the over-the-top violent action and even the ... um ... yeah.

July 29, 2009: MTV, now the feel-good network
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MTV kicked off the second day of TCA with a pair of projects that are part of the network's new programming mandate: Feel-Good TV.

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