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September 30, 2009: Flavor Flav seeks return to reality; talks VH1 scandal
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That clock around Flavor Flav's neck says it's time to return to reality TV.

September 30, 2009: J.J. Abrams script in bidding war
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A bidding war is raging over a drama spec script backed by J.J. Abrams.

September 30, 2009: Sesame Street's 'Mad Men' parody
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As first reported at July's press tour, here's PBS's "Sesame Street" doing "Mad Men" for the preschool set..."Thanks sycophants!"

September 30, 2009: GLAAD: Gay TV characters at record high; CBS criticized
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Gay characters on are more common than ever on broadcast TV, with representation making gains over last year's all-time high.

September 30, 2009: The Leno Effect: NBC drops in three time slots
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While "The Jay Leno Show" has performed well since the start of the season, NBC's 10 p.m. slot is down significantly compared to last year -- as are the broadcaster's local news telecasts and "The Tonight Show."

September 30, 2009: Fox airs 'Dance' contestant clothing crease (or vagina)
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Rumors of a "So You Think You Can Dance" contestant flashing her cooter on Fox have bloggers going over frames of last night's episode like it was the Zapruder film.

September 30, 2009: NBC orders 'Madagascar,' 'Monsters' specials
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The penguins are coming to primetime.

September 30, 2009: CBS dominates Tuesday; 'Good Wife' steady
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CBS ruled Tuesday night with the second week of its procedural block largely maintaining its premiere week power.

September 30, 2009: Matt LeBlanc to play sitcom actor in Showtime satire
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Matt LeBlanc is reteaming with "Friends" co-creator David Crane and "Mad About You" producer Jeffrey Klarik for a new Showtime comedy that spoofs the TV business.

September 30, 2009: CBS plans 'Criminal Minds' spinoff
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CBS will be doing some "Minds"-splitting this season.

September 29, 2009: History plans 'Ice Road Truckers' spinoff, more
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Building on three years of ratings growth, History has ordered several reality shows, including a spinoff of Thom Beers' top-rated "Ice Road Truckers."

September 29, 2009: Panasonic unveils 50" 3D TV
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You've seen movies in 3D. Now, how about your favorite TV series?

September 29, 2009: 'Trauma' disappoints; 'Big Bang' hits another high
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NBC's high-action drama "Trauma" had a disappointing opening Monday night, coming in last place at 9 p.m. and declining from its "Heroes" lead-in.

September 29, 2009: Ouch: Conan O'Brien hitting his head (video)
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Yikes, that's a real knock Conan O'Brien took Friday night, which landed him in the hospital.

September 29, 2009: TLC splits with Jon, retitles show 'Kate Plus Eight'
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TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus Eight" will relaunch in November as "Kate Plus Eight" -- with Jon Gosselin no longer a regular part of the show.

September 29, 2009: Showtime's 'Dexter,' 'Californication' hit series highs
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Not a surprise: Showtime's fourth season of "Dexter" opened to a series-high rating Sunday night, scoring 1.5 million viewers in its first airing.

September 29, 2009: AMC announces 'Prisoner' premiere date
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AMC will premiere its ambitious six-part miniseries "The Prisoner" on Sunday, Nov. 15.

September 29, 2009: NBC orders deceptively simple 'Perfect 10' game show
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For a million dollars, can you unspool a roll of toilet paper with your body in 60 seconds?

September 28, 2009: Surprise: Audiences checking out new shows this fall
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After two years of new shows opening to middling numbers, broadcast is showing renewed signs of life this fall.

September 28, 2009: Why TV executives are happy right now (chart)
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The top 5 highest rated new show premieres as of Friday:

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