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USA tops 2009 cable ratings

30 December 2009 8:06 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

USA Network made a clean sweep of the 2009 ratings race, marking the fourth consecutive win for the NBC Universal powerhouse. Per Nielsen ratings data (a blend of live-plus-seven-day and two weeks of live-plus-same-day numbers), USA drew a record 3.27 million viewers in primetime, a 14% improvement over its year-ago delivery.

For the period spanning Dec. 29, 2008, through Dec. 27, 2009, USA swept ad-supported cable's three top TV demos, averaging 1.49 million adults 25-54, an increase of 11% versus 2008, while serving up 1.32 million viewers 18-49 (up 5%). The network also held off TBS to take the younger set, drawing 616,000 viewers 18-34.

USA effectively shattered the records it set in 2008, when it averaged 2.86 million total viewers, 1.34 million adults 25-54 and 1.32 million viewers 18-49.

(When factoring in all basic-cable nets, this year marks USA's second straight win among total viewers. In 2007, non-ad-supported Disney Channel topped the total cable universe with 2.7 million total viewers, edging USA's 2.68 million in the same period.)

On the year, »

- By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek

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TV bites: Kelly Bishop has 'Mercy,' Jeff Probst will 'Live for the Moment'

18 December 2009 11:32 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Former "Gilmore Girls" star Kelly Bishop will check into NBC's "Mercy" later this season.

The Tony Award winner will play a patient under Sonia's (Jaime Lee Kirchner) care in several episodes of the medical drama, NBC confirms to Zap2it. The network hasn't set an airdate for the start of her arc yet.

Bishop is best known for playing the prickly Gilmore matriarch Emily on "Gilmore Girls" for seven seasons (and before that, probably for being Baby's mom in "Dirty Dancing"). More recently she's guested on episodes of "Law & Order: Svu" and "Army Wives."

- "Survivor" finishes its fall run Sunday and will be back on the air sometime early next year, but fans of host Jeff Probst won't have to wait quite that long to see him on CBS again.

In blogging about Thursday's "Survivor: Samoa" for EW.com, Probst said that the network is airing a pilot for »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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What Is the Best Cable TV Drama of 2009?

8 December 2009 3:30 PM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Network television certainly doesn't have the market cornered on great TV shows anymore. In fact, many of prime time's most acclaimed dramas are found outside of your standard channels. Though the seasons may be shorter, it just makes them even sweeter. So which cable TV drama is your favorite? Don't forget to vote on all of my Best of 2009 polls! What Is the Best Cable TV Drama of 2009? Big Love The Closer Mad Men Damages The Tudors Breaking Bad Sons of Anarchy Dexter Army Wives True Blood »

- BuzzSugar

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Chandler Massey Cast on Days of Our Lives

7 December 2009 1:50 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Dylan Michal Patton is out, and Chandler Massey is in, on Days of Our Lives.

The latter actor is taking over the role of Sami and Lucas's son, as a show insider confirmed: "They just felt they needed to make a change with the story coming up."

Massey has guest-starred on Army Wives and One Tree Hill. No word yet on his debut date.


- matt@iscribelimited.com (M.L. House)

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Kelly Hu to Guest Star on The Vampire Diaries

30 November 2009 6:22 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The Vampire Diaries doesn't return with new episodes until January 14.

But at least The CW hit is giving fans a lot of casting news to discuss in the meantime.

Last week, it was announced that Dexter star James Remar would appear on the show in the key role of Stefan and Damon's father, Giuseppe Salvatore.

Now, we can confirm - via the actress' own Twitter account - that Kelly Hu been cast in the possibly recurring role of Pearl.

Earlier this month, the network sent out a casting notice that described Pearl as:

Early 30's, Chinese, attractive. Seen in flashbacks, she is an apothecary for the town of Mystic Falls. Going door to door on sales visits she stops at the Salvatorre residence and meets Katherine. Unaware of what Katherine is, she tries to sell her vervain and quickly finds herself in danger.

Hu has guest-starred on a number of shows, »

- matt@iscribelimited.com (M.L. House)

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Katherine Fugate to Write What Alice Forgot

8 November 2009 5:23 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fox 2000 and New Regency have picked up the novel What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty for Army Wives creator Katherine Fugate to write the adaptation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Moriarty's novel is about a woman who suffers a head injury and wakes to find that she actually might be 10 years older and forgotten a decade of her life.

Already published Down Under by Macmillan Australia, What Alice Forgot will be released in the U.S. by Amy Einhorn/Putnam Books in late 2011.


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'Army Wives' creator to pen 'Alice' film

8 November 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fox 2000 and New Regency have partnered to option Liane Moriarty’s novel “What Alice Forgot.” Katherine Fugate, creator of the Lifetime series “Army Wives,” has been hired to write the adaptation.

Moriarty’s novel is about a woman who suffers a head injury and wakes to find that she actually might be 10 years older and forgotten a decade of her life.

Already published Down Under by Macmillan Australia, “Alice” will be released in the U.S. by Amy Einhorn/Putnam Books in late 2011.

Rodney Ferrell is overseeing for Fox 2000 and Amy Israel for New Regency. Jerry Kalajian is executive producing.

Fox 2000 has had several recent successes with female-focused content. “The Devil Wears Prada” grossed $324 million worldwide, and “27 Dresses” and “Bride Wars” combined to gross $273 million this year. The company is in production on the Ed Zwick film “Love and Other Drugs” and the Beverly Cleary adaptation “Ramona and Beezus.”

Fugate, »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Katherine Fugate Adapting What Alice Forgot

8 November 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Fox 2000 and New Regency have teamed to option Liane Moriarty's novel "What Alice Forgot." Katherine Fugate ("Army Wives") has been hired to write the adaptation. The book is about a woman who suffers a head injury and wakes to find that she actually might be 10 years older and forgotten a decade of her life. "What Alice Forgot" will be released in the U.S. by Amy Einhorn/Putnam Books in late 2011. »

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The Good Wife: Showrunner Leaves CBS Drama, Ratings Trouble Ahead?

18 October 2009 1:53 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Last week, there was a change in leadership at CBS' new drama The Good Wife. The series is the network's second most-popular new drama of the season so will this move hurt the show?

Showrunner and executive producer Dee Johnson is leaving the series but Michelle and Robert King, The Good Wife's co-creators and executive producers, are picking up her duties.

Johnson was initially brought in because the Kings had limited experience running a show, having worked on ABC's short-lived In Justice and a few other projects. Johnson, on the other hand, is a veteran producer and has worked on numerous shows like Commander in Chief, Army Wives, Profiler, and the original Melrose Place.

The network wanted to be sure things ran smoothly on Good Wife and hired Johnson to guide the series for the first 13 installments. Now that the »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Jolene Blalock Joins Legend of the Seeker

12 October 2009 10:43 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actress Jolene Blalock, best known for her role as the Vulcan T'Pol in Star Trek: Enterprise has been cast in a recurring role on the upcoming second season of the nationally syndicated series Legend of the Seeker, it was announced today.

Blalock, who begins filming in New Zealand this week, will portray a mysterious Sister of the Dark who possesses very powerful magic -- she not only threatens Richard's (Craig Horner) quest to defeat evil forces, but her ultimate goal is to destroy Kahlan (Bridget Regan).

The second season of the action-adventure series Legend of the Seeker will premiere the weekend of November 7th. Combining elements of fantasy, adventure, magic, mystery and romance with state-of-the-art visual effects and a high level of action, the series is an adaptation of internationally best-selling author Terry Goodkinds "Sword of Truth" book series.

Shot with the exotic and rugged New Zealand landscape as its backdrop, »

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'Vampire' Hunk Headed to Mystic Falls

8 October 2009 6:20 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Matt Davis is joining the cast of "Vampire Diaries" as sexy history teacher Alaric Saltzman -- and he knows more than he lets on about Mystic Falls' history of vampires!

According to TV Guide, the history teacher character is a fan favorite from the book series on which the TV show is based. Executive Producer Kevin Williamson tells the magazine that he had one thing in mind when casting the mysterious teacher -- he had to be "hot. »

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'Vampire' Stars' Flashing Charges Dismissed

4 October 2009 9:26 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

The ladies of "The Vampire Diaries" can breathe easy -- their legal woes are behind them!

Actresses Nina Dobrev, 20, Candice Accola, 22, Kayla Ewell, 24 and Sara Canning, 22, (along with photographer Tyler Shields and extra Krystal Vayda) were arrested last month on charges of disorderly conduct, after drivers complained that the women were flashing motorists from a Georgia bridge on August 22.

The group was booked at Monroe County Sheriff's Department after the incident. Today, a Monroe County »

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'Diva' producers secure two projects

29 September 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

On the heels of the early renewal of their freshman Lifetime series "Drop Dead Diva," producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have set up hourlong projects at Fox and NBC.

At Fox, the duo has teamed with writer Dana Calvo ("Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") for "Laney Sparrow," a character-driven legal drama to be produced by 20th Century Fox TV.

Zadan, Meron and Calvo are executive producing.

At NBC, the "Hairspray" producers have "Inside Mary Baxter," a dramedy set in a women's prison. Maria Maggenti ("Without a Trace") is writing the script and exec producing with Zadan and Meron.

Both projects have landed script commitments.

"Diva," which Zadan and Meron are exec producing with creator Josh Berman, premiered in July with Lifetime's best debut ratings for an original drama series since the 2007 launch of "Army Wives."

Zadan and Meron's recent credits include the Lifetime movie "Living Proof," starring Harry Connick Jr., »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Army Wives: Back to the 1940s!

16 September 2009 8:55 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Attention, Army Wives viewers: Are you ready to go retro?

On this Sunday night's episode of the Lifetime hit, the character travel back to the 1940s.

The flashbacks kick off when Lois Smith (who played Sookie's gran on True Blood) regales Roxy and Pamela with stories from her life as an army wife during World War II. All the main characters play parts in the re-telling of this tale.

Watch below, as the series goes back to a segregated South Carolina in 1943. This is a preview for "As Time Goes By."

In the 40s »

- matt@iscribelimited.com (M.L. House)

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'Vampire Diaries' Flashers Arrested!

11 September 2009 3:17 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

It was revealed Friday "The Vampire Diaries" hottie Nina Dobrev and three female co-stars were arrested last month on disorderly conduct charges after they allegedly flashed motorists during a photo shoot. That bites!

The actresses were arrested with two others on August 22 on a bridge about 60 miles from Atlanta.

According to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office report, the starlets were being shot by photographer Tyler Shields. One pic showed a "female being held by her legs by the other females, »

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Bloody Facts about 'Vampire Diaries'

10 September 2009 1:47 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Hollywood is bloodthirsty for vampires -- and they're getting their fill tonight with "The Vampire Diaries." The show revolves around a girl who is torn between handsome (and undead) brothers. "Extra" has some little-known facts about the hot, cold-blooded stars and the show!

Bloody Facts about 'Vampire Diaries'Blood BrothersPaul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder star as Stefan Salvatore and Damon Salvatore, vampire brothers who are pining after the same girl, Elena.

Caught in the MiddleNina Dobrev stars as Elena Gilbert, »

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Rumer Willis Enjoys Her Hourglass Body Figure

1 September 2009 12:44 AM, PDT | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

If Hollywood favors skinny type of body, then Rumer Willis doesn't fall to the category. However, Rumer doesn't seem to mind having an hourglass figure which sets her apart from that of her mother, Demi Moore, and the many other actresses. The 21-years-old actress even claimed she is getting used to her curvy shaped body.

"I haven't inherited my mother's body," the silver screen star told Glamour Magazine. "She doesn't really have hips and I have an hourglass, which I hated when I was a kid. But I'm getting used to it now."

Rumer also blasts the notion that a young girl should retain a skinny body. She said that idea was actually promoted by the Tinseltown. The star of "Sorority Row" said that she is disgusted with the thought that being beautiful means one should have her bone seen through the skin, which has become the trend in Hollywood. »

- celebrity-mania.com

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[TV] Brothers and Sisters: The Complete Third Season

31 August 2009 6:00 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Brothers and Sisters feels like an amalgamation of numerous television shows all blended up and mixed into one huge hodgepodge story. With some parts Army Wives, West Wing, Arrested Development and many others, Brothers and Sisters captures a lot of their elements but rarely ever delivers the part that made them worthwhile. The show may fail in the ingenuity of its story and how it tells it, but in terms of casts few shows on right now can match its star power. It may not be the best thing you’ve ever watched, but it has crafted a deeply tangled mess for itself that the writers are clearly enjoying detangling and retangling (which isn’t even a word) all over again.

It’s not that the life of any one person in the Walker family is all that complicated, but just that there are so many people involved that even »

- Lex Walker

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A&E's Acquisition of Lifetime Makes For Awkward Family Functions

27 August 2009 4:40 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

A&E Television Networks, a partnership between Disney/ABC, Hearst, and NBC, has acquired the Lifetime Network. The move means Lifetime's new cash cow Project Runway is quasi-reunited with its original network, Bravo, a property of NBC, which also means that Thanksgiving at the Disney/ABC ranch house will be dicey. I expect a Tom Colicchio-catered bacchanal filled with snide commentary from Andy Cohen and Annie Potts, plus a Chanel No. 5 fight between Heidi Klum and the cast of Army Wives. Can someone use the baster to insert diplomacy into this mess? »

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It's Done: A&E Snaps Up Lifetime

27 August 2009 10:05 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Josef Adalian

Updated 6:19 Ct


The "Ice Road Truckers" are now in the same corporate family as the "Army Wives" and the designers of "Project Runway."


A&E Television Networks has acquired ownership of Lifetime as part of a complicated deal involving the Disney-abc TV Group, Hearst and NBC Universal. The move had been expected since June, when word first leaked out about the transaction.


Abbe Raven, currently president and CEO of Aetn, will now head the combined company. Lifetime chief Andrea W »

- Adalian

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