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HBO Sets January 10, 2010 Premiere for Big Love

Big Love fans, mark your calendars.  HBO has announced that the upcoming fourth season, which is currently in production, will premiere on January 10, 2010, according to Variety. Sissy Spacek is a new addition to the case this season and her character arc will begin in the show’s third […]

Fox Reality Will Become Nat Geo Wild in 2010

The four-year-old cable network Fox Reality Channel will cease operations next year.  The reality channel is available in 47 million homes, but FRC will disappear from channel lineups on March 31, 2010 and be replaced by Nat Geo Wild (a spin-off of the National Geographic Channel):

“With the changing cable landscape, we’ve […]

HBO Greenlights Boardwalk Empire

HBO has given a series greenlight to the period drama Boardwalk Empire.  HBO has ordered 11 episodes of the Martin Scorsese-produced series, which stars Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, a 1920’s Atlantic City character described as being “equal parts politician and gangster.”  Production is expected to begin this fall in Gotham, with a 2010 […]

AMC Renews Mad Men for a Fourth Season

AMC has renewed their critically acclaimed and award-winning drama series Mad Men for a fourth season.  The renewal comes on the heels of an impressive third season launch, with the August debut notching a record 2.76 million viewers;  more than 30% above the second season premiere (2.06 million).

The series has been helped by […]

SCI FI Remaking Alien Nation

aliennation-070209A new take on Alien Nation, the 1988 feature-turned-Fox-TV-series, is being developed by SCI FI. Tim Minear (Angel, Firefly) is writing the script for the project. Chris Carlisle, head at Fox 21 who is producing, told Variety that they believe the series could be just as successful as another recent remake/reboot; Battlestar Galactica:

“It’s absolute perfect timing for this type of show,” Carlisle said. “They’re looking for more grounded sci-fi and close-ended episodes, and at the heart of ‘Alien Nation,’ it’s a cop movie. It’s grounded. And it has a tremendous amount of dramatic possibilities and humor.”

SCI FI Executive VP of original programming, Mark Stern also spoke to how the project will fit with the networks re-branding, which takes place next week with the name change to Syfy:

“It’s very much in keeping with what we’ve been looking to do — find themes that are more than just hard sci-fi, something that feels contemporary and relevant and invites a broad audience in,” said Sci Fi original programming exec VP Mark Stern. Continue reading SCI FI Remaking Alien Nation

Lifetime Television Renews Rita Rocks

Lifetime Television has picked up a second season of its original primetime comedy Rita Rocks.  The network ordered twenty new episodes from Media Rights Capital.

“‘Rita Rocks’ is the first original comedy that Lifetime has launched in 10 years, so you can imagine how delighted we are to welcome it back for a […]

Cartoon Network Renews Star Wars: The Clone Wars For Second Season

starwarstheclonewars-021009The Cartoon Network has given a second-season renewal to its hit animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

“‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ is like nothing else on television and has delivered for us on all levels,” said Stuart Snyder, President/COO Turner Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media. “It has helped us launch a great new night of action-adventure on Fridays and build on our dominance with boys. We look forward to continuing what has been a great relationship with George and everyone at Lucasfilm.”

The first season finale airs on Cartoon Network Friday, March 20th at 9pm ET/PT.

The full press release follows after the jump. Continue reading Cartoon Network Renews Star Wars: The Clone Wars For Second Season

Nearly 5 Million Tune in for Leverage Premiere; 5.4 Million for ‘Librarian 3’ on TNT

tntlogo-120908TNT had a very successful weekend.  The third TV movie from The Librarian franchise, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice got things started by drawing 5.44 million viewers on Sunday night from 8-10pm. That led into the series premiere of Leverage, which held steady from its lead-in and drew 4.99 million viewers from 10-11pm (92% retention).

Leverage’s performance among the key demos was even more impressive, with 94% retention among adults 18-49 (2.06 million out of 2.19 million who watched ‘The Librarian’) and 93% retention among adults 25-54 (2.64 million out of 2.84 million who watched ‘The Librarian’).

The full press release follows after the jump.

Continue reading Nearly 5 Million Tune in for Leverage Premiere; 5.4 Million for ‘Librarian 3’ on TNT

HBO’s Rome Could Get Film Treatment

HBO’s two-year drama series Rome may be getting a wrap-up courtesy a feature-length film.  Creator Bruno Heller, who is also the creator of  CBS’s successful series The Mentalist, says that he wants to produce such a feature for the canceled series: “There is talk of doing a movie version,” he said. “It’s moving along. […]

Glenn Beck Fox News Premieres January 19th UPDATE: Premiere Numbers

UPDATED on 1/22/2009: The numbers are in for the first episode of Glenn Beck’s new Fox News show.  The first episode, which was helped tremendously by an interview with former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin, the show drew a time-period high 2,388,000 total viewers and a second place 467,000 adults 25-54.

In […]

New Episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent Pushed Back to 2009

USA Network has announced that they will be pushing back the launch of new original episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent to the first quarter of 2009.  The show was originally scheduled to return with new episodes this November 7th.  The network says the move will allow for it to air the series […]

“LOST” Premieres on SCI FI in September, “Sanctuary” in October

SCI FI has revealed their fall plans.  New episodes of Ghost Hunters and Destination Truth will return on Wednesday, September 3rd, taking over for Ghost Hunters International and Scare Tactics when they wrap on August 20th.  The off-network run of LOST will kick off on Monday, September 15th and the show will air in […]