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Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino will host the Western and gangster genres, respectively, when the top 10 films in 10 genres are unveiled on "AFI'S 10 Top 10," a new installment in the "AFI's 100 Years …" series, which airs at 8 p.m. June 17 on CBS. The American Film Institute has recruited film artists associated with each category to count down the top films and provide insight. The other hosts are Jessica Alba for romantic comedy, Cuba Gooding Jr. for sports, Sigourney Weaver for sci-fi, Kirk Douglas for epic, Jennifer Love Hewitt for animation, James Woods for courtroom drama, Gabriel Byrne for mystery and Sean Astin for fantasy.
Fuse tunes up ads
Music-centric cable channel Fuse has launched a multimillion- dollar advertising campaign, "Music Is," tapping into consumers' personal and emotional connections with music. It also unveiled a new tag line, reminding them to "Get Your Music On" Fuse.
According to a new Nielsen study, the five broadcast networks are continuing to face greater numbers of cable channels: The average U.S. home receives a record high of 119, which may a big part of why broadcast ratings are down. At the same time, viewers routinely are sampling an increasing number of those 119 channels. In 2007, the average household went up to 16 channels for at least 10 minutes per week.
'LOOK' LOOKING GOOD
Wednesday night's premiere of TV Land's new reality competition series "She's Got the Look" averaged 669,000 total viewers, up 15% over the same time period a year ago, and a median age of 44. The series also averaged a 427,000 among adults 25-54, up 23% over last year, with the audience composed of half women and half men, according to Nielsen.
Lifetime ups Graff
Toby Graff has been named senior vp public affairs and corporate communications at Lifetime Networks. Graff, who was vp public affairs since 2002, takes on additional oversight of the corporate communications department, including trade and business media relations for all Lifetime Networks' properties and initiatives. Graff, who joined Lifetime in 2000, will continue to report to executive vp Meredith Wagner.
Encore for 'Comics'
Entertainment Studios has renewed its syndicated half-hour comedy strip "Comics Unleashed" through 2009-10.
Outdoor Channel announced a new self-defense series, "The Best Defense," which will premiere in the fourth quarter. The network also has renewed its carriage agreement with Comcast.