EmptyMoreno in business at Fox NETS group
Erik Moreno has been named senior vp corporate development at Fox Networks Group. He will assist in identifying new business and strategic opportunities across Fox Entertainment as well as work on acquisitions, joint ventures and other related opportunities that could include News Corp. units. Moreno, who was director of corporate development at eBay, will be based in Los Angeles.
'Doctors' gets attendings
Andrew Scher ("Dr. Phil") has been named co-executive producer of CBS Television Distribution's upcoming talk show "The Doctors," which premieres Sept. 8. In addition, George Davilas ("The Montel Williams Show") and Jeff Hudson ("Deserving Design") have been named supervising producers.
'Shield' affixed on Sept. 2
FX has set the premiere date for the final season of "The Shield." According to the network's Web site, the drama series will return at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. Separately, FX confirmed that it has decided not to its renew drama series "Dirt" for a third season. It's also unlikely that "The Riches," another FX series, will get a third-season pickup, but no decision has been made.
Versus stays with Tour
Cable network Versus, the U.S. television home of the Tour de France since 2001, has extended its deal with the Amaury Sport Organization, the organizer of the event, for the exclusive U.S. television rights through 2013. The network will begin its coverage of this year's event live at 8:30 a.m. EDT on July 5.
NBA Finals rebound
ABC led Sunday night with its presentation of Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. The game's numbers (13.5 million viewers, 5.5 rating/12 share in adults 18-49) are up 62% from last year's comparable outing. Fox (averaging 3.9 million, 1.7/5) and NBC (averaging 6.4 million, 1.7/5) largely aired repeats and tied for second on the night.
Spencer topS 'Insider'
Lara Spencer has signed a new multiyear deal to serve as anchor of CBS Television Distribution's "The Insider," relocating from New York to new studios at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City. She had been serving as co-anchor alongside host Pat O'Brien, who took a break from the entertainment newsmagazine this year for a stint in rehab. O'Brien will remain on the show as a correspondent.
State Farm 'Star' power
NBC will partner with State Farm for the broadcast premiere season of "Nashville Star." In addition to serving as a primary sponsor, State Farm will present a special "Hometown Concert" episode July 21 that features the final four contestants performing a concert for friends and family in their hometowns. The concerts tie into State Farm's "I'm There" marketing campaign, which focuses on customers at an important crossroads in their lives.