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  1. 'Ugly Betty' returns; 'Southland' drops

    5:59 am 5/1/2009

    <p><a href="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e201157063b8f8970b-800wi.jpg" rel="lightbox" style="float: right;"><img alt="Ugly betty" class="at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e201157063b8f8970b " src="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e201157063b8f8970b-320wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; width: 191px; height: 286px;" /></a> ABC&#39;s Ugly Betty returned from hiatus Thursday night, Private Practice aired its finale, and a curious ratings switcheroo occurred between NBC&#39;s two new shows. </p><p>ABC won the night despite its first hour being a drag on the ticket -- Betty (6.8 million viewers, 2.0 preliminary adults 18-49 rating). The dramedy came in fourth place at 8 p.m. and landed in the same ratings ballpark as in the weeks leading up to ABC replacing the show. Though Betty still has a shaggy rating, it&#39;s outperformed the comedies ABC recently tried in the slot. </p><p>The return of Betty didn&#39;t seem to impact Grey&#39;s Anatomy (13.9 million, 5.0), which received the same rating as last week and was the highest-rated show of the night. After, Private Practice (9.8 million, 3.5) ended its second season finale on a strong note, up a couple tenths and winning its hour.</p>Read more

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  2. NBC shuffles its infront

    9:00 pm 4/30/2009

    NBC's final preparation for its Monday infront was halted Thursday with the sudden death of vp drama development Nora O'Brien.Read more

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  3. Disney conjures up more 'Wizards'

    9:00 pm 4/30/2009

    The Disney Channel is grooming "Wizards of Waverly Place" as its next blockbuster tween franchise in the mold of "High School Musical" and "Hannah Montana."Read more

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  4. Canadian actors reach deal

    6:07 pm 4/30/2009

    Canadian actors and indie producers unveiled a new multiyear labor deal Thursday to send Hollywood a signal of industry stability.Read more

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  5. Dick Tracy surfaces in Tribune bankruptcy

    4:43 pm 4/30/2009

    A judge presiding over Tribune Co.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case will take up a dispute with actor Warren Beatty over the TV and movie rights to comic book character Dick Tracy.Read more

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  6. ABC to offer shows on Hulu

    4:25 pm 4/30/2009

    <p>This is a major step for Hulu, now claiming the bulk of the major broadcast networks under one umbrella site/player. Sure Hulu still doesn&#39;t have CBS, but that network&#39;s crime procedurals are typically not the biggest online draws anyway. Though at some point Hulu has to figure out a way to address the biggest gripe of many users -- blocking streams from out of the country, which is a tricky issue in terms of content rights and advertising. Here&#39;s Nellie Andreeva with more...</p><p>By Nellie Andreeva</p><p>After weeks of speculation, Disney on Thursday announced that ithas joined NBC Universal, News Corp. and Providence Equity Partnersas a joint venture partner and equity owner of video contentaggregator Hulu.</p><p>Under the deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, Hulu willoffer full-length episodes of current and library Disney TVprograms such as &quot;Lost,&quot; &quot;Grey&#39;s Anatomy,&quot; &quot;Desperate Housewives,&quot;&quot;Private Practice,&quot; &quot;Ugly Betty,&quot; &quot;Scrubs,&quot; &quot;Greek&quot; and &quot;GeneralHospital,&quot; which will be streamed on an ad-supported basis.</p>Read more

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  7. John McCain to host AMC marathon

    3:50 pm 4/30/2009

    John McCain will be the host of AMC cable network's Memorial Day weekend marathon of movies celebrating war heroes.Read more

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  8. Video: 'Lost' goes warp speed in new 'Star Trek' ad

    2:08 pm 4/30/2009

    <p>The most unexpected thing about last night&#39;s Lost wasn&#39;t the shocker ending, but ABC mind-melding the show&#39;s iconic title card with an exclusive clip for Star Trek. There&#39;s so many eye-rolling examples of advertiser integration on TV, this was a clever way to keep viewers from fast-forwarding. Here&#39;s the Lost-to-Trek transition, plus ABC&#39;s exclusive scene -- Kirk being chased by big monster -- from Trek. </p>Read more

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  9. Why every actor should register his name on Twitter. Like, now

    1:04 pm 4/30/2009

    <a href="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e201156f6b6ee6970c-pi.jpg" style="float: left;"><img alt="Twitter" border="0" class="at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e201156f6b6ee6970c selected " src="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e201156f6b6ee6970c-320pi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;" title="Twitter" /></a><p>We&#39;re still not sure why Twitter has become such a popular service for celebrities. But we have a message for public figures who haven&#39;t yet jumped on board the craze: go to the Twitter web site right this second and register your name.</p>Read more

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  10. NBC's Nora O'Brien dies on 'Parenthood' set

    11:11 am 4/30/2009

    Tragedy struck NBC's pilot "Parenthood" on Wednesday night when network drama vp Nora O'Brien died unexpectedly on the set of the pilot starring Peter Krause, Maura Tierney and Erika Christensen.Read more

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