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  1. 'Defenders,' 'LOLA' fall, struggling 'Whole Truth' rises

    6:33 am 10/7/2010

    <p><img width="300" height="197" align="right" src="/images/2010/10/defenders.jpg" alt="defenders" />UPDATED: Several new shows made potentially significant moves in the ratings Wednesday night: ABC's struggling drama "The Whole Truth" improved for the first time, while rivals CBS' "The Defenders" and NBC's "Law &amp; Order: Los Angeles" slipped. While ABC's new comedy "Better With You" may have just earned itself a pickup.</p> <p>CBS and Fox tied to win the evening. Fox's two-hour "Hell's Kitchen" (6.6 million viewers, 3.2 adults 18-49 rating) was up about 10%.</p> <p>CBS' "Survivor" (12.1 million, 3.6) climbed 3% and "Criminal Minds" (13.9 million, 3.5) fell 3%. At 10 p.m. "The Defenders" (9.4 million 2.1) was down 16% and CBS' lowest-rated telecast in this time period since 2003. (In some respects, that statistic is actually quite impressive since a 2.1 isn't all that low).</p> Read more

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  2. 'Today' tops 'Regis and Kelly' in ratings

    6:03 am 10/7/2010

    First time since NBC launched third hour in 2000Read more

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  3. Jeff Bewkes: We might rehire Rick Sanchez

    5:41 am 10/7/2010

    Time Warner CEO says 'he did a lot of good work on CNN'Read more

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  4. Hollywood Docket: Anti-piracy pact released; Tivo patent reaffirmed; court sketch artist vs. ESPN

    5:38 am 10/7/2010

    The full text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement was published yesterday (<a href="http://www.ustr.gov/webfm_send/2338">here</a>). Hollywood is supporting the measure, although it&#39;s clear that in order to win tech support, language regarding the liability of ISPs for copyright infringement was toned down. Also, missing from the nearly 40 countries on board with the deal is China, notorious for failing to control piracy.Read more

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  5. Toni Braxton files for bankruptcy, owes $50m

    5:36 am 10/7/2010

    Creditors include Screen Actors GuildRead more

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  6. Lifetime orders Russian-American 'Brighton Beach'

    5:00 am 10/7/2010

    EXCLUSIVE: New boardwalk scene coming to cable as MTV plots "Jersey Shore" spinoffs.Read more

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  7. MIPCOM gets thumbs up all round

    4:48 am 10/7/2010

    Describing deals as being "as eclectic and international as the people attending the show," MIPCOM organizers delivered Thursday their final summation of the still-ongoing but winding-down sales bazaar.Read more

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  8. Connected creativity forum at MIPTV market

    3:28 am 10/7/2010

    "Hello, mobile industry? Reed MIDEM calling." Reed MIDEM will partner with global mobile organization the GSMA for a new "Connected Creativity Forum" during next year's MIPTV market April 5 - 7, Reed MIDEM said on Thursday as MIPCOM wrapped on the Riviera.Read more

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  9. FCC steps in Comcast, Tennis Channel dispute

    3:15 am 10/7/2010

    While it continues to review Comcast's proposed acquisition of a majority stake in NBC Universal, the FCC is also looking to step in to resolve a long-running carriage dispute between the cable giant and the Tennis Channel.Read more

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  10. Lifetime orders Russian-American 'Brighton Beach' while MTV plots 'Jersey Shore' spinoffs

    9:05 pm 10/6/2010

    <p><img width="341" hspace="3" height="182" align="right" src="/images/2010/10/coney-island-341.jpg" alt="coney island 341" />Exclu: Three words: Russian Jersey Shore.</p> <p>Lifetime has ordered 12 episodes of a new series introducing cable viewers to a whole new East Coast boardwalk scene.</p> <p>Next year, the network will unveil "Brighton Beach," about a group of Russian-Americans living on Coney Island in Brooklyn.</p> <p>Unlike MTV’s youthful hit, however, "Brighton" will have a multigenerational cast that better reflects Lifetime’s audience. The show will chronicle several colorful families, with the show's action centered on a popular local nightclub.</p> <p>When "Brighton Beach" was first pitched to networks last March, producer Elina Miller told one reporter: "We are big fans of 'Jersey Shore,' but the Russian community has its own set of characters which we think could be even more interesting. There will be plenty of vodka, techno music and guys wearing Adidas pants, leather jackets and gold chains, and driving souped-up cars. There will also be a lot of hot, decked-out Russian girls."</p> Read more

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