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  1. 'Daily Show' scores with convention shows

    9:56 am 9/11/2008

    <p>By Paul J. Gough</p><p>NEW YORK -- Count Comedy Central as one of the networks getting aratings boost from the Democratic and Republican nationalconventions.</p><p>As it has for years, the network's &quot;The Daily Show With JonStewart&quot; shifted from its New York base to the DNC (staged inDenver this year) and the RNC (St. Paul, Minn.).</p>Read more

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  2. 'Late Show' wins with Obama appearance

    9:39 am 9/11/2008

    <p>By Paul J. Gough</p><p>NEW YORK -- &quot;Late Show With David Letterman&quot; soared Wednesday with appearances by Sen. Barack Obama and Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron James.</p><p>&quot;Late Show&quot; averaged a 4.1 rating/10 share in the Nielsen Media Research metered markets, the second-highest rating the show has received all year. Wednesday night's show managed to do the often out of reach, which was to beat late-night king Jay Leno and &quot;The Tonight Show.&quot; But it wasn't by much, as Leno averaged a 3.9/10.</p>Read more

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  3. 'Borat' Moviefilm Still Not Make Benefit Angry Plaintiffs

    7:38 am 9/11/2008

    <p><a href="/images/2008/09/11/borat.jpg"><img title="Borat" height="115" alt="Borat" src="/images/2008-small/09/11/borat.jpg" width="100" border="0" style="FLOAT: left; MARGIN: 0px 5px 5px 0px" /></a>It's been awhile since we checked in with our favorite Kazakhstan TV reporter. Now comes word that the New York District Court has dismissed a lawsuit by several plaintiffs who sued the makers of &quot;Borat&quot; after allegedly being duped into agreeing to be in the film.</p> <p>The plaintiffs in the case, including an etiquette trainer and a driver's education teacher, signed a waiver to appear in a &quot;documentary-style...motion picture&quot; intended &quot;to reach a young adult audience by using entertaining content and formats.&quot; In their complaint, the plaintiffs argued that the waiver was ambiguous and that the term &quot;documentary-style film&quot; didn't describe &quot;Borat.&quot; </p> <p>U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ruled that there is no ambiguity. The waiver contract language applies to the film and the plaintiffs can't claim they were fraudulent induced into signing the contract because the signed waiver explicitly disclaimed such an argument. (Obviously, &quot;Borat&quot; filmmakers saw the potential troubles ahead.)</p> <p>Full decision after the jump:</p> Read more

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  4. NFL Players Flag CBS For Off-Sides

    7:29 am 9/11/2008

    <p><a href="/images/2008/09/11/nfl.jpg"><img title="Nfl" height="82" alt="Nfl" src="/images/2008-small/09/11/nfl.jpg" width="85" border="0" style="FLOAT: left; MARGIN: 0px 5px 5px 0px" /></a>The best offense is a good defense?</p> <p>Responding to CBS Interactive's <a href="/2008/09/cbs-says-nfl-pl.html">lawsuit</a> against the National Football League Players Association, the for-profit marketing arm of the NFLPA has already filed a countersuit in Miami federal court. That was quick.</p>Read more

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  5. Rod Lurie Claims Touchstone Used WGA Strike To Impeach His 'Commander-in-Chief' Money

    7:25 am 9/11/2008

    <p><a href="/images/2008/09/11/rod_lurie.jpg"><img title="Rod_lurie" height="71" alt="Rod_lurie" src="/images/2008-small/09/11/rod_lurie.jpg" width="85" border="0" style="FLOAT: left; MARGIN: 0px 5px 5px 0px" /></a>We're a bit surprised we haven't seen more lawsuits emanating from last year's writers' strike. Especially after the words "<a href="/2007/11/wga-strike-fren.html">force majeure</a>&quot; became the catchphrase around town. </p>Read more

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  6. Fox takes a dip with 'Bones,' pair of sitcoms

    6:37 am 9/11/2008

    <p>By Paul J. Gough</p><p>NEW YORK -- After an OK start Tuesday night with &quot;Fringe,&quot; Fox lost ground with Wednesday's lineup, including a &quot;Bones&quot; down from last week's premiere and less-than-impressive ratings for sitcoms &quot; 'Til Death&quot; and &quot;Do Not Disturb.&quot;</p><p>Meanwhile, NBC won the night in viewers and adults 18-49 thanks to a two-hour &quot;America's Got Talent,&quot; Nielsen Media Research said Thursday.</p>Read more

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  7. FtvS, McQuarrie team for 'Persons'

    10:00 pm 9/10/2008

    Fox TV Studios is gearing up production on "Persons Unknown," the first TV series from an unusual TV suspect: Oscar winner Christopher McQuarrie.Read more

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  8. Bravo eyes younger demo with new series

    9:00 pm 9/10/2008

    Bravo, which found a successful franchise in "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and its spinoffs, is looking to the younger set for its next Southern California-set project.Read more

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  9. Lauren Conrad inks book deal

    7:36 pm 9/10/2008

    "The Hills" star Lauren Conrad has inked a three-book deal with HarperCollins.Read more

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  10. MPTF benefit set for Sept. 20

    6:20 pm 9/10/2008

    An Emmys-themed fundraiser for the Motion Picture &amp; Television Fund will be held Sept. 20 in Century Park behind the new CAA building in Century City.Read more

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