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  1. Syndicated 'Deal's' top prize is $500K

    12:00 am 7/21/2008

    NBC Universal and Endemol USA are planning to give away as much as $500,000 per contestant every day in their upcoming syndicated half-hour strip "Deal or No Deal."Read more

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  2. '30 Rock' swaps places with 'Kath'

    11:00 pm 7/20/2008

    NBC's new comedy series "Kath & Kim" is on the move again, this time swapping places with "30 Rock."Read more

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  3. James Purefoy circles NBC series

    10:00 pm 7/20/2008

    NBC is closing in on its "Philanthropist," with Brit James Purefoy in negotiations to play the lead in the midseason drama series.Read more

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  4. NBC sells 90% of Olympics ads

    9:00 pm 7/20/2008

    With less than three weeks to the start of the Beijing Games, NBC Universal is poised to announce Monday that it has sold 90% of its Olympics ad inventory. The network reiterated that it was on track to break a record with more than $1 billion in ad sales.Read more

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  5. Sci Fi on a new venture

    6:01 pm 7/20/2008

    Sci Fi has expanded and reorganized its wide-ranging businesses under a new umbrella, Sci Fi Ventures, it said Sunday at the TCA press tour.Read more

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  6. 'SNL' in overdrive for election

    5:34 pm 7/20/2008

    The presidential election will mean extended duty for NBC's "Saturday Night Live." The network announced Sunday that the series will premiere on Sept. 13, allowing it to have seven live outings before Election Day. That, in turn, will result in a season order of 22 episodes, two more than usual.Read more

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  7. USA lines up trio of projects

    4:56 pm 7/20/2008

    The CIA, the operating room and the morgue will serve as settings for three new projects in development at USA, the network said Sunday at the TCA press tour. In addition, the hiring of Mark Feuerstein to star in a pilot removes the cast contingency from "Royal Pains."Read more

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  8. Universal Cable sets exec structure

    4:47 pm 7/20/2008

    Universal Cable Prods. has installed a new management structure to identify, develop and produce original content for cable television.Read more

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  9. Commentary: HBO is proof you don't need dramas to make a dramatic impact

    4:00 pm 7/20/2008

    Despite missing a best drama nomination at the Emmys, HBO is still flying high, writes RAY RICHMOND.Read more

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  10. Sci Fi's 'Caprica' might go straight to series

    3:37 pm 7/20/2008

    <p><img border="0" alt="Caprica" title="Caprica" src="/images/livefeed/2008/07/21/caprica.jpg" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; float: left;" />TCA -- By James Hibberd and Barry Garron </p><p>Sci Fi Channel's &quot;Battlestar Galactica&quot; prequel &quot;Caprica&quot; might not air as a backdoor pilot after all. </p><p>It might go straight to series. </p><p>"We’re not sure if it’s going to air as a backdoor pilot," says Sci Fi Channel's executive vp of programming Mark Stern at the Television Critics Association press tour. "We’re going to take a look at it and maybe just order it as a series from there. We are going to take delivery on it in a couple of weeks and then decide whether to air it as a standalone movie or as the premiere of a new series." </p><p>Sci Fi had a panel for &quot;Caprica&quot; during the network's TCA session, where showrunner Ron Moore and cast members took the stage to answer questions from critics. The project has long been called a two-hour backdoor pilot, and is supposed to air sometime this fall. An upgrade to a series order would likely&nbsp; push its air date until sometime next year, a Sci Fi spokesperson says. Certainly the very act of paneling a mere pilot at the critics tour suggests network enthusiasm for the project. </p><p>Moore says that it won’t matter that people already know how the prequel story ends. In fact, he's counting on that to add suspense. </p><p>"The tension comes from the fact that you do know where it’s going," he says. "All of this -- this world you’re about to visit -- is doomed, in some shape or form.You know how WWII turns out. You know the Nazis are going to lose. But that doesn’t mean you can’t tell compelling stories.&quot;</p><p>&quot;Caprica&quot; takes place 51 years before the events in &quot;Galactica,&quot; and the 12 colonies are not always peacefully co-existing. Also, there will be no flash-forwards to the current series ("intercutting the two would feel very oil and water," he says). </p>Read more

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