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  1. CBS announces midseason; 'Island' gets 'CSI' bump

    8:08 am 12/2/2008

    <p><a href="/images/livefeed/2008/12/02/97192_d0116c1.jpg"><img border="0" class="image-full" alt="97192_d0116c1" title="97192_d0116c1" src="/images/livefeed/2008/12/02/97192_d0116c1.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; float: right; width: 327px; height: 205px;" /></a>CBS’ new mystery series "Harper’s Island" will receive the network’s strongest lead-in next year when the show launches after "CSI."The 13-episode &quot;Harper's&quot; -- a &quot;Ten Little Indians&quot;-style thriller (trailer below) where a group of wedding guests are killed off one by one -- will step in for &quot;Eleventh Hour&quot; on Thursdays at 10 p.m. starting April 9 and will run into mid-summer (Yesterday CBS <a href="http://www.thrfeed.com/2008/12/cbs-picks-up-fi.html">picked up</a> five more episodes for &quot;Hour,&quot; a shorter order than a full season, to accommodate the plan).The network also scheduled the return of Canadian drama &quot;Flashpoint&quot; to Friday nights. The crime drama held up impressively last summer for the network and returns Jan. 9, at 9 p.m., filling the spot vacated by this fall by &quot;The Ex-List.&quot; The network has been seeking a strong drama to bridge the gap between "Ghost Whisperer" and "Numbers" and hopes "Flashpoint" will deliver. In addition, CBS will air Ashton Kutcher’s new series &quot;Game Show in My Head&quot; on Saturday nights, the least-watched night of the week, starting Jan. 3. The hidden camera show is hosted by Joe Rogan, with contestants performing five outrageous and embarrassing tasks for a chance to win up to $50,000. In a season where most networks’ spring schedule will barely resemble their fall’s, CBS’ midseason lineup boasts few changes and few surprises: &quot;Flashpoint&quot; performed well on Fridays previously and the network has an opening, so it's going back where it worked before. &quot;Eleventh Hour&quot; has being doing OK on Thursdays, and trying &quot;Harper's&quot; in this valuable slot gives the new project the best possible chance to succeed. CBS hasn't had much luck with the game show genre in primetime, and given how well its scripted programming is performing, declining to shift any of the other shows to accommodate a new unscripted series isn't a big surprise (though not at least premiering the show in a better spot before shifting it to Saturdays does suggest a lack of faith). </p><p>Scheduling dates below: </p>Read more

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  2. CBS wins Monday with repeats

    7:04 am 12/2/2008

    <p><a href="/images/livefeed/2008/12/02/shrek2.jpg"><img border="0" class="image-full" alt="Shrek2" title="Shrek2" src="/images/livefeed/2008/12/02/shrek2.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; float: right; width: 332px; height: 186px;" /></a>Talk about fighting with one arm tied behind your back. CBS managed to continue its Monday night&nbsp; winning streak while airing nothing but repeats against competitors running original episodes and holiday specials. </p><p>CBS averaged 9.9 million viewers and a 2.9 preliminary adults 18-49 rating last night with its &quot;Two and a Half Men&quot; repeat (13.7 million, 4.1) ranking as the evening's highest-rated show. </p><p>ABC was second, launching strong with an hour of green-creature holiday specials that topped 8 p.m. A repeat of &quot;Shrek the Halls&quot; (11.2 million, 3.3) was followed by an airing of &quot;How the Grinch Stole Christmas&quot; (11.7 million, 3.8). ABC hopes &quot;Shrek,&quot; which premiered last year paired with &quot;Grinch,&quot; becomes an ever-repeatable annual tradition. Though 3.3 is a great number for an encore, it's down 54% from last year. </p><p>Next ABC aired two episodes of &quot;Samantha Who?&quot; (averaging 6.8 million, 2.1), which clocked season lows without a &quot;Dancing With the Stars&quot; lead-in. ABC aired an on par &quot;Boston Legal&quot; (8.4 million, 2.3) at 10 p.m.</p><p>NBC placed third with on par editions of &quot;Chuck&quot; (7.2 million, 2.5) and &quot;Heroes&quot; (8 Million, 3.6). At 10 p.m., &quot;My Own Worst Enemy&quot; hit a season low (4 million, 1.6). </p><p>Fox's &quot;Terminator&quot; (5.8 million, 2.2) perked up with its highest rating in two months, along with a steady "Prison Break" (5.8 million, 2.2).&nbsp; </p><p>The CW tried pairing &quot;Gossip Girl&quot; (3.1 million, 1.5) and &quot;Privileged&quot; (2.2 million, 1.0) in originals for the first time. Though not as strong as &quot;One Tree Hill&quot; in the slot, &quot;Privileged&quot; gained some additional sampling from the lead-in, registering its highest rating ever among adults 18-34. </p><p>Chart after the jump</p>Read more

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  3. Sci Fi Channel orders 'Battlestar' prequel 'Caprica'

    6:43 am 12/2/2008

    <p><img width="182" height="273" border="0" alt="Nup_131000_0114" title="Nup_131000_0114" src="/images/livefeed/2008/12/02/nup_131000_0114.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; float: right;" />Sci Fi Channel has given the long-gestating &quot;Battlestar Galactica&quot; prequel &quot;Caprica&quot; a series order. </p><p>The network has made a significant commitment to the project, ordering 20 hours, including a two-hour pilot. Cast members include Eric Stoltz (&quot;Milk,&quot; &quot;Chicago Hope&quot;), Esai Morales (&quot;Jericho,&quot; &quot;NYPD Blue&quot;),Paula Malcomson (&quot;Deadwood,&quot; &quot;ER&quot;) and Polly Walker(&quot;Cane,&quot; &quot;Rome&quot;).</p><p>&quot; 'Caprica' will build on 'Battlestar Galactica's' acclaimed legacy ofgripping drama and extraordinary characters,&quot; said Sci Fi president Dave Howe. &quot;It's the beginning of a brand new epic saga thatwill appeal to both new viewers, totally unfamiliar with the 'Battlestar'franchise, as well as existing loyal and passionate 'Battlestar' fans.&quot;</p><p>&quot;Caprica&quot; was originally planned to launch as a two-hour movie, which has already been shot. After viewing the footage, Sci Fi has opted to go straight to series -- but that means launching later than fans expected. Series production will begin next summer for a 2010 premiere. &quot;Caprica&quot; is produced by Universal Cable Productions and executiveproduced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick andRemi Aubuchon. </p><p>Description from the press release: </p>Read more

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  4. 'Caprica' gets series pickup at Sci Fi

    11:25 pm 12/1/2008

    Sci Fi Channel has given a series pickup to "Caprica," the prequel to the channel's signature series "Battlestar Galactica."Read more

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  5. Vance, Davenport cast in ABC pilot

    8:00 pm 12/1/2008

    Courtney B. Vance and Jack Davenport are the first actors cast in ABC's hot drama pilot "Flash Forward," which is rumored as a potential companion to "Lost."Read more

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  6. MTV scores with Spears special

    6:45 pm 12/1/2008

    For the record -- Britney Spears' MTV special did pretty good Sunday night.Read more

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  7. HBO looking for De La Hoya 'megafight'

    4:14 pm 12/1/2008

    HBO believes that Dec.6 Oscar De La Hoya-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view event still has all the makings of a "megafight," KO'd economy be damned.Read more

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  8. Gotham Awards

    4:03 pm 12/1/2008

    Sheila Nevins brings life to the small screenRead more

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  9. Lawyer For Guns N' Roses: Be Careful What You Promise

    3:50 pm 12/1/2008

    <p><a href="/images/2008/12/01/dr_pepper_can_2.jpg"><img width="100" height="190" border="0" src="/images/2008-small/12/01/dr_pepper_can_2.jpg" title="Dr_pepper_can_2" alt="Dr_pepper_can_2" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; float: left;" /></a> Guns N' Roses has done the unthinkable and finally released &quot;Chinese Democracy,&quot; fifteen years and many jokes in the making.</p>Read more

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  10. David Gregory set for 'Press'?

    3:47 pm 12/1/2008

    NBC News denied Monday night that it was close to announcing that it would soon name chief White House correspondent David Gregory as "Meet the Press" moderator.Read more

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