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  1. German nuns knock out 'House,' 'CSI'

    7:20 am 2/25/2009

    Funny nuns proved more than a match for Horatio Caine and his team as German sitcom "Um Himmels Willen," featuring a cloister of rambunctious sisters of God, easily beat out top U.S. import "CSI: Miami" in the ratings race Tuesday night.Read more

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  2. Strong ratings for Obama speech

    7:17 am 2/25/2009

    <p><a href="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e20112790c9d6928a4-800wi.jpg" rel="lightbox" style="float: right;"><img alt="Obama speech" class="at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e20112790c9d6928a4 " src="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e20112790c9d6928a4-320wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" /></a>UPDATED: Barack Obama&#39;s latest speech on the economy commandeered primetime, displacing shows from the 9 p.m. hour with a highly viewed address.</p><p>Obama&#39;s talk to a joint session of Congress drew a 52.4 million viewers across cable and broadcast networks. That&#39;s slightly more than Obama&#39;s first presidential press conference from a couple of weeks ago.&#0160; </p><p>Among original entertainment programming at 8 p.m. (which is mostly accurate) CBS&#39; &quot;NCIS&quot; (17.9 million viewers, 3.7 preliminary adults 18-49 rating and 10 share) and NBC&#39;s &quot;The Biggest Loser&quot; (9.7 million, 3.5/10) maintained their strength, while ABC saw a spike for &quot;Homeland Security&quot; (6.2 million, 1.9/5). </p><p>At 9 p.m., CW aired the season finale of &quot;Privileged&quot; (1.6 million, 0.8/2).The soap was notably left off the network&#39;s list of renewals yesterday and for good reason: it&#39;s the lowest-rated drama on the network. The network likes the show, and so do critics, so there may be a chance of a renewal -- but only if the network is unhappy with its fall pilots. The CW doesn&#39;t program very many time periods and, all things being equal, would prefer to try something new.</p>Read more

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  3. Oscar ratings double in India

    7:01 am 2/25/2009

    Boosted by hometown favorite "Slumdog Millionaire," viewership of the Academy Awards on News Corp.'s Star Movies channel in India more than doubled from last year.Read more

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  4. 'Trek' cast to reunite on 'Family Guy'

    6:37 am 2/25/2009

    <p><a href="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e201116897ab28970c-800wi.jpg" rel="lightbox" style="float: right;"><img alt="Jean luc picard" class="at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e201116897ab28970c " src="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e201116897ab28970c-320wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; width: 151px; height: 189px;" /></a>The cast of &quot;Star Trek: The Next Generation&quot; is reuniting for an episode of &quot;Family Guy,&quot; a mash-up made in geek heaven that Fox will air next month. </p><p>In the episode titled "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven," the &quot;Next Gen&quot; crew (Patrick Stewart, Levar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, WilWheaton, Denise Crosby, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes) will provide guest voices as the Griffin family heads to the annual Quahog "Trek" convention. </p><p>&quot;Stewie blows a fuse when he doesn’t get a chance to ask his favorite &#39;Star Trek: The Next Generation&#39; cast members any questions,&quot; reads the logline. &quot;He devisesa plan, builds a transporter and beams the entire cast to his bedroomso they can spend a fun-filled day together in Quahog.&quot;</p><p>A member of the &quot;Trek&quot; cast let some of this news slip into the blogsphere awhile back, but Fox has now confirmed, announced the cast and set a March 29 airdate. The planned &quot;Empire Strikes Back&quot; parody episode is also on schedule to premiere next season, and the cast is about to do a table read of a &quot;Return of the Jedi&quot; spoof. </p><p>In other Fox-fanboy news, the network is hinting that a two-part episode of &quot;Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles&quot; will be a &quot;game-changing&quot; episode, which is often (but not always) shorthand for &quot;somebody dies.&quot; </p><p>The description:</p>Read more

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  5. HBO breaks Hollywood's Iraq War losing streak

    3:18 am 2/25/2009

    <p><a href="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e20112790b0f7628a4-800wi.jpg" rel="lightbox" style="float: right;"><img alt="Takingchance-425" class="at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e20112790b0f7628a4 " src="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e20112790b0f7628a4-320wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" /></a>While Hollywood focused on the Oscars last weekend, HBO shattered a creative community losing streak that&#39;s claimed about a dozen movie and TV projects in recent years.</p><p>From star-studded films to low-budget documentaries, efforts to tackle the ongoing war in Iraq have struggled to find an audience. </p><p>On the theatrical side, there&#39;s been &quot;Jarhead,&quot; &quot;Stop-Loss,&quot; &quot;Lions for Lambs,&quot; &quot;Redacted&quot; and &quot;In the Valley of Elah,&quot; among others. While networks have launched FX&#39;s &quot;Over There&quot; and HBO&#39;s &quot;Alive Day Memories,&quot; &quot;House of Saddam&quot; and &quot;Generation Kill.&quot; </p><p>Not all were failures, but none were considered breakout hits. Media stories frequently concluded that Americans do not want -- or are not ready -- to watch stories about the conflict. </p><p>Then, on Saturday night, HBO debuted &quot;Taking Chance,&quot; which drew 2 million viewers and became the most-watched original movie to debut on the premium network in five years.</p>Read more

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  6. O'Donnell's 'America' long time in making

    11:40 pm 2/24/2009

    Rosie O'Donnell waited seven years to see a pet project of hers make it to the small screen, and "America," her Lifetime telefilm that premieres Saturday, likely will have been worth the wait, at least according to the creative and executive talent attending a Paley Center panel Tuesday night.Read more

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  7. NBC eyeing 'I'm a Celebrity' revival

    9:00 pm 2/24/2009

    NBC is looking to adapt the hit British series "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!"Read more

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  8. Eric Christian Olsen starring in ABC pilot

    8:25 pm 2/24/2009

    In the latest round of pilot castings, Eric Christian Olsen has been tapped as the lead in ABC's untitled Ricky Blitt comedy pilot, Taylor Schilling has landed the lead in NBC's drama pilot "Mercy," and 9-year-old Dakota Goyo has been cast as the young lead on ABC's untitled Daniel Cerone drama pilot.Read more

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  9. Helmer James Burrows signs up for two pilots

    8:16 pm 2/24/2009

    Veteran TV director James Burrows has signed on to direct two comedy pilots, Fox's "Absolutely Fabulous" and NBC's "100 Questions for Charlotte Payne."Read more

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  10. Lindsay Price joins 'Eastwick' pilot

    8:06 pm 2/24/2009

    There's great news for fans of the movie "The Witches of Eastwick" and not-so-good news for the fans of NBC's dramedy "Lipstick Jungle": "Jungle" star Lindsay Price has been cast as one of the trio of witches in ABC's drama pilot "Eastwick," which is based on the 1987 feature.Read more

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