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  1. ESPN moves three to Los Angeles

    9:37 am 2/18/2009

    ESPN tapped three on-air personalities to move West to anchor shows from the network's soon-to-be-opened Los Angeles production facility.Read more

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  2. Digital TV transition begins; riots quelled

    9:19 am 2/18/2009

    <p><a href="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e2011278fa2e8b28a4-800wi.jpg" rel="lightbox" style="float: right;"><img alt="84524374" class="at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e2011278fa2e8b28a4 " src="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e2011278fa2e8b28a4-500wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; width: 251px; height: 167px;" /></a>UPDATED: About one-third of TV stations have switched to digital signals. </p><p>And so far, there&#39;s been a disappointing lack of violence and mayhem. </p><p>On Tuesday, 421 stations flipped the switch into the digital age before in advance of the new June 12 deadline, joining 220 local affiliates that had already made the change. </p><p>&quot;Early results from markets where broadcasters have completed their switch to digital are encouraging, given recent changes in the national deadline,&quot; read a statement from the National Association of Broadcasters.</p><p>The NAB said call centers in Virgina received about 150 calls. Stations in Rockford, Illinois received 200 calls and stations in Topeka, Kan. received 300. </p><p>&quot;In each case, stations were able to resolve most viewer concerns over the phone,&quot; the NAB added (though it would be interesting to know if the callers agreed).</p>Read more

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  3. Showalter, Black team for new series

    9:06 am 2/18/2009

    Comedy Central has greenlighted seven episodes of "Michael and Michael Have Issues," a comedy series starring Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter.Read more

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  4. 'Biggest Loser' looks to America's fattest cities for fall

    8:22 am 2/18/2009

    <p><a href="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e201116884e5a2970c-800wi.jpg" rel="lightbox" style="float: right;"><img alt="Looooser" class="at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e201116884e5a2970c " src="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e201116884e5a2970c-500wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; width: 117px; height: 175px;" /></a>Producers of NBC&#39;s &quot;The Biggest Loser&quot; are considering a return to the single-contestant format that launched the reality hit, but with a localized twist.</p><p>Reveille, 3 Ball and 24/7 intend to cast singles for the fall edition of the show from cities topping an annual &quot;Fattest Cities in America&quot; list. The show will explore why those cities are struggling so much, find people who embody such circumstances and challenge the contestant to inspire their city and improve their lives. </p><p>&quot;We&#39;re going back to singles and contemplating doing something really unique,&quot; said executive producer J.D. Roth. &quot;We’re going to study fattest cities in America, we&#39;re going to try to cast in those cities and add things into those cities to help them change their ways and to get off that list.&quot;</p><p>For 11 years, Men&#39;s Fitness has published a &quot;Fittest and Fattest Cities&quot; list, with the <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/lifestyle/215">most recent results</a> coming out last month:</p>Read more

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  5. 'American Idol' climbs, outsmarts 'Mentalist'

    7:15 am 2/18/2009

    <p><a href="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e201116884bbac970c-800wi.jpg" rel="lightbox" style="float: right;"><img alt="_PG17867" class="at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e201116884bbac970c " src="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e201116884bbac970c-500wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; width: 218px; height: 326px;" /></a> Tuesday&#39;s top show, Fox&#39;s &quot;American Idol,&quot; went up slightly in the ratings (25.1 million viewers, 9.5 preliminary adults 18-49 rating and 23 share) as it stretched to two hours.</p>Read more

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  6. Black, Showalter get (another) Comedy Central series

    5:55 am 2/18/2009

    <p><a href="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e2011278f9c27528a4-800wi.jpg" rel="lightbox" style="float: right;"><img alt="Blackshow" class="at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e2011278f9c27528a4 " src="/images/livefeed/old/6a00d83451d69069e2011278f9c27528a4-500wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; width: 285px; height: 189px;" /></a>Comedy Central has greenlit a new quasi-sketch comedy series starring comedians Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter.</p><p>The seven-episode project, &quot;Michael and Michael Have Issues,&quot; has the longtime friends as host of their own fictitious sketch comedy show. Each episode will include the a behind-the-scenes narrative of the show, plus some of the sketches themselves. </p><p>From the release: </p>&quot;Behind-the-scenes of the show-within-a-show, viewers will get a first hand look at issues, both big (in an attempt to broaden their appeal, the guys turn their show into a frat house spectacle) and small (the two Michaels fight over the approval of a teenage intern writing an article about them for his high school newspaper.) that the two misguided stars wrestle with as they confront their own issues of insecurity and jealousy as each attempts to undermine the other.&quot;<p>This is the latest stab at Comedy Central glory for Black, who co-created and starred in &quot;Viva Variety&quot; and &quot;Stella.&quot; Showalter also starred in &quot;Stella,&quot; and his credits include &quot;Wet Hot American Summer." Both guys were co-founders of sketch comedy troupe &quot;The State,&quot; which ran for three seasons on MTV.&#0160;</p>Read more

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  7. Report: Biz employment outlook worrisome

    12:00 am 2/18/2009

    Local entertainment employment will be flat in 2009 and post a modest uptick next year, but the long-term outlook remains worrisome.Read more

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  8. Lionsgate seeking to toss Weinsteins' 'Push' suit

    11:31 pm 2/17/2009

    <p><a href="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e2011278f8e9f528a4-pi.jpg" style="float: left;"><img alt="Push" class="at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e2011278f8e9f528a4 " src="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e2011278f8e9f528a4-320wi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;" /></a></p> <p>We had a <a href="/2009/02/when-push-came-to-shove.html">feeling</a> this shoving match over &quot;Push&quot; wasn&#39;t going to settle quickly. </p>Read more

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  9. Is the Pirate Bay trial 'up in smoke'?

    10:18 pm 2/17/2009

    <p><a href="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e201116883bee9970c-pi.jpg" style="FLOAT: left"><img alt="Pirateflag" class="at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e201116883bee9970c " src="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e201116883bee9970c-320wi.jpg" style="MARGIN: 0px 5px 5px 0px" /></a> A highly publicized trial in Sweden against founders of the popular file-sharing site Pirate Bay is underway with a bit of a thud.</p>Read more

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  10. 'Slumdog,' 'Duchess' top costume nods

    10:00 pm 2/17/2009

    "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Duchess" and "The Dark Knight" were among the winners at the 11th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards on Tuesday night.Read more

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