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Tracking the week’s ups and downs in the business of entertainment.
UP: Oprah WInfrey
Winfrey’s OWN lures her buddy Tyler Perry to create much-needed scripted shows for the struggling network as ratings tick up for a third straight quarter.
DOWN: Shepard Smith
The Fox News anchor apologizes after the network airs graphic footage of a man shooting himself in the head after a car chase in Arizona. (FNC blames “severe human error” for the gaffe.)
UP: Mumford & Sons
Marcus Mumford and Co. are on track to sell about 600,000 copies of their album Babel in its first week, says Billboard — a surprising number for any pop act, let alone one with a folk-rock sound.
DOWN: David Kohan & Max Mutchnick
Their Partners is flopping on CBS, with its second episode down 13 percent in the 18-to-49 demo from its modest debut. Will it last as long as their 2010 effort $#*! My Dad Says?
DreamWorks Animation (DWA)
Janney upgrades to “buy” on Rise of the Guardians and its Fox distribution deal.
Economic woes in L.A., NYC and Chicago may dim demand for network ads, says Zacks.
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