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nba, obama boost abc
ABC dominated Sunday night. Barack Obama’s appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” was the highest-rated Kimmel pregame special yet. Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers (17.3 million viewers, 7.2 rating) was the highest-rated NBA game in two years, up 61% from last year’s finals. In second place was NBC’s U.S. Open golf championship (13.8 million, 3.9/13). On CBS, the 62nd Tony Awards hit an all-time low (9.3 million, 1.1/3) in adults 18-49, but the telecast was up 5% in households.
Zaylor exits WBTV
Warner Bros. Television head of production Judith Zaylor will retire July 3. As exec vp, Zaylor, a 21-year veteran of the company, supervised all day-to-day production on WBTV’s primetime series, telefilms and miniseries. Her replacement will be announced soon.
Ramsey makes the cut
David Ramsey has joined Showtime’s “Dexter” for a multiepisode arc. He will play Anton, a sexy and smart guitarist in a multicultural band. Ramsey is repped by APA and Nils Larsen at Elements Entertainment.
Young ‘Scrubs’ in
Lee Thompson Young is set to recur on ABC Studios’ “Scrubs,” which is moving from NBC to ABC next season. Young, repped by WMA and Rain Management Group, will play one of the new interns.
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