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'Medium' well for Season 4

NBC has handed out an early fourth season to the psychic crime series "Medium," from creator/executive producer Glenn Gordon Caron. The renewal follows orders for six additional scripts NBC gave to "Medium" and "Friday Night Lights" last month (HR 4/11). After a hot start as a midseason entry in 2005, "Medium" has lost some of its luster after being transplanted from its original 10 p.m. Monday period. In its current Wednesday 10 p.m. slot, it has averaged 8.5 million viewers and a 3.0 rating/8 share among adults 18-49 this season. "Medium," from CBS Paramount Network Television, Picturemaker Prods. and Grammnet Prods., stars Patricia Arquette as a wife and mother with psychic abilities who works as a part-time consultant to the District Attorney's Office. Arquette won an Emmy for the role in 2005.

Oliver booked as N.Y. agent at Endeavor

Rebecca Oliver has joined Endeavor's New York book division as a literary agent. She will oversee foreign and domestic subsidiary rights and work alongside Richard Abate, who recently created the agency's East Coast book division. Oliver had worked at Grand Central Publishing (previously Warner Books) since 1999, first as associate director of domestic rights and most recently as associate director of subsidiary rights.

Clear Channel pushes back buyout vote

Clear Channel Communications on Monday delayed a vote on a proposed $19.35 billion buyout of the radio company and said it was talking to bidders about a revised offer. The company already had received enough proxies to defeat the proposed buyout, which would require a two-thirds vote for approval. The shareholder meeting scheduled for today was postponed until May 22. Clear Channel said its board was talking with private-equity firms about increasing the price from $39 per share to $39.20.

CBS retools U.S. Open deal with USTA

NEW YORK — CBS and the U.S. Tennis Assn. have renegotiated the network's carriage deal for the U.S. Open, throwing out the final two years of the contract for a new agreement that includes a significant rights fee as well as a new revenue-sharing component. Sources said the new agreement, which will run through 2011, gives the USTA about 20% less than the average $30 million a year it was getting but now allows the USTA and CBS to share sponsorship packages and other revenue.

Lewis tapped show host for TV Guide net

Ananda Lewis, who has hosted her own talk show and served as an on-air personality at BET and MTV, has been tapped to host TV Guide Network's upcoming reality competition series "America's Next Producer." David Hill, chairman and CEO of the Fox Sports Television Group and executive producer at Fox Sports, and TV Guide magazine's Matt Roush will serve as judges on the 10-episode series, featuring contestants competing for a cash prize, production office and first-look deal with TV Guide Network.

Foreign-film student Oscar finalists set

Five finalists selected from a record 49 entries representing 33 foreign countries will compete for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2007 honorary foreign-film award at the 34th annual Student Academy Awards competition, which culminates in a June 9 awards presentation in Beverly Hills. The finalists are Michael Dreher of Germany for "Fair Trade"; Marc Brummund of Germany for "Gaining Ground"; Lourens Blok of the Netherlands for "Love, Death & Air Guitar"; Michaela Kezele of Serbia for "Milan"; and Toke Constantin Hebbeln of Germany for "Nevermore."