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Tales from ESPN's 'E:60' begin Oct. 16

BRISTOL, Conn. — A little more than six weeks before its debut, ESPN's investigative newsmagazine series has a name. "E:60" will premiere at 7 p.m. EDT Oct. 16 after "SportsCenter" and air weekly the next four Tuesdays before returning in April and June. The show will have 15 one-hour editions this season; each piece in the show will have its correspondent introduce it. Jeremy Schaap, Lisa Salters, Tom Farrey, Rachel Nichols and Michael Smith have been tapped as reporters for the show. Formerly known as "ESPN Reports," the program is being marketed as a cross between HBO's "Real Sports" and CBS' "60 Minutes," with a youthful, fast pace.

'Design' lays blueprint for third season

HGTV is moving forward with a third season of the reality competition series "Design Star," which has broken network viewership records. In addition, the Scripps-owned channel has ordered three more seasons of "Color Splash," the show hosted by "Design Star's" first- season winner, David Bromstad. The third season of "Design" is set to debut in the third quarter. The show rewards one winning designer with his or her own series on HGTV. The second-season finale is set to air at 9 p.m. Sept. 16.

Foursome move in for the 'Kill'

John Leguizamo, Dan Futterman, Trilby Glover and professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek have joined the cast of "Righteous Kill," Jon Avnet's film about two police detectives, played by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, investigating vigilante killings in New York. Brian Dennehy also is in negotiations for a role in the Nu Image/Millennium production, to be distributed domestically by Overture Films. The film begins shooting today in Connecticut and New York.

It's A SmallWorld appointment to top job

NEW YORK — A SmallWorld, which bills itself as "world's most exclusive online social network," has named Joe Robinson president and CEO, the company said Friday. Robinson was an investor and senior executive at Scout Inc., which was acquired by News Corp., and he also founded gaming company PlayLink and gaming Web site ASW, which has 265,000 members, is invitation-only, has selective advertising from luxury brands and aims to connect "influentials" worldwide. The Weinstein Co. and Bob Pittman are investors.

Correspondent Roberts plies 'Insider' trade

Former CNN Headline News co-anchor Thomas Roberts is taking on a role as correspondent for CBS Television Distribution's syndicated newsmagazine "The Insider." Roberts, who joined CNN in 2001, co-anchored coverage of the Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy in 2003 as well as the ongoing coverage of the Iraq War. He received an Emmy nomination in 2002 for an investigation of a local puppy mill that ultimately was shut down. He left CNN in May.