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Falco joins the family in '30 Rock'

Edie Falco, vying for Emmy glory this month for her mob wife role on HBO's "The Sopranos," is set to appear on three episodes of NBC's "30 Rock," which launches its second season at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Falco's appearance on the comedy series will mark her first TV appearance since the "Sopranos" season finale in June. Details about her "30 Rock" character were not released Thursday. Falco said she's a fan of the comedy and has "laughed out loud'' watching it. Said "30 Rock'' star-creator Tina Fey, "We're thrilled … and a lot of guys on our crew want 'The Sopranos' ending explained to them.''

Isaacs in production for Summit

Summit Entertainment has hired Andi Isaacs to oversee the physical production of all in-house film productions, COO Bob Hayward said Thursday. Isaacs comes from Walt Disney Pictures, where she was a production executive from 2004-06. Her work includes "National Treasure," "Someone Like You," "The Pacifier" and "There's Something About Mary."

Crain rising at Picturehouse

TORONTO — Picturehouse has promoted Lindsay Crain from director of acquisitions to vp acquisitions just in time for this month's Toronto International Film Festival. Crain will continue reporting to senior vp acquisitions Sara Rose in the company's Los Angeles office. The pair will work with Picturehouse president Bob Berney to navigate the indie film landscape. Crain was involved in the acquisitions of some of Picturehouse's biggest hits, including Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" and Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion."

CNBC backs debate for GOP hopefuls

NEW YORK — CNBC said Thursday that it will sponsor a debate with GOP presidential candidates Oct. 9 from Dearborn, Mich. Topics will focus on business and economic issues. The debate will begin at 4 p.m. EDT from the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center; the network said the moderator and debate structure would be announced later. MSNBC also will air the debate at 9 that night.

Warners clears 'Potter'-led package

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has cleared a 35-title feature film package that includes two "Harry Potter" films on stations in 133 markets nationwide. Along with "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the package includes such Warner Bros. Pictures titles as "Batman Begins," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "March of the Penguins," "Million Dollar Baby," "The Matrix Revolutions," "The Last Samurai," "Troy," "Ocean's Twelve" and "Good Night, and Good Luck." The package, dubbed "Volume 41," has been cleared on Fox-owned television stations representing 90% of the U.S. market.