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Sky high debut

LONDON — Season 3 of island drama "Lost" debuted on Sky One with 1.4 million viewers Sunday night, garnering the network's second-highest audience this year and beating the digital channel's launch audiences for "Nip/Tuck" and "24." Airing the first two episodes from 10 p.m. to midnight, the audience held through the break, with the second episode drawing 1.2 million viewers. The move appears to vindicate Sky's decision to poach the show from Channel 4, paying more than £1 million ($1.9 million) per episode in a deal valued in excess of $80 million ($151.7 million).

First Look's 'Box'

MADRID — First Look Studios has picked up North American rights to "The Kovak Box," starring Timothy Hutton, Spanish production house Filmax announced Monday. "Box," di-rected by Daniel Monzon and produced by Filmax and Estudios Picasso, tells the story of a best-selling author whose fictional world becomes all too real when an idea from one of his books is used in a plot to drive people to commit suicide.

MTV Pakistan bound

LONDON — MTV Networks International's 56th branded music channel will launch Nov. 21 in Pakistan, MTVNI president Bill Roedy said Monday. The 24-hour channel, which will air to 3.5 million Pakistani homes, will be joined by a new local version of kids channel Nickelodeon. The channels will be a joint venture with Karachi-based Indus media, and the new MTV channel will replace the existing Indus Music when it launches this week. "This channel will be driven by local Pakistani management and will be totally reflective of what that culture wants," Roedy said.