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Anthony Crupi

HBO Renews Game of Thrones for Two Additional Seasons

Get back to work, George R. R. Martin

HBO isn’t “dragon” its feet on a Game of Thrones renewal. The premium cable network on Tuesday announced it has committed to a fifth and sixth season of the hit series,…

Dead Air: Zombies or No Zombies, Sunday Broadcast Ratings Continue to Slump

Resurrection, Believe hit series lows

Now that The Walking Dead has staggered off for its customary six-month between-seasons break, broadcasters last night may have hoped to regain some of their lost potency in the Sunday…

Kentucky-Wisconsin Final Four Tilt Sets Cable Ratings Record

Turner telecast averages 16.3 million viewers, 9.2 HH rating

The second of TBS’ historic Final Four telecasts, a white-knuckle battle between No. 8 seed Kentucky and the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers, put up record numbers, making it the all-time…

Advertisers Are Lining Up for a Piece of Mad Men’s Final Season

April 13 marks the beginning of the end for AMC’s stylish drama

While viewers may be in for a little culture shock when Mad Men returns for its seventh and final season—the story picks up in January 1969, and in keeping with…

TBS Primes the Pump for Its First Final Four

Turner net’s marketing push designed to help fans break a 32-year habit

As TBS gears up to host its first-ever Final Four, the Turner network is pulling out all the stops on the promotional front. In a sense, the TBS marketing team’s…

David Letterman Announces His Retirement During Late Show Taping

Host will step down when contract expires in late 2015

Wake the kids and phone the neighbors, because David Letterman is hanging it up after his contract expires at the end of next year. The 33-year late night veteran and host…

Death by Hiatus: Extended Downtime Is Killing Your Favorite TV Shows

Mindy Project, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. scorched by rocky scheduling

While extended hiatuses may work for the likes of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, broadcast TV series that take lengthy breaks or are erratically scheduled increasingly run the risk…

Diller: Aereo Is ‘Finished’ If It Loses Supreme Court Battle

Should it prevail, the company will expand to top U.S. markets

Should Aereo lose its impending U.S. Supreme Court case, backer Barry Diller believes it’ll be game over for the upstart distributor. Speaking to anchor Erik Schatzker during an appearance on Bloomberg…

Seeing Spots: Lifetime Branding Effort Looks an Awful Lot Like Splashy Hotel Ad

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas creative bowed last summer

A new sizzle reel designed to raise Lifetime’s brand profile ahead of the 2014-15 upfront season may look awfully familiar to the people who developed a certain nerve-jangling hotel campaign…

How I Met Your Mother Finale Soars

Record ratings, even if fans didn’t think the capper was legen … wait for it … dary

Pop quiz: In the series finale of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, the titular mom is revealed to be: a) a MacGuffin b) a red herring c) the Yellow [Umbrella] King d) a nice,…

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