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USA Unveils Sci-Fi Drama Horizon, First Sitcom Pickups

Network prepares for Modern Family to hit in syndication

USA is revisiting science fiction with a new show from Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd, called Horizon. The show, set during the Second World War, will follow a secretary…

Comcast Begins Encrypting Basic Cable

Passive theft just got a lot harder

Comcast has decided to start encrypting its basic cable signal. If you have a cable box, this will mean absolutely nothing to you, but if you run the coaxial cable…

Upfront Preview: IFC's Offerings Include Comedies From Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller

Large development slate features 3 pilots and 8 scripts

As its big sister net AMC celebrates its successes, comedy cabler IFC is headed into its 2013 upfront—the first without Evan Shapiro, who now works with Participant Media on its…

Participant Media Starts New TV Network, Pivot

Documentary-heavy channel tries unusual distribution strategy

At an upfront presentation on Wednesday morning, Participant Media announced that it will turn its recent acquisitions Halogen and the Documentary Channel, into a mostly nonfiction network featuring programming from…

Nielsen: Broadcast Ad Spend Zooms in Q3

Networks book $5.33 billion in sales as Olympics, auto dollars flow

Broadcast television enjoyed an impressive third quarter, as overall network spend soared 35 percent versus the year-ago period. According to data just released by Nielsen, the broadcasters booked north of $5.33…

Fast Chat: Key & Peele

The Comedy Central stars get serious about being funny

Comedy Central's Key & Peele is one of those home-grown oddities you only get on a network that develops not just comedy, but individual comedians. The series has only a couple…

Good News/Bad News: Cable Notches Record Upfront Haul, but Market Is Slumping

Stagnant economy puts the freeze on scatter

After two consecutive years of record growth, the cable advertising market has cooled down considerably—and if the current scatter market is any indication, the networks could be in for a…

OWN Lays Off 30

Discovery joint venture with Oprah axes staffers post-'Rosie' cancellation

Seems like the Oprah Winfrey Network just can't catch a break: after Friday's announcement that The Rosie Show wouldn't be coming back to the network after a low-rated first season,…

Nickelodeon Green Lights a Novela, a Stop-Motion Spongebob Special and Whole Lotta Rabbits

Kid network upfront features multiple musical performances

Breaking at the Nickelodeon upfront: James Franco will have a multi-episode part on Hollywood Heights, a new novela from Univision stakeholder and long-time first-look partner Televisa. Nick pulled out all the…

The Viacom Corporation Gets a Blog

Multinational entertainment combine can now tell us about that girl at work it has a crush on

Viacom, the owner of Comedy Central, MTV, BET, VH1, Nickelodeon and movie studio Paramount, now has a blog. Initial posts at blog.viacom.com are fairly promising by corporate blog standards, with a…

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