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NBC Orders Pirate-Themed Adventure Series

NEW YORK: The new action-adventure series Crossbones, set in the golden age of pirates, has been given a ten-episode order from NBC for production to begin in the fall. The series comes from Neil Cross, the creator of Luther, and the producing team of Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Gladiator, ...

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TNT & TBS Plan Year-Round Original Programming

NEW YORK: TBS and TNT are undertaking a "major transformation" over the next two years, building up to year-round original programming and maximizing multi-screen technology. The aim is toward evolving from linear networks into branded video destinations. Both networks also outlined plans for bulking up their original series lineups for ...

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Lifetime Original Movie Features Modern Retelling of Blue Lagoon

NEW YORK: Denise Richards stars alongside the up-and-coming actors Brendon Thwaites and Indiana Evans in Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, a modern-day retelling of the classic coming-of-age love story, premiering on Lifetime this June. The two-hour original movie will also feature an appearance by Christopher Atkins, who was in the original ...

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Networked Insights: ABC’s Pickups

NEW YORK: Based on social-media traction, 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort are among the new shows expected to fare well on ABC’s upcoming season, according to Networked Insights. The supernatural-themed 666 Park Avenue is scheduled for Sundays at 10 p.m.—a slot that this season was home to the canned Pan ...

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New GM at ASPiRE

LOS ANGELES: The soon-to-launch African-American network ASPiRE has a general manager in place, Paul Butler. Butler will oversee all operations for the programmer. Based at the Atlanta headquarters, he will report to Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the chairman of ASPiRE. Butler most recently served as the senior VP and general counsel ...

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Summer Programming Lined Up for Syfy

NEW YORK: A record number of prime-time original programming hours are in place for Syfy’s summer schedule, which includes the premiere of the new unscripted series School Spirits, from executive producer Mark Burnett. The summer programming kicks off on May 25 with the premiere of the new original Insane or ...

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Networked Insights: FOX’s Pickups

NEW YORK: Mindy Kaling’s new comedy and the Kevin Bacon drama The Following are the most promising contenders out of FOX’s 2012-2013 pilot pickups, according to Sean Reckwerdt, lead television analyst at Networked Insights. The New York-based company tracks conversations in social media to assess how audiences are responding to TV ...

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Todd Sokolove Named Marketing VP at Sonar

NEW YORK: Todd Sokolove has been appointed VP of marketing for Sonar Entertainment, which recently rebranded from RHI Entertainment. Sokolove was with Hallmark Entertainment in 2000 as senior manager of trade advertising and became marketing director in 2003. Three years later, Hallmark Entertainment was purchased and relaunched as RHI Entertainment. ...

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Networked Insights: NBC’s Pickups

NEW YORK: Using social media to track interest in the U.S. networks’ new series, Networked Insights’ lead television analyst, Sean Reckwerdt, offers up his picks for the NBC shows that will prove to be hits, and the ones that will likely fail to resonate with viewers. Networked Insights, a Goldman ...

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