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March 12, 2009, 10:44 PM
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Nickelodeon will premiere the computer-generated series “The Penguins of Madagascar” on March 28. The series, based on the movie “Madagascar” from DreamWorks, will debut at 8 p.m. for a couple of weeks before settling into its regular time slot of Saturday mornings at 10 on April 18. TVWeek.com (3/11)


Comedy Central has secured the rights to televise comedian Dane Cook‘s latest stand-up special, “Isolated Incident.” The Viacom network will premiere the special May 17 at 10 p.m., release a related CD two days later and then follow that up in the summer or fall with a DVD. Variety (3/11)


BET’s second season premiere of its gospel competition series Sunday Best last Sunday at 9p, delivered a 1.3 coverage rating and attracted 1.7 million total viewers. In addition, the Sunday Best season opener was the #1 primetime original series on television among Black households. (Cynopsis 3/12)


CBS ordered four new scripts of its Monday night comedy How I Met Your Mother, per TVWeek. The early order is for the 2009-2010 season, allowing producers time to plan the show’s fifth season. The announcement also gives fans of the show a hopeful reprieve as the series will most likely be back in the fall with a full order. (Cynopsis 3/12)


FOX picked up the new 13-episode medical/mystery drama Mental from Fox Television Studios. The 60m series, slated to premiere this summer, is produced in association with Fox International Channels (FIC) and was shot at Fox TeleColobia last year in Bogota, Colombia. The series stars Chris Vance (Prison Break) as Dr. Jack Gallagher, a young psychiatrist who becomes Director of Mental Health Services at a Los Angeles hospital and subsequently butts heads with his new conservative boss and former lover, hospital administrator, Nora Skoff played by Annabella Sciorra (The Sopranos). (Cynopsis 3/12)

NBC is rolling out a new reality competition series that embraces the family road trip, reports THR. Great American Road Trip, produced by BBC Worldwide, will focus on seven families as they drive cross-country to iconic tourist destinations like the Grand Canyon and at the same time watches as they compete in various elimination challenges. (Cynopsis 3/12)

Viewers will get a free preview of CBS College Sports Network starting this Friday through April 7, cites Multichannel News. The network, with 30 million subscribers currently, will be available during the preview to an additional 20 million subscribers. During the preview window, viewers can take in coverage of Men’s Division 1 college basketball tournament including two first-round out-of-market games and the tournament’s official highlights show, NCAA March Madness Highlights powered by Pontiac. Some of the affiliates participating in the preview are Dish Network, Charter and Comcast in Seattle and San Francisco as well as Time Warner Cable in New York City, Los Angeles and Texas. (Cynopsis 3/12)

Former Jericho star, Skeet Ulrich was picked to head CBS‘ drama pilot Back, reports THR. Produced by CBS Paramount, Back is about a man (Ulrich) who returns home after being reported missing for eight years following 9/11. (Cynopsis 3/12)


Ashley Jensen, seen recently on ABC’s Ugly Betty, was tapped for CBS‘ pilot Accidentally on Purpose, per THR. Jensen will play best friend to Jenna Elfman’s character, a movie critic who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a younger man. (Cynopsis 3/12)

According to a study by Rider Research, the US pay-TV market is doing well as the number of pay-TV subscribers increased by 362,000 during fourth quarter 2008. The report bases its findings on data found in quarterly financial reports from phone, cable and satellite TV companies. The three companies that did the best were Verizon with 303,000 new subs, followed closely by DirecTV with 301,000 and AT&T with 264,000. Losses for fourth quarter were also reported from Comcast at -233,000 subs, Time Warner Cable at -197,000 and Dish Network at -102,000. (Cynopsis 3/12)

Comcast has used an array of aggressive pricing, innovative features and “triple-play” packaging to become the third-largest domestic phone company, the firm said. The country’s largest cable TV provider began offering phone service in the spring of 2005 and now has just under 6.5 million subscribers. Reuters (3/11)

Cablevision, the cable provider with the highest penetration of digital service in the country among the major cable players, has announced that it will stop offering customers analog TV service by the end of the year. Cablevision, which already has gone all-digital in parts of New York, said just 5% of its 3.1 million video subscribers currently were on the analog expanded-basic tier. Reuters (3/12) , The New York Times/GigaOm (3/12)

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