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SCI FI Channel‘s season five debut of Ghost Hunters at 9p explored Betsy Ross’ House in Philadelphia, unleashing 1.6 million A18-49 viewers, 1.7 million A25-54 viewers and 2.7 million total viewers as well as a 1.9 HH rating. (Cynopsis 3/13)

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All is not sweet for David Alan Grier as his Comedy Central series Chocolate News was not picked up for renewal by the network, reports The New York Times. The show, which ran for ten episodes, was not so much a news parody but more of a sketch comedy series where Grier portrayed fictitious characters to the poet Maya Angelou. Fans of Grier, though, can catch the comedian on this season’s Dancing with the Stars on ABC. (Cynopsis 3/13)

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MTV introduces viewers to young, inspiring performers in a new reality musical series Taking The Stage, opening next Thursday at 10p. The series, over ten one-hour episodes, will follow five students who attend the School For Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) in Cincinnati. (Cynopsis 3/13)

CNN’s Anderson Cooper will file recession-related reports from five U.S. cities in an upcoming special package dubbed “Road to the Rescue: A CNN Survival Guide.” Separately, Tom Brokaw will file similar dispatches for NBC Universal properties USA, MSNBC and NBC. Variety (3/12)

At 8 p.m. Thursday, Time Warner Cable‘s spinoff from Time Warner became official. The transaction, first announced last May, received regulatory approval last month. The cable company’s stock closed 61 cents higher Thursday at $8.33. Multichannel News (3/12)

Despite the ailing economy, cable TV remains a necessity for most people, which, according to Comcast Chief Operating Officer Steve Burke, cannot be said for some of the industry’s rivals. “As the economy has gotten worse and worse, very few people are disconnecting their cable television service,” he said. “Far more people are cutting the cord on their phone service. The telephone companies are losing about 10% of their phone customers every year, and about half of those go to the cable companies … .” TechFlash (3/12)

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