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President Obama will take his economic strategy to Jay Leno‘s comic couch on Thursday in the first appearance by a sitting U.S. president on a late-night TV talk show. Obama will appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to discuss his economic plan and “other topics.” (Iwantmedia 3/17, http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSTRE52F5MR20090316 3/16)

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HBO has landed David Chase and Brad Grey — the masterminds behind “The Sopranos” — to create a miniseries titled “Ribbon of Dreams” that will chronicle the birth and rise of the American movie industry. It’s unclear, at this point, exactly how long the miniseries will be or when it will begin production. The New York Times (3/16)

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Oxygen, according to this article, is nearing a deal to pick up a series based on saucy Dallas-based chef Blythe Beck. Sources quoted in this report say that the show, which has performed well in test screenings, would be titled “The Naughty Kitchen.” The NBC Universal-owned channel said a deal had not yet been made final. Variety (3/16)

The Council for Research Excellence next week will release what is described as “the largest and most significant observational study of media activity ever undertaken.” It’s expected that the results will indicate which age groups do the most media multitasking, if young viewers are abandoning traditional TV and the volume of commercial time viewers take in. Broadcasting & Cable (3/16)

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