Daily Marauder

March 25, 2009, 7:09 AM


TBS is entering the late-night talk show fray in November with an as-yet-untitled show featuring comedian-actor George Lopez as host. The series, which will run at 11 p.m., will differ from standard late-night talk shows in that it will allow audience members to interact with celebrity guests, according to the network. Mediaweek (3/24)


Chelsea Handler signed a new multi-year agreement with Comcast Entertainment Group, keeping her as host and executive producer of E! Entertainment’s Chelsea Lately through 2012. (Cynopsis 3/25)


FOX ordered six additional scripts of its crime drama Bones from 20th Century Fox TV, reports TV Week. This is not considered an official renewal, though a step toward a likely fifth season approval. (Cynopsis 3/25)


Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes must decide how to replace Barry Meyer and Alan Horn, who have jointly presided over the company’s Warner Bros. studio and are to step down in 2011. Bewkes also must grapple with a business that is being undercut by new technologies. (Iwantmedia 3/25, http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-cotown-warner25-2009mar25,0,4142678.story  3/25)

Warner Bros. chief Alan Horn, above, has jointly presided over the studio with Chairman Barry Meyer.



Spike TV picked up the ten-part World War II miniseries Band of Brothers originally produced for HBO and now distributed by HBO. The award-winning miniseries will debut on Spike in third quarter this year. (Cynopsis 3/25)


HBO’s finale of Big Love last Sunday topped its third season with 2.7 million viewers. (Cynopsis 3/25)


While more than 70% of Americans feel the country is in a recession, 95% of viewers in cable-modem households said they planned to retain their current cable TV service, according to a new survey from CTAM. “These are uncertain times, and consumers are not only cutting back on out-of-home activities, they’re cocooning with family and friends in their homes,” said Char Beales, the organization’s president and CEO. “This has led to increased reliance on cable’s valuable entertainment, information and communications services.” Multichannel News (3/24) , Cartt News Service (subscription only) (3/24)


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