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ABC daytime soap “General Hospital,” the network’s longest-running dramatic serial, is set to be broadcast in HDTV starting April 23. “The people and places in Port Charles will never look better,” says ABC. The network’s “The View” made the HD transition in 2006. (Iwantmedia 4/07, http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2009/04/06/General-Hospital-going-high-def/UPI-64771239073122/ 4/6)

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ESPN has opened its new West Coast studio, a 12,300-square-foot facility across the street from the Staples Center, where the Los Angeles Lakers play their home games. The studio — with amenities including three production control rooms, two master control rooms, a newsroom-screening area and eight editing suites — is expected to allow the cable network to offer more West Coast coverage. Los Angeles Times (4/6)

On April 13 at 1030p, MTV will present College Life, a new series documenting the freshman college year of a group of kids attending a Big Ten University in Madison, Wisconsin. The students tell their own stories by putting cameras in the students hand, and capturing their daily lives, their academic successes and failures, and personal interactions with roommates, etc. (Cynopsis 4/7)

Cartoon Network on May 1 will begin re-televising the first season of its popular “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” with a twist: The 22 episodes will feature text windows carrying trivia, background and insight into the series. The so-called “enhanced” showings will be dubbed “Star Wars: Clone Wars: Decoded.” Broadcasting & Cable (4/6)

The CW will launch two original series this summer: Hitched or Ditched, debuting Tuesday, May 26 at 9p, is a docu-series focusing on couples in long-term relationships who have not taken that final leap of faith into marriage & Blonde Charity Mafia, a docu-series set in Washington DC and following the lives of that city’s most influential 20-something “Alpha Girls” who run the DC social circuit from charity functions to society parties. (Cynopsis 4/7)

SCI FI‘s original series Sanctuary, ordered for a second season, has begun production in Vancouver. The show is slated to return to the schedule this fall with 13 original episodes of the one hour drama. (Cynopsis 4/7)

On-demand customers of Charter Communications are about to get a free upgrade — all of NBC’s prime-time programming within 12 hours of its original broadcast. NBC on Charter on Demand is expected to be available to all of Charter’s on-demand customers by the end of April. TVWeek.com (4/6)

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