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Harking back to its heyday, ABC made a deal to bring back Who Wants to be a Millionaire? for a limited two-week stint this summer, in honor of the show’s 10th anniversary. Regis Philbin will also return as host for the 11-night run beginning August 9. The one-hour show will air Sunday-Thursday at 8p, ending on August 23. ABC saw interest in the game show revive based on the successful feature film Slumdog Millionaire which features the Indian version of the game show. (Cynopsis 4/23)


Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, collectively, are becoming the face of NBC Universal‘s Oxygen cable network. “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood” on May 26 will begin its fourth season on Oxygen, the network is developing a new show titled “Mr. and Mrs. Makeover” that the two will host, the pair are in talks with the network to star in a telepic and Spelling is set to produce content for Oxygen’s Web site based on her book “Mommyhood.” Variety (4/22)


NBC exiled drama series Kings off its schedule entirely. Beginning this Saturday, NBC will air repeats of Law & Order: SVU, followed by the new Southland and Law & Order. The network will allow Kings to bow on its schedule again starting June 13 at 8p and finishing its run through July 25. (Cynopsis 4/23)


NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox are facing both growing competition and dwindling advertising dollars. The 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. prime-time period is likely to become shorter and networks may start turning over programming to outsiders on some nights of the week, say industry execs. (Iwantmedia 4/23, http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/apr2009/db20090422_256972.htm 4/22)

The hostility between Fox News Channel and MSNBC reached a fever pitch when Fox producer Jesse Waters infiltrated the GE shareholders meeting and asked company execs about an alleged leftward political slant at their cable news channel. Waters’ microphone was cut off. (Iwantmedia 4/23, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/finance/news/e3i888016761f9ec8245aee50586df5ba1a 4/22)

ABC is heading north of the border for a new series to add to its primetime lineup, picking up a Canadian cop drama titled Copper, cites THR. The 13-episode series about rookie cops is described as being similar to Grey’s Anatomy. (Cynopsis 4/23)

African-American-skewing BET is creating a new network that will launch in October. The new network, to be called Centric, will complement BET, executives said, by targeting a slightly older and more affluent demographic. The New York Times (4/23) , Multichannel News (4/22)

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