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BROADCAST/CABLE by Marauder
May 12, 2009, 11:40 PM
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BROADCAST/CABLE

HBO opens season two of its vampire series True Blood on June 14 at 9p. Starring Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse and Stephen Moyer as Bill, a 173-year old vampire, True Blood’s new season of twelve episodes combine romance, suspense, mystery and humor set in the backwoods town on Bon Temps, Louisiana. True Blood was created by Alan Ball and is based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. (Cynopsis 5/12)

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ABC is taking the makeover reality genre to a new level as the network signed British chef Jamie Oliver and Ryan Seacrest for a new unscripted series that offers healthy makeovers to a whole city, cites THR. The series is based loosely on Oliver’s highly praised school lunch project in the UK where his efforts to upgrade nutrition offerings within schools was documented in the 2005 series Jamie’s School Dinners. Seacrest heard about Oliver’s program and his desire to do something similar in the US and thus the concept was created. (Cynopsis 5/12)

AMC on Friday will present a roundtable discussion about changes in the entertainment industry in the latest version of its "AMC Storymakers" special. This time around, the show will feature Tom Cruise, Judd Apatow, Cameron Diaz and Nick Cassavetes. TVWeek.com (5/11)

Mediacom, the country’s seventh-largest cable provider, added about 4,000 basic subscribers during the first three months of the year as well as 17,000 digital additions, 24,000 broadband customers and 14,000 phone lines. Overall, the company reported that revenue was up 6.1% during the first quarter, to $360.4 million. OneTRAK (5/11) , CED Magazine (5/2009)

Cablevision Systems Corp. does not have plans to unload any of its businesses, according to a new statement. "The company feels it should make clear that it is not considering the sale of MSG, any of MSG’s businesses or any other Cablevision business at this time," Cablevision said Monday. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (5/11)

Charter, a cable television operator that filed for Chapter 11 in March, is suing DirecTV over advertisements that try to persuade subscribers to switch TV service by touting Charter’s bankruptcy filing. The ads claim that Charter can’t provide the latest technology, given its troubles. (Iwantmedia 5/12, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090512/ap_on_bi_ge/us_charter_directv  5/12)

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