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ESPN on Tuesday night attracted a record-setting audience of 8.1 million viewers to its telecast of the opening game of the NBA Western Conference finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. ESPN will carry Game 2 of the best-of-seven series tonight at 9 o’clock Eastern time. Multichannel News (5/20)

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MTV has announced that it will premiere the newest installment of its venerable series “The Real World” on June 24. This time around — the show’s 22nd season — the cast of eight will congregate at a hotel in Cancun, where it will set up house and try to get along in the celebrated Mexican beach resort town. Variety (5/20)

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The planned joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Kids to create a new channel for children with shows that are based on the toy maker’s products has received initial clearance from the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department. The $300 million deal calls for Hasbro to have a 50% stake in the network. Broadcasting & Cable (5/20)

CBS is scheduling two strong returning shows, “Medium” and The Mentalist,” later in prime time, aiming to take advantage of NBC’s risky decision to give its 10 p.m. slot every weeknight to Jay Leno. “It’s a huge sea change,” says CBS chief Les Moonves of NBC’s Leno move. (Iwantmedia 5/21, http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-cbs21-2009may21,0,3206747.story 5/21)

Moving Jay Leno to prime time is the biggest priority for NBC Universal, says CEO Jeff Zucker, addressing a gathering of 155 local-station reps. Broadcasters can’t “keep their feet planted in the cement blocks of the past. … “I’m not going to end up like Detroit or local newspapers.” (Iwantmedia 5/21, http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/554e7c76-4594-11de-b6c8-00144feabdc0.html 5/21)

Science Channel’s new series “Science of the Movies,” which is set to premiere next Tuesday, will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the technology used to make science fiction films. In the first episode, host Nar Williams talks to John Dykstra, the man who invented a motion-control rig used to create the shot of the Death Star explosion in the 1977 “Star Wars” film. TVWeek.com (5/20)

Despite possible legal challenges, Cablevision plans to deploy its Remote Storage-DVR this summer, a service that allows cable-television subscribers to record shows on the cable company’s servers rather than on a home DVR. Programmers claim the service violates their copyrights. (Iwantmedia 5/21, http://www.pcworld.com/article/165282/cablevision_to_launch_controversial_remote_dvr_this_summer.html 5/20)

Cablevision has added high-definition programming from Starz Entertainment’s Starz on Demand and Encore on Demand services to its video-on-demand menu. Content includes original series such as “Crash,” “Head Case” and “Party Down” as well as theatrical titles such as “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and “National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets.” Home Media Magazine (5/20)

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