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Nickelodeon is preparing an animated series to debut early next year to be titled “Kung Fu Panda: The Series” that will be based on the DreamWorks film released last year. The two companies have worked well together in the past: Nickelodeon recently premiered “The Penguins of Madagascar,” which was based on DreamWorks’ “Madagascar” movies. The New York Times (5/13)

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The premiere Tuesday of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” set a record for the popular franchise, with 1.72 million total viewers and 1.26 million in the 18-to-49 demographic. Separately, the first part of a reunion special featuring the cast of “The Real Housewives of New York City” attracted 2.29 million viewers. Broadcasting & Cable (5/13)

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FOX renewed its frosh drama series Lie To Me starring Tim Roth for a second season. Shawn Ryan, creator/executive producer of The Shied also joins the series as an executive producer and show-runner. Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television produces. In addition, FOX picked up two new series, the drama Human Target from Warner Bros. TV, DC Comics and Wonderland; as well as the single-camera comedy Sons of Tucson from 20th TV and J2TV. Mark Valley headlines Human Target as Christopher Chance, a freelance security guy who takes on the identities of the people in danger he is hired to protect. Sons of Tucson stars Tyler Labine as a charming hustler employed by three young brothers to act as their father while their real dad is serving a prison sentence for a white-collar crime. (Cynopsis 5/14)

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Starz approved a second season of Party Down, its new 30m comedy about a Los Angeles catering team made up of Hollywood wannabes hoping to catch their big break. Starz Media produces the series which has an ensemble cast starring Ken Marino, Adam Scott, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen and Lizzy Caplan. (Cynopsis 5/14)

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Broadcast networks will see their ratings among the coveted 18-49 audience plummet next season, says Turner Broadcasting researcher Jack Wakshlag. Both Jay Leno’s move to NBC prime time and the conversion from analog to digital will cause younger viewers to flee to cable, he claims. (Iwantmedia 5/14,http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2009/05/turner.html 5/13)

BET’s season two finale of its gospel competition series Sunday Best posted a 1.3 BET Coverage rating with 1.2 million plus households and 1.7 million viewers watching.

MGM is quickly selling its MGM Prime-Time Sunday Movie package to The CW affiliates. The movie package is secured in 65% of the US on Tribune Broadcasting Company-owned CW stations in addition to other broadcast groups with CW stations including Sunbeam TV Corporation, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Gray Television Inc., Freedom Communication, Inc. and the CW Plus station group. (Cynopsis 5/14)

(Below) F Boxee!  This is the hotness…and already plugged into your set-top box experience if you are indeed a Verizon FIOS subscriber.  Yet another reason that I will be switching from Time Warner Cable to Verizon.  Shame though on the Hulu/YouTube front but I’m guessing that Hulu would bring Hulu’s supreme content offering too front and center for a MSO to be comfortable with…

Verizon Communications later this quarter is expected to launch a service that will bring about 7 million online video clips to TVs using its FiOS TV offering. The clips will be culled from sites such as Dailymotion, Veoh Networks and Blip.TV. Those from YouTube and Hulu.com will not be included. Multichannel News (5/13)

Charter Communications has won a temporary restraining order against DirecTV related to an ad campaign by the satellite provider that Charter claimed — and a federal court agreed — was misleading. The campaign gives the impression that Charter, which is in the middle of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, is no longer able to offer new services. Reuters (5/13) , Multichannel News (5/13)

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Following a blockbuster opening weekend for DreamWorks Animation‘s Monsters vs. Aliens, FX made a deal with distributor Paramount Pictures for all DreamWorks Animation releases through 2012. The license deal includes Monsters vs. Aliens, Kung Fu Panda and its sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Shrek Goes Fourth. Terms of the agreement were not available. (Cynopsis 4/1)

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Two new movies, “Kung Fu Panda” and “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” broke out 1-2 in U.S. theaters this weekend. “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” moved down to third, while last week’s top-grossing film, “Sex and the City,” fell all the way to fourth. (Iwantmedia 6/9, http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2008/06/08/Sex_and_City_falls_to_No_4/UPI-48861212953972 6/8)

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