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NBC‘s Meet the Press this past Sunday morning, featuring Colin Powell’s anticipated endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama, averaged 6 million viewers along with a national 4.3/12 HH rating. This was the largest audience for Meet the Press since February 8, 2004 when the late Tim Russert interviewed President George W. Bush. Also on October 19, ABC’s This Week pulled in nearly 3.4 million viewers and CBS‘ Face the Nation had close to 2.9 million viewers. (Cynopsis 10/24)

HBO is taking Curb Your Enthusiasm back into production this December for a seventh season. Ten new 30m episodes will be ready to debut in 2009. The comedy completed its sixth season, headlined by Larry David and Cheryl Hines, in November 2007. (Cynopsis 10/24)

For political junkies wanting to watch multiple news updates on election night, November 4, DirecTV offers a special Election Mix Channel, cites Variety. DirecTV will spotlight election coverage from ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC as well as alternating feeds from Comedy Central and BBC America. Eight networks will be on screen simultaneously and viewers will select one to hear audio and also have the option to go full screen with any one network. DirecTV will broadcast Election Mix Channel in both hi-def and standard def beginning 7p on November 4 until 6a November 5. DirecTV offers a similar interactive service for its sports programs. (Cynopsis 10/24)

As more and more polls cast doubt on the McCain-Palin ticket, Hollywood producers and agents are discussing possibilities for capitalizing on Sarah Palin’s fame, ranging from an Oprah-style syndicated talk show to a Sean Hannity-like perch in cable news or on radio. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3icc3b73373ecfd4eb935ddcc53cb38f27 10/23)

So you won’t vote for her ticket but you will make money off of her?  [sigh] I love Hollywood.

Fox television’s broadcast of the opening game of Major League Baseball’s World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays drew 14.6 million viewers, a drop from last year. The audience declined 14% from the 16.9 million viewers of last year’s first game. (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601204&sid=aHC7TgbfTmA0 10/23)

CBS will give frosh comedy Gary Unmarried a shot in the arm by re-airing the pilot episode next Monday at 930p, replacing Worst Week, says THR and Live Feed. The network is hoping the higher rated Two and a Half Men will give the new sitcom a viewer boost. Wednesday’s night’s Gary Unmarried averaged 7.8 million viewers and posted a 2.5/7 among A18-49. (Cynopsis 10/24)

E! has re-upped with late-night comedian/talk show host Chelsea Handler, a move that will keep her “Chelsea Lately” show on the cable net through 2009. The show turned in a stellar third quarter, when it boosted its household rating 21% in the 11:30 p.m. time slot. Mediaweek (10/23)

NBC is using its legal clout to delay “Project Runway” from moving over to Lifetime while it launches a copycat show on its Bravo network, according to insiders. A casting call for Bravo’s new “Fashion House” is remarkably similar to pitches made by “Project Runway.” (http://www.nypost.com/seven/10242008/gossip/pagesix/nbcs_stealth_runway_clone_134982.htm 10/24)

FX has paid an estimated $8 million to get first cable rights to a trio of films from 20th Century Fox, according to this report. The cable network gets the movies — the currently showing “Max Payne,” “The X Files: I Want to Believe” and “The Rocker” — for a reported four-year window that opens in late 2010 or early 2011. Reuters/The Hollywood Reporter (10/23)

Sports fans in northern New Jersey should cheer: Comcast has announced that it will begin carrying MSG HD and MSG Plus HD. MSG HD has the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty as well as the Buffalo Sabres, while MSG Plus HD’s lineup includes the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and a variety of programming from Fox Sports. Multichannel News (10/23)

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TBS hit a home run Sunday night as Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, with the Tampa Bay Rays beating the Boston Red Sox and going to the World Series, attracted 13.4 million total viewers. This game became the most-watched regular or postseason MLB game this year as well as in cable’s history. (Cynopsis 10/21)

Rob Riggle, correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart made a talent holding agreement with CBS and CBS Paramount Network Television to create and star in a half-hour comedy, according to Variety. Riggle has not yet committed to a storyline for his show although he may base it on his own background as a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. (Cynopsis 10/21)

Comcast-owned FearNet on Nov. 6 will premiere “The Dark Path Chronicles,” a series about a young vampire who explores parallel realities with a gal pal. The series is expected to have a strong musical element and was created by music video director Mary Lambert, who has worked with Madonna and Janet Jackson. Reuters/The Hollywood Reporter (10/21)

MSNBC Films will premiere on Oct. 29 its first theatrical release, “Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father.” The film, about the custody battle that ensues after the murder of a Pennsylvania doctor, will debut in Manhattan and then be rolled out to select markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Santa Fe, N.M. Variety (10/20)

BBC is gearing up to broadcast our November 4 presidential election night to more than 200 countries worldwide. Broadcasting live from its Washington, D.C. bureau, BBC will present U.S. Election Night on BBC America and BBC World News with limited commercial breaks starting at 6p. (Cynopsis 10/21)

Comcast, the country’s largest cable TV provider, will continue to look for new ways to add original content to its video-on-demand menu, including more aggressively seeking out co-production deals with the broadcast networks, according to Steve Burke, the company’s chief operating officer. “We’re very interested as a company and as an industry in future product that becomes available for the VOD platform,” he said. Broadcasting & Cable (10/20)

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