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NBC Launches New Social Network

NBC Live

NBC's getting more social. As the networks continue to dabble with Twitter and Facebook, NBC this week will unveil plans to take that kind of interactivity one step further.

Get ready for the launch of NBC Live (www.nbc.com/live), which will shoot out polls, trivia, insider commentary, photos and other behind-the-scenes information synced up to what's happening ...
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Exclusive: Science Officially Orders Season 2 of Ricky Gervais' An Idiot Abroad

An Idiot Abroad

Ricky Gervais' pal Karl Pilkington has proven to be quite the useful Idiot for Science. The cable network is set to announce Thursday that it has secured the second season of hit series An Idiot Abroad.

For season two, Gervais and Stephen Merchant are again sending the dimwitted Pilkington on a trip around the world — but this time to tackle a "bucket list" of things to do before you die.

Unlike season one, which was produced first in the U.K. and later acquired by... read more

Exclusive: Jill Wagner Wipes Out of ABC's Wipeout

Jill Wagner, Wipeout

After four seasons as one of the hosts on ABC's hit competition series Wipeout, Jill Wagner is bouncing on to new things.

Wagner will continue to be seen on the show's upcoming summer episodes, but plans to depart after that to focus on her acting career. Producers Endemol USA and Matt Kunitz are currently conducting a search to... read more

Exclusive: Not So Fast, Here's Why House Is Unlikely to End Up at NBC

House

Is House grabbing his cane and jumping to NBC? Don't hire the moving vans just yet.

Fox's deal with Universal Media Studios, which produces the Hugh Laurie drama, is expiring, and as Variety reported Friday, there's no resolution in sight. That's led some to wonder whether Universal might ultimately move the show, entering its eighth season this fall, to sister network NBC.

Even though new NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt is high on his new development, the network could... read more

History Mounts New Taxidermy-Themed Alaska Reality Show

Mounted in Alaska

Hungry for yet another reality show set in the 49th State? We're stuffed — but then again, so are the animals in History's Mounted in Alaska, and that's the draw.

The show, which launches Thursday night at 10/9c on History, revolves around Alaskan taxidermist Russell Knight. The owner of Knight's Taxidermy, Knight and his team are asked to preserve wildlife ...
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Exclusive: Sleuth Gets a New Name; Meet Cloo

From the company that morphed Sci Fi into Syfy comes another channel name destined to wreak havoc with your computer's spell check.

TV Guide Magazine has confirmed that NBCUniversal will change the name of Sleuth, its crime and mystery cable channel, later this spring. The new name? Cloo TV.

Why the name change and quirky spelling? Just as NBCUniversal realized that it ...
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Exclusive: Home Edition's Ty Pennington Lands Auction-Themed Pilot at ABC

Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington has found the most extreme home of them all: The high-end auction house.

The host of TV's long-running feel-good reality series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Pennington has now signed on to host The Great Big American Auction — which just landed a pilot order from ABC. (Pennington's not moving far: ABC is also the network behind Home Edition.)

Think of Great Big American Auction as a more contemporary Antiques Roadshow. In this case, Great Big American Auction will feature personal treasures with a historic, artist or pop culture bent, all being auctioned off to the higher bidder (and all with a personal story to boot). Among the examples: A near-mint copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1; a ring once owned by Elvis Presley; and an autographed Les Paul guitar being auctioned off to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research.

The show is also touting a fully intact read more

Busy Dr. Drew Drops Medical Director Job To Focus More on TV

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew Pinsky is finally practicing a little work/life balance.

Well, to be honest, it's more of a work/work balance. But for workaholic Pinsky, at least it's an acknowledgement that something had to give. As he turns even more attention toward TV, Pinsky confirms that he has wound down his medical practice.

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Mad Men's Matt Weiner Sets Firm End Date: "That's How Long the Story Is"

Matthew Weiner

Mad Men executive producer Matt Weiner says he's made up his mind: The critically acclaimed AMC drama will end its run after three more seasons.

"I think that's how long the story is," he tells TV Guide Magazine. "I'm not The Simpsons. They're amazing. I don't know how they do it. I look at TV shows that I admire, and I think this is the length that they should be. At a certain point you're driven to a desire not to repeat yourself. I want the show to end before the machinery has worn out."

Weiner, who struck a deal Thursday with AMC and production company Lionsgate that keeps him at the helm of a fifth and sixth season (with the option for that seventh), says he was ready to throw in the towel several times in recent weeks... read more

Exclusive: NBC Imports Australian Host for Summer Reality Show Love in the Wild

Darren McMullen

NBC has tapped Australian TV personality Darren McMullen to host its new summer "adventure dating" show Love in the Wild.

The show — a mashup of Survivor and The Bachelor, with a little Temptation Island sprinkled on top — follows ten single men and ten single women as they pair up each week to... read more

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