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True Blood's Anna Paquin on WIGS Debut and the End of Sookie Stackhouse

Anna Paquin

Fans can get a double dose of Anna Paquin this week as HBO's True Blood returns for its sixth season the same time the actress makes her debut in WIGS' new webseries Susanna.

In Susanna,  which debuts Friday on the WIGS YouTube channel, Paquin takes a break from True Blood's fantastical elements for a story set in the real world.  She plays Katie, a new mother who is... read more

YouTube Boosts Its Commitment to Original Programming

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

One of this fall's big programming events wasn't actually broadcast on TV. Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a live-action series geared toward the launch of the new Xbox 360 video game, has become a hit for YouTube, where it runs on the young male-oriented Machinima Prime channel.

YouTube is taking on the traditional TV model in a big way, with the help of major stars, original programs like Halo 4 and big events like Felix Baumgartner's space jump, which broke YouTube user records on Oct. 14. A year after YouTube parent Google unleashed an aggressive $100 million initiative to launch around 100 original programming channels (and committed $200 million to market the channels), viewership on the platform was up 11 percent year-to-year in September.

It's a slow build, and so far YouTube's original programming initiative hasn't produced a hit that was big enough to enter the public consciousness. But according to newly released comScore data, YouTube users spent an average of 419.1 minutes watching video in September, compared to 378 minutes in Sept. 2011.

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New Female-Centric Web Series WIGS Features Jennifer Beals, America Ferrera, Others

Jennifer Beals

The creator of HBO's In Treatment and the producer of 2010's Oscar-nominated film Black Swan have teamed up to create a YouTube channel that showcases scripted series, short films and documentaries that feature female characters as leads.

Developed by Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia, WIGS (the name stands for "Where It Gets Interesting") is currently the No. 1-rated scripted channel on YouTube. Its first seven "series" (all named after the central character) have featured actresses including Jennifer Garner, America Ferrera, Julia Stiles, Jena Malone and more.

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On the Lot: Inside TV's Hottest New Reality Series

On the Lot judges Jon Avnet, Carrie Fisher and Brett Ratner

Fox's On the Lot, a new reality show from Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett, searches for Hollywood's next top director. Here are the five things you need to know before the camera starts rolling tonight at 9 pm/ET. 1) On the Lot is like YouTube meets American Idol… at least that's how Mark Burnett thinks of it. YouTube and Idol are the constant reference points for Survivor and Apprentice exec producer Burnett, who brainstormed the idea for On the Lot over a meal with the read more

Lot of Big Names to Judge Spielberg Series

With Fox's Steven Spielberg-produced reality competition, On the Lot, set to premiere May 22, the initial panel of judges has now been revealed, and it's a doozy. Tendering their take during the first two "audition" episodes will be actress/screenwriter Carrie Fisher (Star Wars) and director-producers Brett Ratner (X-Men 3), Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman) and Jon Avnet (Risky Business). Judges for additional rounds will be announced at a later date/as soon as Chewie gets his annual vaccination. read more

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