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The Biz: Will These Shows Sink or Swim?

David Caruso

As mid-season shows debut over the next three months, it will be crunch time for a number of series that haven't been tearing up the Nielsen charts. Here's what network insiders say are the shows on the bubble as execs look to set their schedules in May.

ABC
A second-year ratings fade may mean it's time to pull a sheet over the Dana Delany-led Body of Proof. While the network ordered an extra episode of Pan Am in order to keep a hold on the cast until May, its chances of returning next fall are as likely as an airport going a full day without a flight delay. Comedy Happy Endings doesn't do a great job retaining the lead-in from the mighty Modern Family, but ABC parent Disney has an ownership stake in the show and it's a favorite within the network's entertainment division — so a pickup for another season is considered a lock. And fan fave Cougar Town will get a final shot for renewal if it performs well in its new Tuesday time period starting February 14.

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The Biz: Could General Hospital Move to Prime Time?

General Hospital

There may be life after daytime for ABC's last remaining soap opera, General Hospital, which is likely to get the ax later this year to make room for Katie Couric's new syndicated talk show.

One scenario being discussed has the drama continuing as a... read more

The Biz: Person of Interest Lara Logan

Lara Logan

Ask CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan how she's doing and her one-word answer is "Busy." She's finishing a profile of Aerosmith for 60 Minutes. She's working on a story about drug-money laundering in Colombia and the Pacific Rim. She has an upcoming piece on a Botswana couple living in the African Bush for the last 30... read more

The Biz: CBS' Morning Glory?

CBS Logo

The exposed brick walls in the new Manhattan studio for CBS This Morning are lined with items that reflect the legacy of the network's news division. A world map from Walter Cronkite's years on the evening news that was rescued from a New Jersey warehouse hangs on one side. Across the way are shelves with books by CBS journalists, vintage TV sets and video cameras. Standing out amid the paraphernalia is a green-and-gold Oakland A's cap, meant to remind the program's staff of the film Moneyball, in which Brad Pitt plays the renegade baseball executive Billy Beane.

CBS This Morning executive producer Chris Licht screened the film at a private launch party for the cast and crew held at the Ed Sullivan Theater last month. The message to the troops: read more

The Biz: Campaigning for Sunday Ratings

George Stephanopoulos, Christianne Amanpour

With 24-hour access to video journalism on cable, your smartphone or iPad, nobody needs to wait until Sunday morning to find out what the presidential candidates have to say, right?

Don't tell that to the news divisions at CBS and ABC. Both are about to raise the stakes in the arena of Sunday inside-the-Beltway talk shows as they strive to remain the most important TV platform of the presidential campaign season... read more

The Biz: Is Network TV Ready for Howard Stern on America's Got Talent?

Howard Stern

Howard Stern calls himself the King of All Media, but he has never really conquered TV. He'll get that chance later this year, when he joins what has been the most watched summer show, NBC's America's Got Talent, as a judge.

It's not... read more

The Biz: CNN's Sara Sidner Talks War Reporting

Sara Sidner

The fall of dictatorships in Egypt and Libya, an uprising in Syria, and a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan meant plenty of airtime for CNN's international correspondents, such as Nic Robertson, Arwa Damon, Sara Sidner and Ben Wedeman. You can see them and others in a rare appearance without their helmets and flak jackets when CNN on the Frontlines premieres ...
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The Biz: Inside PBS's New Film on Charles and Ray Eames

Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter

You don't see many films about furniture designers on television, even on PBS. read more

The Biz: Ryan Seacrest Could Replace Matt Lauer on Today

Ryan Seacrest

America could soon be waking up to Ryan Seacrest. After months of rumors that NBC execs were exploring hiring the American Idol host as an eventual replacement for Matt Lauer on Today, significant conversations are now taking place about making it happen as part of a larger deal between Seacrest and NBC parent company Comcast.

While the mention of Seacrest's name is likely to make TV-news purists cringe, Today has a history of hiring anchors without serious... read more

Forbes: Kristen Stewart Offers Biggest Bang for the Buck

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson might be the two of the hottest names in Hollywood, but they're not commanding Angelina Jolie-like or Leonardo DiCaprio-like salaries. read more

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