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ABC Entertainment Group Finalizes Reorganization

ABC Entertainment Group has completed its reorganization, a process that began in January when it was announced that ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios would be merging into one unit headed by Steve McPherson. It was speculated that an announcement would…

Endemol to Distribute Seinfeld’s ‘Marriage Ref’ Internationally

Endemol will produce localized versions of Jerry Seinfeld’s upcoming nonscripted series for NBC, "The Marriage Ref," Variety reports. Endemol made a deal with Seinfeld to serve as the international distributor of the reality series, in addition to managing digital rights,…

‘Family Guy’ Creator MacFarlane Moonlights on ABC’s ‘Flash Forward’

"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane will have a recurring role on ABC’s new series "Flash Forward," The Hollywood Reporter says. MacFarlane lobbied for the role after reading the script. Former "ER" actress Alex Kingston also reached out for a role…

E!, Maxim Team for Two-Year Production Deal

E! Entertainment Television and Moving Pictures DPI, the production division of Alpha Media Group, which publishes Maxim, have made a two-year partnership deal. The deal calls for the production of at least six hour-long television specials. Two new specials have…

Layoffs at ‘Access Hollywood’

NBC Universal’s daily entertainment show "Access Hollywood" laid off seven people on Wednesday, according to Gawker.com. A tipster called the cutbacks a "completely unexpected bloodbath." –Elizabeth Jensen

Oscar Winner Hunt Cast in ‘NCIS: LA’

Academy Award winning actress Linda Hunt has joined the cast of CBS’ "NCIS: LA," The Hollywood Reporter says. Hunt will play a new, regular character, filling the void left by Loiuse Lombard’s departure. Lombard co-starred in the pilot –Vlada Gelman

Nearly One-Third of Audience for ‘Lost,’ ‘The Office,’ Heroes’ was on DVR

For the just-concluded TV season, at least 30% of the audience for ABC’s “Lost,” and NBC’s “The Office” and “Heroes” tuned in later in the evening or up to seven days of the original broadcast, according to new DVR data,…

‘Family Guy’ Now Available as an iPhone App

Fox’s “Family Guy” is now available as an app on the iPhone, says The Hollywood Reporter. Users can view clips, create custom mixes to send to friends, and buy full episodes of the animated series. –Elizabeth Jensen

Dish Network Says It Is Looking for Workaround to TiVo Patent

In a terse court filing, Dish Network said it is searching for a workaround for a TiVo-owned patent, as it waits for an appeals court decision on whether it needs to disable four million of its DVRs, Multichannel News says….

Weather Channel Seeks to Boost Ratings with Original Shows for Primetime

Under its new NBC Universal ownership, The Weather Channel is looking to boost ratings with a new slate of original show for primetime, where it has lagged, says the NY Post. NBCU star weatherman Al Roker is also being tapped…