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Wrestling Reality Show Returns!

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Guess the competition shows are not slowing down. We have chefs, clothing designers - and now wrestlers!

USA Network has picked up WWE Tough Enough, an hourlong reality show where 12 contestants compete to be the next big wrestler. The winner gets a contract with the WWE.

The show isn't new. It aired on MTV in 2001 for three years and moved to UPN for an additional season.

Kevin Dunn, exec VP of television production at WWE, said:

"For years, the return of 'Tough Enough' has been one of the most talked about and speculated topics amongst reality show fans and television industry insider. With the combined promotional muscle of USA Network and WWE, the right timeslot and the reality show experience of Shed Media, WWE is looking forward to the successful return of one of television's first reality show hits."

The show will debut on April 4th.

Will U be watching?!

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USA Network Renews All Original Programming For Another Season!

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Wow!

USA must be doing something right, because nothing got the axe!

The network announced today that their entire line-up of programming will be returning next year, with Royal Pains, White Collar, and Psych all being renewed for another season.

Their other shows, In Plain Sight, Burn Notice, Covert Affairs, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent were all previously renewed.

Programming President Jeff Wachtel says:

"It's a wonderful validation that the shows are working. Though it's lovely to celebrate success, it also allows us to push out — you don't want to alienate your base, but you don't want to sit still. In our early days, original programming was seen as an elective. It's not an elective anymore, but it's also not an imperitive to fill time slots. We're still able to be more hand-crafted. We're not going to get to the point of, 'oh my god, we need a comedy block on Monday nights.' It's still going to remain 'no show before its time.'"

Congratulations!

That's a pretty amazing feat, even for cable networks!

What do U think?? Are U excited to see all of these shows coming back??

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent Gets Final Season

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Although the casting shake-up shocked viewers and was expected to be the demise of the show, Law & Order: Criminal Intent is coming back for a tenth and final season.

USA Network ordered 10 episodes of the series.

Jeff Wachtel, president original programming at the network, said:

“We have been the fortunate caretakers of this legendary series, and we plan to give it the world-class farewell it so richly deserves. Dick and his team promise to create a major event for television with incredible surprises. The plan is for this to be the series finale, but with a Dick Wolf franchise, one really never knows until it’s over.”

And it's been a long run!

Are U happy that Criminal Intent has another season?!

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Hayden Christensen Suing USA Networks

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Hayden Christensen and his brother Tove have filed a lawsuit against USA Networks, claiming the network stole their idea for the series Royal Pains.

Apparently, back in 2005 the brothers pitched an idea for Housecall, a show about a "concierge" doctor who makes home visits to wealthy clients.

Legal papers were filed on Tuesday at Manhattan Federal Court in New York City.

Hmm…it's a little suspicious that the show is so similar to the idea the Christensen brothers pitched.

Who do U think came up with the show first??

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Glee And Modern Family Get Syndicated!

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And these shows haven't been on that long!

Glee is heading to Oxygen for syndication and paying a whopping mid-six figures per episode! The network will also air a reality show next year to find the next Glee star.

USA Network has acquired Modern Family, which will be its first descent into half hour programming.

Wowsa! Pretty impressive.

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Sean Hayes Gets Deal With NBC Universal!

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Good for him!

Not only did Hot In Cleveland, the first scripted series produced by his company Hazy Mills with Todd Milliner, kill it in the ratings with its premiere, but the company now has a two-year overall deal with NBC Universal to develop network and cable series!

Hazy Mills already has a series in development at USA Network, too!

Nice work, Sean — get it!

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