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NBC Premiere Schedule | CNN Recasts Primetime, Spitzer Out | Hulu For Sale with 875,000 Customers

Published on July 07, 2011
  • NBC will premiere the first of its new fall series a week before the official "premiere week," debuting rookie comedies Up All Nightand Free Agents on Wednesday, Sept. 14 following the season finale of America's Got Talent. Both comedies will debut in their regular time periods the following week, along with new dramas The Playboy Club and Prime Suspect, new Thursday laugher Whitney as well as the bulk of the network's returning series, reports Broadcasting & Cable.

  • ABC News has hired Elizabeth Smart as a contributor. Smart - who was abducted in 2002 from her Salt Lake City, Utah home and held for eight months - will appear across ABC News platforms to comment on missing persons cases, writes the Hollywood Reporter.

  • CNN has a new primetime lineup, one without Eliot Spitzer's In the Arena. Instead, Anderson Cooper 360 will move to 8 p.m. starting Aug. 8, and be re-broadcast at its 10 p.m. position. Erin Burnett's new program, expected to premiere in late September, will debut at 7 p.m, and re-air at 11 p.m. John King, U.S.A. moves to 6 p.m., reports Broadcasting & Cable.
  • A group of federal agencies led by the Federal Trade Commission have created a report on the marketing of food to children on television and other venues, and suggested voluntary guidelines restricting advertising food deemed less than healthful. The report targets foods that are fatty, salty or full or sugar. Although FTC says it’s a report, not a rulemaking, food manufacturers and some in Congress are pushing back, writes Radio Business Report.

  • Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger said that the owners of Hulu are “committed to selling.” Hulu’s owners include Disney, News Corp. and Comcast-NBC Universal. Bankers for Hulu have met with Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft Corp. as the company explores a sale, reports Bloomberg.
  • Hulu had about 875,000 paying subscribers at the end of June for its $7.99-per-month service -- beating the Internet video site's expectations. After adding more subs in June than in April and May combined, Hulu expects to top more than 1 million paying subscribers before the end of the summer, reports MultiChannel News. Including users that have a one-week-free trial, Hulu Plus already tops the 1 million mark.