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Upfront TV: “Dr. Who,” “Top Models,” Chris Hansen Return | Lifetime’s Escort Drama Premieres

Published on February 23, 2012
  • Filming has begun on the next season of BBC America’s highest rated series “Doctor Who” Actor Matt Smith is the 11th actor to portray the iconic time/space traveler. The series launched in November 1963, on a seemingly impossible low budget. But BBC America is promising “Fourteen big, blockbuster-movie episodes - each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you've never seen them before.”

  • The CW has ordered a 19th edition of the reality competition “America's Next Top Model,” says Hollywood Reporter. With series 18 premiering next week, this is an early pickup and sign of confidence from the CW. Last year’s edition averaged a respectable 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. The franchise launched on UPN in 2003, with supermodel Tyra Banks as host. The 19th season will feature college student competitors.
  • The Client List,” Lifetime’s original drama starring and executive produced by Jennifer Love Hewitt, will premiere on Sunday, April 8, at 10:00pm ET/PT. Cybill Shepherd and Loretta Divine will co-star in this quirky drama about a Texas housewife who takes a job in a day spa, only to discover it is a high-priced brothel. The series spins off from the July 2010 Lifetime Original Movie of the same name, for which Hewitt received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category. The movie averaged 3.9 million total viewers.
  • The Hansen Files” will return to “Dateline NBC” on March 2 in the 10 p.m. slot. Hansen is best known for his “To Catch a Predator” reports on “Dateline,” in which he and an advocacy group called Perverted Justice ensnared child predators for arrest. Hansen has been on an unofficial hiatus since July 2011, when he was caught in a sexting scandal, which cost him the anchor chair on “Dateline.” NBC promises that along with “Dateline’s” hidden cameras, “Chris Hansen will uncover secrets and scams that will shock and move you,” for example, exposing day care workers with criminal records, and bait-and-switch retailers.
  • CBS won Tuesday night with adults 18-49, reports TVByTheNumbers. CBS led with “NCIS,” down a tenth to a still strong 3.8 rating among adults 18-49. Fox’s “Glee” gained a tenth in the same demo for a 2.9 rating, while CW’s “Ringer” was up a tenth. It can use every tenth it gets, with a mere 0.5. The bleeding continues at ABC’s "Cougar Town” which dropped a tenth to a 1.7 among adults 18-49; “The River” which is almost certainly slated for cancellation had the same rating, at 1.7.