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Upfront TV: Expanded “Kardashians” Season | SNL, Vergara Deliver | So Does Moses

Published on April 09, 2012
  • Love’em or hate’em, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is good business for E! and claims five of the network’s 10 most watched telecasts, historically. So E! has “supersized” the show with an expanded 18-episode season, an earlier timeslot (9 P.M. ) and an hour-long format versus a half hour. The series is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Bunim/Murray Productions and returns on Sunday, May 20 at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT. This season the Kardashians continue to share their “soaring highs and their crashing lows,” says the network, with the “the same candor, strength and humor” (and lack of embarrassment) that makes the family famous. The season kicks off with mom Kris heartbroken over the recent headlines declaring Khloé is not the biological daughter of Robert Kardashian, Sr. Watching her family endure a spell of stinging press reports motivates this protective matriarch to take action. But her efforts to prove to the world that Khloé is truly a Kardashian once and for all may have the whole family in an uproar.

  • “Trisha,” the NBC Universal talk show set to debut on Monday, Sept. 17, has reached station clearances of 85% of U.S. TV homes, including in 47 of the top 50 markets, reports MediaBistro. Among those top-market stations are Fox TV’s affiliate KCOP Los Angeles and Weigel independent WCIU Chicago. Station groups that have picked up “Trisha” include Sinclair, Hearst, Belo, CBS and LIN. The show will be hosted by U.K. talk show veteran Trisha Goddard, who hails from Australia where she was a news anchor, before helming two U.K. daytime talk shows. No word yet on the format or subject matter, but her U.K. offerings tended toward the inspirational, and she is the author of books like “The Family Survival Guide” and “Trisha As I Am.” 
  • “Saturday Night Live” with host Sofia Vergara and musical guest One Direction drew a 5.0/13 household rating/share in the metered markets, reports Deadline Hollywood, up 16% from the most recent live episode of almost a month ago, hosted by Jonah Hill. This week’s SNL was also up 16% from the same night last year. A good season for SNL, where Lindsay Lohan earned NBC a 5.5/14 in households (best in season) and a 3.3/15 in 18-49.

  • Earlier on Saturday Night, Moses delivered for ABC, reports TVByTheNumbers. ABC's traditional Easter weekend broadcast of “The Ten Commandments” with Charlton Heston was the highest rated program of the night with a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and an enviable 6.9 million total viewers. CBS's “48 Hours Mystery” was the night’s top original show among adults 18-49 with a 1.1 rating. Over on Fox, a new episode of the rock-solid Cops at 8 P.M. got a 1.0 among adults 18-49, even with last week. The NBC/Ford Motor Company reality series “Escape Routes” with its ultra-hip cast and real-time social interactivity drew a 0.3 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from its bottom-dwelling rating of 0.2 last week.

  • The Learning Channel” calls itself “home to the most popular wedding programming on TV,” and has announced it is partnering with sometime-actor and frequent entertainment presenter Mario Lopez and his fiancée Courtney Mazza for a nonscripted special about their nuptial year (no airdate announced). The network will join the couple as they navigate through the planning process, discover the perfect dress, and celebrate their love at their wedding with their family and friends. The entire experience will air as a special television event shortly after the ceremony later this year. Mario and Courtney’s special joins TLC’s line-up of wedding-themed programs, including celebrity wedding events “Nick & Vanessa’s Dream Wedding” and “Niecy Nash’s Wedding Bash.” The network’s popular wedding series include “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Bridesmaids” and “Four Weddings.”