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Upfront TV: “Rock Center” Moves | “Client List” Draws | Fox Renewals | “American Guns” Reloads

Published on April 10, 2012
  • With the burn off of Bent now complete, NBC has opted to use the Wednesday 9 P.M. slot as the new home of “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” and “Law & Order: SVU” will move into the 10 P.M. slot. This due to complaints from affiliates who were disappointed with the lackluster lead-in of “Bent” for “Rock Center.” This week on “Rock Center,” Scott Cohn investigates allegations that Remington, the oldest gun manufacturer in America, has ignored a potential defect in some of its rifles and shotguns. The company vehemently denies the allegations. Also a report on New York’s Ironworkers of Local 40, which both aided in the 9/11 rescue efforts at the Twin Towers, and years later are rebuilding on the site.
  • National Geographic Channel's heavily-marketed Sunday-night special “Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron” drew a 0.8 rating among adults 25 to 43, reports Multichannel News. This is NatGeo’s strongest premiere since an August 2011 interview special, “George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview,” which drew a 1.0 rating. More than 1.7 million total viewers included 771,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demo tuned in to the “Titanic” premiere, the network said. The special repeated Monday night at 8 p.m. and 11 P.M.. ET/PT.
  • Lifetime’s Jennifer Love Hewitt drama series “Client List” premiered on Sunday with a strong 2.8 million viewership, reports Deadline Hollywood. The high-class suburban escort drama is Lifetime’s most watched series debut since the 2009 premiere of "Drop Dead Diva," which also averaged 2.8 million. This is especially impressive, considering that “The Client List” opened on Easter night with lower broadcast viewership, and running at 10 P.M. against “Mad Men” on AMC and “The Borgias” on Showtime.

  • The CW Network has announced premiere dates for two new original reality series for summer 2012: “The Catalina” follows the employees and guests at a “rocking Miami hotel,” and will premiere Tuesday, May 29 at 8 P.M. ET. “Breaking Pointe,” with its inside look at the world of competitive ballet, will premiere Thursday, May 31 at 8 P.M. ET. With “Catalina,” CW promises “Anightlife as hot as the sun-soaked beaches during the day,” and “Breaking Pointe” offers an “intense, unfiltered look at [the] gritty dog-eat-dog world of extreme athleticism, focus, dedication, passion, pressure and, of course, the hunt for the unattainable… perfection.” “Breaking Pointe” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Kate Shepherd (“Big Brother,” “Wife Swap”) is executive producer. Izzie Pick Ashcroft (“Dancing with the Stars”) and Jane Tranter (“Top Gear,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Torchwood”) are executive producers for BBC Worldwide Productions.
  • FOX has renewed three series, ordering a second season of freshman breakout hit “New Girl,” a third installment of the irreverent family comedy “Raising Hope” and a fourth season of “Glee,” the network announced yesterday. As Hollywood Reporter describes, this news comes a full month ahead of Fox's upfront presentation. Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, said in a statement that “Over the past season, ‘New Girl’ has become the hottest new appointment series for young adults; ‘Raising Hope’ has established itself as one of the smartest and most unique offbeat comedies on television; and ‘Glee’ has continued its success as a genre-defying, global cultural phenomenon.” All-new episodes of Glee return to Tuesdays (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET/PT), beginning tomorrow, April 10, with New Girl remaining at 9:00-9:31 P.M. ET/PT, and Raising Hope returning to its regular time slot at 9:31-10:00 P.M. ET/PT.

American Guns” returns to Discovery on Wednesday, April 25 at 9 P.M. ET/PT. The series follows the Wyatt family, who in their Denver based store Gunsmoke, create such experimental weapons as zombie-assault rifles, and refurbish civil war cannons. The series follows both the creation of the guns and the interactions of the eccentric The Wyatt family, which has owned Gunsmoke for 19 years, turning the small business into a firearms enterprise. Father Rich Wyatt is a master firearms trainer and former police officer with more than 22 years experience in law enforcement.