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Upfront TV: “Bethenny” Test Run | “Deadliest” Hooks Viewers | Coldplay for “Idol” | More Betty White

Published on April 26, 2012
  • Self-proclaimed “Skinny Girl” Bethenny Frankel (late of “Real Housewives of New York”) will get a six-week text run talk show on six Fox-owned stations, reports Hollywood Reporter. The run begins June 1, and if all goes well, will be picked up for national syndication in the fall. The test markets are in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, Phoenix and Minneapolis. The program will offer Bethenny’s “no-nonsense perspective” on the usual—pop culture, beauty, fitness and lifestyle. Frankel’s TV pedigree began with “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” on network TV, then “Housewives,” “Bethenny Getting Married?” and “Bethenny Ever After,” includes “Housewives,” all on Bravo.

  • Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” reeled in more than 3.29 million viewers on Tuesday, April 24, with a 2.32 household rating. The 9 P.M. premiere episode “Weak Links” out-delivered most broadcast programs Men (25-54 and 18-49 delivery), finishing #3 in all of television, behind only NBC’s “The Voice” (Results Show) and CBS’ “NCIS.” “Catch” out-delivered ABC’s “Private Practice,” “Cougar Town,” and “Dancing with the Stars”; NBC’s “Fashion Star” and “Biggest Loser”; FOX’s “Glee” CBS’s “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Coldplay will perform on the May 3 “American Idol” results show, confirms Entertainment Weekly, which will air at 8 P.M. ET. They’ll likely perform a song (or two) from their latest album “Mylo Xyloto,” and frontman Chris Martin will “almost definitely spastically dance around the stage.”

  • From the enough-is-enough department, 90-year-old phenom and comedienne Betty White will appear on the season finale of the Jeniffer Love Hewitt/Lifetime drama “The Client List.” As People details, the “Golden Girls” and “Hot in Cleveland” star will play the wife of one of the “clients” (or “johns,” as the police know them). The show depicts single mother Riley Parks (Hewitt) pushing past her initial revulsion to work at The Rub of Sugar Land, a day spar which offers “more than standard massage therapy.” 
  • ReelzChannel has ordered a second 13-episode season of Steven Seagal’s crimefighting drama “True Justice,” reports Deadline Hollywood. “True Justice” is Reelz’s first original scripted drama series, which acquired the show year after it had proved successfully internationally. “True Justice” premiered just a few weeks ago on March 30, and Episode 3 was the highest-rated program of the year for Reelz, with 1.2 million viewers.