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Upfront TV: CBS Stones “Glass House” | “Dallas” Draws | History’s “Sharks” | Saratoga Coverage

Published on June 14, 2012
  • ABC’s “Glass House” is still under fire from CBS, which tomorrow will seek a temporary restraining order to stop the series, reports Deadline Hollywood. Judge Gary Feess today set a hearing for early Friday for the networks’ lawyers to plead their cases. The judge may rule to stop production of “Glass House,” which CBS argues is a rip-off of its “Big Brother,” itself based on a UK series which was based on a Dutch series.
  • The “Dallas” reboot averaged 6.8 million viewers on Wednesday, making it the No. 1 scripted series premiere on all of cable so far this year, reports Entertainment Weekly. The show that stars senior citizens Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, opposite newcomers Jesse Metcalfe and Jordana Brewster, attracted 1.9 milion adults 18-49 and 2.4 million adults 25-54. EW Reviewer Ken Tucker enjoyed the “genially hokey set-up” of a doddering J.R. leaving the nursing home to enjoy the prospect of destroying his own family in the name of sport and money.

  • “And we’re done” with broadcast upfront sales, declared Deadline Hollywood. Fox and NBC have completed their upfront deals. Fox, signed nearly $2 billion (even with last year) with cost-per-thousand impression (CPM) increases of between 8 and 9%. NBC brought in about $100 million more than last year’s season for $1.8 billion in volume (fueled largely by two cycles of “The Voice”), and CPM increases of between 6 and 7%.
  • The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and the NBC Sports Group have announced the schedule for this year’s Summer at Saratoga series, with five live broadcasts from Saratoga Race Course, starting on Saturday, August 11, going through Saturday, September 1, and including marquee races such as the Alabama, Travers, and Woodward. Saratoga Race Course was named one of the world’s top 10 venues of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated. From late July through Labor Day, many of the sport’s top owners, trainers, jockeys, and horses gather in Saratoga Springs for the premier thoroughbred racing meet in the country. First held in 1863, the Saratoga meet regularly draws more than 20,000 passionate racing fans to the track on a daily basis.
  • History Channel has announced “Shark Wranglers,” a new series premiering Sunday, July 1 at 10 P.M. The series follows real-life Captain Quints to the Great White-infested waters off of South Africa, in what the channel calls “the most ambitious shark expedition in history.” The crew will track the world’s most deadly and threatened sharks, tagging them for research. Their goal is 50 sharks in 40 days – a near impossible mission that will test the team’s resolve as they battle through every conceivable setback. The show centers around pre-eminent ocean explorer and elite fisherman Chris Fischer.