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National Geographic Channel, with Weinstein Promo Smarts, Scores Ratings Blitz with 'SEAL Team Six'

Chalk up another Harvey Weinstein controversary for effectively turning low-budget fictional programmer "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden" into a pre-election ratings bonanza Sunday night for National Geographic Channel. Even with mixed reviews, the story behind the raid that took down al-Qaeda’s leader is its top-rated show of 2012, pulling 4.7 million viewers, and the sixth highest-rated in NGC history. It encores on Friday, November 9, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (Our interview with director John Stockwell is here.) Ratings averaged a 1.4 in the 25–54 demo on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  This ranks as the highest rated telecast on NGC since the premiere of "George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview" in August 2011, and eclipses the previous two-hour special record for 2012 of "Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron," which had a .9 P 25–54 rating in April. “What National Geographic Channel, CEO David Lyle and President Howard Owens did was offer a captivating film of recent American history to as many homes as possible,” said Weinstein. “We expect SEAL Team Six to be a perennial for the National Geographic Channel and hope more people watch it this Friday.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2012 6:03 PM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 7: Setting the Table for Things To Come

By episode seven (written by Chris Rose & Micah Kibodeaux, story by David Simon & Chris Rose, directed by Tim Robbins), "Treme" is in the development stage of its dramatic construction. By this I don’t mean that executives are getting their paws all over it – rather...
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • November 5, 2012 1:18 PM
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President Obama's Favorite TV Shows, And The Movie We Know He Loves: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Ever wonder which TV shows the Obamas have on their DVR? Well, President Obama tells TV Guide that his favorite shows are "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Wire" ("one of the greatest shows of all time") and "SportsCenter"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 30, 2012 12:53 PM
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The David Letterman Show Must Go On, with Denzel Washington and No Audience (VIDEO)

There's something to be said for making a silk purse out of a sow's ear. David Letterman, Paul Schaffer and a "skeleton crew" put on a low-tech show with hand-held cards but no teleprompter and no studio audience the afternoon Hurricane Sandy hit Manhattan, and it was terrific. Denzel Washington blew onto the stage in a wet yellow slicker, seemingly out of breath, and gamely went through his "Flight" promo paces.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2012 12:44 PM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 6: Davis' Good Women and Magnum Opus

Davis (Steve Zahn) is a fool, more profane than holy, not without talent, but a fool nonetheless. He loses good women the way others misplace good umbrellas – thoughtlessly if with the best of intentions of not doing so this time again...
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • October 29, 2012 2:00 AM
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In the Works: Theron's Viking Drama at ABC, Fogelman's Directorial Debut with Pacino, Renner & Moore

Screenwriter Dan Fogelman ("Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Tangled") is set to make his directorial debut with his script "Imagine." Al Pacino, Jeremy Renner and Julianne Moore are talks to star. The familliar plot follows a rocker who finds a letter written to him by John Lennon that inspires him to change his life and find his unknown biological son. I
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 24, 2012 4:22 PM
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Tom Hanks Slams for Fallon (Video)

What's with Hollywood stars rapping and slamming? Gwenyth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz took it in the chin for their misguided musical ode to Chelsa Handler. The latest actor leaving his comfort zone is Oscar-winner Tom Hanks, who played slam poet on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" as he meditated on 1990s sitcom "Full House." 
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 24, 2012 1:27 PM
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Wolf Blitzer Co-Hosts TCM's Month of Politics in Movies

TV audiences aren't getting enough politics, right? That hasn't stopped TCM from dedicating Fridays in October to the intersection of politics and film. This Friday, October 26, co-hosts Ben Mankiewicz of TCM and CNN news anchor and "The Situation Room" host Wolf Blitzer start off with a triple bill including 1962's "Advise and Consent," 1964's "Seven Days in May," and 1976's "All the President's Men." Blitzer shares how he was inspired by tactics used in "All the President's Men" to confirm a breaking news story. Mankiewicz and Blitzer hope to use the movies as a way to engage with the current election.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 24, 2012 12:08 PM
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Showtime Orders Welcome Third Season of 'Homeland'

Sunday night's episode of "Homeland" was a spine-tingler. The Emmy-winner is the best series on television right now, and its Emmy-winning stars, Claire Dane and Damian Lewis, deliver on their juicy material every week. Thus it's no surprise that Showtime has ordered up 12 new episodes for a third season.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2012 3:12 PM
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Spielberg Talks Childhood Anger and 'Lincoln' on '60 Minutes,' Turns Back on Action (VIDEO)

The brass ring of publicity scores is the '60 Minutes' interview. What beats it? Maybe a Time cover. Sunday night's Lesley Stahl profile of Steven Spielberg includes the first clips from his upcoming “Lincoln” (November 16) as well as an interview with Spielberg’s parents about his childhood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2012 2:51 PM
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