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After five weeks of non-stop drama, one of my favorite new television shows, "Political Animals," is concluding its six-episode mini-series run on USA Network tonight.
Despite falling five places from the previous week, Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, "The Young and the Restless") has remained a New York Times best seller for the second consecutive week.
What follows is the Fall 2012 Key Art for the new CBS primetime series "Elementary," "Made in Jersey," "Partners" and "Vegas."

on Saturday, August 18, 2012 @ 2:15 AM
Soap Opera Network has learned that Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester, "The Bold and the Beautiful") has been added to the "Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell" book signing being held today from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Barnes & Noble located at 4820 Telephone Road Ventura, CA 93003.
"Yesterday, I found out I was pregnant...actually, in the same day they told me I had cancer and then I didn't, I was pregnant," says Blanca Soto, a Telenovela star of her character Camila Nájera de Negrete on "El Talismán" (aka: The Talisman). If that plot twist sounds familiar to you, it's because that's generally the storyline twists and turns we've come to expect on American daytime soap operas. The only difference is more viewers are tuning into Telenovelas on networks such as Univision and Telemundo than they are on ABC, CBS, or NBC, who are consistently losing viewers in record numbers. In a new report by ABC News, "Nightline" reporter Matt Gutman explores how telenovelas are thriving while American soaps are struggling to survive.
A number of syndicated programs hit their season lows during the week of July 30, 2012 thanks to the Olympics on NBC, while others were so heavily preempted that Nielsen Media Research excluded them from the weekly ratings averages, which was the case for Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution's (WBDTD)' "Anderson," "Ellen" and "Extra," and CBS Television Distribution's (CTD) "Rachael Ray" and "The Doctors." In the case of daytime talker "Live! with Kelly," however, the show hit its lowest ratings in more than 20 years.
In an interview with John Nogawski, president, CBS Television Distribution, ​Broadcasting & Cable​ revealed that Disney/ABC Domestic Television is spending roughly $80 million just to get its Katie Couric hosted talker, aptly named "Katie," off the ground in the next couple of weeks.
For those of you attending the Saturday, August 18 book signing of "The Young and the Restless Life of William J. Bell," with co-authors Lee Phillip Bell and Michael Maloney, along with Ronn Moss (Ridge Forrester, "The Bold and the Beautiful"), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, "The Young and the Restless") and Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore, "The Young and the Restless"), who are all scheduled to attend, please take note of the following information courtesy of Barnes & Noble Ventura, which will be hosting the event.
Deadline is reporting Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte is scheduled to make his series television debut when he makes a cameo appearance on the CW's "90210."
Golden Globe® nominee Tom Cavanagh (Scrubs, Ed) will star in the Lifetime Original Movie Killer Among Us, which will make its world premiere on Saturday, September 8, 2012, at 8:00PM ET/PT. Inspired by a true story, the film follows Nick Carleton (Cavanagh), a widowed father of three who is coping with the loss of his beloved wife, while minding his teenage daughter Alex, (Tess Atkins, Girl Fight, The Killing) as she bravely tries to uncover the ruthless murder of her mother.
After attracting nearly a quarter of a billion viewers over the course of 17 nights, while airing the Olympics from London (July 27-August 12), NBC returned to earth last night as viewers tuned out of the network despite it premiering new series "Stars Earn Stripes," and the second season premiere of "Grimm."
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Nic Robuck (ex-James Ford, "One Life to Live") has landed his first feature film role, reports ​ABC Soaps In Depth​. The actor has signed on to play the lead in the film "A Dark Plan."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, former "All My Children" starlet Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall Hart) has landed a major role in the new film "Desires of the Heart," which began production in Savannah, GA on Monday, August 13.
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