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HBO Releases New Trailer for The Newsroom

A promising second trailer for Aaron Sorkin‘s new HBO drama The Newsroom premiered Sunday night prior to Game of Thrones. The show stars Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, a network news anchor struggling to honor journalistic ethics in the face of soulless corporate demands, Emily Mortimer as his executive producer, and Jane Fonda as the scary media mogul who owns their asses.

HBO’s Luck Suspends Filming with Horses

HBO’s Luck has suspended filming with horses after a third horse was injured and euthanized Tuesday at Santa Anita Park during production of the hit drama.

“The horse was on her way back to the stall when she reared, flipped over backwards, and struck her head on the ground,” Dr. Gary Beck, a California Horse Racing Board veterinarian, said in a statement. The horse was later euthanized.

The first two horse deaths occurred in 2010 and 2011 during filming of the first season.

“We are also insisting that this stoppage remain in full effect pending a complete, thorough, and comprehensive investigation,” the American Humane Association said in a statement.

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Game Change Premiere Hits NYC

Julianne Moore, Tom Hanks
Julianne Moore and Tom Hanks (Credit: StarPix)

Game Change, HBO’s much buzzed-about film based on the 2008 presidential election and the 2010 book of the same name, held its premiere party at Ziegfeld Theatre last night.

Just a few of the celebs FishbowlNY spotted in attendance and on the red carpet: Julianne Moore, who does a spot-on, yet subtle portrayal of Sarah Palin; Sarah Paulson, who plays senior McCain campaign adviser Nicolle Wallace; the film’s executive producer, Tom Hanks, and his wife Rita WilsonJeff ZuckerArianna HuffingtonMonster’s Ball producer Lee Daniels; and just about every political pundit in town.

Unlike the book, which focused on all the candidates in the election, the movie zeroes in on John McCain‘s choice (or should we say, his advisers’ decision) to pick Palin as his running mate. And, while many are praising Moore for the way she humanized the Alaskan governor, Ed Harris brought his A-game too. Everything from his mannerisms to his posture were so McCain-like, it was eerie.

Game Change premieres this Saturday, March 10 on HBO. If you don’t mind a spoiler, head over to our sister blog TVNewser for a full review and peep more photos from the event after the jump.

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Grantland Wants to Know the Greatest Character on The Wire

We learned last week on Bill Simmonspodcast that President Barack Obama‘s favorite character on The Wire is Omar Little.

Now, the folks at Grantland have set up a tournament to determine the greatest character on the cult HBO series.

The 32-person tournament kicks off Monday and a few things immediately stood out in the seedings:

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Jersey Shore Takes Number One Again in Weekly Ratings

MTV’s Jersey Shore continues its dominance with another week atop the prime time ratings. An estimated 881,000 viewers watched the August 18th episode from Italy with a 4.4 rating, according to the Nielsen Company.

The New York Jets preseason game on WCBS/Channel 2 finished second for the week (744,000/3.7).

America’s Got Talent held down the third slot on WNBC (563,000/2.8). It tied with True Blood on HBO (558,000/2.8) and an August 18th New York Yankees game on WWOR/Channel 9 (557,000/2.8).

Talent also had a tenth-place finish for the week (484,000/2.4). 

The Yankees grabbed sixth and seventh place (tie) for games on WWOR and the YES Network, averaging 518,000 viewers and a 2.6 rating.

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MTV’s Jersey Shore Tops the Weekly Prime Time List

Well, Jersey Shore, now in its fourth season, has certainly hit its stride. The MTV reality program that made household names out of “The Situation” and “Snooki,” was number one for the week.

The show set in Italy this season, had an estimated 848,000 New York viewers with a 4.2 rating, according to the Nielsen Company.

The Yankees rocketed to number two on WWOR, despite an August 9th loss to the Los Angeles Angels (607,000/3.0).

The New York Giants return to the gridiron on WNBC/Channel 4, albeit only preseason, was enough for a sixth-place tie (541,000/2.7).

But WNBC got higher marks with America’s Got Talent, tying at number two (607,000/3.0). The next night of the amateur competition took hold of eighth place (509,000/2.5)

It was a typical week for 60 Minutes, landing at number four on WCBS (588,000/2.9).

HBO’s True Blood joined the venerable newsmagazine in fourth place (578,000/2.9).

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America’s Got Talent Tops the Week for WNBC

Led by America’s Got Talent, WNBC took the weekly prime time number one spot, according to the Nielsen Company.

The competition had an estimated 666,000 viewers with a 3.3 rating. Talent also landed at number three with an additional 627,000 viewers and a 3.1 rating.

WCBS took second place, thanks to 60 Minutes (650,000/3.2).

Yankee Baseball on the WWOR was fourth (599,000/3.0) as C.C. Sabathia came close to pitching a perfect game on July 26 against Seattle.

WCBS was fifth with NCIS (569,000/2.8).

President Obama cracked the Top 10 with his debt ceiling address July 25 on NBC (497,000/2.5).

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60 Minutes Take Weekly Top Spot on WCBS; America’s Got Talent Number Two on WNBC

As we meander through the summer, viewership is typically altered. But 60 Minutes had no problems grabbing ratings. The venerable newsmagazine was number one, according to the Nielsen Company. The broadcast had 751,000 WCBS/Channel 2 viewers with a 3.7 rating.

On WNBC/Channel 4, a two-hour episode of America’s Got Talent was number two (623,000/3.1).

Yankee Baseball on the YES Network was third (556,000/2.8) from July 21. Several other games cracked the  Top 20.

A pair of games tied for number 13 –July 18 on YES (473,000/2.3) and July 19 on WWOR/Channel 9 (468,000/2.3).

A July 20th Yankee game on YES was number 20 (416,000/2.1).

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The Variety Show Continues at THR

As one former Variety staffer joins the morphing Hollywood Reporter, so leaves another: it was announced today by THR that editor Elizabeth Guider is departing the trade publication for personal reasons. Hopefully, on her way out the revolving door, Guider will have the chance to say hi-bye to new incoming chief film critic Todd McCarthy.

Via brief, boiler plate item on its website this morning, THR indicates that Guider “will continue to contribute” in a way that is more commensurate with her book writing efforts and trips to visit out-of-state relatives. Whether that means angry letters to the (new) editor about her severance package or something else at this point remains unclear.

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