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Posted on Wed. Jan. 30, 2013 - 12:06 am EDT


CBS daytime lineup among new-season pickups

•CBS’ daytime lineup will continue through the 2013-14 season Tuesday, the network said in a news release Tuesday.

Soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful,” talk show “The Talk” and game shows “The Price is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal” received pickups. Soap opera “The Young and the Restless” had already been ordered through the 2013-14 season.

•Showtime ordered a third season of “House of Lies,” fourth season of “Shameless” and seventh season of “Californication,” the cable network said in a news release Tuesday.

•“Girls” was renewed Friday for a third season on HBO, according to a news release from the network.

•“Banshee” was renewed Tuesday for a second season on Cinemax, according to a news release from the network.

Theater sales grow despite Olympics

London’s theaters say they had a strong 2012 despite the Olympics’ “dampening effect” on ticket sales.

Figures released Tuesday show that almost 14 million tickets were sold for 52 playhouses in 2012, a 0.56 percent increase on the year before. Ticket revenue rose 0.27 percent to just under $835 million.

Attendance fell 3 percent for musicals but rose 9 percent for plays.

The Society of London Theater says sales and attendance dropped during the summer Games, but not as drastically as some had feared.

Aussie hoax show officially canceled

The Australian radio show behind a hoax phone call to the London hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was being treated has been officially canceled.

The show and the two DJs behind the prank in December were widely condemned after the death of a nurse who answered the phone and helped the DJs get confidential information about the former Kate Middleton’s health.

The “Hot 30” program was taken off air after the death of the nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, and the Australian Associated Press reported Monday that Southern Cross Austereo, the parent company of radio station 2DayFM, announced the program had been formally canceled.

The AAP quoted Southern Cross Austereo Chief Executive Rhys Holleran as saying DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig will go back on the air.

Poehler has deal for ‘non-linear diary’

Amy Poehler has a deal for a book that appears to be a little bit of everything.

The actress has an agreement with It Books for an “illustrated, non-linear diary.” It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Monday that the book is currently untitled and scheduled for 2014.

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