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Fox, NBC, and others strike deal to broadcast on cell phones

NBC and Fox, along along with several other big-name broadcasters, like Telemundo, have signed a deal to bring live and on-demand TV to cell phones, according to The Wrap. The announcement comes a day after the FCC urged the National Association of Broadcasters to expand its support for mobile phone content.

'American Idol' music director Rickey Minor to replace Kevin Eubanks on 'The Tonight Show'

NBC announced it has hired American Idol music director Rickey Minor to serve as music director of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, replacing Leno’s longtime bandleader Kevin Eubanks, who is stepping down from the job. Minor will make his on-air debut on The Tonight Show on June 7, following the end of Idol‘s current season. Minor received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Music Direction on the Grammy Awards and a 2004 Ray Charles tribute concert, has served as music director of the Super Bowl, and has collaborated with artists such as Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, and Whitney Houston. “It is a privilege for all of us to have Rickey on board,” said Tonight Show executive producer Debbie Vickers in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited. The Tonight Show has a long tradition of acclaimed musicians in this role and it’s great to now include Rickey alongside Kevin and Branford [Marsalis].” Minor will continue to consult with American Idol creator Simon Fuller on other projects. “I am honored to be a part of The Tonight Show legacy,” he said in a statement.

Josie Duggar hospitalized again

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19th child, Josie, born on Dec. 25 after only 25 weeks, was hospitalized last Thursday in Little Rock, Arkansas due to fluctuating vital signs. Jim Bob told People, “She’s doing fine now. They will watch her for a few days to make sure she’s safe.” The Duggar family is the subject of the TLC reality series 19 Kids and Counting.

Jane Lynch announces engagement

Glee star Jane Lynch has announced her engagement to girlfriend, Lara Embry, in a video invite for the National Center for Lesbian Rights 33rd anniversary celebration set for May 1 in San Francisco, CA.

Ratings: 'DWTS' ties 'Idol' for week's top spot

Is this the season that ABC’s Dancing with the Stars takes over Fox’s American Idol as the most-watched program on network television? Well, that doesn’t seem like too big of a stretch, especially considering that Dancing tied Idol—each nabbing 24.2 million viewers—for the top spot for the week ending March 28. Granted, Dancing‘s viewership was likely enlarged because the episode was its season premiere (it’s highest-rated ever!), but it’s still quite a moment for the show. In third place for the week, of course, was the other episode of American Idol, the Wednesday results hour, which pulled in 21.4 million viewers. CBS took the fourth and fifth spots in the top 20 with Undercover Boss (16.7 million viewers) landing at No. 4, and long-running newsmagazine 60 Minutes drawing 14.5 million viewers and tying for No. 5 with Two and a Half Men. Outside of NCAA basketball, the rest of the top 20—which can be found after the jump with viewership totals—was your usual mix of Grey’s Anatomy, reruns of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, Survivor, and so on.

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Ratings: 'Castle' hits series high thanks to 'Dancing' lead-in

ABC’s Castle rose to a series high, according to preliminary overnight ratings. The show nabbed a great 14.5 million viewers, a number most certainly helped by the boffo 22.6 million viewers who tuned in for the second week of Dancing with the Stars. Elsewhere, Fox’s 24 saw no boost from this week’s news that the series is ending, drawing in only 8.4 million eyes.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8pm Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Chuck (NBC)
House (Fox)
Life Unexpected (The CW)
22.6
5.7 (repeat)
5.6
5.5 (repeat)
2.1
8:30pm Rules of Engagement (CBS) 7.3
9pm Two and a Half Men (CBS)
24 (Fox)
Trauma (NBC)
Gossip Girl (The CW)
10.8 (repeat)
8.4
4.8
1.7
9:30pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 9.8 (repeat)
10pm Castle (ABC)
CSI: Miami (CBS)
Law & Order (NBC)
14.5
8.1 (repeat)
6.0

Source: Nielsen

Conan O'Brien passes on hosting The Tony Awards

Conan O’Brien has passed on the opportunity to host this year’s Tony Awards airing June 13 on CBS, according to his reps. Internet reports today alleged that O’Brien’s decision was due to his agreement with NBC after he left The Tonight Show. But neither NBC, CBS, or O’Brien’s reps would confirm or comment in regards to that.

Producer files countersuit against Farrah Fawcett estate

Producer Craig Nevius (Chasing Farrah) has filed a suit against Farrah Fawcett’s estate, claiming that Fawcett’s money is being withheld from certain family members and that a lawsuit filed against him by the estate in January, in which he was accused of embezzling funds from the actress, is a misuse of Fawcett’s money. Attorney Howard Weitzman, who represents the estate, as well as Fawcett’s former boyfriend Ryan O’Neal and friend Alana Stewart, said, “I’ve read Mr. Nevius’ response to our complaint which I think contains spurious and outrageous allegations. I’m confident the truth will all come out during the course of the litigation.”

Tom Hanks twitters casting for 'Larry Crowne'

Tom Hanks used twitter as an outlet to announce additional casting on his new film Larry Crowne, which he will also direct and star opposite his Charlie Wilson’s War co-star Julia Roberts. Hanks posted a picture of various headshots, including Taraji P. Henson, Bryan Cranston, and Hanks’ former Bosom Buddies co-star Peter Scolari. Hanks also co-wrote Crowne with actress Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding).

Bryan Singer to produce 'X-Men: First Class'

Deadline reports that Bryan Singer will produce, but not direct, the prequel X-Men: First Class, which 20th Century Fox hopes will have a 2011 release. Singer was unavailable to direct because of shooting on his next movie, Jack the Giant Killer.

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