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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Will the Dead Walk Again?

Too Many Breaks between your favorite shows? Why Networks Split The Seasons Of Popular Shows

Fans of one of cable's highest rated series The Walking Dead might be disappointed next Sunday to find that their show has vanished from AMC after just seven episodes. What is the point of pulling a show from the air while it's running hot — only to bring it back months later when you may have forgotten about it?

Too Many Twists?

Showtime's Dexter, starring Michael C. Hall, just served up the biggest twist of the season to date.
View caption Randy Tepper/Showtime

At Midseason, Serial Dramas Serve Up Big Twists (click here)

TV critic David Bianculli talks up some of the twists and turns presented recently in some of his favorite shows — including Dexter, Homeland and The Walking Dead. Note: Spoiler-rich.

From NPR's Fresh Air.

We few, band of brothers, Thespians All!

Everyone in the photo went on to do significant things. Rob Cain is a Lt. Col. stationed at the Pentagon, Nancy Atherton is a best selling mystery novelist, Larry Shackley is an award winning church music composer and authority. Many others are not shown, actors who went on to fame, fortune or infamy.

Hogwarts is coming to Hollywood.

HarryPotterFrom the LA Times Company Town Blog. Click here for the latest industry news.

Universal Studios is planning to build a replica of its successful Florida Harry Potter theme park in Los Angeles, said people familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

A contract between Comcast Corp.-owned Universal and Warner Bros., which made the "Harry Potter" movies and controls licensing rights to author J.K. Rowling's books about the boy wizard, is being finalized and should be done within the next few weeks, the people said.

The new attraction is expected to open at Universal Studios Hollywood no earlier than 2015.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando has drawn more than 7 million people and was a primary driver in a 36% boost in attendance at the theme park in the first three months of 2011.
Families have flocked to the park to go on Potter-themed rides, like the Flight of the Hippogriff, visit replicas of Potter locations like the Three Broomsticks Inn, and even drink a re-creation of the story's  famous butterbeer.

Universal was not the only entertainment company seeking to replicate The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Southern California. Walt Disney Co. also held discussions with Warner to secure the rights for Disneyland in Anaheim. Recently, Disney signed a partnership to create attractions based on 20th Century Fox's "Avatar," the first of which will begin construction in Orlando in 2013.

A remaining question is where the Potter rides and shops would be placed at the land-strapped Universal Hollywood. In order to make room, the park would likely have to remove or retrofit existing rides.

News of the deal was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

— Ben Fritz
Disney to license rights to 'Avatar' for theme park attraction
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Times staff writer Brady MacDonald contributed to this report.
Photo: Fans snapping pictures of the cast of the "Harry Potter" movies at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. Credit: Scott Audette / Reuters.