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By Rich Heldenfels Published: June 29, 2012

Rounding up "Anger Management" ratings, Savannah Guthrie on "Today,": and other info not in previous posts.

FX is celebrating its Thursday ratings, officially presented this way: Last night’s series debut of Anger Management (9P) was the most-watched scripted comedy primetime series premiere in cable history in delivery of Adults 18-49 (2.65 million), and Total Viewers (5.47 million, excluding children’s programming). It also ranks as the most-watched series premiere in FX history in Total Viewers. Episode 2 of Anger Management (9:30P) grew to 5.74 million Total Viewers, and the demo also grew in the second half hour to 2.89 million A18-49.

The Season 2 premiere of Wilfred and Season 3 premiere of Louie posted significant growth over their prior season averages – (Wilfred +71% and Louie +55% in Total Viewers). Last night’s season premieres for both of those series were the second highest-rated episodes in their history and will likely be their highest-rated episodes ever when Live+7 data is available in three weeks.

 And the series premiere of FX’s new late night comedy BrandX with Russell Brand got off to a good start in the 11P time slot with 1.1 million Total Viewers and 687,000 Adults 18-49, which marked respective increases of +32% and +38% vs. FX time-period average.

Since the audience grew for the second episode, FX et al. may have been right to put Charlie Sheen in a show whose format, while not FX-ish, was comfortable to his fans from previous sitcoms.

NBC made official the expected promotion of Savannah Guthrie to "Today" co-host. She was on the show today, but her ascension is complete on July 9. From NBC's announcement:

 Savannah Guthrie has been named co-anchor of NBC News’ “Today.” The announcement was made today by NBC News President Steve Capus and is effective immediately. The new “Today” anchor team of Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales officially debuts Monday, July 9.

Statement from Steve Capus, NBC News President: “In just a few short years Savannah, has become a standout member of the news division as well as the ultimate team player. She’s anchored for Brian on “NBC Nightly News,” moderated for David on “Meet the Press,” co-hosted the 9 a.m. hour of “Today,” reported for “Rock Center” and “Dateline,” and provided legal insights in our Supreme Court Special Reports – and that was all within the last week! She's got an undeniable range, and she’s earned the trust of the news community, her colleagues and our viewers alike. I couldn’t be happier for Savannah and the entire ‘Today’ team.”

Statement from Jim Bell, “Today” Executive Producer: “As soon as Savannah joined NBC News she was a standout, reporting for every franchise in the news division and rising through the ranks. She has a one-of-a-kind combination of sharp wit and approachability, and our viewers value her journalistic skills and legal background just as much as her humor and charm. She can effortlessly go from interviewing the Secretary of State to jumping Olympic-sized hurdles on the Plaza. I’m thrilled to welcome Savannah as our newest co-anchor, and along with Matt, Al and Natalie, we’ve got the best morning team in the business.”

Savannah Guthrie will continue her role as NBC News Chief Legal Correspondent.

Writing earlier today about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorcing, I couldn't resist a run of jokes based on Cruise's movies. From tomorrow's print HeldenFiles:

So this is Taps? The end of a Mission: Impossible? Not Endless Love or All the Right Moves? Who’s going to need a Cocktail? Will their split be Risky Business about The Color of Money?
Check his list of movies. We could do this all day. Did he finally lack Tropic Thunder? Are A Few Good Men lined up to date her? ...

 The first season of "Hart of Dixie" will be on DVD in October. The announcement:

Watch out BlueBell, Alabama, there's a new girl in town! On October 2, 2012, Warner Home Video brings you the series that has touched the hearts of millions of viewers, Hart of Dixie: The Complete First Season. Rachel Bilson (The O.C.) leads a stellar ensemble cast in this fish-out-of-water comedic drama about small-town living, big-city attitudes and complicated love triangles. Executive produced by Leila Gerstein (Gossip Girl), Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, Chuck, The O.C.), Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, The O.C.), Len Goldstein and Donald Todd (Samantha Who?, Ugly Betty, Caroline in the City), Hart of Dixie also stars, Jaime King (Gary Unmarried), Wilson Bethel (Generation Kill) and Cress Williams (Grey's Anatomy), with Tim Matheson (The West Wing) and Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights). The five-disc set includes all 22 episodes from the first season, plus exclusive extra content, including the “Straight from the Hart of Dixie” featurette, a gag reel, and deleted scenes. The DVD is priced to own at $59.98 SRP.

 Continuing in the fall for its second season, Hart of Dixie follows the story of New York surgeon Dr. Zoe Hart (Bilson), who unexpectedly finds herself a general practitioner in the tiny town of BlueBell, Alabama — a place where she will learn to be a better doctor, a better person and maybe even fall in love. Hart of Dixie is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Fake Empire, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios.

 DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

 “Straight from the Hart of Dixie”
Discover how the show’s creative team was able to capture and recreate the rich customs and lifestyle of the South — plus, the stars of the show talk about their characters and why the show has tugged at the hearts of audiences during its freshman year.
Gag Reel
Deleted Scenes

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