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TNT Renews "HawthoRNe," "DOOL" Eps Online, Octo-Mom Special

By admin Published: August 10, 2009

TNT has renewed the Jada Pinkett Smith drama, "HawthoRNe" for a second season. And NBC is putting episodes of "Days of Our Lives" online for people who miss them on the air. Fox, meanwhile, has scheduled a special on the Octo-Mom.
All announcements are after the jump.

Octo-Mom:

Known to the world as “Octomom,” Nadya Suleman made headlines and history in January 2009 when she gave birth to octuplets conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Already a mother of six, much about Suleman has been shrouded in secrecy and subject to speculation. For the first time, television viewers will get an intimate look inside Suleman’s life in OCTOMOM: THE INCREDIBLE UNSEEN FOOTAGE, a two-hour special airing Wednesday, Aug. 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Through this never-before-seen footage, viewers will be able to witness the emotional struggles, physical complications and financial burdens of this single mother of 14. From the day the octuplets were born, cameras had unprecedented access to every area of Suleman’s life. For more than seven months, cameras documented Suleman, capturing incredible footage, including the private moments and reactions of Suleman’s family, as well as Suleman’s own feelings, doubts and fears.

OCTOMOM: THE INCREDIBLE UNSEEN FOOTAGE is produced by Pilgrim Films & Television and features news footage captured by RadarOnline.com. Craig Piligian serves as executive producer.

Here's the TNT news:

TNT has picked up a second season of its hit medical drama HAWTHORNE, starring and executive-produced by Jada Pinkett Smith (The Women, The Matrix trilogy) and created by Emmy® winner John Masius (St. Elsewhere, Providence, Dead Like Me). The network has ordered an additional 10 episodes of the character-driven drama, which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). For its first season, HAWTHORNE is averaging 3.8 million viewers and ranks as ad-supported cable’s #1 entertainment program on Tuesdays among adults 25-54 and women 25-54. The second season is slated to air in 2010.

HAWTHORNE co-stars Michael Vartan (Alias), Suleka Mathew (Men in Trees), David Julian Hirsh (Lovebites), Christina Moore (Hyperion Bay) and Hannah Hodson (TNT’s The Ron Clark Story). The series is produced for TNT by Sony Pictures Television in association with Pinkett Smith’s 100% Womon Productions, John Masius Productions, and Jamie Tarses’ FanFare Productions. Pinkett Smith, Masius, Glen Mazzara (The Shield, Crash, Life) and Jamie Tarses (My Boys) serve as executive producers.

“HAWTHORNE has been a great addition to TNT’s lineup of original series, and Jada Pinkett Smith’s performance has been a tremendous draw with viewers,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “There are powerful episodes remaining, and we’re looking forward to what is certain to be an extraordinary second season.”

HAWTHORNE, which premiered Tuesday, June 16, with 4.4 million viewers (Live + 7), is one of six high-profile original dramas populating TNT’s Monday-Wednesday lineup this summer. The six series, which include The Closer, Raising the Bar, Saving Grace, Leverage and Dark Blue, are the fulfillment of an aggressive TNT strategy to build a slate of quality original programming in primetime.

HAWTHORNE is scoring tremendous growth over programming in the same Tuesday 9 p.m. timeslot last year, with adults 25-54 up 90%, viewers up 69% and households up 63%. In addition to its success as part of TNT’s Tuesday night lineup, the show performs well among DVR users, averaging a 38% lift when comparing Live to Live + 7 delivery of adults 25-54.

And here is the "Days" release:

Fans of the popular NBC daytime drama, "Days of our Lives," will never again have to worry about missing an episode as NBC.com announced today that it will begin streaming full episodes of the long-running Emmy Award-winning program daily at www.nbc.com/Days_of_our_Lives.

The announcement was made by Vivi Zigler, President, NBC Universal Digital Entertainment. "NBC.com is pleased to add 'Days of our Lives' to the great line-up of shows available for streaming. 'Days' has such great fans - now they can watch every episode again on line!," said Zigler.

"'Days of our Lives' has had such a long, rich history with NBC and our fans. It's wonderful that this new platform will both offer our current fans a whole new way to watch episodes they may have missed and attract new, young viewers to the show," said Ken Corday, executive producer of "Days of our Lives."

Fans will be able to view the past 10 episodes immediately. And, beginning Tuesday, August 11 (3:00 a.m. ET), the previous day's episode will be available. All episodes will be available for a duration of sixteen days.

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