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By admin Published: January 26, 2011

Odds and ends from the email: "The Talk" is renewed, HBO sets a McEnroe/Borg documentary, ESPN's new deal with Hannah Storm, and "Superstar Women of Country." Details after the jump.

From CBS: CBS's THE TALK, the first daily network talk show to premiere in daytime in nearly 10 years, has been renewed for the 2011-2012 season.

THE TALK, hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini, examines topical events and contemporary issues through the eyes of five female hosts who are all mothers.

"After only a few months on the air, 'The Talk' has delivered creative and ratings growth and established a strong profile in daytime," said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. "The co-hosts have clicked together, the topics have connected with the audience and the show has added a new dimension to our top-rated daytime line-up. We're excited about its current success and the potential to grow and evolve 'The Talk' even further."

From ESPN: Hannah Storm – a trailblazing and award-winning sportscaster and newscaster who joined ESPN in 2008 to help launch, live daytime SportsCenter ­– has signed a multi-year extension with ESPN, which expands her role.

Storm co-hosts the 9 a.m. to noon ET edition of ESPN’s flagship news and information program with Josh Elliott. As part of the extension, Storm expands her responsibilities beyond her initial SportsCenter role to include on-site studio hosting duties from marquee events such as the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Wimbledon and the US Open.

In addition, Storm continues her role as host of NBA coverage, including on ABC and ESPN. She will conduct high-profile interviews with NFL newsmakers and make appearances on Sports Reporters and other shows.

From HBO: HBO Sports has begun production on a documentary about tennis legends John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, who forged an unforgettable rivalry on the court during their championship years of the ‘70s and ‘80s, it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports. Thirty-one years after the stirring Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Final that earned them a place among history’s great sports battles, MCENROE/BORG: FIRE & ICE debuts this May in prime time, exclusively on HBO.

“Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe are tennis royalty,” said Greenburg. “Their rivalry was brief yet historic, and their individual life stories are fascinating and compelling. We hope to tell the full story of their rivalry and enduring friendship.”

The film will chronicle their back stories, prolific tennis careers and spirited rivalry, which propelled tennis into the international sports headlines of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. In addition, MCENROE/BORG: FIRE & ICE will spotlight their post-tennis careers as the two men went their separate ways, with McEnroe launching a high-profile broadcasting career as a commentator for NBC Sports, USA Network, CBS Sports and ESPN, while Borg chose a more private life.

Also from CBS: Country superstars Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride Jennifer Nettles, Reba and Carrie Underwood are among the artists scheduled to appear and be honored at GIRLS' NIGHT OUT: SUPERSTAR WOMEN OF COUNTRY, a new concert special produced by dick clark productions to be broadcast at a later date on the CBS Television Network. The special will be taped at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 4.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: SUPERSTAR WOMEN OF COUNTRY is a special tribute concert featuring an A-list lineup of performers paying respect to today's most incredible country music female artists, all of whom will be honored with unique accolades from the Academy of Country Music for special achievements in their careers. More talent announcements are forthcoming. Ticket sales from the special will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy.

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