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NBC Sets Fall Premiere Dates: Dramas To Launch During Premiere Week, Comedies In October

By | Monday June 2, 2014 @ 11:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

nbclogoNBC, the first broadcast network to announce its fall schedule at the upfronts, today became the first to unveil its fall premiere dates exactly two weeks after its upfront presentation. This has got to be a record for the earliest premiere dates announcement in recent years. No major surprises, with veteran The Biggest Loser as the sole entertainment program to launch before the official start of the broadcast season. NBC will roll out the bulk of its fall schedule during the official premiere week of September 22. However, Biggest Loser and The Voice’s Tuesday edition will air in two-hour broadcasts for the first few weeks, pushing the debut of NBC’s hourlong Tuesday and Thursday comedy blocks to October. NBC also is keeping its tradition of launching the Friday genre block just before Halloween. As announced at the upfronts, new drama State Of Affairs is slated to replace The Blacklist on Mondays on November 17 as Blacklist prepares for a potential move to Thursdays following its big showcase after the Super Bowl.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Netflix Execs Headed Back To France For Expansion Talks; Patrick Malone Joins Goldcrest Post; More

Netflix Execs Headed Back To France For More Expansion Talks
Last week, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said the company was eyeing “substantial” European expansion in 2014. His comments came a little more than a month after execs from the streaming service met with staff of French President François Hollande to discuss an entry into France. According to local media reports, Netflix execs now are due to return to France to meet with industry folk within the next week. Pascal Rogard, head of authors’ rights group the SACD, told Le Figaro that the situation is coming into focus with a possible launch later this netflix_logo2year. Netflix is available in 41 countries including France’s neighbors to the north such as the UK, the Netherlands and the Nordic region. A French launch has been rumored over the years, but moving into the fiercely protected territory is ornery in part due to a complex film-windows chronology that prohibits movies from appearing on monthly SVOD services until three years after a theatrical release. There is no such protection for TV series, but Netflix’s House Of Cards already airs on local pay-TV leader Canal Plus, which would see the service’s arrival as competition. In a conversation with analysts, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos was asked last week whether the service would be out of certain markets with its key originals because it had already sold them to local providers. “It depends,” he said. “There’s multiple windows, and we’ll continue to have those negotiations as we get closer to those launches.” It’s expected that should Netflix enter France, it would have to adhere to obligations to invest in local content. Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti told Le Journal du Dimanche this weekend, “Netflix should be an additional player, not a stowaway.” It’s also believed that Netflix is eyeing a move into Germany. With regard to expansion, MoffettNathanson Research’s Michael Nathanson said last week that “it remains difficult to figure out the ultimate size and value of Netflix’s international opportunity” due to the company’s “undisclosed new market entries, minimal transparency and continual reinvestment.” Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: Early State Of The Union Numbers In Line With 2013, ‘Biggest Loser’ Slips, ‘Supernatural’ Rises

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 9:12am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Barack ObamaIt will be a few hours before we get time zone adjusted ratings for last night’s State Of the Union address, but the early snapshot in the fast nationals indicates that coverage may be on par with last year, at least on the broadcast side. The Big 4 networks combined averaged an approximate 4.8 rating in adults 18-49 for the speech and related coverage, the same as 2013. NBC (1.4) was still tops but down 13%, followed by CBS (1.3, +18%), ABC (1.1, down -8%) and Fox (1.0, +11%). As usual, the CW aired all originals against the speech. The Originals (1.0) was down a tenth in 18-49 but flat in 18-34 (0.9). Supernatural (1.2 in 18-49, 1.1 in 18-34) continued an upward trend, up a tenth in 18-49 to match season highs in both demos. The veteran drama also edged last week’s audience (2.79 million vs. 2.65 million) for a new three-year high. An hourlong episode of NBC’s The Biggest Loser (1.7) was down 11% from last week’s two-hour edition. Dads (1.5) was flat.

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Alison Sweeney To Leave ‘Days Of Our Lives’ After 21-Year Run

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 2:40pm PST

Alison Sweeney quits Days Of Our LivesAfter a 21-year run on NBC‘s Days of Our Lives, actress Alison Sweeney is departing the soap, she announced on Ellen. She’s played the role of Samantha “Sami” Brady (at times Sami Brady Reed, Walker, Roberts, DiMera and Hernandez) since joining the show in 1993 at age 16 and played the scheming character from teenager to adult. During her two decades on the soap Sweeney won five Soap Opera Digest awards and a Daytime Emmy for the role, becoming one of Days‘ best-loved villains. In 2007 Sweeney also took over as host on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. ‘I’m celebrating my 21st year, and I decided it’s going to be my last year on the show,” she told Ellen DeGeneres, saying she hopes for Sami to have a “twisted Breaking Bad ending.”

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Biggest Loser’ Hits Debut Low, New ABC Comedies Down, ‘The Originals’ Up Strong

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 9:09am PDT

In one of the last premieres of the new season, The Biggest Loser (2.2/7) was back on NBC for Season 15 last night. The trio of trainers picked the 15 contestants for the cycle, including their first celeb, American Idol alumni Ruben Studdard. Looks like star power didn’t help. The Biggest Loser took a 27% loss from its two-hour Sunday Season 14 debut on January 6. That makes last night’s one-hour show the weight loss series’ lowest premiere ever. By the way, the debuts of Grimm, Dracula, Almost Human, Raising Hope and Enlisted are still to come this season. After Loser, NBC’s night saw mentor Cher showing Team Blake and everyone else in the vicinity exactly how being a superstar is done. Which is to say that The Voice (3.9/10) was back with a new show last night after last week’s recap. The one-hour Battles episode was up 30% over the October 8 recap (no surprise there), but it was down 13% from its two-hour October 1 original. Still, The Voice was easily the top rated show of the night while CBS’s NCIS was the most watched with 18.43 million viewers. Lit-up by the return of an original Voice lead-in Chicago Fire (2.4/7) rose 14% over last week. With a 2.8/8 rating, NBC won the night among adults 18-49 while CBS was tops in total viewers with 15.16 million watching. The rankings flipped in the second spot … Read More »

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NBC Nabs Comedy From J.J. Philbin & Jason Katims With Production Commitment

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 3:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of the success last season of their comedy project About A Boy, which went to series at NBC, Jason Katims and his True Jack Prods. are back in half-hour development with another high-profile project at NBC. The network has handed a pilot production commitment to Former Fat Girl, from Universal TV where True Jack is based. Written by J.J. Philbin (New Girl), the single-camera comedy is loosely inspired by 10 Lessons from a Former Fat Girl, a nonfiction book by former Biggest Loser contestant Amy Parham, which True Jack optioned earlier this year. It is a comedic “adult coming-of-age” story of a formerly obese thirtysomething woman who has just recently shed the weight and is now experiencing life and relationships from her very unique perspective. Philbin is executive producing with True Jack’s Katims and Michelle Lee.  Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Premiere Hits Low, ‘Biggest Loser’ & ‘Deception’ Finales Up, ’2 Broke Girls’ & ‘Mike & Molly’ Hit Lows

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 9:04am PDT

One reality competition veteran began its season last night as another ended its latest one. ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (3.1/8) returned for Season 16 with a two-hour debut Monday as The Biggest Loser (2.6/7) wrapped up its 14th cycle. Coming off record lows and double-digit declines a season ago, DWTS is hoping to pull out all the stops to find its footing. (One such attempt was the addition of The Bachelor star Sean Lowe last week to this year’s celeb contestants.) DWTS also didn’t have to face NBC’s The Voice like it did for last spring’s season premiere. The dance series’ season debut last night was up 24% over its Season 15 premiere on September 24, making it the highest-rated show of the night among adults 18-49 and the most-watched show overall with 16.76 million viewers. However, head-to-head with Biggest Loser and CBS’ comedy lineup, DWTS was down 11% from last year’s Season 14 premiere on March 19, marking the lowest spring debut ever for the long-running series. And the landscape will change even more next week when ratings heavyweight The Voice and the J.J. Abrams-produced Revolution return to NBC.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Bachelor’ Ends Up, ‘Biggest Loser’ & ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Hit New Lows, ‘Following’ Dips

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 8:53am PDT

Sean Lowe has chosen his bride-to-be and America seems to approve. Watched by 9.99 million viewers as Lowe picked Catherine Giudici, the two-hour Season 17 finale of ABC’s The Bachelor (3.3/9) last night was up 14% from last year’s season ender. (It is worth noting that The Bachelor Season 16 finale went head to head with NBC’s The Voice last March.) Last night’s finale was up 18% from The Bachelor’s two-hour March 4 show. The Bachelor: After The Final Rose (3.8/10) was also up double digits. With 11.01 million total viewers, the post-series special rose 13% from last year. After debuting on January 7 with its lowest-rated season premiere to date, the reality series ended up having a solid season this year, up in viewership and all key demographics. The Bachelor last night actually went from 8-10:07 PM, with After The Final Rose running from 10:07-11 PM, so expect greater than usual adjustment in the final numbers later today. Hitting its highest-rated Monday since September 19, 2011, ABC won the night in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demographic. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ’2 Broke Girls’, ‘Mike & Molly’ & ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Hit Lows, ‘Bones’ & ’90210′ Up

By | Tuesday February 26, 2013 @ 9:23am PST

The Oscars are done, awards season is over and it is back to normal for the television schedule. Monday’s haven’t been much affected but there some shifts last night – at least ratingswise. How I Met Your Mother (3.4/10) started the night for CBS. The top show among the 18-49 demo last night for the first time this season, the comedy was flat with last week’s show. Following MotherRules of Engagement (2.6/7) was down 10% from its February 19 show while 2 Broke Girls slipped 9%. That was a season low for the former and a matching series low for the latter. Mike & Molly (2.7/7) took a southward turn as well. Falling 16% from last week, the comedy also hit a season low. CBS ended the night with a Hawaii Five-O (1.4/4) encore.

For ABC and NBC on a Monday, it was head-to-head reality. It was down to the final two contestants on last night’s two-hour The Bachelor (2.9/8).  Heading towards its 17th season finale on March 11, the ABC reality series dipped a slight 3% from last week’s show. Also on from 8 PM to 10 PM, NBC’s two-hour The Biggest Loser (2.1/6) on Monday saw the six remaining contestants thrown into a “Face Your Fears” contest. One of the two ratings jewels (along with The Office) in NBC’s current tarnished crown, last night’s Biggest Loser stayed up from its Season 14 low of two weeks ago to remain even with its February 19 show. For the second Monday in a row, ABC won the night in both total viewers (9.643 million) and among Adults 18-49.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Following’ & ‘Biggest Loser’ Hit Lows, ‘Bachelor’ Hits Season High, ‘Deception’ & ‘Castle’ Rise

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 9:14am PST

On a night where broadcast levels were down, it was partially a tale of two reality shows on TV on Monday. ABC kicked off primetime with a two-hour The Bachelor (2.7/7). After hitting a near season-low last week, the series rose 13% from its February 4 show to a season high. The same could not be said of NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.0/5). Also two hours last night, the weight-loss show dipped 5% for a season low. Biggest Loser wasn’t the only show to hit a new low: Fox freshman The Following (2.4/6) was down 17% from last week to hit a series low. The Following’s lead-in, Bones was down too, slipping 8% from its February 4 episode. With 9.588 million watching, CBS won the night in viewers and the adults 18-49 demo. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bachelor’ Premiere Dips, ‘Deception’ Debut Tops Time Slot, ‘Castle’ Up

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 9:08am PST

The Bachelor (2.3/5) was back for its 17th season last night with a two-hour premiere on ABC. Starring former Bachelorette suitor Sean Lowe, the search for love reality series dipped 4% from its season 16 debut on January 2, 2012. While the fall is small, and 6.81 million viewers watched the premiere last night, it does result in The Bachelor’s lowest-rated season debut to date. Also debuting on Monday was NBC’s Deception (2.0/5). Though the new soap drama’s one-hour pilot pulled in 680,000 fewer total viewers than the network’s Chicago Fire garnered when it debuted on October 10, 2012, Deception did manage to slightly exceed the 1.9/5 rating that the fire fighting series delivered. The show also won its time slot among the 18-49 demo last night. Following up on its Sunday season debut, The Biggest Loser (2.4/6) kicked off NBC’s primetime with another two-hour original show debuting in its regular time slot. The weight-loss reality show was down 17% from Sunday’s airing but still was the ratings topper for the night. The first new Castle (1.9/5) in five weeks followed The Bachelor debut on ABC last night. The most watched show of the night with 8.58 million viewers, the crime-based comedy-drama’s rating was up 12% from its December 3, 2012 show, which was a series low. With 7.402 million watching, ABC won the night for total viewers while … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Biggest Loser’ Debut Rises, NFL Dominates As Fox Wins Night

By | Monday January 7, 2013 @ 9:21am PST

There were original shows across the board on the networks last night with football, winter returns and premieres. Trainer Jillian Michaels rejoined The Biggest Loser (2.9/7) as the weight-loss series returned to TV with its Season 14 premiere. Centering on child obesity, this season’s two-hour debut Sunday was up a solid 21% from the 2.4/6 rating of last season’s January 3, 2012 premiere. NBC began the night at 7 PM with a two-hour Sunday season debut of Dateline NBC (1.5/4); the newsmagazine was up 20% from its January 8 airing.

Fast nationals for Fox’s Sunday primetime are approximate due to live football. The NFL playoff opener between Washington and Seattle and postgame show pushed the network’s animation block back to 8:03 PM, causing the rest of the night to slide. The game (12.1/32) pulled in an audience of 33.94 million, while the overrun and postgame show (7.6/19) garnered 19.29 million viewers in the 7:30 PM slot. After that, The Simpsons (4.4/11) was back with its first new show in three weeks as was Bob’s Burgers (3.1/8). (Three weeks ago, both saw pre-emptions due to the Sandy Hook school shooting memorial service in Newtown, which led to 1.9/5 and 1.2/3 ratings, respectively.) Compared with the last uninterrupted airings December 9, last night’s The Simpsons was up 29% and Bob’s Burgers was up 48%, the latter’s highest rating since it debut two years ago. Family Guy (3.5/8) was up 40% from its last original show two weeks ago as was American Dad (2.8/7). With an average audience of 13.676 million, Fox won the night in total viewers and adults 18-49.
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‘The Biggest Loser’ Will Tackle Child Obesity More Delicately: TCA

By | Sunday January 6, 2013 @ 5:07pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

The Biggest LoserNBC’s The Biggest Loser takes on childhood obesity when the show returns this month. And at today’s TCA panel, the show’s trainers told TV journalists that no child would be subjected to an on-camera weigh-in. Nor will the younger set have to compete to stay on the show. “You are never going to see our kids on our scale, “ said trainer Bob Harper. In working with children, he said, “What we do will be the exact opposite of what we do with our adults.” Panelist Joanna Dolgoff, a pediatrician and child obesity expert, confirmed after the panel that the kids will still be weighed off-camera as part of a “healthy eating” program. Adult contestants will still have public weigh-ins and have to compete to stay in the running, said Dolgoff.

Trainers Harper, Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince, appearing on the panel with Dolgoff, host Alison Sweeney and executive producers Eden Gaha and Dave Broome, took a hard line on adult participation. When asked if routine fainting and vomiting suggests the trainers might be pushing their weight-loss hopefuls too far, Michaels replied with a blunt “no.”

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‘The Biggest Loser’ Brings Back Jillian Michaels, Will Tackle Childhood Obesity

By | Tuesday September 4, 2012 @ 8:11am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jillian Michaels Biggest Loser ReturnNBC’s The Biggest Loser is bringing something old and something new for its upcoming 14th season. Jillian Michaels, who left the show after Season 11 last year, will be back as a trainer for the upcoming season, which will deal with childhood obesity by featuring kid participants (ages 13-17) for the first time in addition to adult contestants. Michaels will join returning trainers Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince. Season 14, which kicks off in January, will also feature special celebrity guest stars. For the first time since its launch, The Biggest Loser was not on NBC’s fall schedule. The network brass in May said they wanted to give the long-running series time to reboot in the face of declining ratings. That includes the return of one of the show’s most recognizable stars, Michaels, whose replacement, Anna Kournikova, lasted one season. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Hawaii Five-0′ Crossover Boosts ‘NCIS:LA’ As Other Series Decline

By | Wednesday May 2, 2012 @ 9:51am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NCIS:LA TV RatingsHawaii and Los Angeles proved a potent combination as the Hawaii Five-0 crossover episode of NCIS: LA (3.0/8) shot up 25% from the last original three weeks ago. NCIS: LA was the only series in positive territory last night as the rest of the shows were flat or down. NCIS: LA matched its lead-in, NCIS (3.0/8), which was even with the fast national for its last original two weeks ago, down a tenth from the final. Unforgettable (1.8/5) was flat with its last original three weeks ago, tying its series low. CBS won the night in total viewers and adults 18-49. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing’ Result Show Starts Low, ‘Body’ Up, ‘Fashion Star’ Down

By | Wednesday March 28, 2012 @ 9:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Body Of Proof TV RatingsFinally, all five English-language broadcast networks had their spring Tuesday lineups in originals last night. CBS came out of the skirmish victorious, winning the night in 18-49 (2.8/8) and total viewers (14.5 million). It was once again paced by NCIS (3.4/10 in 18-49, 18.2 million viewers), which was the top program of the night in 18-49 and total viewers. It was up a tenth in the demo from last week’s fast national, even with the final. NCIS: LA (2.9/8, 14.7 million) was up a tenth, while Unforgettable (2.0/6, 10.4 million) was down a tenth.

ABC’s Dancing With The Stars recap (1.9/6, 10.4 million) was down 32% in the demo from the first recap episode last spring. The season premiere of the Dancing result show (3.0/8, 15.3 million) was down 30% from last year. But it provided a great lead-in to Body Of Proof (2.1/6, 10 million), which shot up 50% from its most recent original and posted a season high in total viewers. Body Of Proof also is running ahead of CBS’ Unforgettable as the top program at 10 PM among adults 18-49, but it will likely be adjusted down in the finals due to a Dancing overrun and should finish tied with the CBS drama. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Fashion Star’ Off To Slow Start As Most Series Decline

By | Wednesday March 14, 2012 @ 10:01am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fashoin Star RatingsThe daytime savings time continues to hammer 8-10 PM shows. Last night TV usage was down 6.5% from 8-10 PM, with the biggest decline, 11%, from 8-8:30 PM. Airing in that half hour, Fox’s Raising Hope (1.8/6) was down 14% from last week. At 8:30 PM, I Hate My Teenage Daughter (1.3/4) was down 19%. The losses carried over to New Girl (2.7/7), down 10%, and Breaking In (1.5/4), down 12% from its ho-hum second-season premiere last week.

ABC put a Last Man Standing rerun (1.3/4) in the most affected by the clock change 8-8:30 PM time period. At 8:30 PM, the special “Scrubs episode” of Cougar Town (1.4/4), featuring actors from Bill Lawrence’s previous series, was down 7%, while The River (1.3/4) fell 13%. Both posted series lows. At 10 PM, Body Of Proof (1.4/4) was steady, matchig its most recent original.

Also flat was NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.0/9 from 8-9:30 PM). It was followed by the debut of Fashion Star, which managed a so-so 1.6/4, below the recent outings of dramedy Parenthood, which it replaced. With CBS in repeats, that was still good enough for a No.1 finish at 10 PM. NBC also had a rare No.1 finish for the night in 18-49, tied with Fox and CBS, which aired repeats. Both of CW’s dramas, 90210 and Ringer, fell a tenth of a rating point.

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By | Wednesday February 1, 2012 @ 9:33am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox topped a quiet pre-February sweep night where it was the only network, along with the CW, to air an all-original lineup. The heavily promoted Michael Jackson-themed episode of Glee (3.6/10) was up 16% from the dramedy’s last original two weeks ago. It was a rare No. 1 demo finish on the night for Glee this season. Fox’s freshman New Girl (3.5/9) was up a tenth from two weeks ago, while Raising Hope (2.1/5) was down 9%. Fox (3.2/8, 7.5 million) won the night in 18-49, while CBS’ all-rerun lineup (1.7/5, 10.6 million) was tops in total viewers. ABC and NBC had one original offering each. Following Last Man Standing repeats, the season finale of Celebrity Wife Swap (1.9/5) posted a series low. NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.1/6) was even with last week’s hourlong episode to tie a season low. The CW’s Ringer (0.6/1) returned from an eight-week hiatus even with its last original in November, which was a series low. Its lead-in, 90210 (0.7/2), was flat with last week in 18-49 and up 14% in 18-34 (0.8/3).

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Work It’ & ‘Biggest Loser’ Off To Soft Starts, CBS Dramas Hot In Return

By | Wednesday January 4, 2012 @ 9:48am PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s new series Work It didn’t set the world on fire in its premiere last night, but it didn’t crash and burn either. The cross-dressing comedy opened with a 2.0/5 among adults 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers. That was down 17% in 18-49 from the premiere in the time slot of the now defunct Man Up!, but in terms of retaining the Last Man Standing lead-in, Work It! did actually a little better than Man Up! with 83% vs. 80%. Of course, matching the performance of a swiftly canceled series is not that reassuring. Last Man Standing (2.4/6) was up 9% in 18-49 from the series low it posted with its most recent original three weeks ago. In its regular slot premiere, Celebrity Wife Swap (2.2/5) was down 8% from its preview behind The Bachelor on Monday, while Body Of Proof (1.5/4) tied the series low rating it posted with its last original four weeks ago. Read More »

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