Teenage rapper Bow Wow, who starred in a sitcom pilot for The WB last year, has returned to the network.

The 17-year-old, born Shad Gregory Moss, has signed a new talent holding deal with the Frog. The agreement means The WB will develop a series project for him, most likely a comedy, for next season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bow Wow had a similar deal with The WB in 2002. It led to him starring in a sitcom pilot in the spring of 2003, but the network ultimately opted not to pick up the show.

Stabbing disrupts Vibe Awards

A fight broke out at the taping of a hip-hop awards show Monday night, resulting in a man being stabbed.

The incident occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. PST Monday at the second annual Vibe Awards, which were being taped at an airport hangar in Santa Monica. The show was scheduled to air Tuesday on UPN.

The fight broke out as rapper Snoop Dogg and composer/producer Quincy Jones were about to present the Vibe Legend Award to Dr. Dre. A witness tells the Los Angeles Times that as the presentation began, a man walked up to Dre’s table and punched him.

Dre’s bodyguards then set upon the man, and a melee broke out. Video of the incident showed people shoving and throwing chairs.

Santa Monica police say a 26-year-old Los Angeles man was stabbed during the brawl. He is reportedly in stable condition at a nearby hospital; his identity wasn’t released.

– Zap2It.com

Bow Wow, who has dropped the “Lil”‘ from his stage name as he’s grown older, starred in the 2002 feature film “Like Mike” and played Cedric the Entertainer’s son in this year’s “Johnson Family Vacation.” He also appeared in “All About the Benjamins” and MTV’s “Carmen: A Hip Hopera.”

His current single, a duet with fellow teen star JoJo called “Baby, It’s Me,” is at No. 30 on the Billboard charts.



PETERSON VERDICT A BOON FOR COURT TV

For a news event without pictures, the Scott Peterson verdict sure drew a lot of viewers.

Cable network Court TV drew its biggest audience ever Friday when the guilty verdict against Peterson was announced in the killing of his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn child. Nielsen figures show 2.7 million people watched in the 15 minutes leading up to the announcement.

That’s a larger audience than Court TV gets for any of its prime-time shows and about a million more viewers than the network drew for the O.J. Simpson verdict in 1995 – although, at the time, Court TV was available in far fewer homes than the 83 million it now reaches.

All this for a verdict without pictures. Judge Alfred Delucchi barred cameras from the Redwood City, Calif., courtroom for the verdict, so viewers heard only an auto feed from inside.

“That’s what makes this Peterson number even more remarkable,” Marlene Dann, head of daytime programming at Court TV, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The trial itself garnered tremendous interest nationally because of the issues and people involved.”

Court TV, which averaged 2 million viewers for the hour in which the verdict came down, wasn’t the only network to enjoy a ratings bump from its coverage. Fox News drew 3.4 million viewers for that hour, while CNN averaged 1.7 million and MSNBC a little over 600,000.



CBS WEATHERS STORM FOR WEEKLY WIN

CBS won a commanding victory for the first full week of the November sweeps period. The network used a mixture of typically strong original programming and some standard sweeps events and stunts to win the week ending Sunday, Nov. 14.

Overall, CBS averaged a 9.7 rating/15 share, pulling in 15.04 million viewers per night. None of the other networks were even close. NBC was second with a 7.4/12 and 11.26 million viewers, solidly beating third place ABC’s 6.7/11 and 10.41 million. FOX was a distant fourth with a 4.7/7 and 7.35 million. The WB and UPN posted the same 2.5/4, though The WB averaged 3.77 million viewers, edging the 3.71 million for UPN.

CBS also had an easy win in the key demographic of adults 18-49, doing a 4.8 rating for the week. NBC was second with a 4.2 rating and ABC followed with a 3.9 rating. FOX was a competitive fourth with a 3.2 rating. The WB took fifth with a 1.6 rating, just in front of the 1.5 rating for UPN.

The week’s most watched show, as per usual, was CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” which did an 18.2/27 and drew 29.64 million viewers, right in line with its season average. “CSI: Miami” was No. 2 with a 14.4/22 and “Without a Trace” was No. 3 with a 13.1/21, filling the top of the Nielsen charts with Jerry Bruckheimer-produced procedural dramas.

The first part of CBS’ sweeps spectacular “Category 6: Day of Destruction” scored a 12.3/19 for No. 5, joining fellow Sunday entries “Cold Case” (11.7/17, 7th) and “60 Minutes” (10.0/16, 14th) in the Top 20. The network’s telecast of the CMA Awards drew a robust 11.5/18 for No. 9.

Also making the Top 20 for CBS were “Survivor: Vanuatu” (12.0/18, 6th), “Two and a Half Men” (10.7/16, 11th) and “CSI: NY” (9.7/16).

Over on NBC, guest star Ray Liotta helped “ER” put up a 12.8/20, for a respectable No. 4 on the week, though the only other Thursday show to make the list for NBC was “The Apprentice 2,” which was No. 12 with a 10.4/15.

The full compliment of “Law & Order” offerings made the Top 20 for the week, led by the Wednesday original at No. 13 with a 10.1/16. Tuesday’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (10.0/16, 14th) and Sunday’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (9.6/14, 18th) followed. Also performing well for NBC were “West Wing” (9.7/15, 16th) and “Las Vegas” (9.5/14, 19th).

ABC’s “Monday Night Football” game between the Vikings and Colts did an 11.6/19 for No. 8 to rank as the network’s best (the seven-minute “MNF” pregame was No. 20 with a 9.0/13). ABC’s only other Top 20 entry was “Lost” (11.2/17, 10th) as “Desperate Housewives” was benched for the American Music Awards, which did a 7.9/12 for No. 25.

FOX’s best for the week was Sunday’s NFL runover, which did an 8.8/15 for No. 22, though Sunday’s season premiere of “The Simpsons” was No. 37 with a 6.7/10. The new season of “American Idol” can’t make it to the air soon enough.

“Gilmore Girls” posted The WB’s highest ratings for the week, grabbing No. 72 with a 4.2/6, while UPN was paced by “America’s Next Top Model” at No. 75 with a 3.7/6.

The lowest rating show on any of the six major networks was The WB’s “The Mountain.” Although the primetime soap was dubbed a “word-of-mouth-hit” by the New York Post, it could only muster a 1.2/2 and 1.638 million viewers, fewer than watched PAX’s “Doc.”



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