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Tuning In to TV
‘Who Killed Chandra Levy?’ to air on TLC May 1
TLC will bow its Chandra Levy docu-movie May 1, the 10th anniversary of Levy’s death, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“Who Killed Chandra Levy?” is based on events surrounding the 2001 murder of the 24-year-old Capitol Hill intern. The project weaves dramatizations with original on-camera interviews with those close to Levy and the crime, including Levy’s aunt Linda Katz and Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters who covered the case.
With actors playing Levy, former Rep. Gary Condit and other principals, the project is a departure of sorts for TLC, which has filled its schedule with reality fare, including the just-premiered most recent season of “Kate Plus 8.”
“Who Killed Chandra Levy?” will dramatize Levy’s life in Washington, including her affair with Mr. Condit and the media’s unrelenting focus on the California congressman following her disappearance.
Using Miss Horwitz and Mr. Higham’s book, “Finding Chandra,” as its source material, the TLC presentation also will recount investigators’ struggles to unravel the case and the arrest and conviction of Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran immigrant.
DVR use making mark in season’s ratings
No TV show has ever averaged more than 3 million DVR viewers for a whole season, but this season is on track to change that, the Hollywood Reporter notes.
Two prime-time shows, “Hawaii Five-0” on CBS and ABC’s “Modern Family,” have been averaging more than 3 million additional viewers via DVR playback through late March, according to Media Life magazine.
Season-to-date through March 20, “Hawaii Five-0” has drawn an average of 3.27 million DVR viewers for each original episode, the magazine said, citing Nielsen data. “Modern Family,” whose DVR viewership has risen since “American Idol” moved into the same time slot in January, is a close second with 3.17 million.
DVRs are in approximately 40 percent of U.S. Nielsen households, according to Media Life, and DVR viewership is making a ratings difference. Among adults age 18 to 49, “Modern Family” averages a 1.6 ratings bump, while “Grey’s Anatomy” gets a 1.5 bump, it said.
DVR viewership is also in some cases playing a role in networks’ decisions on which shows remain on the air. Fox recently renewed “Fringe” thanks in part to its strong DVR audience.
Carell’s ‘Office’ farewell an extended episode
NBC has confirmed April 28 as the date for Steve Carell’s final appearance on “The Office,” Associated Press reports. That night’s long goodbye will air from 9 to 9:50 p.m., followed by an extended version of “Parks and Recreation” that will conclude at 10:30 p.m., NBC said.
Mr. Carell, who plays inept branch manager Michael Scott, announced last year that this would be his last season on the series, which premiered in 2005.
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