News Round-up: Betty White, Sean Faris, Car Mobile TV

INTERVIEW: B&B's Betty White (Ann)
"Most roles I’m offered have me there to provide a chuckle. On B&B it’s all serious, baby. I get a chance to do something I rarely do—emote all over the place! Ann’s such an interesting character study.

"I think she’s starting to get panicky and doesn’t want to face death. In her mind she didn’t show up in Los Angeles to make amends with her girls. She’d never admit she’s been less than perfect as a mother. But she’s losing her power. She’s losing control. She wants to get rid of some of the old garbage, so it’s nice for her to be with Stephanie and Pam and resolve some issues that have been sticky for a while."

First Mobile DTV Car Tuner At $499
The first market-ready Mobile DTV tuner for the car was shown by Concept Enterprises, in a $499-suggested tuner due in early December. A standard for Mobile DTV was just approved last month by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) allowing clean reception of live, local simulcast TV content in a car or to a portable device.

Mobile DTV uses the same digital spectrum as local TV stations for HD programming and can stream it without ghosting or pixilation to a moving vehicle. It also comes without monthly service fees.

Sean Faris to guest on VAMPIRE DIARIES
Former Reunion star Sean Faris is sinking his teeth into a juicy multi-episode arc on the fangtastic CW hit. Faris will play Ben, an ex-high school football star-turned-bartender at the Mystic Grill.

MAD MEN Finale Posts Year-to-Year Increases
The third season of MAD MEN came to a close with strong demo ratings for AMC Sunday night and some significant year-to-year increases as well. The show delivered 1.1 million viewers in the 18-49 demo, up 58% from last season's finale. Overall, 2.3 million tuned in, up 33% from last year's tally of 1.7 million, though down from its season premiere, which attracted 2.8 million viewers.

EASTWICK axed
ABC has opted not to order additional episodes of EASTWICK, effectively canceling the freshman dramedy. The show, which has consistently ranked last in its Wednesday-10 pm timeslot, is expected to finish out its current 13-episode run.

Twitter fave 'Shit My Dad Says' heads to TV
CBS has picked up a comedy project based on the Twitter account, which has enlisted more than 700,000 followers since launching in August and has made its creator, Justin Halpern, an Internet star.

Dish Files To Trademark 'TV Everywhere'
Dish Network has filed for trademark protection on "TV Everywhere," which the satellite operator apparently is seeking to use for its forthcoming Slingbox-enabled set-top box.

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