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POSTED: Monday, February 4, 2013, 12:55 PM
Spacey portrays a House majority whip in "House of Cards" what he describes as "sort of the new television series that isn't on television."

Kevin Spacey ate my weekend.

Along with Robin Wright and Kate Mara, his co-stars in Netflix’s “House of Cards,” whose 13-episode first season I gulped down within 36 hours of its Friday debut.

If my Twitter feed — admittedly heavy on drama junkies and TV fans of all stripes — is any indication, I’m not the only one who engaged in some binge viewing after Netflix’s second original series went online.

POSTED: Monday, February 4, 2013, 11:09 AM
CNN's Sanjay Gupta

There are multitaskers and then there’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

A neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Gupta had already written two nonfiction best sellers when last year he added novelist to his titles with the publication of "Monday Mornings."

On Monday at 10 p.m., David E. Kelley’s adaptation of "Monday Mornings"  makes its debut as a medical drama on TNT, with Gupta as one of its executive producers.

POSTED: Friday, February 1, 2013, 12:45 PM
Brian Williams, left, anchor of "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," talks about the program with Steve Capus, president of NBC News, at the Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour Friday, July 21, 2006, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Bucks County native and Temple grad Steve Capus is leaving the presidency of NBC News.

In a memo to the news staff obtained by Politico, Capus said that "it has been a privilege to have spent two decades here, but it is now time to head in a new direction," and that he'll be leaving in the coming weeks.

 Capus, an ardent sports fan who turned his 30 Rockefeller Center office into a shrine for Philadelphia teams, has been friends with anchor Brian Williams since the two worked together at WCAU in Philadelphia back in the '80s.

POSTED: Friday, February 1, 2013, 11:59 AM
Steven Pasquale portrays Dr. Jason Cole (right) and his evil alter-ego Ian Price (left).

The premiere of the first drama since CBS' "Hack" to be both set in Philly and filmed here did not go terrifically well Thursday.

NBC's "Do No Harm," debuting in the 10 p.m. time slot where "Awake," "The Firm" and "Prime Suspect" all met their untimely ends, averaged just 3.126 million viewers and only about 3 percent of the available audience of 18- to 49-year-olds, the group advertisers pay to reach, according to the preliminary Nielsens.

These are not good numbers, even in the how-low-can-they-go world of broadcast ratings. At 10, CBS' "Elementary" averaged 10.8 million viewers and placed second in 18-49 and ABC's "Scandal," with a bit over 8 million, won the time slot in the target demo.

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