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TV News: Heart, Showtime, Bible, Anna

By Garth Franklin Monday July 1st 2013 10:49PM

The Normal Heart
The first official still is out from Ryan Murphy's HBO telemovie adaptation of the Tony-winning Larry Kramer play "The Normal Heart". The story chronicles the rise of HIV/AIDS among New York’s gay community in the 1980s, and stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer and a blond Taylor Kitsch. [Source: Twitter]

Showtime
The season premiere of the final season of "Dexter" and the series premiere of "Ray Donovan" drew record breaking numbers for Showtime on Sunday night.

"Dexter" scored a premiere high of 2.5 million viewers, while 'Donovan' pulled in 1.35 million viewers during its first airing (in comparison "Homeland" debuted to 1.08 million on its first airing two years ago). [Source: The Live Feed]

A.D.: Beyond the Bible
Mark Burnett is bringing a sequel to his successful history Channel miniseries "The Bible" to NBC. "A.D.: Beyond the Bible" begins in the days after Jesus' betrayal and death.

"The Bible" is the top-selling miniseries of all time and has sold more than a million units in the past three months. [Source: Variety]

Anna Nicole
Lifetime's Anna Nicole Smith telemovie pulled in 3.3 million viewers during its inaugural airing on Saturday. That makes it the network's most watched original movie since the November premiere of "Liz & Dick" with 3.5 million. [Source: THR]

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