‘graceland’ Renewed For Second Season At Usa Network

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Tena inherits a team long on talent but short on cohesiveness. El Tri looked uninspired in last Fridays 2-1 loss to Honduras at Estadio Azteca, with Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez left out of the starting lineup alongside Villarreal winger Javier Aquino. Tena will have the responsibility of deciding on whether to re-integrate the struggling Hernandez or stick with Oribe Peralta, who scored Mexicos lone goal last Friday. Mexicos lineup decisions are no tougher than those Jurgen Klinsmann and the USA will have to contend with. Michael Bradleys absence in central midfield leaves a glaring void that cant easily be filled. Kyle Beckerman is expected to slot into the defensive midfield role, which should give Jermaine Jones more freedom to contribute to the attack. Klinsmanns greater concerns lie in defense, where the back line has surrendered six goals in two matches, and must contend with Mexicos attacking missing the teams best center back in suspended defender Matt Besler. Clarence Goodson should start in central defense alongside Omar Gonzalez in a pairing that is strong in the air, but one that could be susceptible to speed. What should be of greater concern for USA is the play of the teams fullbacks. DaMarcus Beasley is coming off his worst game at left back since moving to the position on a permanent basis, while Michael Orozco didnt exactly instill confidence during his first national team start at right back vs. Costa Rica. Klinsmann didnt sound too worried about his defense heading into Tuesdays match though, saying he is confident his team will play well.

NBCUniversal shakes up cable management; McCumber takes over USA

USA Network USA Network is going back to Graceland. our editor recommends ‘Graceland’: Brandon Jay McLaren Teases Secret Alliances, Fallouts and Rest of Season 1 Ahead of its season finale, the cabler has renewed the Jeff Eastin (White Collar) drama for a second run, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The series, which is based on true events and follows a group of undercover agents (Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Ferlito, Brandon Jay McLaren, Serinda Swan, Manny Montana), ranks as summer’s top new scripted series on cable among viewers 18-49 with an average of 1.8 million total viewers and 4.3 million total viewers. VIDEO: ‘Graceland’s’ Aaron Tveit Talks Mike’s Evolution, Previews Eye-Opening Finale “Jeff Eastin has once again delivered for USA Network. Graceland’sbrilliant serialized storytelling mixed with striking cinematography and a captivating ensemble cast has clearly resonated with a wide audience, USA president ChrisMcCumber said. Were proud to be the home of summers top new cable drama and anticipate Graceland will be a long-term player for the network. When factoring in DVR viewing, the series since its June 6 debut is averaging an 85 percent boost among viewers 18-49, 83 percent among 25-54 and 83 percent among 18-34. The series, which is darker in tone than Eastin’s veteran USA drama White Collar, has benefited from increased interest in the final season of Burn Notice, its time-slot lead-in on Thursdays. Graceland, from Fox Television Studios, will conclude its 12-episode freshman season on Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. following the series finale of Burn Notice. Eastin’s White Collar returns for its fifth season on Oct. 17.

NBCUniversal is shaking up the management of its entertainment cable channels and announced a change of strategy for a new network based on Esquire magazine. The biggest executive shift comes at USA Network , where Chris McCumber was named president. McCumber had been working in tandem with Jeff Wachtel as co-president of the channel for nearly three years. USA Network is NBCUniversal’s most profitable asset. “Chris has proven himself a fantastic leader with a deep understanding of the enormous strength and equity of the USA brand,” Bonnie Hammer , chairman of the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group, said in an email to her staff announcing the changes. McCumber is based in New York. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments McCumber, who came up through the marketing ranks, “has played a critical role in establishing USA as an industry powerhouse … [and] is perfectly positioned to shepherd USA into an exciting new chapter,” Hammer wrote. Wachtel, who is based in Los Angeles and had been the network’s top programming executive, will step into a newly created position as president and chief content officer of NBCU Cable Entertainment. He will have oversight of the cable division’s two production studios, Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios. “Jeff’s development track record at USA is the envy of the TV business, so it makes sense to maximize his original programming expertise and business savvy by extending his purview across the entire portfolio,” Hammer wrote in the email. Frances Berwick, who has been president of Bravo , will take over Oxygen , one of NBCUniversal’s small cable channels, so that the channel works in concert with Bravo. “She’ll not only bring to Oxygen her impeccable brand savvy, but also identify key synergies to bring the same must-see passion to an all-new audience,” Hammer said.