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HOLLYWOOD —  We’re always reading how the television networks are courting the 18- to 34-year-old demographic, while the rest of us “older folk” don’t count. The CW, known for shows like “The Vampire Diaries,” “Hart of Dixie,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The 100” (all renewed), has opted to go after a more diverse demographic. It’s canceled “Star Crossed,” “The Tomorrow People” and “The Carrie Diaries” to make room for a grab at an older audience.

The CW, a joint venture between CBS and Warner Bros., was rudely awakened by the 15 percent slide in total viewership and 18 percent drop in its younger demographic last season. Research pointed to younger audiences streaming shows online instead of where they can be measured by Nielson Ratings. A spokesman for the CW said, “The network, whose medium viewer age is nearly 42, has changed its slate of shows to attract new viewers and evolve with its core audience. What’s happening now is we’re moving away from an exclusive focus on teens and slowly moving into a more 20-something focus/supernatural market.” They don’t have it right yet, but they’re headed in the right direction.
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NBC may have canceled “Community,” but now Hulu is vying to ante up for a sixth season of new shows. “Community’s” first five seasons were in a rough neighborhood because NBC shifted it, canceled it, brought it back (because of fan demands) and delayed one of its seasons so long that all its holiday shows were aired months after the actual holidays. Hulu aired episodes the day after NBC and found the show became one of its best performing series. “Community” has more staying power than a New York cockroach!
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Knew it wouldn’t be long before one of the “Super Hero” franchises picked up Channing Tatum. In addition to “22 Jump Street,” due out June 13; the 3D animated “Book of Life,” out Oct. 17; and “Magic Mike XXL” (in the works now); Channing will be featured in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” due in May 2016.

Brad Pitt, producer and star of “World War Z,” which grossed $540 million worldwide, has announced there will be a sequel. Pitt, who was one of the producers of the recent HBO hit “The Normal Heart” and the James Franco/Jonah Hill film “True Story,” will produce the “World War Z” sequel, but no word if he will star as well.

Kevin James, the former “King of Queens,” will be “Stranded” on an island in a “Swiss Family Robinson”-inspired film. Let’s see … he’s been a “Zookeeper,” a “Mall Cop” and a “Grown Ups 2.” With that kind of training, he’s ready to be shipwrecked, fight off pirates and wear a loincloth.

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