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The CW tries to make Josh Schwartz feel a little better about yesterday's announced demise of The O.C., greenlighting his Gossip Girl pilot, his second pilot pickup in the last two days. Nothing helps dull the pain of cancellation better than a couple of hefty checks. [Variety]
Fox uses some sneaky math to claim a new worldwide box office record, combining the grosses of all of its divisions to come up with a $3.6 billion take in 2006. [THR]
ABC can't buy a comedy hit—trust them, they're trying—as the heavily promoted premieres of midseason replacements The Knights of Prosperity and In Case of Emergency bomb into fourth place in most Nielsen categories. [Variety]
· The trades weigh in on Robert Newman's unexpected defection (a "jaw-dropper!" raves Daily Variety) from ICM to Endeavor. [THR, Variety]
New Line responds to a disappointing™, Snakes on a Plane-hampered 2006 by giving senior executive VP (and Seth Rogen doppelganger) Richard Brener a fancy new COO title, pledging that the new year won't be as shitty as the one they've just put behind them. [Variety]