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TV Bulletin Board (Aug. 17)

Flight of the Conchords and Entourage get HBO pickups.

***One's a no-brainer, the other might have prompted some head-scratching.

HBO has picked up its highest-profile comedy, Entourage for a fifth season while renewing the cultish Flight of the Conchords for a second.

The latter wasn't doing any better audience-wise than HBO's just-canceled John From Cincinnati. But it has a much bigger presence on the Internet and a substantially younger audience, too. Reviews also were largely laudatory for these quirky, burst-into-song New York adventures of New Zealanders Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie.

*** ABC has finally found a slot for its musical Raisin In the Sun, which was filmed in Canada last year with a cast that includes Phylicia Rashad, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, John Stamos and Audra McDonald. It's now set for Feb. 25, 2008 on the day after ABC's Oscar telecast.

Another ABC movie, For One More Day, will premiere on Dec. 9th. Adapted from the Mitch Albom bestseller and made by Oprah Winfrey's production company, the film stars Michael Imperioli of The Sopranos and Ellen Burstyn. Imperioli also appeared in ABC's other Albom adaptation, 2004's The Five People You Meet In Heaven.

ABC didn't air any original TV movies last season.