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The Hollywood Reporter | September 19, 2013 01:24 PM EST | AP


The Hollywood Reporter's list of its 10 best stories of the week:

`MODERN FAMILY': USA PLANS UNPRECEDENTED SYNDICATION ROLLOUT

With live events and cast appearances, the network is launching a comedy brand around the show with a nearly $10 million push usually reserved for original series: "I've never seen anything like this," says a rival network exec.

TORONTO AFTERMATH: DID TOO MANY AWARDS MOVIES PEAK TOO EARLY?

Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Kate Winslet scored some initial attention, but the sheer number of films may have diluted the fest's value for contenders.

HOW AMC ALMOST LOST `BREAKING BAD' SPINOFF `BETTER CALL SAUL' TO NETFLIX

Record ratings for Vince Gilligan's show drove interest from the streaming service, but also WGN America and FX.

`MILLION SECOND' MISFIRE: NBC SPINS RATINGS DEBACLE

Reality chief Paul Telegdy touts 1.3 million app downloads, but the show has lost more than half its audience. "We're tracking all sorts of other metrics beyond the ratings."

WME'S PATRICK WHITESELL BUYS HIS HOMETOWN MOVIE THEATER

The agent – and his dad – spent $65,000 to buy (and $500,000 to renovate) a bankrupt Iowa movie palace -- and now Whitesell's famous client, Hugh Jackman, will help reopen it for the premiere of `Prisoners.' Says Jackman, "The story behind the theater was just so compelling, I had to be there."

TNT REALITY SHOW `COLD JUSTICE' GETS MURDER CONFESSION

A Texas man admitted his role in a 12-year-old killing within days of the Dick Wolf series' Sept. 3 premiere.

TINA FEY, JERRY SEINFELD FRONT EMMY ICONS 2013 PORTFOLIO

"Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston, "Mad Men's" Matthew Weiner, "Arrested Development's" Mitchell Hurwitz and more legends of television on now the award can save a series (30 Rock), give validation beyond ratings (Seinfeld) and provoke anxiety. Says E.R. creator John Wells: "I forgot to thank George Clooney in my acceptance speech!"

EMMYS: THE POLITICS OF THE AGENCY PARTY

WME, UTA, ICM Partners and Paradigm opt to house their bashes in execs' private homes, while CAA takes over client Thomas Keller's swanky Bouchon. Word of caution: Make sure your rival hasn't invited your client.

EMMYS: HOST NEIL PATRICK HARRIS SAYS `I DON'T WANT TO BE TOO VANILLA'

The 40-year-old star of "How I Met Your Mother" and now four-time Emmy winner reveals his secrets for a killer performance (wait for it. baby juggling!)

`FIFTY SHADES' MOVIE: UNIVERSAL HIRES BODYGUARDS FOR CHARLIE HUNNAM

`Fifty Shades' Movie: Universal Hires Bodyguards for Charlie Hunnam

The 33-year-old, who'll play Christian Grey in the film version of the S&M best-seller, paid for extra security during the Sept. 7 "Sons of Anarchy" premiere in Hollywood.