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Ducks and sharks made waves on cable, Hillary Clinton was at the center of a different kind of partisan battle, and there were ramifications as the game of chicken between Time Warner Cable and CBS continued with football season looming. Those were some of the top TV stories that Deadline ran during the past week. Take a read here:

‘Duck Dynasty’ Cast Get Major Salary Bumps, Hit Series Secures Extra Seasons

By Nellie AndreevaEXCLUSIVE: The beards of the stars from A&E‘s mega hit Duck Dynasty probably grew a few inches while their lengthy salary renegotiations were going on, but I’ve learned that the talks have successfully concluded with new deals, just in time for the series’ fourth season premiere.

Blurring The Lines On Vertical Integration: Network-Affiliated Studios Aggressive In Selling To Other Broadcast Networks

By Nellie Andreeva On Friday, ABC Studios closed a put pilot commitment deal at CBS for Gorgeous Morons, a multi-camera comedy from Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky and Danny Chun, which the studio only shopped to outside networks.

Shark Week Snaps Up Ratings Records for Discovery Channel

Lisa De Moraes – EXCLUSIVE: When the dust settled, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week 2013 emerged as the most watched in the franchise’s 26-year history.

EMMYS Q&A: Ryan Murphy

By Christy Grosz For two years running, Ryan Murphy’s miniseries American Horror Story has earned more Emmy nominations than any other show.

CBS Developing Female Secretary Of State Drama From Barbara Hall & Morgan Freeman

By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: While NBC is grappling with controversy triggered by its planned miniseries about Former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton, CBS is putting in development a drama series about a fictional female Secretary of State.

NBC Nabs Comedy Produced By ‘30 Rock’s Tina Fey & Robert Carlock

By Nellie AndreevaEXCLUSIVE: 30 Rock creator/co-showrunner Tina Fey and co-showrunner Robert Carlock are back in business together and with NBC, backing another female-centered workplace project by a young female comedy writer.

Will Fox Regret Its Big Bet On Pay TV’s Status Quo?

By David Lieberman 21st Century Fox execs had better pray that CBS crushes Time Warner Cable in their now week-long program carriage contract dispute.

‘Downton Abbey’s Gareth Neame Promises Drama, Comedy & Romance For Season 4

By Nancy Tartaglione Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame says Season 4 of the hit period drama will demonstrate that the show “never sits back on its laurels.

Quartet Of Actors Join Clive Owen In Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax Series ‘The Knick’

By Nellie AndreevaEXCLUSIVE: Andre Holland (42), Juliet Rylance (Sinister), Eve Hewson (Enough Said) and Michael Angarano (Empire State) are set to co-star opposite Clive Owen in Cinemax‘s 10-part series The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh.

David Slade To Direct First Episode Of NBC Drama Series ‘Crossbones’

By Nellie AndreevaEXCLUSIVE: Feature and TV director David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is set to direct the opening episode of the upcoming NBC pirate drama Crossbones starring John Malkovich.