USA will debut 6 original series this summer—a number it says is an industry record. Newbies include "The Starter Wife" (2hr premiere May 31, followed by four 1-hour eps) and ex-spy series "Burn Notice" (June 28). "The 4400," "Dead Zone," "Monk" and "Psyche" all return this summer. — HRTV’s "Preakness Preview Show" (Fri, 11am ET) picked up additional mounts, with slated appearances on MASN in the Baltimore/D.C. area, and on the NYC and Capital off-track-betting channels in NY. — HBO’s doc "Shot in the Dark" (Jun 3, 10:30pm) chronicles filmmaker Adrian Grenier’s dialogue with fathers and sons in an effort to better understand the meaning of fatherhood. — The Inspiration Nets will provide live coverage of the Tues (1pm ET) funeral service for Jerry Falwell, the noted evangelist who died Tues at 73.

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So Long, Rob Stoddard

Many years ago, Cablefax: The Magazine bestowed NCTA’ s Rob Stoddard with its first “Nicest Guy in Cable” award. It’s a moniker that stuck, despite Stoddard’s humble protests, for reasons obvious to

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