Dear God No: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Urged to Run for Congress


(via The Washington Examiner)

A new political dynasty might soon be joining the Kennedys, Clintons and Bushes: Duck Dynasty, that is.

Some key Republican operatives are eager to woo one of the hit show’s stars–Willie Robertson–to run for the seat given up by retiring Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander.

Alexander, expressing frustration with divided government, is going to work in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet. He will leave at the end of September and a special election will be held to fill the open seat.

He represents the 5th District, including Monroe, La., home to the group headed by Robertson, the game call and hunting companies Duck Commander and Buck Commander. Alexander and his staff are also friendly with the Robertson family, especially Willie.

Robertson is more famous for the TV hit Duck Dynasty on A&E about the family business, in which where he is known for being the CEO prankster. He is a self-described “redneck millionaire.”

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Jim Rome Continues to Draw Horrible Ratings for Showtime

Not exactly a reality series in the traditional sense, but Jim Rome’s sports interview and commentary program on Showtime is mainly notable for being one of the lower rated things on television.

This week’s edition was no different, according to numbers from Nielsen.

The Futon Critic helpfully reports

Jim Rome on Showtime – Showtime
0.042 million viewers, #31; 0.020 million adults 18-49 (0.0 rating), #31

Only around 40,000 people tuned in for the telecast.   That’s about 0.3% of the audience that was watching ‘Duck Dynasty’ on A&E.

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Continues to Dominate Ratings


NBC is the #1 network among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox Tuesday night in adults 18-49 and total viewers, led by “America’s Got Talent,” the #1 show of the night on those networks in 18-49, total viewers and all other key measures.

· From 9-11 p.m. ET, “America’s Got Talent” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) is the #1 telecast of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49, total viewers and all other key categories, topping the #2 telecast on those nets in 18-49 by an 85% margin (with a 2.4 from 9-11 p.m. vs. the 1.3 from 8-10 for Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”). In the 9-11 p.m. time period, “Talent” is #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC and Fox in every key ratings measure.

· In the 10:30 lead-in to local news, “Talent” generated a 190% margin of victory among ABC, CBS and NBC in the key news demo of adults 25-54 (with a 2.9 rating vs. a 1.0 for CBS’s #2 “Person of Interest” encore), and dominated those networks in all other key measures.

· From 8-9 p.m. ET, an encore telecast of “Hollywood Game Night” (1.1/4 in 18-49 3.7 million viewers overall) is currently matching last week’s 18-49 rating and is up in total viewers by 1% (3.731 million vs. 3.711 million) to hit a four-week high in the slot, pending updates. “Hollywood Game Night” is tied for #2 in the time period among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 with ABC’s original “Extreme Weight Loss” and is #2 outright among those nets in adults, men and women 18-34.

· The “Hollywood Game Night” encore matched NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the time period in eight weeks (since “America’s Got Talent” aired in the slot on June 18).

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‘Real World’ Star, Gay Pioneer Sean Sasser Dead at 44


(via CNN)

Sean Sasser, whose relationship with the late Pedro Zamora on MTV’s “The Real World: San Francisco” broke cultural barriers on television, has died, his longtime partner told CNN on Thursday.

Sasser, who was 44 and had been HIV positive for 25 years, died from mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer that was diagnosed just last month. He is reported to have passed away in the Washington home he shared with Kaplan.

Actor and gay rights activist Wilson Cruz wrote on Twitter: “My heart breaks. Another beacon of light in our community is darkened tonight with the passing of Sean Sasser.”

“It is because of Pedro and Sean that I made safe decisions about protection and partners in 1993 at just 15. Thanks,” Yasemin Abdulraouf wrote in a post on Twitter.

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Showtime Follows Final Days of the Terminally Ill in New Series

This fall, premium cable network Showtime will take an unflinching, in-depth look at some remarkable individuals facing their own imminent mortality in their new documentary series Time of Death, which comes from executive producers Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of the Magical Elves production team (Top Chef).

Cameras will follow brave, terminally ill individuals as they live out their final days, supported by family, friends, healthcare teams and hospice workers, who gently help guide the process.

“This SHOWTIME documentary series is an examination of people in the last days and weeks of their life and how they and their families make the transition from life to death,” said David Nevins, President of Entertainment for SHOWTIME Networks Inc. “This is not an easy show, but it is a subject I’ve always wanted to be able to explore in detail. And I know it will make for a powerful and compelling viewing experience.”

The program will attempt to weave together these complex, unforgettable stories into an affecting portrait: a single mother of three with Stage IV breast cancer; a grandmother with inoperable pancreatic cancer who is also a psychotherapist who specializes in the field of death and dying; a veteran with a rare cancer facing the end with his parents beside him; and a young woman with Stage IV melanoma, among other profiles. Each unique, emotionally resonant tale will serve as a tangible reminder of the finite nature of time and mortality.

“Producing TIME OF DEATH has been one of the most intense and thought- provoking experiences of our careers,” said Lipsitz. “Nobody ever talked about death in our halls before – but now there is a much more open dialogue and its healthy and meaningful and we hope we can pass that experience on to the viewer.” Cutforth adds, “This is a series about death but it’s also about life and living and humor and love. It’s a brave series to do and we are thankful SHOWTIME has given us the opportunity to tell these stories.”

Time of Death is currently in post-production for a fall debut.

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Tom Colicchio is Going Fishing

tom-colChef Tom Colicchio is going fishing in a new series for the NBC Sports Network that will premiere next month.

Check out the details in this press release…

NBC Sports Network presents Hooked Up with Tom Colicchio, a new 30-minute outdoor fishing show featuring chef/owner of Craft restaurants and head judge of Bravo’s Top Chef Tom Colicchio and guests in various fishing locations in the United States. The five-part series premieres with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, July 31, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. The premiere features Super Bowl XLII champion and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress and Colicchio as they search for fish in the Florida Everglades and talk football and family. In the second episode of Hooked Up, at 7:30 p.m. ET, Colicchio talks to Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell and his wife Etty Lau.

On Wednesday, August 7, Hooked Up again debuts back-to-back episodes on NBC Sports Network. First at 7 p.m. ET, 18-year NBA veteran Jerry Stackhouse discusses breaking Michael Jordan’s University of North Carolina scoring record and advice given by Stackhouse’s mother as he and Colicchio fish off the coast of South Naples, Fla. Then at 7:30 p.m. ET, The Wire actor Wendell Pierce joins Colicchio in the Biloxi Marsh off the coast of Pierce’s hometown of New Orleans.

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‘Naked and Afraid’ Hit New Ratings High on Sunday


Discovery Channel’s hit new series “Naked and Afraid” was the #1 ad-supported cable program among in both the 25-54 and 18-49 demos on Sunday, July 28.

The series earned 2.38 household rating, with 3.62 million total viewers tuning in.  That was the highest rating ever for the series and a tie for the highest-rated survival telecast in the network’s history since June 2009.

Discovery boasts in their press release that “Naked and Afraid” out-delivered multiple broadcast programs in both Persons and Men 25-54 delivery including CBS’ “60 Minutes” “Unforgettable,” NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and ABC’s “Whodunnit?” and “Celebrity Wife Swap.” In addition, the show out-performed several notable cable programs including HBO’s “Newsroom,” History’s “Mountain Men,” TNT’s “Falling Skies,” Showtime’s “Dexter” and Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

The season finale special, “Naked and Afraid: Bares All” airs this Saturday, August 3 at 10pm, where all the survivalists (and family members) return with insight and reveal “never-before-seen footage” from the hit new series.

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Dean Cain to Hunt Bigfoot for New Spike TV Series

Dean Cain’s career.  Spike TV’s credibility.  Bigfoot.

Three things that don’t exist.

(via press release)

Dean Cain (“Hit the Floor”) is set to lead the most ambitious and extensive hunt for the ever-elusive Sasquatch in Spike TV’s “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty.” Cain will host the unique competition series that features nine teams comprised of lifelong Bigfoot hunters and big game hunters as they use groundbreaking scientific technology to comb the Pacific Northwest for undisputable proof of Bigfoot’s existence in hopes of taking home one of the largest cash prizes in television history. The $10 million in cash is underwritten by Lloyd’s of London. Currently in production, the new one-hour reality series is set to premiere January, 2014 on Spike TV.

An avid outdoorsman and hunter, Cain will serve as the expedition leader helping the teams of “squatchers” as they use their skills to compete for a $10 million dollar prize. Each episode will follow the different teams as they search some of the most famous Bigfoot “hotzones” in America. Utilizing a state-of-the-art mobile DNA lab, teams will ply their extensive research and presumed knowledge of the legendary creature to collect scientific samples, often battling nature’s inhospitable conditions.

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Bravo Relocates Low Rated ‘Property Envy’ to Lesser Real Estate


Bravo’s Property Envy is being relocated due to lousy ratings.  The cable network’s hot property threesome makes a late-night move starting Tuesday, July 30 to its new time slot at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, immediately following Watch What Happens Live.

On the recent July 17th airing, Property Envy‘s 10pm episode scored only 585,000 viewers.   To put that into context, the show’s Bravo network lead-in, Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis, had an audience of 949,000 airing during the 9 p.m. hour.

“Property Envy” is produced by World of Wonder, with Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell and Robert Lifton serving as Executive Producers.

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SHE’S NO DONKEY: Ja’nel Wins Season 11 of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’

hells-kitchen(via press release)

The 11th season of HELL’S KITCHEN came to an exciting close tonight as Gordon Ramsay announced Ja’Nel Witt the winner during the two-hour season finale on FOX. Witt, 31, an executive chef from Houston, TX, earned herself a “head chef” position working under Executive Chef Jeremy Berlin at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

“From the very first day in HELL’S KITCHEN, I knew this competition would be unlike anything I had ever experienced,” said Witt. “This has been a life-changing journey, winning HELL’S KITCHEN is even more proof that I made the right decision to follow my heart and turn my passion into my career.”

“Ja’Nel is an incredibly passionate chef and a strong leader, and I am thrilled that she will join our team at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill,” said Ramsay. “From the very beginning, she was determined to succeed, and I look forward to seeing her grow even more as a chef.”

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