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Discovery networks protester shot and killed after taking three people hostage

A man who’d previous protested Discovery’s programming held three people hostage at Discovery Communications’ headquarters outside of Washington, D.C., was shot to death by police this afternoon. The hostages were safe but an explosive device on the gunman discharged when he was shot. James Jay Lee entered the building, which houses the Discovery Channel, Animal …

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Amazing Race 17 cast announced

The Amazing Race 17 11-team, highly telegenic cast has been announced, including the previously revealed beauty queens, although CBS only identifies one of three beauty queens by her pageant experience. The network notes that the new teams include “Home Shopping hosts, newly dating couples, an Internet entertainer, Ivy League a cappella singers and a birth …

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Big Brother’s higher ratings attributed to “rootable,” “fun,” not “completely hatable” cast

Big Brother ratings are up 6 percent from last summer and the show is regularly getting its highest demo ratings in years, which is evidence that there’s nothing else on TV–or that people like us are sticking around because we are desperately hoping something interesting will happen to validate all of the time we’ve wasted …

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Thom Beers calls Deadliest Catch’s Emmy loss to “boring” Ken Burns doc “an abomination”

Deadliest Catch executive producer Thom Beers has never been shy about the nonfiction and reality TV Emmy categories, which last year he told me were “ridiculous,” and he’s echoed that this year. “To be honest, I was totally crushed” that Deadliest Catch lost to Ken Burns’ documentary about national parks, he told Fancast. “Once again, …

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