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COPS sound engineer killed

Update and new information, 2:18 p.m. ET: The COPS crew member who died was a sound engineer, not a camera operator, as someone incorrectly said while radioing for help after the shooting. The camera operator and all police officers were uninjured, the Omaha World-Herald reports; the paper said “at least 30 shots were fired” by police only, because the …

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ABC doubling up The Quest episodes

Starting this Thursday, ABC will air two episodes of The Quest every Thursday, concluding the series on Sept. 11–though some markets won’t see the show until later, because it’ll be pre-empted by pre-season NFL games. The series has lost viewers every week, dropping from a low debut of 2.8 million people and a 0.7 rating …

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I finally understand why The Amazing Race won its 10th Emmy

The Amazing Race won its 10th Emmy for reality competition last night, with its streak of wins interrupted only twice, by Top Chef and, last year, by The Voice. My reaction was predictable. The CBS competition isn’t a bad show; I meant every word I said when I presented TAR with the first reality TV TCA Award. There are a lot …

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Big Brother’s Frankie: “lesbians choose to become lesbians”

The Big Brother houseguests had a lengthy conversation about a question they were asked during casting, leading Frankie Grande to lecture the others about sexual orientation while angering some viewers who thought he said that lesbians choose to be gay. He said that, but did he mean it? The conversation, which you can watch on the …

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The real winner of Rising Star was not a singer

ABC’s Rising Star concluded its first season last night with the optimistic hope that it will return for a new season, declaring the “winner of Rising Star 2014,” as if there will be a “winner of Rising Star 2015.” The show’s final episode illustrated the summer singing competition’s strengths and weaknesses. It had the final four compete in a …

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