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Swamp People’s Mitchell Guist died of natural causes; fans invited to his funeral

Swamp People star Mitchell Guist died Monday of natural causes, according to an autopsy. He’ll be buried Saturday, which would have been his 48th birthday, and fans are invited. The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that “Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said the parish coroner, Dr. John Fraiche, determined from preliminary autopsy findings that the star …

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History Channel’s Pawn Stars, reality TV make it the fifth-most popular cable channel

The History Channel’s reality shows have propelled the network to become the fifth-most popular network on cable, behind only USA, Disney, TNT, and ESPN; last year, it was number eight. Pawn Stars, which is getting a spin-off, is largely responsible for that growth. While the network is planning to air some scripted shows, its brand …

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Jousting in armor on horseback: the next History Channel competition series

The History Channel is casting for a new reality competition that will feature jousting in armor. Full Metal Jousting is described as a “hard-hitting competition [that] will recreate the raw, crushing force of hardcore jousting battles by arming 16 fierce competitors with lances, armor and a 2,000-pound war horse,” with the winner receiving $100,000. Besides …

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Mark Burnett will tell Biblical stories in new scripted, acted History Channel series

Survivor and The Voice producer Mark Burnett is producing a show about the Bible: a five-episode, 10-hour scripted miniseries for the History Channel that he developed along with his wife, Touched By An Angel’s Roma Downey. That the History Channel is now producing a series about a book that is not quite an accurate account …

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