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‘Duck Dynasty’: Phil Robertson Suspension Lifted

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“Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson suspension has been lifted. A&E announced Friday, the reality star will return to the series, when production begins in Spring.

Robertson was briefly put on “indefinite hiatus” earlier this month following anti-gay comments in a GQ interview, where he made remarks comparing gays to “drunks,” “terrorists” and “prostitutes.” Robertson also stated homosexuality is a sin comparable to bestiality.

 A&E statement is as follows:

While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold. But “Duck Dynasty” is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.

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‘Longmire’ Renewed For Third Season

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A&E renews “Longmire” for a third season.

The cable network announced Monday, the drama series based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels from Craig Johnson, has been pick up for a third season of 10 episodes.

“”Longmire” has become one of the most compelling dramas on television with a devoted audience and we are so proud of the show,” A&E GM David McKillop said in announcing the pick-up. “We are thrilled to continue our wonderful partnership with Warner Horizon Television, the production team, and the talented cast and crew led by the exceptional Robert Taylor.”

“Longmire” season 3 is slated to premiere in summer 2014.

Wahlberg Docuseries to Air on A&E

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A&E to air “Wahlburgers,” a reality series following the Wahlberg brothers.

Mark and Donny Wahlberg will executive-produce and appear in a new reality series along Paul Wahlberg, the cabler announced Tuesday. The series, “Wahlburgers,” centers on the stars’ family-owned Massachusetts restaurant of the same name.  

“We’re thrilled to partner with the entire Wahlberg family as they graciously lift the curtain to share this new side of their story,” said David McKillop, Executive Vice President and General Manager of A&E Network. “This series offers viewers a new take on the celebrity reality series showcasing one of America’s favorite families.”

“Wahlburgers” will debut on A&E on Jan. 22 at 10:30 p.m.

Will you tune in?

TV Weekly News: Kanye West Leads BET Hip Hop Awards Nominations, Bravo Developing Five Scripted Series And More

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  • BET announced Wednesday the nominees of its 2012 Hip Hop Awards. Kanye West leads the nominations with 17 nods, while Rapper 2 Chainz scored 13 nods and Drake earned 11 nods, respectively. Mike Epps will host the award show, which airs Oct. 9. Visit BET for the full list of nominees.
  • A&E “The Glades” has been renewed for a fourth season.
  • “I’m Having Their Baby” and “Hollywood Exes” have also been renewed.
  • TV host, Ellen DeGeneres has sold an untitled sitcom to NBC. The series centers on an independent 32-year-old woman who, is listed as “single” while signing papers for a house, enters crisis mode and wonders if she’s made the right decision in being on her own. [THR]
  • Bravo is developing five new scripted series. “Heathers” is a modern-day update of the ’80s cult film; “The Apartment” -working title- is about two children who rent out their late mother’s love nest to those people involved in extramarital affairs; “The Darlings” -working title- follows an Upper East Side family who secrets are revealed due to a Ponzi scheme; “All American Girl” spans three time periods and centers on three women at the titular lifestyle magazine; and lastly, “Rita” which is based on a Danish series about an outspoken private teacher and mother. [Bravo]
  • “Occult” has been given a pilot order by A&E. The supernatural series follows a FBI agent after he returns to work from a breakdown he experienced while investigating his wife’s disappearance. Back on the force the agent is placed on a new occult-centric task force with a new partner. [EW]
  • “Entourage” fans, series creator Doug Ellin tells Deadline, he is almost finished writing the script of the movie, which picks up six months after the HBO series ended last year. “There are interesting developments about Ari as a studio head,” the showrunner reveals told Deadline.“But foremost is the friendship between the guys, who are still hanging out and going to fun parties, and it continues with the same characters.” [Deadline]

John Boyd & Dileep Rao Join ‘Touch’ And More Casting News

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Fox sophomore drama “Touch,” has added two recurring actors.

“24” alum John Boyd and Inception‘s Dileep Rao have joined the series.

According to THR, Boyd is set to play Kase, a brilliant math and algorithm researcher. Kase is also Calvin’s confidant (Lukas Haas) and college friend. Meanwhile, Rao, will guest star as Vikash Nayar, a wealthy shareholder at Aster Corp.

The recurring actors join Said Taghmaoui, Adam Campbell, Ray Santiago, Lukas Haas, Saxon Sharbino and Greg Ellis for the second season of “Touch.”

“Touch” returns Fri., Oct. 26 at 8/7c p.m. on Fox.

In other casting news…

Abby Elliott first post “SNL” gig is CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother.” Elliott has been booked as crazy Janeane in a multi-episode arc. [EW]

“Lost” alum Tania Raymonde will recur next season on “Switched at Birth.” Raymonde will play Zarra, a street artist who befriends Bay. “Switched at Birth” returns Monday, Sept. 3 at 8/7c on ABC Family. [TV Guide]

Tom Bower (Die Hard 2, The Waltons) has been cast to play Dwight’s great uncle Heinrich in “The Office”‘s spin-off, “The Farm.” Heinrich is described as “charming, greedy and manipulative.” [Deadline]

Miley Cyrus is set to appear in a two-episode arc on “Two and a Half Men.” Miley will play Missy, a love interest for Jake.

Vera Farmiga (The Departed) has been tapped to play Norman Bates’s abusive and complicated mother on A&E new series “Bates Motel.” [EW]

Ali Wentworth will play Tom’s love interest on “Cougar Town.” [TVLine]

Bailey Buntain (Bunheads) will be guest-star on an upcoming episode of  “The Middle.” Buntain has been cast to play Jenna, a freshman Sue chooses to mentor. [EW]

‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’ Canceled by A&E

A&E has pulled the plug on its reality series, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.”

The cable network said in a statement to THR “for seven great seasons, Gene, Shannon, Nick and Sophie have been part of the A&E family, and we could not be more proud of the unparalleled run of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.” On behalf of everyone at A&E, we’d like to thank the production team at Thinkfactory Media, Gene and his amazing family for their partnership, collaboration and for opening up their lives, warts-and-all, to us throughout the years.”

The reality series followed Simmons, the Kiss bassist, Shannon Tweed and their two children.

The family added, “it has been a wonderful, life-altering experience for our family, and after seven successful seasons, we feel it’s time to move on.”

Weekly TV News: ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Treme’ Premiere Date Revealed & More

TV news you might have missed:

Syfy has renewed its reality competition series “Total Blackout” for a 16-episode second season, the first eight of which are slated to air Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 9 pm.

Related: ‘Big Brother’ Season 14 Cast Revealed.

According to EW, A&E picked up “Bates Motel,” a series inspired by Psycho. Get more details about the series here: EW.

The recently crowned “X Factor” judge, Demi Lovato will host this year’s Teen Choice Awards, EW reports. The awards air live Sun., July 22 on FOX.

Related: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 5 Teaser

HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and “Treme” season 3 premiere dates were announced earlier today. “Boardwalk Empire” is set to premiere, Sunday, Sept. 16 at 9/8c, while “Treme’s” third season is set to debut Sunday, Sept. 23, at 10/9c.

Related: ‘Eastbound & Down’ To Return For a Fourth Season

The Summer premieres continues. Check out the list below:

  • “The Closer,” (Season 7 Premiere Mon., July 9, 9 p.m. ET on TNT)
  • “Perception,” (Series premiere Mon., July 9, 10 p.m. ET on TNT)
  • “Opening Act,” (Series Premiere Mon., July 9, 10 p.m. ET on E!)
  • “Trust Us With Your Life,” (Series Premiere Tues., July 10, 9 p.m. ET on ABC)
  • “White Collar,” (Season 4 premiere Tues., July 10 at 9 p.m. ET on USA)

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  • “Covert Affairs” (Season 3 Premiere Tues., July 10 at 10 p.m. ET on USA)

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  • “Final Witness,” (Series Premiere Tues., July 10, 10 p.m. ET on ABC)
  • “Damages,” (Season 5 Premiere Wed., July 11, 10 p.m. ET on DirecTV)

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  • “Beverly Hills Nannies,” (Series Premiere Wed., July 11, 9 p.m. ET on ABC Family)
  • “Big Brother,” (Season 14 Premiere Thurs., July 12, 9 p.m. ET on CBS) Meet the cast of “Big Brother” Season 14.
  • “Polyamory: Married & Dating,” (Series Premiere, Thurs., 11 p.m. ET on Showtime)
  • “The Real L Word,” (Season 3 premiere Thurs., July 12, 10 p.m. ET on Showtime)
  • “Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse” (Season 2 premiere Fri., July 13, 9 p.m. ET on TBS)

‘Longmire’ Renewed For a Second Season

A&E’s freshman series, “Longmire” has been renewed.

The series is based on Craig Johnson’s best-selling mystery novels was created by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, and stars Robert Taylor, Bailey Chase, Katee Sackhoff, Adam Bartley, Cassidy Freeman, and Lou Diamond Phillips.

Summer TV Review: ‘Longmire’

“Longmire” is a modern-day western drama, which follows a recently widowed sheriff and his deputy, Victoria Moretti, as they solve  gruesome crimes, in Absaroka, Wyoming.

“Longmire” airs Sundays at 10/9c on A&E.

Summer TV Review: ‘Longmire’

Who thought a Western drama could be so catchy and entertaining?

Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), is a recently widowed Sheriff in Absaroka County, Wyoming. Due to his loss, Longmire gave up on everything. But with the help of his new deputy Vic (Katee Sackhoff), and best friend, Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips), Walt decides to reclaim his life – personal and professional one dead body at a time.

However, Walt’s job might be in jeopardy when he realizes his obnoxious deputy Branch (Bailey Chase) is running for Sheriff. Walt Longmire, who picks up litter and cries when informing a next of kin a loved one is dead is not giving up without a fight.

It is apparent Longmire hasn’t moved on. He still listens to his wife’s voice on their answering machine. Walt hasn’t even buried her ashes (talk about issues!)

The series is based on Craig Johnson’s best-selling mystery novels. “Longmire” is created by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, and stars Robert Taylor, Bailey Chase, Katee Sackhoff, Adam Bartley, Cassidy Freeman, and Lou Diamond Phillips.

 

 

Five reasons “Longmire” kicks ass:

It is pure Western. All Cowboys, trucks, guns, and Horses.

Katee Sackhoff. A villain in the eight season of “24.” I’m glad she is back on my screen. Her role on “24” might seem similar to “Longmire,” but Victoria is not keeping secrets like Dana did (well we do not know yet). Victoria is a new deputy in town, who recently moved form Philadelphia. Her friendly chemistry with Longmire is refreshing. Vic understands Longmire better than the other deputies and his family. Aside from his best friend, Henry, Vic tries to pull Longmire from his depression.

The crimes are solved differently from other crime dramas. The murders/homicides are solved with “street smart.” Walt Longmire does not rely on back up or forensic ballistics to help him solve a case. He knows if a gun was fired by simply inspecting it. The series suggest that a crime can be solved by knowing your guns, calibers, and people.

Unlike other crime dramas, Longmire does not have/use a cellphone. Yet this doesn’t stop the Sheriff from solving the crimes or communicating with his deputies. Longmire relies on his radio to communicate with his office, which is very old school like.

Although, the Sheriff is best friends with an Indian, the Tribal Police living on the Reservation do not share Henry’s feelings. There is resentment and conflicts when the two police departments meet. The Sheriff loves the Indian culture and follow most of their way of life regardless of how the Indians feel about him.

Longmire was having a shower during the opening scene of the series and the wounds on his back revealed he has a secret which Henry can not share with Longmire’s daughter, Cady (Cassidy Freeman). Viewers are left wondering how he sustained those injuries. And the obvious question, how did his wife die?

“Longmire” is a refreshing, and promising thrilling drama. The series currently airs Sundays, at 10/9c on A&E

Weekly TV News: ‘Single Ladies,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ and More.

It has been the talk for months. But now it is official. “Breaking Bad” last season will be split. The first eight episodes of the season will air this summer, July 15 while the remaining eight episodes will air next summer. AMC’s “Breaking Bad” fifth and final is set to premiere July 15 at 10/9c p.m.

The premieres:

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“Single Ladies” season two premieres on Mon at 9/8c p.m. on Vh1. Click here for a sneak peek.

“How To Be A Gentleman” returned last night on CBS. CBS canceled the comedy sitcom last September but decided to air the show on Saturdays at 8/7c p.m.

“The Catalina” series premieres Tues., May 29, 8/7c p.m. on The CW

“Workaholics” third season premieres Tues., May 29, 10:30/9:30c p.m. on Comedy Central

“Dogs In The City” series premiere Wed., May 30, 8/7c p.m. on CBS

“Melissa & Joey” second season premieres Wed., May 30, 8/7c p.m. on ABC Family

“Breaking Pointe” series premiere Thurs., May 31, 8/7c p.m. on The CW

The renewal:

“Rules Of Engagement” was picked up for a seventh season last week. The comedy was renewed for a season of 13 episodes. No premiere date has been announced yet, but the comedy seventh season is set to debut in midseason.

The cancellation:

“Dog The Bounty Hunter” was cancelled earlier this week. The A&E has cancelled it long-running reality series.