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Video: News Anchor Announces He Has Terminal Brain Cancer Live on Air

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Dave Benton, a local news anchor in Illinois, revealed to his colleagues and viewers last week that he has terminal cancer — and he made the announcement live on air.

"Basically my cancer is back and it's too big for surgery and radiation," Benton said during the broadcast. "Doctors have told me that I may have four to six months to live."

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- Liz Raftery

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W. Kamau Bell Laments “The Whiteness of Late Night”

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Jimmy FallonConan O'BrienStephen ColbertJames CordenJimmy KimmelSeth Meyers. What do all these names have in common? They're all currently, or are going to be, late-night talk show hosts.

And they're all white guys.

In a column for Buzzfeed, comedian W. Kamau Bell rails against "the whiteness of late night," and comments upon the opportunities for change that have been passed up, in recent months especially.

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- Liz Raftery

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Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough: “I Might Be Even Harder on Derek”

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Siblings Julianne and Derek Hough are reuniting once again on Dancing with the Stars — only this time they won't be competing against each other.

Julianne Hough joins Season 19 as a full-time judge — the first time a former pro will have a permanent spot at the judges' table. Meanwhile, five-time champion Derek is partnered with YouTube celebrity Bethany Mota. But for viewers concerned that Julianne will show favoritism toward her big brother, she tells TVGuide.com that won't be the case — in fact, it might be quite the opposite.

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- Liz Raftery

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Viola Davis: Most Roles Offered to Black Actresses Are “Mammy-ish”

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Viola Davis says she's tired of being offered roles that she describes as "downtrodden" or "mammy-ish."

In an interview with The New York Times Magazine, the How to Get Away with Murder star says there simply aren't enough meaty roles being offered to black women in Hollywood — and, she adds, those given to Halle Berry and her Shondaland counterpart, Scandal's Kerry Washington, don't count.

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- Liz Raftery

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Outlander Video: Star, Showrunner Deconstruct Filming That Flogging Scene

13 September 2014 7:00 PM, PDT

[Warning: The following story contains spoilers from Saturday's Outlander. Read at your own risk.]

Outlander has reached one of many pivotal moments from the first book on which it's based, but even if you knew what was coming, Saturday's episode was still hard to watch.

The hour began with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Dougal (Graham McTavish) coming face-to-face with the Red Coats, and our leading lady assuring them that she had been with the MacKenzie clan willingly. Still, Claire had to convince another man of her motives: Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies), the man who almost raped her when she first fell through the stones at Craigh na Dun.

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- Robyn Ross

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CBS Refutes Kathy Griffin's Claim That Females Weren't Considered for Late, Late Show Gig

13 September 2014 3:03 PM, PDT

A few days after the passing of Joan Rivers, the only women to ever host a late-night show on broadcast TV, CBS announced that Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show successor would be yet another white man (and one most Americans hadn't even heard of), James Corden.

Though Kathy Griffin was disappointed in the decision, the comedian says she was far from surprised, especially since she claims that CBS told her they wouldn't even consider women for the gig.

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- Sadie Gennis

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Veronica Mars Spin-off Spoofs The Newsroom’s Pretentious Copier Trailer

12 September 2014 3:11 PM, PDT

No matter how you feel about HBO's The Newsroom, I think we can all agree that the drama's Season 3 teaser—which features a copy machine spitting out script pages—is rather pretentious.

Fall TV: Must-see new shows

Naturally, that makes the new trailer for The CW's Veronica Mars spin-off web series Play It Again, Dick—which pokes fun at The Newsroom's with its own take on the copy machine clip...

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- Kaitlin Thomas

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Fall TV Editors' Picks: Red Band Society

12 September 2014 1:58 PM, PDT

Fox is aiming to establish a new kind of "brat pack" with its coming-of-age drama Red Band Society.

Set in the children's ward of a Los Angeles hospital, Red Band Society follows a Breakfast Club-esque group of patients as they such face life-changing — and life-threatening — challenges. Zoe LevinCharlie Rowe, AstroCiara Bravo, and Nolan Sotillo star as the unlikely group of friends. Dave AnnableRebecca Rittenhouse and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer take on the adult roles of the doctors and nurses who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence.

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- Robyn Ross

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Dancing's Derek Hough: I Wasn't Sure About Coming Back

12 September 2014 8:20 AM, PDT

Hey everyone!

How's it going? I'm excited to be blogging again!

Hope you all had a great summer. I think I saw a lot of you guys on tour! Thank you to everyone who came out this summer. Julianne and I had a blast, and we hope you did too! It's been a crazy year for me so far when I think about it: working with Misty Copeland, working with Meryl and Charlie for the Olympics, going to Russia to rehearse with Amy, all of last season, finishing my book, planning the tour, doing the tour, releasing my book and working on an Hgtv project with Mark where we're literally building a new house! Now I'm doing Nashville and Season 19!

I wasn't sure if I was ...

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- Derek Hough

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Reality Check: In the Wake of a Cops Death, a Producer Reflects

12 September 2014 6:26 AM, PDT

The death of Cops crew member Bryce Dion, who was accidentally shot by a police officer during a robbery in Omaha, Neb., stunned the tight-knit reality TV community. Wicked Tuna and Dirty Jobs producer Craig Piligian, who is unaffiliated with Cops, spoke with TV Guide Magazine to explain how camera operators, audio technicians, and their teams are the unsung heroes of unscripted television.

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- Michael Schneider

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First Look: Bryan Fuller's High Moon Pilot to Air on Syfy

12 September 2014 6:08 AM, PDT

Hannibal executive producer Bryan Fuller's space action pilot High Moon didn't make it to series, but Syfy has repackaged it as an original TV movie, set to air Monday, Sept. 15 at 9/8c.

Set a century from now, High Moon centers on the ragtag mix of spies, miners, soldiers and entrepreneurs who live on the moon, where a race is underway to mine its resources. An alien plant promises to change the world — or bring about its doom.

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- Michael Schneider

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Weekend Review: Here Come The Roosevelts — and More Zombies

12 September 2014 6:08 AM, PDT

Every few years, in a pattern established by his emblematic 1990 breakthrough The Civil War, documentary maestro Ken Burns upstages the fall TV season in mid-September with his latest monumental immersion in historical storytelling. He triumphs again with PBS's seven-night, 14-hour The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, which, as its subtitle suggests, never loses sight of the poignant human drama unfolding against a tide of national and world turmoil. (The series begins Sunday, Sept. 14 at 8/7c and continues nightly through Saturday, Sept. 20.)

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- Matt Roush

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Top Moments: Jon Stewart Sacks the NFL, Sons Sticks a Fork in It Again

11 September 2014 5:33 PM, PDT

Our top moments of the week:

10. Worst Host: Utopia is the insane lovechild of every terrible reality show trope imaginable and it's made all the more aggravating with its host/narrator Dan Piraro parked outside the barn. Not only does Piraro not add anything to the proceedings, but his weird, mustachioed, old-timey hipster look makes it seem like he got lost on the...

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- Joyce Eng and Kate Stanhope

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Watch My Show: You're the Worst's Stephen Falk Answers Our Showrunner Survey

11 September 2014 6:26 AM, PDT

FX's half-hour comedy You're the Worst, which finishes up its Season 1 run next Thursday, Sept. 18, has turned into a sleeper hit for the cable network. Critics have warmed up to the show, which stars Chris Geere and Aya Cash as two people who have soured on relationships yet find themselves drawn to one another. Desmin Borges and Kether Donohue also star in the anti-romantic comedy, which comes from creator Stephen Falk (Weeds, Orange is the New Black). Falk filled out our TV Guide Magazine showrunner survey to explain why You're The Worst isn't the worst.  

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- Michael Schneider

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Top Videos: Britney Spears Joins Tinder, Ellen Does "Anaconda"

10 September 2014 6:42 PM, PDT

This week, Jimmy Fallon helped Britney Spears sign up for Tinder, and also participated in a Tonight Show edition of Family Feud that went completely off the rails. Former Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Hader shared a hilarious Casey Kasem sketch that tragically never made it to air, and Ellen DeGeneres released her own version of Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" video. Elsewhere, viewers also got their first taste of Utopia and its amazing theme song, as well as a very special Jeff Goldblum rendition of the Jurassic Park theme song. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:

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- Liz Raftery

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Beauty Queens and Ventriloquist Dummies: When Does the Miss America Pageant Air?

10 September 2014 4:48 PM, PDT

Who says the Miss America pageant can't keep up with the times?!

On Tuesday's preliminary competition for the 2015 crown, Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart won the talent portion for her ventriloquism act. Bart took home a $2,000 prize for not just single-handedly making single guys across America suddenly very interested in the lost art, but because she also sang a duet of...

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- Kate Stanhope

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Joan Rivers: The 7 Most Endearing Anecdotes from The Hollywood Reporter's Oral History

10 September 2014 10:40 AM, PDT

Tributes have been pouring in for Joan Rivers since the comedienne died on Sept. 4 at the age of 81. Among her fans, Rivers was known for her abrasive humor and brash commentary, but among those closest to her, Rivers was known for her kindness, loyalty and early brand of feminism.

The Hollywood Reporter recently compiled comments from two dozen current and former colleagues of Rivers into a career-spanning oral history. Here are the seven most telling excerpts from the piece:

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- Liz Raftery

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Thursday Night Football Stars Share Memories of Their Very First Game

10 September 2014 9:10 AM, PDT

Thursday Night Football is finally here and before CBS' big premiere, we've asked the commentators, analysts and anchors to share memories of their very first football game.

"I was 14-years-old and my dad took me to Pitt stadium where the Steelers used to play," Bill Cowher tells us in the video below. "I remember John Henry Johnson and 'Cannonball' Butler — I just loved those names — and I remember watching what those guys did on the sidelines ... in between plays."

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- Robyn Ross

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First Look: Haley Atwell's Agent Carter on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

10 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

She fought the good fight in the Marvel comics and the Captain America films, now Agent Peggy Carter fights it again on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The badass heroine, played by Hayley Atwell, will be seen in a 1940s-era flashback kicking off the Sept. 23 season premiere of the ABC series — and TV Guide Magazine has the first look!

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- Michael Logan

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Fall Preview: Meet the Hilarious Black-ish Trio

10 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

It's a weekday morning on the Black-ish soundstage, and Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross are made up as if they just rolled out of bed: Ross's hair is a crazy mess and Anderson's pajamas are in wrinkled disarray. In other words, they resemble an average, frazzled American couple waking up to a noisy family, ready to face another day at their demanding jobs.

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- Michael Schneider

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