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Jet to compete on Strictly Come Dancing?

21 May 2013 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Former 'Gladiators' star Jet is being targeted for the next series of 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The ex-gymnast - whose real name is Diane Youdale - shot to fame on the 1990s action challenge series, but was forced to quit after suffering a serious back injury and is now set to return to prime-time Saturday night television on the BBC celebrity dance contest. A source told the Daily Star newspaper: ''We are looking for familiar faces on that dancefloor.'' Since leaving 'Gladiators', Diane, 42, has worked in the fitness industry and made a handful of TV appearances, including on 'Celebrity Juice' and 'Big Brother' »

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Jim's Notebook: Scandal, The Big Bang Theory, Sytycd & More!

10 May 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

It’s been a busy week with all the news breaking on which shows are coming (The Tomorrow People!) and going (Rip, Whitney) - but I’ve got a lot to empty out besides all that in this week’s Notebook.

Let’s get to talking about King & Maxwell, So You Think You Can Dance, Scandal and The Big Bang Theory! (And next week I’ll be in NYC for Upfronts, so keep an eye on TV Fanatic for all your renewal and scheduling scoop!)

King & Maxell If you loved series like Magnum Pi and The Rockford Files, then the Jon Tenney/Rebecca Romijn series coming June 10 to TNT could be your new TV addiction. Executive Producer Shane Brennan (who I talked to about the NCIS: Los Angeles finale and spin-off recently) developed the series from the popular David Baldacci novels about former Secret Service agents who become private investigators. »

- (Jim Halterman)

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The evolution of 80s videogame gore and mayhem

30 April 2013 9:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie 1 May 2013 - 09:34

Blood, guts and controversy abound, as we delve back to look at the evolving gore and mayhem in a dozen 80s videogames...

Ah, the 80s. The decade of video nasties, The A-Team, Boy George and Ronald Reagan. A time of conspicuous consumption and voluminous hair, the 80s was also the decade where videogames rapidly evolved, from the blocky 8-bit computers and consoles at its beginning, to the more powerful 16-bit systems at its end.

The 80s was also a period where the depiction of videogame gore would be realised with ever greater detail - much to the consternation of media watchdogs, who commonly regarded games as bleepy toys for children. The mainstream furore which would greet Mortal Kombat was still just over the horizon, but from the start of the start of the decade to its end, mischievous (and sometimes cynical, it has »

- ryanlambie

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