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Vikings: complex, compelling, unmissable drama

Laura Akers Nov 28, 2017

With season 5 arriving this week, here's why you should be watching The History Channel's Vikings...

Warning: contains mild spoilers for season one.

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As we never stop hearing, we’re living in a golden age of television.

The explosion of cable TV as well as streaming service providers have provided so many outlets that television fare is no longer limited to staid and tested formulas, designed to appeal to a mainstream and lowest-conceivable-common-denominator type of audience by network executives interested only in the most advertising money to be made in the shortest possible time. While American broadcast networks are still killing shows off after only a tiny handful of episodes, these other outlets are more willing to take chances from the start, seeking out more niche,
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See the moment an original Barbie doll #1 from 1959 sold for $5,500 on Pawn Stars

Ever wondered what the first ever Barbie doll looked like? Here’s a near-perfect example, courtesy of History’s Pawn Stars. This newly released clip taken from one of the show’s Season 14 episodes features a Vintage Barbie Ponytail Doll #1 from 1959, including a box signed by the famous toy’s inventor Ruth Handler. The episode, titled Mini Miles, aired back in July and saw Rick Harrison of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop snap up the original doll for $5,500 after being advised he’d be able to fetch between $7,500 to $8,000 for it if he sold it on....read more
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The Morning Watch: Pawn Stars Undervalue Superman, How to Make a Perfect Action Scene & More

The Morning Watch: Pawn Stars Undervalue Superman, How to Make a Perfect Action Scene & More
(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.) In this edition, the Pawn Stars drastically undervalue a key piece […]

The post The Morning Watch: Pawn Stars Undervalue Superman, How to Make a Perfect Action Scene & More appeared first on /Film.
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WGA East Blasts ITV America For Refusing To Negotiate “Union Security”

The WGA East is accusing ITV America of employing the tactics of right-wing union-busters in the union’s ongoing attempts to get the company to negotiate a fair contract for writers/producers employed on reality TV shows such as Pawn Stars, Counting Cars and Tiny House Nation. The guild says that the main roadblock to a deal is the company’s refusal to negotiate a contract that includes a “union security” clause that requires every member of the bargaining union to become…
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TV Trends: 15 Network Chiefs On What Fall Show They’d Steal, Predicting Their Next Hit and What Worries Them

TV Trends: 15 Network Chiefs On What Fall Show They’d Steal, Predicting Their Next Hit and What Worries Them
Watch your back, Hulu. IndieWire surveyed 15 network toppers this summer on a range of questions, including the show they’d most like to steal from a rival. The top show they coveted was easily Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the timely story of a totalitarian dystopia that is on track to potentially win the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy this month.

Execs also raved about a variety of other recent series, including the HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones,” about the relationship between billionaire music moguls Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. And the network honchos were given a chance to single out an upcoming (or recently aired) show that they believe is destined to become a surprise hit. As the industry prepares for another fall season, here’s some insight into what TV’s top executives are thinking, and what’s concerning them most.

Read More:All of IndieWire’s Fall TV Coverage Dana Walden,
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TV Trends: 15 Network Chiefs On What Fall Show They’d Steal, Predicting Their Next Hit and What Worries Them

  • Indiewire
TV Trends: 15 Network Chiefs On What Fall Show They’d Steal, Predicting Their Next Hit and What Worries Them
Watch your back, Hulu. IndieWire surveyed 15 network toppers this summer on a range of questions, including the show they’d most like to steal from a rival. The top show they coveted was easily Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the timely story of a totalitarian dystopia that is on track to potentially win the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy this month.

Execs also raved about a variety of other recent series, including the HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones,” about the relationship between billionaire music moguls Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. And the network honchos were given a chance to single out an upcoming (or recently aired) show that they believe is destined to become a surprise hit. As the industry prepares for another fall season, here’s some insight into what TV’s top executives are thinking, and what’s concerning them most.

Read More:All of IndieWire’s Fall TV Coverage Dana Walden,
See full article at Indiewire »

Bruce Forsyth, UK Gameshow Host and TV Legend, Dies at 89

  • The Wrap
Bruce Forsyth, UK Gameshow Host and TV Legend, Dies at 89
Bruce Forsyth, TV legend and host for various game shows such as “The Price Is Right,” has died. He was 89. According to the BBC, the former “Strictly Come Dancing” presenter had been unwell for quite some time and was in the hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection. He died at his home Friday afternoon surrounded by his wife and children. According to The Guardian, Forsyth recently contracted bronchial pneumonia. Also Read: Christopher Titus to Host 'Pawn Stars' Spinoff Gameshow (Exclusive) “It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon,
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Will Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars buy O.J. Simpson’s Ford Bronco?

This week Pawn Stars takes a rather macarbe turn as Rick Harrison checks out the Ford Bronco that disgraced former athlete and actor O.J. Simpson drove whilst fleeing from the police in what must be the most infamous car chase in history. In 1994 Simpson was wanted for questioning in respect of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, who were brutally stabbed to death at Nicole’s home. Rather than handing himself in he led them on a bizarre low-speed chase in his Bronco. He was eventually arrested and charged with murder, though he was controversially acquitted. Later...read more
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Chumlee Threatens Legal Battle with Candy Store Man

  • TMZ
Chumlee's in a battle for the domain name domination over his candy store ... and winning won't be as easy as taking candy from a baby. The "Pawn Stars" star had his lawyers fire off a letter to Patrick Keys -- the current owner of chumleescandy.com and chumleescandyontheblvd.com -- threatening to take legal action if he doesn't hand over the rights to the sites. Keys has no association to the brick and mortar store
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Oj’s Bronco Headed to Pawn Stars: What Will it Fetch?

The afternoon of June 17, 1994, was unforgettable. TV stations pre-empted regular programming to broadcast a slow speed police chase down the La 405. In the car fleeing was its owner AC Cowling and the celebrity football hero O.J. Simpson. Folks were crowding overpasses with handmade signs saying “Go O.J. Go” and “Can’t Stop the Juice”. The reason for the chase was stomach churning. The cops were after O.J. to question him about the murder of his Ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and a charming young waiter, Ron Goldman. O.J. was acting pretty nutty to be sure and many surmised that

Oj’s Bronco Headed to Pawn Stars: What Will it Fetch?
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Carspotting: What You Need to Know about Discovery’s New Show

Carspotting is a new show that premiered on the Discovery Channel in July of 2017. This show has been produced by the production company Leftfield Pictures which released reality shows such as Alone, Pawn Stars and American Grit. Carspotting is a show that features three guys who go on the hunt to find classic cars. This show takes place in the Pacific Northwest and it is set to run through the remainder of the summer season on the Discovery Channel. The activity of carspotting is popular for a select group of people who know their automobiles. Most carspotting activities take

Carspotting: What You Need to Know about Discovery’s New Show
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'Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison Says Don't Invest In O.J. Simpson Stuff

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[[tmz:video id="0_wdiaturl"]] Nothing hurts the value of an autograph like murder ... which is why O.J. Simpson's got a big problem on his hands, so says "Pawn Stars" honcho Rick Harrison. With Simpson arguably more famous now than ever before, the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs weeknights on FS1) asked Harrison if he expects a spike in demand for O.J. stuff. But Harrison says the exact opposite will happen -- and says if
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Lighthearted Entertainment Expands Development Team

Lighthearted Entertainment, the production company that specializes in unscripted television and is behind shows such as MTV’s “Are You The One?” is boosting its development team.

The company has brought on two new executive hires and promoted another, Variety has learned.

Lighthearted Entertainment is proud to both add to our team and promote from within as we address the needs of our constantly evolving industry. We look forward to working with our new team as the company continues to produce provocative unscripted content,” said Rob Laplante and Jeff Spangler, presidents of Lighthearted Entertainment.

Unscripted exec Paul Taylor has come aboard Lighthearted Entertainment to serve as senior vice president of production, overseeing all financial and logistic aspects of the company’s production and development slate. Before joining Lighthearted, Taylor was vice president of production for 51 Minds Entertainment where he oversaw production of shows like “Below Deck,” “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” and “Redneck Island.” Taylor
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Famous TV shows set in the casinos of Las Vegas

There is just 424 kilometres between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, so its no surprise that the so-called ‘Sin City’ has attracted many TV shows to the bright lights of the city over the years. We all know that the popular TV series CSI – Crime Scene Investigation is famously set in Vegas, but what about other shows that have chosen to head to the vast array of hotels and casinos over the years.

Well, let’s kick things off with a little known show actually called Las Vegas. The series, which ran for five seasons between 2003 and 2008, starred Josh Dumamel, who would later go on to headline the Transformers franchise, and screen legend James Caan (The Godfather). Las Vegas revolved around life in a fiction casino called the Montecito Resort & Casino on the famous Vegas strip. These days you can head to an online casino gratis, but this was a time
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History Places Series Order for UFO Investigation Drama Blue Book from Robert Zemeckis and A+E Studios

Executive produced byRobert Zemeckis, A&E Studios' scripted series Blue Book has been ordered to series by the History channel. Comprised of ten episodes, the series will focus on the Project Blue Book UFO investigations of the ’50s and ’60s.

A premiere date for Blue Book has yet to be announced, but stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates. In the meantime, we have the official press release for the announcement:

Press Release: New York, NY – May 25, 2017 – History® has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to the original scripted drama Blue Book from A+E Studios, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President, A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group.

Executive produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe®-winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Contact), Blue Book chronicles the true top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950’s and
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'Survivor' Contestant Jonny Fairplay Welcomes Baby Girl - Find Out Her Name!

'Survivor' Contestant Jonny Fairplay Welcomes Baby Girl  - Find Out Her Name!
Survivor contestant Jonny Fairplay and his longtime girlfriend, Caryn Finkbeiner, have welcomed a baby girl, Madilyn Jane, to their family, Et has learned.

The newest addition to the Fairplay family was born on May 20, weighing in at 7lbs, 10 oz. Fairplay, who is also father to 9-year-old daughter, Piper, whom he had from a previous marriage, couldn't help but gush about how excited he was about his new daughter.

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"I thought playing Survivor twice was tough, try raising two daughters," Fairplay told Et.

"I'm sending out an S.O.S. to Jeff Probst, send me back to the island!” he joked. "It's almost an immunity challenge to see who can hold Madilyn more between me, Caryn and Piper. She's healthy and beautiful and that's all we can ask for!"

Related: Exclusive 'Survivor' Finale Sneak Peek: Brad Culpepper Looks for
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Obama at A+E Networks Event: "I Still Have Not Driven a Car"

Former President Barack Obama appeared at an A+E Networks event on Thursday (April 27) in Manhattan, one of his first public appearances since leaving office last January. The former president posed for pictures with attendees of the "History Makers" lunch at The Pierre Hotel on the Upper East Side. He delivered remarks about the need to do the "hard work" of reconciliation instead of taking the "easy" route toward the politics of exclusion and "nationalism."

He also joked that he has a backlog of A+E series Pawn Stars and Storage Wars on his DVR.

He then sat for a 90-minute discussion with presidential historian Doris...
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