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A&E reinstates Phil Robertson after brief suspension for anti-gay remarks – but will Duck Dynasty ratings now sink or soar?
A&E landed in the middle of America’s culture wars when Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson sounded off on gays and the Bible. The channel quickly found there was no safe ground.
It was pilloried for allowing a man who equated gays with hell-bound sinners like adulterers to have a national TV stage. Then it was excoriated for giving him the hook.
With A&E’s decision Friday to bring Robertson back to its most-watched show, it remains to be seen if it can mend fences with both sides — or at least with those viewers who hold opposing views.

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A&E reinstates Phil Robertson after brief suspension for anti-gay remarks – but will Duck Dynasty ratings now sink or soar?

A&E landed in the middle of America’s culture wars when Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson sounded off on gays and the Bible. The channel quickly found there was no safe ground.

It was pilloried for allowing a man who equated gays with hell-bound sinners like adulterers to have a national TV stage. Then it was excoriated for giving him the hook.

With A&E’s decision Friday to bring Robertson back to its most-watched show, it remains to be seen if it can mend fences with both sides — or at least with those viewers who hold opposing views.

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Duck Dynasty: A mirror into the conservative heart of America, or just good television?The search for the Deeper Meaning of Duck Dynasty has taken the chin-scratchers to a few places. To start, there is the redneck thing. The series taps into the zeitgeist of all things y’all, from popular series like Swamp Hunters (not to be confused with Swamp People), Cajun Pawn Stars and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo to the baffling success of comedians like Larry the Cable Guy. The Robertsons, with their long hair and beards, stars-and-stripes headbands, and unabashed love of the woods and of shooting the things that live in them, cheerfully play up the stereotype. (And quite possibly exaggerate it: There are suggestions that the family wasn’t as nearly as southern fried until they realized how well it played on TV.)There’s also a theory that Duck Dynasty signals the American embrace of good, clean family fun. The Robertsons are a God-fearing bunch, and prayers before meals are a staple. As an editorial in the Baptist Press put it last week, “In an entertainment culture thick with the stench of sexual innuendo and the foul odor of every dysfunction imaginable, Duck Dynasty is a breath of fresh air. The content is clean and features a close-knit intact family who are unapologetic about their Christian faith.” (Photo: A&E)

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Duck Dynasty: A mirror into the conservative heart of America, or just good television?
The search for the Deeper Meaning of Duck Dynasty has taken the chin-scratchers to a few places. To start, there is the redneck thing. The series taps into the zeitgeist of all things y’all, from popular series like Swamp Hunters (not to be confused with Swamp People), Cajun Pawn Stars and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo to the baffling success of comedians like Larry the Cable Guy. The Robertsons, with their long hair and beards, stars-and-stripes headbands, and unabashed love of the woods and of shooting the things that live in them, cheerfully play up the stereotype. (And quite possibly exaggerate it: There are suggestions that the family wasn’t as nearly as southern fried until they realized how well it played on TV.)

There’s also a theory that Duck Dynasty signals the American embrace of good, clean family fun. The Robertsons are a God-fearing bunch, and prayers before meals are a staple. As an editorial in the Baptist Press put it last week, “In an entertainment culture thick with the stench of sexual innuendo and the foul odor of every dysfunction imaginable, Duck Dynasty is a breath of fresh air. The content is clean and features a close-knit intact family who are unapologetic about their Christian faith.” (Photo: A&E)

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Former Bachelor contestant Gia Allemand dead at age 29

The reality TV star was taken off life support on Wednesday following a suicide attempt, reports claim. MORE HERE: natpo.st/16lD5Vf

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Patriotic challenges we would like to see featured on The Amazing Race Canada

With our vast array of geographical landscapes and climates, from the Prairies to the Maritimes, to our diverse cultural traditions, from eating seal hearts to poutine, there’s enough diversity here to rival any of the exotic locales and competitions found on the original series. Here’s a few ideas for contests that could only happen here: natpo.st/SKFsHF

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Public enemy No. 1: Flavor Flav arrested following domestic altercation
Never mind the bass, how low can Flavor Flav go?
The Associated Press is reporting that the Public Enemy rapper and reality TV star was arrested at 3:30 a.m. this morning at his Las Vegas home following an alleged domestic dispute with his fiancée and assaulting a teenager, who may be his fiancée’s son, with a knife. Las Vegas police say no one was harmed in the incident. Flavor Flav (real name William Drayton Jr.) is being held at a Las Vegas jail on $23,000 bail for charges of assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor domestic violence.

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Public enemy No. 1: Flavor Flav arrested following domestic altercation

Never mind the bass, how low can Flavor Flav go?

The Associated Press is reporting that the Public Enemy rapper and reality TV star was arrested at 3:30 a.m. this morning at his Las Vegas home following an alleged domestic dispute with his fiancée and assaulting a teenager, who may be his fiancée’s son, with a knife. Las Vegas police say no one was harmed in the incident. Flavor Flav (real name William Drayton Jr.) is being held at a Las Vegas jail on $23,000 bail for charges of assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor domestic violence.

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Survivor is back!
And Maryam Siddiqi is recapping! Click the cast photo above to read her thoughts on the show’s Wednesday night premiere!

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Survivor is back!

And Maryam Siddiqi is recapping! Click the cast photo above to read her thoughts on the show’s Wednesday night premiere!

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Phil Phillips wins American Idol!
Phillips beat out pint-sized singer Jessica Sanchez to be crowned the winner of American Idol 2012. Read our recap to find out how it all shook down!

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Phil Phillips wins American Idol!

Phillips beat out pint-sized singer Jessica Sanchez to be crowned the winner of American Idol 2012. Read our recap to find out how it all shook down!

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Simon Cowell’s new show will find the world’s greatest DJ
Cowell, who’s been developing this show for over a year now, calls DJs  the “new rock stars” and says that the show will capture the trendy rise  of “the “DJ phenomena.” The show, which doesn’t have a title yet, will  operate similarly to the X Factor.

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Simon Cowell’s new show will find the world’s greatest DJ

Cowell, who’s been developing this show for over a year now, calls DJs the “new rock stars” and says that the show will capture the trendy rise of “the “DJ phenomena.” The show, which doesn’t have a title yet, will operate similarly to the X Factor.

Survivor’s Rupert Boneham running for Governor in IndianaRemember Rupert Boneham from Survivor? Boneham, a mentor for troubled teens, first appeared  on Survivor: Pearl Islands in 2003 (and stole everybody’s shoes in the first episode) and then followed up with appearances on Survivor: All Stars and Survivor: Heroes and Villains. Now he’s running for the governor of Indiana as a Libertarian. From the Indiana Daily Student: “It’s time for a change in Indiana,” Boneham said. “Hoosiers have consistently voted in professional politicians, and look at the results. Hoosiers should have a different choice in 2012.” (Photo: CBS)

Survivor’s Rupert Boneham running for Governor in Indiana
Remember Rupert Boneham from Survivor? Boneham, a mentor for troubled teens, first appeared  on Survivor: Pearl Islands in 2003 (and stole everybody’s shoes in the first episode) and then followed up with appearances on Survivor: All Stars and Survivor: Heroes and Villains. Now he’s running for the governor of Indiana as a Libertarian.

From the Indiana Daily Student: “It’s time for a change in Indiana,” Boneham said. “Hoosiers have consistently voted in professional politicians, and look at the results. Hoosiers should have a different choice in 2012.” (Photo: CBS)

Abercrombie to The Situation: We’ll pay you to stop wearing our clothesIn a move that could result in a spike in revenue for Ed Hardy, U.S. clothing manufacturer Abercrombie and Fitch has requested that Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino stop wearing its clothing — and will pay to ensure this happens.“We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino’s association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image.” (MTV)

Abercrombie to The Situation: We’ll pay you to stop wearing our clothes
In a move that could result in a spike in revenue for Ed Hardy, U.S. clothing manufacturer Abercrombie and Fitch has requested that Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino stop wearing its clothing — and will pay to ensure this happens.

“We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino’s association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image.” (MTV)

Donald Trump says he’s not running for presidentDonald Trump announced Monday he won’t run for the U.S. presidency in 2012, after all. The New York real estate tycoon made the announcement Monday after months of teasing the American public and toying with the nation’s political media by musing he was serious about challenging for the Republican presidential nomination."I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half-heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.” (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Donald Trump says he’s not running for president
Donald Trump announced Monday he won’t run for the U.S. presidency in 2012, after all. The New York real estate tycoon made the announcement Monday after months of teasing the American public and toying with the nation’s political media by musing he was serious about challenging for the Republican presidential nomination.

"I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half-heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.” (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

American Idol to tweak voting systemAmerican Idol producers said on Wednesday they are considering tweaking the voting system on the top-rated TV contest to correct a bias toward male contestants by the show’s largely female audience.But any changes are unlikely to take effect this season, which has already seen the early exit of four female finalists, including presumed front-runner Pia Toscano.“We are aware very much that the voting could quite possibly be skewed toward the boys,” executive producer Ken Warwick told reporters in a conference call.

American Idol to tweak voting system
American Idol producers said on Wednesday they are considering tweaking the voting system on the top-rated TV contest to correct a bias toward male contestants by the show’s largely female audience.

But any changes are unlikely to take effect this season, which has already seen the early exit of four female finalists, including presumed front-runner Pia Toscano.

“We are aware very much that the voting could quite possibly be skewed toward the boys,” executive producer Ken Warwick told reporters in a conference call.

Genre’s demise hastened as ABC pulls All My Children and One Life To LiveSurprise. Betrayal. Loss. In many ways, ABC’s announcement Thursday that it will cancel two long-running daytime soap operas embodies the drama that hooked viewers on their plot lines for decades.After 40 years on the air, All My Children will be cut from the major broadcast network in September. One Life To Live’s last episode will air in January 2012. They will be replaced by shows about food, weight loss and personal finance, ABC executives said, filling the timeslots loyal fans have all but carved into their schedules.The decline of the soap has coincided with the rise of reality TV and prime-time drama. And as more and more women -their target audience -go to work and get older, advertisers aren’t as eager to buy afternoon airtime.Photo: Brittany Allen, Christina Bennett Lind, and Alicia Minshew in a scene from All My Children. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Genre’s demise hastened as ABC pulls All My Children and One Life To Live
Surprise. Betrayal. Loss. In many ways, ABC’s announcement Thursday that it will cancel two long-running daytime soap operas embodies the drama that hooked viewers on their plot lines for decades.

After 40 years on the air, All My Children will be cut from the major broadcast network in September. One Life To Live’s last episode will air in January 2012. They will be replaced by shows about food, weight loss and personal finance, ABC executives said, filling the timeslots loyal fans have all but carved into their schedules.

The decline of the soap has coincided with the rise of reality TV and prime-time drama. And as more and more women -their target audience -go to work and get older, advertisers aren’t as eager to buy afternoon airtime.

Photo: Brittany Allen, Christina Bennett Lind, and Alicia Minshew in a scene from All My Children. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)