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TV Ratings: 'Duck Dynasty' Does It Again, Returns to Record 11.8

The episode hit a record 9.6 million viewers, 5.5 million of them adults 18-49. Its demo returns now rival that of most broadcast series, including NBC's The Voice. This season of Duck Dynasty was thrown in jeopardy earlier in the year when the stars of the series, the Robertson family, went into what proved to be months-long salary negotiations. Though they started production on the fourth season to ensure a summer return, contracts were only just signed -- quadrupling their previous compensation and locking them in for multiple seasons, should A&E want to keep the ratings juggernaut around. Thanks to its authentic and engaging characters Duck Dynasty has become more than just a reality show, it is a cultural phenomenon, said A&E GM and executive vp David McKillop. <br>Source:

Reality TV star Gia Allemand dies at age 29

According to that statement, Allemand was at her home in New Orleans on Monday when she was found by her boyfriend, New Orleans Pelicans player Ryan Anderson, following an apparent suicide attempt. Anderson called 911 and emergency medical crews arrived on the scene shortly afterward. She was taken to University Hospital and remained unconscious in critical condition and on life support. The statement, released Wednesday, said, "Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today." Allemand's mother, along with her boyfriend and friends, were at her bedside when she died. Allemand started modeling at a young age, starring in Johnson & Johnson ads and appearing as a Gerber Baby. She later rose to fame as one of the contestants during the 2010-2011 seasons of "The Bachelor" and "Bachelor Pad." More recently, she worked as a Pure Barre instructor in New Orleans and worked on raising awareness about rescuing homeless pets. Jake Pavelka, who was the "Bachelor" during Allemand's time on the show, tweeted after hearing the news on Wednesday: "I had to pull over, I can't stop crying. <br>Source:

Talking TV: 'Orange Is the New Black' is the new hot

Stone tablets vanished because new media emerged that could store information more efficiently. The same will happen to printed daily news. Photo taken on March 2, 2011 shows CEO of German publishing giant Axel Springer, Mathias Doepfner as he addresses journalists during the company's annual results press conference in Berlin. Axel Springer AG said on July 25, 2013 it would sell regional newspapers, TV programme guides and women's magazines for 920 million Euros ($1.2 billion) to Funke Mediengruppe. (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife) In a 2010 Presidents Lecture at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership , Axel Springer AGs CEO Mathias Dopfner compared the rapid development of tablets and mobile phones. <br>Source:

Austrian TV Anchor Armin Wolf On Newspapers' Impending Demise In 2034

Although streaming creates competition in an already competitive marketplace, luring away millions of customers, the growing popularity of streaming services has created a greater demand for fastermore expensiveInternet speeds. So, ironically, cord-cutting can be good news for cable providers. This may end up being a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul, but it could also be an innovative business decision. Especially if cable television someday switches to an a la carte business model. The International Dimension Readers outside North America may be scratching their heads at this point. Many countries citizens mainly experience free TV, delivered digitally over the air, rather than via cable or satellite. <br>Source:

Future::media - Why Tomorrow's Cable Might Not Include TV

Cop. Killer." Just another player in the crowded genre of "Gee, it's tough to be a straight white man." Or, as it has come to be known, "prestige television." The blooming of high-quality serialized fiction on television has hit critical mass, luring writers, directors and stars from the screen formerly known as big and generally driving cocktail and cultural conversation in every medium and demographic. ( Sundance recently debuted "The Writers' Room," a television show about making television shows, which is more than a little snake-eats-tail alarming.) TV is the new quiche, the new black, the new hit single. INTERACTIVE: Fall 2013 TV preview Yet even as the tone, structure and delivery system of the medium diversify, the industry definition of Good Television, as in important, award-winning television, remains infuriatingly narrow. Drama trumps comedy, male trumps female, most everyone is white and someone needs to get killed or commit adultery by the second scene at least. <br>Source:,0,6197652.story

Can women break the antihero's hold on TV?

Television just does not get any more experimental than that. And, as Mary McNamara and Yvonne Villarreal discuss in this week's Talking TV video, "Orange Is the New Black" proves precisely why experiments are so important. Lacking the A-list hype (Kevin Spacey! Robin Wright!) surrounding "House of Cards" and the anticipatory lovefest that led up to the resurrection of "Arrested Development," Jenji Kohan's adaptation of Piper Kerman's memoir, also called "Orange Is the New kim kardashian full tape Black," not only seems buzzier than both those shows combined, it's way more important. INTERACTIVE: Fall 2013 TV preview Not only is there a female lead, still a rarity on shows with "prestige" ambitions, but it also has an all-woman cast of breathtaking diversity and dimension. Characters of every shape, race and background offer endless narrative possibility, and what starts off in familiar territory quickly takes viewers into a whole other kind of television, website says McNamara. Kohan, who made her name on "Weeds," is not kim kardashian clothing just a maestro of counterintuitive female characters, she also knows how to construct and market a show, Villarreal points out, by using flashbacks to overcome the story's intrinsic claustrophobia and Twitter to create a conversation without the traditional broadcast time line. <br>Source:,0,1323716.story

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