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  1. Studio: Kermit actor fired for 'unacceptable' conduct

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    NEW YORK — The Muppets Studio is blaming "unacceptable business conduct" for its dismissal of Steve Whitmire as the longtime performer of Kermit the Frog.

    In this July 11, 2015, file photo, Kermit the Frog, left, and puppeteer Steve Whitmire attend "The Muppets" panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International in San Diego. The Muppets Studio is blaming "unacceptable business conduct" for its dismissal of Whitmire as the longtime performer of Kermit the Frog. [Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision/AP, File]
  2. 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Westworld' lead the Emmy nominations with 22 nods each

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    Saturday Night Live, powered by madcap skits skewering the Trump administration, earned 22 Emmy Award nominations, including bids for Alec Baldwin's florid portrayal of the president and Melissa McCarthy's manic, gender-busting take on press secretary Sean Spicer.

    This image released by HBO shows Anthony Hopkins in a scene from, "Westworld." The program was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series.  (HBO via AP)
  3. Lurking Back: Dr. Paul Bearer creeps out the St. Creaturesburg Times (March 29, 1978)

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    WTOG-44 was different in the 70's and 80's. They didn't have a giant corporation providing them with the same television shows that every city in America had. They had to fill their broadcast with content produced here in Tampa Bay and, much like every small TV station in America, they realized that a cheap way to fill …

    Dr. Paul Bearer (aka Dick Bennick) rehearses at the WTOG Ch. 44 studios in St. Petersburg.

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  4. What MTV's 'Siesta Key' has to do with 1-800-Ask-Gary

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    SIESTA KEY — Nestled along the No. 1 beach in America, between ramshackle beach huts and vacation cabins, is an imposing beige marble mansion.

    This home on Siesta Key owned by Gary Kompothecras of 1-800-ASK GARY fame — where his son lives — is the site of most of the action on MTV’s new young-adult reality show Siesta Key.
  5. Two Asian-American actors exit 'Hawaii Five-0,' highlighting TV's racial wage gap

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    When Hawaii Five-0 returns to CBS this fall, it'll be short two original cast members.

    From left, Chi McBride, Grace Park, Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Cann and Daniel Dae Kim star in  HAWAII FIVE-0. This week, Kim and Park both left the show amid rumors of unsuccessful salary negotiations with CBS. (CBS)
  6. Maria Menounos leaving E! News after brain tumor diagnosis

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    E! News anchor Maria Menounos has revealed she learned she had a brain tumor while caring for her mother, who has stage 4 brain cancer.

    Maria Menounos attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Live By Night" at TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan. 9 in Hollywood. It was revealed Monday that Menounos had a brain tumor. [Getty Images]
  7. Review: 'GLOW' showcases campy '80s ladies wrestling at its best

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    Like Tears for Fears croons in the 1985 classic, something happens in GLOW and then you're head over heels for this new Netflix series.

    Alison Brie plays Ruth Wilder, a woman struggling to make it in the acting business, in GLOW.
  8. I went skateboarding once with Kevin Bacon's dad

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    In a city full of intriguing people, few were more so than Ed Bacon, the tall, lanky, one-eyed, then 92-year-old retired Philadelphia city planner who once called me with a plan to get arrested.

    Howard Altman, then a reporter with the Philadelphia City Paper, talks with Ed Bacon in October 2002.
  9. 9 TV shows set in Florida but not Miami, like 'Claws' in Manatee County

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    The ladies of Manatee County are coming to a TV screen near you this weekend.

    The Florida-set series Claws stars Niecy Nash, center, as the owner of Manatee County nail salon that’s part of a money-laundering scheme.
  10. Why 'The Great British Baking Show' is the best thing on Netflix

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    It's officially TV catch-up season.

    As Chelsea Tatham writes in this week's Couch Planner, Fear the Walking Dead is back for a third season, so brush up on the first two. And, before the TV reboot starts in June, she suggests watching the movie adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist, an endeavor that …

    Follow 12 amateur bakers in their quest to be named Britain’s best. As judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood create 30 new challenges to test their skill and creativity, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are with them every step of the way