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'Dancing with the Stars': Meet the season 19 competitors

ABC has announced the next group of celebrities who will be taking over the dance floor for season 19 of Dancing with the Stars. The cast features celebrities on both ends of the age spectrum, like 17-year-old Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson and 72-year-old fashion designer Betsey Johnson. The show also introduced a new career category, with the first digital star ever on the series: YouTuber Bethany Mota. Of course, there’s also the usual mix of athletes and actors, including Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennet (You go, Glen Coco Aaron Samuels) and Alfonso Ribeiro, a.k.a. Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a.k.a. a guy who already has a dance move named after him.

“There still is no shortage of who wants to do this show,” show runner Rob Wade tells EW. “It’s not just about name value or something like that. It’s about the stories you can tell with these casts. We want to be original and different. We want archetypes, not stereotypes, going in.”

Here’s the full list of the 13 celebrities competing and their partners: READ FULL STORY

'Duck Dynasty': Willie and Korie Robertson line up Fox News interview

The Robertson family has been keeping silent since the brief suspension of patriarch Phil Robertson from A&E’s popular reality TV series Duck Dynasty, but that silence will soon be broken.

Fox News announced Monday that Willie and Korie Robertson will participate in the network’s “All-American New Year” special, during which they’ll be interviewed by Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

'Duck Dynasty': A&E lifts suspension on Phil Robertson


The standoff is over: A&E announced today that it will resume production on its hit show Duck Dynasty with Phil Robertson.

Production will resume later this spring. The network released this statement today: “As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.

“That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the ‘coarse language’ he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would ‘never incite or encourage hate.’ We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.


'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson stands by his comments: 'I will not back off from my path'

If anyone thought Phil Robertson would back down from the comments that got him suspended from A&E’s Duck Dynasty, they were sorely mistaken.

After igniting a cultural firestorm by talking about the “sin” of homosexuality in an interview with GQ, Robertson invited the U.K.’s Daily Mail to sit in on his Bible study Sunday, during which he further defended his beliefs.

“I will not give or back off from my path. … We murder each other, and we steal from one another, sex and immorality goes ballistic,” he said during the West Monroe, Louisiana, Bible study, which he led. “All the diseases that just so happened to follow sexual mischief…boy there are some microbes running around now,” he said, adding, “Sexual sins are numerous and many. I have a few myself. So what is your safest course of action? If you’re a man, find yourself a woman, marry them and keep your sex right there.”

He continued: “Common sense says we are not going to procreate the human race unless we have a man and a woman.”

'Duck Dynasty': Louisiana lt. governor fights for tourism cash cow

Louisiana’s lieutenant governor says the Duck Dynasty reality TV show is important to state tourism — and he could help connect the Robertson family with new producers if they cannot reach an agreement with the A&E network.

The network suspended patriarch Phil Robertson last week for telling GQ magazine that gays are sinners akin to adulterers and swindlers.

“I’m sure a lot of people found the comments offensive. There’s no question about that,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said Sunday. “The point is he has an opinion and has a set of beliefs and is entitled to those without jeopardizing what has become an extremely popular show across America.”

Dardenne, who authored the state’s film and TV tax credit program, said he wasn’t talking about anything that would cost the state money or would require work by people in his office — just his own personal contacts with people in the industry.

In a statement emailed over the weekend, he wrote, “Regardless of one’s views on Phil Robertson’s statements, Duck Dynasty has been an important representation of the state of Louisiana, inspiring prospective visitors and investors since its debut.”

'Duck Dynasty': Crisis experts weigh in

Crisis experts say A&E should come forward and better address the future of Duck Dynasty, its multi-million franchise that has been in the crosshairs of advocacy groups over anti-gay and racist comments made by family patriarch Phil Robertson.

“A&E did react quickly with the suspension, but it leaves you hanging a bit with what’s next,” says James Bates of Sitrick and Co., a Los Angeles-based crisis firm. “Then the family stood its ground. It looks like they are at an impasse now.”

After Robertson’s quotes about gays and African-Americans went viral, A&E announced that the 67-year-old old star of the net’s most-watched reality show was placed on indefinite hiatus. The statement made no mention of how it will impact the show’s season four return on Jan. 15, though a spokesman has told reporters that Duck Dynasty will return — it just won’t shoot more episodes with Phil Robertson. Nine of the planned 10 episodes have already been filmed and will feature the patriarch.


'Duck Dynasty' ignites culture war as boycott looms


For a moment, things were getting better. Republicans and Democrats awkwardly joined hands, grumbling, to pass the first divided-Congress budget deal in nearly three decades this week. Partisans howled, yet rival factions took care of business despite enormous differences with minimal drama. The grand canyon of America’s political divide seemed to narrow, at least by a few inches, for a few days.

Then this happened.

Phil Robertson’s homophobic and weirdly genital-fixated comments in GQ. His non-apology defense suggesting he’s not bigoted because he loves people. A&E’s suspenseful pregnant pause as the hours ticked by on Wednesday. And then a network response that went beyond what anybody expected: Booting Robertson from the show “indefinitely.”

The decision shocked and impressed progressives accustomed to networks moving slow and hesitant when faced with such nerve-wracking and profit-endangering controversies. There was no waffling amid water-testing statements like with Food Network and Paula Dean, or MSNBC with Martin Bashir or Alec Baldwin. Just boom – you’re gone.

And then … holy duck … did all hell break loose. A&E’s decision infuriated certain Duck supporters: How dare A&E punish Phil for merely quoting scripture and speaking his mind? A Fox News reporter accused “anti-straight groups” of attacking Robertson. Sarah Palin slammed A&E for being against free speech. A “Boycott A&E” Facebook page has racked up 500,000 Likes. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal threw in his support, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz chimed in.

The seeds of this have been buried for years. Rural work-based reality shows skew extremely right-wing. It was probably only a matter of time before the star of one these titles publicly collided with the more progressive attitudes of the show’s network. That this happened with Duck Dynasty, a series regularly setting cable TV rating records, makes the conflict all the more ground-shaking. READ FULL STORY

'Duck Dynasty' Christmas special: See a clip -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

If you’re a member of the Robertson clan on Duck Dynasty, you don’t just buy your Christmas ham from the West Monroe Walmart. In fact, you don’t go to the grocery store at all.

In the show’s upcoming hour-long Christmas special, airing on A&E on Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET, family patriarch Phil takes Miss Kay and Jessica for a hunting trip to catch a hog for the family’s Christmas dinner, and… he immediately regrets that decision. Memo to amateur hunters: No high-fiving while hunting with Phil. And put that iPhone away too!

Check out the clip below:

First Look: 'Duck Dynasty' duo visits 'Last Man Standing' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Willie and Si Robertson are taking their camouflage to the small screen.

EW has an exclusive first look at The Duck Dynasty stars’ acting debut on the upcoming season premiere of Last Man Standing. Willie and Si will play Brody and Uncle Ray, two patrons of The Outdoor Man Store where Mandy’s boyfriend Kyle works. Brody and Uncle Ray are suiting up for their annual moose hunting expedition. No ducks are scheduled to appear … that we know of.

Check out an additional image of the Duck Dynasty duo’s appearance below: READ FULL STORY

'Duck Dynasty' finale ratings beat 'American Idol'


Maybe the Duck Dynasty guys should judge American Idol.

A&E’s docu-soap phenomenon shattered previous ratings records for its Wednesday night finale. The episode following the Robertson clan to Hawaii delivered 9.6 million viewers and a 4.3 adults 18-49 rating.

That rating makes Duck Dynasty the highest-rated show last night — and not just on cable. The number is bigger than CBS’ Survivor (2.9) and bigger than Fox’s American Idol (3.3). As you can see, the fight wasn’t even close.

Duck Dynasty, along with AMC’s The Walking Dead, represent small-yet-growing number of cable shows that can overthrow the heavy hitters on broadcast. Season three of Duck Dynasty averaged 8.4 million total viewers (up 95% versus season 2) and 4.8 million adults 18-49 (up 92%), making it cable’s top-rated reality series this year, and the No. 2 original series overall behind only The Walking Dead.

Fox’s American Idol has suffered a rather dramatic ratings decline this season, though last night’s episode was basically on par with the previous week. The once-unbeatable franchise has endured several ratings indignities of late, such as getting topped by repeats of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. Being trounced by a cable show is now added to the list, but that’s hardly a unique badge of dishonor this season.

'Duck Dynasty' season finale heads to Hawaii -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGES

After a season of lizards, beards, Louisiana, and a lot of money, the Duck Dynasty clan is going to Hawaii. Aloha, Robertsons! (That’s the episode title.) In the third season finale of A&E’s massively successful reality series, the family heads off for a vacation — there’s an itinerary and everything. Surfing! Massages! Willie maybe almost drowns; Uncle Si maybe falls in love with the seasonal clothing.

Take a look at three more exclusive images from the finale, plus a bonus clip, below.


'Duck Dynasty' return scores huge ratings after Morrissey protest


Heaven knows, Morrissey is miserable now.

A&E’s pro-hunting hit Duck Dynasty returned Wednesday night to record ratings. The season three premiere delivered 8.6 million viewers.

That’s huge. It’s not only the most-watched Duck Dynasty episode ever, it’s A&E’s most-watched telecast ever and ranks as cable’s biggest reality show telecast so far this year. The 10 p.m. episode (the first of two back-to-back airings) was up 132 percent vs. the second season premiere. In fact, Dynasty had a 4.0 rating among adults 18-49, just barely edging out Fox’s American Idol and ABC’s Modern Family (both 3.9) in the nationals and winning the night. (More on that Idol vs. Modern Family fight).

The return of Duck Dynasty benefited from an unexpected gift-from-the-PR-gods when British singer and animal rights activist Morrissey cancelled his planned Feb. 26 performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live at the last minute in protest of the Duck Dynasty stars appearing the same episode. Morrissey called the show’s stars — who own a family business that makes products for hunters — “animal serial killers.” READ FULL STORY

The gift that keeps on giving: EW's Christmas Eve TV marathon guide

Image Credit: TBS

Image Credit: TBS

This holiday season, we’re presenting you with the gift that keeps on giving… a guide to Christmas Eve TV marathons. From TBS’ annual 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon (this year marks the marathon’s 15th anniversary) to Bravo’s 11 hours of The Real Housewives of Orange County (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), there’s something out there for holiday purists and holiday Grinches alike.

High Holiday
In addition to TBS’ 24-hour Christmas Story fest, starting at 8 p.m., AMC has lined up a full day of holiday programming from 9:15 a.m. to tomorrow at 2 a.m. With specials including All I Want for Christmas, A Christmas Carol, and Miracle on 34th Street, you’ll be able to fulfill your yuletide quota in a single sitting. Over at ABC Family — a.k.a. Christmas central — The Santa Clause trilogy starring Tim Allen will be broadcast from 3 to 9 p.m. The only thing the films are missing is a sage advice-doling, wisecracking neighbor. Allen’s character Scott Calvin could have really used a Wilson during the man-to-Santa transition period.

Odd Jobs
On your long-deserved day off, it’s only fitting that you watch reality shows about unconventional jobs. If you’re in the mood for “Chinese turkey,” join the duck party on A&E. Catch up on Duck Dynastythe network’s most popular show — with this mini-marathon from 8 p.m. to tomorrow at 4 a.m. The wealthy Christian family of Louisiana woodworkers are akin to the holy family, after all. It may be too early to get drunk, but you can live vicariously through your favorite Moonshiners on Discovery from 9 a.m. to tomorrow at 3 a.m. To prepare yourself to receive that rare antique gift tomorrow, watch 20 hours worth of History’s Pawn Stars (beginning at 8 a.m.), about your favorite 24-hour pawn shop. If these jobs aren’t quirky enough for your taste, TLC is offering a 13-hour marathon (from 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.) of Long Island Medium. The special also includes a catch-up session with past clients, an audience Q&A, and new footage from past episodes. Okay, so a pastry chef isn’t an odd job, but Cake Boss will be a treat in between the Southern booze and blues. Watch Buddy and the crew whip up delicious concoctions from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on TLC.

Police Procedurals
For a full day of maniacal merriment, flip to TNT for The Mentalist from 12 to 8 p.m. or USA for NCIS from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s a tough call between these two crime procedurals so you have to ask yourself, “Am I in the mood for Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) or Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly)?” Both tough, steely men are softies at heart, so you can’t go wrong.

Our Picks
For the game lover: After a Minute to Win It marathon from 8 a.m. to  6 p.m., GSN will air six straight hours of Family Feud. What better way to bond with your brood over the holidays than by watching other families make fools of themselves on national TV? You’ll more intelligent after an hour of programming.

For the science fiction lover: Science’s Firefly spree from 7 a.m. to tomorrow at 2 a.m. is the way to go. Make sure to have a pen and paper handy to jot down some of those Chinese profanities.

For the sitcom lover: Sure, she may have recently gone nuts, but Roseanne Barr was historical in Roseanne. Catch the Conners on WE from 10 a.m. to tomorrow at 5:30 a.m.

For the history buff: Before watching Quentin Tarantino’s revenge fantasy/slave drama Django Unchained (in theaters Christmas day), check out the miniseries Roots on BET from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. for a more historically-accurate take.

For the voyeurs: If watching people squirm is your pastime, then Undercover Boss (11 a.m. to tomorrow at 2 a.m. on DFH) is the TV marathon for you. You might want to keep it to a minimum though or you’ll be paranoid all day at work come Dec. 26.

Read more:
‘Rudolph,’ ‘Charlie Brown,’ and ‘The Grinch': Will the great American trilogy of Christmas specials work on a newcomer?
EW’s Holiday Playlist — Christmas Cheers and Tears: Stream it here
12 must-see holiday TV specials: Your viewing guide for the season


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