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'Big Shrimpin' Premiere: An Infected Foot Sends Jonathan to Hospital (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 18th 2011 6:30AM
'Big Shrimpin' S01/E01Frankly, any show that includes the line "Oooh, look at that pus stream!" followed by graphic scenes from the ER, isn't really our cup of tea first thing in the morning, which is why this clip comes with a !!!GORE ALERT!!! advisory. Watch with caution and a strong stomach.

However, for the guys on 'Big Shrimpin' (Thurs., 10PM ET on History) hideous, oozing pustules on your feet are apparently just something you get used to.

'Miss Ashleigh' deckhand Jonathan has a real problem. He's got massive, seriously infected blisters on his foot. His crew mate wisely suggests he puts a bandage on his foot "In case that shrimp juice gets down in your boot or something." To make sure Jonathan understands just how serious the situation is, he adds, "You get that poison in that foot you'd be losing your foot."

Thankfully, common sense prevails and Jonathan goes to the hospital where -- in a true case of TMI! -- he gets his infected foot treated.

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Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe Join Bill Paxton and Kevin Costner in 'The Hatfields and McCoys'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 31st 2011 8:00AM
Tom BerengerThe History Channel is putting this summer's 'Kennedys' debacle behind it and is busy assembling a starry cast for its latest original drama project.

According to Variety, Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe and Mare Winningham have signed on for roles in History's upcoming mini-series 'The Hatfields and McCoys: An American Vendetta.'

They join previously announced leads Bill Paxton (Randall McCoy) and Kevin Costner (Anse Hatfield) in the period piece, which follows the bloody 13-year feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families.

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Riding Shotgun on a Stagecoach on 'Top Shot' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 10th 2011 8:40AM
'Top Shot'It was like watching a good old-fashioned cowboy movie on 'Top Shot' (Tue., 10PM ET on HIST) this week.

Sharpshooters Amanda and Mark faced off in the elimination round, which featured that old movie stuntman favorite: Shooting from a stagecoach as it barrels downhill at speed.

As they rode atop the stagecoach, which was driven by a guy wearing a black stetson and red kerchief (natch) and pulled by four white horse, they fired at targets on the side of the path.

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Massive 'Stark Trek' Collection for Sale on 'Pawn Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 2nd 2011 6:19AM
'Pawn Stars'Hardcore 'Star Trek' fans had to be salivating at the collection that walked into the shop on 'Pawn Stars' (Mon., 10PM ET on History). The owner had a massive collection of figures of varying sizes, and many of them were signed by the stars of the various shows and movies.

Corey brought in an expert to appraise it after hearing the $14,000 opening offer from the seller. After the appraisal came in at $8-9,000, the negotiations began.

The owner tried playing on Corey's sympathy by telling him he has a wedding to pay for, but Corey wasn't playing that game. "It's not my issue, man," he said. "You can get married for 99 cents in the Prius right down the street."

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'Top Gear' Trying to Replace Trucks With Cars, Tests Hauling Manure (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 25th 2011 5:59AM
'Top Gear' season 2 premiereThe hosts of the American version of 'Top Gear' (Sun., 10PM ET on History) decided to see how much manure regular cars could haul for their Season Premiere. Why do this?

Well, no matter what anyone might want you to believe, it was so they could pour steaming piles of manure onto each other.

The idea was to find a more fuel-efficient replacement for the sturdy pick-up truck, so they put three regular cars through a series of tests. On a budget of $2,000, each of the guys made their choice, but only one would be the ultimate replacement.

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Rick Surprises the Old Man With a '57 Chevy for His 70th Birthday on 'Pawn Stars' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 12th 2011 5:15PM
Rick buys the Old Man a '57 Chevy on 'Pawn Stars'Rick Harrison is used to picking up old items on 'Pawn Stars' (Mondays, 10PM on History Channel). Usually, they're a lot smaller than the '57 Chevy 150 he bought for the Old Man, his father Richard Harrison, who's part owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas where the show takes place.

Rick did a good job of setting up the surprise. As they walked through the shop where the car was being held, Richard said, "Rick, there's some nice cars here. You could have got me one for my birthday," and called him a "cheap ass" for only springing for biscuits and gravy. But when they rounded a corner, they were met by a couple dozen people, bunches of balloons, and the classic car, beautifully restored.

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The Lucifer Gator Attacks in Devil's Swamp on 'Swamp People' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 17th 2011 2:51AM
swamp people lucifer gatorThe good ol' boys of 'Swamp People' (Thu., 9PM ET on HIST) came face to face with the big, bad "Lucifer Gator" on a thick and creepy bog they call "the Devil's Swamp."

After swashing around in the murky water for six hours, the hunters finally came upon their dangerous target, a giant gator that had earned the nickname, "The King of the Underworld."

While most of us would have hightailed it out of there after spying a giant gator named after the devil, the Swamp People looked the beast in the eye, grabbed a shotgun and pulled the trigger.

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Mitchell Has a Close Call Hunting Frogs, on 'Swamp People' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 27th 2011 8:30AM
The Guist BrothersBrothers Glenn and Mitchell Guist live in Conway Bayou, La. and as we saw on 'Swamp People' (Thu., 9PM ET on History) they're master hunters.

The Guists are Cajuns, and they were taught to live off the land by their dad. So, if the fish in Conway Bayou aren't biting, they'll catch something else for dinner. This week they were out hunting for frogs at night, which is when Mitchell had a close call in the dark.

The brothers need at least 12 frogs for a decent meal, so when Mitchell sees a plump juicy one he leaps out of the boat to follow it into the swamp and quickly disappears into the darkeness. When he doesn't return, Glenn calls out for him. For a few heartpounding moments there is silence, and Glenn starts to really worry.

Suddenly Mitchell reappears, but he's empty-handed and not happy about it. "I ain't seen but one frog and he got away from me." He admits that "It's real easy to get lost in the swamp at night 'cause everything in one way looks the same."

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Kevin Costner Books TV Gig, Nancy Grace Quits and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 25th 2011 2:00PM
Kevin CostnerKevin Costner is heading to the History Channel. Costner will produce and star in a new miniseries, 'The Hatfields and McCoys.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Costner will play Anse Hatfield. The series will retell the tale of the bloody feud between the two families. It's set to air next year, the 150th anniversary of the infamous clash.

"'The Hatfields & McCoys' is a classic tale of American history," Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager of History, said in a statement. "These are names that are widely recognized, yet few people know the real story that made them famous."

Leslie Greif's Thinkfactory Media is behind the project.

"As an avid history fan, I am thrilled to join with Leslie Greif and History in this dramatic re-telling of a classic and timeless tale that is forever immersed in the folklore of our country," Costner said in a statement.

History recently announced 'The Bible,' a new miniseries from Mark Burnett.

In other casting news ...

Anna Kournikova will officially train contestants on next season of 'The Biggest Loser.' Trainers Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova will not be returning. [Vulture]

'Lights Out' star Billy Brown has joined the cast of 'Dexter.' Brown will play Mike Cutler, Chicago transplant who steps on some toes at Miami Metro. [THR]

Nancy Grace has quit 'Swift Justice.' Grace attributed her decision to leave the series to the shift in production from Atlanta to Los Angeles. "I am so proud of the work we have done on 'Swift Justice.' Leaving such a successful show was a tough decision, but, with the increased requirements of the production's relocation to Los Angeles, it became challenging to balance my most important job -- mother to John David and Lucy -- back home." She'll be replaced by Jackie Glass. [Entertainment Weekly]

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History Renews Larry the Cable Guy Series, Kristen Wiig Retires Gilly, Penelope From 'SNL' and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 3rd 2011 4:45PM
Larry the Cable GuyHistory has reportedly given Larry the Cable Guy the go ahead to git-r-done on a new season of 'Only in America.'

According to Entertainment Weekly, 'Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy' will return for a season 2 after 2.5 million viewers tuned in for the first season.

The series follows Larry as he travels across the country searching for unique places, people and things.

Larry previewed the new series
with our on Maggie Furlong earlier this year.

In other TV news ...

Kristen Wiig has retired two 'Saturday Night Live' characters, Gilly and Penelope. The 'SNL' actress said in a recent interview that she won't bring them back, even if Lorne Michaels personally requests them. [TIME]

'Jersey Shore' creator SallyAnn Salsano is bringing 'Love Handles' to Lifetime. The series will feature overweight couples who are working to lose weight in order to salvage their relationships and improve lives. [Hollywood Reporter]

Emily Mortimer is in talks to join Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama pilot. Mortimer is in talks to play MacKenzie, executive producer of the program Jeff Daniels' character anchors. Marisa Tomei was previously in negotiations for the role. [Deadline]

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Showtime Won't Air 'Kennedys' Miniseries Either

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 12th 2011 5:20PM
The KennedysIt's looking more and more like a direct-to-DVD release for the History Channel's controversial 'Kennedys' miniseries.

The options are narrowing for an American television debut now that Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Showtime has decided not to buy the eight-part movie about the political dynasty. After History announced it wouldn't air the miniseries, Showtime was the most buzzed-about option. Starz and FX bowed out of the running yesterday.

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'America: The Story of Us' Premiere Breaks Records for History

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 27th 2010 11:00AM
america the story of us'America: The Story of Us' is a hit for History.

Sunday's premiere of the six-part miniseries drew 5.7 million viewers to become the cable net's highest-rated special ever. The record-breaking educational series, which featured an intro by President Barack Obama, tracks 400 years of American history, from the early Jamestown settlers to the headlines of today.

"The success personifies the hunger for information and the desire to re-connect with our past," History President Nancy Dubuc said in a statement. "Ultimately there's no story more dramatic and gripping than the story of America itself.

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What's On Tonight: 'Bones,' 'Fringe,' 'Flash Forward,' 'Vampire Diaries'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 8th 2010 12:20PM
The 100th episode of 'Bones' airs tonight at 8:00 on FOX
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times are Eastern). All shows mentioned are new, except where otherwise noted.


8:00 to 9:00
  • ABC: 'FlashForward'
  • CBS: 'Survivor'
  • The CW: 'The Vampire Diaries'
  • FOX: The 100th episode of 'Bones'
  • History: 'Modern Marvels' -- The history of soft drinks
9:00 to 10:00
  • CBS: 'CSI'
  • The CW: 'Supernatural'
  • FOX: 'Fringe'
  • A&E: 'The First 48'
  • TLC: 'Police Women of Maricopa County'
10:00 to 11:00
  • CBS: 'The Mentalist'
  • NBC: Recently renewed 'The Marriage Ref'
  • A&E: 'Fugitive Chronicles'
  • Bravo: 'The Real Housewives of New York City' (aka: 'The Bethany and Jill Show')
  • Food: 'Ace of Cakes'
  • Lifetime: 'Project Runway'
  • MTV: 'Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew'
  • Showtime: 'Gina Yashere: Skinny Bitch'
  • TLC: 'LA Ink'
Midnight
  • Comedy Central: 'The Sarah Silverman Program' and 'Important Things With Demetri Martin'
Check your local TV listings for more information.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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New TV on DVD for March 30: 'Deadliest Catch,' 'Real Housewives'

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 30th 2010 1:45PM
If there's one thing the American television viewer has learned about the entertainment industry it's that Hollywood's primary goal is to always keep it real. Sure, you could accuse actors of employing some artifice in their line of work, but for the most part, television is in the midst of an unparalleled era of keeping it real as shows like 'The Real World' and 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' continue to prove by having the word real right in the title. And when it comes to TV on DVD, the realest month of all is apparently March.

Of course, the argument could be made that this week's batch of DVD releases is actually somewhat weak due to a lack of high profile scripted shows, but we like to take more of a "glass half real" viewpoint on things. That's why were so so excited to see the latest issue from the most real reality show of all, 'Deadliest Catch,' which lands 'Deadliest Catch: Season Five' just in time to get you ready for the premiere of season six on April 13.

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'NCIS' - 'Mother's Day' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 3rd 2010 12:45AM
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When it was announced that Gena Rowlands would be on 'NCIS' as a guest, playing Jethro's former mother-in-law, you just suspected that this was going to be something special. Sometimes it's difficult to live up to the expectations, for the creators as well as the fans watching. Fortunately, this show did live up to the expectations, especially for those who have always wanted to know more about Gibbs and his tragic past.

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