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'House of Cards' producers reach tax deal, will stay in Maryland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The producers of the Netflix series "House of Cards", who had threatened to stop filming in Maryland unless they received enough in tax breaks, have reached an agreement with the state. The show's producers, Media Rights Capital, will receive $11.5 million in tax credits this year to keep filming the series in Maryland, Governor Martin O'Malley and the company said in a joint statement issued late on Friday.

'Scandal' actor Columbus Short leaving hit ABC show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Scandal" actor Columbus Short said on Friday he would not be returning to the hit ABC drama for its next season, a month after the actor was arrested on a felony battery charge. Short, 31, who plays Harrison Wright opposite actress Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope character, said in a statement that he "must confirm my exit from a show I've called home for 3 years."

AOL, Microsoft lure advertisers with TV-style shows

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Technology powerhouses like Microsoft Corp and AOL Inc are flexing their muscles as storytellers, parading TV network-style shows before advertisers at an annual digital content showcase in New York next week. With an eye on the big bucks such shows can command, Microsoft will trot out a soccer reality show called "Every Street United." Sony Corp's digital network Crackle will serve up Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" and AOL is presenting a documentary drama about five New Yorkers called "Connected."

Contestant of ABC TV's 'The Bachelorette' dies in Utah accident

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A contestant on the upcoming season of ABC's reality TV show "The Bachelorette" has died, the program's producers said on Wednesday. Eric Hill had been in a coma after suffering injuries in a paragliding accident in Utah on Sunday, according to People magazine, citing Hill's family.

Stephen Colbert pays visit to new 'Late Show' home

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stephen Colbert dropped in on David Letterman's late night CBS talk show, the "Late Show" on Tuesday, to get a glimpse of the rigors of the high-profile job he will take over in 2015. "He just stopped by to sign the lease," Letterman said of his successor in his opening monologue.

HBO backs tech comedy 'Silicon Valley' for second season

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - HBO is renewing Mike Judge's send-up of the rarefied technology world "Silicon Valley" for a second season after three of the comedy's first eight episodes aired, the premium cable channel said on Monday. The show, from the creator of MTV's "Beavis and Butt-head," about the travails of programmers launching a start-up has received praise from critics and Silicon Valley executives alike for its authentic portrayal of the quirky culture that few have dared to tackle for television.

'Ice Road Truckers' star kidnapped, beat Las Vegas prostitute: police

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former star of the History Channel reality TV show "IRT: Deadliest Roads" is due in court in Las Vegas next month to face first degree kidnapping, extortion and coercion charges, a spokeswoman for the Clark County District Attorney's Office said. Timothy Zickuhr who appeared on season two of the "Ice Road Truckers" spin-off series, was arrested and charged with assaulting a prostitute and forcing her to jump out of his second-story bedroom window to cover up the attack in December, according to a police report released on Monday.

'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' sweeps MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Young adult favorite "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was voted 'movie of the year' and scooped top acting honors at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, reflecting the irreverent ceremony's appeal to young fans. The second installment of the hugely popular "Hunger Games" books beat out this year's Oscar best picture winner "12 Years a Slave" in online voting that continued through much of the show.

'Mad Men' premiere draws 2.3 million, lowest season debut since 2008

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Advertising drama "Mad Men," facing a night of stiff competition on cable television, drew 2.3 million viewers to the premiere of its seventh and final season, network AMC said on Monday. Sunday's hourlong episode was unable to match the 3.4 million that watched its sixth season premiere last year, according to data compiled by Nielsen and released by AMC.

Sans persona, new kind of Colbert steps up to CBS 'Late Show'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A new kind of Stephen Colbert will be coming to late-night network television as he succeeds CBS's "Late Show" host David Letterman next year, capping the generational shift in late-night TV's landscape across U.S. networks eager to attract younger viewers and online followings. Colbert, 49, who made his mark satirizing political conservatives on his Comedy Central weeknight cable show "The Colbert Report," said on Thursday he would drop his known persona of a dim-witted, big-egoed conservative pundit.

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