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Kabul hospital guard opens fire, kills foreign doctor

A guard at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity opened fire on Thursday, killing at least one foreign doctor and wounding several other people, medics told AFP. "He was a guard, he has shot doctors here. One foreign doctor is dead," said a doctor who was treating the wounded at the Cure International hospital. us/bgs/pdw/kjl

European writers' room aims to beat Americans at TV game

It could be a scene from a television drama: five Germans, three Frenchmen, a Briton, an Italian, a Bulgarian and a Hungarian, all cooking up a plot together in their London hideout. But this not-so-dirty dozen are on the other side of the small screen, as they are taking part in Europe's first postgraduate programme focused on writing and producing TV series. Dubbed "Serial Eyes", the nine-month course running between Berlin and London is a response to the new generation of TV series such as "Breaking Bad", "Mad Men" and "The Killing".

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. "We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic passing of our friend, Eric Hill," Warner Bros. Television, which produces the show for Walt Disney's ABC network, said in a statement.

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MTV Video Music Awards to return to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The annual MTV Video Music Awards, one of the music industry's top televised showcases, will return to Los Angeles this summer from New York City, the U.S. cable channel said on Wednesday. The show, popular among MTV's young viewers prized by advertisers, will take place on August 24, the day before TV's Emmy Awards, at the Forum in Inglewood, California, about eight miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Amazon Prime wins deal with HBO

Amazon scored a deal Wednesday to distribute old shows from premium cable TV channel HBO to its monthly Prime subscribers, landing a blow on rival Netflix in the streaming video battle. Amazon said the multi-year deal would allow it to stream top HBO shows from past years like "The Sopranos", "The Wire" and others to Prime Instant Video service customers, who pay a monthly fee for unlimited viewing. Until now HBO had distributed its shows via streaming to customers of its own HBO GO service.

HBO strikes deal with Amazon to stream shows

(Reuters) - Some HBO shows and the Internet streaming service HBO Go will be available next month to Amazon Prime customers, the companies said on Wednesday in a move that could lure customers away from Netflix Inc. The companies said this was the first time HBO, the premium cable channel owned by Time Warner Inc, had licensed its programming to an online subscription streaming service. Netflix customers have not been able to watch HBO shows on that service.

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HBO strikes deal with Amazon to stream shows (Reuters) - Some HBO shows and the Internet streaming service HBO Go will be available next month to Amazon Prime customers, the companies said on Wednesday in a move that could lure customers away from Netflix Inc. The companies said this was the first time HBO, the premium cable channel owned by Time Warner Inc, had licensed its programming to an online subscription streaming service. Netflix customers have not been able to watch HBO shows on that service.

Dish looking to debut Internet TV service this summer: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp, the No. 2 U.S. satellite TV provider, is looking to debut internet TV service this summer, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. Dish has told programmers, including Comcast Corp's NBCUniversal, that it could start the service late this summer, Bloomberg reported, citing the sources. A late summer release would be timed for just before the start of the fall broadcast TV season in September, the report said. (http://r.reuters.com/myx68v)

ABC's 'Scandal,' with bomb blast plot twist, a big winner in TV ratings as it wraps 3rd season

NEW YORK, N.Y. - ABC's "Scandal" is ending its third season with a bang. That's from a bomb blast that was a plot twist in the Kerry Washington series and from big TV ratings. The Nielsen ratings company says last week's episode had 10.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched episode of the series. "Scandal" was the week's most popular show among the young viewers ABC watches most closely for advertising sales. Among all viewers, CBS' "NCIS" was the most-watched program. CBS won the prime-time ratings race for the seventh consecutive week.
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