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  1. Scaramucci tells Colbert: If it were up to me, Bannon would be gone (w/video)

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    NEW YORK — Short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci says if it were up to him, top adviser Steve Bannon would be gone from President Donald Trump's administration.

    But, he notes, "it's not up to me."

    New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speaks to members of the media in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington on July 21, 2017. Short-lived White House communications director Scaramucci says if it were up to him, top adviser Steve Bannon would be gone from President Donald Trump's administration. "The Mooch," a few weeks removed from his spectacular flameout following an expletive-laden conversation with a reporter, appeared Monday, Aug. 14, on CBS' "Late Show" with Stephen Colbert. [Associated Press]
  2. David Letterman will return to TV in a new Netflix series

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    David Letterman is preparing to return to television in his first ongoing series since stepping down as the host of CBS's Late Show in 2015.

    David Letterman poses in the press room at the 75th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony in New York. Letterman, who said goodbye to his long-running talk show two years ago, will say hello to TV again with a new show for Netflix. [Associated Press]
  3. Horror is all too real in Stephen King's 'Mr. Mercedes' TV show

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    Maybe you're a Stephen King fan who was disappointed by the film version of The Dark Tower and need an antidote. Or maybe you're a fan who loved it and can't wait for more from the horror-fantasy master.

     Brendan Gleeson plays retired detective Bill Hodges in Mr. Mercedes, the Audience Network TV series based on Stephen King's novel.
  4. PBS CEO warns that federal cuts will sink some stations

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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The chief executive for PBS is sounding the alarm about public broadcasting's future if federal funding is axed as called for by President Donald Trump.

    President and CEO Paula Kerger speaks at the PBS's Executive Session at the 2017 Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., in January. Kerger is sounding the alarm about public broadcasting's future if federal funding is axed. She said Sunday, July 30, that stations dependent on federal funds couldn't survive without it, including many in rural or underserved areas. President Donald Trump has called for an end to federal money for PBS and National Public Radio. [Willy Sanjuan | Invision/AP, File]
  5. 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]
  6. '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)
  7. 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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  8. 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.
  9. 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)
  10. 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]