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December 20, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before finishing the Christmas shopping. The Skinny: Was watching the underrated "Carlito's Way" again last night. Poor Carlito, if only he'd taken Benny Blanco from the Bronx seriously. For a Friday before Christmas week, we've got a pretty full Morning Fix. The "Duck Dynasty" mess is getting only bigger. Katie Couric and Disney are pulling the plug on her syndicated daytime show. Also a preview of the weekend box office.  Daily Dose: Earlier this month, NBC hit pay dirt in the ratings with a live version of "The Sound of Music" and is already figuring out its next live musical.
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January 28, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Tuesday night's State of the Union address from President Barack Obama will get a reality TV guest star with the presence of "Duck Dynasty" cast member Willie Roberston. Robertson, who serves as the chief executive of the Robertson family business, Duck Commander, and appears along with his father, uncle and brothers on the A&E reality series, will be attending the speech as the guest of freshman Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.). In a statement to the media, McAllister said, "I am proud to have my close friend, constituent and small business owner, Willie Robertson, attend tonight's State of the Union Address as my special guest.
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July 24, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Duck Dynasty," the most-watched reality show on cable TV, and second only to "The Walking Dead" in terms of overall cable audience, will return for its fourth season on Aug. 14. The tagline for the new season is "Release the Quakin'," and just like "Clash of the Titans," the new season promises to be epic. That is, if you consider the prospect of seeing a previously unseen (and unbearded) Robertson brother to be epic. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview Alan Robertson, the cleanshaven eldest brother, has given up his job as a preacher and joined the family duck call business as "Beards and Beauty Wrangler.
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January 18, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
A continent may divide them, but HBO's "Girls" will have to shove over and cede some of the Frank New Voice limelight to "Looking," the network's charming and deceptively significant new half-hour series that premieres Sunday about a trio of gay men living in San Francisco. What at first seems like your standard (if R-rated) banter-heavy, young-urbanites-seek-love/meaning tale, this time told from a gay perspective, quickly proves to have a truer heart and loftier ambitions. Yes, creator Michael Lannan is clearly determined to depict and discuss male homosexuality with the same semi-erotic-realism that has become commonplace among heterosexual sex scenes - We're here, we're queer, we're copulating on screen, get used to it. TRAILERS: Winter TV 2014 Having established this (again and again and once more for good measure)
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July 2, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The "Duck Dynasty" clan is getting closer to an off-screen friend: Scotty McCreery. The country crooner and "American Idol" winner has been hanging out a lot with the family Robertson, whose bearded patriarchs waded to fame on A&E's reality smash. On Monday, McCreery revealed on Twitter that he'll join the clan for a "Duck Cruise" tour that will hit Key West and Cozumel next summer. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Two weeks ago, "The Trouble With Girls" singer was the surprise entertainment at the 16th birthday of Sadie Robertson, the daughter of Duck Commander owner Willie Robertson.
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February 26, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Meat is murder, and Morrissey is miffed. The former Smiths frontman and outspoken vegetarian/animal-rights activist has announced that he won't be appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday because he doesn't want to share the stage with the animal-stalking crew of the reality TV series "Duck Dynasty. " In explaining his decision, Morrissey, never one to withhold an opinion, referred to the show's stars as "animal serial killers. " "As far as my reputation is concerned, I can't take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers," the singer said in a statement posted online.
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June 12, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
O come, all ye faithful "Duck Dynasty" fans: Santa Claus is not the only jolly man with a beard who will be celebrating Christmas this year. The men -- and women -- of the Robertson family that stars in A&E's "Duck Dynasty" will be putting down their duck calls and putting on their most festive camouflage gear for their first Christmas album, "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas". Universal Music Group of Nashville will release the album on Oct. 29. PHOTOS: Redneck TV  The family members will show off their church-trained voices, as well as their brand of down-home humor, on the album, which will also feature some special guest stars.
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January 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
How did the recent quarrel over Phil Robertson's social views affect the ratings for "Duck Dynasty"? It's hard to say, based on the numbers from Nielsen.  "Duck Dynasty's" fifth season premiere on A&E drew 8.5 million viewers overall and 4.2 million in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen. In the 25-54 category, it averaged 4.1 million.  Those are big numbers for a cable reality show, though the season kickoff was down slightly in total viewers from the third season premiere in February last year, which brought in 8.6 million.
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December 27, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The controversy over "Duck Dynasty" has worked its way from public air waves into the halls of the Alabama State House, with one lawmaker promising to introduce a resolution backing the actor who was recently suspended for remarks that offended some as racist and homophobic. Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family in the show, was suspended from the show by the A&E Network for remarks he made to a magazine comparing homosexuality to bestiality and that African Americans were happier working in the fields before welfare.
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December 23, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Cracker Barrel has heeded to an old adage: The customer is always right. Late Sunday, the Tennessee-based restaurant chain, which has 625 locations in 42 states, reversed course and said it would resume selling "Duck Dynasty" merchandise. Customer outcry, the company said, forced it to reevaluate its decision to stop carrying merchandise from the popular reality TV show after controversial comments made by the show's star in a recent magazine interview. "You told us we made a mistake," the company said on its Facebook page . "And, you weren't shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings.
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January 18, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Yeah, this isn't going to end well for you, Juan Pablo. America may have fallen for ABC's new "Bachelor" when the long-running reality show debuted with strong ratings this month, but I have a feeling the love affair will end swiftly after viewers get wind of what JuanPabs thinks about gay people. Here's what went down. Juan Pablo Galavis attended an ABC party Friday evening and made the rounds talking to various members of the media. (He posted some pictures from the event on his Twitter account.)
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January 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Fox's long-running "American Idol" continued to show its age with the ratings from its season premiere Wednesday night. The 13th season opener of "American Idol" drew an average 15.2 million viewers overall and earned a rating of 4.7 among key 18- to 49-year-olds. That's down 15% in total viewership compared with last year's premiere, and a drop of 22% in the young-adults demographic, continuing a downward trend since the show's premiere peak in 2007. The network is hoping to revamp the show's tone  and regain some of the fans it lost during the last season, which was largely marred by the animosity between superstars  Nicki Minaj  and  Mariah Carey .  The singing competition fell to a season average of 13.2 million viewers last year, down 23% from 2012.
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January 16, 2014 | By Mary McNamara
The season premiere of A&E's backwoods reality smash, “Duck Dynasty,” ended on an unintentionally prescient note Wednesday night. As the resolutely goofy Uncle Si chortled and cheered over a movie he was watching on television, the show's patriarch, Phil Robertson, shot him a derisive glance and said: “Si, you do realize that none of this is real?” He was referring to the movie “Air Bud,” which Si had previously dubbed a film classic, but he might just as well have been talking about his own show, which has lately reaffirmed the highly elastic nature of the term “reality.”  The headlining Robertson family, which built a fortune first on duck calls and then with “Duck Dynasty,” spent the better part of December locking horns with their network after Phil made controversial comments about gay men and black people during an interview with GQ magazine.  First A&E suspended him. Then, after the many other Robertsons swore they would not continue the show without him, he was reinstated.  BEST TV OF 2013 Lloyd | McNamara   Meanwhile, as every media moment requires, columns were written, blogs posted, and tweets dispatched.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
How did the recent quarrel over Phil Robertson's social views affect the ratings for "Duck Dynasty"? It's hard to say, based on the numbers from Nielsen.  "Duck Dynasty's" fifth season premiere on A&E drew 8.5 million viewers overall and 4.2 million in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen. In the 25-54 category, it averaged 4.1 million.  Those are big numbers for a cable reality show, though the season kickoff was down slightly in total viewers from the third season premiere in February last year, which brought in 8.6 million.
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January 10, 2014 | By Martin Miller
Sarah Palin brought some of that polar vortex feeling to the winter TV press tour in Pasadena on Friday morning. The former vice presidential candidate blew into town carrying a simple message from the frozen hinterlands: Watch her new show, "Amazing America," which will begin airing on the small cable network Sportsman Channel in the spring. She had other messages, of course, conveyed during a sit-down breakfast with reporters who later rose from their chairs to swarm the former Alaska governor as she made her way out of the small ballroom at the Langham Hotel.
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January 10, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 12 - 18, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SUNDAY The dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return to co-host "The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards. " 5 p.m. NBC Comic Book Guy meets a woman and seeks Homer's advice on "The Simpsons," and speaking of fantasy, "The Family Guy" offers reinterpretations of classic fairy tales.
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December 20, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The debate over A&E's "Duck Dynasty" and the comments made in a GQ interview by one of its stars, Phil Robertson, continues to rage. While Robertson sits out future filming and the rest of the Robertson clan questions whether they will film the show without him, there are plenty of places to get Phil Robertson's raw viewpoints without "Duck Dynasty. " As a devout member of the Church of Christ, Robertson has been a frequent speaker and preacher around the country, especially since gaining fame from the highest-rated nonfiction series in cable TV history.
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December 22, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd
As you have probably heard, unless you are leading a life away from the Internet, television and people, Phil Robertson -- the 67-year-old "patriarch" in A&E's popular redneck-reality swamp comedy "Duck Dynasty" -- gave an interview to GQ, the fancy men's lifestyle magazine. In that interview, he said some things he himself termed "controversial," according to writer Drew Magary, who visited the Robertsons on their 20,000-acre spread down in Louisiana. At one point, Robertson includes "homosexual offenders" among adulterers, idolaters, male prostitutes,  drunkards, slanderers, swindlers and "the greedy" as ineligible to "inherit the kingdom of God. " In a boxed quote separate from Magary's narrative, Robertson conjures a whimsically rosy image of the old South, remembering working alongside African Americans in the cotton fields: "They're singing and happy.
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January 2, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame is kicking off the new year with a surprise for its legions of fans: a new line of guns. According to CNN, the Robertson family and their company, Duck Commander, are teaming with Connecticut-based gun maker Mossberg for a new line of camouflage shotguns, two semiautomatic rifles and a semiautomatic pistol imprinted with the Duck Commander logo. In a promotional video on Mossberg's website, which crashed on Thursday, Phil Robertson says, "Do you know what makes me happy, ladies and gentlemen?
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January 1, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Willie and Korie Robertson, two of the stars of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" show appeared on Fox News' New Year's Eve special, "All American New Year," and appeared ready to forgive and forget the show's recent controversy as the clock ticked toward 2014. "We're just glad to be back to work," Willie Robertson told Fox News hosts Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck during an interview conducted via satellite from Steamboat Springs, Colo. "A&E and us are fine," he continued. "The Robertsons, we're looking forward to getting back to making some funny shows.
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