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EVERYONE IS GOING QUACKERS OVER THE DUCK DYNASTY DUSTUP

... As previously News Briefed, Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson has been suspended from the A&E reality series for anti-gay comments he made to GQ. Naturally, everyone is losing their poop over the network's decision. Conservative groups have called for A&E to let him remain on the show, citing free speech (because it favors their argument), and there's an online petition at IStandWithPhil.com that's collected almost 100,000 e-signatures supporting the bearded man who called homosexuality a sin. Meanwhile, the Robertson family has posted an official statement on their website, suggesting that they may be unwilling to continue doing the show without Phil:

We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate. We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.

The scandal has ripped the nation in two, and all over a show about rednecks who make duck callers. This is exactly how the ducks planned it, people! Can't you see!?!? [Deadline Hollywood / Deadline Hollywood / DuckCommander.com]


BUSINESS TIME

... Playwright and cursing aficionado (and father of Girls' Zosiah and The Neighbors' Clara) David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross) is developing a limited-event series about the seven deadly sins for Fox. The seven-episode series would devote one installment to each sin; so let's see, that'd be gluttony, envy, lust, pride, greed, wrath, and not closing up potato chip bags tight enough and letting all my sour cream & onion Ruffles get stale. [Variety]

... ABC has ordered its 20 billionth pilot from Shonda Rhimes, a little ditty called How to Get Away With Murder. The pilot was penned by Scandal writer Peter Nowalk, and centers on some law-school students and their professor who get involved in a murder plot. [The Wrap]

... Katie Couric's talk show Katie has been canceled! But not for a while. She'll finish her second season and wrap things up next June. I hope she goes to work hungover and in pajama bottoms with an "I don't give a shit" attitude until then. [E! Online]

... Good news, people in favor of unequal gender equality! TLC's polygamy special about Brady Williams, his five wives, and 25 children has been picked up for a full series. The cable freakshow will run for nine hour-long episodes beginning March 9. [The Hollywood Reporter]


CASTING NEWS

... Cybill Shepherd (Moonlighting, Cybill) will guest-star on ABC's new comedy Trophy Wife as... Kate's mom. She'll play Cricket, a fun and wild woman who bears a striking resemblance to pre-marriage Kate. Look for her in Episode 17. [E! Online]

... Emmy-winner Judy Davis (Husbands and Wives) has landed a recurring role on the 24: Live Another Day miniseries that Fox has scheduled for next year. She'll play a British national who's the widow of a terrorist. [Deadline Hollywood

... End of Watch's Michael Peña has joined Fox's Broadchurch remake Gracepoint. He'll play Mark Lasseter, the father of the boy whose murder is at the center of the series. [TV Line]

... Rhea Perlman (Cheers) is moving into the gated community of The Neighbors. Perlman will play the vey human mother of Debbie (Jamie Gertz). Look for her to appear in early 2014. Seriously, look for it. The Neighbors is much better than the awful pilot that everyone (including me!) panned. [TV Line]


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AIRED ON 3/19/2014

Season 5 : Episode 9

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