Kate Plus 8 Returning to TLC in December

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People can’t get enough of Kate Gosselin and her brood. TLC just announced it has ordered more episodes of Kate Plus 8 that will air in December.

According to People, the premise of the new season will revolve around Gosselin and her kids traveling to the East Coast, exploring Boston, New England, and—just guessing here—Philadelphia?

Evidently filming is already in progress. People reports that the special will also include snippets of Gosselin getting the clan—now in eighth and fourth grades—ready for school at the end of summer.

Pennsylvania Governor Joins Campaign To Have Amish Mafia Nixed

Cast of Discovery Channel's "Amish Mafia."

Cast of Discovery Channel’s “Amish Mafia.”

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and other elected state officials have signed a statement asking the Discovery Channel to drop its series Amish Mafia.

The reality show, according to Discovery’s website, follows a group of Amish men “who protect and maintain peace and order within the Amish community in Lancaster.”

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Patti LaBelle Cast in Next Season of American Horror Story

The last season of American Horror Story: Coven bewitched with the sounds of rock goddess Stevie Nicks, but this year it’s going to be all about the TSOP. TV Line reports that Philly soul queen Patti LaBelle has been cast in the fourth season of Ryan Murphy’s hit FX series, titled American Horror Story: Freak Show.

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Two Local Women Starring in Fantasy Reality Series The Quest

Lina Carollo and Jasmine Kyle star in new ABC fantasy reality series "The Quest."

Lina Carollo and Jasmine Kyle star in new ABC fantasy reality series “The Quest.” Photo courtesy of ABC/Rick Rowell.

South Jersey-bred school counselor Lina Carollo had no idea what she was getting into when she showed up to the airport this spring to fly off to film a reality show she had been cast in called The Quest. She didn’t even know where she was flying until a front desk attendant said, “Have fun in Austria!”

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Why Stephen A. Smith Hasn’t Been Fired for His Domestic Abuse Victim-Blaming

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Update: Smith has been suspended by ESPN for his comments.

Stephen A. Smith (or “Screamin’ A,” as one of my Twitter followers calls him) gave a corporate apology at the top of ESPN’s First Take yesterday for his ridiculous domestic violence victim-blaming in relation to Ray Rice’s controversial two-game suspension resulting from an ugly incident earlier this year at Revel. It was the type of apology that we’ve all come to expect during a dust-up when a public figure who gains prominence for vocalizing a controversial opinion wants to sweep the furor under the rug. In that way, it was entirely uneventful.

It took 72 hours (he should be thanking God for small favors in the form of the weekend news cycle drag), but with a smidge less heat surrounding him, Smith delivered his contrition with standard applications of feigned revelation and self-interest. There are debates about whether or not Smith should be allowed to keep his job; those debates are not without merit, though as of this writing Smith has announced (well-timed!) plans to leave the network and head over to more irreverent pastures at SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio.

That the same hand of mercy covers Smith and Ray Rice in equal measure.

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Superhero Series The Flash To Feature Not One But Two Gay Characters

Grant Gustin plays Barry Allen (aka The Flash.)

Grant Gustin plays Barry Allen (aka The Flash.)

American Horror Story: Freak Show aside, there’s a whole other reason to get excited about TV this fall. The Huffington Post reports that CW Arrow spin-off series The Flash will feature two gay characters. More from out writer/producer (and current boyfriend of soccer star Robbie Rogers) Grant Berlanti:

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Orange is the New Black Sparks Renewed Interest in Eastern State Penitentiary

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Photos courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary. Embarrassingly basic Photoshopping by Josh Middleton.

Recently my roommate and I decided to take a tour of Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP.) Neither of us had ever been, and I assume it was a fairly standard visit. But after the obligatory let’s-make-this-look-scarier-than-it-really-is Instagram shots, I realized we were both thinking about the same thing—our recent binge-watching sessions of the second season of Orange is the New Black (OITNB).

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