Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots is pure soap opera that has cast a spell over viewers for several years. Last season, the show delivered rating and share levels three-times higher than the average viewing for OWN in the show’s 9pm time slot. Moreover, “HAHN” actually increased its ratings and shares over the prior year – a feat practically unheard of ...

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After four seasons on broadcast network television, ABC decided to cancel the primetime music drama, “Nashville.” The reaction was swift and predictable… thousands of broken-hearted fans took to social media in an outpouring of love and support for the show. For a while, it was touch-and-go until the cable network, CMT, announced it would pick up the show for a fifth season, airing twenty-plus new episodes at the start of 2017. And now the bittersweet news for all die-hard “Nashville” fans: the sixth season beginning January 4th, 2018 will be its last.

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“Home for the holidays” conjures many images, and when it comes to watching television during the month of December, that image is probably ad-supported cable television, which accrues over 80% of all gross impressions associated with holiday-themed TV programming.

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Has our country gone a little dessert-crazy? I’m not referring to the gradual increase in our collective waist size, but rather the sheer number of current TV shows and specials devoted to a growing array of sweet delectables. According to the fascinating blog site, “Pastry Sampler,” there are dozens of such savory shows across several cable networks, including Food Network’s, “Cake Wars,” the subject of this blog, which is not to be confused by its predecessor show, “Cupcake Wars,” nor “Cake Masters” nor “Cake Boss.”

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Tales of buried treasure never seem to die… they just get passed down from one generation to the next. Surely some of the treasures eventually come to light; others won’t. And still others are complete fabrications. (My pet theory: the more complex the backstory, the greater the chance of an unadulterated hoax.) But true or not, the allure and fascination is very real, and we need look no further than the highly successful reality-series from History, “The Curse of Oak Island,” which premieres for a fifth season on November 7th, 2017.

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