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Stories have circulated that Frank Darabont, who runs AMC's popular zombie show The Walking Dead, fired his entire writing staff after the show completed its well-received first season. But doubts have been raised about those stories, too. Over at Vulture, Joe Adalian tries to figure out what actually happened.

In this thoughtful and thorough piece, The A.V. Club's Noel Murray considers the sorry state of current sports broadcasting, particularly on national (rather than local) cable and broadcast outlets.

Hello, fans of American Idol fifth-place finisher Brooke White! (I'm sure there are some of you out there. Right?) You'll be happy to know that your Brooke is branching out into acting, where she will play "a singer/songwriter who becomes guardian of her best friend's four children after an accident." Naturally, Randy Jackson has a cameo. (No, really.)

A few days ago, it emerged that Modern Family star Ed O'Neill had commented that Jane Lynch didn't deserve her Emmy Award for Glee, and that it should have gone to O'Neill's co-star Sofia Vergara. E! gossip columnist Ted Casablancas tried very hard, as is his wont, to get Lynch riled up about it, but her rep apparently wants everybody to chill out about it already. Imagine that.

Howard Stern has heard the message from the Sirius XM CFO that everybody might make a little less money in future contract negotiations, and he is apparently not taking a penny less than his current annual salary of ... $100 million. How dare you, sir!

According to The Guardian, the West End is experiencing some of the same stage stunt casting that happens on Broadway — with reality-show contestants and winners some of the prime targets of frustration.

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