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Scandal Recap: Someone Got a Free Pass to the Eiffel Tower?

We opened up last night’s episode of Scandal with Jake walking towards his car. His B613 sense tells him something’s fishy and when he takes a look at the wet ground under his car, he sees what it is: a flashing red light. He presses the security button for his car and BOOM! Of course, cool guys don’t look at explosions, so when we catch up with Jake, he’s arriving late to Olivia’s house for date. The excuse: ”car trouble.”

Because this is Scandal we’re talking about, she doesn’t actually stay for the date. Her phone rings and off she goes.

Ultimately, everything that happens this episode goes back to the fact that everyone is still dealing with the death of the President’s son at the end of last season. Well, maybe not Cyrus, but everyone else.

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Clown Group Has a Problem with AHS: Freak Show’s Serial Killer, Twisty

ahs_clown_mainIf you’ve watched either of the first two episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show, then no doubt you’ve peed a little bit in your pants over Twisty the Clown, the crazed, sadistic, killer clown that’s knifing some people to death and holding others hostage. We’re talking about Michael Meyers, Texas Chainsaw MassacreSaw-level scary here.

That hasn’t been lost on a group called Clowns of America International (?), which has a real problem with the way clowns are depicted on the FX show.

“We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or ‘clown fear,’” the group’s president Glenn Kohlberger told The Hollywood Reporter“Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm.”

Sensationalizing or not, Twisty the Clown is straight up scary as hell.

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THIS JUST IN: the Most Uncomfortable Moment in Family Feud History

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You see, during a slow news day — or when it every station is focused on a certain malignant, terrorizing disease — a PR professional needs a little levity. And on one of the seven days, God created game shows.

There’s a reason why the Game Show Network is so successful. Anything from newfangled game shows like The Chase to the oldies but goodies like Match Game can make the heart smile. And then there’s the awesome reboot of Family Feud, which purposely tries to trip up the audience, Steve Harvey, and the viewing public at large with asinine answers that are probably trolled from Gawker or BuzzFeed, as you can see pictured (and not Photoshopped!!) here.

However, this week gave us what had to be the most uncomfortable moment in Family Feud history.

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Neil Patrick Harris: ‘A Kiss from Burt Reynolds Made Me Gay’

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It’s not like a kiss from a 70s sex symbol is as contagious as Ebola, but if you ask the new host of the Oscars, Neil Patrick Harris knew he was gay following a kiss from Burt Reynolds.

Somewhere Dom DeLuise is shouting at Sally Field (they’re both of Smokey and the Bandit fame for all you young’uns out there) saying, “Girl, I know the feeling.”

Read more about Doogie’s revelation after the jump.

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The FTC Will Take ‘False Advertising’ for $18 Million, Alex

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You can never be too sure when becoming a celebrity spokesperson. Your name is your reputation, and no group of people is more aware of that than movie and TV stars.

The value of said name is the only reason we see people we know shilling for something they probably never use in real life. Does anyone really think the Kardashians need a pre-paid credit card?!

Such is life for the effusively smarmy Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek.

The guy always knows the answer you missed and makes sure that you know he knows it, even though he may have the answers written on a card in his Canadian sweaty hands. And now that a product for which he shilled has been smacked down by the Federal Trade Commission, he is probably sweating a bit more.

Is there a Doctor Oz in the house?

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Ratings Error Chips Away At Nielsen’s Credibility

multiple screensNielsen has admitted that the broadcast network ratings it has been reporting for the past seven months are inaccurate, favoring ABC while having a negative impact on the others. Even though it looks like the discrepancy is a small one, the damage to the company’s reputation could be much greater.

According to the company, the error in viewing totals is between .1 percent and .25 percent. The degree to which this could impact the ratings outcomes for different shows is yet to be seen. For instance, TVNewser has long tracked the competition among news broadcasts. ABC had been celebrating a rise above NBC, the first in five years. A revision could take that away. In other cases, the numbers might change slightly, but the outcome — first, second or third — would remain the same. Overall, Deadline reports that many of the larger outcomes would be unchanged.

These small amendments can have an effect on big advertising dollars for the networks. Moreover, Nielsen has been fighting a battle over its ability to thoroughly track TV viewership at a time of great audience fragmentation. That this error was made and wasn’t caught for so long has got some in the industry very upset.

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VP Biden to Appear in PSAs with Mariska Hargitay During Sunday’s SVU Marathon

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Every woman deserves to live her life free from violence and fear. #1Is2Many #VAWA

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Continuing with the Administration’s efforts to stop domestic violence and sexual assault, Vice President Joe Biden will appear in PSAs alongside Mariska Hargitay, aka Det. Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU, airing during a marathon of that show on the USA Network this Sunday.

The 14-hour marathon is part of the recognition of October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness month, presented in partnership with Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation and the No More Foundation and highlighting the White House’s 1Is2Many campaign.

“Society continues to misplace blame and shame on survivors — both women and men. That has to end. I am so profoundly grateful to the vice president, who continues to use his voice — and office — to speak boldly about these issues and stand up for survivors,” said Hargitay in a statement.

The episodes that are airing will focus on domestic violence and alleviating the stigma related to it.

The “No More Excuses” marathon event will start at 9am ET and air throughout the day.

 Via Today.com and American Spectator

On the Menu for This Week’s Scandal: Death Threats, Pork Roast & 76-Year-Old Scotch

Let’s start with the worst move of the night: Cyrus did the deed with sex worker and Portia di Rossi operative Michael. (I promise, I’ll learn Portia Di Rossi’s character’s name next week.)

First, Cyrus runs into him while he’s at a restaurant waiting for some business school friends. (He’s using his prostitution earnings to pay tuition.) Then he calls Cyrus at work and they have a flirty convo. Then they end up at a bar.

“You’re thirsty, but you don’t want a drink,” says Michael.

“I don’t pay for sex,” says Cyrus.

“You wouldn’t be paying for sex. You’d be paying for privacy,” replies Michael.

Next thing you know, Cyrus is in a hotel room handing over a $2,500 stack plus gratuities for services and Portia Di Rossi is smiling over a plot well laid. (Ha!)

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Top 12 Movies / TV Shows for Every PR Pro’s Collection

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Since people have been making movies and reporting the news, there have been other people who have shilling for those movies to get in the news. What they have been called has varied (and we have covered plenty of those euphemisms before), but one thing is clear — Hollywood has no clue what the hell we do for a living.

And that’s why our tastes in how we are portrayed on the big and small screen shows should be diverse and appreciated. From sleazy publicists to communications professionals to speechwriters, we have been included scripts for decades, which is why this listicle was a must.

Without further ado, here are the top 12 movies or TV shows for every flack’s personal collection.

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Sex & The City 3 Could Be On the Way: 5 Tips to Modernize the Movie

It’s baaaack! Well it could be. And actually, it never really went anywhere.

The fabulous four ladies of Sex & the City might be strutting their Manolos back onto the silver screen according to social media hints from two of the stars, Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie) and Kristin Davis (Charlotte). Add to that word from Jennifer Hudson — who played Carrie’s assistant from St. Louis in the first film — that there are “talks” happening and you’ve got a serious rumor situation going.

Turn on the TV at just about any time of day and you can catch an old episode of the HBO show on any number of channels. The program made its mark for all the great fashions, the frank discussions of topics a lot of women are interested in, and a portrayal of life in the Big Apple that’s just as quirky, stressful and romantic as any ever portrayed.

But the show is also, in many ways, dated. One of the major criticisms of the show and, later the movies, are that they convey a vision of Manhattan that doesn’t take into account things like the recession.

So if the movie does come back for a third go-round, it’s going to need a big refresh in order to capture the pop culture zeitgeist the way it did back in the 90s and early 2000s. Here are some suggestions for how Sex & the City 3 can refresh the brand.

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