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No, The History Channel Did Not Want Satan to Look Like President Obama

Media relations in the Internet age is a funny thing, isn’t it? Today representatives from The History Channel and the producers of its extremely successful series The Bible had to reach out to various media outlets in order to clarify that they did not intend to cast a Barack Obama lookalike as Satan. Yes, you read that right.

We’re not exactly sure how this crazy rumor managed to spread (we’re looking at you, Glenn Beck), but today producer Mark Burnett, the man behind such reality hits as Celebrity Apprentice and Sarah Palin’s Alaska, had to issue a statement labeling this latest wave of short-term paranoia “utter nonsense” while the channel’s spokesperson assured the public that “The History Channel has the highest respect for President Obama.”

Of course Burnett is right, but this is the world of crazy Internet rumors that spread like wildfire no matter how reliable they may or may not be. We don’t really get it, because when we saw this picture our first thought was “Middle Eastern Obi Wan Kenobi.”

We will say one thing, though: somebody needs some moisturizer.

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Coming Soon: Interacting with The Donald?

The godfather of reality TV, Mark Burnett, has announced that he has partnered with Los Angeles-basd ACTV8.me, meaning anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or Android device will be able to interact with all kinds of juicy reality programs.

Well good. How can a devotee sit through an episode of Celebrity Apprentice without asking his or her entire  network, “Is it just me or is Ivanka a cardboard cut-out???”

Tech companies and viewers have already shown their interest in ways to make TV social. Interactive TV is the new model for marketers whose progress in reaching television viewers has been severely hampered by that enemy, the DVR. Consumers who download the apps and interact with TV shows are rewarded with exclusive content, special offers, and coupons.

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Emmy Noms Feature a Few Real Surprises

With yesterday’s 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announcement came the usual frenzied follow-ups: TV critics’ listings of “snubs” and “shockers,” most of which weren’t.

But there were a few eyebrow-raising selections among nominations submitted by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ 15,000+ eligible voters. Maybe not full-out shockers, exactly, but picks that were most definitely surprising. Whether or not they’re any good isn’t the only thing that matters. How they became 2011 Emmy Award contenders has as much to do with pre-nomination campaigns.

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