'American Grit': FOX renews John Cena's competition series

'American Grit': FOX renews John Cena's competition series
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Come next TV season, John Cena can say, “The champ is here…again.”

FOX announced today that the pro grappler’s reality/competition series American Grit has been renewed for a second year. The show concluded its first season in early June after a 10-episode run.

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'Coupled': Exclusive clip shows pandamonium in paradise

'Coupled': Exclusive clip shows pandamonium in paradise
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Drama, drama, drama.

The FOX series Coupled, which is essentially a televised version of Tinder, places a bunch of incredibly attractive men and women in an exotic island locale to see what happens. Like most dating shows, it involves tears, limited clothing and a couple of cocktails.  

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Snoop Dogg launches nature show because he's Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg launches nature show because he's Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg loves nature - especially when it’s smokable or edible. But it turns out the Doggfather’s love for the great outdoors extends well beyond cannabis, and he’s brought it to YouTube.

The legendary rapper behind such hits as “Gin and Juice” and “Who am I?” has launched a video series called Planet Snoop on his Merry Jane channel. It was no doubt inspired by his "Plizzanet Earth" sketches on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and furthered by an online petition encouraging Snoop to make the show. To date, it’s gathered more than 65,000 signatures.

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Big changes ahead for America's Best Dance Crew

ABDC returns with all-star dance crews and a VMA theme
Big changes ahead for America's Best Dance Crew

Three years have passed since "America's Best Dance Crew," aka "ABDC," was cancelled by MTV after seven seasons of often-spectacular performances by hip-hop dance crews. When it returns July 29, it will look very different--and have a live finale right before MTV's VMAs.

The teams competing, however, will be very familiar: they're the winners of seasons 2 through 7 -- Super Cr3W, Quest Crew, We Are Heroes, I.aM.mE, and Elektrolytes -- plus a new group, Kinjaz, formed from team leaders of other dance crews, including season-one winners Jabbawockeez.

The significant changes to the competition series start with the subtitle. Instead of being preceded by "Randy Jackson Presents," the show title is now "America’s Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs." The former "American Idol" judge turned mentor doesn't seem to be on board with the new season, as his name isn't listed among producers. Instead, it's produced by Hip Hop International's Howard and Karen Schwartz, who were involved with the original series, and Rob Lee's Bayonne Entertainment.

That's because it'll conclude with a live finale right before the Video Music Awards. (Actually, the finale will air right before the pre-show, at 4 p.m. ET on Aug. 30.) The entire season will be VMA-themed, getting dangerously close to being just an extended advertisement for MTV's VMAs.

MTV says that the show will air "six all-new 'Video Music Award'--themed episodes" during which "the all-star crews will have to create routines inspired by 'VMA'-related elements and challenges."

Also on the Host Mario Lopez is out, replaced by Jason Dundas; all the judges are gone, too, including JC Chasez and Lil Mama. Instead, "Big Brother" cast member and social media mogul Frankie Grande will be a judge alongside singer T-Pain and singer/actor Teyana Taylor.

That's a lot of change, but it's also a lot of potential, especially with the winning groups (almost) all returning to compete against each other. An all-star season featuring should be enough to draw fans back, and their talent should make for a terrific competition, regardless of the VMA tie-ins.

Here's a compilation of dances from season-six winners I.aM.mE to give you a sense of the kinds of performances to expect:

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NeNe Dumps Fans Like She's Dumped All Her 'RHOA' Friends

Leakes has a history of shocking viewers, but her quitting the show shouldn't surprise
NeNe Dumps Fans Like She's Dumped All Her 'RHOA' Friends
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The only shocking part about NeNe Leakes quitting “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is that she didn’t do it sooner.

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The best TV spin-off of all time

The best TV spin-off of all time
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Miri Jedeikin joins us on today’s movies and TV show to help figure out the best spin-offs ever and some low budget horror traits that may work elsewhere.

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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Tom Cruise plans on 'MI:6'

Plus: New Order's new song, no more orders of 'Knock Knock,' new 'Deadpool' pics
10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Tom Cruise plans on 'MI:6'
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In this week's edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" is just opening, but Tom Cruise is already feeling firm on a "M:I 6."

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Reality TV Emmy nominations: The problem with Betty White

Expect the same from the Television Academy in 2015
Reality TV Emmy nominations: The problem with Betty White
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The problem with Betty White earning a reality TV Emmy nomination follows a pattern, overall, with the nods every year: the same predictable, safe, often inexplicable choices.

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Why I envy Big Brother live feed watchers

The BB17 live feeds aren't as boring as the TV show
Why I envy Big Brother live feed watchers
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Outrage Watch: Is CBS's 'The Briefcase' 'altruism porn'?

A new petition calls for the show's cancelation
Outrage Watch: Is CBS's 'The Briefcase' 'altruism porn'?
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Controversy around CBS's new reality series "The Briefcase" has been brewing for awhile (see Andy Dehnart's take here), but now a petition is circulating that charges the show with catering in "altruism porn." The premise? Financially struggling American families are presented with a briefcase containing $101,000 before being given the choice: keep it all for themselves or share the wealth with another family in similarly dire circumstances. How does this strike you?

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