Report: A&E and Discovery Interested in Sarah Palin Reality Series

Sarah Palin

A&E Networks and Discovery Communications are both interested in acquiring Sarah Palin's new reality series, according to Variety.

Tentatively titled Sarah Palin's Alaska, the series has been compared to documentary hit... read more

Ratings: Ugly Betty, Dollhouse and Leno Rise

Ugly Betty

Several Friday night shows saw a slight uptick this week, with Ugly Betty pulling in its largest audience all season.

Ugly Betty moving to Wednesdays

On its final Friday night showing — the ABC series moves to Wednesdays starting Jan. 6 — Betty brought in... read more

The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty to Bow Dec. 13

Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson and Marlon Jackson

The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty will premiere Sunday, Dec. 13, at 9/8c on A&E.

The series kicks off with two back-to-back episodes before moving to... read more

David Hasselhoff in Discussions for New Reality Show

David Hasselhoff

The Hoff may be getting his own reality show.

News: David Hasselhoff taken to hospital for drug reaction, not excess drinking, says rep

The America's Got Talent judge and former Baywatch star is in discussions with A&E for a family documentary series ... read more

A&E Cancels The Cleaner

The Cleaner: Benjamin Bratt

A&E has canceled The Cleaner, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The network has opted to not renew the rehab drama starring Benjamin Bratt. This news comes on the heels of the cancellation of A&E's only other scripted program, the Patrick Swayze drama The Beast, and, interestingly, the Emmy win of A&E's Intervention, which is like an unscripted version of The Cleaner.

See photos of Benjamin Bratt through the years

The show's second — and now final — season concluded earlier this month.

Watch full episodes of The Cleaner in our Online Video Guide and follow TVGuide.com on Twitter for more breaking news and scoop

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A&E Acquires Lifetime in New Joint Venture

A&E, Lifetime

A&E Television Networks has officially acquired Lifetime Entertainment Services, but neither network's coverage will be affected, they announced Thursday.

A&E Television Networks is a partnership between Disney/ABC, Hearst Corp. and NBC Universal. The acquisition gives NBC Universal a stake in Lifetime, which was previously a 50-50 partnership between ABC/Disney and Hearst. The merger was first reported earlier in the summer.

A&E will remain the parent company of the combined entity, and Abbe Raven will continue to serve as president and CEO. As a subsidiary, Lifetime will retain its name.

The deal consolidates ... read more

Hammertime: An Icon Returns to TV

MC Hammer and Stephanie

It's been six years since MC Hammer (né Stanley Burrell) tested the reality TV waters as an original cast member of VH1's The Surreal Life. Now he's back with A&E's Hammertime (Sundays, 10 pm/ET) — but this time, he's running the show (literally), with family in tow. Hammer has gone from huge success with 1990s hits like "U Can't Touch This" to his bankruptcy in 1996. In recent years, his life has been quieter and largely out of the public eye. TVGuide.com spoke with Hammer about why he chose do Hammertime now, what sets it apart from other music artists' reality shows and if Hammer pants are his biggest gift to pop culture. read more

A&E Cancels Patrick Swayze's The Beast

Patrick Swayze

A&E has canceled Patrick Swayze's FBI drama The Beast, TVGuide.com confirmed Tuesday.

"The Beast has truly been a labor of love for everyone associated with the project and we couldn't be more proud of the series and are in absolute awe of Patrick, his passion and tenacity," A&E president Bob DeBitetto said. read more

Is A&E Giving Up on The Beast?

Patrick Swayze

Things aren't looking great for a second season of The Beast.

A&E isn't expected to renew the Patrick Swayze-fronted cop drama, sources told Variety. A rep for the cable network, however, told TVGuide.com that no official decision about the show's future has been made.

The series' first season ran for 13 episodes, and the finale aired April 23.

The show has overcome its share of obstacles. Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after the pilot was shot, but the actor received a doctor's OK to complete filming once the series was picked up. Swayze also ... read more

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