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Toys R Us puts 'Breaking Bad' toys on 'indefinite sabbatical' after outcry

Toys R Us announced Tuesday that it will pull “Breaking Bad” toys from all its shelves after more than 8,500 people signed an online petition started by an outraged Florida mother.

Susan Schrivjer of Fort Myers posted a petition on Change.org last week after she discovered the popular toy chain carried figures from the critically acclaimed AMC series about a cancer-stricken chemistry-teacher-turned-drug-lord working with his former student.

"It's One Small step!!!! Let's keep this up so Toys R Us stores all over will make this right decision!!!!," Schrivjer said on the petition after it was announced the toys would be pulled. 

In its official statement about the removal, Toys R Us directly quoted from a memorable line in the show:

"Let's just say, the action figures have taken an 'indefinite sabbatical'," according to a Toys R Us statement. The company said it had no further comment.

Schrivjer said the adult, dark themes of the show, along with the perceived drug paraphernalia that...

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Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara reunite for comedy series on Pop

Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara are reuniting on screen once again in "Schitt's Creek," the first scripted comedy on the rebranded pop culture channel, Pop (formerly TVGN, formerly TV Guide Network).

The series, which will be part of the channel's relaunch in early 2015, was created by Levy and his son, Daniel. It stars Levy as a once-wealthy video store mogul whose fortunes evaporate and is forced to relocate to the town of Schitt's Creek, a place he once bought with his fortune as a joke. O'Hara plays his soap star wife, and Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy play the couple's children. Chris Elliott also stars as the town's mayor.

Levy and O'Hara are best known from their time on the sketch comedy classic "SCTV," but they also paired in Christopher Guest's documentary-style movies "Waiting for Guffman," "Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind" and "For Your Consideration."

In a statement, Brad Schwartz, Pop's president of entertainment and media said, "This show answers the question — what would...

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CW gives full-season orders to 'The Flash' and 'Jane the Virgin'

The CW has given an early vote of confidence to two freshman series, with "The Flash" and "Jane the Virgin" getting full-season orders on Tuesday.

A superhero thriller, "The Flash" is CW's biggest hit in years. The premiere was watched by 6.1 million total viewers including live viewing plus delayed watching up to three days later, according to Nielsen. Among adults ages 18 to 49, "The Flash's" premiere was the best performer since "The Vampire Diaries" premiered five years ago.

"Jane the Virgin," a romantic comedy about a young woman who accidentally becomes pregnant during a medical mix-up, is among the best-reviewed new series this fall. The show has a score of 80 (out of 100) on the review aggregation site Metacritic, the highest number of any new broadcast series on a major network. 

"Over the past three seasons, we have made it our mission to grow and to broaden out our audience, and to keep raising the bar with the quality and impact of our new shows, and 'The Flash' and 'Jane'...

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Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'The 100' on KTLA

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The Mysteries of Laura "Sex and the City's" Gilles Marini guest stars in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC

Melissa & Joey The sitcom uses series star Melissa Joan Hart's earlier TV series "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" as the jumping-off point for a special Halloween episode. 8 p.m. ABC Family

The 100 The science fiction drama about life on a post-apocalyptic Earth is back for a second season; with Eliza Taylor and Henry Ian Cusick. 9 p.m. KTLA

Modern Family Steve Zahn and Andrea Anders guest star as a couple looking to buy a house next door to the Dunphys in this new episode; Tyne Daly ("Judging Amy") also guest stars. 9 p.m. ABC

Nova The new episode "Ben Franklin's Balloons" recalls the beginnings of manned flight in 18th century Paris. 9 p.m. KOCE

Ghost Hunters The TAPS team is in high spirits as the...

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'Once Upon a Time': Scott Michael Foster's Kristoff makes the 'Frozen' leap

Scott Michael Foster seems to be as laid back as his character Kristoff is on ABC's "Once Upon a Time."

Stepping into a hybrid role made famous by the $1 billion-plus grossing Disney film "Frozen," the actor, who calls Dallas his hometown, inherits a character who will have a big role in this season's storyline. He also gets to work with a reindeer.

We caught up with Foster and asked him a few quick questions about about this version of Kristoff, his role this season, and working with Sven.

Show Tracker: Future-casting, what do you think Kristoff's life, or even job, would be in contemporary Storybrooke?

Scott Michael Foster: He's the ice master and deliverer of Arendelle, so I'd like to assume he does something with that. Maybe he runs an ice skating rink. Or, even though Storybrooke is in the 21st century, maybe there's a nostalgic group of people who still have iceboxes -- like back in the day, when you didn't have a freezer.

Kristoff was a survivor. He'd integrate. Speaking of...

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FX pulls plug on border drama 'The Bridge'

FX announced that it is not moving forward with a third season of "The Bridge," the gritty drama about two detectives on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border who are forced to work together.

John Landgraf, chief executive of FX Networks, said it was a "painful decision" to cancel the series: "I really love the show, the cast and the producers, and we all worked very hard on it."

But he said the series, though it was mostly well-received by critics, did not have the creative momentum or viewer support to warrant a third season. He also said that as good as the series is, it was unlikely to be nominated for major awards. 

"The Bridge" premiered in the summer of 2013, and revolved around two detectives from opposite sides of the El Paso-Mexican border who have to join forces to catch a serial killer. The series is based on the Swedish series "Bron," set on the border of Denmark and Sweden

The drama won a Peabody Award this year for examining "border issues that are rarely seen on U.S....

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