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Published: Wed, December 12, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Suit: ‘Storage Wars’ show is rigged

LOS ANGELES

Some of the valuables found hidden in abandoned lockers on A&E’s “Storage Wars” have been added by producers to deceive viewers, a former cast member of the show claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

David Hester’s suit claims producers have added a BMW Mini and newspapers chronicling Elvis Presley’s death to lockers in order to build drama for the show and that his complaints about the practices led to his firing.

Hester is seeking more than $750,000 in his wrongful termination, breach of contract and unfair business practices lawsuit. A&E Television Network declined to comment, citing the pending lawsuit.

“Storage Wars” follows buyers who bid for abandoned storage lockers hoping to find valuables tucked inside.

“A&E regularly plants valuable items or memorabilia,” the lawsuit states. Hester’s suit claims he was fired from participating in the series’ fourth season after expressing concerns that manipulating the storage lockers for the sake of the show was illegal.

Funeral coming for J.R. on ‘Dallas’

NEW YORK

J.R. Ewing will get a send-off with a proper funeral on “Dallas.”

TNT begins the second season of its “Dallas” revival next month. The network said Tuesday that it will have a funeral for Larry Hagman’s memorable character at some point in the 15-episode season but that it hasn’t been filmed or scheduled yet. Hagman died at age 81 over Thanksgiving weekend.

TNT spokeswoman Erin Felentzer says the network isn’t saying how Ewing will be killed off in the series. Hagman kept working until soon before his death due to complications of cancer, and he will appear in several of the new season’s episodes.

Hagman’s character is a television icon dating back to the “Who Shot J.R.?” episodes in the 1980s.

Cast revealed for ‘Pump Boys’ revival

NEW YORK

The Broadway revival of the honkey-tonk musical revue “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will have a former Idol in the cast.

Producers on Tuesday revealed the stars of the show set in a highway diner in North Carolina, and “American Idol” runner-up Bo Bice will be among them.

Since losing the title to Carrie Underwood in 2005, Bice, 37, released the single “Inside Your Heaven,” which went to No. 1 in 2005, followed by his debut CD, “The Real Thing.” Two other albums followed: “See the Light” in 2007 and “Bo Bice 3” in 2010.

The rest of the cast includes Alexander Gemignani (“The People in the Picture”), Erik Hayden (“Million Dollar Quartet”), Justin Hosek (a member of the country band The Ranchhands), Jane Pfitsch (“Company”) and Leenya Rideout (“War Horse”). All the actors will also play musical instruments onstage.

The revival will begin March 19 at Circle in the Square Theatre.

Vindicator wire services


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