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30-year NFL broadcaster and Hall of Fame coach, John Madden announced his retirement from broadcasting. Madden has been the game analyst for NBC Sunday Night Football since 2006 and according to B&C, Cris Collinsworth will immediately step into Madden’s place in the booth working alongside Al Michaels. (Cynopsis 4/17)

I tried to find the scariest picture I could find of him and I think this one wins.  Speaking of winning, Madden’s winning percentage continues to be the best of any head coach in the NFL’s history.

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CBS’ The Amazing Race will be back for a 15th cycle this fall. Host Phil Keoghan found out about the renewal while biking cross-country and broke the scoop through his “Phil Keoghan Rides Across America” Twitter site. CBS will follow with the official announcement soon, even though the pick up was expected. Amazing Race will likely have 15 new episodes for its 15th run. (Cynopsis 4/17)

Showtime tapped Jennifer Jason Leigh for the recurring role as Nancy’s sister on the comedy series Weeds from Lionsgate TV. Nancy, played by Mary-Louise Parker has been on the outs with her older sister, Jill (Leigh) until she sends her son Shane to live with her in the suburbs to keep him away from danger. Season five of Weeds opens in June and Leigh is expected to appear in at least two episodes. (Cynopsis 4/17)

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DirecTV is to pay $2.3 million and Comcast $900,000 to settle charges of violating the U.S. “do not call” law. The satellite-television provider and the largest U.S. cable-TV concern were accused of having employees call consumers who told the companies not to call them again. (Iwantmedia 4/17, http://www.smartmoney.com/news/ON/?story=ON-20090416-000987-1540 4/16)

The latest figures from Nielsen show that 3.2% of U.S. households — 3.6 million of them — remain totally unprepared for the switch to all-digital TV signals on June 12, which represents a slight improvement over data released earlier this month. While the Providence, R.I.-New Bedford, Mass., and Hartford-New Haven, Conn., TV markets lead the country in DTV readiness, according to Nielsen, Albuquerque-Santa Fe, N.M., and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, are the worst. TVWeek.com (4/16) , Mediaweek (4/16)

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