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Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" prepares a meal at the Robertson family home featured on the A&E reality TV show.
Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" prepares a meal at the Robertson family home featured on the A&E reality TV show. (Photo: DuckCommander.com)

Group behind "Duck Dynasty" petition reacts to A&E reversal

Among the moves, reports and actions taken after GQ reported on comments made by Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" on A&E, there was a petition drive that obtained more than 260,000 signatures.

The petition created by Faith Driven Consumer was aimed at reinstating Robertson on the hit series after the network announced it was suspending the head of the reality show family.

As we’ve been finding in this digital age, the web continues to be a well-used tool to organize and effort to rally support for another action taken on a traditional media platform. In the days of early television, it took a letter-writing campaign to get one of the big networks to save, re-work or re-air a show.

Now, people create organizations and use social media to mobilize others in support of a wider petition effort.

On Friday, A&E reversed its suspension decision after talks with the family.

Faith Driven Consumer, the group that created IStandWithPhil.com, calls itself a movement connecting Christian consumers with companies that are relatively more compatible with a biblical worldview.

"By educating and engaging Christian consumers, Faith Driven Consumer provides an online community forum offering resources for making more faith-conscious decisions, encourages companies to meet the unique needs of Faith Driven Consumers, and offers a national voice for this rapidly emerging, economically powerful and Christ-centered consumer market segment," the organization described its mission as in a press release.

Chris Stone, founder of Faith Driven Consumer, offered his thoughts on Friday evening:

"Today’s decision by A&E to reinstate Phil Robertson to ‘Duck Dynasty’ is in direct response to the powerful and engaged voices of millions of Faith Driven Consumers, as highlighted by more than 260,000 signers of the IStandWithPhil.com petition.

"However, the question remains, has the Faith Driven Consumer community truly been heard?

"Despite our celebration, we remain uncertain of A&E's …

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"The Sing-Off" contestants from the hit NBC show will perform at The Pabst Theater on March 20.
"The Sing-Off" contestants from the hit NBC show will perform at The Pabst Theater on March 20.

NBC's "The Sing-Off" tour coming to The Pabst Theater

"The Sing-Off," NBC’s a cappella music competition, will take its cast on the road this winter.

The hit show airs locally on WTMJ-TV Ch. 4, with the current Season 4 running now until Dec. 23.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for the entire "Sing-Off Live Tour!" The tour, which comes to The Pabst Theater on Thursday, March 20, will feature the newly crowned best a cappella group in the country, along with other finalists from the show.

"The incredible reception 'The Sing-Off' has received this season is a testament to the show's ability to intrigue and move viewers with the sheer talent it showcases," said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming for NBC Entertainment.

"The tour will be a unique experience for fans of the show to get up close and personal with their favorites groups and experience the magic of a cappella live."

The tour stop will include, "individual sets from each act, all-new group numbers, ultimate sing-offs and a few new surprises."

VIP Nation is also offering VIP ticket packages. Fans should visit singofftour.com for more information on tickets and VIP passes.

A candid interview with Britney Spears will air at 10 p.m. Monday on TVGN.
A candid interview with Britney Spears will air at 10 p.m. Monday on TVGN. (Photo: shutterstock.com)

"Britney Blowout" features candid interview with pop singer

The TV Guide Network (TVGN) will premiere a one-hour television special, "Entertainment Tonight Presents: Britney Blowout," on Monday at 10 p.m.

The special will spotlight the pop music singer and her new album, "Britney Jean," which was released on Dec. 3.

The show will feature Britney Spears’ candid interview with "Entertainment Tonight" host Rob Marciano, to discuss the CD and the highly-anticipated Las Vegas show, "Britney: Piece of Me," which opens on Dec. 27 at Planet Hollywood.

"Good Morning America" co-host Josh Elliott will be the host of the Donald Driver's Driven to Achieve Awards. (PHOTO: shutterstock.com)
"Good Morning America" co-host Josh Elliott will be the host of the Donald Driver's Driven to Achieve Awards. (PHOTO: shutterstock.com)
Donald Driver will be presenting his foundation's awards on March 29 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. (PHOTO: donalddriverfoundation.com)
Donald Driver will be presenting his foundation's awards on March 29 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. (PHOTO: donalddriverfoundation.com)

Driver taps "GMA" co-anchor as awards host

Josh Elliott, a co-anchor on ABC's "Good Morning America," will host the first annual Donald Driver's Driven to Achieve Awards presented by BMO Harris Bank on March 29 at The Pfister Hotel.

The Donald Driver Foundation made the host announcement this week.

"Josh is the perfect host for this event," Driver said in a release.

"I have known Josh since my rookie year and consider him to be a true friend. He shares my passion for giving back to the community and his combination of tremendous character and incredible charisma made him our first choice for the event. We are blessed to have him on board." 

Founded in 2001 by Donald and Betina Driver, the Donald Driver Foundation serves as a hand up, not a hand out, for underprivileged children and families. With core focus on education, homelessness, career development and health and wellness, the work of the Donald Driver Foundation touches thousands of lives each year, the release said.

"I very much look forward to hosting the first annual Driven to Achieve Awards," Elliott said. "I was delighted that my good friend, Donald, asked me to help recognize those who do so much for communities across the United States."

Donald Driver’s Driven to Achieve Awards presented by BMO Harris Bank was created by Green Bay Packers receiver, "Dancing with the Stars" champion, and 2013 AMVETS Humanitarian of the Year Donald Driver, to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of multiple charities, companies, community leaders and celebrities that are making a difference on a national and local level.

Sponsor tables for the awards are available through Lammi Sports Management at (414) 727-3600 or Pat Mueller of P.M. Mueller & Associates at (262) 796-1005 or by email at patmueller@att.net.

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