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A friend told me that The Killing and Drop Dead Diva were coming back on TV. I thought both were canceled.

They were both canceled, and now they're not.

Lifetime killed Drop Dead Diva in January after four seasons, ostensibly to cut costs. But the reaction from fans, and an agreement by all parties to make the show for less money, apparently prompted the network to reconsider.

"This was always a strong brand," Lifetime programming chief Robert Sharenow said in a recent interview. "There was a massive outpouring of support."

The show begins production this month and is expected on the air sometime this summer.

AMC dropped The Killing in July 2012 after its second season. The show started with a promising story line, but lost viewers as the story stretched over two seasons and 26 episodes before revealing who killed Rosie Larsen.

There were rumors that the show might move to another network. But an agreement was reached after creator Veena Sud sold the network on the third-season story line, and promised to wrap it up in a single season. And Netflix stepped in to help offset production costs in a deal that will see the series on the streaming platform sometime this fall.

Production for a 12-episode season began in February, and the two-hour premiere is scheduled to air June 2.

The 'Duck Dynasty' quarterback

Several times on Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson has referenced playing football with and even starting ahead of Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech. How much of that is true?

All of it. While Bradshaw is a Hall of Fame quarterback and Super Bowl winner with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Duck's Robertson was in fact "ahead of Bradshaw on Louisiana Tech's depth chart," according to a story on Sports Illustrated's SI.com site. Robertson, the site adds, "gave up football with one year of eligibility remaining because the game and any future in it interfered with his heart's dearest passion: duck-hunting season."

In 1966, Robertson was the team's top quarterback, completing 90 of 205 passes for 1,011 yards and four touchdowns, with 18 interceptions as the team won just one of 10 games, according to the school's media guide. Bradshaw took over in 1967 and started for three seasons.

While football was fun, Robertson told SI.com that "it was much more fun to be standing down in some flooded timber with about 35 or 40 mallard ducks comin' down on top of me in the woods. That did my heart more good than all the football in the world."

Indeed, the story noted Bradshaw's account in his memoirs of Robertson coming to practice: "directly from the woods, squirrel tails hanging out of his pockets, duck feathers on his clothes. Clearly he was a fine shot, so no one complained too much."

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