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New ‘Kitten Bowl’ to rival annual ‘Puppy Bowl’

The rivalry on Super Bowl Sunday is already shaping up as a battle between puppies and kittens.

Hallmark Channel says it’s introducing an annual “Kitten Bowl” on Feb. 2. It’s a three-hour showcase of feline agility, but the network says any form of cuteness is key to the game.

Cat contenders will be recruited from animal shelters. The prize will be a loving home for these orphans.

“Kitten Bowl,” produced in partnership with the American Humane Association, will be vying for viewers with Animal Planet’s 10th annual “Puppy Bowl,” which features its own “Kitty Half-Time Show.”

Hallmark’s “Kitten Bowl” will air at noon, then encore twice immediately after.

Of course, viewers who don’t care about puppies or kitties won’t be forgotten. There’ll be football on another channel.

‘The Office’ plans Scranton wrap party

The TV comedy “The Office” is marking the end of its long run with a wrap party in the Pennsylvania city where it’s based.

The Times-Tribune newspaper says cast and crew members related to the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. will visit Scranton next month.

It says the event was announced Thursday at a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders minor league baseball game and will involve several activities in the city on May 4.

The festivities include a breakfast for fans, a panel discussion with the show’s writers and a parade. There also will be a cast question-and-answer session and a sneak peek at the last episode.

The Steve Carell show ends its nine-year run on NBC on May 16.

An October 2007 “Office” convention in Scranton lasted several days and was attended by thousands of fans.

‘Development’ moves to Netflix

“Arrested Development” will be reborn on Netflix on May 26.

The subscription service announced the premiere date Thursday, saying that all 15 episodes of the comedy series will be posted at the same time. The Mitchell Hurwitz sitcom starring Jason Bateman was canceled by Fox in 2006 after three seasons.

“Arrested Development” is the most eagerly anticipated original series from Netflix following the political thriller “House of Cards,” which debuted in February.

In a statement, Netflix chief executive Ted Sarandos says the return of the cultishly beloved “Arrested Development” “is sure to make history all over again.”

In response, Hurwitz joked that Sarandos is “going to be immensely disappointed.”

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