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‘Cops’ heading to Spike after 25 years on Fox

The Saturday night TV fixture “Cops” is leaving Fox after 25 years to move to the Spike network.

The cable network aimed at young male viewers said Monday it will begin airing the “bad boys” and girls in September.

“Cops,” which follows officers on nighttime patrol, was novel for television when it began airing in March 1989 – back when “reality TV” wasn’t even a television genre. For many years, it was paired on Fox’s Saturday-night lineup with “America’s Most Wanted,” which left the network in 2011 and shifted to the Lifetime cable network.

The move wasn’t really a surprise, since Fox ordered fewer episodes this season and frequently pre-empted the show for sports events.

3 lead nominations for CMT Awards

Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert are the lead nominees for this year’s CMT Music Awards.

The trio of country music’s newest stars are nominated for the top honor, video of the year, along with nine others.

The show airs live June 5 on CMT from Nashville, Tenn. Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell host.

A news release says fan voting is open at the network’s website until June 2. Six finalists for video of the year will be announced at the top of the show, and fans will choose a winner during the broadcast.

E! Online latest in Twitter hacks

E! Online says hackers compromised its Twitter and text messaging accounts, sending out erroneous news alerts about Justin Bieber and Angelina Jolie.

The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for Saturday’s hack.

E! Online said it was working with Twitter to correct the issue, and that an investigation into the attack was underway.

The SEA has taken credit for a string of Web attacks on media targets it sees as sympathetic to Syria’s rebels, including the BBC, and Al-Jazeera English.

The group claims to have hacked the Twitter feed of The Associated Press last month.

Oscar voters to get DVDs in some fields

Oscar voters will no longer be required to see certain nominated films in a theater to cast their ballots.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Saturday that members will be mailed DVDs of documentaries, shorts and foreign language nominees – categories that don’t typically get lengthy stays on multiplex big screens.

President Hawk Koch says the move is an effort to expand member participation by giving voters as many opportunities as possible to see all the nominated films.

The nomination process remains unchanged.

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