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Stars Attend 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards

Based on more than a million votes by the American public and the deliberations of a panel of celebrity animal lovers and dog experts, Alice, a five-year-old German Shepherd from Nicholasville, Kentucky, has been named the nation’s most heroic canine, besting 360 other competitors across the country and capturing the top title of “American Hero Dog” at the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards.

Kristin Chenoweth at the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards

Credit/Copyright: Jordan Strauss/Invision for American Humane/AP Images

The ninth annual Hero Dogs Awards is sponsored by the Lois Pope Life Foundation, Inc. and Zoetis, and will be broadcast nationally as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel October 21 at 8:00 pm Et/Pt, 7 pm Central.

In 2015, Antonio was a normal, playful nine-year old who loved soccer and his friends. Then, on a normal day, while riding in the back of his parents’ SUV with his younger
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‘All My Children’ Star Cameron Mathison Says He’s Cancer Free: ‘Prognosis is Very Optimistic’

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‘All My Children’ Star Cameron Mathison Says He’s Cancer Free: ‘Prognosis is Very Optimistic’
All My Children” star Cameron Mathison revealed over the weekend that he was cancer-free.

Speaking to Extra while attending the American Humane Hero Dog Awards, Mathison, who also co-hosts Hallmark’s “Home & Family,” said that he had surgery three weeks ago to remove a tumor from his kidney. He originally revealed his diagnosis last month.

“I’m feeling really, really well. It’s three weeks out of surgery and I honestly didn’t even think I would be feeling up to coming here,” he said. “The recovery has been great, the surgery went really well, the prognosis is very optimistic.”

Also Read: 'All My Children' Star Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis: 'Feeling Very Grateful and Optimistic'

Mathison continued: “They removed the tumor on my right kidney and in doing so they removed part of the kidney itself and left the majority of it, and when they did
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Hosts and Presenters Announced for the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards

Bestselling author Beth Stern and James Denton will return to host the 9th Annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards, a star-studded annual celebration honoring outstanding working dogs from around the country.

The awards gala, sponsored by the Lois Pope Life Foundation and Zoetis, will also feature Trevor Donovan, Danielle Fishel (“Girl Meets World”), Kellie Martin (“Hailey Dean Mysteries”), Debbie Matenopoulos (“Home & Family”), Cameron Mathison (“Home & Family”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Brandon McMillan (“Lucky Dog”), Barbara Niven, Roselyn Sanchez, Eric Winter, and Larissa Wohl (“Home & Family”) as presenters. Additional celebrity participants and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Beverly Hilton and will be broadcast as a two-hour special nationwide on Monday, Oct. 21 (8 pm Et/7 pm Ct) on Hallmark Channel.

The evening will recognize seven canine finalists and reveal which dog will be
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‘All My Children’ Star Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis: ‘Feeling Very Grateful and Optimistic’

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‘All My Children’ Star Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis: ‘Feeling Very Grateful and Optimistic’
All My Children” star Cameron Mathison has revealed that he’s been diagnosed with kidney cancer and will undergo surgery to remove a tumor on Thursday.

Mathison first announced the news on Hallmark’s “Home & Family” morning talk show, which he co-hosts, adding that he was “feeling very grateful and optimistic” in an Instagram post Tuesday.

The television star also used his social media platform to ask friends and fans to send “positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with” while he’s in surgery at 1 p.m. Pt on Thursday.

Also Read: Lori Loughlin's Exit From Hallmark's 'When Comes the Heart' Was Handled Just Right (Guest Blog)

Mathison said doctors told him about a cancerous tumor on his right kidney “about a month ago,” after he got an Mri “for some gut issues [he’d] been having.”

“The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs,
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Mark Steines To Host ‘Animal ER Live’ In First TV Gig Since Hallmark Channel Ouster

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Mark Steines To Host ‘Animal ER Live’ In First TV Gig Since Hallmark Channel Ouster
Mark Steines has been tapped as host of Nat Geo Wild’s Animal ER Live, a four-week, live event series from Live Pd creators Big Fish Entertainment, an MGM Company. Animal ER Live airs Saturday and Sunday nights at 9 Pm Et/Pt, for four weeks premiering Saturday, March 30.

Based out of a studio in New York City, Steines will be joined by veterinary experts Dr. Justine Lee and Dr. Will Draper as they guide viewers through the night, giving commentary on what audiences are seeing in real time as cameras bounce to and from the featured animal hospitals and mobile vet emergency units in Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Oregon; Charleston, South Carolina; Plainfield, Illinois; Kanab, Utah; Fort Bragg, California; and Waller, Texas.

The gig marks Steines’ return to TV following his abrupt ouster last year as co-host of Hallmark Channel’s flagship series Home and Family.

Steines, repped by Apa, was
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Mark Steines to Host Nat Geo’s ‘Animal ER Live’ in First TV Job Since Hallmark Channel Ouster

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Mark Steines to Host Nat Geo’s ‘Animal ER Live’ in First TV Job Since Hallmark Channel Ouster
Former “Home & Family” co-host Mark Steines has been set as the host of Nat Geo’s upcoming “Animal ER Live,” the cable network said Thursday. This marks the TV journalist’s first small-screen job since he was abruptly ousted from Hallmark Channel last June.

Here’s the official logline for “Animal ER Live,” which premieres March 30:

Capturing the fast-paced drama and intensity of a hospital procedural mixed with the unbreakable bonds between pets and their owners, each episode of Animal ER Live will trail teams of emergency veterinarians and specialists as they work tirelessly through the night to save the lives of our pets from coast to coast, giving viewers insight into the extraordinary and unpredictable world of urgent animal care. The series will also follow a wide range of touching cases in emergency rooms and waiting rooms, and accompany on-call vets to homes and farms to treat animals
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Kitten Bowl 2019 Photos: Meet the 20+ Adopted Cat-letes Clashing on Sunday

If your dream Super Bowl features the New England Paw-triots and a halftime performance from Meow-roon 5, have we got the purrr-fect pre-game entertainment for you.

Hallmark Channel’s sixth annual Kitten Bowl, set to begin Sunday at 2/1c, promises to pit more than 20 of the world’s greatest feline footballers against one another in an incredible display of athleticism, patriotism and… a ton of hairballs, probably.

Hosted by animal activist Beth Stern with play-by-play courtesy of Dean Cain (Hit the Floor) and Rodney Peete (Home & Family), the two-hour event aims to raise awareness of the importance of adopting kittens,
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Former ‘Home & Family’ Chef Says She Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Harassment

  • The Wrap
A former chef for Hallmark Channel has filed a lawsuit against the network’s parent company, alleging she was fired for reporting harassment by one of the network’s executive producers.

Shanti Hinojos, a former food stylist and lead chef for Hallmark’s “Home & Family,” named Crown Media and the production companies behind the show in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday. In the suit, Hinojos claimed she was fired from the show after reporting sexual harassment by Woody Fraser, creator and executive producer of the show.

The suit describes Fraser as “[a] harasser who went to great lengths to create a vulgar, sexually charged hostile work environment,” specifically targeting women. Hinojos accuses Fraser of making inappropriate and unwelcome comments about her body and making repeated sexual advances, a hostile work environment exacerbated by his “unhinged temper.”

Also Read: Mark Steines 'Home & Family
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Mark Steines ‘Home & Family’ Legal Claims Have ‘No Merit,’ Hallmark Channel Owner Says

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The parent company of Hallmark Channel has fired back against former “Home & Family” co-host Mark Steines’ lawsuit alleging that he was let go because he supported two women who had filed sexual harassment complaints against the show’s executive producer, saying that his legal claims have “no merit.”

In a statement issued to TheWrap on Thursday, Crown Media Family Networks said that the decision to replace Steines was due to declining ratings.

Crown also said that third party research “indicated that Mr. Steines was perceived negatively.”

Also Read: Ex-'Home & Family' Co-Host Mark Steines Files Lawsuit Over Hallmark Channel Exit

Crown Media has not seen the complaint, but has read in the media that Mark Steines has filed a lawsuit against Crown Media regarding his separation from ‘Home & Family’ earlier this year. The decision to replace Mark Steines was a measured, strategic and difficult decision for Crown Media to make,
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Home & Family: Mark Steines Says He Was Fired for Backing Up Female Staffers' Harassment Complaints

Home & Family: Mark Steines Says He Was Fired for Backing Up Female Staffers' Harassment Complaints
Former Home & Family co-host Mark Steines, who was fired from the Hallmark Channel lifestyle series in May, is suing the network for retaliation and wrongful termination.

In a series of legal documents obtained by our sister site Variety, Steines’ lawsuit details a pattern of abusive behavior carried out by Home & Family executive producer Woody Fraser. According to the documents, Fraser was verbally abusive and sexually inappropriate on the set of the series, particularly when it came to female staffers and guests on the show.

“On multiple occasions, Mr. Fraser would make sexually lewd comments about attractive female guests while speaking to Mr.
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Hallmark Channel Host Says He Was Fired for Backing Harassment Claims

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A former Hallmark Channel host sued the network on Thursday, alleging that he was fired after he supported two women who made sexual harassment claims.

Mark Steines, the ex-host of “Home & Family,” says that he repeatedly complained about Woody Fraser, the 83-year-old executive producer of the show. Fraser is veteran of daytime television, having launched “The Mike Douglas Show” and “Good Morning America,” and served as an early mentor to Roger Ailes.

According to Steines, Fraser harassed and abused staffers on the show, and displayed misogynistic behavior. Steines also accuses Fraser of making lewd comments in his earpiece while he was interviewing attractive guests, such as “Can you see up her skirt (or down her shirt) from there?” or “Wouldn’t you love to turn her around and bend her over and do her from behind?”

Employees would go to Steines with complaints about Fraser, and he would relay them to management,
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Ex-‘Home & Family’ Co-Host Mark Steines Files Lawsuit Over Hallmark Channel Exit

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Ex-‘Home & Family’ Co-Host Mark Steines Files Lawsuit Over Hallmark Channel Exit
Mark Steines, the former “Home & Family” co-host who exited the Hallmark Channel show earlier this year, filed a lawsuit against Hallmark parent company Crown Media on Thursday, alleging that he was fired after supporting two women who brought sexual-harassment claims against the series’ executive producer at the time, Woody Fraser.

According to the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, “In the spring and summer of 2017, two courageous ‘Home & Family’ female producers asserted claims of sexual harassment against Mr. Fraser and Defendants. Plaintiff Mark Steines stood up in support of the women by providing truthful information to the women’s attorneys in support of their claims. Mr. Steines acted appropriately in opposing and reporting Mr. Fraser’s sexual harassment, and supporting the women who spoke out against Mr. Fraser. After learning that Mr. Steines had spoken with the women and their attorney, Defendants chose to flagrantly violate the law by retaliating against him.
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'All My Children' Alum Cameron Mathison Named New 'Home & Family' Co-Host

All My Children star Cameron Mathison is joining Debbie Matenopoulos as the new co-host for Hallmark Channel's Home & Family.

Home & Family, currently in its sixth season, is a three-time Daytime Emmy-nominated lifestyle series with new, original episodes Monday through Friday (10 a.m. Et/Pt) on Hallmark Channel. Home & Family returns for a seventh season this September with all-new Diy events celebrating Fall Harvest and Hallmark's most wonderful time of the year, Countdown to Christmas.

"Cameron Mathison, always a fan-favorite in Hallmark Original movies, brings his enthusiasm, zest and spirit to the liveliest how-to show in all of Daytime television," said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks. "TV viewers have come to know Cameron on All My Children and as a correspondent on Entertainment Tonight, and we cannot wait to welcome him to our Home & Family family when season seven begins."

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Home & Family: Cameron Mathison to Replace Mark Steines as Co-Host

Home & Family: Cameron Mathison to Replace Mark Steines as Co-Host
Debbie Matenopoulos won’t be flying solo at Home & Family much longer: Hallmark Channel has tapped Cameron Mathison to serve as co-host of its lifestyle series, replacing Mark Steines.

According to our sister site Deadline, Mathison — who has served as a guest co-host on the show multiple times, particularly after Steines’ exit — will start co-hosting full-time in September, when the show kicks off its seventh season.

“Cameron Mathison, always a fan-favorite in Hallmark Original movies, brings his enthusiasm, zest and spirit to the liveliest how-to show in all of daytime television,” said Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming and
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‘Home & Family': Cameron Mathison to Replace Mark Steines as Hallmark Show Co-Host

‘Home & Family': Cameron Mathison to Replace Mark Steines as Hallmark Show Co-Host
Cameron Mathison is set to replace Mark Steines as Hallmark’s “Home & Family” co-host, anchoring the daily lifestyle show alongside Debbie Matenopoulos, TheWrap is told.

The “Entertainment Tonight” correspondent has guest co-hosted “Home & Family” over the past five years and became a regular sub after Steines was fired in May. Mathison may be done auditioning for the gig, but he will continue to fill in on a rotational basis for the rest of the summer.

Mathison will begin co-hosting on a full-time basis when Season 7 of “Home & Family” premieres in September.

Also Read: Why Mark Steines Is No Longer Hallmark 'Home & Family' Co-Host (Exclusive)

The official announcement of Mathison as Matenopoulos’s new partner is expected today when Crown Media presents its fall slate at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.

Deadline first reported Mathison’s hiring.

Also Read: Mark Steines Returns to Social Media as
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‘Home & Family’: Cameron Mathison Named New Co-Host Of Hallmark Channel Series Following Mark Steines’ Exit

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‘Home & Family’: Cameron Mathison Named New Co-Host Of Hallmark Channel Series Following Mark Steines’ Exit
Exclusive: Entertainment Tonight correspondent/actor Cameron Mathison will be the new co-host alongside Debbie Matenopoulos on Hallmark Channel’s daily lifestyle series Home & Family. He will replace long-time co-host Mark Steines who was abruptly let go at the end of May after five and a half years. The announcement is expected to be made today as part of Crown Media Networks’ TCA appearance.

Mathison had been an occasional guest co-host on Home & Family since 2013 and has became a frequent substitute in the two months since Steines’ exit. He will continue to guest host for the rest of the summer, switching to full-time co-hosting duties alongside Matenopoulos when the new seventh season of Home & Family launches in September with Diy events celebrating Fall Harvest. Home & Family, which has received three Daytime Emmy nominations, airs Monday-Friday at 10 Am.

Like Steines, Mathison comes to Home & Family from Et where he has been correspondent,
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General Hospital's Jack Wagner Previews His New Movie, 'Wedding March 4'

Get ready for another romantic getaway when General Hospital alum Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco) and Josie Bissett star in Wedding March 4: Something Old, Something New on Saturday, June 23, at 9 p.m. Et on Hallmark Channel! This time around Mick and Olivia have a wedding to plan, plus an engagement party to throw along with an inn full of guests and even more surprises along the way! “We go away for this romantic getaway at the beginning and all of a sudden her daughter FaceTimes her,” Jack Wagner previewed on Home & Family. “So it gets interrupted pretty abruptly.” Unfortunately, Mick’s romantic surprise for Olivia is kiboshed when her daughter announces that she’s getting married. Which means that while Olivia is busy working on her daughter’s engagement party, Mick has to take care of planning a wedding on his own! “I think it’s gonna be smooth sailing,
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Mark Steines Thanks Fans In First Social Media Post Since ‘Home & Family’ Firing

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Mark Steines Thanks Fans In First Social Media Post Since ‘Home & Family’ Firing
It’s been a week since Hallmark Channel unceremoniously divorced Mark Steines from its Home & Family, and today the former co-host finally broke his social media silence.

But there was no earth-shaking revelation or tart-tongued rebuke. Instead, the lifestyle show’s original male face simply thanked fans for their “love & kindness this past week” — and also for wishing him a happy birthday:

Anyone expecting Steines to take a slap at his former employer or show likely clicked elsewhere.

Hallmark Channel announced on May 31 that it had “parted ways” with Steines, who had co-hosted Home & Family since its October 2012 premiere. The next day, his rep said, “The network’s given explanation for making the change was ‘creative reasons’; there were no other reasons given. … We had had nothing but positive reviews and feedback from Hallmark for the entirety of the time he has been on the show including this year.
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Mark Steines Returns to Social Media as Superman After Surprise Hallmark Channel Firing (Photo)

Mark Steines Returns to Social Media as Superman After Surprise Hallmark Channel Firing (Photo)
Mark Steines is looking more powerful than a locomotive in the now-former “Home & Family” host’s return to social media following his surprise Hallmark Channel firing.

The ex-“Entertainment Tonight” personality took about a week and-a-half off from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook after being unceremoniously shown the door at the daily lifestyle and talk show he called home for half-a-dozen years.

Thursday marked Mark’s 54th birthday, and what better way to celebrate than by looking all jacked and drinking coffee from a Superman mug?

Also Read: Why Mark Steines Is No Longer Hallmark 'Home & Family' Co-Host (Exclusive)

“The outpouring of love & kindness this past week has been incredible,” he captioned the glamour shot.

Here’s his Instagram post:

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Home & Family: Why Was Mark Steines Fired? Hallmark Says...

Last night, we reported that Hallmark Channel had abruptly "parted ways" with longtime Home & Family co-host Mark Steines. The cable channel's official statement was a bit cryptic: "Today Hallmark Channel has parted ways with Mark Steines as the co-host of the network’s lifestyle series Home & Family. We are extremely grateful to Mark for his incredible work and wish him all the best success in his future endeavors."Given that Steines was immediately removed from the Home & Family site, more than a few people wondered if there was more to the story. Today, Hallmark made it clear that the channel had no issues with Steines. Management wants to take the series in a different direction and Steines was not part of that change.Here's today's statement: "Shows evolve and change all the time. Mark
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