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MTV is re­viv­ing the stunt com­pe­ti­tion se­ries Fear Fac­tor. Lu­dacris will host the new se­ries, which premieres May 30. The new Fear Fac­tor prom­ises to be more youth-ori­ented with chal­lenges that in­volve things like wa­ter­logged cell­phones rather than the gross-out chal­lenges that char­ac­ter­ized the first go-round, which aired on NBC from 2001-06. Con­tes­tants will pair up into four teams to com­pete for $50,000 (U.S.).

Ex­tra host Mario Lopez and The Talk co-host Sh­eryl Un­der­wood will pre­side over the Day­time Emmy Awards on April 30. Mary Hart, who hosted En­ter­tain­ment Tonight from 1982 to 2011, will re­ceive a Life­time Achieve­ment Award from the Na­tional Academy of Tele­vi­sion Arts and Sciences, along with Harry Fried­man, who pro­duced Jeop­ardy! and Wheel of For­tune. Fried­man will be hon­oured at the cre­ative arts cer­e­mony on April 28.

Nancy Ker­ri­gan is talk­ing about her per­sonal strug­gles af­ter hav­ing six mis­car­riages in an eight-year span. The Olympic fig­ure skat­ing star re­vealed the mis­car­riages to her dance part­ner dur­ing Mon­day’s episode of Danc­ing With the Stars. In an in­ter­view on ABC’s Good Morn­ing Amer­ica that aired Wed­nes­day, Ker­ri­gan called the mis­car­riages “dev­as­tat­ing.” They hap­pened af­ter the birth of her first child, Matthew, in 1996. She turned to in vitro fer­til­iza­tion for the births of son Brian and daugh­ter Ni­cole.

Ger­man cin­e­matog­ra­pher Michael Ball­haus, who worked with Martin Scors­ese on Gangs of New York, Good­fel­las and The De­parted, has died af­ter a short ill­ness. He was 81. Ball­haus spent four decades be­hind the cam­era. Be­sides Scors­ese, he worked with the late Rainer Werner Fass­binder and other Ger­man di­rec­tors, in­clud­ing Volker Schloen­dorff. His other cred­its in­cluded The Fab­u­lous Baker Boys, Broad­cast News, Work­ing Girl and Quiz Show.

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