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Mixed Notes - Oct. 26

By Rich Heldenfels Published: October 26, 2012

I have been off the grid most of today because of some other obligations. Still, I do have a piece in today's Beacon Journal and on about Cleveland's own Halle Berry, now starring in "Cloud Atlas" with Tom Hanks. It's been 10 years since Berry won her Oscar for "Monster's Ball," and more than one person has asked what happened to her career since then. I talk about the ups and downs here.

Sean Hannity, expected in Akron on Tuesday to do his show from local dining landmark Swensons, has canceled. A Fox News rep said concerns about storms and related bad weather led to the change.

NBC will fill part of December with a new Howie Mandel game show. The official word: NBC will debut Howie Mandel’s “Take It All” (formerly “Howie Mandel’s White Elephant”), an exciting new game show to be stripped throughout the holiday week of December 10-14 (9-10 p.m. ET all nights) and to conclude on Monday, December 17 in back-to-back episodes (9-10 p.m. and 10-11 p.m. ET).

As a result, “The Voice” will air a one-hour version of its regular two-hour edition from 8-9 p.m. (ET) on both Monday, December 10 and December 17.

In the show, a contestant selects and opens a prize worth thousands of dollars; dream prizes such as luxury cars, exotic trips, jewelry and VIP experiences. Then, the next player is faced with a dilemma: do they steal a prize that has already been revealed, or do they take a chance with another unopened prize, hoping what's inside is worth more?

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