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By United Press International  |  June 12, 2012 at 4:00 AM
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FRANK CADY: "Green Acres," "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Petticoat Junction" supporting player Frank Cady died at home in Wilsonville, Ore., his family said. He was 96.

His daughter, Catherine Turk, confirmed his Friday death to the Los Angeles Times, but she did not say what the specific cause was.

The California-born radio broadcaster-turned-actor also was a cast member of "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" and had small parts in films such as Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window," the Times said.

He moved to Oregon with his wife, Shirley, in the 1990s. She died in 2008.

JOY BEHAR: Current TV said Monday its new hourlong nightly program "The Joy Behar Show" will premiere on the U.S. cable network this September.

"Joy Behar is a beloved veteran television personality with her finger on the pulse of what viewers care about," Current TV Chairman and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said in a statement. "Millions of Americans tune in daily to hear her take on the issues along with her inimitable style. We are honored that Current TV will be Joy's new prime-time home."

Behar is an award-winning talk-show host, comedian, writer and actress. She has been a co-host of "The View" since 1997.

Her new show will air Monday through Thursday nights.

TRACE CYRUS: U.S. singer Trace Cyrus says he has broken up with his fiancee, actress Brenda Song.

Cyrus, 23, and Song, 24, announced their engagement in October.

"Brenda and I have decided to go our separate ways," Cyrus said in a statement to

"We split up a couple of months ago. We will continue to focus on our careers. I wish Brenda the best and much success in the future. I hope everyone can respect our privacy about this situation."

Song is a former star of the sitcom "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody." She also played a supporting role in the film "The Social Network."

Cyrus' younger sister, singer/actress Miley, announced her engagement to actor Liam Hemsworth last week.

LIEV SCHREIBER: Showtime says shooting will begin soon in Los Angeles on its new drama series "Ray Donovan" starring Liev Schreiber and "Masters of Sex" starring Michael Sheen.

The network said it has ordered 12 one-hour episodes of each new program. Both are to premiere next year.

The announcement was made Monday by David Nevins, Showtime's president of entertainment.

"'Ray Donovan' and 'Masters of Sex,' each in their own distinctive ways, represent the caliber of programming we want to bring to our subscribers," Nevins said in a statement. "Both series are ambitious and expansive, and feature great writing and great acting. I'm so excited for viewers to experience these two new dramas, which I believe will prove to be fantastic complements to our current slate of programming."

In "Ray Donovan," Schreiber plays a professional "trouble shooter" called in to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of Los Angeles' elite. The series co-stars Jon Voight, Elliot Gould, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok and Paula Malcomson.

"Masters of Sex" stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as William Masters and Virginia Johnson, real-life pioneers of research in the study of human sexuality.

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