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Texas Entertainment News, Episode 24 (1996)

Fred Miller

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  •  Release of the movie Lone Star 
  •  Kris Kristofferson 
  •  Director John Sayles 
  •  Ron Canada 
  •  Elizabeth Peña 
  •  James "Happy" Shahan, father of the Texas film industry 
  •  The set of The Alamo, Brackettville 
  •  Production News 
  •  Greg Whiteley, Producer of The Sea Within 
  •  Spotlight on Kris Kristofferson 
  •  The Highwaymen 
  •  Texas Roller Coasters 
  •  Fossil Rim Wildlife Center 
  •  Houston rap group, Geto Boys 
  •  Music News 
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This episode of Texas Entertainment News, broadcast in June 1996, spotlights Texas films and film industry. Featured segments include interviews with the cast and crew of Lone Star, and an introduction to James "Happy" Shahan, the man credited with first bringing the film industry to Texas when he built the Alamo Village on his land in Bracketsville. Hosted from Six Flags AstroWorld in Houston, the show also takes a look at Texas' best roller coasters, and showcases local rap group the Geto Boys on the release of their latest album, The Resurrection.

Texas Entertainment News was created by media producer Fred Miller in 1996. Hosted by Tom McConnell and Leisa Hart (of Total Fitness "Buns of Steel" fame), its goal was to provide a weekly look into entertainment production and events throughout Texas. Airing on Sunday nights at 10:30pm, it was anchored at WFFA in Dallas and carried by 15 affiliates statewide. In addition to the television broadcast, TEN had an online component- a fairly unique experience in 1996. A total of 33 episodes were made before the show was canceled at the end of its first season.

The original URL, www.txent.com, no longer links to the Texas Entertainment News, but it still can be seen at the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.