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Philippine Customs chief Ruffy Biazon wrote in his blog Friday that no airport records show Mr. Kitsch visited Manila, and that his officers do not stamp passports.

Mr. Kitsch is best known for his role as American football star Tim Riggins on the television series “Friday Night Lights.”

Yahoo Screens launches first two comedy series

Yahoo was to begin its first season of comedy series on Monday with two shows: “Sketchy,” a satire-infused series, and “Funny or Die Presents: First Dates With Toby Harris,” an offering from Will Ferrell’s popular Web brand, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Internet giant, which aims to rebrand itself as a destination for hot comedy programs, is unspooling the fresh material on Yahoo Screens, its new video portal that scores almost 11 million monthly viewers, according to the New York Times.

“We wanted to put a real stake in the ground when it came to Internet comedy,” said Erin McPherson, head of video programming and originals at Yahoo. “Comedy is where we saw a lot of consumer demand, for both the best of what you see on TV and the viral sensations you see on the Internet.”

“Sketchy” will feature spoofs on “The Hunger Games” and breast pumps, with the latter subject parodied in a spot directed by Lindsay Crystal, daughter of Billy Crystal. In “Toby Harris,” comic actor Seth Morris stars as an unlucky single guy. The show comes via Yahoo’s high-profile, Ferrell-fronted partner, Funny or Die, a key ally as the company takes on Google’s YouTube and Comedy Central’s atom.com in the Internet comedy market.

Next on tap for Yahoo: “Burning Love,” a Ben Stiller-produced reality-show parody starring Ken Marino (“Wanderlust”) as “Bachelor”-like bait for desperado ladies. Mr. Marino created the series, which co-stars Adam Scott (“Friends With Kids,” TV’s “Parks and Recreation”), Malin Ackerman (“Wanderlust”) and comedian Michael Ian Black.

Yahoo’s video-content strategy is based on a Hollywood model of signing talent and building programming from there; the management company Principato Young Entertainment, which focuses on comedy, will assist the company with casting, among other roles.

In the past several months, Yahoo has struck deals with the likes of Tom Hanks and Bill Maher.

Jessica Lange returning to ‘American Horror Story’

For the second season of FX’s anthology series “American Horror Story,” Zachary Quinto and Jessica Lange will be joined by returning cast members Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe, co-creator Ryan Murphy announced Friday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Following its breakout freshman season that featured the deaths of the Harmon family (played by Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton and Taissa Farmiga) who moved into the haunted L.A. abode, Mr. Murphy told reporters that the second season will feature an entirely new setting, story and cast.

Season 2 will shift from the creepy Los Angeles haunted mansion to an East Coast “horror institution.”

Mr. Peters co-starred as mass-murderer-turned-ghost-stuck-in-the-house Tate Langdon, while Miss Paulson had a more limited run as medium Billie Dean. Miss Rabe played Nora Montgomery, one of the original owners of the house at the center of the series.

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