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'Parks And Recreation' Shows The Beating Heart Of Its Great Love Story

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Parks and Recreation nears its end with a wonderful close-up episode for its dearest loves.

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FT Big Read

Amazon goes to Hollywood

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Amazon goes to Hollywood

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Fresh Air

Benedict Cumberbatch On Alan Turing's Awkwardness And Sherlock's Sex Appeal

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The actor gained critical acclaim — and a big following — for his role in Sherlock. Now he's up for an Oscar for his portrayal of eccentric mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

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Morning Edition

He Invented Instant Replay, The TV Trick We Now Take For Granted

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

When Tony Verna was a young CBS News director, he created instant replay during the 1963 Army-Navy football game. His new visual effect changed the way we watch live sports. Verna died Sunday at 81.

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An Uneven But Auspicious 'Nightly' Opener

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show has a few things to iron out with its long panel segment, but his anchor-desk work is tops.

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Fresh Air

'The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore' Debuts In Slot Vacated By Stephen Colbert

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

On Monday night, Comedy Central premiered former Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore's new show. While Wilmore's sarcastic comments on clips were funny, the round-table discussion didn't sparkle.

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Morning Edition

Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Brings A New Voice to Late Night TV

Monday, January 19, 2015

The ex-Daily Show correspondent becomes the only black man to host an entertainment show in late night TV. And he starts on an important occasion; the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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Can A 'Whitney' Biopic Beat Watching Whitney Houston?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Angela Bassett directs the Lifetime movie about Whitney Houston airing Saturday, but the project lacks structure and especially subtlety.

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'Critical Mass' Of Rape Allegations Prompted NBC To Cancel Cosby Project

Friday, January 16, 2015

NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt said it was "safe to say" there won't be any future projects with the comedian who starred in the network's iconic The Cosby Show.

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All Things Considered

Nancy Grace Says 'Gone Girl' Satire Was Flattering, Made Her Laugh Out Loud

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gone Girl fictionalizes the controversial cable news star. "I did not go into this to win a popularity contest," says Grace, host of a true crimes and current affairs show on HLN.

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All Things Considered

Amazon Gains Ground With Online-Only Shows

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

With the announcement this week that Woody Allen will write and direct a new television series for Amazon, the online retailer is now poised to be a major force in television.

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Fresh Air

In 'Broad City,' Two Women Make Comedy From The 'Muck' Of New York Living

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Comedy Central show is about single 20-somethings who sit around and make each other laugh. Stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer poke fun at New Yorkers' "sick, masochistic romance" with the city.

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Woody Allen Is The Latest Hollywood Star Director To Try TV

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Allen says he's not sure how he got into this or what he'll do. His half-hour series is set for Amazon's streaming video service.

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Fresh Air

'Man Seeking Woman' Examines How It Feels To Be Single, Dating And Rejected

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The new comedy series on FXX is a cross between an early Woody Allen comedy and a very edgy late-night comedy sketch. It's part literal, part impressionistic — even surrealist — and very different.

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A Few Caveats About The New World Of Television

Monday, January 12, 2015

There's a lot happening in the world of television, with both business and content. But before we assume a new future, there are some cautions to keep in mind.

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Morning Edition

Big Wins For 'Transparent' Make It Clear: TV's Undergoing A Revolution

Monday, January 12, 2015

The show, which portrays a 70-year-old coming out as transgender, won two Golden Globes — the first wins for original programming by Amazon.

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New Streaming Services Are Changing TV — And Viewers, Too

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Streaming services like Netflix and the DISH Network's new Sling TV are helping consumers break free of cable subscriptions. That means TV shows must find new ways to connect with their viewers.

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C'mon, 'Glee': Bring It Home

Friday, January 09, 2015

They're starting the final run of episodes of Glee, and even though it's not what it once was, it would be great to see it end on a ... high note.

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All Things Considered

And The Moral Of The Story Is ... Kids Don't Always Understand The Moral

Thursday, January 08, 2015

"Research among U.S. populations of kids indicates that this ability to articulate a moral theme develops fairly slowly, emerging only around age 9 or 10," says researcher Seeta Pai.

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Why I Asked Tina Fey About 'Charlie Hebdo' At The TV Critics Press Tour

Thursday, January 08, 2015

At the TV Critics Association's press tour, journalists can struggle to connect news on the industry to real life. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Tina Fey's words on satire and freedom resonated.

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