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'Parenthood' And The Strange Case Of The Missing Family Drama

Thursday, January 08, 2015

NBC's Parenthood begins its final run of episodes, and we pause to wonder: Why don't they make network family dramas anymore?

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'Archer' And The Loud Comfort Of Rhythm

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Every character on the animated FX comedy is a creep. So why is the show so pleasant, even relaxing, to watch?

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Fresh Air

Matt LeBlanc Has Quietly Made 'Episodes' A Must-See Comedy

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The show, in its fourth season, was created by David Crane, who worked with LeBlanc on Friends. TV critic David Bianculli says its brand of satire is particularly timely and laugh-out-loud funny.

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'Empire': A World Of Unbuttoned Shirts And Dishy Music Stories

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Fox's new drama about the family behind a music mega-company is pretty standard soapy television with some nice performances and a limited understanding of music.

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Studio 360

Ten TV Episodes to Watch Before the Golden Globes

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Our guide to the 10 best episodes of Golden Globe-nominated shows you can watch online before Sunday's awards.
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Morning Edition

Fox's 'Empire' Sets 'Dynasty'-Style Soap Opera To A Hip-Hop Beat

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The drama Empire features Terrence Howard as a ruthless music mogul building a worldwide company. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show works best when focused on the black family at its core.

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Morning Edition

ESPN, Other Networks To Be Streamed On Dish Network's Sling TV

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Linda Wertheimer talks to John Ourand from Sports Business Journal about ESPN's decision to start a streaming service. The service is being done in partnership with Dish Network.

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Rewatching 'The Wire': Classic Crime Drama Seems Written For Today

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

As HBO releases the high-definition version of The Wire, NPR's Eric Deggans says that binge-watching the show feels more like reading today's headlines — especially on issues of race and class.

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Small Batch: 'The Bachelor' Farms Iowa For Fresh Meat

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

A short edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour takes a look — somehow both rueful and gleeful — at the opening episode of a new season of the silliest dating show we can't believe we watch.

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Morning Edition

Longtime ESPN Sportscaster Stuart Scott Dies At 49

Monday, January 05, 2015

During his 22 years at ESPN, Scott became well-known for his signature catchphrases that connected with younger audiences and the hip-hop generation. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2007.

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All Things Considered

TV In 2015: Late-Night Shuffles, Big Goodbyes And More

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The most important TV events coming in 2015 include new voices in late-night, big goodbyes, online platforms picking up old shows and, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says, more of everything.

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Remembering The Voice Of Babe The Pig

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Voiceover artist Christine Cavanaugh died last month. She was the voice behind characters from Babe the pig to Chuckie Finster of Rugrats.

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Donna Douglas, Elly May On 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' Dies At 81

Friday, January 02, 2015

The actress who played the tomboy daughter of Ozark mountain man Jed Clampett also appeared on-screen alongside Elvis Presley and starred in a classic episode of The Twilight Zone.

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Billy Joel, Popular Song, PBS, And Needing A Piano

Friday, January 02, 2015

A PBS concert special looking at the legacy of Billy Joel brings some great stuff, some less great stuff, and a chance to reflect.

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The Madly Uneven 'Downton Abbey' Turns Its Eye From Money To Sex

Friday, January 02, 2015

The fifth season of Downton Abbey continues some trends from past seasons — flawed pacing, especially. But its looks at the choices of women are intriguing.

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'Gilmore Girls' Actor Edward Herrmann, Who Also Portrayed FDR, Dies

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

He played the head vampire in The Lost Boys, a three-term president on TV and a beloved grandfather. The Emmy- and Tony-winning actor was 71. The cause of death was brain cancer, his manager said.

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Fresh Air

John Oliver Is No One's Friend On His New HBO Show

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The comedian who was a correspondent on The Daily Show for 7 1/2 years now pokes fun on Last Week Tonight. Oliver talks about tasing his leg, temping for a thief and remaining an outsider.

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'The Apprentice' Is Dead, Please Stop 'The Celebrity Apprentice'

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Believe it or not, before The Celebrity Apprentice was a really terrible and boring show, The Apprentice was kind of a dishy, fun show. No, it was.

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Morning Edition

Vocab Tech For Toddlers Encourages 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning'

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sesame Workshop's games are designed to help kids learn words and have fun. One New York City educator says it's never too soon to teach tykes that technology can be more than just entertainment.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

From "All in the Family" to "The Jeffersons," Norman Lear Infused Biting Commentary Into Sitcoms

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The television legend wrote, produced, created, and developed more than 100 shows, including "The Jeffersons," "Maude," and "All in the Family."

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