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'Sons Of Anarchy' Ends As A Macho Soap Opera Often Anchored By Women

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy airs its final episode tonight, capping a seven-season run. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says cable's most macho series succeeded by finding strong roles for women.

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(Not) Eaten Alive: A Snake Tale, Made For TV

Monday, December 08, 2014

More than 20 million people watched Discovery's YouTube trailer for the special, in which naturalist Paul Rosolie said, "We're going to get me inside of a snake." But that didn't happen.

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LAPD Says It Will Investigate Abuse Claim Against Cosby

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Judy Huth, the latest accuser of the 77-year-old comedian, says Cosby drugged and raped her in 1974 when she was only 15. Cosby's lawyer has called the claim "absolutely false."

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Four Lessons From The Media's Conflicted Coverage of Race

Saturday, December 06, 2014

After grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes media missteps in discussing race.

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WKRP In Perpetuity

Saturday, December 06, 2014

The AM radio station that gave the late 1970s series WKRP in Cincinnati its name was better than most real radio stations of its era. A new reissue includes most of the songs broadcast on the show.

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All Things Considered

NBC's 'Peter Pan' Draws In 9 Million Viewers (Hate-Watchers Included)

Friday, December 05, 2014

TV critic Eric Deggans debriefs with Audie Cornish about Thursday night's live performance of the musical, Peter Pan, on NBC.

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Morning Edition

Hate The Idea Of 'Peter Pan Live'? NBC Is Counting On It

Thursday, December 04, 2014

NBC's Peter Pan Live! production seems to be utterly in earnest — but TV critic Eric Deggans wonders if the show will need a viewership boost from critics snarking on Twitter to really succeed.

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Fresh Air

Peter Pan's Magic Is In The Pixie Dust

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

NBC is airing a live version of Peter Pan on Thursday, nearly 60 years after the first live telecast. Critic David Bianculli says the cast and the revival of the medium are genius.

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Blood And Bone: The Surprising Sight Of Dead Animals On A Meat Show

Monday, December 01, 2014

There are hunting shows and there are chef shows, but it's still surprising to see a show trace the connection between the two as they do on Eric Greenspan Is Hungry.

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All Things Considered

Mexican TV Icon Roberto Gómez Bolaños Dies At 85

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The a popular Mexican comedic actor and screenwriter known by the nickname "Chespirito," has died after a long illness. He was 85 years old.

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On The Media

Hispanic TV's Star Newscaster

Friday, November 28, 2014

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos has been dubbed "Star newscaster of Hispanic TV."

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Mexican TV Icon Roberto Gómez Bolaños Dies At 85

Friday, November 28, 2014

The actor, writer and director was a staple of Mexican television comedies and children's programs for decades.

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All Things Considered

Diversity On 'The Walking Dead' Wasn't Always Handled Well

Friday, November 28, 2014

AMC's hit zombie drama The Walking Dead airs its midseason finale Sunday. It's now one of TV's most diverse shows, but critic Eric Deggans says it hasn't always served non-white characters well.

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On The Media

Meet Walter Blanco

Friday, November 28, 2014

"Metastasis" is an almost scene-by-scene Spanish-language remake of the hit show "Breaking Bad," starring Colombian actor Diego Trujillo.

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All Things Considered

Christmas Bells Are Ringing, And Cable Holiday Movies Are Unrelenting

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inspired By Real Congressmen, Garry Trudeau Creates a Sitcom

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Alpha House is a comedy about four senators who rent a house together in Washington DC, inspired by real-life Congressmen who share a home in D.C.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Power Brokers From New York to DC to Moscow

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Vladimir Putin's grip on Russia, Garry Trudeau on his new sitcom Alpha House, Gilbert Gottfried on his legacy as a comedian, and Robert Caro reflects 40 years after The Power Broker.

Morning Edition

Cable News Channel Fusion Searches For Its Audience

Monday, November 24, 2014

ABC and Univision launched Fusion a year ago. The channel was designed to appeal to young Hispanics who consume content in English. Fusion pivoted immediately, hoping to appeal to all millennials.

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All Things Considered

'Getting On' Star Niecy Nash: 'I Never Wanted To Be Funny'

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Nash says it took her a long time to see her comedic side as a gift, but she finally embraced it. Now her role as Nurse DiDi in the HBO comedy series has opened the door to more serious opportunities.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Changing America, a Brewing Revolution, and Fighting Rape Culture

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Takeaway looks at President Obama's action on immigration, a look at the violent protests in Mexico, and the allegations of sexual assault facing comedian Bill Cosby.