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NBC And Netflix Shelve Bill Cosby Projects As New Rape Claim Emerges

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A TV comedy Bill Cosby was developing for NBC has been canceled, after new allegations against the comedian. Netflix made a similar move; TV Land will reportedly stop airing Cosby Show reruns.

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Fresh Air

Jon Stewart On The 'Daily Show': 'I'm Still Really Proud Of The Work We Do'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stewart talks about his future hosting the show known for its political satire. "It is unclear to me," he tells Fresh Air. "The minute I say I'm not going to do it anymore, I will miss it like crazy."

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'MasterChef Junior': The Secret Ingredients Are Moppets And Empathy

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The cooking-kids show MasterChef Junior somehow combines high energy, endearing kids with really skilled cooking. The result is a very different kind of competition show.

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A Painful Hollywood Portrait Makes For Great TV On 'The Comeback'

Monday, November 17, 2014

We chat about the return of the terrific if little-seen Lisa Kudrow show The Comeback, which has resurfaced on HBO for a new season after almost 10 years.

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Bill Cosby's Silence On Rape Allegations Makes Huge Media Noise

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bill Cosby's silence when asked by an NPR anchor about rape allegations made big media news. The ongoing controversy may also hint at a generational divide between his fans and his latest critics.

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'State Of Affairs': Television From The Precise Middle Of The Barrel

Monday, November 17, 2014

The new spy/political drama starring Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard isn't good, but it isn't bad either. That's a problem in television's very competitive landscape.

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Fresh Air

Holy Smokes 'Batman,' The '60s Series Is Out On DVD

Monday, November 17, 2014

Various rights issues kept the original Batman from home-video release until now. Young viewers may be surprised by its pop-art sensibility, vibrant colors — and that it was played for laughs.

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Morning Edition

Same Suit, Different Day For Australia TV Host

Monday, November 17, 2014

Karl Stefanovic, the co-host of Australia's Today Show, revealed that he's been wearing the same suit on TV every day for a year, and no one noticed.

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Producer Of 'Knight Rider' And 'Battlestar Galactica' Dies At 77

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Glen A. Larson, who was responsible for some of the most iconic television shows of the '70s and '80s, succumbed Friday to complications related to cancer, his son says.

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Jacobson And Glazer Take 'Broad City' On The Road

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Real-life friends and comedians Abbi Jacobsen and Ilana Glazer star in Broad City, about two flawed women navigating New York City in their 20s. NPR's Rachel Martin caught up with them on tour.

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All Things Considered

How'd Karyn Parsons Get Her Gig On 'Fresh Prince'? Brattiness.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Parsons played Hilary Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The role first called for a model type, but Parsons says she couldn't do that. So, she says, she made Hilary self-centered: a "real brat."

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In NPR Interview, Bill Cosby Declines To Discuss Assault Allegations

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The 77-year-old comic actor is weathering allegations by a former Cosby Show actress who says he drugged and raped her in 1985.

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Fresh Air

'Getting On' With It: A New HBO Show Doesn't Tiptoe Around Death

Friday, November 14, 2014

Set in the geriatric extended-care wing of a California hospital, Getting On is a different kind of workplace comedy. Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer adapted the show from a BBC series.

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All Things Considered

The Color Of Politics: How Did Red And Blue States Come To Be?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The United States split into red states and blue as we know them just a few presidential elections ago. Some dislike the broad brush.

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Fishko Files

Vast Wasteland

Thursday, November 13, 2014

More than 50 years ago Newton Minow described television as a "vast wasteland," and the rest is history.

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Farewell To Randy Jackson, An Example Of All That Ails 'American Idol'

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

As founding judge Randy Jackson announces his departure from American Idol, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says he embodies all that's wrong with a pioneering show that's become a pop culture cliche.

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'New Girl' And The Optics Of Breast Whispering

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tuesday night's New Girl took Schmidt's obsession with Cece to a weird place. Well, a weirder place. We wonder: was it too weird?

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Actress Who Played Mrs. Wolowitz On 'Big Bang Theory' Dies At 62

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Carol Ann Susi died Tuesday after a brief battle with cancer, according to her agent Pam Ellis-Evenas. Susi played Howard Wolowitz's mom, Debbie, on the CBS hit The Big Bang Theory.

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All Things Considered

A Crime Drama Crosses The Atlantic And Detective David Tennant Is On The Case

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tennant stars as the same grizzled detective in BBC's Broadchurch and FOX's Gracepoint. It was "too unusual an opportunity to turn down," he says.

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All Things Considered

Despite The Dope, 'High Maintenance' Is About More Than Potheads

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Vimeo's first foray into original Web TV follows a nameless pot delivery dude who engages in oddly intimate business transactions.

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