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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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About The Time Shonda Rhimes Gave Me A Christmas Cat Intervention

Monday, November 10, 2014

'Tis the season for Hallmark movies, and sometimes nothing is quite as good for emptying the brain. Until you get called out on Twitter.

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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Hits A Home Run With The Stupendous Andre Braugher

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sunday night's Brooklyn Nine-Nine gave star Andre Braugher a moment of pure comedic joy-genius.

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Is America Ready To Fall In Love With The Telenovela?

Sunday, November 09, 2014

The CW took a big risk when it adapted a Venezuelan telenovela for American prime time. Now, Jane The Virgin is being renewed for a second season.

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As A New 'Doctor Who' Season Ends, Have Its Stories Matched The Hero?

Friday, November 07, 2014

Britain's Doctor Who series finishes its first season with new hero Peter Capaldi on Saturday. TV critic Eric Deggans says Capaldi's portrayal of the Doctor is often better than the stories he's in.

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All Things Considered

Beyond Cat Videos: YouTube Bets On Production Studio 'Playgrounds'

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The online video giant has just opened a gleaming new production studio in Manhattan. It's part of an effort to attract new viewers โ€” and ultimately compete with companies like Netflix and Hulu.

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Alaska Station Sets Dubious Record: Most Senate Campaign Ads

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The Center for Public Integrity calculates that KTUU in Anchorage ran more U.S. Senate ads this cycle than any station in the country.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Marc Maron Probes the Inner Lives of Comedians

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The popular podcast host tells us about his roots in stand-up comedy, his ventures into radio and television, and how he approaches his interviews with comedians.

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Discovery's Man-Swallowing Snake Stunt Stretches Credulity

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The channel promises to air an episode featuring a man in a protective suit who is swallowed alive by a giant green anaconda.

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Documents, Not Institutions: On 'Benched' And Not Sweating The Future

Thursday, November 06, 2014

A solid new USA comedy serves as a reminder that it's important to support the things you like, whether they're odds-on blockbuster favorites or not.

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'Daily Show', 'Colbert' Strain To Lampoon Democratic Losses

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Both comedy shows aired live, election-themed episodes Tuesday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the broadcasts showed the limits of news-tinged satire on the political scene.

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Morning Edition

'Sherlock' Star Benedict Cumberbatch: Show's Last Season 'Really Freudian'

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The BBC has just released a new deluxe DVD box set with all three seasons of Sherlock, and star Benedict Cumberbatch says the show's last season was its most revealing yet.

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HBO's 'Olive Kitteridge' May Be The Best Depiction Of Marriage On TV

Monday, November 03, 2014

HBO's miniseries, starring Frances McDormand as a sharp-tongued wife, concludes tonight. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans calls it an unsparing, detailed look at the most quietly troubled marriage on TV.

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All Things Considered

Betty White, The Golden Girl From The Golden Days Of Television

Sunday, November 02, 2014

The Hot in Cleveland actress got her start over 60 years ago on a live TV show called Hollywood on Television. Now she's 92 years old, but she says that's no reason to quit show business.

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'We Need To Talk': Sports News By Women, But Men Can Watch, Too

Sunday, November 02, 2014

This fall, CBS launched the first sports talk show with all female commentators. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to panelist Amy Trask about the show, and the evolving role of women in sports journalism.

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All Things Considered

Actor's Calendar: 'Girls,' 'Star Wars,' Taking Theater To The Military

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Adam Driver is famous for his role in HBO's Girls and his major (and mysterious) part in the next Star Wars film. Less famous: The former Marine's nonprofit organization, Arts in the Armed Forces.

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All Things Considered

Like Olive Kitteridge, Actress Frances McDormand Was Tired Of Supporting Roles

Friday, October 31, 2014

"I've made a career of playing small supporting roles," McDormand says. And in a four-hour HBO miniseries she plays Kitteridge, a supporting character who "should be a leading lady."

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Fresh Air

In The Life Of 'Olive Kitteridge,' It's The Little Things That Add Up

Friday, October 31, 2014

The HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand is based on a collection of stories about residents in a small town in Maine. It's about family, friends and the tenuous relationships that make up life.

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