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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: 'King Of The Nerds'

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour regulars Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about the TBS competition show King Of The Nerds.

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Morning Edition

3 French Athletes Die In Helicopter Crash While Filming Reality TV Show

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

France is mourning the loss of three athletes in a TV reality show — the second deadly incident in as many years. Many are left wondering if such shows go too far in their effort to boost ratings.

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New HBO Now Streaming Service Shows Consumer's Will Is King

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

HBO on Monday announced a new service presenting its shows online without a cable subscription. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it also shows the power of consumers to bring change in a digital world.

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Morning Edition

Apple's Partnership With HBO May Redefine Cable TV

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Consumers will have to have an Apple device to subscribe to HBO Now, but then they can watch new and old HBO content on that device or their PC. It will cost $14.99 a month.

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Sam Simon, Co-Creator Of 'The Simpsons,' Dies At 59

Monday, March 09, 2015

Simon's previous experience as a writer and producer helped make the show a success. And the money Simon made from the animated sitcom allowed him to live much of his adult life as a philanthropist.

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Fresh Air

'Better Call Saul' Breathes New Life Into 'Breaking Bad' Characters

Monday, March 09, 2015

The new show's co-creator says it became a writers' room joke on Breaking Bad that if something didn't fit it would go on the Saul Goodman show, or what is now AMC's Better Call Saul.

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All Things Considered

Cyberpsychologist: Online, 'Every Contact Leaves A Trace'

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Mary Aiken, who examines digital fingerprints to help solve crimes, is the real-life inspiration for the lead investigator on CSI: Cyber. She says she works where "humans and technology collide."

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All Things Considered

'Kimmy Schmidt' Finds Optimism (And Jokes) In Dark Premise

Saturday, March 07, 2015

The new Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, co-created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper, offers a harrowing twist on the "small-town woman moves to the big city" story.

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BBC's 'Line Of Duty' Stars Play The Cops That Other Cops Detest

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Line of Duty is the BBC's hit police drama about an anti-corruption unit. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with two of the stars, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston.

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Morning Edition

Netflix Snaps Up TV Shows Rejected By Networks

Friday, March 06, 2015

Netflix on Friday releases Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, co-created by Tina Fey. It was made for NBC but the network let it go. Another NBC show, Community, moves to an online home, Yahoo!, on March 17.

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'American Crime': An Ambitious And Inventive Drama With Miles To Go

Thursday, March 05, 2015

It's hard to predict where the complex American Crime might be headed, but it's led by terrific performances and it's tearing into some interesting issues.

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Morning Edition

'It Is About Truths': John Ridley On His New TV Show, 'American Crime'

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The drama, about the aftermath of a racially charged home invasion, challenges its many characters' viewpoints. Ridley says he wanted to explore "what happens when those truths start to fall away."

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Fresh Air

'American Crime' And 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Highlight The TV Revolution

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Tina Fey co-created the quirky comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for Netflix; John Ridley made the emotionally raw drama American Crime for ABC. TV critic David Bianculli says they're both good.

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'Mindy' And The Little Story That Just Might Work

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

There are certain stories that very few shows can tell without falling on their faces. The Mindy Project may be able to beat those lousy odds.

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'Downton' Wraps Another Season Of Marriage And (Sigh) Muuuuuurder!

Monday, March 02, 2015

The fifth season of Downton Abbey, like all of its seasons, certainly wasn't perfect and had way too much murder. On the whole, though: pretty good.

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'Battle Creek' Tries To Shake Up CBS' Cop Show Formula

Sunday, March 01, 2015

CBS' new cop show Battle Creek is based on a 12-year-old script by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. It's among three new network shows that aim to reinvent old TV concepts.

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Will Forte Is 'The Last Man On Earth'

Sunday, March 01, 2015

One man wanders the planet alone in the freshest, most enjoyable apocalypse comedy that has ever featured an inflatable pool full of booze.

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'The Last Man': An Odd Premise, Says Its Creator, But Oddly Relatable

Sunday, March 01, 2015

A new comedy series, The Last Man on Earth, features your average guy who becomes humanity's last hope. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Will Forte, the creator, writer and star of the show.

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Mr. Spock, Mixed-Race Pioneer

Sunday, March 01, 2015

As Mr. Spock on Star Trek, the late Leonard Nimoy embodied the conflicts faced by many biracial and other people of color. Even on the diverse crew of the Enterprise, he stood out.

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Mr. Spock And The Consolations Of Solitude

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Mr. Spock was famously the Starship Enterprise's resident emotionless alien. But writer Elizabeth Graham says many alienated teenage nerds found something to love and share behind that mask of calm.

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