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The Emmys: Satisfying Winners Elevate A Sloppy Show

The Emmy Awards celebrated some very good performances on Sunday night, but the show itself was weak.
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NBC's 'Prime Suspect' Hopes To Fill Some Very Big And Very British Shoes

On Thursday night, NBC's gambling with a new adaptation of a BBC police drama, and the stakes are unusually high. The original Prime Suspect starred Helen Mirren as frosty, frazzled Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, whose travails earned Mirren both a devoted global following and critical adoration that yielded Emmys, Golden Globes and a Peabody. NBC's version stars Maria Bello.
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'Mad Men's' Blankenship: Dying To Go To The Emmys

Miss Ida Blankenship may have been the most memorable character among many on AMC's hit drama last season. When actress Randee Heller took a fatal header into her desk, she cemented her place in TV history — and earned the right to take her first stroll on the Emmy red carpet.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 19

Art about the help and artifacts from the Civil War.
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American History, Seen Through A Shot Glass

The United States as we know it was born in a bar, according to a new history of drinking in America. Author Christine Sismondo says most of the major events of the Revolution were plotted in colonial taverns, the start of a grand old American tradition
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Crown Vic Faces A Hollywood Ending

Ford's rugged and roomy Crown Victoria sedan has long been a favorite of police departments and taxis fleets. But Ford has been trimming its production line and last week, the final "Vic" rolled off the assembly line. Host Audie Cornish recalls some movies in which the Crown Vic played a roll.
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Things To Watch For At Sunday Night's Emmy Awards

We consider a few questions heading into Sunday's Emmy Awards, including new blood, Prohibition versus the '60s, and the very strange case of Charlie Sheen.
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Rogen, Reiser Go In '50/50' On A Few Sick Laughs

Will Reiser and his buddy Seth Rogen tell Audie Cornish about their new movie — a comedy about cancer, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt — explaining that the humor arises not from the illness, but from how the healthy react to the sick.
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Resistance Training For Your 'Willpower' Muscles

In their new book Willpower, psychologist Roy Baumeister and science writer John Tierney explore the science of self-control. Willpower is a limited resource, they say, but with practice and persistence, you can harness "the greatest human strength."

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