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'Nurse Jackie' Ends As TV's Most Honest Depiction Of Addiction

Showtime's dramedy Nurse Jackie begins its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show offers television's most realistic depiction of a high functioning drug addict.
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'Game Of Thrones' And 'Veep' Anchor HBO's Killer Sunday Lineup

HBO's Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley all start new seasons Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these three shows just might form the best Sunday night lineup on television this spring.
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'Grand Illusion' Exhibit Lifts Curtain On The Secrets Of Setting The Stage

An exhibit at the Library of Congress is devoted to the art of theatrical design. Drawings, sketches, watercolors, posters and scale models reveal how magic and spectacle are achieved before our eyes.
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Bill Nighy And David Hare Team Up Again In 'Skylight' Revival

"Our paths haven't crossed — we've beaten a path towards each other," says playwright David Hare. "Bill is my favorite leading man." Nighy is now starring in a revival of Hare's Skylight on Broadway.
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The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same As 'Mad Men' Winds Down

AMC's award-winning drama Mad Men returns for its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these last seven installments explore how little people change, even in tumultuous times.
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'Wolf Hall' On Stage And TV Means More Makeovers For Henry VIII's 'Pit Bull'

Hilary Mantel's popular novels breathed new life into Thomas Cromwell's legacy. Now, between a play and a miniseries, there seems to be no limit to the blacksmith's son's potential for reinvention.
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James Corden Nods To Talk Show Tradition With CBS's 'Late Late Show'

British comic actor James Corden took over CBS's Late Late Show on Monday with a star-studded debut. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says he offered a touch of talk show tradition with a modern feel.
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William Electric Black Tackles Gun Violence In 5 Ambitious Plays

William Electric Black, the first African American writer for Sesame Street and winner of several Emmys, has a new project: a five-play cycle on gun violence.
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Detroit's 'Frida' Aims To Build Latino Audiences For Opera

The opera, based on the tumultuous lives of painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, coincides with a new exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts devoted to the year they lived in the city.
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Does Fox's 'Empire' Break Or Bolster Black Stereotypes?

Fox's hip-hop drama Empire ends its first season Wednesday as a huge hit, thanks to black viewers. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it also has sparked a complex debate over TV stereotypes.

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