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Two New TV Dramas Look Below The Surface

Jane Campion directs a new Sundance Channel miniseries, Top of the Lake, about a young New Zealand detective played by Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss. Meanwhile, producers from Lost and Friday Night Lights team up to create a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, called Bates Motel.
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Angry Birds TV, Coming To A Mobile Screen Near You

The wildly popular game has been downloaded 1.7 billion times. Now, the company that brings these birds — and the pigs they love to hate — to your phone is launching an animated series, which will be distributed via television and app.
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Sharpton 2.0: From Outsider To Insider

The longtime activist hasn't quite overcome the reputation of his early career, but the Rev. Al Sharpton now commands a uniquely powerful platform.
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A New TV Type: The Spunky, Obsessive Female 'Hummingbird'

New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum wants to add one more character to that long, familiar list of television's archetypes — the optimistic, ambitious, off-putting leading lady. She says Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope and Homeland's Carrie Mathison both fall into this new category.
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Thirty Years Later, 'Hazzard' Still 'A Good-Old-Boy Thing'

The Dukes of Hazzard still inspires legions of fans. This weekend, many of those fans — and some of the show's surviving stars — descend on central Georgia for a celebration of TV's most famous good ole boys. James Best, who played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, joins Rachel Martin for a look back at the show.
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Online TV Shows A Treasure Trove For Data-Mining Viewer Habits

There's more competition than ever on the small screen, as Netflix, Amazon and other Internet streaming services produce original shows. But these companies have a big advantage over cable and broadcast TV — user data. They know what you watch and how you watch it. For more, Audie Cornish talks with Andrew Wallenstein, editor in chief of digital at Variety.
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Valerie Harper, TV's 'Rhoda,' Reveals She Has Terminal Brain Cancer

Now 73, the actress tells People magazine that she doesn't think about dying. She thinks about "being here now." Doctors have told her she has about three months to live, Harper says.
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Nicki Minaj Challenges 'Idol's' Inflexible Formula

As Fox's American Idol moves through its 12th season, it's hard to remember this show was once so popular it clobbered any new series scheduled against it. With ratings down almost 50 percent from its height, the brightest star is new judge Nicki Minaj — because she might understand the show better than anyone. TV critic Eric Deggans explains.

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