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'The Bark Side' Tells Of Super Bowl Ads To Come

How do you top last year's mini-Darth Vader Super Bowl ad? Use the Force. And several barking dogs. That's not all it takes for success, though, so one ad agency is breaking from the pack — again.
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Stephen Colbert Wants You To Know: That's Definitely Not His SuperPAC

Stephen Colbert had a superPAC. Jon Stewart has it now. But they're totally not coordinating with each other — or so they explain when parodying campaign finance laws as part of Colbert's latest operation.
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Quizmaster Reflects On 50 Years Of 'It's Academic'

Since 1961, the TV quiz show It's Academic has given smart high-schoolers in the Washington, D.C. area a place to shine. The program is listed as the Guinness Book of World Records' longest-running TV quiz show. Host Mac McGarry stepped down in 2011 after five decades as quizmaster.
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Hate Politics, Love TV, Live In S.C.? Not Your Week

Republican candidates are actually spending less money on TV ads than they did four years ago. But outside groups have more than made up the difference. By one analysis, the average viewer in at least one South Carolina market will see political ads 182 times before Saturday's presidential primary.
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Does The Queen of Unhealthy Eating Have To Eat Her Words?

Paula Deen became rich and beloved by selling greasy, sugary Southern comfort food. Now she's got Type 2 diabetes. Can the queen of indulgence promote excess while also promoting a healthy lifestyle? Heaven knows, she's trying.
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Get 'Lost' In J.J. Abrams' Latest Show 'Alcatraz'

Two more shows to add to your 2012 list: Justified, which returns to FX Tuesday night for its third season, and Alcatraz, a new Fox drama and the latest from Lost producer J.J. Abrams. TV critic David Bianculli explains why they're both worth watching.
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Classic Films Don't Always Translate Into Must-See TV

Television has a long history of trying to make classic films work as a series. Some are successful — think M*A*S*H — while others are flops. Critic Eric Deggans reviews the latest attempts to turn successful movies into TV show: The Firm and Napolean Dynamite.

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