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Producers Pitch Dream Reality Shows

Two thousand people who make reality television gathered this week for a convention in Washington, D.C. No appearances from Snooki or Padma, but there were representatives from Celebrity Wife Swap, Deadliest Catch and Rocket City Rednecks. Hundreds of producers vied for the chance to pitch network executives their ideas for new shows.
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How Did That Ad Make You Feel? Ask A Computer

Rosalind Picard specializes in something called affective computing. She designs technology that can measure and communicate human emotion. Her work started with autistic children, and from there, she moved on to using computers to assess people's emotional connections to brands.
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3 Hidden Themes Of This Year's Super Bowl Ads

Watching the Super Bowl ads every year has become not only a parlor game but an annual checkup of the national zeitgeist. Research shows that more than half of those tuning in want to see the commercials as much as — or even more than — the game itself.
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The Producers Behind NBC's Musical 'Smash'

Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan take us inside the world of Smash, the new NBC musical drama about the people putting together a Broadway musical.
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RuPaul: Half A Century Of Pure Glamour

RuPaul is known for his dazzling dresses, sky-high wigs and even higher stiletto heels. His latest accomplishment is hosting "RuPaul's Drag Race," a modeling competition for drag queens, now in its fourth season. Host Michel Martin speaks with 51-year-old entertainer, singer and model RuPaul.
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Fans Mourn 'Soul Train' Host, Don Cornelius Was 75

Don Cornelius dismissed the description that Soul Train was the "black" American Bandstand. He said the show was for everybody, and he showcased white acts as well as black — as long as they were funky. The show was an important cultural barometer and a touch-point for young African Americans who saw few reflections of their lives on TV or in the movies in the 1970s and eighties.
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TV News Uses Puppets To Recreate Courtroom Drama

A high-profile corruption trial in Cleveland is being re-enacted on a local news station using puppets. Cameras are barred from the courtroom so the station has come up with a unique way to show what's been going on in the courtroom. A former county commissioner and seven others face prison terms for a pay-to-play scheme.

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