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TV Networks Turn To Celebrities To Boost Ratings

ABC TV rolls out a new version of an old show Tuesday — this time its Celebrity Wife Swap. The old Wife Swap wasn't getting great ratings, so they needed to up their game. Eric Deggans, the TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times, explains what celebrities do for reality shows.
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Getting 'Angry' With Comedian Chris Lilley

Australian comedian Chris Lilley may not be a household name in America quite yet, but his devilishly funny mockumentaries have garnered him a cult following. He plays all the main characters himself: whether it's a snotty 16-year-old girl, an eccentric drama school teacher or an American rapper. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rebecca Sheir talks with comedian Chris Lilley about his newest HBO show, Angry Boys, premiering tonight.
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Oprah Winfrey Network Still Finding Its Footing

Oprah Winfrey gave up her coveted spot as the queen of daytime talk to start a cable network. A year after its launch, however, OWN is struggling. Winfrey hopes a show of her own will boost viewership, but admits that running the network is much harder than she anticipated.
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Bridesmaids No More: TV's Women Get All The Laughs

Just a few years ago, some critics predicted reality TV shows would kill the sitcom altogether. Instead, the rise of the Funny Female proves network television's future likely comes with a smile — and a pair of snappy high heels.
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Stephen Colbert: A 'Company' Man On Broadway

The political satirist and comedian talks about his Broadway performance (and performance anxieties) and about his recent segments on The Colbert Report featuring Sarah Palin and Anthony Weiner.
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Margo Martindale: A 'Justified' Backwoods Matriarch

Margo Martindale plays Mags Bennett, the leader of a law-defying Appalachian family in the FX series Justified. The Emmy-nominated actress talks about playing Mags — as well as her other roles in Paris, Je T'Aime and Million Dollar Baby.

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