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'Totally Biased' TV Show Cancelled, A Total Loss?

Comedian W. Kamau Bell's cable talk show Totally Biased earned a lot of buzz, but was recently cancelled. NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans tells host Michel Martin why, and sheds some light on the television industry.

TV Reruns Are Cash Cows For Multiple Reasons

Reruns used to mean watching the same network episodes over again, say during the summer. Years later, viewers could catch a favorite show on cable. These days, reruns are tucked in just before prime-time lineups. And now binge viewers can catch them online with services such as Amazon, Hulu and Netflix.

The Future Of Magazines, Internet Real Estate, 'The Book Thief'

This week on the podcast edition of All Things Considered, inside the world of cyber real estate, the modern magazine industry, and J. J. Abrams latest project — a cyber cop drama.

J.J. Abrams On His Dynasty: Too Much Power For One Man

The television and film producer already has Mission: Impossible and Star Trek under his belt, and now he's taking on the 2015 installment of Star Wars. Abrams is also the executive producer of the new Fox show Almost Human. Plus, he released his first book in October, co-authored with writer Doug Dorst.

Republican-Filled 'Alpha House' Aims For Bipartisan Laughs

Amazon's new original comedy series, "Alpha House," features four U.S. senators — all Republicans — sharing living quarters on Capitol Hill. But the show, a creation of Gary "Doonesbury" Trudeau, tries to make fun across political aisles.

Amazon Opens An Entertainment Door With 'Alpha House'

The online retailer is premiering its first original show — a comedy about four senators bunking together in D.C. NPR's Eric Deggans says the series, which stars John Goodman, isn't quite the sharp comedy you might expect from creator Garry Trudeau.
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Reflecting On Reflections Of The JFK Assassination

This week, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever joins us to reflect on what the programming reveals about our cultural connection to the eras that ended and began Nov. 22, 1963.


Can Math Help Contestants Beat The Odds On 'The Price Is Right'?

Audie Cornish talks to Ben Blatt of Slate about how to apply game theory to the popular daytime game show, The Price Is Right.

Fox Says Diversity Leads To Good Ratings And Better Business

Fox's business imperative: A diverse cast increases the likelihood the network will pick up a new show, promote it, syndicate it and see it do well with audiences.

Comcast Deal Puts New Minority-Run Channels In Play

The conglomerate is launching new networks — targeted at diverse audiences and run by Sean Combs, Magic Johnson and Robert Rodriguez — to satisfy an agreement made with the FCC when the company merged with NBCUniversal.