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Neflix To Stream Original Series Based On Marvel Characters

Netflix and Disney have announced a deal that calls for Marvel Television to develop four original live-action series. The new series will star relatively minor characters from Marvel's catalog.
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Disrupting The Cable TV Model

For decades, cable providers have relied on a "bundled" subscription model: to receive premium stations like ESPN or HBO, consumers had to purchase a package of less-popular stations. But that model is beginning to show signs of cracking.

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Shonda Rhimes Knows Where This 'Scandal' Will End

Shonda Rhimes, the creator of the ABC political drama, spoke with NPR's Renee Montagne about the series — and whether it might survive another administration.
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Vince Giordano: The Fresh Air Interview

Giordano has been obsessed with 1920s jazz since he first heard it on his grandparents' Victrola. His band the Nighthawks performs the music heard on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
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Comediennes Of Color: 'I Am Funny'

Two comediennes of color, Anjelah Johnson, and Debra Wilson, both formerly of Fox's sketch comedy series MADtv, spoke with Tell Me More host, Michel Martin about the discussion on the lack of diversity at Saturday Night Live.
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Norwegian Broadcaster Lures Viewers With 100 Hours Of Chess

The airtime on government-owned NRK will focus on a young Norwegian player's quest to become world champion. It will also make a statement about television. The broadcaster says it's pioneering what it calls "slow TV." A previous effort at slow TV featured 12 hours of non-stop knitting.
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Prime-Time TV Shows Need Winning Time Slot

Viewers are a few weeks into the fall television season and the axe has already fallen on some new shows — while others are starting to demonstrate star power. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne talks to NPR TV critic Eric Deggans about fall TV winners and losers.
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Knitting In Real Time Is Just Right For Norway's Slow TV

Huge audiences are tuning in to Norway's Slow TV, which broadcasts ordinary activities — like a seven-hour train journey, an eight-hour fire — in real time. Creating a sweater on air, from shearing to spinning to knitting, could set a world speed record — but then the segment would be too short. Host Rachel Martin speaks with programming director Rune Moklebust about the Slow TV movement.
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A Male Belly Dancer, Social Activism On Instagram, 'Thriller'

Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about an Instagram artist with a social conscience, one man breaking into the world of belly dancing, and the timeless innovation of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
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Here's The Funny Thing About Black Women On 'SNL'

The late-night sketch comedy show is coming under new criticism. Should Saturday Night Live include more black, female comedians because it's the "right thing to do?"

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