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Disappointing 'Redneck' TV Shortchanges The American South

Commentator Eric Deggans looks at a depressing trend in television that presents the American South through a single, durable stereotype: the so-called "redneck."
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DVD Picks: 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

Bob Mondello recommends the original BBC miniseries of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, ahead of the new film.
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Bow Bow, Chk-a-Bow: Five Voices Rise To The Top Of TV's A Cappella Competition

Melissa Block talks to Pentatonix, the group that recently won NBC's a cappella competition The Sing-Off.
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Why Networks Split The Seasons Of Popular Shows

Fans of one of cable's highest rated series The Walking Dead might be disappointed next Sunday to find that their show has vanished from AMC after just seven episodes. What is the point of pulling a show from the air while it's running hot — only to bring it back months later when you may have forgotten about it?
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At Midseason, Serial Dramas Serve Up Big Twists

TV critic David Bianculli talks up some of the twists and turns presented recently in some of his favorite shows — including Dexter, Homeland and The Walking Dead. Note: Spoiler-rich.
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Ali Calls 'All-American Muslim' A Welcome Relief

TLC's new reality show, All-American Muslim follows five Muslim-American families. It aims to dispel misconceptions and stereotypes about the religion. In a recent piece in The Guardian, Wajahat Ali writes that TLC's portrayal is a "welcome relief from the usual tawdry caricatures of Muslims."

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