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After Ben Affleck Scandal, PBS Postpones 'Finding Your Roots'

The show came under fire after leaked emails revealed that the actor asked the show to hide the fact that one of his ancestors owned slaves.
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Henry Louis Gates Apologizes Over Ben Affleck 'Find Your Roots' Episode

Gates has apologized for not being more transparent in handling a controversial episode of the series he hosts on PBS, Finding Your Roots. PBS has delayed scheduling the show's third season.
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Amy Poehler Asks A Critic Of Women's Sports, 'Really!?!'

Unfortunately for Sports Illustrated analyst Andy Benoit, two people who noticed his dismissal of the Women's World Cup were Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 24, 2015

You can hear some country and roots-rock music or see a movie about the man who’s best known as a massive yellow bird from a children’s television show.

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The Human Drama Of Hacking Fuels TV Thriller 'Mr. Robot'

The new show, which focuses on a vigilante programmer, has gotten some rave reviews from real-life hackers. But the show's creator, Sam Esmail, says he wasn't inspired by any individuals in the news.
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HBO's 'The Brink' Puts The Situation Room In Situation Comedy

The show is a response to the notion that sitcoms have generally ceded political satire to fake news programs. It opens with a certifiably crazy general taking control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal.
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In Ramadan, Saudi Families Break Bread And Watch TV Dramas

Across the Arab world, Ramadan is prime time for soap operas. This year a Saudi program takes a look at young people and the tensions and issues they face in the kingdom.
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HBO Series 'Veep' Leaves Maryland In Its Dust

HBO's political satire program "Veep" is leaving Maryland after four years. The series scored larger tax credits from the state of California.
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Why Isn't The Second Season Of 'True Detective' More Surprising?

HBO's crime drama returns for its second season on Sunday. It has a new cast, setting and story. Our TV critic says the new episodes should have retained a bit more of what worked from last season.
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4 Ways NBC Might Rehabilitate Brian Williams' Image

Now that NBC has finalized a deal to move disgraced anchor Brian Williams to MSNBC, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans outlines some ways the network might salvage his credibility.

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