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Show Abandonment: When Viewers Drop Popular TV Programs

What happens when fans stop talking about a show that used to be their favorite? Take American Idol, for example. Last week's finale was way down from last year's finale. It was the first time a finale did not reach the 20-million mark.
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Despite Digital Platforms, TV Still Relies On Word Of Mouth

TV is still a huge topic of conversation on and offline, according to recent research. In fact, conversation about TV is growing in the last few years. And face-to-face word of mouth still has tremendous power when it comes to attracting new viewers to a show. TV still seems to be the most influential medium when it comes to shaping American culture.
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Nostalgia For Sale As Captain Kangaroo's Pals Are Auctioned Off

A giant lot of Captain Kangaroo memorabilia goes on the auction block this week in Los Angeles. Among the items up for auction are several of the captain's signature jackets, Mr. Green Jeans' famous jeans and the life-sized costume worn by Dancing Bear.
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Left Without New Star Trek Episodes, Fans Create Their Own

The next Star Trek movie comes out this week. It's been four years since the last one came out, and more than 40 years since the final episode of the original Star Trek series aired on television. Some fans moved on. Some spent the intervening decades pining away for Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and the rest of the crew of the Starship Enterprise. And some took up the gauntlet Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry threw down in 1966 and started making episodes of their own.
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Is TV's Traditional Business Model Broken?

The broadcast networks are in New York this week pitching their fall TV shows to advertisers. David Greene talks with reporter Kim Masters, of The Hollywood Reporter, about the new shows and indications the industry is in decline. Masters also hosts The Business on member station KCRW.
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Television's Fall 'Upfronts' A Relic Of Advertising Past

TV Networks are revealing their plans for the upcoming season. Audie Cornish speaks with media and television critic Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times for more on the new shows, trends and surprises.

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