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As 'Ray Donovan,' Liev Schreiber Cleans Up Hollywood's Messes

In the FX series, Schreiber plays a Hollywood fixer with some personal problems of his own. While TV is newish territory for Schreiber, playing a man plagued by inner demons is not. He talks with Dave Davies about acting the heavy — and how his face has shaped his career.
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Deen Parts With Agent After Racial Slur Fallout

Paula Deen announced Thursday that she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star. Her media and merchandising empire has largely crumbled following her admission that she used racial slurs in the past.
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Elisabeth Moss: From Naif To Player On TV's 'Mad Men'

As Peggy Olson on AMC's drama series, the actress has learned about her character's personality and development episode by episode, script by script, just like those of us who watch the show on TV. And she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that she prefers it that way.
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Shirley Jones: "Shirley Jones: A Memoir"

Shirley Jones is best known for her starring roles in classic musicals like "Oklahoma!," "Carousel" and "The Music Man." And, of course, she portrayed one of TV's iconic moms in the '70s hit sitcom, "The Partridge Family." Fewer fans may know of her Oscar-winning dramatic role as a prostitute in the 1960 film "Elmer Gantry." Diane speaks with Shirley Jones about her career as a singer, actor and, now, an author.

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Local TV Stations Snapped Up In Buying Sprees

Chicago-based Tribune Company, newly out of bankruptcy, is trying to sell its newspaper holdings. The company is making a major play in local TV. The Sinclair Broadcasting Group owns and runs more stations but it too went on a TV buying spree this year. So have the Gannett Company and Media General.
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A Deeper Dive Into Television's 'Difficult Men'

From Tony Soprano to Don Draper, male characters drive this new — and yet old — form of storytelling. Weekend Edition Sunday host Linda Wertheimer talks with Brett Martin, author of Difficult Men: Behind the scenes of the Creative Revolution from The Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
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Can 'Devious Maids' Really Break Stereotypes About Latinas?

On Sundays this summer, Lifetime has a new show from the creator of Desperate Housewives, Mark Cherry. Critic Eric Deggans says Devious Maids is trying to explode stereotypes about Latinos and domestic workers. But it might not be trying hard enough.
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Learning What Not To Do From Paula Deen

Disgraced TV chef Paula Deen joined the ranks of public figures who've had to apologize for past mistakes. But how does the average person seek forgiveness when they don't have a P.R. team on speed dial? Host Michel Martin speaks with Steven Petrow, etiquette columnist at The New York Times, about apologies.
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Why Paula Deen Can't Be A 'Food Network Star'

The reasons Paula Deen couldn't stay on at Food Network are right there in a show it produces.
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'Devious Maids' On TV: Thumbs Up Or Down?

The new TV show Devious Maids is catching big buzz for the sexy and scandalous story lines - but not in a good way. Critics say the show perpetuates Latina stereotypes. Supporters say it's entertainment and gives Latina actresses some shine. Host Michel Martin asks the beauty shop ladies to weigh in.

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