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Debate Review: How Did It Play Out As A Media Event?

Tuesday night's Democratic debate at a Las Vegas casino wasn't just a political exercise. It was prime-time television drama. Pop star Cheryl Crow sang the national anthem before the debate started.

Groups Aim To Make It Easier To Own A Cable TV Box Instead Of Renting

A study estimated that 99 percent of cable TV subscribers rent their set-top boxes and pay on average $231 a year to do so. Groups want to make it easier for consumers to own similar devices.
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Dick Van Dyke: "Keep Moving"

Dick Van Dyke has been charming audiences for generations. In a new memoir, the actor explains how he stays in touch with his inner child and why life gets better the longer you live it.


'Fargo' Returns, With An Oddball Style Reminiscent Of 'Twin Peaks'

The FX-drama series Fargo begins its second season Monday with a new story and cast. TV critic David Bianculli says the new season is full of charm, and "ridiculously loaded" with great performances.

TV Series Review: 'Fargo' Returns To FX

FX's TV adaptation of Fargo returns for a second season Monday night. Our critic says the new episodes are a quirky, creative reinvention that improves on an already stellar show.

At 84, Award-Winning Actress Rita Moreno Tries New Projects

Rita Moreno will receive the Kennedy Center Honor next month for her career in show business. With a new gig as a voice in an animated TV series and a new album, there's no way she's done performing.

'A Lesson In History': 'Narcos' Director And Actor On Show's Authenticity

Jose Padilha, director of Narcos, and Javier Pena, one of the DEA agents portrayed in the show, sit down with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro to talk about how narco-terrorism makes for good television.

'If They Have It, It's Undeniable': Lorne Michaels On Casting 'SNL'

The Saturday Night Live executive producer says criticism of the show's perceived lack of diversity frustrated him, but that the perception needed to be addressed.

Correction: Product Integration And Televison Advertising

In an interview with New Yorker writer Emily Nussbaum Wednesday, NPR mistakenly characterized a segment on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert as paid product placement. Both Taco Bell and Ben & Jerry's say they had nothing to do with the segment.

In The 'Golden Age Of Television,' Advertising Intersects With Programming

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum about her essay on the new model of advertising in the so-called "golden age of television."