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With Olympics Concluded, New Shows Compete For Viewers

TV fans may notice an explosion of new material this week. That's because many networks and cable channels delayed airing new episodes or the start of news series until after the Olympics ended.
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Are Americans Tired Of 'Arrogant British' TV Personalities?

Piers Morgan announced that CNN will be canceling his show, just weeks after Fox TV said it would be parting ways with British star and American Idol alum Simon Cowell.
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Black, British And 'Brain Drained': Playwright Takes Charge In Baltimore

As part of Black History Month, host Michel Martin asks actor, playwright and theater director Kwame Kwei-Armah why he, and so many other British actors, have chosen careers in the U.S.
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British TV Criticized For Airing E-Cigarette Commercial

The first commercial for electronic cigarettes has aired on British TV screens. Some medical authorities fear it is sending the wrong message. Five decades ago, cigarette ads were banned in Britain.
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Fred Armisen's Fake Bands (And Their Real Songs)

The Saturday Night Live alum's sketches about fictional musicians strike a believable chord. Fitting, then, that the original songs he wrote for them are now getting a proper release.
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Are The Barbershop Guys Sorry They Are Not Idris Elba?

The Barbershop guys weigh in on their best Olympic moments so far. Plus, they tell us why they're a better catch than Hollywood hunk Idris Elba.
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New Show Challenges Idea That 'Nobody Cares About The Caribbean?'

Former Jamaican Beauty Queen and Bloomberg journalist, Zahra Burton set up her own news show. Burton tells host Michel Martin about 18 Degrees North which brings news of the Caribbean to the world.
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Justice Scalia And Jon Stewart Concur Chicago Pizza Isn't Pizza

This weekend, the conservative justice weighed in from Chicago on a national pizza controversy. For months, Stewart and Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel have been dueling over whether Chicago's deep-dish style constitutes pizza.
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Jimmy Fallon, 'Your Host ... For Now,' Takes Over 'Tonight'

The new host's first show is getting good reviews. He pledged to "do the best I can" and collected on some "bets" from friends such as Robert De Niro, Lady Gaga and Stephen Colbert who had supposedly bet he'd never take over from Jay Leno.
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Fumbling Through 'Fatherhood,' Even With The Best Advice

For a new documentary Web series, actor Hank Azaria set out to discover why anyone would want to be a dad. Then, he became an expectant father himself. So he asked fellow celebrity dads a new question: Now what should I do?

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