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DirecTV: Customers Balked At Weather Channel's Reality Shows

The Weather Channel and DirecTV are in a contract dispute. At midnight on Monday, DirecTV dropped the Weather Channel and replaced it with a smaller producer of weather programming. The move raises the question: How much weather information do TV viewers need when they can get it from other sources?

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Will Fans Return To A Nicer 'Idol'?

American Idol is back tonight. The program was once indisputably the biggest thing on TV, based partly on the entertainment value of watching the judges snipe at each other. Recently, rival singing competition, The Voice has been successful on the strength of the good-natured banter between its judges. Can Idol be nicer — and will that make it more successful?
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The Few, The Fervent: Fans Of 'Supernatural' Redefine TV Success

Supernatural, a TV show about a duo of demon-fighting brothers, doesn't have the most viewers. But it's lasted nine seasons so far — partly because of its passionate fans, who take their love to Twitter, Tumblr and fan fiction websites. That raises a question: What matters more, ratings or fans' enthusiasm?
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VIDEO: Springsteen, Fallon Do 'Gov. Christie Traffic Jam'

The New Jersey governor gets skewered by NBC's late-night comic and The Boss. Check out their "Born to Run" parody about the scandal surrounding Christie's staff.
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Blogger Reveals Cracks In Codes Onscreen

Computer programmer John Graham-Cumming began the blog, "Source Code in TV and Films," several weeks ago. The blog points out the frequent misuse of computer code in shows and movies.
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Is '16 And Pregnant' An Effective Form Of Birth Control?

A study released Monday suggests that the MTV show 16 and Pregnant has contributed to a decline in the nation's teen birthrate. The researchers looked at teen births, Nielsen ratings, Google searches and tweets, and attribute one-third of the decline to the TV show.
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The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is

The Golden Globes are ridiculous, always. And Sunday night was no exception. Still, there's something about the goofball charm of this often tipsy ceremony that's easier to take than some parts of awards season.
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Why Live Award Shows Have High Value, Even When We Hate Them

Award shows are a booming business these days. Major networks are bringing in new televised awards and revitalizing old ones. The Hollywood Reporter's Matt Belloni explains why there's a sudden surge in producing these largely "DVR-proof" programs.
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The Globes Will Be Golden, But Hollywood Remains Mostly White

Sunday's Golden Globes celebratie a diverse group of actors, but beyond those standouts, Hollywood is still a tough town for minorities. In a "who-you-know" business, professionals say, the only color that really matters is green.
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Revenge Of The 'Nerdist': Chris Hardwick Takes Over Your TV

Chris Hardwick might be the best example of how the nerds triumphed over pop culture in 2013. A standup comic and actor, Hardwick created the Nerdist podcast and hosts Talking Dead (a talk show that discusses The Walking Dead); now, his social media-centered comedy game show @midnight has been picked up by Comedy Central.

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