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Swagger On Display At 'Empire' Season Finale Parties

With its flashy swagger and quotable one-liners, Empire, the Fox series about a black music label, has become a cultural phenomenon. A watch party in D.C., had just as much.
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Does Fox's 'Empire' Break Or Bolster Black Stereotypes?

Fox's hip-hop drama Empire ends its first season Wednesday as a huge hit, thanks to black viewers. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it also has sparked a complex debate over TV stereotypes.
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Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.
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Forget Binge Watching: Great Television Happens When Networks Pace Shows

The perfect example, says critic David Bianculli, is HBO's The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Spread out over six weeks, the finale had the most chilling TV moment he's seen in years.
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Does Success Of HBO's 'The Jinx' Herald New Form Of True-Crime TV?

HBO's docu-series The Jinx ended Sunday with murder suspect Robert Durst seeming to admit guilt. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says that moment may also have created a TV genre with its own set of rules.
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Documentary Makers Worry About Being Squeezed Out Of PBS Prime Time

PBS and some of big public television stations are moving news and public affairs documentaries out of prime time. Thy're putting in audience favorites like Downton Abbey and Antiques Roadshow.
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From Waitress To TV Writer: A 'Surreal, Fantastic Cinderella Story'

Diane Ruggiero-Wright was a full-time waitress in New Jersey when one of her patrons asked what she really wanted to be doing. She told him she was a writer — and it turned out he was a writer, too.
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Robert Durst, Subject Of HBO's 'The Jinx,' Arrested In New Orleans

Durst, the troubled heir to a New York real estate fortune, has been questioned in the past over two deaths and a disappearance. It is unclear if his arrest is linked to those cases.
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Univision Incident Reignites Questions About Diversity In Latino Media

Fashion critic and host Rodner Figueroa has been let go for offensive comments about First Lady Michelle Obama. Critics see the incident as an example of racism in Spanish-language broadcasts.
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Obama 'Embarrassed' For Republicans Who Wrote Iran Letter

In two interviews, the president weighs in on controversies over the letter 47 Republicans wrote to the leaders of Iran and Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account.

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