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After 50 Years, Regeneration Keeps 'Doctor Who' Current

Not counting a 16-year break the British science-fiction TV series took around the 1990s, Doctor Who is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Saturday. There's a special in 3D that's going to be simulcast in 75 countries, and the BBC has made a movie about the history of Doctor Who.
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'Alpha House' Latest Show To Be Based In Nation's Capital

The fourth episode of the web-only series Alpha House goes live on Amazon Prime on Friday. The political comedy stars John Goodman and was created and written by Garry Trudeau of "Doonesbury" fame. It's about four Republican senators living in a house and is loosely based on a real Capitol Hill living arrangement.
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For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic 'Power'

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele each have a white mother and black father, and a lot of the jokes on their Comedy Central show are about race. Peele tells Fresh Air that their backgrounds allow them to do characters others would feel uncomfortable doing.
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'Totally Biased' TV Show Cancelled, A Total Loss?

Comedian W. Kamau Bell's cable talk show Totally Biased earned a lot of buzz, but was recently cancelled. NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans tells host Michel Martin why, and sheds some light on the television industry.
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TV Reruns Are Cash Cows For Multiple Reasons

Reruns used to mean watching the same network episodes over again, say during the summer. Years later, viewers could catch a favorite show on cable. These days, reruns are tucked in just before prime-time lineups. And now binge viewers can catch them online with services such as Amazon, Hulu and Netflix.
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The Future Of Magazines, Internet Real Estate, 'The Book Thief'

This week on the podcast edition of All Things Considered, inside the world of cyber real estate, the modern magazine industry, and J. J. Abrams latest project — a cyber cop drama.
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J.J. Abrams On His Dynasty: Too Much Power For One Man

The television and film producer already has Mission: Impossible and Star Trek under his belt, and now he's taking on the 2015 installment of Star Wars. Abrams is also the executive producer of the new Fox show Almost Human. Plus, he released his first book in October, co-authored with writer Doug Dorst.
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Republican-Filled 'Alpha House' Aims For Bipartisan Laughs

Amazon's new original comedy series, "Alpha House," features four U.S. senators — all Republicans — sharing living quarters on Capitol Hill. But the show, a creation of Gary "Doonesbury" Trudeau, tries to make fun across political aisles.
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Amazon Opens An Entertainment Door With 'Alpha House'

The online retailer is premiering its first original show — a comedy about four senators bunking together in D.C. NPR's Eric Deggans says the series, which stars John Goodman, isn't quite the sharp comedy you might expect from creator Garry Trudeau.
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Reflecting On Reflections Of The JFK Assassination

This week, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever joins us to reflect on what the programming reveals about our cultural connection to the eras that ended and began Nov. 22, 1963.

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