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Is Honey Boo Boo Hazardous?

Reality TV shows have gotten big ratings over the past few years — and the crazier they are, the more popular. Some people say it's just harmless entertainment, but critics say the on-screen fighting and confrontations have disturbing effects on young women.
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'Friends' Will Be There For You At Beijing's Central Perk

A Chinese man in Beijing has set up a cafe identical to the New York hangout on the hit TV show. For owner Du Xin, Friends is "like a religion" — and he's not the only one. He's opened a second Central Perk in Shanghai, capitalizing on the Chinese fondness for the six friends and their laid-back, freewheeling lives.
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Armstrong Confesses To Doping During Cycling Career

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong said he blood doped or used banned substances in all of his seven Tour de France victories. He also said he didn't believe it was possible to win seven titles without using drugs "in that culture."
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In A Fragmented Cultureverse, Can Pop References Still Pop?

In film and TV, pop culture references are meant to give a knowing nod to those in the audience who understand the joke. But in an increasingly segmented and diverse country, those jokes may be pulling in fewer laughs.
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Conrad Bain, Mr. Drummond On 'Diff'rent Strokes,' Dies

He was the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers on the popular TV series, which aired from 1978-86. Bain, 89, died Monday in California. The show made Gary Coleman a star. He died in 2010.
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Remembering Public Television's Huell Howser

Southern Californians gathered to pay tribute to a local celebrity who died this month. Huell Howser hosted travel shows on public television in California. His down-to-earth reporting style drew fans of all races, classes and ages.
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Home Video Review: 'Slings And Arrows'

If you're not a drama nerd, you might think the Canadian backstage comedy Slings and Arrows isn't for you. But film critic Bob Mondello says just one episode may be enough to change your mind.
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The Reselling Of Lance: A Job Too Big Even For Oprah

The rapid rollout of an apology tour that culminates with Thursday's airing of his sit-down with Oprah Winfrey gives us a front-row seat to the workings of the modern-day reputation reset. But just what can the hyperaggressive Lance Armstrong accomplish with this orchestrated stab at humility?
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South Park Duo Creates Production Studio

Having success in TV, movies and Broadway, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are now branching out with their own $300 million production company. They've named it Important Studios, and it's poised to approve TV, movie and theater projects.

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