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William H. Macy Is 'Shameless' On Showtime

As the alcoholic paterfamilias Frank Gallagher on the Showtime series Shameless, the actor enjoys portraying a man with a dark side. But he says it's Frank's better qualities that make him sustainable as a character.
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Competition, High Bills Hurt Cable Companies

It's called cord-cutting when people give up their cable TV subscriptions because they feel they get enough to watch over the air and the Internet. Cord-cutting is a big fear for cable TV companies. But there's something new for them to worry about: Young people who never get cable subscriptions in the first place.
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Why Chicken Wings Dominate Super Bowl Snack Time

Serving chicken wings during the Super Bowl has become de rigueur for couch watchers on game day, thanks to the rise of sports bars' demand for cheap snacks. But now wings are so popular, they're one of the most expensive cuts of chicken you can buy.
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FX To Debut '80 Cold War Drama 'The Americans'

The Americans is a new series on FX about two Soviet spies living in the U.S. as a married couple. TV critic Eric Deggans says it's amazing to see Soviet spies as the heroes of a show because they were screen villains for so long.
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Al Roker On Being ' The Jolly Fat Person'

Al Roker won fame as the ever-smiling weatherman on NBC's Today show. But he also endured years of indignities because of his weight. That was until he had bariatric surgery, and lost more than 100 pounds. Roker talks with host Michel Martin about his experience, and his latest book, Never Goin' Back.
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Watch This: Neil Gaiman's Imaginative Favorites

From The Muppet Show to The Twilight Zone and a creepy animated version of Alice in Wonderland, author Neil Gaiman shares his film and television favorites for the occasional Morning Edition series Watch This. Gaiman calls the Muppets "one of the comedic glories of the human race."
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Tracy Morgan: '30 Rock' Let Him Be Himself

As the series prepares for its finale, the comedian talks about how Tina Fey created the character of Tracy Jordan specifically for Morgan and how she allowed him "to fly over the cuckoo nest once a week."

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