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Actor James Gandolfini Dies Suddenly While On Vacation

The 51-year-old actor died on Wednesday in Rome. Reports attribute his death to a heart attack. Gandolfini had been a character actor for years before he was given a chance to read for Tony Soprano in a new series about a New Jersey mob boss HBO was producing in the late 90s.
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Netflix Partners With Dreamworks To Make Kids' Programming

Netflix and Dreamworks Animation have announced an exclusive deal to develop animated kids' shows based on Dreamworks Animation's characters.
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An 'Adventure' For Kids And Maybe For Their Parents, Too

Adventure Time isn't your typical cartoon, but it's capturing an audience of kids and adults who believe it's getting at something special.
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From Seinfeld, A Second Season Of 'Coffee' Talk

The stand-up is back with another run of his Webby-winning online series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. He tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer the project still feels like a personal outing with friends from the business.
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How To Introduce Kids To Tough Topics? Art And TV Can Help

When parents aren't sure how to approach a difficult subject, they sometimes turn to other media — and Linda Ellerbee is happy to lend a hand. She's been the host of Nickelodeon's NickNews for 22 years, and her one rule of thumb is don't dumb it down.
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Unhappy Endings: When Our TV Show Worlds Get Rocked

The second to last episode of the third season of the HBO series Game of Thrones enraged many viewers. Writer George R.R. Martin says he isn't afraid to end any character's life. The American Prospect's Paul Waldman talks about what happens when our narrative expectations are turned upside down.
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Summer No Longer A Time Of Drought For Television

It used to be that there wasn't much new on TV in the summer, the assumption being that people were outside and not glued to their televisions. But this summer, there are more than 100 shows starting up or starting new seasons. Audie Cornish talks to Eric Deggans of The Tampa Bay Times about what to watch.

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