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The 'Political Animals' Running Washington, D.C.

Greg Berlanti's new series on the USA Network stars Sigourney Weaver as the secretary of state and former first lady. Critic John Powers says he suspects that "even a Martian" would realize Weaver's character is based on Hillary Clinton — and that's not a bad thing.
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DirectTV, Viacom Battle Over Distribution Fees

Nearly 20 million subscribers of the country's largest satellite TV provider are unable to watch dozens of channels. DirecTV ordered the blackout after its distribution agreement with Viacom ended.
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Finally, TV's 'Dolt' Dads Get To Evolve

"Starting from the birth of sitcoms, fathers are pretty much universally morons," writes Hanna Rosin in "The Evolution of the Doltish Dad" for Slate.com. The latest crop of sitcoms, though, present happy stay-at-home dads, or successful businessmen who are more than just sources of comic relief.
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AIDS In Black America: A Public Health Crisis

AIDS is the primary killer of African-Americans ages 19 to 44, and the mortality rate is 10 times higher for black Americans than for whites. A new Frontline documentary explores why.
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Jimmy Fallon's Tribute To Neil Young

Fallon talks with Terry Gross about listening to the radio and doing impressions of people like Neil Young.
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Down Home With The Neelys For A 4th Of July BBQ

Food Network stars Pat and Gina Neely first met at the age of 15. It was a boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back 10 years later kind of story. But the fairy tale didn't end there. Host Michel Martin gets the secrets behind the Neelys' famous barbeque dishes, popular books and cooking show, and their passion-filled marriage.
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Colombia Relives Escobar's Reign Of Terror, On TV

Drug lord Pablo Escobar nearly brought Colombia to its knees with a wave of bombings and murders in the 1980s. Now, he is back, in a new TV series that has mesmerized Colombia. The narco-novela tells of the cartel boss's rise and fall — and tries to show his victims' perspectives, too.
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Andy Griffith: A TV Icon From Mayberry To 'Matlock'

In a career that spanned half a century, Griffith starred in five different TV series and made more than 30 movies. He was most famous for playing a gentle small-town sheriff on The Andy Griffith Show and the courtly Southern lawyer on Matlock. Griffith died Tuesday at age 86.

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