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A Measured Look At Roth As The Writer Turns 80

The celebration of Philip Roth's career reaches its peak in a new documentary — Philip Roth Unmasked — that will screen on PBS next week as part of the American Masters series. There's no doubt that Roth is a master, and not just an American one, but the film tiptoes around the novelist's dark ferocity.
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Two New TV Dramas Look Below The Surface

Jane Campion directs a new Sundance Channel miniseries, Top of the Lake, about a young New Zealand detective played by Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss. Meanwhile, producers from Lost and Friday Night Lights team up to create a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, called Bates Motel.
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Angry Birds TV, Coming To A Mobile Screen Near You

The wildly popular game has been downloaded 1.7 billion times. Now, the company that brings these birds — and the pigs they love to hate — to your phone is launching an animated series, which will be distributed via television and app.
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Sharpton 2.0: From Outsider To Insider

The longtime activist hasn't quite overcome the reputation of his early career, but the Rev. Al Sharpton now commands a uniquely powerful platform.
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A New TV Type: The Spunky, Obsessive Female 'Hummingbird'

New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum wants to add one more character to that long, familiar list of television's archetypes — the optimistic, ambitious, off-putting leading lady. She says Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope and Homeland's Carrie Mathison both fall into this new category.
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Thirty Years Later, 'Hazzard' Still 'A Good-Old-Boy Thing'

The Dukes of Hazzard still inspires legions of fans. This weekend, many of those fans — and some of the show's surviving stars — descend on central Georgia for a celebration of TV's most famous good ole boys. James Best, who played Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, joins Rachel Martin for a look back at the show.
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Online TV Shows A Treasure Trove For Data-Mining Viewer Habits

There's more competition than ever on the small screen, as Netflix, Amazon and other Internet streaming services produce original shows. But these companies have a big advantage over cable and broadcast TV — user data. They know what you watch and how you watch it. For more, Audie Cornish talks with Andrew Wallenstein, editor in chief of digital at Variety.

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