AMC's The Walking Dead has key ratings better than network dramas. The show gets desirable young viewers by not skimping on explicit action, gore or storytelling. So why haven't the networks tried to imitate the show? Blame the FCC, which cracks down on explicit network broadcast content but overlooks cable.
It's a big night for two of the youngest and best chefs in the country. The reality cooking show, Master Chef Junior, crowns its first champion on the show's season finale. Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to the two finalists and celebrity chef judge Joe Bastianich.
For decades, cable providers have relied on a "bundled" subscription model: to receive premium stations like ESPN or HBO, consumers had to purchase a package of less-popular stations. But that model is beginning to show signs of cracking.
Two comediennes of color, Anjelah Johnson, and Debra Wilson, both formerly of Fox's sketch comedy series MADtv, spoke with Tell Me More host, Michel Martin about the discussion on the lack of diversity at Saturday Night Live.
The airtime on government-owned NRK will focus on a young Norwegian player's quest to become world champion. It will also make a statement about television. The broadcaster says it's pioneering what it calls "slow TV." A previous effort at slow TV featured 12 hours of non-stop knitting.
Viewers are a few weeks into the fall television season and the axe has already fallen on some new shows — while others are starting to demonstrate star power. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne talks to NPR TV critic Eric Deggans about fall TV winners and losers.
Huge audiences are tuning in to Norway's Slow TV, which broadcasts ordinary activities — like a seven-hour train journey, an eight-hour fire — in real time. Creating a sweater on air, from shearing to spinning to knitting, could set a world speed record — but then the segment would be too short. Host Rachel Martin speaks with programming director Rune Moklebust about the Slow TV movement.
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