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'30 Rock' Helped 'To Bury' NBC's Thursday Franchise

As 30 Rock airs its series finale Thursday night, critics are praising creator and star Tina Fey for her groundbreaking work. It's one of the best-regarded shows many TV fans have never watched. TV critic Eric Deggans has more on high-quality, low-viewer comedies.
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'House Of Cards' Is Built To Last

Two new dramas fueled by intrigue premiere this week: The Americans on FX and House of Cards on Netflix. While The Americans has its moments, House of Cards is the show that's going to make television history.
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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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