Jay Chandrasekhar and Sarah Chalke are a married couple in the new Amazon Studios pilot Really.
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August 28, 2014 NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem to break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth Emmy on Monday night.
August 26, 2014 NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Monday's Emmy Awards promised to recognize TV's emerging future — but ultimately rewarded comfortable favorites over disruptive upstarts.
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August 26, 2014 Plenty of statuettes were handed out Monday night at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. ABC's Modern Family won for best comedy series and AMC's Breaking Bad won best drama series.
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Host Seth Meyers speaks on stage at the Emmy Awards on Monday.
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August 25, 2014 Follow real-time commentary on the Emmy awards with NPR's TV critic.
August 25, 2014 Matthew McConaughey or Brian Cranston? Orange Is the New Black or Modern Family? The questions about which actors and shows will emerge at the top of the TV industry get answered Monday night.
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Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman star as The Doctor and Clara Oswald on the BBC science fiction drama Doctor Who.
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August 22, 2014 The BBC will soon air its first Doctor Who episode with Peter Capaldi as the show's hero, The Doctor. Capaldi says the 50-year-old series inspired him to become an actor.
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Chuck Todd (left) and David Gregory appear together on NBC's Meet the Press in 2008.
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August 18, 2014 NPR TV critic Eric Deggans offers four suggestions beyond replacing host David Gregory for revitalizing NBC's Sunday politics show, based on his own experience as a CNN guest host.
Breaking Bad's Walter White always insisted his bad deeds were for a good cause: helping his family.
August 15, 2014 As part of All Things Considered's series on Men in America, NPR's Eric Deggans considers the way television fatherhood has changed over the past five decades, from Ward Cleaver to Walter White.
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Robin Williams performs during the Sixth Annual Stand Up for Heroes charity event at the Beacon Theatre in New York in 2012.
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August 12, 2014 Williams was a dervish of comedy — tossing off one-liners, biting asides and sidesplitting routines in a blizzard of accents, attitudes and goodhearted energy. He died Monday at 63.
Andre Holland stars in The Knick on Cinemax.
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August 8, 2014 NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Steven Soderbergh's Cinemax medical show makes an unusual decision for a period drama: It looks seriously at race in America.
Zoe Saldana appears in the 2013 film Star Trek: Into Darkness with (from left) Simon Pegg, Karl Urban and John Cho.
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August 6, 2014 A study from the University of Southern California says last year's biggest films underrepresented nonwhite characters, especially Hispanics. But the reasons why may be more complex than you think.
August 6, 2014 TV is reinventing the anthology with shows like Fargo, True Detective, and American Horror Story. Our TV critic examines what the form allows producers, writers and executives to do.
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July 30, 2014 Syfy channel has cornered the market on a new kind of film: a movie that's played completely straight, but constructed to look cheesy and easy to ridicule. The best example? Sharknado 2, the sequel to a film so bad it became huge success. Can the network strike gold twice by being stupid on purpose?
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"I never wanted to be your weekend lover": Prince and his Purple Rain costar Appolonia Kotero.
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July 26, 2014 For Eric Deggans, Prince's movie wasn't just a spectacle. Sitting in a theater packed with kids his age, he saw Purple Rain as "a validation of the musical world I was already seeking out."
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Noah Hawley (left) and Warren Littlefield, executive producers of the FX series Fargo, speak at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.
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July 24, 2014 From being mistaken for Randy Jackson to confronting network executives about diversity issues, TV critic Eric Deggans runs down highlights of the two-week blizzard of parties and press conferences.
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