Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake performed their history of hip-hop last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
September 30, 2010 Jimmy Fallon welcomed Justin Timberlake to his show to perform a marvelously joyful three-minute history of hip-hop.
September 30, 2010 He starred in movies like Some Like It Hot and The Defiant Ones. Actor Tony Curtis is dead at the age of 85. The coroner in Clark County, Nevada, says Curtis died Wednesday night at his Las Vegas area home of cardiac arrest.
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September 29, 2010 NPR's Lee Hill explores whether a recent Colorado interview with Eddie Long accuser Jamal Parris, secured by an Atlanta TV news station, crossed the line in hot pursuit of a story.
September 29, 2010 One of the most striking reality shows this fall features Tony Danza -- the actor from Taxi and Who's the Boss -- teaching 10th grade English in a Philadelphia public school.
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September 29, 2010 While the first kill for most TV seasons past imposes a Darwinian sense of order to the universe, the Fox drama Lone Star was being toasted by critics as a real find. And in the wake of its death, anxiety is blooming that this is broadcast TV sending a signal that anything outside the usual formulaic pap will struggle to survive. Lone Star had the makings of a well-written character study of a true anti-hero -- a con man juggling two wives. The search for meaning has sent many groping for other answers, from misleading marketing as a Dallas-style soap, to the casting of an unknown in the lead role. Ultimately, why do bad things happen to good shows? Maybe it just does.
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September 29, 2010 Long before MTV's Pimp My Ride, George Barris was souping up and designing vehicles for TV and the big screen. The "King of Kustomizers" was the mastermind behind the Batmobile and David Hasselhoff's snarky car, KITT, in the TV show Knight Rider.
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September 28, 2010 In the CBS drama, The Good Wife, a scorned political spouse struggles with standing by her man, or pursuing her own dreams. It's an all-too-familiar political story, rife with sexuality, calculations and corruption. Series co-creators Robert and Michelle King describe writing for the Emmy-nominated series.
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Steve Buscemi plays politician-gangster Nucky Thompson in HBO's Boardwalk Empire.
September 28, 2010 HBO's Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City in the 1920s, is about organized crime in the era of Prohibition. Series creator Terence Winter, an Emmy Award-winning writer for The Sopranos, details his enduring fascination with New Jersey gangsters.
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Sheldon Cooper — a character played by Jim Parsons in CBS's The Big Bang Theory — has an IQ of 187 and several advanced degrees but often has trouble with social interactions with other people.
September 28, 2010 Jim Parsons won the 2010 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper, the socially awkward theoretical physicist in the venerable CBS nerd-comedy. He joins David Bianculli for a discussion about playing the eccentric prodigy.
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September 28, 2010 When complete, the Comcast-NBC Universal merger, would give the nation's largest cable operator direct access to all the entertainment content produced by NBC Universal. Federal regualtors must still approve the merger. Longtime NBC executive Jeff Zucker is out and Comcast's Steve Burke is in as the CEO designate of NBC Universal.
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September 28, 2010 Stage and film actress Gloria Stuart has died at age 100. Stuart co-starred in Titanic as Rose Calvert, the 101-year-old survivor played by Kate Winslet as a young woman. Both earned Oscar nominations, Winslet as best actress and Stuart as supporting actress.
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Joan (Christina Hendricks) was only one of several characters who saw their situations begin to become seriously tenuous on last night's Mad Men.
September 27, 2010 Last night's episode of the stellar Mad Men began to pay off the show's underlying promise -- the one that insists you can't make something ugly look pretty forever.
September 26, 2010 In New York City, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is experimenting with new ways to raise revenue. The MTA has installed small, ten by ten-inch video screens in every car of the subway shuttle that runs between Times Square and Grand Central Terminal. The cable TV network, TBS, is paying to air its coverage of major league baseball playoff games. NPR's Margot Adler went for a ride and sent this report.
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September 26, 2010 When the HBO series Bored to Death begins its second season on Sunday, creator, writer and performer Jonathan Ames will watch his main character, also named Jonathan Ames, continue to solve crimes on the cheap.
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September 24, 2010 Jeff Zucker told employees of his planned departure in an e-mail he sent Friday, and Comcast's chief executive said that he wished him well. The possible change-in-command had been looming since last December when Comcast agreed to buy a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal from GE.
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