March 11, 2013 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.
March 10, 2013 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.
March 8, 2013 American Idol is trying to escape a five-year streak of guiltar-strumming winners. Last night, it presented a different selection of singers, forcing a break from the phenomenon knows as "White Guys With Guitars."
March 7, 2013 China's so-called fan subtitle groups are trying to change the country's thinking. Every week, thousands of young Chinese gather online to translate popular TV shows like The Newsroom into Mandarin. Some do it for fun, but others see it as a subtle way to introduce new ideas about free thought and questioning authority into Chinese society.
March 6, 2013 Now 73, the actress tells People magazine that she doesn't think about dying. She thinks about "being here now." Doctors have told her she has about three months to live, Harper says.
March 3, 2013 One TV show is trying to break down Kenyan politicians' stature ahead of Monday's elections. It uses caricatures to prod for answers and expose corruption. "The XYZ Show has always been trying to show the politicians for who they are," one writer says.
February 26, 2013 We're living in an age obsessed with authenticity, says linguist Geoff Nunberg, but we often choose to nitpick the wrong details. Whether it's Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Lincoln or Argo, Nunberg argues, a historical novel or screenplay should give us a translation, not a transcription.
February 25, 2013 It's been nearly two years since Oprah ended her daily show, and Chicago's been adjusting to the loss of the daytime talk queen. She left a void, but there's no need to write an obituary for the talk genre in Chicago. The city is still home to two shows, Windy City Live and the Steve Harvey Show.