August 26, 2012 On the eve of its first-season finale, some bold predictions about how the journalists on HBO's The Newsroom will lean on their fortuitously-placed friends and family for future stories.
August 25, 2012 After more than two decades on the force, retired police sergeant Derek Pacifico is teaching novelists and screenwriters how to create more realistic portrayals of police work. For one thing, he says, real cops never trample an investigation scene.
August 25, 2012 From Johnny Carson to Jon Stewart, producer Peter Lassally has helped make many a talk show host. Still, he says, just because you're funny doesn't mean you'd be good at late night. "The gift that I keep looking for in people, whether they're hosts or guests, is likeability," he says.
August 24, 2012 On Thursday's Project Runway, one designer managed to get so wrapped up in disliking his model's body that he forgot to make her anything attractive to wear.
August 22, 2012 Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader, nominated for an Emmy for his character Stefon, an obsessive clubgoer, says he needs a character to be funny. Hader tells Fresh Air that he doesn't know how people do standup — and that watching old films as a child sparked his interest in Hollywood.
August 21, 2012 Michael J. Fox is returning to prime-time comedy that NBC reportedly worked hard to land. Can it help the network reconnect with a broader comedy audience?
August 21, 2012 A new photography project focuses on Latin American telenovelas. For some viewers, a histrionic soap opera is pop art. For others, it's an embarrassment to Latin culture.
August 20, 2012 In the 1950s, when Diller started being funny for a living, there were no female standup comedians making it big. Some critics have said she succeeded because a lot of her material was about mocking herself. She died at home, where she'd been in hospice care after a fall, at the age of 95.
August 16, 2012 The Discovery Channel's annual series is one of the longest running events on cable television. After 25 years on the air, it has become an American icon of sorts. "Shark Week" executive producer Brooke Runnette explains how the team keeps the shows exciting year after year.
August 15, 2012 ABC News and Spanish-language broadcaster Univision have joined forces to create a TV news channel aimed at Hispanics who prefer English. But with a target audience that currently turns to the same news sources as everyone else, the venture isn't without risk.