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Some of the cast members of the reality show Duck Dynasty find themselves handcuffed to one another. A&E hide caption

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On 'Hicksploitation' And Other White Stereotypes Seen On TV

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Sheriff Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid) and his brother, Jack Lamb (Jason O'Mara), investigate the murder of a craps dealer on Vegas. Cliff Lipson/CBS hide caption

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New Hosts Jockey To Be The New Oprah

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Simon Cowell in his early days as an American Idol judge. The success of Cowell and others shows that bullying is acceptable, says Eric Deggans, so long as it's done on reality TV. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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A Bit Of Sherlock Holmes In Every TV Detective

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In Scandal, Kerry Washington stars as Olivia Pope, a crisis manager based on real-life fixer Judy Smith. ABC hide caption

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Ed Harris as John McCain and Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in the HBO film Game Change. Phillip V. Caruso/HBO hide caption

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A Bestselling Book Becomes An HBO Movie About A 'Dynamic Moment'

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Han Lee (Matthew Moy), owner of the Brooklyn diner where Max (Kat Dennings, left) and Caroline (Beth Behrs, right) work, joins the two women as they count their earnings on 2 Broke Girls. Cliff Lipson/CBS hide caption

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For Asians And Latinos, Stereotypes Persist In Sitcoms

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Zooey Deschanel plays Jess on Fox's New Girl. Fox uses the term "adorkable" to describe her. Isabella Vosmikova/Fox hide caption

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Bridesmaids No More: TV's Women Get All The Laughs

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Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) owns slaves on AMC's Hell On Wheels. But the guys he's chasing are worse. Chris Large/AMC hide caption

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Television's New Antiheroes: Creating Sympathy For The Devilish

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Skipper Bivens of Animal Planet's Hillbilly Handfishin'. David Yellen/Animal Planet hide caption

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Disappointing 'Redneck' TV Shortchanges The American South

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Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin and David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt on NBC's Grimm. Scott Green/NBC hide caption

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Networks Add New Twists To Old Formulas, But Few Are Succeeding

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