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    Faux Real: Reality Shows Get Skewered by BET, Comedy Central and SpikeTV at the TCA Winter Press Tour

    Most reality shows are, to some extent, fake, frankensteined together in the editing room or herded along by producers if not outright staged. But a trend emerging from TCA is that of the mock unscripted series -- the reality parody that pulls together the snap zooms and the "next ons" and...

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    Christopher Guest Heads to the Small Screen with New Series 'Family Tree' at HBO's TCA Panel

    While the stand-outs of HBO's panel at the TCA Winter Press Tour were the star-filled movies, the premium network also had series to present, including "Family Tree," the new show from Christopher Guest and what's essentially his first new project since 2006's "For Your Co...

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    Soderbergh Goes 'Behind the Candelabra' and Mamet Explores 'Phil Spector' at HBO's TCA Panel

    HBO is about to kick off the second seasons of "Enlightened" and "Girls," but the network was primarily focused on its movies, both fiction and non-, at its presentation at the TCA Winter Press Tour. And for good reason -- they have two scripted films from major directors with st...

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    Carlton Cuse and Vera Farmiga Reveal How Close 'Bates Motel' Will Keep to 'Psycho' at the TCA Winter Press Tour

    A&E's "Bates Motel" is one of the new year's most intriguing TV additions, a ten-episode prequel to "Psycho" moved up to the present day and executive produced by "Lost" showrunner Carlton Cuse. Freddie Highmore plays teenaged Norman Bates, while V...

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    'Cougar Town' Gets Naughtier, Alfred Molina Gets 'Sexually Ambivalent' at the TNT/TBS Panel at the TCA Winter Press Tour

    The television networks come together twice a year for the TCA press tour, a two week event filled with presentations about new and returning programming from the cable and broadcast sides, with stars, showrunners, producers, writers and executives gathering in front of reporters to talk about their...

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    10 YouTube Original Channels You Should Be Watching

    Over the last year, Google has quietly been building itself a series of channels for its long-standing TV brand. The idea is simple: Google TV will be app-based and supported by original programming that mirrors a traditional television channel structure, but with YouTube as its platform. By funding...

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    Daria's Descendants: 5 Characters Who Owe Their Existence to MTV's Sardonic Animated Heroine

    It's been a decade since the Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn animated series went off the air, but the impact of its eponymous heroine and her deadpan journey through life in the suburbs is still felt.

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    Can 'Smash' Get Past Being the Show We Love to Hate-Watch?

    Despite all the great television made in 2012, there was only one show that demanded to be watched live: "Smash."

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    How the Growing Availability of International TV Shows Online Could Provide U.S. Programming With Tough Competition

    As the internet becomes an increasingly viable channel for watching TV -- and, for many young people, their primary source -- the barriers that would otherwise block certain types of programming from viewers are becoming increasingly irrelevant.

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    7 Things We Learned About the New Season of 'Portlandia' From Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein: 'There have to be stakes'

    “Portlandia,” IFC’s Emmy-nominated sketch comedy series, is nearing the start of its third season, set to premiere on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10pm. With a league of extraordinary guest stars slated to appear in the new season (including Chloë Sevigny and a returning Kyle Ma...

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