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'Brainy TV' set to triumph over reality's race to the bottom

The grip trashy reality shows hold on television may be about to be broken by a new wave of intelligent documentaries.

'Brainy TV' set to triumph over reality's race to the bottom
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'True Detective' back with new cast, same darkness

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are gone from "True Detective," but HBO's Emmy-winning cop anthology series is back for a second season with the same dark.

'True Detective' back with new cast, same darkness
Don Draper is a 'very weak man' says 'Mad Men' creator
Don Draper is a 'very weak man' says 'Mad Men' creator

Don Draper, the central and serially seductive character of the hit TV show "Mad Men", is actually a "very weak man", his creator told a Paris audience.

Don Draper is a 'very weak man' says 'Mad Men' creator
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'Game of Thrones' makes an epic return

Welcome to season five of the cult TV series "Game of Thrones," which premieres Sunday worldwide to a rapturous global following.

'Game of Thrones' makes an epic return
New York celebrates 'Mad Men' end in style
New York celebrates 'Mad Men' end in style

"Mad Men" captured the style and drive of New York's finest 1960s ad men, enthralling viewers with tales of their creative genius and tortured infidelities.

New York celebrates 'Mad Men' end in style
'Big Bang Theory' actress Cuoco gets Hollywood star
'Big Bang Theory' actress Cuoco gets Hollywood star

"The Big Bang Theory" actress Kaley Cuoco was joined by fellow cast members from the hit TV sitcom.

'Big Bang Theory' actress Cuoco gets Hollywood star
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'Goodfellas' actor sues 'The Simpsons' for $250 mn

"Goodfellas" actor Frank Sivero is suing Fox Television for $250 million for allegedly ripping off his wise-guy cinematic character and using it on "The Simpsons"

'Goodfellas' actor sues 'The Simpsons' for $250 mn
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HBO stand-alone streaming service coming in 2015

US media giant Time Warner said Wednesday it would launch a stand-alone HBO streaming service next year.

HBO stand-alone streaming service coming in 2015
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'Game of Thrones' starts shooting in Spain

Film crews began shooting part of the fifth season of popular US fantasy television series "Game of Thrones" in the southern Spanish city of Seville.

'Game of Thrones' starts shooting in Spain
'Friends' fans flock to New York pop-up cafe
'Friends' fans flock to New York pop-up cafe

Obsessed "Friends" fans mobbed a pop-up replica of the coffeehouse from the hit comedy series, some even camping out overnight.

'Friends' fans flock to New York pop-up cafe
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Weinstein brothers finish Marco Polo filming in Kazakhstan

Filming of Marco Polo TV series produced by Weinstein brothers has finished in Kazakhstan.

Weinstein brothers finish Marco Polo filming in Kazakhstan
A dragon statue stands on a red carpet in preparation for the season four premiere of the HBO series "Game of Thrones". ©Reuters/Lucas Jackson
Blood, sex and dragons: 'Game of Thrones' returns

Millions worldwide will tune in for the fourth season of medieval fantasy drama "Game of Thrones" from Sunday as the hit show returns to television screens, promising to deliver its usual jaw-dropping mix of sex, violence and vengeance.

Blood, sex and dragons: 'Game of Thrones' returns
'Breaking Bad' actor changes gear in 'Need for Speed'
'Breaking Bad' actor changes gear in 'Need for Speed'

Fresh from the success of "Breaking Bad," Aaron Paul has plunged into a very different role in high-octane action movie "Need for Speed," swapping crystal meth for straight adrenaline.

'Breaking Bad' actor changes gear in 'Need for Speed'
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New 'Game of Thrones' to premiere at New York arena

The first episode of the new "Game of Thrones" season will be screened at a New York arena on March 20 -- two weeks before the smash show returns on HBO.

New 'Game of Thrones' to premiere at New York arena
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Sherlock Holmes is free, US judge rules

The beloved British detective Sherlock Holmes is now free to be reimagined in the United States after a federal judge ruled that licensing fees are no longer required.

Sherlock Holmes is free, US judge rules
Cast and crew members pose for photographers at the premiere of the film "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" in Los Angeles December 2, 2013. ©Reuters/Phil McCarten
'Hobbit' stays on top at N. America box office

The latest installment of the Tolkien series, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," retained the top spot at the North American box office this weekend.

'Hobbit' stays on top at N. America box office
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Suleiman the Magnificent reconquers Arab world, Balkans

Can a smash TV soap bring closure for historical wrongs and succour from contemporary turmoil? Check out a Turkish series on the 16th-century Ottoman monarch Suleiman the Magnificent.

Suleiman the Magnificent reconquers Arab world, Balkans
Carrie Underwood starred as Maria von Trapp, "The Sound of Music". ©Reuters/Harrison McClary
Live 'Sound of Music' woos TV viewers, disappoints critics

US television network NBC's one-night live revival of the venerable Broadway musical "The Sound of Music" pulled a respectable 18.5 million viewers, but it failed to thrill the critics.

Live 'Sound of Music' woos TV viewers, disappoints critics
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Move over Dickens: TV series are new academic mainstay

Television series, once considered too low-brow to be worthy of academic study, have become a mainstay of university curricula and frequent fodder for critical analysis.

Move over Dickens: TV series are new academic mainstay
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Sex, cops and undead push foreign success of French TV

When a murdered boy and serial killer came back to life in French supernatural series "The Returned", hundreds of thousands of viewers in Britain tuned into what became a surprise Gallic hit.

Sex, cops and undead push foreign success of French TV