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Albert Freedman, Game Show Producer Made Famous In 'Quiz Show,' Dies At 95

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:41:00 -0400

In the 1950s, the television producer captivated audiences with the hit game show Twenty-One. Freedman later admitted that he had given questions and answers to contestants in advance.

In 'Chewing Gum,' Tracey Is The Quirkiest And Freest Character On TV

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:58:00 -0400

For Black women, there is an added benefit to watching Tracy's weirdness in Netflix's hit show in all its glory.

Willy Wonka-Inspired 'Candy Alchemist' Spins Sugar Into Pure Imagination

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:07:31 -0400

A tiny, hard-to-find storefront in Brooklyn is home to the darkly whimsical world of a most unusual candy maker. Eugene J. studied chemical engineering before opening an experimental candy shop.

Hijabi Artist Channels Beyoncé For Debut Of Her 'Resistance Music' And Video

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:01:00 -0400

Mona Haydar calls her music "resistance music" because it celebrates diversity and calls for women to be "unapologetic about who they are."

Actress Erin Moran, Joanie Of 'Happy Days,' Dies At 56

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:44:00 -0400

The former child star who played Joanie Cunningham on the sitcoms Happy Days and its spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi, has died, according to authorities in Indiana.

In A New 'Anti-Science' Era, Bill Nye 'Saves The World' With Same Optimism

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:11:39 -0400

"The Science Guy" dons his lab coat and bow tie uniform yet again, this time, in a a new political context. In his new Netflix series, Nye tackles climate change deniers and beyond.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Fate Of The Furious' Plus Clapbacks And Feuds

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:42:00 -0400

This week's show combines a chat about The Fate Of The Furious that we had with Gene Demby and Chris Klimek and a discussion of clapbacks and feuds from our Chicago live show, led off by Sam Sanders.

From D.C. Theater To '24': The Rise Of Actor Corey Hawkins

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:51:00 -0400

Hawkins auditioned for his first acting gig at the Kennedy Center when he was 9 years old. Now he's the star of the action drama series 24: Legacy, and he's also appearing in a Broadway play.

The 30-Year Music Legacy Of 'The Simpsons'

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:31:00 -0400

The Simpsons has won tons of TV awards in its 30-year run. But the sitcom's music has had its share of success on the Billboard charts, too.

How Young Muslims Define 'Halal Dating' For Themselves

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:54:00 -0400

Young Muslims find a middle ground for fostering romantic relationships between what is permissible and what is forbidden.

TV Movie Review: 'The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks'

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:01:00 -0400

In the HBO movie, Oprah Winfrey stars as the daughter of Henrietta Lacks who, with help from a reporter, finds out that her mother's cells are being used as the basis for medical research.

From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:32:00 -0400

For a new word to enter the dictionary, it must meet three criteria: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper explains the process in Word by Word.

'Fargo' And Bill Nye Make Promising Returns To The Small Screen

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:32:00 -0400

A botched theft leads to murder in Fargo's third season, and Bill Nye offers up science for adults in his new Netflix series. TV critic David Bianculli reviews both.

30 Years Later, 'The Simpsons' Are A Part Of The American Family

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:07:00 -0400

For 30 years Bart, Marge, Homer, Lisa, Maggie and the other citizens of Springfield have entertained people around the world. The Simpsons also created a path for many other animated sitcoms.

Hey You, Prestige Television Fan: Here's Why You Should See A New Play

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:18:00 -0400

While musicals have good pop-culture presence in many cases, plays tend not to. But in an environment that has embraced idiosyncratic and complicated TV, there's no better time to change that.