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  1. Entertainment

    Are TV Narratives Getting More Complex Because of Technology?

    Back in the day before Hulu, Netflix, DVDs, and everything else we used to watch TV instead of actual televisions and cable boxes nowadays, media executives weren't very keen on the idea of serialized narratives in their shows. So does all this changing technology explain why we're getting so much more complicated content to watch?

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  2. Entertainment

    WWE’s $10 Streaming Television Network Is Exactly What We Want from Other Networks, Minus the Wrestling

    A lot of people are probably going to want to (pretend to) punch me in the face for saying this, but professional wrestling—well, the WWE kind, anyway—is really silly. That's why we're incredibly surprised to find ourselves so excited about WWE's streaming television network, because it's exactly what we'd like to see for TV's future.

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  3. Entertainment

    Bravo Announces Plans to Create TV Show About People Watching Other TV Shows

    Because it is clearly the end times, Bravo has decided to accept the fate of humanity and lead television to its inevitable downfall. Starting October 6th, Bravo will be airing a new series called The People’s Couch, where you will watch footage of regular people, sitting on their couches, watching other shows on TV.

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  4. Entertainment

    My Hate Watch Begins: On Angel, Hate-Watching, and the Irresistible Lure of Terrible Television

    For the last two months, I've been kind of stuck in my house due to a stress fracture. While I'm nursing the broken foot that's kept me from doing a whole host of things I would rather be doing with my summer, I am playing Xbox and watching a lot of Netflix. This has brought me to a rare first in my long TV-watching career: I'm hate-watching my first show, and I kind of love it.

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  5. Tech

    Google Announces Chromecast, Lets You Stream to Any HDTV With $35 Dongle

    The next big thing isn't big at all. It's the size of a USB flash drive, fits into an HDMI port on your TV, and turns that TV into a screen for your phone, tablet, or computer. And it costs an affordable $35. All hail the Chromecast, announced today at an event in San Francisco.

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  6. Entertainment

    Netflix Gets 14 Emmy Nods for House of Cards, Arrested Development, and Hemlock Grove

    Those of you who are up early watching the Emmy nominations roll in this morning -- as well as, y'know, those of you who know where Twitter is -- have no doubt already heard, but it's worth mentioning that Kevin Spacey just landed a well-deserved Emmy nomination for Best Actor for his work in the Netflix original series House of Cards. That will come as no surprise to anyone who watched the excellent political thriller produced by Netflix this year, but considering it's the first Emmy nomination for a show that was never actually on TV, it's a noteworthy, if not entirely unexpected, achievement. That it's one of a dozen Emmy nominations for original content on the streaming service says a good deal more.

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  7. Entertainment

    Every Arrested Development Running Gag in One Amazing Interactive Visualization

    Well, it was a nice workday while it lasted. But it's already mid-morning, and the time for productivity has come to an end. The time for goofing around on Recurring Developments, an interactive map of every running gag -- every awkward shoulder rub, every huge mistake, every "Her?" --  in the first three seasons of Arrested Development has just begun. If you can't catch up on the episodes by brazenly just watching television at work, this is probably the next best thing, though it would probably serve to keep an important looking Word document open in another window. You know, just in case your co-workers didn't get the memo that we have half-day.

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  8. Entertainment

    Morning of the Trailers: First Look at Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

    It's pretty uncommon that we get this excited about TV shows first thing in the morning, and we'll have some awesome stuff about robots and science for you to read in just a little while here, we promise, but man, this morning is a really good one for TV shows. First we had the new trailer for Arrested Development, now we've got a first look at Joss Whedon's superhero crime drama Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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  9. Entertainment

    Mark Your Calendars: Arrested Development Returns May 26th At Midnight

    What are you doing May 26? Shut up, doesn't matter, cancel all your plans right now. You have new plans, and they're awesome, because you, like any decent, right-thinking person, are going to be watching 15 new episodes of Arrested Development when they arrive on Netflix at 12:01 PDT May 26. Netflix had the decency and wisdom to bring the show back on a Sunday, which means you won't have to feel bad about marathoning right through five and a half straight hours of new Arrested Development, because seriously, what else are you going to do on a Sunday?

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  10. Entertainment

    Remade Intro Sends Breaking Bad Back To The 90s

    I don't know what would possess a person to remake the intro for Breaking Bad as a high concept dramedy from the 1990s. I'm just glad that the spirit took them, because this video is absolutely tops. Who knew that Walt, Jesse and the rest of the gang would have been so at home on the WB right after Buffy? Now, we all do -- or at least, you will once you check out the video below.

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  11. Entertainment

    Watch The Trailer For The BBC’s High Concept Zombie Drama In The Flesh [Video]

    First there was The Office, then Being Human, then Sherlock, and with each successful BBC series, the Americans had to have their own version. But sometimes, like the dead rising from the grave, a long-established pattern goes in reverse. This time, the BBC is taking a cue from the success of AMC's The Walking Dead and trying their blood-spattered hands at a zombie-based television series. Called In the Flesh, it airs on March 17th on BBC Three. Far from an adaptation, though, In The Flesh offers a strange new take on the traditional zombie tale, turning it into a ruminative story of loss, guilt, and redemption -- though personally, we're hoping for a few cracked skulls, too.

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  12. Tech

    Loophole Closed: Sweden Extends TV Tax To Computer and Tablet Owners

    TV taxes, or license fees per television set, are pretty common throughout Europe, providing funding for many large public broadcasters across the continent, such as the much-loved BBC. This week, though, Sweden updated their structure for collecting the television tax to reflect how more and more people actually watch TV, which is not on their TV. With that in mind, the television tax will now apply to any citizen with a computer or tablet as well.

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  13. Entertainment

    Glee Rips Off Jonathan Coulton’s “Baby Got Back” Cover, Proves They’re a Pop Culture Menace

    We think it's safe to say that Glee's propensity for taking classic songs and mutating them into teenybopper renditions that stab away at both our ear drums and patience knows absolutely no bounds, but it's still -- as much as we hate to say this -- 100% legit given that the original artists willingly sign away their souls to the show's executives for their thirty pieces of silver. Today, however, it was discovered by geek culture's favorite singer/songwriter, Jonathan Coulton, that what Glee wants, Glee will most certainly take without so much as permission and proper licensing. The show has apparently given a take on Coulton's cover version of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" practically verbatim, and the singer and his army of fans are up in arms over the show's apparent audacious and ill-conceived move.

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  14. Entertainment

    Google Translate Will Give You a New Perspective on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Song

    So, you think you know the theme song to hit 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Well, you've probably got a point -- after all, it's one of the most ubiquitous TV themes of the last several decades, and you'd be hard-pressed to have grown up in the last 20 years and not at least be able to fake knowing the tune. The musicians of CDZA, though, are offering up some new interpretations of the theme through the magic of Google Translate, though, parsing the lyrics into languages like Mandarin Chinese and Hindi, then translating it back into English in a rather entertaining manner. You can get a load of the results in the video below and marvel at how few languages have a serviceable translation for the phrase "chillin' out, maxxin', relaxin' all cool." Truly, the English language is a glorious thing.

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  15. Entertainment

    Damn, I Had Something For This: (Almost) Every Insulting Nickname From the First Three Seasons Of Archer

    Fanboy alert -- we're just days away from new episodes of Archer on FX and super-psyched for the return of one of the best comedies on TV right now. It seems like we're in pretty good company on that front, as the supercut mavens at Slacktory seem to have their jones on for the show as well. So much so, in fact, that they've put together a spanking new supercut of the best barbs, insults, cruel nicknames, and malapropisms traded by the characters on the show. While it's not a totally thorough rundown -- missing are real gems like "Serves you right, Smacky Brown," and "Who am I, Alan Turing? He was also in X-Men, remember?" -- it's plenty to kill a couple minutes between morning meetings and whet our appetites for new episodes and the spectacularly cruel humor that will no doubt go right along with them. Can't. Wait.

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