TV & Media

  1. A cop trying to get over the tragedy in her life

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    On PBS, which is still America's main source of televised British crime shows, a glance at the current "Masterpiece Mystery!" schedule reveals a boy's club: Inspector Lewis, Detective Constable Morse, Hercule Poirot, David Tennant as a tricky lawyer, Jack Davenport as a crusading doctor.

    Ramon Tikaram and Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley.
  2. Who will win at the Emmy Awards? Predictions: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange is the New Black,' McConaughey

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    Last year was the Weird Emmys. Remember? Jeff Daniels beat heavy-hitters like Bryan Cranston. Merritt Wever won for Nurse Jackie, prompting a collective "Who?" from the audience. There was a bizarre, TV show-inspired dance number that resulted in Breaking Bad breakdancing.

    Bryan Cranston as Walter White in a scene from the series finale of Breaking Bad.
  3. FXX 'Simpsons' marathon: The 10 episodes you must record

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    For years, I've had a season pass to syndicated reruns of The Simpsons programmed into my DVR. My thinking: If there's nothing else good on TV, hey, at least I'll have five or so Simpsons at my disposal.

    Phil Hartman and Leonard Nimoy in “Marge Vs. The Monorail.” 
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  4. Top TV week of Aug. 18: 'Doctor Who,' 'Beat Bobby Flay,' 'The Leftovers'

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    America's Next Top Model, 9 p.m., CW

    Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who.
  5. Photo gallery: The many faces of Robin Williams

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    Robin Williams has been making us laugh and cry since we first heard him say "Nanu, Nanu." Here are some reminders of the many faces we've seen him wear over the years. Some will no doubt look more familiar to you than others, but all of them show a gifted comedian/actor who will be dearly missed.

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    1996. With Nathan Lane in "The Birdcage." [Handout photo]
  6. Top TV week of Aug. 11: 'The Knick,' 'Last Comic Standing,' 'Extant'

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    Partners, 9:30 p.m., FX

    Just what kind of partners are Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer in this new half-hour comedy? Ice cream truck vendors? A cappella singing duo? Motivational speakers who talk about how to move on once the best days of your career are behind you? We wish. They're …

    Clive Owen, center, in Cinemax’s The Knick.
  7. Discovery Channel's popular Shark Week is back

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    Rob Lowe is excited about it. So who are we to chomp all over the fun?

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  8. Review: Starz's 'Outlander' transports viewers to a magical place

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    Starz's new series Outlander isn't merely a feminist Game of Thrones. In fact, it's refreshingly hard to pin down, a vibrant concoction of rollicking adventure, passionate romance and strikingly beautiful history lesson. Throw in a bit of sci-fi and the show becomes its own captivating genre.

    Caitriona Balfe in Starz’s new show ‘Outlander’.
  9. On 'The Knick' there will be (lots of) blood

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    The Burns Archive, a trove of more than 1 million historic photos crammed into a ramshackle town house in Manhattan, is well known to scholars as one of the world's most important repositories of early medical history, and to the ophthalmology patients who visit its proprietor, Dr. Stanley Burns, one day each week as …

    The creators of Cinemax’s The Knick pored over historic medical photos from the Burns Archive in New York City to ensure authenticity. Above: A patient in 1901 undergoes an X-ray of her back. Right: A hospital’s operating theater around 1899.
  10. On 'Big Brother,' women are born losers

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    Misogyny on Big Brother isn't really anything new. For starters, the longtime CBS reality show doesn't attract the most reputable contestants. Second, if you stick 16 people in a house and cut them off from the outside world as they scheme and vote each other out one by one so the last person standing wins …

    Amber and Caleb on Big Brother: If a woman doesn’t return a guy’s affections, she’s out, it seems.
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