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  1. David Letterman speaks his heart on surgery, future after 'Late Show' (w/video)

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    "I'm tired, I'm very tired. I'm so tired," David Letterman jokes with late night verve during an early evening phone call. "How are you?"

    Fine, thanks, but why so tired?

    Signing off: The final broadcast of Late Show with David Letterman airs at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday on CBS.
  2. 'Amazing Race' contestant from St. Petersburg comes up short

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    ST. PETERSBURG — On a dozen flat-screen TVs on the Ferg's Sports Bar patio, an entire crowd wondered how it all would shake out Friday night.

    From left, Amazing Race contestants Kurt Belcher (in hat), Hayley Keel, Libby Simpson (whose face is covered), C.J. Harris and Bergen Olson catch a viewing party Friday in St. Petersburg.
  3. On retirement, WFLA's Gayle Sierens reflects on a lifetime in TV news

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    An hour before airtime, Gayle Sierens is inside a tiny voice-over booth, recording a promo for the 6 p.m. newscast.

    Gayle Sierens, after 38 years at WFLA-Ch. 8, will do her final newscast Wednesday.
  4. What to watch on TV the week of May 11-16

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    Queen Latifah makes a royal impression in this portrait of the legendary Roaring '20s blues singer Bessie Smith. The film offers an intimate look at the tenacious woman whose powerful voice took her from anonymity in the rough-and-tumble world of vaudeville to international fame, while …

  5. Fox calling an end to fading 'American Idol' after 2015–16 season

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    NEW YORK — Fox is lowering the curtain on American Idol, ending a series that dominated television throughout the 2000s and made stars of the likes of Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

    Singer Keith Urban, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and singer Harry Connick, Jr. arrive on the Los Angeles set of "American Idol" in December. Fox announced announced Monday that "American Idol" will go off the air after its 15th and final season next spring. [Associated Press]
  6. Revenge of a nerd: How Thomas Middleditch ended up on 'Silicon Valley'

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    Six years ago, Thomas Middleditch was chasing laughs on a Caribbean-bound cruise ship in a last-ditch effort to make something of this comedy thing — his income from walking dogs just wasn't cutting it.

    Thomas Middleditch is the awkward geek on HBO’s Silicon Valley.
  7. Kurt Cobain: the family man who was a rock star

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    Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were goofing off at home when she asked him one of the most fundamental questions about his public perception. "Why are you the good one and I'm the bad one?" she asked, teasingly, about how the media portrayed their stormy romantic relationship.

    Kurt Cobain with his daughter, Frances, in HBO’s new documentary.
  8. On TV, a flood of memories about the end of the Vietnam War

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    The PBS programmers get a little carried away this week with the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, but the occasion at least gives Rory Kennedy's excellent Last Days in Vietnam an opportunity to reach a broader audience.

    People climb walls to get into the U.S. Embassy in Saigon on April 29, 1975.
  9. NBC News finds Brian Williams embellished at least 11 times

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    A monthslong internal investigation of Brian Williams by NBC News has turned up 11 instances in which the anchorman publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits, the Washington Post reported, citing a person familiar with details of the inquiry.

    Statements by NBC News anchor Brian Williams have been the focus of an internal inquiry.
  10. HBO cracks down on public 'Game of Thrones' watch parties (w/video)

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    It's not a nerd prom without a little disappointment. Geek Bar Beta in Chicago was planning on having a blowout for the Game of Thrones season premiere earlier this month.

    HBO is sending cease and desist letters to bars that plan watch parties for Game of Thrones.