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April 24, 2014

Robert Knepper Talks 'Breakout Kings' and T-Bag's Big, Bad Return, Plus an EXCLUSIVE Clip

The breakout character of Fox's 'Prison Break' run was one Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell, indelibly portrayed by Robert Knepper. According to Knepper, T-Bag was originally written as a "250 pound guy with a gold tooth." But when the wiry Knepper was cast, he gave the keenly intelligent but shady character thistle-like hair and a deep southern drawl. His lolling tongue deserved separate billing. For...

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Our Eight Favorite TV Davids

The name David is king on TV, or nearly. Remember 'Starsky & Hutch'? Starsky's first name was David (who knew?). 'Dave' has had its own sitcom ('Dave's World', the '90s show starring Harry Anderson), and it is a go-to name for talk (nighttime's David Letterman and David Susskind, 'This Week''s David Brinkley and 'Today''s founding father, Dave Garroway). One of the biggest TV stars of the...

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TV Stars Contending for Grammys

The Grammys hand out its awards tonight at 8PM ET on CBS, and if you scanned the humongous nomination list (109 categories, hello!), you found a lot of TV favorites there. Some of them are in niche categories that will probably not be featured on tonight's broadcast. But we expect to see at least a few of the following stars in their Staples Center seats, if not bringing it on stage ...

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Shows That Need to Come Back: 'Project Greenlight'

Tentpoles are letting us down ('Tron' ... meh) and big budget comedies are suddenly bombing ('The Dilemma'), so maybe it's time to put a small fraction of the business back in the hands of amateurs. The always-riveting 'Project Greenlight' was gone too soon from TV. Sure, it didn't produce any Oscar winners, but it did give talent a leg up (wasn't THAT the point?). A little-known actor named...

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Best 'Masterpiece Theatre' Shows Ever

Created during the Nixon Administration, in existence longer than CNN and HBO, 'Masterpiece Theatre' began 40 years ago last week on public television stations. It earned its very first Emmy for Best Miniseries in its second season, for 'Tom Brown's Schooldays.' That show was very much a part of the golden age of the miniseries in the mid-1970s, with such blockbusters as ABC's 'Rich Man,...

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'Hill Street Blues' Fun Facts

In 1981, Britney Spears and Natalie Portman were born, and NBC, a network known for popularity if not quality ('Diff'rent Strokes', 'CHiPs'), was about to become an awards juggernaut. NBC's cop drama 'Hill Street Blues' debuted on Jan. 15, 1981. With a huge cast of character actors darting about Capt. Francis Xavier Furillo's Hill Street station, the hour-long drama with a documentary look was...

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The Year in Celebrity Impressions

Who doesn't love a good celebrity impression -- and who doesn't cringe at a bad one? In 2010, several impersonations went viral, generating chuckles and awe. We had comedians' impressions getting healthy screen time, like Kevin Pollak, Jimmy Fallon, and the up-and-coming Jay Pharoah. And we also had actors busting out take-offs on fellow thespians -- yes, Anne Hathaway's savage rendering of Katie...

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Abracadabravision! The Year in Magic

2010 is about to disappear, and magicians might be glad to see it go. TV illusionists Criss Angel, David Blaine and multiple Emmy-winner David Copperfield did not have TV specials this year. Penn & Teller's Showtime staple 'Bulls***' continues, but the only trick on that show is how they get away with the title, even on pay cable. Still, TV still had some enchantment up its sleeve. Magic...

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On Black Friday 2010, Don't Leave Your TV -- Go Home Shopping Instead

Your TV is talking to you. It's begging you not to leave home and hearth to get trampled by bargain hunting Black Friday shoppers. No doubt you'll be sapped from all that stuffing, so just remember: A holiday home shopping spree for you and yours is just one push of a remote-control button away. HSN has a deep bench of celebrities ready to share their style with you. Tori Spelling will tout...

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TV Goes to College: 10 Memorable Shows Set on Campus

'Conan' isn't TBS' only big premiere this month. Tonight at 10PM ET, you can tune into the first episode of 'Glory Daze', a one-hour comedy set among the crushed beer cans and hand-me-down sofas of a fraternity house ... in 1986. (Read Maureeen Ryan's review of 'Glory Daze.') The cast is full of fresh faces; the most famous name among the regulars is former 'Saturday Night Live' player Tim...

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