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It's a cool medium after all

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Rip Torn isn't necessarily proud of the fact, but he can clearly recall a time in the late 1950s when newspaper columnists and film directors would wag a finger in his face and warn, "If you keep on…

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Mind over medium

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It looks doubtful that we'll ever see Tom Cruise starring in his own TV miniseries, or Arnold Schwarzenegger playing a doctor in a Robin Cook-derived made-for.

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Force field

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The standard sitcom often presents a certain disparity between fact and truth. The sitcom is frequently identified as a star vehicle: an established star might play a character not unlike his or her…

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Dream come true

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Lynn Whitfield, with two upcoming films, "Gone Fishin' " opposite Joe Pesci and Danny Glover and "Eve's Bayou" with Samuel L. Jackson, was relatively unknown when she won her 1990-91 Emmy for HBO's…

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Emmy ballots hit the street

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Nomination ballots for the 49th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be mailed to 8,500 active members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences next week, with a deadline of June 27 for the return…

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Big Knight

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Shirley Knight, a 1997 Tony nominee for "The Young Man From Atlanta," won two Emmys last year. The first came the Saturday night before the telecast for her guest appearance on "NYPD Blue."

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CBS in pix time share

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In an unprecedented theatrical-movie deal with Warner Bros., CBS and Time Warner's cable networks, TBS and TNT, have agreed to share 15 titles within a first broadcast window of four years.

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Asia gets the dish

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The introduction of direct-to-home satellite broadcasting in Asia has been a textbook study in how to turn viewers off the notion of embracing multichannel television.

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