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Why Seth Meyers Has the Least Stressful Job in Late Night Television

Why Seth Meyers Has the Least Stressful Job in Late Night Television

When it comes to late-night debuts, it would be hard to have a less stressful launch -- in terms of expectations -- than Seth Meyers taking over NBC's Late Night program.

All of the attention is elsewhere. And all of the troubles in that slot came well before Meyers.

PHOTOS: Seth Meyers: Exclusive Portraits

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Growing Up Fisher: TV Review

Growing Up Fisher: TV Review

It’s hard to figure out what NBC was thinking when it plotted out its Tuesday sitcoms. From 9 to 10 p.m. it’s a pretty tough field already, at least quality-wise. Fox has New Girl and this season’s hit comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. ABC counters with its own hit in The Goldbergs and the underappreciated Trophy Wife. NBC? Apparently it’s launching the Saccharine Offensive.

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Sochi Olympics Earns Gold for TV

Sochi Olympics Earns Gold for TV

Another Olympics is in the books and two weeks of great television -- and a wonderful diversion -- has come to an end.

People who watch the Olympics for the thrill of competition -- which is probably most people -- will come away from the Sochi experience having witnessed all kinds of unpredictable, riveting television.

Those who watch it only to see Americans win gold -- people who after the fact deem an event less fulfilling if our athletes win a silver or bronze -- may not be as excited.

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About a Boy: TV Review

About a Boy: TV Review

It was kind of a no-brainer to turn the film About a Boy, based on the novel by Nick Hornby (later turned into a movie as well, of course), into a television series. It seems easy to extend the warmness of a precocious kid bringing out the more mature side of a self-centered adult man. Add the hot single mom and you’ve got that network television vehicle for repeating variations on the same story from week to week.

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Amazon's New Crop of Pilots, Including Chris Carter's 'The After': TV Review

Amazon's New Crop of Pilots, Including Chris Carter's 'The After': TV Review

The first major threat to broadcast television's dominance was, of course, cable television -- and that was pretty much the only threat until deep into the Internet era when predictions began rolling in about how we’d all be watching TV on our computers eventually, and TV itself would die a slow death.

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Jimmy Fallon: A Strong First 'Tonight Show' Belies the Long Wait Ahead For Late Night Dominance

Jimmy Fallon: A Strong First 'Tonight Show' Belies the Long Wait Ahead For Late Night Dominance

Now that Jimmy Fallon has his first night of hosting The Tonight Show under his belt, what can he expect?

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Launch or Failure to Launch: Which Series Thrived, Survived and Nose-Dived in Fall

Launch or Failure to Launch: Which Series Thrived, Survived and Nose-Dived in Fall

Every season the freshman crop of network shows face an enormous battle to survive. First, the vast majority of them are dumped onto the schedule together like something out of The Hunger Games. They’re also battling cable shows and, most important of all, the fact that people can only watch so many shows in their daily lives, so adding something new — and there’s never been more to choose from across all platforms — is a very picky and tricky business.

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Sochi: Get Well Soon Bob Costas -- And Hurry Back

Sochi: Get Well Soon Bob Costas -- And Hurry Back

There are probably very few high-profile anchors -- sports, news or otherwise -- who would have handled the Bob Costas Situation the way that Bob Costas did.

PHOTOS: Sochi: Winter Olympics Kicks Off With White Lights and Icebergs at Opening Ceremony

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Second Look: How Some Freshman Shows Are Getting It Done -- Or Not

Second Look: How Some Freshman Shows Are Getting It Done -- Or Not

It's been a mixed bag of hits, misses and on-the-bubble shows when it comes to this television season's freshman crop. Here's a look at how a select sampling of them have succeeded -- or not -- and what can be done to improve themselves creatively and increase their chances of survival.

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Tim Goodman on Why He Loves the Olympics -- And How Nothing You Say Can Change That

Tim Goodman on Why He Loves the Olympics -- And How Nothing You Say Can Change That

Every two years as we get another Olympic Games, it’s like a 50m short-track sprint in my veins (for summer, it’s the 100m dash). Nothing – not tape delayed results, pre-packaged segments for prime time or even those saccharine profiles can keep me away.

In fact, bring on the profiles! You can wrap a flag around whomever you want and I’m in. Give me a long story about a Russian athlete who has overcome some kind of crazy adversity and I’ll sit there, glued to the set.

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Jay Leno's Last Show and Lasting Legacy: Saving a Tear for the Third Act

Jay Leno's Last Show and Lasting Legacy: Saving a Tear for the Third Act

Jay Leno's second goodbye is -- and has been -- absolutely fascinating from the standpoint that it's mostly an irrelevant story. That's what happens when you leave -- no matter how you leave, it should be noted -- and then come back, before leaving again.

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Bzzzzzzz: All the Upcoming Buzz Shows You Need to Know About

Bzzzzzzz: All the Upcoming Buzz Shows You Need to Know About

The gutting news that Phillip Seymour Hoffman died robbed fans of basking in the often sublime performances he mined from each role. That ability to be almost instantly great is such a rarity and was on full display in January when Showtime presented a clip of Happyish at the Television Critics Association press tour. In it, Hoffman plays a cynical adman forced to work with and for millennials who believe social media and new tech are the best thing for advertising. The world keeps him in a constant state of agitation.

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House of Cards: TV Review

House of Cards: TV Review

It's strange to think that a series with mostly critical acclaim (at least when it launched), which was also the poster series for Netflix's rise from content streamer to content provider, and one still commanding an impressive pedigree of people in front of and behind the camera, can be the subject of sympathy.

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Look Back In Astonishment: What You Need To See Before Getting Deep Into 2014

For those who didn't see the planes with banners, the klieg lights or didn't come to that free-beer-and-ponies party I had, then you probably don't know I resurrected the TV Talk Machine podcast (never heard it before? - maybe better!) and have a number of plans for it (including interviewing people who I like in the industry, from series creators to actors to network and cable heads, late night hosts, etc. - just no one who is simply peddling a new project). Anyway, it will be a lot of different things.

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