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PBS to Air Restored Version of 'The Civil War' in September

This undated photograph provided by courtesy of the Library of Congress and PBS shows the provost Guard of the 107th Colored Infantry at Fort Corcoran, part of the defenses of Washington, included in the film, "The Civil War."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS says it will air a newly restored version of Ken Burns' "The Civil War" this fall, 25 years after the documentary's debut. The high-definition "Civil War" will air on five consecutive nights in September, PBS said Thursday. Viewers will be able to see more details in the film's images, according to Daniel J. White , who handled the restoration. In a statement, filmmaker Burns called th... more

USA Network Seeks a Grittier Image

In this image released by USA Network, Rami Malek, left, and Christian Slater  appear in a scene from the hacker drama "Mr. Robot," premiering June 24 at 10 p.m. ET on USA. (AP Photo/USA Network, David Giesbrecht)

NEW YORK (AP) — A vigilante hacker, an invasion of Los Angeles and a doctor who gets into a gun battle with gang members are featured in dramas due to appear on a grittier USA network within the next year. The general-interest cable network, trying to halt a decline in ratings, revealed programming plans with a marked shift away from the lighter procedural fare of "Monk," ''Psych" and "Burn Notice" ... more

Video Selfies by a Tough Trio of Travelers on Animal Planet

In this image released by Animal Planet, from left, Matt Galland, Blake Josephson and Danny Bryson appear in a scene from "100 Miles From Nowhere," an extreme travelogue airing Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on Animal Planet. (Animal Planet, Matt Trappe)

NEW YORK (AP) — No one needs to be reminded of our selfie epidemic, and certainly not when traveling. (Hey, you people mugging for your GoPros — anybody notice the Grand Canyon out there?) Happily, "100 Miles from Nowhere," an extreme travelogue from Animal Planet, isn't swarming with tourists as its trio of intrepid adventurers makes glorious use of video selfies — and gives the tired reality-TV gen... more

'Halal in the Family' Takes Online Swipe at Anti-Muslim Bias

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aasif Mandvi is bringing the satire he's honed on "The Daily Show" to a sitcom parody with a serious goal: unraveling anti-Muslim prejudice. The four-episode "Halal in the Family," starring Mandvi as the patriarch of an "all-American Muslim family," debuts April 9 on the humor website Funny or Die, the actor and writer said Thursday. The episodes, five minutes each, use sitcom conventions to ad... more

Classic TV Shows Get New Life on Digital Airwaves

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When cable TV was growing in the 1980s and '90s, many of its programs were past hits from the lineups of ABC, CBS and NBC. "The Andy Griffith Show" was the top show on Turner Broadcasting's TBS. Viacom made classic TV a big business by packaging series from the 1950s, '60s and '70s on Nickelodeon's Nick at Nite, which later spawned ... more

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