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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 'High Maintenance': from web series to HBO

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    The premise of the web series High Maintenance couldn't be simpler. In each episode, a character known only as "the Guy" makes a delivery to New Yorkers in need of marijuana.

    In High Maintenance, Ben Sinclair plays a marijuana delivery man in New York City. Despite the title, it’s not really a stoner show.
  6. A show tailor-made for a Netflix binge: 'Daredevil'

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    Dim and steaming with urban grit, personal pathos and intense violence, Marvel's great new Daredevil series for Netflix proves, once again, that no one understands the multiple-platforming world better than the comic book company originally, and fittingly, known as Timely Publications.

    Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock and Paul Mann as Piotr in the Marvel series Daredevil. All 13 episodes are now available on Netflix.
  7. Letterman's last shows will feature Bill Murray, Oprah, George Clooney

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    Letterman's final-guests-list is packed

    Bill Murray was David Letterman's first late night guest on Feb. 1, 1982, and he could be the last. Murray is one of the stars who will help bid Letterman farewell as he begins his final 28 broadcasts of The Late Show on CBS, the network announced Monday. Letterman is …

    David Letterman, host of the Late Show , waves to the audience in New York on April 3, 2014, after announcing that he will retire in 2015. (CBS)
  8. Who'll live and die in 'Game of Thrones' this season?

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    Fact: Game of Thrones doesn't care about your feelings. Never has, never will. What show kills off its main character in the first season? Game of Thrones does. After four seasons (and a trail of bodies), watching this brutal fantasy drama (the highest-rated drama on HBO) is sort of like having a panic …

    Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) has become a beloved conqueror and liberator of the slave nations in Game of Thrones. Likelihood of survival: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10.
  9. 'Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi's new sitcom parody combats Islamophobia

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    LOS ANGELES — 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 Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi, who attended Tampa’s Chamberlain High School and the University of South Florida, has a new sitcom parody targeting anti-Muslim bias. The show Halal in the Family will debut on on Thursday.
  10. Closing the book on 'Mad Men' (w/video)

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    Could the great American novel be a TV series? • If we can define the great American novel as one that illuminates the culture and concerns of an era in our history in a compelling and well-wrought narrative, Mad Men might well count. • The first episode of the second half of Season 7, the …

    The characters on Mad Men have captured an era, and sold us a story. 
From left are Kiernan Shipka as Sally Draper, January Jones as Betty Francis, Jessica Pare as Megan Draper and Jon Hamm as Don Draper.