Television

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Twenty years ago I remarked on the apparently endless popularity of the Antiques Roadshow on television. Incredibly it is still going, almost every night it seems. After so many years some of the rediscovered treasures we see on the show might be appearing for the second or third time. It was the genius of the Antiques Road Show to turn trash into potential treasure, and the search for it into a treasure hunt. It is a cultural phenomenon, a tribute to the national gift for optimism and the mysterious alchemy that gives value to objects with no apparent value at all.

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The corporate parent of WFSB sold the Rocky Hill, Connecticut, based television station and 16 other stations to Gray Television in a $2.7 billion dollar deal.

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Now that the election is over we can return to more traditional and less stressful forms of entertainment, like murder. When the evenings draw in and the temperature falls with the leaves, there’s nothing as comforting as a good murder. The actual homicide rate in America has been going down for a long time, but in movies and on television it has gone the other way. Movies were always violent, ever since the earliest cowboy epics. Now they are more violent by far. By the age of 18, according to Mr. Google, the average citizen has watched 40,000 murders on the small screen.

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The volume of political ads on television in this year’s general election are on track to shatter all previous records. This is despite a drop off in the number of television viewers. That’s the finding of a Wesleyan University Media Project report.

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The ABC television show “American Housewife” says it will make no more mentions of the city of Norwalk in future episodes. The announcement came in response to the local outrage over a recent episode.

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