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For Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, writing and producing “When We Rise” is his way of making the world a better place. “I wake up in the morning and I go, ‘How do we move the needle [and] make this …

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    FILE - In this March 8, 2015 file photo, Jimmy Kimmel arrives at the 32nd Annual Paleyfest : ’Scandal’ held at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Kimmel is choosing not to air a new episode of his talk show opposite David Letterman’s final ’Late Show’ installment. Kimmel told the New York Times on Thursday, May 7, 2015, that his May 20 installment will be a repeat out of respect for Letterman. Kimmel’s spokeswoman confirmed the report.  (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) This weekend on TV: And the winner is ... ABC, which airs the Oscars
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    Updated Feb 24 2017 11:40 am   |     |   Share
  • In this photo provided by HBO, host Bill Maher, left, listens to  Breitbart News’ Milo Yiannopoulos on HBO’s ’Real Time with Bill Maher,’ Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Janet Van Ham/HBO via AP) Scott D. Pierce: Bill Maher botches interview, then claims credit for downfall of Yiannopoulos
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    Updated Feb 24 2017 11:09 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Feb 23 2017 03:08 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Rafael De Fuenta (front and center) stars as Ricardo in ’When We Rise.’ Eike Schroter  |  ABC TV preview: ‘When We Rise’ is compelling TV
    Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”) wrote and produced “When We Rise,” a four-part, eight-hour miniseries that recounts the struggl...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 02:58 pm   |     |   Share
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    Pictured L-R: Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny ad Brittany O’Grady in the special premiere of ’Star’ airing Wednesday, Dec. 14. Photo by Tommy Garcia/Fox Wednesday on TV: Fox has renewed both ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘Star’ — so good and bad news
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    Updated Feb 22 2017 04:07 pm   |     |   Share
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    A scene from the documentary ’Maya Angelou And Still I Rise,’ which is premiereing at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy Sundance Film Festival Tuesday on TV: Maya Angelou’s ‘American Experience’ is inspiring
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    Updated Feb 21 2017 12:15 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Famke Janssen as Susan ’Scottie’ Hargrave and Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen in “The Blacklist: Redemption.”  Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC Scott D. Pierce: Do we really need another ‘Blacklist’? Nope
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  • Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman star in “Big Little Lies.” Hilary Bronwyn Gayle  |  courtesy of HBO Witherspoon, Kidman tell ‘Big Little Lies’ in new HBO series that’s all about women
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    Updated Feb 16 2017 01:53 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Macall B. Polay  |  HBO  Pete Holmes stars in “Crashing.” Scott D. Pierce: ‘Crashing’ is a comedy that’s all about pain
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    Updated Feb 20 2017 09:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley star in ìBig Little Lies.î Hilary Bronwyn Gayle  |  courtesy of HBO TV preview: ‘Big Little Lies’ is filled with big stars
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  • In this image released by Showtime, Maggie Siff portrays Wendy Rhoades in a scene from the series, ’Billions,’ airing Sundays at 10 p.m. EST on Showtime. ( Jeff Neumann/Showtime via AP) 2 tough guys meet their match in Maggie Siff on ‘Billions’
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  • This image released by IFC shows Fred Armisen, left, and Carrie Brownstein in a scene from ’Portlandia,’ airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST (Augusta Quirk/IFC via AP) Making ‘Portlandia’: Brainstorming, basketball, improv
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    Updated Feb 15 2017 03:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart and Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quin in ìThe Good Fight.î Courtesy  |  Patrick Harbron, CBS CBS fights ‘The Good Fight’ online to boost streaming service
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    Updated Feb 14 2017 01:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    Courtesy  |  Nino Muñoz, The CW  Yael Grobglas as Petra, Andrea Navedo as Xo, Justin Baldoni as Rafael, Gina Rodriguez as Jane, Ivonne Coll as Alba, Jaime Camil as Rogelio and Brett Dier as Michael in ’Jane the Virgin.’ Monday on TV: Yes, SPOILER ALERT is really dead on ‘Jane the Virgin’
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    Host James Corden answers questions from the media after rolling out the red carpet for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 in Los Angeles. The Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) This weekend on TV: Corden hosts the Grammys, and there are a couple of shows Trump won’t like
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