Alexis Bledel in "The Handmaid's Tale."

How 'Handmaid's Tale' and other TV shows use music as a tool for torture

Makers of "Handmaid's Tale" use pop songs to underscore the series' dark themes.
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Minnesota 'Bachelorette' breaks a heart, picks her man

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Prior Lake's Becca Kufrin chose Garrett Yrigoyen as the winner of "The Bachelorette" Monday.
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Chris Rock to star in next season of 'Fargo'

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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2015 file photo, comedian Chris Rock performs at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism
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Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand in 1976’s “A Star Is Born.”

TV picks for Aug. 17-19: 'Esme & Roy,' 'Disenchantment,' Janet Jackson, 'A Star Is Born'

Crossroads"A Star Is Born," starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, doesn't hit theaters until Oct. 5, but you can catch two earlier versions that…
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August 15
Kerri Hoffman (right), CEO of PRX, will lead the combined organization. Alisa Miller (left), CEO of PRI, will become executive chair of the new organi

Public radio producers PRI and PRX will merge, raise focus on podcasts

Firm will reach 28.5M listeners, 56M podcast downloads per month.
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August 15
Ronny Chieng studies abroad on the Comedy Central app.

TV picks for Aug. 16: Ronny Chieng, 'SuperMansion,' Kevin Garnett

Nothing but net “Kevin Garnett: The All-Star Interview,” which originally aired last year, offers more insight into the fairly reclusive basketball legend whom Minnesotans will…
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August 15

Multiple revivals of 'Rugrats' are in the works

Hit children's cartoon headed back to TV and movie screens.
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August 15
Melissa McCarthy stars in “Life of the Party.”

Nielsen ratings: 'Talent' rules; 'Life of the Party' top movie rental

Here are the top 20 broadcast TV shows for the week of Aug. 6-12 (Monday to Sunday), based on the number of viewers, according to…
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August 14
Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5 and a coach on “The Voice,” will produce “Sugar.”

TV picks for Aug. 15: 'Raising Tourette's,' 'Sugar,' 'Network'

Finding strength The new docuseries “Raising Tourette’s” spotlights five families, each raising adolescents dealing with Tourette’s syndrome. The cast includes an 11-year-old Army brat…
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August 13
Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, in 2015’s “Ant-Man.”

TV picks for Aug. 14: 'Ant-Man,' 'Walker, Texas Ranger,' 'America's Got Talent'

Small wonders"Ant-Man and the Wasp," currently in theaters, may have you itching to watch the original 2015 "Ant-Man," in which Paul Rudd stood tall…
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August 13

TV talk-show highlights Aug. 14

Morning9 a.m.Live With Kelly and Ryan Ray Liotta, Evan Peters, Sting and Shaggy, Dr. Taz Bhatia. (KSTP, Ch. 5)Late night10:35 p.m.The Tonight Show…
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August 11
Joe Soucheray and Patrick Reusse.

KSTP radio axes Soucheray, Reusse after 35 years on the air

Reusse, who writes a sports column for the Star Tribune, shared the news via Twitter on Friday. Soucheray is a Pioneer Press columnist.
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August 11
Josh Brolin as Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Video review: The end is nigh with 'Avengers: Infinity War'

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Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji in Season 3 of "Insecure."

TV picks for Aug. 12-16: 'Sacred Sites,' 'Insecure,' 'Insatiable'

Rae of light Issa Rae is still starving for affection in the third season of “Insecure,” although the dude who throws up in her…
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August 10
From left, Russell Brand, Rob Corddry and Dwayne Johnson in “Ballers.”

TV picks for Aug. 11-12: Gloria Estefan, 'Get Shorty,' 'Ballers'

Coming out of the dark Gloria Estefan is the subject of “Collision Course,” a documentary that is more interested in detailing her near-fatal bus…
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TV picks for Aug. 13: 'Sacred Sites,' 'Frontline,' 'The Hilarious World of Depression'

Once and future king Those who believe King Arthur was an early incarnation of Harry Potter may be disappointed by the second-season premiere of
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August 10

'Star Trek: Discovery' coming to DVD Nov. 13

  Q: When will Season 1 of the new “Star Trek” series be available on DVD? A: I was beginning to wonder when CBS might…
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August 9
Fox 9 meteorologist Steve Frazier.

Fox 9 meteorologist Steve Frazier dies after battle with pancreatic cancer

Frazier had been the weekend weather guy at Channel 9 since 2012.
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August 9
Debby Ryan and Dallas Roberts in the Netflix series “Insatiable.”

TV picks for Aug. 10-12: 'Insatiable,' Agatha Christie, 'Freaky Friday,' 'Insecure'

Sex as a weapon A formerly overweight teenager (Debby Ryan) seeks revenge on bullies via the beauty-pageant route in “Insatiable,” a sassy new sitcom…
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August 8
Anna Faris and Eva Longoria in “Overboard.”

Nielsen ratings for July 30-Aug. 5: 'Talent' still the champ; 'Overboard' top movie rental

Here are the top 20 broadcast TV shows for the week of July 30-Aug. 5 (Monday to Sunday), based on the number of viewers, according…
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August 7
“Like Father” stars Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer.

TV picks for Aug. 8: 'CMA Fest,' 'Like Father,' 'Boomtown Builder'

Are you ready for the country? In recent years, Nashville’s formerly down-home Fan Fair has metastasized into the mega-glitzy “CMA Fest.” Four days of…
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August 6
Becca Kufrin stars in "The Bachelorette."

What you need to know before Minnesotan Becca Kufrin's 'Bachelorette' finale

The 28-year-old from Prior Lake will introduce the finalists to her family in the deciding episode.
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August 6
“I think it’s obvious in our shows that we really like each other and people want to see that,” said Martin Short, left, with partner Steve Mart

Steve Martin and Martin Short return to Minn. for another wild 'n' crazy night

Steve Martin and Martin Short still want to be two wild 'n' crazy guys — as long as the hotel has a good kitchen.

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