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The CBBC has come under fire on Twitter in response to a section of one of its audience guides entitled ‘Girls are girls and boys are boys’.

US TV show Community has had a complicated production history

Fans wail as US cult show Community loses its 'mad scientist of sitcoms' in hostile takeover

The notion of a cult US TV show that has garnered more column inches than viewers – think Arrested Development or Joss Whedon's Firefly – is nothing new.

CIA chief admits use of torture in hunt for Bin Landen

The outgoing US defence secretary has admitted that intelligence obtained using enhanced interrogation techniques or torture was used to "put together the puzzle" that led the American military to Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

Diff'rent Strokes star Conrad Bain dies at 89

Actor Conrad Bain, best known for his role on the 1970s and '80s television comedy Diff'rent Strokes as a wealthy, white New Yorker who adopts two young black boys from Harlem, has died at age 89, his daughter has confirmed.

Barack Obama speaks at the White House last night flanked by a group of ‘middle-class Americans’

US poised to head over 'fiscal cliff' but deal on taxes 'in sight' says Obama

Eleventh-hour wrangling with Republicans to secure budget deal and avoid fiscal calamity

The NBC television crew were held by a militia group loyal to President Assad

Kidnapped journalists escape during firefight in Syria

Richard Engel, the chief foreign correspondent for the US network NBC, told yesterday how he and his television crew were kidnapped for five days by Syrian pro-regime gunmen who subjected them to mock executions and kept them bound and blindfolded.

'Time for the President to stand up and lead … this should be his number one agenda'

As President Obama prepared to speak at a vigil in Newtown last night, there were growing calls for him to make good on his promise of "meaningful action" on gun control.

Oh, it's not occurring, alright? Ruth Jones stamps out rumours of US Gavin and Stacey

Co-creator of hit sitcom Gavin and Stacey has gone on record to say that an American version of the show is unlikely to happen.

Must watch: Chicago TV reports breaking news of plane crash, only to discover it was TV show set

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!! Plane crashes into highway! Oh wait...that's just a TV set.

Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levison and Dame Maggie Smith as Lady Grantham in last night’s Downton

Julian Fellowes to create 'American Downton' set in 1880s New York

'The Gilded Age' series is expected to reference the Vanderbilt family and will feature 'princes of the American Renaissance'

The Office has been a big part of NBC’s schedule for years. It is also a prominent product placer, with plots revolving around such brands as Chili’s and Stap

It's the age of Reverse Product Placement: Fictional items from The Office go on sale

The media giant NBC- Universal broke US ad-sale records for its Olympic programming this year. But, as more people skip ad breaks, television shows must do all they can to make money. Product placement has long been a fixture of American TV, with some shows working real-life products into scripts without too much damage to reputations.

Republicans are out of step with a divided America. Can Barack Obama's second term heal the country?

There's at least one year, and possibly two, before the President's opponents call him a lame duck. That means opportunities aplenty to be a transformational president

NBC agree deal to show Premier League matches in the US

The Premier League will change broadcast partner in the United States from next season after announcing a two-year deal with the NBC Sports Group.

Convention Diary: Party swims with the sharks

If the turtles, groupers, rays and alligators that inhabit the Tampa Aquarium woke up with a hangover yesterday you can't blame them. On Monday night, the fish tank galleries were packed with convention VIPs invited to drink considerable volumes of booze as guests of the American drinks industry. Those spotted enjoying the liquid networking included David Corn, the distinctively un-conservative writer at Mother Jones, and Fred Karger who tried earlier this year to run as America's first gay presidential candidate. The night turned distinctly Austin Powers when two scantily attired mermaids dived into a tank to frolic with shoals of shimmering fish.

Michael J Fox said medication is helping to control his symptoms

Twelve years out with Parkinson's –now Michael J Fox is making a sitcom about it

Beloved star's comeback sparks network bidding war after new drugs help control his symptoms

Michael J Fox returns to full-time television

NBC is making it official: Michael J. Fox is coming back to series TV more than a decade after he left to concentrate on fighting Parkinson's disease.

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