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Are We Getting Too Many New Television Shows For Our Own Good?

Call it the summer of television’s discontent. There’s been an unusually high amount of studio meddling in upcoming TV series this summer. Shows have been retooled, showrunners have been fired, blood has been spilled. And the reason may be that television studios are just producing too much content now. »9/02/15 5:30pmYesterday 5:30pm

Watch Drunk History Slur Its Way Through An Explanation of the Big Bang Theory

Comedy Central’s hilarious Drunk History—a show in which comedians get sloppy-drunk and share historical tales, which then are acted out by sober actors who earnestly lip-sync every slurred line of dialogue—kicked off its third season last night with a little special something for science geeks. »9/02/15 4:11pmYesterday 4:11pm

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can’t Afford to Miss in September!

The summer beach reads are finished—but the book party is just getting started! This month’s science fiction and fantasy must-reads include Terry Pratchett’s final Discworld novel, plus new books from Stephen Baxter, Seanan McGuire, Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood. And Star Wars and Star Trek! »9/02/15 3:42pmYesterday 3:42pm

Which TV Show Went Downhill...But Then Ended on a High Note?

There’s nothing more frustrating than watching a once-decent TV show slide downhill into mediocrity or worse. But sometimes, there’s one last flash of brilliance. Sometimes, a show pulls off a series finale that actually puts an exclamation point at the end of its sentence. Which show pulled out of a slump for its… »9/02/15 2:16pmYesterday 2:16pm

The Hideous Chicago Triple Child Murder That Was Finally Solved ... After 40 Years

It was a Sunday in October 1955 when three Chicago boys (from left in the photo: Robert Peterson, 14; John Schuessler, 13; and his brother, Anton, 11) decided to venture downtown for a matinee. Peterson’s mother helped them pick out a film (Disney doc The African Lion) and sent them on their way. They never returned. »9/02/15 1:40pmYesterday 1:40pm

15 Common English Words That You Probably Didn't Know Were Still Trademarked

The English language is a voracious eater, consuming words and digesting them into whole new things. Sometimes words that used to be trademarked by companies pass into generic use—like escalator, thermos, and aspirin. And sometimes words live in limbo: still trademarked, but used all the time as generic terms. Here… »9/02/15 1:07pmYesterday 1:07pm