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Football rules, uniforms, helmets and protective gear have changed a lot over the years. Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images hide caption

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

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Every Brilliant Thing, starring Jonny Donahoe, follows a son's efforts to fight his mother's deep depression. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of O&M Co. hide caption

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One-Man Show Casts 'Brilliant' Light On Realities Of Suicide, Depression

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The stars of Parenthood include, left to right, Erika Christensen Peter Krause, Bonnie Bedelia, Craig T. Nelson, Lauren Graham and Dax Shepard. NBC/Justin Lubin/NBC hide caption

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NBC's 'Parenthood' Ends As A Family Drama Built On Small Moments

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Joe Clayton, president and CEO of Dish Network, introduces the Sling TV earlier this month at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Side Show tells the true story of conjoined twins who go from a freak show to vaudeville and try, unsuccessfully, to find love along the way. "We just did not get enough bodies and butts in seats that translate into word of mouth," says Side Show producer Darren Bagert. Above (from left): Ryan Silverman, Emily Padgett, Erin Davie and Matthew Hydzik. Joan Marcus /O+M Co. hide caption

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How Broadway Is Losing Its 'Middle Ground'

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Swan Lake is 120 years old and still popular. The Mariinsky Theatre's current tour of the ballet at BAM in New York City is nearly sold-out. Valentin Baranovsky/BAM hide caption

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A Rare Bird: After 120 Years, Audiences Still Flock To 'Swan Lake'

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Larry Wilmore at the TV Critics Association's Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

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Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Brings A New Voice To Late Night TV

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Actors Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper horse around on the set of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt while filming in New York in March. Tina Fey's new TV series was developed for NBC, but will air on Netflix instead. Steve Sands/GC Images hide caption

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New Streaming Services Are Changing TV — And Viewers, Too

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Syrian political cartoonist Ali Farzat sits at his desk at a Kuwaiti newspaper on Dec. 14, 2011. Earlier that year, Farzat was badly beaten in retaliation for cartoons that mocked Syrian President Bashar Assad. Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Satire In The Muslim World: A Centuries-Long Tradition

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The British theater company 1927 performs its latest play, Golem, based on the character from ancient Jewish folklore. The troupe's trademark is vintage style combined with distinctive animation. Bernhard Mueller hide caption

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The Theater Company Is 1927; The Technology Is Cutting Edge

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Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman in AMC's Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul. Ursula Coyote/AP hide caption

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TV In 2015: Late-Night Shuffles, Big Goodbyes And More

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Comedian Andrea Martin performs at New York's 54 Below in 2012. She published her memoir Lady Parts in September. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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Comedian Andrea Martin: 'I Don't Think Age Has Anything To Do With It'

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