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TV Industry

Go behind the scenes of the TV industry to learn how TV shows are produced.

How U.S. Public Broadcasting Works

NPR and PBS have been on the air for years, amid recurring calls for government defunding. Learn more about U.S. public broadcasting at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why Do Ads Say 'the Big Game' Instead of 'the Super Bowl'?

Why does the NFL come after people who use the words "Super Bowl" without permission? Learn more about trademarks at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Now You Have Another Reason to Neflix estimates that watching Netflix will spare viewers from the more than six days' worth of ads they'd encounter on cable annually. See more »

Are Super Bowl Ads Really Worth $30 Million?

Are Super Bowl ads worth all the money companies spend on them? HowStuffWorks Now looks at a study that points to mixed results. See more »

10 Most Game-Changing Developments in the TV Industry

Many things have contributed to America's obsession with the boob tube. See 10 of the biggest developments in the TV industry to learn more. See more »

10 Highest-paid TV Actors of All Time

TV actors' salaries can skyrocket when a show is a hit. Find out which 10 actors are the highest-paid of all time at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How do reality TV shows choose their cast?

Reality shows tend to be over-the-top and highly unrealistic. Learn if reality TV shows really choose their casts at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How do they decide which TV shows to air?

Shows are often canceled because of ratings and cost concerns. Learn more about how they decide which TV shows to air at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How do they really shoot reality TV shows?

Ever wondered how reality TV shows really film all of that unscripted insanity? Find out how reality TV show filming works. See more »

Just how fake are reality TV shows?

Reality TV shows are unscripted, but they aren't as real as you think. Learn just how fake reality TV shows are at HowStuffWorks. See more »