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Who does the cooking on cooking shows?

Whipping up a four-course meal looks so easy when one of those TV chefs does it. But in reality, it takes a small army of chefs, producers and technical wizards to pull off cooking shows.

What is TV Everywhere?

Want to watch your favorite TV show tonight but won't be home? That's not a problem, with TV Everywhere. It's rapidly changing how we watch TV.

How does 'live+3' work in television metrics?

You think binge-watching your favorite show weeks after its episodes air will help pump up its ratings? Think again. Live+3 television ratings metrics have changed things considerably.

How are TV commercials produced?

The average TV commercial is 30 seconds. So they should be fairly easy to shoot, right? Just slap together a concept, a product and some actors and that should do it. Not so fast, TV commercial production gets super complex really quickly.

Is Superman mentioned in every 'Seinfeld' episode?

"Seinfeld" will forever be known as the best "show about nothing." But is it also an homage to Superman?

Do TV actors get paid in royalties?

Authors, songwriters and even playwrights receive royalties as payment for their copyrighted works. So what about actors -- do they get royalties when their movies or TV shows are seen over and over?

Why don't all TV networks stream their shows online?

Streaming TV shows online seems like it makes sense for the networks. So why aren't all shows available via the Internet? We'll explain.

What's a 'TV-ready' movie?

If you've ever watched a Hollywood film on your TV, you've watched a TV-ready movie. It's quite a job for film editors to get a film TV-ready. We'll explain the process.

Why do TV shows premiere in the fall?

You know you can't wait until the season premiere of your favorite show. But have you ever wondered why the networks' new seasons start in the fall? You might be surprised by the answer.

Are 24-hour news channels on their way out?

When CNN debuted in 1980, the 24-hour news network was taking a leap into the unknown. Now we can get our news anywhere, anytime thanks to tablets, smartphones and the Internet. Could 24-hour news stations could be gone in our lifetime?

Did AMC's social media strategy change TV?

How did AMC wrangle so many viewers via Twitter and Facebook for shows like "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad"? And did its strategy really break ground for the future of television marketing?

Do all major networks have to carry presidential addresses?

When the president speaks, we listen. But when the president asks for airtime, do the networks have to say yes? It's not a simple answer.

Could you run a TV network from your home?

Think you're the next Rupert Murdoch or Ted Turner? Good luck with that. But seriously, if you want to run a little TV network from home, it can be done -- well, sort of.

10 Creepy TV Show Fan Theories

Yes, it may seem like the reason the characters on "The Simpsons" don't age is because it's a cartoon. But the real reason is because they're stuck in a time loop. Far-fetched? You haven't heard our other wild TV show theories.

How Being a Reality Show Contestant Really Works

Many people want to be on today's popular reality shows but don't necessarily know what being a contestant entails. Ready for sleepless nights and "creative" editing?

How Sweeps Week Works

In times past, if your favorite TV character was about to get married or have a baby, there was a good chance it would happen in February, May or November, because those were Sweeps Week periods. What are the Sweeps, and are they still relevant?

10 TV Medical Conditions That Are Rare in Real Life

It seems like TV doctors never discover a case of the mumps. Rare and bizarre medical conditions make for good television, but we picked 10 medical conditions that real doctors almost never see.

10 Terrifying Moments on Unscripted TV

Screenwriters make their money selling scripts rife with action, danger and intrigue. However, there's plenty of drama to be found in everyday life, and we have 10 examples from reality TV to prove it.

5 Extreme Jobs for TV Crews

Have you ever wondered how footage from that storm, war or crazy reality show ended up on film? Well, it turns out that the cameramen often travel -- and suffer -- right along with the hosts of the most extreme shows on television.

10 TV Moms We Secretly Want to Be

We all have TV mom fantasies, whether it's to balance a fabulous career with a great husband and kids like Clair Huxtable or to be able to lie around the house all day doing nothing, like Peg Bundy. Here are 10 TV moms we secretly want to be.

TV Show Pictures

Can you name the longest-running TV show, the longest-running animation, the most-watched show finale? Peek at these TV show pictures and learn some fun facts and trivia about the most popular shows in television history.

10 'Star Trek' Technologies That Actually Came True

The characters in "Star Trek" get to wield all kinds of high-tech gadgetry. Some of these gizmos are purely science fiction. What technologies have actually come to pass?

How did they make the Toyota Tundra 'Killer Heat' commercial?

The pickup truck in this commercial climbs an 80-foot steel corkscrew to the sky, then drives through a tunnel of fire. Is this for real, or is your TV playing tricks on you?

How Product Demonstrations Work

Product demonstrations have been around for more than one hundred years. Check out this article to learn all about product demonstrations and how they are used today.

When do TV commercials need to use disclaimers?

Let's say Ronald McDonald is running for president. In this commercial -- where he hopes to gain the golfer vote -- he needs to include a voice-over: "I'm Ronald McDonald, and I approved this message." Why?