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Bruce Jenner and the shifting dynamics of TV's transgender moment

The stakes are high for Bruce Jenner, who in a highly anticipated interview airing Friday night is expected to reveal to Diane Sawyer what many have long speculated — that the 1976 Olympic champion is now identifying as a transgender woman.

But the ramifications go beyond Jenner, an American celebrity who’s spent decades in the public eye. For an estimated 700,000 transgender Americans, the interview is a milestone in how TV and the media continue to consider transgender people and issues.

Join our live discussion Monday at noon PT about the interview

Other breakthrough moments on television dramas and reality series have led to a perception in recent years that attitudes toward the transgendered may be shifting.

“We’re no longer just a punch line for comics, or just limited to that sphere,” says Dana Beyer, a transgender rights advocate and executive director of Gender Rights Maryland. “Stories about us are now of interest to the mainstream media, and not because we’re special but because...

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'Mad Men' recap, 'Time & Life'

"They keep telling me their future's in California."

California has always been a magical place where "Mad Men" characters can leave their mistakes behind to start over. At least, that's what they hope.

It's surprising, if not slightly disappointing, that the theme of starting fresh should revisit nearly identical stories from previous seasons. For the most part, "Time & Life" was reminiscent of the season three finale, "Sit Down. Have a Seat."

"Mad Men" refresher course: McMann Erickson was set to acquire Puttnam, Powell and Lowe, of which Sterling Cooper was a subsidiary. Don and crew wanted no part of that. So, they secured all their clients in secret and broke away to create their new agency, SCPD.

Now, SC&P has already joined McMann Erickson, but they kept their employees and their deluxe two-floor office in the Time & Life building. That is, until the soulless McMann Erickson stopped paying rent.

Not because they're deadbeats — they'e making SC&P move into their office. They're devouring...

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'Game of Thrones' recap: 'The High Sparrow'

Tyrion kidnapped! Arya learning to become an assassin! A beheading!

"The High Sparrow," the third episode in this season's "Game of Thrones" season, had a lot of interesting plotlines.

Foremost, in the show's final moments, Jorah Mormont kidnapped Tyrion to take him to Daenerys. This could be really, really bad for almost any other character. But methinks Tyrion is clever enough to talk himself out of almost anything.

Next, Arya got acquainted with The House of Black and White, the legendary school for assassins, and that, my friends, is some badass training. She has to disown her old self to become a face-changer and got slapped around for not really doing that.

"I am ready. To be a faceless man. To be no one," Arya pledged. She had to throw all of her possessions into the sea, but couldn't bring herself to get rid of Needle, the thin blade given to her by Jon Snow.

Meanwhile, Arya's sister, Sansa, was paired up with the cruel psycho Ramsay Bolton. First Joffrey, now this: poor girl.

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Shonda Rhimes speaks out on 'Grey's Anatomy' shocker

This article contains details about Thursday's episode of "Grey's Anatomy." If you haven't watched it yet, read on at your own peril.

"Grey's Anatomy" fans were shocked when Thursday's episode of the long-running medical drama ended with the death of Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd, the hunky doctor played by Patrick Dempsey and a central figure on the series since its very first episode in 2005. In the show's pilot, Ellen Pompeo's Meredith Grey has a one-night stand with Derek, only to discover that he's her new boss; several seasons and many twists and turns later, the two wed.

In Thursday's episode, titled "How to Save a Life," neurosurgeon Derek stops to help the victims of a car accident, gets hit by a tractor-trailer, and dies of a brain injury when doctors at the hospital fail to treat him properly. (Irony duly noted.)

The death prompted a widespread gnashing of teeth and rending of garments on social media, where "Grey's Anatomy" became a trending topic around the globe. Series creator...

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'Scandal' recap, 'First Lady Sings the Blues'

Jake is not dead. He's only mostly dead. So now, we get to watch OPA completely bungle their plan to see to his recovery. Quinn gets to work early and finds Jake on the coffee table, full of stab wounds.

Naturally, she thinks that he's dead and calls Huck to help her figure out what to do. Huck says that it doesn't look like the knife hit any major organs and punches him in the chest, making Jake wail and proving that he's awake.

Olivia and David get to the scene and start to try to formulate a plan. Ever the Boy Scout, David wants to call an ambulance, but Liv shuts that down. If they take Jake to a hospital, a paper trail will begin (not to mention, the police will be called because, stab wounds, duh) and her father will find out that Jake is alive, kill him and then kill all of Olivia's friends "just to teach [her] a lesson."

They call for Charlie's help and he secures a location, doctor and equipment. Sounds smart, right? Wrong.

Meanwhile, Mellie is struggling to convince voters that...

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'The Americans' recap: Cold War getting hotter as season wraps

The Cold War is escalating, the Jennings family is in turmoil and the career of FBI agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) is in jeopardy as Season 3 of “The Americans” wraps on FX.

Episode 313’s title, “March 8, 1983,” refers to the date of President Reagan’s famous “Evil Empire” speech. By blasting communism as a “sad, bizarre chapter in human history,” Reagan further inflamed tensions between the U.S. and U.S.S.R.

Tensions also mount for Soviet spy Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) as his gut-wrenching missions exact a toll. His latest assignment involves murdering an innocent young man and making it appear he committed suicide after installing a listening device at the FBI.

That trickery takes the heat off Philip’s other wife, secretary Martha Hanson (Alison Wright), who actually planted the bug.

To lessen his angst, Philip attends a New Age seminar and is surprised to see Sandra Beeman (Susan Misner), Stan’s estranged spouse. She opens up about having relationship issues with new boyfriend...

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