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Trevor Noah to be Jon Stewart's 'The Daily Show' replacement

Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian who has been a contributor to Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," will be the program's new host when current host Jon Stewart leaves later this year, the network announced Monday.

“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny,” said Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless in a statement, noting that he would bring "a fresh voice" to the satirical news show.

Noah, a biracial South African who grew up in Johannesburg's Soweto township, was a surprise pick. Though he has hosted his own program, "Tonight with Trevor Noah," in his native country, the comedian joined "The Daily Show" as a contributor only in December and his name had not been among those floated in the press as a possible successor to Stewart until recently. One of the show's behind-the-scene podcasts features an interview with Noah.

“It’s an honor to follow Jon Stewart. He and the team at ‘The Daily Show’ have...

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'The Walking Dead' recap: Rick wins, but who loses?

For the fifth season finale of "The Walking Dead," Rick finally won his power struggle with Deanna for the hearts and minds of Alexandria. On the one hand, yay, Rick won't be cast out into the wilderness. But judging by his very first act as leader -- shooting Pete the accidentally killing abuser -- doesn't bode well for the path of civilization and peace.

Of anyone in the crew, it seems Michonne understood most deeply the dangers and sad reality of Rick's way, when we saw her stoically take her katana blade down from the mantel where she had previously hoped it would stay. She saw there was a chance for them to survive without their weapons, but that window seems to have closed. At least for awhile.

Most symbolically, the other active voice for peace and forgiveness, Deanna's husband, Reg, was the victim of Pete's accidental slaying, getting his throat sliced open during a confrontation at Rick's trial. With Reg gone and Deanna without any sort of grounding, it looks like she'll be...

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'Mad Men' countdown: 10 moments Sally Draper should discuss with her therapist
TV Picks: 'Danger 5,' 'It's Okay To Be Smart'

"Danger 5" (Netflix). Let the word go forth, let the people know, that the second season of the Australian action comedy "Danger 5" has reached America. I hesitate to call it a comedy, somehow, as if that were an affront to its thoroughgoing, towering weirdness; but of course it is made to be funny, and it is. The first season, you may recall -- we're going to fix that if you don't, hold on -- was a World War II story filtered through a 1960s, low-budget, super-saturated, Tohoscope, genre sensibility, following (to lazily quote my own review) "an international team of variously styled blue-clad agents as they battle Nazis, robots, dinosaurs, clones, espresso-drinking Italian truck drivers and fascist Atlanteans in an attempt to win the war 'and as always,' says the eagle-headed superior who gives them their assignments, 'kill Hitler.'" The second series (whose production followed the first by three years) begins in the 1980s, with Hitler still alive and coming out of hiding and the...

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'Coach' returning to TV with 13 episodes, Craig T. Nelson onboard

It's officially the season of '90s nostalgia.

With "The X-Files" and "Twin Peaks" both currently on the path back to TV, NBC has announced it's bringing back a beloved comedy from that same era: "Coach."

The sitcom ran for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997 and starred Craig T. Nelson as the head coach of a fictional college football team. It will return with a 13-episode order.

The new "Coach" is not being billed as a reboot but a continuation, albeit 18 years later. Nelson is returning as Hayden Fox, who has retired from coaching but is called up to help out his son, who is now coach at an Ivy league school in Pennsylvania that's just starting a football team.

The original series creator Barry Kemp is returning to write and executive produce the series for Universal Television. Nelson is also executive producing.

No word if any of the other original cast members, including Shelley Fabares, Jerry Van Dyke, Bill Fagerbakke or Clare Carey are returning.

The "Coach" sequel comes just...

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Before and after 'Bean': A talk with Rowan Atkinson, continued

In Thursday's Times, I spoke with Rowan Atkinson, the actor, regarding his world-famous character, the mostly silent Mr. Bean, and the 25th anniversary of the TV series that bears his name. (The character, nameless, preceded the series in a variety of onstage sketches.) All 14 episodes have been given a new polish and released on video as "The Whole Bean" (Shout! Factory).

Bean has lived on intermittently in commercials, cartoons, two movies and an appearance as a symbol of British culture in the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, among other things. But there is more to Atkinson than this strange rubbery man causing havoc on the way to making himself comfortable; and there was more to our talk than talk of Bean -- hence this supplementary Q&A.

By 24, he was performing onstage alongside Peter Cook, members of Monty Python and other legends of British comedy.

He was 28 when "Blackadder" debuted, with Atkinson, in different historical eras, as the worst man in Britain...

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