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Adweek.com's Top 10 Television Stories of 2013

The best of Info Diet, the creative force behind AMC, and the Duck Dynasty juggernaut

Here are the 10 most-read TV stories published on Adweek.com in 2013:

10. A la Carte Is the Worst Idea Anyone Has Ever Had
By Sam Thielman
During earnings calls among the major networks last week, there was a consistent refrain: a la carte may be in the news, but it's not on the horizon. Most CEOs simply took questions about a la carte the same way they take all dumb questions: as invitations to discuss their networks' innate superiority to the competition.
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9. Orange Is the New Black Star Taylor Schilling Talks About Her Favorite Scene
By Lisa Granatstein
"My favorite part about Piper is the variety of things I've been able to do with her. I loved that Michael Jackson dance, but I also loved the last scene of the last episode. I love all of the stuff I was able to do with [girlfriend] Alex and Larry. I love the extremes."
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8. Our Picks for the 5 Best and 5 Worst New TV Shows
By Anthony Crupi
As cable siphons off GRPs like a fat kid sucking YooHoo through a Krazy Straw, broadcasters have countered with manic fits of development.
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7. X Factor Judge Demi Lovato Has a Passion for the Paranormal
By Emma Bazilian
"Social media has been such a great tool for my fans and me to keep in touch with each other. I use Twitter the most, but I've also started to use Keek, which I love because I'm able to post short videos. I just posted a video from my 21st birthday in Africa, which was amazing."
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6. The Big Bang Theory Gets the Highest Ad Rates Outside of the NFL
By Anthony Crupi
Just as in the cosmological model that explains how the universe sprang into existence from an infinitely dense singularity, CBS' The Big Bang Theory has grown with such explosive force that it appears to be its own ever-expanding universe.
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5. The Man Who Turned AMC Into a Creative Empire
By Anthony Crupi
Because he is the president of the network and because Jon Hamm has momentarily stepped out to take a call while a photographer adjusts the lighting, Charlie Collier is allowing himself a quick peek at the contents of Don Draper's desk.
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4. Yes, Futurama Is Really Cancelled
By Sam Thielman
Showrunner David X. Cohen has seen his and creator Matt Groening's series Futurama through seven seasons—and 14 years of cancelations, syndicated success, direct-to-DVD resurrection, provisional renewal and, finally, a new lease on life at Comedy Central. That lease expires this summer, after the show's eighth and (most recent) final season. When Adweek caught up with Cohen, he suggested we make a chat about Futurama an annual tradition "because there's always a cancelation to report on."
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3. Cartoon Network's Regular Show's Surprising Creative Process
By Lucia Moses
"In San Diego, where I go every year to Comic-Con, there was a restaurant where if you can eat a 12-egg omelet and biscuits and fruit bowl and all this stuff, you'd get it for free. I tried and failed miserably. The waitress even told me, don't do this. That became an episode, and we won an Emmy for it."
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2. Duck Dynasty Smashes Cable Ratings Records
By Anthony Crupi
A&E's Duck Dynasty is more addictive than quack. Season 4 of the wildly popular unscripted series premiered to record ratings Wednesday night, delivering 11.8 million viewers, of which 6.26 million were members of the target demo (adults 25-54).
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1. Rapture-Palooza Star Anna Kendrick Is Addicted to Reddit
By Emma Bazilian
"I didn't own a TV for years, so I almost forget that it's available sometimes. But there are certain shows that I'll obsess over. I finally just watched all of Girls straight through. And I'm a big Game of Thrones fan."
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