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These 3 Behind the Scenes Shows Should Be on Your Watch List

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As a true lover of television, there’s nothing I crave more than a little behind-the-scenes info. Which is why I love shows that give us a glimpse of what it’s really like backstage: the fame, the fights, the romances and the daily grind of producing a television show. There’s a surprising number of shows that dive into the ins-and-outs of putting on a television program—and I can’t get enough of them. If you need some behind-the-scenes action as much as I do, here are three shows and one book that more than deliver on the backstage drama. Sports Night Aaron Sorkin is the king of behind-the-scenes television, showing us the inner-workings of live sketch comedy shows (Studio 60 on the…

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Lessons from 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon, junk food enabler

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We all know her. She shotguns slices of pizza with an unmatched fearlessness. She isn’t afraid to ask the cashier what time the old doughnuts get thrown away. She uses her oven for one thing: warming up her jeans. She is driven by her love of sugar, fat, and efficiency. She is the food-loving anti-foodie. She is 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon. She is also, unfortunately, me. Look, I know this sounds like a humblebrag. Underneath all that self-deprecation is an undeniably cool lady. Lemon writes a TV show, dates men who look like Jon Hamm, and is creative, hardworking, and side-achingly funny. Her, er, crumbier (high-fiving a million angels) shortcomings—the kind that cause her night terrors about giving birth to…

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