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July 23, 2014

'Saturday Night Live' - 'Alec Baldwin/Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Recap (Season Finale)

(S35E22) Alec Baldwin returned to 'Saturday Night Live' for the fifteenth time, tying him with Steve Martin for most times hosting. I'm pretty sure Martin still holds the record for pointless 'SNL' cameos, but hosting fifteen times is not too shabby either, Baldwin. For such a big reason to celebrate, this episode was pretty slow-moving. There were a few solid moments here and there (including...

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'Saturday Night Live' - 'Betty White/Jay-Z' Recap

(S35E21) Girls, girls, girls. The Mother's Day weekend episode of 'Saturday Night Live' was pumped with estrogen, as former players Ana Gasteyer, Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and Maya Rudolph returned to goof around on the 'SNL' stage once more. The big star was Betty White, of course, thanks to the Internet explosion that campaigned for her to host the show (ironically,...

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'Saturday Night Live' - 'Gabourey Sidibe/MGMT' Recap

(S35E20) Like most of the public, I only knew Gabourey Sidibe from 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' (Okay, seriously, if we're gonna do that, can we put it on the end of every movie adaptation of a novel? 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, based on the novel 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' by JK Rowling). It was one of those movies that I wasn't sure if I wanted...

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'Saturday Night Live' - 'Ryan Phillippe/Ke$Ha' Recap

(S35E19) All in all, a pretty mediocre episode. Ryan Phillippe didn't seem to stretch himself in any way. Well, okay, okay, he dressed up as a chick for a sketch, but apart from that, there was no palpable attempt to celebrate the fact that Ryan Phillippe was hosting or play to his strengths. I mean, I won't pretend I know what those particular strengths are, but 'Saturday Night Live' usually...

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'Saturday Night Live' - 'Tina Fey/Justin Bieber' Recap

(S35E18) Tina Fey gives hope to all nerdy funny girls out there. You may be frumpy and strange now, girls, but all you have to do is work really hard, be yourself, create/write/star in a hit show with Alec Baldwin and become super-famous. Then you will finally be able to soothe the flame of self-hate this is currently raging within you. This is the only option to escape your ugly duckling phase....

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TLC Orders New Kate Gosselin Series

Listen, the television industry is tough. There are so many hours of airtime to fill, and not every family with more than six children is guaranteed to be super-cute. So you can imagine TLC's challenge trying to come up with new material. This is probably why they went back to one of their stand-out personalities, Kate Gosselin of 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' fame, to kick off a new series called...

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School Kids Find Jamie Oliver's Food Revolting

Jamie Oliver's 'Food Revolution' is only two episodes in but it has already brought some serious numbers for ABC. Anyone that has been watching the series, though, can tell that the celebrity chef's mission to bring healthy eating habits to Huntington, West Virginia has not been an easy task. Tears have been shed, chicken nuggets have been dumped, lunch ladies have been angered. For viewers,...

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'Archer' - 'Dial M for Mother' Recap (Season Finale)

(S01E10) Whoa, whoa, whoa. Did 'Archer' just get sentimental on us for a split second? It was an almost stealthy move. Sure, the season finale wrapped up with Mallory calling her son an ass but it was... sweet. Considering the whole super-spy nature of the show, the rest of the finale wasn't very action-packed. Instead, the focus remained on Archer and Mallory's relationship and the sick,...

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'Saturday Night Live' - 'Jude Law/Pearl Jam' Recap

(S35E17) Congratulations, Jude Law. That was a solid episode all around and a fine return to the 'Saturday Night Live' stage. And despite the fact that Pearl Jam was virtually unrecognizable to any ears that haven't heard them since the early-'90s, at least Law's musical guest didn't have any reason to do an awkward hoedown during a career-crippling blunder. Cold Open: Of course they had to...

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'Archer' - 'Job Offer' Recap

(S01E09) Just one more episode to go before 'Archer' wraps up its ten-episode run. It will be interesting to see if FX brings it back for another season. The show's super-spy universe really lends itself to further exploration, but the characters' tangled web of sexual tension and missing fathers may not hold up for another ten episodes. It's a small cast of main characters, and the...

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