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August 1, 2014

Anderson Cooper approaching a meltdown over Haiti

Yeah, I'm obsessed with CNN right now. After days of being glued to Anderson Cooper 360, it's becoming clear that he's seriously coming off the rails. During last night's broadcast, Cooper seemed to do little reporting and a lot of "ranting" (his words) about the lack of supplies and aid getting to Haiti. It's honestly riveting. Not only is he airing his frustration at the red tape hindering...

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Review: Life Unexpected - Pilot (series premiere)

(S01E01) If you've been waiting for something to fill the family drama void left by the end of Gilmore Girls on the CW, Life Unexpected will do nicely. The mid-season drama is a well-paced, funny and, yes, freaking heartwarming story about high school ex's reunited with the daughter they gave up for adoption. What makes Life Unexpected a treat is that it's so different from the regular CW fare....

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Top TV Stories of 2009: Jon & Kate

It's too easy to call Jon and Kate Plus 8 a train wreck and leave it at that. If ever there was a cautionary tale about the perils of easy fame, this is it. In the course of a year, we watched Jon and Kate go from a benignly dysfunctional reality TV family to a textbook case of what happens to "normal" people under the glare of TV lights. The Gosselins seemed to lose themselves completely in...

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What Hemal is thankful for

Yes, I'm thankful for my family and my friends and my health and my job that is slowly but surely driving me into an early grave..blah, blah, blah. That's all the big stuff that we should be thankful for everyday. Now, let's talk about the little things that don't get mentioned around the table but should. Fan Girls I am probably the biggest lurker in the world. I never post on fan forums and...

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It's getting a little too 'meta' on Supernatural

Who wants to help me run down all the "meta" moments so far this season on Supernatural? Seriously, anyone? Because there are a lot. Last Thursday's episode, "The Real Ghostbusters," reached almost unforeseen levels of meta-dom. To appreciate the intricate levels of meta in this episode, and the back and forth that's happening between the fans and the actors, creators and even prop people from...

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Finally, the Housewives get their comeuppance

Is it wrong of me to be finally, justly, overjoyed at the financial ruin that has befallen the Real Housewives of Orange County? When the Bravo show first started, we were on the brink of a national recession. Now, a few seasons later, we're waist-deep in financial hardship, the likes of which has just hit the overly-tanned ladies of Coto. After seasons of watching the Housewives -- and pick...

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Why I may have to boycott this week's episode of Top Chef

There's always an actor or an actress that, for whatever reason, raises your ire so much you can't stand to see the person in anything, be it a TV show, movie or glossy magazine spread. However irrational it is, his or her presence is enough to set your teeth on edge. This week, I have to decide if my love for the Voltaggio brothers out weighs my dislike of Natalie Portman. Until recently, I...

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Why are you watching Glee?

So, tell me why you're watching Glee. Entertainment Weekly put the Fox musical/drama/comedy on it's cover this week, calling it "TV's Happiest Hour." With around 8 million people tuning in each week and iTunes sales of songs featured on the show going through the roof, there's no denying that Glee has turned into a barely contained phenomenon. EW says it's "snarky, theatrical and totally...

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Does loving Glee make me a bad feminist?

There are plenty of ill-conceived female characters all over prime-time TV (just pick any show on the CW for starters) but is it fair to dump Glee into that category? While Glee undoubtedly has some of the most egregious, misshapen teen girls around, I don't think it's this fall's worst offender. Sadie over at Jezebel makes some very salient points in her gender-critique of Glee, but she misses...

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John Cho talks FlashForward

I wanted to add a spoiler warning with this post, but sadly, John Cho, who plays FBI agent Demetri Noh on ABC's FlashForward, is pretty tight lipped about all the big reveals that are coming up this season. I had the chance to speak with him recently, and despite my continued harassment, he's good at keeping secrets. But, that doesn't mean fans will have to wait long for answers to start...

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