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September 2, 2014

Rachel Hunter and Lawrence Welk, finally together

We all know Hit Me Baby One More Time and Dancing With the Stars are knock-offs of American Idol, but did you know what they're really harking back to? The New York Times' Alessandra Stanley points out that our reality TV shows really have a lot more in common with series from the good old days, such as American Bandstand, The Lawrence Welk Show, and This is Your Life, reminding us that old stars...

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The Inside: Old Wounds

Well. This was an interesting one. I'll give the quick plot rundown but then I want to get straight to the juicy bits. First off, they do the case workups. Paul suggests the murder of a judge, but Webb shoots it down. Rebecca gets it back on the table when she proves that the murder isn't just one murder but the most recent in a string. Way to go, Rebecca! They start investigating, and it turns...

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Horton, Lucas, McG: Variety in 60 seconds

Remember that guy from thirtysomething? Well, he's a director now (his name is Peter Horton), and he's signed on to produce and direct Grey's Anatomy for the next two years.George Lucas's Steven Spielberg's* TNT mini-series, Into the West, has been snatched up by the BBC for an enormous sum, and whoops, now the BBC is being scolded for driving up the prices of U.S. entertainment...

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Oh my! Collegiate crowd just doesn't get TV

Yahoo! News reports that the Twin Cities (that's Minneapolis and St. Paul) don't really watch that much TV. What's the catch? Well, despite the long winters and the fact that many of the households are upper-class (and therefore able to afford premium services), the area still ranks 201st among 210 cities in cable and satellite subscription. And the Twin Cities is one of the top 20 largest markets...

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No more VHS?

Well, we kind of knew this would happen. But Cinematical reports that VHS tapes are going the way of the dinosaur, and will not be reinvented as the next big vintage thing. Wal-Mart and Target are chucking the clunky tapes from their shelves, and although they don't say if blank tapes will be hitting the garbage, too, we kind of have to assume our days of carefree tape recording are over. So what...

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LOGO grabs Graham Norton

Graham Norton's myriad shows are slated to appear on MTV's new 24-hr gay network Logo, alongside the new stand-up show Wisecrack, which will feature Margaret Cho and others. Graham Norton in New York, V Graham Norton, and The Graham Norton Effect (how many shows does this guy have, anyway?) are all picked up for Logo, based on the notion that gay audiences would like a little comedy in their day,...

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Variety in 60 seconds: sexy models, scary TV

This ought to be interesting: on July 5th, TCM will air Watch the Skies, a documentary about science fiction films. It'll be narrated by the Star Wars original himself, Mark Hamill.Ahh, more models. VH1 just grabbed The Agency, which began taping Monday, and shows up on our tubes in 2006. The premise? Wilhelmina booking agents face the curious realities of the fashion world. Hmm. Fascinating.The...

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Previously on Cinematical: J'Lo, George Lopez, Buffy won't die

J'Lo and Mark Anthony have been married for an entire year: can you believe that shit?George Lopez of George Lopez gets his own film, called The Richest Man in the World. In case you couldn't guess, it's a rags-to-riches kind of film that I'm sure will involve some precious moral lesson.Karina writes an awesome review of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.And, Buffy Summers broke all the horror rules: she didn't...

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Sorry, no Sex and the City for you

Sorry, there will be no Sex and the City film, no matter what Kristin Davis says. The former Sex star and totally friendly all around gal-pal has always been so kind to her fans. Actually, she's kind of been lying to them. Whereas Sarah Jessica Parker barks "no!" upon being asked if a Sex and the City film is a possibility, Davis demurely replies, "well yes, I would do...

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The Inside: Pilot

How do you kick off your series premiere? The Inside gives us our first glimpse of what "defaced and degloved" means, but only after the jaunty techno theme song fades out. Episode one deviates from the standard here-lies-the-body, here-lies-the-case formula—we find out that the first victim is actually a suicide victim, an FBI agent who had been working the killer's case. The...

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