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April 17, 2014

Behind the Scenes of Unilever's Retro 'Mad Men' Ads

Maybe this happened to you: You're watching 'Mad Men,' and zipping past the commercials on your DVR. All the sudden, it looks like the show has started up again. Except, this isn't the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and these well-coiffed gentlemen are not ones that you have seen before. In fact, you're not watching 'Mad Men' at all -- you're watching a Dove ad. Or maybe it's a...

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'Covert Affairs' - 'South Bound Suarez' Recap

(S01E03) Because USA does so many things right with its original series, I've been confident that 'Covert Affairs' is going to grow into itself. Sure, the pilot was full of ridiculously skimpy outfits that are in no way appropriate for any office, much less the CIA, and the second episode was full of Canadian flags and Scotiabank signs in "D.C.," but I knew they'd eventually find their footing. ...

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Characters I'm Missing the Most This Summer

While there are some shows on right now that are helping me get through the pain ('Friday Night Lights' being chief among them), the summer for me is a long, hot period without some of my favorite shows. There's no 'Glee,' no 'Modern Family', in short, there's very little to get me through the night. While I do miss the series themselves, it's the characters for whom I am truly pining. The...

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'American Idol' - 'Finale Results' Recap (Season Finale)

It's been a long season, but we're finally at the end. Simon is saying goodbye tonight, and we're going to crown another American Idol. Both contestants are deserving, although Crystal impressed me a little bit more last night. Regardless, when the winner is announced at the end of the episode, I'm going to be happy. They both deserve it, and I'm sure they're both going to go on to have a...

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'The Big Bang Theory' - 'The Lunar Excitation' Recap (Season Finale)

(S03E23) Well, we sure didn't end the season with a big Leonard/Penny moment. There was no tearful reconciliation or bitter fight: just drunken sex and a reaffirmation that their relationship is over. Leonard and Penny ended not with a bang, but with a whimper (and then with a bang, but still). Instead we get Mayim Bialik as a possible love interest for... Sheldon. When Raj and Wolowitz signed...

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Freddy Spaghetti' Recap (Season Finale)

(S02E23) I loved the symmetry of this ending. Last season, we ended with Mark and Leslie sitting on a chair looking over the pit. Leslie finally realized that she can move on from Mark and the show realized that it could actually make her a real character. This year, we're ending an already phenomenal season on a high note, and we're all saying goodbye to Mark, instead of just Leslie. In Mark's...

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'American Idol' - 'Three Finalists Compete' Recap

I've got to say, I'm pleasantly surprised by this Top 3. Crystal, Casey and Lee are performing tonight, and I honestly can't think of any other contestants I would rather be in their place. There's no real theme tonight, but each contestant is singing two songs: one that they picked, and one that the judges chose for them. It's always pretty interesting to see how each song choice goes over....

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'The Big Bang Theory' - 'The Staircase Implementation' Recap

(S03E22) We're getting pretty late in the season, so this flashback episode is an odd choice. It seems like a filler episode stuck in the middle of the season on either end of a hiatus -- not one of the last episodes. The main reason it was so jarring is because it was so innocuous. Leonard and Penny have gone from dueling parents sharing custody of Sheldon, to two people forced into awkward...

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Master Plan' Recap

(S02E22) Here's the main thing I learned from this week's episode of 'Parks and Rec:' When Ron Swanson gets really excited, he looks like a Dr. Seuss character. Seriously. Go back and look at his last scene and tell me that dude doesn't look like he came in on the midnight train from Whoville. Other than Ron's mustache twitching with glee, it was a pretty big episode tonight: April turned 21,...

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'American Idol' - 'One of Four Voted Off' Recap

So tonight, the general consensus seems to be that it's either going to be Casey or Big Mike going home tonight, barring some sort of huge upset. I made it pretty clear who I want my final two to be, so as long as they don't get kicked off tonight, I'm really fine either way. Before we find out the results, which takes all of three seconds, we have 59 minutes to fill. We start off this week...

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