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September 19, 2014

DVR Divas: Season Finales of 'Lost,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Dancing With the Stars'

As we head into summer, most of us TV addicts regard the finale season just passed with a combination of sorrow and relief -- sorrow that our favorite TV shows have ended (some of them for good), and relief that with less TV to watch, maybe we'll actually start being productive around the house for once. (Yeah, right. After all, there's always 'Wipeout.') Our DVR Divas panel of Joel Keller,...

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DVR Divas: Is Thursday Night on NBC Still Must-See TV?

On Sunday's upfronts conference call, NBC unveiled its fall lineup -- and one of the surprises was that sophomore sitcom and critical darling 'Parks and Recreation' would not be part of the fall schedule, but would be moved to midseason. 'Parks,' of course, is part of NBC's Thursday-night lineup, otherwise known (in one of the most insidious and effective examples of TV advertising ever) as...

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DVR Divas: What We Love About 'Parenthood'; Kate Gosselin's 'DWTS' Exit

When Maura Tierney dropped out of 'Parenthood' to focus on her cancer treatment, it looked like trouble for the midseason show. But things have not only gotten better -- they've gotten great. Patricia Chui, Brooke Tarnoff, Denise Warner and Kelly Woo talk about how and why 'Parenthood' has become one of NBC's nicest surprises. Welcome back, Lauren Graham! Also: Kate Gosselin's long overdue...

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DVR Divas: HBO's 'Treme,' and Bye-Bye, 'Ugly Betty'

With apologies to the Beatles, this past week 'Ugly Betty' said goodbye, and 'Treme' said hello. Patricia Chui, Mike Hess, Denise Warner and Kelly Woo discuss the premiere of HBO's new drama 'Treme' -- can it live up to its predecessor, 'The Wire'? Does it make us know what it means to miss New Orleans? And we bid farewell to 'Ugly Betty' with a look at how Betty's story ended (or, started...

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DVR Divas: 'Bones' and Other TV Couples, the Return of 'Glee'

'Bones' just aired its 100th episode, and used the occasion to tease Bones and Booth's potential romantic relationship with a kiss ... that happened in the past. Is the show, by trying not to pull a 'Moonlighting,' toying with fans too much? Patricia Chui, Chris Harnick, Andrew Scott and Denise Warner (of Girls on Pop fame), in discussing how the 'Bones' 100th episode may be the last straw for...

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DVR Divas: Changes to 'So You Think You Can Dance,' TV Shows We're Hoarding

'American Idol' and 'Dancing With the Stars' are in full swing, but there's another big reality-competition show on the horizon: 'So You Think You Can Dance.' Patricia Chui, Kelly Woo and guest Brooke Tarnoff (of Girls on Pop) discuss the recently announced changes to the show's format: Will they make the show better, or worse? And which of the three people on the right will reportedly be...

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Crystal Bowersox Performs 'Me and Bobby McGee' on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

Sometimes the front-runner is the front-runner for a reason -- and Crystal Bowersox showed no signs of slowing down when she sang the Janis Joplin rock classic 'Me and Bobby McGee' on 'American Idol' Billboard No. 1 Hits night. Teen pop star Miley Cyrus wasn't shy about advising the dreadlocked single mom Bowersox to "go higher" and "push [yourself] a little bit more" -- and go higher she did,...

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DVR Divas: 'American Idol' Top 12, Loving 'Cougar Town, 'Big Love' Finale

DVR Divas is back, and Kelly and Patricia have lots to talk about -- starting with the 'American Idol' Top 12 (not to co-opt our SomethingPitchy cohorts, but given this season's shocking ousters, we just couldn't resist), moving on to our surprising love of 'Cougar Town' and how it's better than 'Scrubs,' and ending with just what went wrong with this season of 'Big Love.' Check out the...

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'Life Unexpected's' Britt Robertson on Prom, Corey Haim and Her 20th Birthday

These days, it seems as if practically every teenage character on TV is wealthy, witty and dressed like a fashion plate -- basically, a mini-adult for whom parents and school are just an inconvenient distraction. That's why Lux, the character Britt Robertson plays on the CW's 'Life Unexpected,' is such a breath of fresh air on the teen drama landscape. Having grown up in foster care,...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love 'Cougar Town'

Confession: There is a half-hour ABC comedy, airing on Wednesdays, that I look forward to watching all week. It's smart, funny, quirky, one of the happy surprises of this past season -- and it isn't 'Modern Family.' Well, all right, it is 'Modern Family.' But there's a second comedy in that same neck of the woods, sharing the 9PM hour like some overeager neighbor or a puppy begging you to pick...

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