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October 22, 2014

'Southland' Season 3, Episode 10 (Season Finale) Recap

['Southland' - ''Graduation Day'] Tell me that I wasn't alone in wiping away a tear or two by the end of tonight's season finale. What got me the most: Sammy getting closure on Nate's murder, or John finally admitting he needs help? Or was it the long-in-coming moment when Boot Ben finally stood up to his training officer and told him he was a hopeless addict? All in all, a satisfying cap...

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'Southland' Season 3, Episode 9 Recap

['Southland' - ''Failure Drill'] This last episode before the 'Southland' season finale felt like a bit of a placeholder. Yes, there was a shootout, and Ben got in John's face telling him flat out, "You have a problem," but you know they're holding the big stuff for next week's season ender. 'Failure Drill,' the episode title, was explained on the police shooting range where Lydia had gone...

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'Southland' Season 3, Episode 8 Recap

['Southland' - 'Fixing a Hole'] Tonight's episode was grim as Sammy turned vigilante and John revealed more about why he became a cop, but it was enlivened by a turn from guest star Kay Lenz as a boozy, washed-up actress who sees another chance at stardom by testifying in a murder trial. This season has been a race to see who breaks down first: Pill-popping John or hothead Sammy. The good...

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'Southland' Season 3, Episode 7 Recap

['Southland' - 'Sideways] Regina King has never been better than tonight as Lydia dealt with helping a witness make life and death decisions, the possible end of her career and a betrayal so big that it left her speechless. Shawn Hatosy, as grieving Sammy, continued his journey to the darkside after blowing the ID for Nate's murderer. As Dewey commented when he heard, "Ouch. Notify...

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'Southland' Season 3, Episode 6 Recap

['Southland' - 'Cop or Not'] Six weeks after Nate's death, Sammy returned to work, this time in uniform so he could patrol with the Gang Enforcement Detail. As he told Sal, "They need to see that they didn't win." Josie and Lydia caught a high-profile celebrity murder case with a poolside decapitation and lots of media attention. When Josie wanted to know how the paparazzi were able to get...

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'Southland' Season 3, Episode 5 Recap

['Southland' - 'The Winds'] As the opening voiceover says: "Southland cops know that when the Santa Ana winds blow, you learn just how close you are to the edge." The cop closest to the edge this week: John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) who was dealing with bad news about his chronic back pain and his father's parole hearing. Last week's emotionally wrenching loss of Nate (Kevin Alejandro) wasn't...

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James Frain and Vinnie Jones Talk Slugging It Out for Top Villain on 'The Cape'

On 'The Cape,' James Frain (the late, lamented Franklin on 'True Blood') plays an evil businessman who's also a masked supervillain named Chess. But if Vinnie Jones, who plays Scales, has anything to say about it, Frain's position as Top Bad Guy isn't secure. "Me and Vinnie are basically slugging it out for the top spot right now," Frain told TV Squad at the BAFTA Tea Party. "I found that out...

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'Skating With the Stars' Finale Recap: Season 1 Winner Is Crowned

The first-ever 'Skating With the Stars' champ was named tonight and awarded a pair of golden skates. Judge Johnny Weir opened up the show with a "fabulous" (to quote host Vernon Kay) caged bird routine choregraphed by fellow judge Laurie Ann Gibson. Among the returning skaters, third place Jonny Moseley seemed to have entirely lost his mojo, stumbling several times during his routine, but...

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'Skating With the Stars' Season 1, Episode 5 Recap: Who Went Home in the Semi-Finals?

The 'Skating With the Stars' competition narrowed from three to just two celebs tonight. The elimination was definitely a surprise: The star who was sent home had been a favorite not just to continue, but to win. The show started off with a group skate with some tricky lifts and spins which earned Rebecca Budig and her partner a 9, Jonny Moseley an 8 and Bethenny Frankel a 7. Keep reading to...

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'Skating With the Stars' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap: Who's Skating in the Finale?

['Skating With the Stars' - 'Season 1, Episode 4'] The rumors were true: Disney star Brandon Mychal Smith left 'Skating With the Stars' after a nasty bout with food poisoning prevented him from performing last week. Tough judge Johnny Weir thought Smith should have skated despite being taken to the hospital by ambulance. Last night, Smith officially bowed out, saying he was still too weak to...

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