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'Dancing with the Stars' - 'Performance #5: Results' Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Apr 27th 2010 9:30PM
Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower
(S10E11) We're at the halfway point on 'Dancing with the Stars' and I still can't tell much of a difference between Brooke's execution with Samantha Harris'. Her clothing choices are still questionable and only once in this episode did she have any genuine emotion. The show quickly announced that Erin & Maks are safe. Later on in the episode, when several safe couples got interviewed by Brooke, I realized that Erin should take Brooke's job; her sarcasm and quick wit could match Tom's.

Encore - Chad & Cheryl's Argentine Tango - I'm still convinced that Chad stands too long for several bars in the dance while Cheryl does more of the work, but that is the standard in couple dancing. The dance is smoldering and with Chad not flirting with Cheryl as much, it wasn't bad.

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TV's Freakiest Small Towns: Bon Temps, Sunnydale, Twin Peaks and More

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 27th 2010 4:30PM
Happy TownWe've seen the promos for ABC's new series 'Happy Town' (premiering April 28, 10PM ET) and you don't have to convince us: Small towns can be pretty damn scary.

Sure, a lot of crazy things go down in the big city, but if you want the really, really weird stuff, you've got to get out to the boonies. You know, those wide spots in the road where the locals all know there's something strange going on but they're not about to tell you. Or save your hide when you stumble across their deep, dark secret. So bring your flashlight, a map and the sense your mama gave you, as we tour some of the strangest towns TV has ever seen.

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First 'True Blood' Minisode is Available Online

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 27th 2010 3:51PM
True BloodRemember when TV Squad mentioned the 'True Blood' minisodes that will be shown with the encore presentations of season two on HBO in anticipation of season three in June? Someone at HBO got impatient and posted one of the minisodes online (or, more likely, recognized the marketing potential of letting people watch it in advance).

In the clip, Eric and Pam are auditioning new dancers for Fangtasia and there are more than a few comic relief moments. There is even a male dancer that is reminiscent of an old 'Saturday Night Live' Chippendale's sketch with Chris Farley. It's a self-contained story so the viewer doesn't have to worry if he or she has never watched 'True Blood' before.

The video is available after the jump. It is a bit racy, so be careful if you're watching it from a work or school or otherwise NSFW location. Let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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Six "Bad" Sitcoms That Are Actually Good

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 27th 2010 1:29PM
Boy Meets WorldYesterday I did a post where I listed the six sitcoms that even a sitcom lover would hate. So today, how about we look at six sitcoms that are actually good?

The six shows that follow are considered "bad" by whatever television common wisdom a lot of fans use. At best, if you like one of these shows you're supposed to consider them "guilty pleasures," but I like them without categorizing them that way. These are good sitcoms. Not "so bad they're good" good or "oh well I guess they're not the worst sitcoms in history" good, I mean they're just good, and you don't have to feel guilty about liking them.

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Did Trump Inadvertently Spoil 'The Celebrity Apprentice?'

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 27th 2010 11:32AM
This morning, Donald Trump went on the 'Today' show to talk about Bret Michaels, who remains in critical condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage last week. Of course, as Trump tends to do, he brought the conversation back to himself, saying that "I've been feeling a little guilty because I've been going after him," referring to Bret's run on Trump's 'Celebrity Apprentice.'

But two statements he made to Matt Lauer during the interview have me curious: that Bret's doing "really, really well" on the show and that "I can't imagine he's going to be in" the finale. Watch and see if you get as curious as I did:

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Coming Soon: Aqua Teen's 100th Episode!

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:33AM
There has been a lot of hoopla made recently over 'South Park's' 200th episode. With that going on, everybody forgot was that another animation sensation is approaching its 100th episode. Insomniacs will be able to catch it at the stroke of midnight this coming Sunday night, May 2nd. I refer to 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' on Adult Swim.

While it's unlikely Muhammad will be making an appearance (although not outside the realm of possibility given the surreal nature of the show), one has to wonder how the creators will celebrate this landmark occasion, particularly when the show has been on the verge of cancellation at least twice (with two "final" episodes aired: 'The Last One' and the live action 'Last Last One Forever and Ever').

A rather awesome video press release was created by Adult Swim for the occasion. It's available after the jump. What would you like to see in 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force's' 100th episode?

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Is Tuesday 10PM the New Thursday 9PM?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:01AM
Rescue Me, Denis LearySummer TV programming used to be a wasteland of reruns, reruns and more reruns. Seasons ran from September to May, and that's the way it was and we liked it! OK, we didn't really like it, but it got all the kids outside for the summer. But no more of that nonsense. We'll keep 'em glued to the tube year-round now.

Cable networks have been launching new and returning shows in the summer, and it makes sense, because they don't have the tough competition from the broadcast networks. Along with that, though, are seriously competitive timeslots, especially Tuesday at 10PM. If we didn't know better, we'd think it was Thursday at 9PM. You know, 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'The Office,' 'CSI,' 'Fringe,' and 'Supernatural,' among others. That's some serious competition.

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'Dancing with the Stars' - 'Performance #5' Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Apr 26th 2010 10:00PM
(S10E10) With Kate Gosselin gone from 'Dancing with the Stars,' the show can finally get to actual competition. Her disappearance from the bottom of the score board has now vanquished scores below 20. The contestants have two dances: either the Samba or Argentine Tango and the Swing Dance Marathon.

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Six Sitcoms Even a Sitcom Lover Would Hate

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 26th 2010 4:33PM
Small WonderI have a high tolerance level for sitcoms. Unless a sitcom is painfully bad, I can actually get some enjoyment out of it. So yes, that means that if I were to make a list of the worst sitcoms of all-time, even shows like 'According To Jim,' 'Yes, Dear,' and 'Joey' wouldn't make the list. They just wouldn't. They're not among the best sitcoms ever made, but they also aren't the awful, painful, boy-was-that-a-bad-idea sitcoms we could all name.

Like these six shows. They're not just unfunny, they're not pleasant or interesting or "cute" or any other word we try to use when trying to find something good about a sitcom either. They're just...bad. Not even someone who loves sitcoms could like these shows.

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Sean Young Joins 'The Young and the Restless'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 26th 2010 4:00PM
sean_young_dga_awards_2009File this under another daytime TV shocker: According to PEOPLE, actress Sean Young ('Blade Runner') will make her daytime debut on the longrunning CBS soap 'The Young and the Restless.' She'll play Meggie, a "sultry barmaid" who becomes involved with Victor Newman, played by her 'Man Who Came Back' co-star, Eric Braeden. Young's role is set to tape in May.

Young is one of two A-listers taping next month: As we previously reported, 'Baywatch' alum David Hasselhoff will make a brief cameo return as Dr. William "Snapper" Foster, Jr., though his role will not overlap with Young's.

"Getting the chance to work with my dear friend Eric Braeden, one of the true gentlemen in entertainment, was certainly a deciding factor for me as well as wanting to get back to work after taking a few years off to raise my kids," Young said, according to PEOPLE.

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Dylan Bruno to Guest on 'NCIS'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 26th 2010 9:54AM
Dylan BrunoGet ready for a CBS crossover event -- well, sort of.

According to TV Guide, Dylan Bruno will guest on the last two episodes of 'NCIS' this season. Bruno, who played Colby Granger on 'Numb3rs,' will be playing a military man connected with the Gibbs' nemesis Colonel Merton Bell (Robert Patrick).

For more details and SPOILERS, such as they are, follow the jump.

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'The Simpsons' - 'The Squirt and the Whale' Recap

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 26th 2010 9:41AM
(S21E19) Finally, a good -- maybe even great -- episode. 'The Squirt and the Whale' packed more laughs in the first few minutes' Alternative Energy Expo than the entire running time of most recent eps.

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Sundays With Seth: Koala-ty Time With a Bully

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 26th 2010 9:11AM
Once again, 'American Dad' flew solo this week, representing the vast Seth MacFarlane Sunday night empire on FOX. 'Sons of Tucson' will be back to finish its run throughout the summer. The geniuses at FOX then decided that next week, 'Family Guy' and 'The Cleveland Show' will be all new, while 'Dad's' a rerun. This is the kind of brilliant planning that had 'Sons' premiering after a night of almost all repeats.

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'The Pacific' - 'Peleliu Hills' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 26th 2010 8:45AM
(E07) "Fear and Filth" - written by Eugene Sledge while on Peleliu in description of his experience there

This week, I finally saw the value of the opening narrative with Tom Hanks interspersed with interviews with the World War II veterans. They're presented to offer background information for the events to come. Most of us have never seen anything like the war in the Pacific, so we wouldn't know about things like the intricate tunnels the Japanese used on Peleliu.

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'The Amazing Race' - 'I Feel Like I'm In, Like, Sicily' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 25th 2010 11:35PM
(S16E10) With four teams remaining on 'The Amazing Race,' this season's almost a wrap. While the remaining teams aren't quite the teams I expected vying for the win, there's one aspect of the four teams which almost puts me in shock. There's only one woman left. That's a bit surprising in and of itself.

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