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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 Semi-Finals: Hope's Attitude and J.R.'s Injury

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 14th 2011 11:35PM
dancing with the stars season 13 semi-finals After tonight, I'm not sure the 'Dancing With the Stars' judges want Maks to continue on this season -- or any other season. Things got pretty awkward during the judges' critiques of Hope Solo and Maks' sexy-but-clumsy Argentine tango. When Carrie Ann started to criticize their sloppy lifts, she called out Maks for smiling.

"That's fine, Maks, you can go ahead and keep smiling," she said, thinking that the professional looked a little too smug for her liking. Maks looked visibly stunned. I was pretty stunned too. I'm still not sure what she meant. Was he smiling inappropriately?

Well, this didn't exactly go over well with Hope, who, after weeks of tension, exploded. "Maks was smiling because we should be smiling," the soccer star told Brooke Burke. "So Carrie Ann, thank you, Maks was smiling. This is my partner. Finally, we're happy!" Maks tried to stop his partner from making his previous mistake, but the damage was already done.

Unfortunately, for Hope, Carrie Ann wasn't smiling when she gave the pair an 8.

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'Gossip Girl' Season 5, Episode 7 Recap: Top 5 OMG Moments (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 14th 2011 10:45PM
Blake Lively and Elizabeth Hurley['Gossip Girl' - 'The Big Sleep No More']

Ah, a masquerade, a staple of CW storytelling and a delicious excuse for all manner of identity-switching shenanigans; it was only a matter of time before 'Gossip Girl' exhumed their stock of fancy facewear and started a new scandal or two.

The episode had more than a passing resemblance to last season's masked ball outing, 'The Witches of Bushwick,' another installment in which Serena and her fabulous blonde locks were the subjects of identity theft. (At least this week's episode didn't see her roofied and unconscious in a grimy motel in Queens.)

Diana proved herself to be a master manipulator capable of rivaling even Blair Waldorf, while our stubborn Queen B. found herself too fixated on Chuck's nonexistent scheme to recognize her own feelings.

Join us after the jump for our five favorite moments from episode seven.

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'Boardwalk Empire' Gangster Index, Week 8: Nucky's Playing Chess, Not Checkers

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 14th 2011 6:00PM
After losing his closest allies and surviving both a political coup and an honest-to-god assassination attempt, Nucky Thompson finally walked away from his post as Atlantic City's Treasurer in 'Two Boats and a Lifeguard.' But don't count him out yet: the resignation was merely a chess move, made so he can live and scheme another day. Darmody & co. may be rejoicing at their new opportunity to dominate Atlantic City's liquor trade, but you can bet they haven't seen the last of Nucky.

To keep track of the deals, deception and death, AOL TV is continuing our weekly 'Boardwalk Empire' gangster index, a guide to who's up and who's down among HBO's organized criminals.

Check out the index to find out how your favorite liquor-slinging sociopath fared this week ...

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Who Scored Big in Week 6 of SNL's Relevancy Poll?

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 14th 2011 1:15PM
The reason that Emma Stone is such a good host is that she could easily be a cast member. The sketches don't have to feature her; she can just blend in and play a supporting character. In other words: she doesn't have to be the center of attention. Because of this, it leads to a show in which the cast can really shine. And, collectively, they did! But there were a few that had really standout weeks, including our surprise winner...

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'Once Upon a Time' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 14th 2011 1:00AM
Cinderella - Once Upon a Time['Once Upon a Time' - 'The Price of Gold']

Hot on the glass heels of last week's excellent Snow/Charming (Snarming?) episode, 'Once Upon a Time' offered yet another compelling entry this week, this one courtesy of Cinderella.

As with Snow White and Prince Charming's unique backstory, the writers chose to mine new territory with the character instead of retreading the same old rags-to-riches tale we're already well acquainted with. It was no fairy godmother that sent Cindy to the ball this time around, but a malevolent Rumplestiltskin, who wanted something in return for his "generosity." Nothing important, anyway, just Cinderella's firstborn child ...

(Snow and Charming apparently got off relatively easily, since all they had to give Rumple was their baby's name.)

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'The Good Wife' Season 3, Episode 8 Recap

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 14th 2011 12:01AM
The Good Wife, Season 3 Episode 8 Recap['The Good Wife' - 'Death Row Tip']

Some of the best episodes of 'The Good Wife' have been when Lockhart/Gardner is racing against the clock to achieve a goal, think 'Nine Hours,' a standout of Season 2. However, that wasn't the case with 'Death Row Tip.'

Alicia and Justin (Romany Malco) rushed to get a stay of execution for a man guilty of some vicious crimes. He had info, the name of a man who committed murders one of their clients was accused of, but that came at a price.

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'Dexter' Season 6, Episode 7 Recap: Road Trip to 'Nebraska' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 13th 2011 11:45PM
Dexter and Brian went on reunion road-trip to in this episode, but 'Nebraska' was less about brotherly bonding and more about Dexter on the brink. With the ghost of his brother Brian, otherwise known as the Ice Truck Killer, acting as the devil on his shoulder, urging him to embrace his darkest instincts, we saw just how easily our dutiful serial killer of serial killers can devolve into an unhinged vigilante on a killing spree.

It was jarring how unstable Dexter seemed in this episode. Hearing voices in his head, he abruptly left his son, job and relatively stable life to drive across state-lines to avenge the double-murder of the wife and daughter of a man he himself killed, the Trinity Killer. Oh what a tangled web we weave when the Ice Truck, Trinity, and Doomsday Killers play crucial roles in the same 'Dexter' episode.

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'Homeland' Recap, Episode 7: 'The Weekend' the Brody-o-Meter Died?

by Michael Hogan, posted Nov 13th 2011 11:00PM
Was Alan Sepinwall right? Is it time for AOL TV to retire its exclusive Brody-o-Meter? Judging from the last 5 minutes of tonight's episode of 'Homeland,' the answer could well be yes.

What the hell am I talking about, you ask? Well, for the past couple of weeks, I have structured each 'Homeland' recap around a single question: Is Sergeant Nicholas Brody a sleeper agent for al-Qaeda, or a messed-up war hero? Meanwhile, HitFlix's Sepinwall has said he doesn't want to focus on the is-he-or-isn't-he debate. He's more interested in the twisted relationship between Claire Danes' Carrie and Damian Lewis' Brody.

Well, Alan, this episode's for you.

Let's start at the very end of "The Weekend," shall we? Are we buying that confrontation between Carrie and Brody? Knowing what we know of Brody, do we really believe that he would sit down and invite Carrie to ask him anything? And knowing how suspicious Carrie is, and how much she has risked to go rogue on this so-called investigation, do we really believe that she would take him up on his offer and turn over every card she's holding? Maybe so. Maybe I just need to let go of my desire for these two to be master chess players, because this exchange was about as strategic as flipping over the board and crying for mommy.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Episode 5 Recap (VIDEO)

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 13th 2011 10:05PM
the walking dead season 2 episode 5'The Walking Dead' does itself such a disservice with the flashback scenes. Honestly, they are so interesting! While we've spent, now, five full episodes searching for a character that no one cares about, a flashback shows the streets of Atlanta being napalmed. Now that's a television show. The bad news: We were soon back in the present and graced by the presence of Lori fretting about her pregnancy.

The good news: To this point, this was the best episode of the season.

Do you know what was great about this episode? (Other than the fact it didn't include ridiculous subplots involving bloated zombies trapped in a well?) It's because this episode was all about Daryl.

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'SNL' Scorecard: Did Spider-Man Rescue Emma Stone's Show?

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 13th 2011 12:40PM


Last season, Emma Stone hosted 'SNL' for the first time, a show that would introduce us to "Sex" Ed Vincent and "Les Jeunes de Paris." For Stone's return visit, "Les Jeunes de Paris" was back for a third time (sadly, "Sex" Ed still isn't back) – in fact, for whatever reason, of the first eight sketches of the night (including the two Update segments), only the Digital Short wasn't a recurring sketch. Even the Spider-Man monologue was a recurring sketch! Regardless, it doesn't matter -- Stone has now proven twice that she's a terrific host. But, after four subpar shows in a row to start the season, could Stone keep the momentum going that started with Charlie Day's show last week? On to the Scorecard!

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'Nikita' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 11th 2011 11:35PM
Nikita['Nikita' - 'London Calling']

I knew that the streak of awesome 'Nikita' episodes had to end sooner or later, and last week's 'Clawback' was definitely a hard act to follow, but I was still a little disappointed by how emotionally disconnected I felt from 'London Calling.'

That's not to say that the episode was terrible, by any stretch of the imagination, but the danger of focusing a story around a character who isn't a series lead (and further, a character whom much of the fanbase actively dislikes) is that the audience will struggle to relate to the narrative. I'm sure that the producers hoped that we'd be invested in Cassandra's fate purely because she's the mother of Michael's child, but frankly, I couldn't care less whether she lived or died, which made the stakes of the episode practically non-existent.

It's not even the fault of the writer. Kalinda Vazquez wrote a competent enough episode (even if the missing $200 million felt a little like a convenient MacGuffin that was never really explored in depth), but since Cassandra was introduced purely to be an obstacle to Nikita and Michael's relationship, nothing we learned about her in this episode actually made her more sympathetic.

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Dee Fears Someone Is Out to Kill Jay Leno on 'It's Always Sunny' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 11th 2011 5:30AM
'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' - 'The Gang Gets Trapped'It's hard to imagine, but 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' (Thu., 10PM ET on FX) may have just had its most ridiculous premise yet. The entire episode saw half of the gang hiding out in a complete stranger's house, while Charlie and Mac manned the van outside. Why were they doing this?

Something about Indiana Jones and an art exhibit made them decide that they needed to secure a vase for a museum from a house. Instead, we got to see Frank, Dee and Dennis move around this house while the family came in and out saying cryptic and confusing things.

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'The Vampire Diaries' Season 3, Episode 9 Recap (VIDEO)

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 10th 2011 11:00PM
the vampire diaries season 3 episode 9['The Vampire Diaries' -- 'Homecoming']

Oh my god. Excuse me, but those are the only three words that can come out of my mouth right now. After last week's twisty-turning episode, I didn't think 'The Vampire Diaries' could really get any better ... but it did. And it was awesome. So awesome that I still have a "witchy headache" trying to figure everything out.

But Delena fans rejoice! We got an almost kiss tonight! It looks like Elena is finally ready to let go of her ghost. Sorry Stefan, but there's always Katherine. After all, she did finally admit that she loves you -- and Damon. Now do you see how epic this episode is?

After some baiting from Stefan and Rebekah, Klaus returns to Mystic Falls ready to celebrate his father Mikael's death. There's only one catch: He's not dead. But Klaus already knew that. You see, what made 'Homecoming' such a great episode was the intense mental chess match between Klaus and Mikael. One was always one step ahead of the other.

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'The X Factor' Recap: Top 10 Revealed, Who Was Eliminated? (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 10th 2011 9:15PM
'The X Factor' Top 10 RevealedAs predicted, the systematic wipe-out of the groups continued on 'The X Factor' tonight, with The Stereo Hogzz and Lakoda Rayne taking the bottom two slots after America's vote. Is this proof that US audiences just aren't ready for groups in vocal competitions?

It's strange, given some of the lackluster solo performances we've seen in recent weeks, that even when the groups perform solidly, they still haven't made enough of a connection with viewers to progress further in the live rounds. I firmly believe that the remaining group will be knocked out next week, and I guess then we'll finally start to see some drama in the Thursday eliminations.

Join us after the jump to find out who was the second act to be eliminated by America (and the judges).

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'The X Factor' Recap: The Top 11 Perform Songs From the Movies (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 10th 2011 12:00AM
X Factor JudgesThis week's 'X Factor' theme was ostensibly "songs from movies," but in reality, it was just a week where the contestants sang mostly-commercial hits that have coincidentally been included on lesser-known movie soundtracks at some point in the past two decades. Totally the same difference, right?

I would've had less of a problem with the cheating if it weren't for the fact that Simon Cowell was flagrantly cheating -- if anyone actually believes that 'You, Me and Dupree' is one of his all-time favorite movies (or, indeed, a movie anyone would willingly sit through) I have an excellent Ponzi scheme for you to invest in, and it'll only cost you $5 million. And to follow that up with a song only vaguely featured in a half-finished Michael Jackson documentary about a concert? Spurious, Cowell, very spurious.

Still, questionable song choices aside, most of the contestants acquitted themselves well, with less sour notes than we've heard for the past couple of weeks. Hit the jump for our verdict, and weigh in on the acts you think are in danger of being sent home.

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