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What to Watch: TV Picks for December 12-18

by Laura Prudom, posted Dec 11th 2011 2:00PM
Fear FactorMONDAY, DECEMBER 12

'Fear Factor' (8PM ET, NBC)
season premiere
The anxiety-inducing competition series returns to NBC with all-new episodes featuring new stunts to test the stamina and nerves of the contestants. Advancements in technology have allowed the producers to develop challenges that are more fantastic than ever before -- such as the ominously titled "Towering Inferno" and the "Helicopter TNT Crash."

'Enlightened' (9.30PM ET, HBO) season finale
Amy persuades Levi to seek treatment after he has a late-night breakdown and at work, she challenges Dougie to make a presentation to Damon's group, regardless of the outcome. She also finds an unlikely ally to help her improve the environment at Abaddon.

'Hawaii Five-0' (10PM ET, CBS) midseason finale
On the eve of Chin Ho's wedding to Malia, the Five-0's investigation into a man left for dead in an abandoned WWII bunker crosses paths with Capt. Fryer's case of a Jane Doe.

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Is Kendall Jenner the New Pippa Middleton?

by Crystal Bell, posted Aug 18th 2011 9:00AM
Kendall Jenner, Pippa MiddletonAt the beginning of the Kim Kardashian wedding frenzy, Khloe Kardashian-Odom described her sister's forthcoming nuptials to Kris Humphries as "royal wedding number two." And after a whirlwind three months of wedding planning -- and $30 million later -- it looks like Kim's extravagant fairytale wedding could in fact rival that of William and Kate's in more ways than one.

For many, Pippa Middleton upstaged her older sister Kate Middleton (and nearly blew up Twitter in the process) during Kate's royal wedding to Prince William of Wales. Pippa's skin-tight white Alexander McQueen dress made international headlines; the Daily Mail even dubbed her "Her Royal Hotness."

Now, with Kim's nuptials only days away, we have a feeling that 15-year-old Kendall Jenner -- the oldest daughter of Bruce and Kris Jenner and Kim's younger half-sibling -- is going to be the breakout star of this Hollywood wedding phenomenon.

Let's face it: Kourtney has a baby, Khloe wants a baby with her husband Lamar and Kim's getting married and starting to settle down. So it looks like there's room for younger sister Kendall to rise in the ranks and become the biggest name in the Kardashian bunch. (Youngest sister Kylie, 14, still has another year to perfect her spotlight-stealing skills.)

If Pippa can outshine the Duchess of Cambridge on her big day, then Kendall should have no trouble outdoing sister Kim. But Pippa and Kendall have more in common than just being a part of larger-than-life weddings. Read on for more similarities ...

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Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd Critique the Royal Wedding on 'The View'

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 29th 2011 2:55PM
The ViewAs to be expected, the hat-clad ladies of 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated) had plenty of opinions to offer about this morning's Royal Wedding. Joy Behar went the fashion route, critiquing the dresses of the day. She described the Queen's canary yellow ensemble as "a bumble bee with a drinking problem ... she looks like a taxi cab!"

The other ladies on the panel were much more supportive, with Sherri Shepherd voicing her approval and Elisabeth Hasselbeck calling the outfit "happy."

Meanwhile, Sherri and a producer spent their time scrutinizing the Royal Wedding footage for the few and far between people of color in the audience.

"They had one little black child in the choir," she joked, before pointing out the group of folks seated toward the front of Westminster Abbey. "They're all segregated, but look, they're in the front! So we've got the Rosa Parks moment."

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Take Royal Joyride in Aston Martin Convertible (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 29th 2011 12:10PM


Just like any other married couple, Prince William and his new bride Kate Middleton drove off together in a festively decorated car after their 'Royal Wedding' (6AM on NBC).

Unlike most people, though, their ride was Prince Charles' royal blue Aston Martin convertible, decked out in the, uh, traditional royal streamers and helium balloons with a "JU5T WED" license plate.

With William at the wheel, the couple drove through the streets of London and waved at the crowds. As the 'Today' show anchors were quick to point out, the ride was decidedly un-planned and un-royal. Their only official escort was the dark Range Rover keeping close pace behind them.

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TV 101: The Royal Wedding Is Coming ... Why Do We Care, Again?

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Apr 28th 2011 1:00PM
Prince William and Kate MiddletonYesterday, I overheard some random woman in line at the drug store say to her friend, "Let's call in sick on Friday and watch the Royal Wedding!" As she blathered on while coyly posing next to Time magazine's special royal wedding issue, I thought about the upcoming regal nuptials and why anyone outside of the royal family and a handful of jilted exes would even care that it's happening.

Royalty
The concept of royalty is pretty fascinating if you really sit down and think about it, preferably over some scones. As archaic and absurd as monarchy is in our current cultural climate, it doesn't stop us from trying to construct our own hierarchy of arbitrary and meaningless power. We want the glitz and the glam of a royal family to gossip and obsess over -- so much so that we've created our own warped nobility out of people who have done nothing to deserve it: celebrities.

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As Seen on YouTube: A Royal Wedding Video Roundup

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 25th 2011 2:00PM
William and Kate's nuptials are only days away, which means there's only a few more days of embarrassingly bad television news reporting of the event to endure.

I don't think it's quite as bad in the U.S., but since Will will eventually be our head of state, the Canadian press has decided we Canadians want endless coverage of the "I do" affair.

CBC's news 'The National' has included a few minutes of wedding reporting in almost every episode for the last month (blessedly, usually after news about our upcoming election, though you can tell they'd love to lead with it).

All the cable nets have a few specials going, entirely composed of event speculation: What will Will and Kate spend their money on? What will people wear to the wedding? How valuable will plates with their faces be in ten years?

My feeling is, if you're going to make stuff up and speculate about all the event's details, you might as well have fun with it (something mainstream networks haven't done, yet). Which is what drew my eyes away from the small screen to the even smaller screen: The best royal wedding videos on YouTube.

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The Royal Wedding: A Viewing Guide

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 24th 2011 9:00AM
William and KateMore than two billion (billion!) people from around the globe are expected to tune in for at least part of Friday's wedding of the century between Prince William and college sweetheart Kate Middleton.

There's certainly no lack of TV outlets offering coverage of everything Royal Wedding-related, from William and Kate's courtship to the big day to a post-wedding review. Here, a rundown of when and where to catch all the royal wedding happenings:

MONDAY, APRIL 25

'The Newlywed Game' Royal Week (Monday-Friday, 6:30PM, GSN) -- The Sherri Shepherd-hosted game show will have a different "monarchy" theme for each episode next week, including couples who were married in castles (Mon.), couples married in Queens (New York) on Weds., and couples named William and Kate on Friday.

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'William & Kate' Review: Was it Good-Bad or Just Plain Bad?

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 18th 2011 6:30PM
William and Kate, Royal WeddingLet's get this out of the way first: 'William & Kate' is a terrible movie. It's like the creators of this made-for-TV movie about Prince William and Kate Middleton's relationship started out with a checklist of the most ridiculous rom-com cliches to include, then gave up and tossed them all in there instead. She's not interested in him at first! She's better at sports! He's a terrible cook! Their first kiss is in the rain! (Not upside-down, sadly.)

Of course, that's also the reason I loved it.

Fortunately, after a clunky opening half-hour (we know they're going to get together, just start dating already!), 'William & Kate' hits its stride with that magical combination of ridiculous script, wooden acting and that should-be-patented Lifetime Original Movie awkwardness that infiltrates every one of the channel's rushed-to-TV creations.

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Prince William, Kate Divulge First Impressions on 'Inside the Royal Wedding' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 28th 2011 4:50AM
William, Kate on 'Inside the Royal Wedding'It's the "wedding of the new millennium": Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry at London's Westminster Abbey on April 29.

The future king of the United Kingdom explained in 'William & Kate: Inside the Royal Wedding' (Sun., 10PM ET on TLC) that he was interested in her from the first moment he saw her. "But we ended up being friends for a while and that was a good sort of foundation." He added dryly, "I'm obviously extremely funny, and she loves that."

For her part, Kate told a high school friend that she'd met "this really nice boy" at the University of St. Andrews. At the time, she would only reveal his name to be "Willie".

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'William & Kate' Actors Dish About Their Royal Wedding TV Movie

by PopEater Staff, posted Mar 26th 2011 2:00PM
William and Kate, Royal WeddingIt takes a lot of nerve to assume the roles of Prince William of Wales and his soon-to-be-bride, Kate Middleton.

Nico Evers-Swindell and Camilla Luddington, the actors who star in Lifetime's April 18 'William & Kate' TV movie, have already tasted what's in store for them as portrayers of the most famous bride and groom of our time.

Some choice critiques from the British press: Swindell has more hair than William. Luddington is more voluptuous than Kate. Swindell towers over his leading lady, while the real-life future king and queen are more evenly matched in height. And the movie was shot -- egad! -- in Hollywood, with only second unit filming done in Scotland and England.

Luddington tells TV Squad sister site PopEater that the day her casting was announced, there were reporters outside her family's home. Swindell recalls that tabloid types were waiting for them after a table reading of the 'William & Kate' script. "They were taking snaps and demanding interviews. It was funny, we had just finished reading the script, and then we were stepping outside into that reality. It gave me a very visceral feeling of what their world must be like, albeit a very minor one," he says.

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'William & Kate' Lifetime Movie Gets a Trailer ... Sorta

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 9th 2011 3:00PM
Kate Middleton, Prince WilliamPrince William and Kate Middleton might've taken their sweet time getting to the altar, but Lifetime is wasting no time rushing its TV movie about the couple's courtship to air before the April 29 royal wedding.

Lifetime has released the first, ultra-brief look at the movie, which is scheduled to premiere April 18 at 9PM ET. So, what do we learn from the clip? Well, not much. It's really short. What we do see: Nico Evers-Swindell as the future king of England and Camilla Luddington as his college sweetheart. Oh, and lots of people reiterating that Wills is "just a guy."

People had another tidbit from the film in the form of a sneak peek at one of the pages of the script:

"You're very popular," Kate tells her future husband.

"It's not me they like," William responds. "It's the idea of me they like."

Come on, people, it's the Royal Wedding! This is very important stuff! Watch the video after the jump.

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'Top Chef Just Desserts' Back for Season 2, USA Announces 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' Premiere Date and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 3rd 2011 7:00PM
Top Chef Just DessertsIn the mood for something sweet?

Bravo has ordered a second season of 'Top Chef Just Desserts,' the network announced today. There's no word on when the show will actually shoot (or air), nor is there word on whether everyone from season 1 will be back to host/judge/mentor.

Budding pastry chefs, take note: Bravo will hold open casting calls across the country from Feb. 27 until March 14.

In other TV news ...

Kevin Williamson's new CW pilot, a 'Vampire Diaries' companion series, has been put on hold. Instead, the writer will now serve as an executive producer on the network's 'Secret Circle' pilot, about a teenage girl who discovers she is a witch. The project is also based on an L.J. Smith book. [Deadline]

A stunt woman was injured on the set of 'Justified' yesterday. She reportedly suffered from a "simple accident" (no gun misfires or anything) and is in serious but not critical condition. [Entertainment Weekly]

USA announced spring premiere dates for two of its original series. 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' will return for its tenth and final season on May 1, along with season 4 of 'In Plain Sight.' [Deadline, TV Line]

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