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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 7: Hope's Redemption & Ricki's Back On Top

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 1st 2011 12:10AM
It was a good night to be Hope Solo. After an embarrassing night on the dance floor during last week's 'Dancing With the Stars,' and the very public fallout between her partner Maks and judge Len Goodman, Hope proved that she could once again have fun in the ballroom. Meanwhile, Maks was purposely quiet on the dance floor, but even more self-righteous than ever in rehearsals.

This week, all three judges praised Hope and Maks' sexy werewolf samba. Perhaps they didn't want to upset the big bad wolf like they did last week? For one of the first times ever, Hope looked like she was finally having a good time on the dance floor -- but it didn't look that way during rehearsals.

In fact, it looked pretty painful.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Week Three Performances

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 3rd 2011 11:15PM
Karina & JRIt was a night of tears -- and the occasional sob -- for the 'Dancing With the Stars' contestants this week as the celebs picked the most memorable years of their lives and chose songs from those years. And, boy, was it dramatic.

After last week's nip-slip seen 'round the world, Nancy Grace got all teary-eyed and sloppy this week -- and not in a good way. Okay, so it's pretty hard to spice up a 'Moon River' waltz, but it could have been a bit more exciting. At this point, Nancy's only saving grace might be her partner Tristan MacManus because, let's face it, he's obviously a fan favorite.

However, the standout performance and real tearjerker of the night came from Iraq war veteran and burn survivor J.R. Martinez, who shared his harrowing story for the first time on the show. After serving two months as an United States Army infantryman in Iraq, J.R. was badly injured when his Humvee hit a landmine. He slipped into a coma and had intense burns on over 40 percent of his body, lost most of the hair on his head and one of his ears. He spent over two years in the hospital recovering and had 33 surgeries to repair the damage to his skin.

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'Glee' Season 3, Episode 2 Recap: Three Directors & a Little Baby

by Crystal Bell, posted Sep 28th 2011 12:01AM
['Glee' - 'I Am Unicorn']

OK, judging by some of your comments from the premiere recap, I get the feeling that no one really believes in 'Glee' anymore, and I totally get it. Season 2 was too uneven and had way too many over-the-top quest stars and musical numbers and not enough plot.

Yet, I was hopeful for Season 3 because, believe it or not, I actually care about these kids.

I want to see Rachel make it to Broadway and Kurt follow his dreams to New York -- and I really want to see Brittany graduate high school (what grade is she in exactly?!).

As much as I applauded 'Glee''s Season 3 premiere for getting back to its basics, this week's 'I Am Unicorn' felt a little flat, like Ryan Murphy was building up to something, only to have it be revealed in episode 3. And I'm okay with that because I like the direction this season is going.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Week Two Performances (VIDEO)

by Crystal Bell, posted Sep 27th 2011 1:10AM
J.R. Martinez may have been the least known star when Season 13 of 'Dancing With the Stars' premiered last week, but after two stellar performances in a row, this war veteran turned soap opera star may just be the one to beat.

J.R. had me thoroughly entertained throughout his lively jive performance. Dare I say, it even looked like a dance that could easily appear in week seven or eight -- and the judges knew it. Karina's choreography included a risky, yet well-executed, lift that judge Carrie Ann Inaba felt should have been saved for a later performance, so she automatically deducted a point.

And even though J.R. out-danced every other star on that dance floor, Len Goodman said that the dance was more lindy hop and less jive. (Jive or not, it was still pretty fantastic, right Len?) Bruno Tonioli was the only judge on J.R. and Karina's side, commenting that J.R. was "a natural dancer."

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'Community' Season 2, Episode 20 Recap

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 14th 2011 11:30PM
'Community' guest star Stephen Tobolowsky['Community' - 'Competitive Wine Tasting']

I'm sensing a trend here with 'Community,' and I'm not sure I really love it. The big episodes are getting bigger and better, while those in-between episodes -- which should be so key to drive plot and character development -- are feeling more like filler.

That being said, tonight's episode did one thing very right that's usually completely wrong: Pierce.

The writers (and, I guess, some acting skill on Chevy Chase's part) actually succeeded in making me feel bad for Pierce. Even if he did begin the episode with advice learned from losing his virginity to a prostitute, he redeemed himself here.

Don't get me wrong: Scheming almost-wife Wu Mei is completely mistaken when she calls Pierce "a beautiful, wise man and a gentle soul," but I didn't loathe him here, and that, in itself, is a feat that made this episode worthwhile.

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'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Reunion, Part 1 Recap

by Rebecca Adler Warren, posted Jan 28th 2011 10:30AM
On this week's reunion episode of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,' the ladies gathered in a gilded ballroom to rehash the season's hottest topics: Taylor's lips, Lisa's potty mouth, Camille's crappy personality and a string of expertly fought catfights (minus the clawing).

Luckily for Bravo's goofy godfather Andy Cohen, the Beverly Hills babes aren't ones to throw punches, so it was safe to host this reunion special in a grand, historic Los Angeles hotel.

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'The Vampire Diaries' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 17th 2010 1:00AM
'The Vampire Diaries'['The Vampire Diaries' - 'Brave New World']

Pity we can't all be as witty as Damon Salvatore. On Thursday's episode of 'The Vampire Diaries,' Caroline finally had some choice words for Damon after remembering all the times he had used and manipulated her then erased her memory. Those words? "You suck."

Most people would've chosen a few stronger words, but that's part of Caroline's charm. Besides, the not-so-harsh insult worked on two levels -- Damon's kind of a d-bag, and he drinks human blood.

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'America's Got Talent' - 'Episode 525' Semi-Finals Recap

by Piet Levy, posted Aug 25th 2010 10:20AM
'America's Got Talent'"For the past six weeks the acts have been battling it out for your votes." - Nick Cannon

Honestly Nick, it's felt like 60 years. My interest in "AGT" has seriously waned over the past few weeks, and my boredom transformed into anger when the semi-finals were delayed for two whole weeks by obnoxious YouTube and Wild Card specials (yes, not even little Jackie Evancho could compensate for all the tedium). On Tuesday night we finally made it to the semi-finals. But even though host Nick Cannon boasted that "the ultimate prize is closer than ever," all this episode was going to do was inspire viewers to pick five acts out of 12 amongst the 24 still eligible to make it to the final 10. It's exhausting even thinking about it.

I went into "AGT" with an open mind Tuesday, really I did. But even the judges didn't seem all that impressed by the performances. Still, during the occasional thrilling act, I was reminded why I liked this show in the first place.

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Soap Round-Up: Erica's Scandal on 'AMC' ... and More

by Allison Waldman, posted May 21st 2010 9:25PM
Erica_Greenlee_All_My_Children_ABCWelcome to the Soap Round-Up, a weekly recap of all the soap action this past week. Remember, we'll sum up all the best stories from each and every soap, from 'All My Children' to 'The Young and the Restless.' If you don't want to know what aired already, consider this a SPOILER ALERT. Oh, one last thing, please comment and join the conversation. We love hearing from you!

'All My Children'
David and Greenlee framed Erica to make it look like she embezzled funds from the Miranda Center. Damon and Colby came close to making love. Marissa softened toward JR giving him hope for their marriage. Liza comforted Tad when he learned that Damon wasn't Stuart's father. Jake proposed to Amanda and she said yes. Without waiting for her plane to be safety checked, Erica took off for Pidgeon Hollow.

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Soap Round-Up: 'B&B's' Steffy Punks Hope ... and More

by Allison Waldman, posted May 14th 2010 9:00PM
the_bold_and_the_beautiful_brooke_and_stephen_cbsWelcome to the Soap Round-Up, a weekly recap from all the soap action this past week. To make the column even more timely, check it out every Friday evening! Remember, we'll recap each and every soap, from 'All My Children' to 'The Young and the Restless,' so if you don't want to know what aired already, consider this a SPOILER ALERT. Oh, one last thing, please comment and join the conversation. We love hearing from you!

'The Bold and the Beautiful'
At the "Hope for the Future" press conference, Steffy punked Hope, prompting Ridge to fire Steffy from the campaign. Ridge worried about how traumatized Steffy's been by Phoebe's death. Stephen wanted revenge on the Forresters for Beth's death. Hope turned down a scholarship to stay close to Oliver. Steffy tried to seduce Oliver, thinking that was the way to drive Hope out of Forrester. Bridget and Jackie agreed that they would tell Owen and Nick the truth about the baby's paternity if Bridget carried the baby full term.

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'Ghost Whisperer' - 'Blood Money' Recap

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 8th 2010 2:20PM
Ghost Whisperer(S05E20) "Ghosts? Is that your specialty?" - Greg to Melinda

I'm always surprised that no one in Grandview gossips about Melinda's gift so that it becomes somewhat common knowledge. After helping ghosts reconnect with their families for five years, one would expect that a few would have told their friends about Melinda's gift and helping them, no? Wouldn't you want to tell your friends how you got closure thanks to Melinda?

I can't wait to get a "Oh! You are that Melinda! I've heard about you!" Instead, we have to believe that everyone is able to keep Melinda's gift a secret. Then again, maybe some did gossip because rare are the people who say "WTF?!?! You can see ghosts!?!?" This week was no different.

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'V' - 'Hearts and Minds' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 5th 2010 11:15AM


(S01E10) "You were right. She didn't care about me. She was just using me. Why am I that much of an idiot?" - Tyler to Erica, about Lisa breaking up with him

Well, if you just listened to us, Tyler, then you'd know you're an idiot. We've known that all along. But things will play out in your favor, because Lisa will come running to you after she gets her legs broken, and you'll join forces with Erica and her Scooby gang to bring down the Vs once and for all. Think I've called that right? We'll see.

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Soap Round-Up - 'Days'' Sami and Rafe Fight Over EJ ... and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 17th 2010 10:02AM
days_of_our_lives_sami_rafe
Hello, soap fans. Welcome back to our newest feature -- the TV Squad Soap Round-Up. Each week, come visit us for a quick recap of what happened the previous week on all the daytime dramas. Remember, though, we're talking about every soap, from 'All My Children' to 'The Young and the Restless,' so if you don't want to know what you missed, consider this your SPOILER ALERT. For this week, we've divided the shows by network, starting with NBC's 'Days of Our Lives.'

'Days of Our Lives'
Sami was convinced that EJ was being sincere about his new attitude, even though both Brady and Rafe warned her not to trust him. Unbeknownst to Sami, EJ was in cahoots with Stefano again. Stefano realized that EJ was still in love with Sami, and forced EJ to do his bidding or else he was going to tell Sami the truth about EJ's part in Sydney's kidnapping. Meanwhile, Nicole advised Chloe to fight for Daniel before Carly made a move on him. Hope and Carly were fighting again, and Adrienne saved Justin when he was attacked outside the bar. Melanie confided to Daniel that she was in love with two men at once.

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Soap Round-Up - 'GH's' Kiefer Gets Run Over ... and More

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 10th 2010 11:15AM
general_hospital_sonny_maurice_benard_abc
Greeting, soap fans. Welcome to the newest feature here at TV Squad, Soap Round-Up. Every Saturday, please join us as we recap what happened the previous week on all the daytime dramas. That means instead of shlepping to message boards and sites all over the Internet, you can find all the pertinent info right here. By the way, for any of you who are waiting for the weekend to watch the shows on SoapNet or off the DVR, beware of spoilers! We're doing our recaps with the idea that you want to know what happened and don't need to be surprised! Okay? Okay!

So, before we make the jump and get into every soap, from 'All My Children' to 'The Young and the Restless,' remember the SPOILER ALERT. Oh, one last thing, please comment and join the conversation. We love hearing from you!

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'Chuck' Season 3 Episode 3 'Chuck vs. The Angel de la Muerte' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 12th 2010 1:33AM
Chuck: Chuck vs. The Angel de la MuerteWhat happened on this week's 'Chuck' season 3 episode 3, 'Chuck vs. The Angel de la Muerte' -- in 100 words or less.

Yes, there was a case in tonight's episode, and yes, Awesome got a piece of the spy action, but the relationships took center stage.

While protecting a foreign dictator at a black-tie dinner, Ellie grilled Sarah about her feelings for Chuck, while Awesome did the same with Chuck. The non-lovebirds say it's just business, but of course, we know it's just a matter of time.

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