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Posts from: February 2011

Arnold Shapiro defends Beyond Scared Straight’s programs against criticism

A&E’s Scared Straight concludes its first season next Thursday, having debuted to record ratings in mid-January. Following the show’s debut, there was controversy: two of the three states featured on the show have suspended their programs, and the show and the programs it features have been criticized. The series, which takes at-risk teenagers into prisons …

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American Idol has its top 24, is selling Chris Medina’s single for charity

American Idol 10 has its top 24, which was correctly spoiled by Joe’s Place, although earlier reports by the blog had some innacurate information; 15-year-old Jaycee Badeaux, for example, was cut. As with other reversed changes, the semifinalists are split evenly by sex, even though we originally heard that having the same number of men …

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Blindsides, bathing suits, luxury items, Russell’s bad game play, and Fabio’s pee pool all return to Survivor

The act of “blindsiding” someone has now become so commonplace on Survivor that it’s expected, and thus almost doesn’t work, because it’s not blind if everyone can expect it to happen. But tonight’s vote, when Matt Elrod was sent home from the Ometepe tribe instead of Phillip, definitely qualifies as a blindside. His mouth dropped …

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Peggi Blu, the vocal coach from hell, needs to replace (or at least join) mentor Jimmy Iovine

American Idol raced through its Las Vegas episode, compressing Beatles performances sometimes into mere clips, so it could get to three hours of elimination faster. But the hour started with a glimmer of hope, and her name is Peggi Blu. She easily outshined mentor Jimmy Iovine, who apparently thinks he’s on The Sopranos and can …

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