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Celebrity Apprentice brings surreal drama immediately with Cassidy vs. Hatch

I admire the recappers who toil away after an episode airs, recording every detail and moment. But for me, sometimes it’s just better to sit and watch and enjoy rather than try to recreate every moment of an episode, especially if there’s nothing I have to add. That’s particularly true for The Celebrity Apprentice, which …

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Top Chef judges begged producers for an hour to let them keep the final five

Top Chef All Stars didn’t eliminate anyone last week, deciding that all of the final five chefs . It was pretty obvious that would happen from the very start of the episode–everyone kept saying they’d be cut to four, and it was just a little much–and it was also unprecedented. Considering the incredibly minor things …

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America’s Next Great Restaurant: great idea, quite a mess of a first episode

I was really looking forward to America’s Next Great Restaurant, NBC’s reality competition that debuted last night. But it was pretty a freaking awful first episode. It should have been great: It’s a smart concept, 10 people competing to open a mini-chain of restaurants based on their original ideas. They’ll be challenged Apprentice-style, and also …

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Amazing Race ramps things up with a voice-over penalty, a car accident, cold, and mud

The Amazing Race 18 started to find its groove last night, thanks to a bunch of unexpected things: a delayed flight, a car accident, an accidental theft, medical attention for hypothermia, and the chaos of Tokyo traffic. These sorts of moments have been less common as the race has gotten more controlled (pre-selected flights, relatively …

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Tonga rejected as location for next two US Survivor seasons; the show may return to Fiji

Survivor won’t film seasons 23 and 24 in Tonga, although it was considering doing so, and could now return to Fiji. A year ago, a report said the Philippines was a likely location for seasons 23 and 24. The AAP reports that “in a letter to Tonga’s prime minister, Lord Tu’ivakano, Survivor co-producer Leisa Francis …

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