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Posts from: October 2014

Solved: the mystery of Survivor’s four cutest guest stars

Besides the exceptional narrative arc of Drew’s blindside, the fourth episode of Survivor San Juan Del Sur is most notable for the brief but remarkable appearance of four animals, three of whom were riding on the fourth’s back. But what are they? Alert reality blurred reader Michael Corbett identified it in an e-mail to me …

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New photos, revelations related to Honey Boo Boo’s cancellation

Last week, TLC canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and decided to not air an already filmed season after news broke that June Shannon was dating a convicted child molester who was recently released from prison. June denied that the report was true. Now, June’s older daughter, known as “Chickadee” on the show, has revealed …

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The many surprises in The Comeback’s first four episodes

Revisiting The Comeback‘s first season was like settling into familiar sheets on an unfamiliar bed. Lisa Kudrow’s phenomenal Valerie Cherish character is immediate believable and likable, despite her incredible self-consciousness. But I’d forgotten how, underneath that familiar exterior, there was so much pain and sadness in the character and in her world. Both little details and major themes were lost …

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TLC cancels Honey Boo Boo over a tabloid report the family says is false

TLC’s once-hit series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has been cancelled after a tabloid report said that star June Shannon, aka Mama June, is dating a man convicted of molesting a child, but she said she hasn’t dated him for 10 years, prior to his incarceration. The network said in a statement: “TLC has canceled the …

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Project Runway ends with a deserving winner, not much drama

Project Runway ended a thoroughly satisfying season last night, one that had both drama and talent. The talent was so strong that Tim Gunn suggested the finalists were the best designers on the show ever, and any of the four would have been a satisfying winner, though the winner’s seemed to be the most cohesive …

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After tribe shake-up, Survivor tribes shake poles

Despite a tribe shake-up and a somewhat surprising vote, I’m not sure I have all that much to say about Survivor San Juan Del Sur, or Survivor Blood vs. Water, as Jeff Probst called it last night, and perhaps before, perhaps to confuse us into thinking we were watching a season with actual strategy or better editing. I understand why tribes were …

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Face Off’s new twist: borrowing coach twist from other shows

Syfy’s Face Off will get a new format for its next season, one that borrows heavily from shows such as The Voice and Big Brother by having returnees coach teams of contestants. Ve Neill is also returning. The “Return of the Champions” season will have three former winners who each will be in charge of a a five-contestant team. The …

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