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Posts from: January 2015

8 secrets about Wizard Wars’ magic

Syfy’s Wizard Wars returned last night, and while it’s still a fun show with impressive magic, season two did not get more transparent about the show’s rules. How does the competition work? How much time do the magicians get to create magic and practice it? Why don’t the judges get more specific in their critiques about flashes or other things they …

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Drag Race has a debut date and new judges

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 7 finally has a debut date, March 2, and also has new permanent judges, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews, who join RuPaul and Michelle Visage and replace Santino Rice. Santino isn’t out entirely; he’s listed among those who will appear as guest judges. Other guest judges include Ariana Grande, Olivia Newton-John, Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, …

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The Celebrity Apprentice has a boardrooom problem

During the last half hour of The Celebrity Apprentice, there was finally a dramatic boardroom fight, with Kenya and Vivica going at each other, passionately trying to take the other down in order. Vivica mocked Kenya’s resume narration; Kenya buttered up Trump so much he was glistening. But then: Trump fired Kate Gosselin. “I really feel it’s your time,” he said. …

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Let’s stop weak Bachelor parodies, like Blake Shelton’s Farm Hunk

The latest parody of The Bachelor was on Saturday Night Live this weekend, with Blake Shelton as “Farm Hunk,” obviously Chris Soules. Based on some headlines — “Blake Shelton mercilessly mocks every bit of ‘The Bachelor’,” “This Bachelor Parody Was Blake Shelton’s Best SNL Sketch” — I was expecting something, you know, funny or scathing. It’s neither. The …

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Why The Great British Baking Show is so delicious

In the United States, McDonald’s French Fries have 19 ingredients, as former Mythbusters host Grant Imahara discussed in his sad web series. In the UK, McDonald’s fries have four ingredients. Like our fries, our cooking competitions in the U.S. are mostly overstuffed with unnecessary things, and the difference is clear in the wonderful, filler-free The Great British Baking Show. Earlier this …

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