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Knock Knock Live. Who’s there? Fox’s brilliant embodiment of TV’s desperation

Fox tonight debuts Knock Knock Live, a hybrid reality/game show that is a single, brilliant embodiment of broadcast television’s desperation for viewers. The series, which airs at 9 p.m. ET, is a game show on which a camera crew and famous people show up at contestants’ doors for “an unforgettable moment.” That hints at one …

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Big Brother digitally erases Jeff, and his “casual misogyny”

Big Brother has once again digitally erased a person from a scene, in order to suggest that the events of that scene came after a person’s eviction. In this case, it was former The Amazing Race cast member Jeff Weldon, whose “casual misogyny,” as one viewer described it, was also erased from the show. Hamsterwatch, who …

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Why Dorothy Breininger brings dignity to Hoarders’ trash

On Hoarders, organizer Dorothy Breininger often pushes a person in crisis to make tough decisions about things that are destroying their lives. But she also sees herself as the protector and defender of that stuff: she cares about the trash that everyone else wants to throw away. Why? Isn’t that the exact opposite of what …

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