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Andy Cohen’s surprisingly astute Real Housewives-candidate analogies

Bravo’s Andy Cohen used his appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night to discuss politics, and ended up comparing the candidates to stars of The Real Housewives. This was, surprisingly, a pretty good way of explaining what’s happening.  Also of note: During the aftershow conversation, and said that The Real Housewives of Potomac wasn’t …

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A few quick ways to stay connected with the latest in reality TV

To start this short week of gratitude and shopping, a few quick reminders about how to stay in the know about the latest in reality TV with reality blurred. Stay informed Subscribe to Reality in Focus before this week’s special Thanksgiving-themed issue arrives in inboxes. Each issue starts with a note from me you can’t read anywhere else, and includes …

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Why Tyra Banks is quitting her own daytime talk show, FABLife

Tyra Banks is quitting FABLife, the daytime talk show on which she served as an executive producer and “lifestylist,” and which had a logo that said “Tyra presents.” She said it was “necessary” to make this “very difficult decision” because another project demands her attention. That project isn’t, of course, America’s Next Top Model; last month, Tyra …

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The wonderful surprise of Project Runway Junior

Project Runway Junior is, surprisingly, not another MasterChef Junior, a charming show with talented kids. Nor is it like one of the many clones that popped up after MasterChef Junior’s success, most of which failed to see what made the original so great (talent + charm + seriousness). It is also not, thankfully, Project Runway: Threads, the 2014 well-intentioned but flop of a …

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Before a freezing blindside, Survivor adds a vote-vetoing twist

  It says something about Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance‘s cast that the vast majority of the votes this season have been both exciting—holy crap exciting—and a little unfortunate. The blindside during episode nine was thrilling—this season is earning that on-screen hashtag for sure—as was Jeremy, Spencer, and Stephen’s decision to team up with the three women responsible for …

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Andrew Savage embarrassed by, regrets his Survivor comments

Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance antagonist Andrew Savage has backed away from the comments he made in interviews on the show about his fellow players. This is an impressive display of honest ownership of bad behavior that inspired an aggressive hashtag, #FUAS. Before he was voted out last week, Savage said, among other things, that Stephen Fishbach is “lacking” in “morals, values, …

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