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"Revenge"

 "Revenge"

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'Revenge' recap: Can Nolan 'Control' his feelings for Patrick?

Daniel sees an old flame, but the sparks that fly aren't pretty

That was quick, wasn't it? This week the flickering passion between Patrick and Nolan not only ignited, but furniture was actually destroyed by the raging inferno that ensued. Seriously, when your friend thinks you're dead because of the broken glassware, overturned lamps and general chaos of your lovemaking, you may want to rent a cheap hotel room or a bouncy house next time. Of course, Nolan really should assume anyone who excites him this much isn't long for the Hamptons, and guess what? Ding, ding, ding!

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Kerry Washington showed what 'SNL' was missing by not including black females


Kerry Washington showed what "SNL" was missing by not including black females
The "Scandal" star was a natural for the hosting gig, says Gwynne Watkins, who says Washington "managed to make a fierce argument for the inclusion of black women on SNL simply by being so damn good in every sketch. If her secret agenda was to show SNL viewers what they're missing, well. . . Olivia Pope, you've done it once again." PLUS: Did Washington fix "SNL"?, joking about diversity doesn't fix "SNL's" diversity problem, and "SNL" hit a season high with Washington.


"The Simpsons" pays a chalkboard tribute to Marcia Wallace

"We'll really miss you Mrs. K."


Jay Leno: I talked to Letterman a month ago

That revelation came when Andy Cohen grilled Leno over his relationship with David Letterman.


Why "Homeland" hasn't jumped the shark, as shown by Sunday's episode

"Still Positive," says Andrew Romano, "wasn't a transformative episode, but it was taut, precise, and compelling from start to finish largely because it focused on the stuff that made Season 1 so gripping in the first place. PLUS: More bad storytelling, and does "Homeland" need another soap opera twist?


Barbara Walters sticks up for Jenny McCarthy
"I think the criticism about her was unfair, and it was criticism that had to do with her personal views," Walters said on Fox News. "It's not a subject (vaccines) that we have discussed on 'The View.'"


"Entourage" stars reunite to celebrate the movie news
Where was Johnny Drama?


"The Mindy Project" gives Timothy Olyphant long hair and a ponytail
See the "Justified" star as you've never seen him before.


Oprah's "Biggest Yard Sale Ever" raises $600,000 for charity
The auction featured "antiques, contemporary furnishings, and fine art" from Oprah's many homes.


Danai Gurira: "The Walking Dead" is the most diverse show -- not racist at all
"I don't quite know what people are talking about," Gurira, who plays Michonne, addressing racial complaints about the AMC series. "I'm like, 'Huh?!' I'm very grateful for the cast I have." PLUS: Walker Stalker Con was held in Atlanta this weekend.


Egypt's "The Daily Show" suspended

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef, who had Jon Stewart on as a guest this summer, was told his show wouldn't air after his channel said he refused to follow editorial guidelines.


Fox releases "The Following's" Season 2 poster
"They Will Never Let Go."


It's an "Everwood" reunion
"Revenge's" Emily VanCamp reunited over the weekend with former TV dad Tom Amandes (now on "Scandal"), her "Everwood" best friend Sarah Drew (now on "Grey's Anatomy") and "Everwood" boyfriend Gregory Smith (now on "Rookie Blue").


Fox's Cleatus the Robot meets "Almost Human"
Watch the NFL on Fox's cross-promotion promo.


Watch a preview of "Big Bang's" Bob Newhart vs. Bill Nye
The Science Guy makes his "Big Bang Theory" debut on Thursday's episode. Leno said they chatted about "things in TV and what was going on here," meaning his "Tonight Show" exit.


NBC's midseason drama "Crisis" halts production for "course correction"
Writers will use the eight-day break to tweak storylines on the Gillian Anderson/Dermot Mulroney drama.


"Once Upon a Time" couple calls it quits
Jennifer Morrison and Sebastian Stan had been dating since last year.


"Top Gear" visits "Family Guy"

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are set to visit the Fox comedy.


"Dracula" tumbles in Week 2
The NBC limited series fell 28% in its 2nd airing.


Harrison Ford pierces Jimmy Fallon's ear

Before submitting himself to the movie star, Fallon asked: "What's the worst that could happen to me? Could I get an infection?"

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"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
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Roundup: Truth and fiction in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Also: James Franco's 'Taxi Driver' comparison, and Netflix shoots for an Oscar

From "12 Years a Slave" to "Captain Phillips" to even fictional contenders like "Gravity," a number of Oscar hopefuls are being subjected to rigorous fact-checking in the blogosphere. The latest to go under examination is "Dallas Buyers Club." In an interesting piece, Slate writer Aisha Harris explains that the film is in an unusual position relative to other biopics, in that protagonist Ron Woodroof's life hadn't really been documented in other media; screenwriter Craig Borten, who began the project after interviewing Woodroof in 1992, is his own most informed source, and admits to taking some artistic license in a "pretty accurate" portrayal. Harris separates the film's facts from its fiction. [Slate]

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta': Porsha suggests Kordell Stewart is gay

Kenya rips into NeNe, but that's not the big surprise

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" is back, and amazingly, so is the entire cast. Given that Porsha's husband Kordell seemed to have a game plan in place to dump her long before she became aware of it (heck, she found out they were getting divorced via Twitter), you'd think he would have petitioned long and hard for her not to come back for a second season while he still had a say in the matter. But I wonder if he thought Porsha would just meekly accept being kicked to the curb. Gosh, she'd never air their dirty laundry on national television, would she? Hahahahahaha!

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<p>Jamal croons on &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Jamal croons on "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Choir Boy at Heart'

The teams head to Vienna for dancing and singing
A couple minor ethical and strategic wrinkles entered the game in Sunday (November 3) night's episode of "The Amazing Race," livening up an episode that probably would have been disappointingly flat otherwise. 
 
And you could sense the "Amazing Race" producers feeling the same way, because there's no way this was how this particular Leg was structurally designed to work. Human drama is fine, but trumped up human drama can only go so far to redeem a Leg that featured an anti-climax of a Fast-Forward, a dud of a Detour and a Roadblock in which the local mentors worked hard to upstage the contestants.
 
I'm not sure I have much to say about the Leg, even with the ethical and strategic wrinkles included, but whatever I have to say is after the break...
 
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<p>Michael Sheen and Caitlin FitzGerald in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Michael Sheen and Caitlin FitzGerald in "Masters of Sex."

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Brave New World'

Allison Janney is fantastic as Mrs. Scully turns to Masters and Johnson for help

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I turn you in for 12-year-old library fines...

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<p>Rick (Andrew Lincoln)&nbsp;and Carol (Melissa McBride) on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Carol (Melissa McBride) on "The Walking Dead." 

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Indifference'

Two different road trips go poorly for Rick, Carol, Bob and the others

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as the color brings out my eyes...

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<p>On &quot;Boardwalk Empire,&quot;&nbsp;Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright)&nbsp;and Nucky (Steve Buscemi)&nbsp;go to the Cotton Club together.</p>

On "Boardwalk Empire," Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright) and Nucky (Steve Buscemi) go to the Cotton Club together.

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Marriage and Hunting'

Van Alden, Chalky and Narcisse have all had just about enough, thank you

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as Mr. Roebuck apologizes to me personally...

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<p>Claire Danes as Carrie in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Claire Danes as Carrie in "Homeland."

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Review: 'Homeland' - 'Still Positive'

Carrie tries to turn the tables on Javadi, and Dana decides it's time for a change

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I take a taxi to a CIA safe house...

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Listen: Britney Spears' new single, 'Perfume'
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Listen: Britney Spears' new single, 'Perfume'

Ballad from 'Britney Jean' shows her vulnerable side

Britney Spears wants to “mark her territory” with her scent in “Perfume,” the new single from “Britney Jean,” and it couldn’t be more different from first single, “Work Bitch.” Spears premiered the song on Facebook Sunday evening and, guess what? She's actually singing.

This is Spears as we haven’t heard her—or at least not for a long while: singing a straight-ahead ballad with no talking and no heavy beat behind her as on past semi-ballads like “Unusual You” or even all the way back to “Sometimes.”

Though still slickly produced, on “Perfume” the focus is on her vocal and the emotional weight of the lyrics as Spears hopes that the next woman to touch her man can smell her perfume on him. She admits she’s insecure and “I want to believe it’s just you and me/sometimes it feels like it’s three in here, baby,” and not in a good way as she extolled in 2009’s “3.” It’s the kind of ballad it’s easy to imagine Gwen Stefani taking on.

Spears’ singing is as strong as it has ever been here (let the guessing begin on how much it was doctored in the studio) and this is the best song she’s done in years. Plus, given how successful Spears’ several lines of cologne are, we can only imagine the tie ins planned between song and the scents.  Let the cross-branding begin!

"'Perfume' is incredibly special to me because it hits close to home, and I think the story is relatable to everyone," Spears told E! "Everyone's been through an insecure moment in a relationship that's left them vulnerable and I think this song captures that."

What do you think of "Perfume?"

 

 

Official artwork for Britney Spears' Perfume

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"Once Upon A Time"

 "Once Upon A Time"

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'Once Upon A Time' recap: Will 'Ariel' betray a friend for love?

When secrets are revealed, will the Charmings be torn apart?

At long last, Ariel will be joining the "Once Upon A Time" players, and I'm hoping she'll add a lighter element to the unrelentingly dark Neverland we've been largely stuck in. While I know her story will get a twist and happy endings are hard to come by, this season has suffered from a limited amount of fresh blood (and thus, fresh stories). C'mon, mermaid, we're counting on you!

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Watch: One Direction's new video for 'Story of My Life'
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Watch: One Direction's new video for 'Story of My Life'

Time travel with the boy band to their past

One Direction takes the title of its latest song, “Story of My Life” literally in its new Ben Winston-directed video.

For the clip of the emotional break-up ballad, the quintet took a different approach. Surrounded by photos of thousands of photos, the lads take actual photos from their lives and bring them to life and into the current day.

For example, Harry Styles takes a photo of him of his mom from when he was a toddler and advances it the present. The other people in the photos age along with the boy band member but don’t interact with them at all, until the end.  Liam Payne’s photo is him in formal wear with his family; Zayn Malik and his sister have their moment in his choice, while Niall Horan shares a musical moment  with his brother.

Perhaps, the most touching vignette is when Louis Tomlinson advances a photo of him as a little boy posing on a sofa with his parents and grandparents (or grandparents and great-grandparents) and in the modern photo, the eldest couple are no longer there because they’ve died.

It’s a change of pace for the band and one that their fans will go over frame by frame, for good reason.

The track is the second single from One Direction's new album, "Midnight Memories," out Nov. 25.

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