<p>Anna Paquin of 'True Blood'</p>

Anna Paquin of 'True Blood'

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Recap: 'True Blood' - 'Release Me'

Sam gets suspicious, Jessica gets sexy and Sookie awaits rescue on HBO's 'True Blood'

 

If I think of Lafayette, he will appear. If I think of Lafayette, he will appear. 

Dammit, it's just Sam, the shape-shiftin' sacrifice. We've had, what, six episodes of True Blood Season Two and we've gotten a lower percentage of Lafayette per episode than the juice content of a bottle of Orangina. Then again, the show writers have pretty much hamstrung Lafayette's character and turned him circumspect and sad and even a little boring. Maybe he should just stay rare.

[Recap for Sunday (August 2) night's "True Blood" after the break...]

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<p>Russell of 'Big Brother 11'</p>

Russell of 'Big Brother 11'

Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS

Recap: 'Big Brother 11' Sunday - Russell begins his HoH reign

In which the athletes retain HoH control, lots of prizes are given out and two players go up for eviction

 

Apologies to Ben Folds, but this show is edging toward a battle of who I can care about less. The real players emerging are pretty damn unlikable. I mean, can I sleep at night if I root for Jessie? Or Nathalie? Or, God forbid, Ronnie? Right now I'm hoping for a sudden upset from Jeff or Michele, or maybe the emergence of a soul in Russell, because otherwise, seriously, you can take these housemates and flush ‘em as far as I'm concerned.

[Full recap of Sunday (Aug. 2) night's "Big Brother" after the break...]

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<p>Evan Kasprzak of 'So You Think You Can Dance'</p>

Evan Kasprzak of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

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Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Down to the Final Four

Cat Deeley hates Thursdays and after this week's cuts, we understand why

We're going into the finale, everyone, so brace yourselves! Two more dancers are going home. And you know it's going to suck, because at this point no one really deserves to go home. So, yes, Cat, you can say it. Thursdays are not fun, or at least not anymore.

[To find out how un-fun Thursday (July 30) night's "So You Think You Can Dance" was, click through...]

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<p>Jordan of 'Big Brother 11'</p>

Jordan of 'Big Brother 11'

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Recap: 'Big Brother 11' Thursday - The third elimination disappoints us

In which somebody goes home, Julie introduces a new twist and the HoH is left hanging

Okay, I've seen the promos – there's a Big Twist in the works, Angry Smoking Banana Casey looks psyched and Michele is pissed. And, knowing promos, it means absolutely nothing. All I'm saying.

Julie Chen says tonight is graduation, which I guess we should have expected given the theme of the show. Although I will say the clique thing didn't seem to have much at all in common with real high school, in that the Popular clique (with the exception of Jordan) is out on its ass, the Brains (with the exception of Michele) are about as book smart as my handbag and the Off-Beats... well, they're all a little weird, so that can stand.

[Full recap of Thursday (July 30) night's "Big Brother," complete with results, after the break...]

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<p>Brandon of 'So You Think You Can Dance'</p>

Brandon of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

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Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Top 6 Performances

In individual and couple performances, Brandon and Kayla shine

Boy, this season is blowing by fast, isn't it? We're down to the final six, which means this show is going to be more stuffed full of starchy filler than a vegan Thanksgiving turkey. But gotta get those two hours of top ratings!

Lil 'C is back on judges' panel, which can only be good because he never makes any sense and he actually makes Mary and her corny jokes look like a towering paragon of coherence. Mary admits that she was shocked to see Janette go, then urges the American public to stop being a-holes and vote for the best dancer of the season, not favorite performances. Nigel agrees that people are voting for great routines, then says it's up to the dancers to emerge as stars to win it.

Then, it's time for the dancin'.

[Recap of Wednesday's (July 29) "So You Think You Can Dance" after the break...]

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<p>Michele of 'Big Brother 11'</p>

Michele of 'Big Brother 11'

Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS

Recap: 'Big Brother 11' Tuesday - PoV takes one houseguest off the block

In which Jordan tires of being a pawn, Casey becomes a banana and the PoV brings change

Well, Jordan and Michele are on the block, all part of Jessie's master plan to backdoor... someone. Sure, it's supposed to be Ronnie, but c'mon, when has this game ever gone the way you want it to?

[Full recap of Tuesday night's "Big Brother" after the break...]

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<p>Nelsan Ellis of 'True Blood'</p>

Nelsan Ellis of 'True Blood'

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Recap: 'True Blood' - 'Hard-Hearted Hannah'

Bill sings, Jason contemplates celibacy, Lafayette gets a strange offer and Sookie may have trouble

Now taking all bets: Will Vampire Bill prove snoozeworthy this episode or merely boring? Either way, the house wins, addicted viewers like us lose.

[Full recap of Sunday (July 26) night's "True Blood," titled "Hard-Hearted Hannah," after the break...]

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<p>Lydia of 'Big Brother 11'</p>

Lydia of 'Big Brother 11'

Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS

Recap: 'Big Brother 11' Sunday - Jessie faces tough choices

In which a strange love triangle forms, Darth Ronnie sees hope and Michele tries to do something

Okay, Jessie. Here's your chance to prove yourself to be more than a musclebound lunkhead by taking Ronnie down. But rooting for Jessie to do the right thing is kind of like hoping the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series. Just give up and consider a new hobby.

[Full recap of Sunday (July 26) night's "Big Brother 11" after the break...]

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<p>Jason Glover of 'So You Think You Can Dance'</p>

Jason Glover of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Week 7 Results

Katie Holmes dances and 'So You Think You Can Dance' cuts its field to six

It’s the 100th episode of “SYTYCD,” so Katie Holmes is going to hoof it up (in a pre-recorded segment – yawn) and it’s all going to be very celebratory and exciting, right up until someone gets kicked to the curb and their little dream of dancing supremacy gets squished like a bug, at which point it will be very depressing. Yay, Thursday.

For the opening number the group dances to “One” from “A Chorus Line” in white tuxes and top-hats, which should have been exciting but really wasn’t all that.

[Full recap of Thursday's "So You Think You Can Dance" after the break, complete with results.]

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<p>Laura of 'Big Brother 11'</p>

Laura of 'Big Brother 11'

Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS

Recap: 'Big Brother 11' Thursday - The second elimination isn't a shock

Darth Ronnie claims his victim, Casey misses a birthday and the new Head of Household is familiar

Welcome to "Big Brother", otherwise known as "Revenge of the Nerds: Home Edition."

As the evening gets started, I'm betting Laura is really, really wishing she'd shut her damn trap about Darth Ronnie, since going up against sweet, vacuous Jordan pretty much guarantees she's out on her butt. But Darth Ronnie's devious little plan could backfire – and big – next week. Russell, who so admired his goober buddy a few days ago, seems to have figured out the geek has slapped a target on his back, even though Ronnie didn't put him on the block this week. And as much as everyone hates Russell, they're all starting to smell something stinky in the Ronnieland. Russell may be a bully, but he's far less dangerous than this conniving, backstabbing dork, and it's starting to look like everyone knows it.

[Full recap of Thursday's (July 23) "Big Brother 11" results after the break...]

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