"Big Brother"

"Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: A new HOH could shake up the game

Wil is out, so who's in control?

We return to the hamsters' battle for HOH, which is old news to everyone who subscribes to the CBS feed but, hey, let's not spoil it for everyone, right? Anyway, everyone's sliding and falling and dumping greasy brown liquid into tubs. Not everyone is dumping their liquid into their HOH tub, of course -- some are playing for safety, and Boogie is playing for $10,000 all by himself. Frank is justifiably pissed that Boogie isn't going for HOH, as he can't compete and the only alliance he can trust is the one he has with Boogie. But hey, Boogie is just a struggling college student, knee deep in student loans. Hmmm, I know that's not right… so why not try to, you know, win HOH?

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"Big Brother"

"Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Will Wil go -- or will Joe?

Fan favorite Jeff returns to weigh in on the season

Well, Frank (who is just too crazy good at these competitions -- take that, Comp Queen Janelle) controlled the house with both HOH and POV status, so Wil and Joe remain on the block. Yes, Frank could have tried to throw Dan under the bus, but Boogie prevailed. The alliances of the Silent Six and the Quack Pack are still in effect. Although I almost want Ian out just so I never have to hear Quack Pack used in a sentence again, although I suspect some fast food joint is already planning to use it for a chicken sandwich combo.

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Deborah Ann Woll in 'True Blood'

Everything's changing for Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) on "True Blood"

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'True Blood' recap: Someone says goodbye in 'Gone, Gone, Gone'

Eric makes a choice between Godric and Lilith and there's a whole lotta stakin' goin' on

Here's something different: an unusually focused hour of "True Blood" that connected the dots between (almost) all of its various storylines.

No Ifrit. No hate group. No wolf pack. While the result was still of a piece with the disappointing season overall, it was less of a headache than usual. So let's get this over with, quick...

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"Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: What's next for the Silent Six?

Frank is in control again -- and is he gunning for a coach?

So, Janelle is gone, Frank is in the catbird seat, and Boogie is on top of the world. Of course Boogie's on top of the world. My frustration with that decrepit little Burgess Meredith wannabe is that he's so darn cocky -- and then, that same blazing egotism seems to be reinforced by the weak, lemming-like hamsters left in the house. Of course everyone (except for clueless, friendless Joe) voted for Janelle to go home. Was it good for everyone's game? Of course not! But gee whiz, Frank is so charming and Boogie is soooo good at this game, why not do their bidding?

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Danielle of "Big Brother"

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - Who did Danielle send packing?

Would Danielle's HoH reign claim a favorite or a former Coach?

I'm still confused at what Danielle did on Wednesday (August 8) night's "Big Brother." It was either brilliant or stupid. Well, it wasn't brilliant, I don't suppose. But it needn't necessarily have been stupid. But if we're being honest, what are the chances that anything Danielle does in this game isn't at least somewhat scatterbrained?

So Danielle and The Quack Pack made nice with Mike Boogie, at least somewhat, and seemingly targeted Janelle for eviction this week, though 21st Century William Katt Frank remains a candidate for eviction of Mike Boogie slips up and behaves suspiciously around the core alliance, which seems somehow unlikely given that once you're willing to believe a word Mike Boogie says, you've pretty much committed to being his dupe. 

Seriously. Who trusts Mike Boogie? About anything? At any time?

Click through to see if Mike Boogie gets his way, or if his bromance with Frank is put on ice...

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"Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Danielle is in control, but can she oust Frank?

It's time to fight for the POV, but will it change the game?

Well, Frank is on the block yet again. There's no way he can survive another week, can he? It seems the majority of the house wants Frank out, Danielle is firm in her convictions and as Danielle tearily assures Wil, he is far too beloved to be at risk for going home. But if we know anything about "Big Brother," it's that the Chenbot has to tell us each week there's a shocking twist or a shocking surprise or something shocking so that we'll tune in -- and this week was actually, well, a little shocking. Color me shocked.

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Scott Foley in 'True Blood'

Guest star Scott Foley finally finds some closure on "True Blood"

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'True Blood' recap: Progress at last in 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World'

Some guest stars bite the dust and Salome dances for Bill

If last week's cliffhanger was a bit ambiguous -- did Bill's suggestion to blow up all the Tru Blood factories signal a genuine shift to the dark side, or did he have something bigger up his sleeve? -- this week seemed to erase any doubt that Bill has indeed lost his damn mind. (Or he's playing an incredibly savvy long game.) And that's just one way that the floundering series stepped up its game this week.

For a show severely overstuffed with storylines and characters, "True Blood" can seem maddeningly slow going. It doesn't help that the multitude of plot threads vie for slivers of screen time week after week. But "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" kicked off the season's final third by giving us real progress on several fronts.

In celebration of the forward momentum, I'm departing from the usual Good/Bad breakdown to focus on the four storylines the episode advanced in meaningful ways:

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"Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: The game resets and a new HOH steps up

It's a whole new game with the coaches joining in

Well, here we are back at the "Big Brother" house, and the game has reset. This couldn't have been a major surprise to anyone, as America was presented with the choice of mixing things up by adding a twist to the game, or watching the show limp along with nary a bump in the road. Plus, given that only one of the four coaches had to hit the reset button to activate the change (and there was no time for any discussion), there was no way that wasn't going to happen. But hey, twists are always a good thing, unless you're one of the hamsters who didn't dodge eviction last week.

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<p>Britney of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Britney of "Big Brother"

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - Who went home? And are the Coaches in the game?

The Houseguests make a decision and America makes a choice

It's going to be a busy Thursday (August 2) night on "Big Brother."

First, we have to find out if the hamsters are going to vote to evict 21st Century William Katt Frank or Screaming Red Tomato Joe. [I sure hope it's Joe going home.]

Then, we have to learn if America voted to have the four Coaches reenter the game as players.

Tonight could change everything!

Click through for the live-blog...

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"Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Shane gets in the game with a controversial move

The POV contest results in an unexpected play

Ah, the house is in turmoil as the POV contest looms and Janelle faces the prospect of being the last judge to face losing a wee hamster. Really, it's a surprise that Janelle hasn't lost anyone yet, as her players are all such obvious floaters. Although everyone keeps talking about how Wil is physically capable of winning a physical challenge, I think this is only possible if Shane and Frank both break their legs and perhaps get electrocuted. Even Joe seems to have more of a chance, though he might suffer a massive coronary in the process. The guy really is like a walking "this is your heart on cholesterol" commercial. But I'll give the guy credit; he REALLY wants to play. Personally, I can't imagine why he wants to be surrounded by a bunch of whiny kids who spend all their time braiding hair and running up and down the stairs, but maybe his kids at home are just too mature or something.

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