"Big Brother"

"Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: Frank's nominations are revealed and more

Two hamsters are on the block, but will the POV save one of them?

My, how things have changed! Willie's gone, Britney's remaining teammates are on the ropes, Janelle's working with Boogie Mike, whom she loathes, and Frank is the king of his domain. Aren't you glad none of these people are in politics? They'd have blown up Switzerland, joined forces with North Korea and declared war on Mexico, just for kicks.

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Rutina Wesley in 'True Blood'

Tara's working hard for the money this season on "True Blood"

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'True Blood' recap: Roman's fate revealed 'In the Beginning'

Tara hits the pole and the blood of Lilith has unexpected side effects

At this point I'm not sure I could tell the difference between watching "True Blood" and banging my head against a wall. This season is drowning in a storm of terrible storylines and the repetitiveness of so much of it (especially what's happening with Terry, Lafayette, Sam and Alcide) is downright numbing. Isn't "True Blood" supposed to be a fun, sexy, spooky soap? Because right now it's none of those things.

But we did make some seemingly significant progress in two areas this week -- the Vampire Authority reached a whole new level of crazy, and the hate crime gang was (unfortunately) unmasked for their close-up -- so the episode wasn't running in place for the full hour. Just most of it.

Let's break it down:

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<p>This happy group will lose one member tonight</p>

This happy group will lose one member tonight

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - Who was voted out first?

Would Frank or Kara be the first hamster to sit down with Julie Chen?

Welcome to the first live "Big Brother" episode of the season, all leading up to the season's first official elimination. Yes, Jodi was actually the first hamster to depart the spinning ball, but she never received a key to the "Big Brother" house, so do we actually count her as a houseguest? I sure don't.

So either Kurvy Kara or 21st Century William Katt Frank will be out first. On one hand, I like Kara's bikini potential. On the other hand, I was a huge fan of "The Greatest American Hero" as a kid, so I have vestigial admiration for Frank.

And, most importantly, will Julie Chen have her shoulders covered for the live episode? These are the things that keep me up nights...

Click through for the full recap...

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Todd Lowe on 'True Blood'

Todd Lowe's Terry is at the center of one of the worst storylines on "True Blood"

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'True Blood' recap: 'Hopeless' is exactly how this show feels now

Season five hits the halfway point with too many characters, too little heart

We're halfway through "True Blood" season five, and we get the first episode written by series creator Alan Ball. It's an action-packed hour with a shocking cliffhanger, and yet it's also emblematic of everything wrong with the show right now.

There's so much happening, and almost zero emotional weight to any of it. Storylines have no room to breathe and even when one of the actors has a moment worth appreciating (as Ryan Kwanten, Deborah Ann Woll, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Denis O'Hare and Alfre Woodard all did tonight) there's no time to appreciate it.

I suppose it could be argued that this ADD approach ensures the show is never "boring," but it's so wildly disjointed I can't imagine how anyone feels connected to these characters. Unless you're watching purely to see stuff happen, how is this satisfying?

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: The first two players land on the block

The coaches compete, but HOH Willie gets the final word

It's the first "real" episode of "Big Brother" tonight, and by real, I mean it's the first episode to get down and dirty in the essence of the game -- strategy, backstabbing and the creation of fledgling alliances. A lot hangs on Willie, but I'm not too worried. He seems to by bypassing his brother Russell's more evil characteristics on "Survivor" but has taken away an understanding of game play. So let's see if the ragin' Cajun (hey, it's on his T-shirt) lives up to his potential!

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<p>&nbsp;Frank of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

 Frank of "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: The season begins -- and so do the twists

Former housemates return as coaches as the hamsters are split into teams

It’s summer again, and that means “Big Brother.” Do you remember a time before “Big Brother”? It has to have been a long time ago, because Mike “Boogie” from season #2 looks like he’s retirement age. When he comes into the house, I expect him to be dragging his walker with him. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Before we introduce the old (really old) but new twist, it’s time to meet the new hamsters!

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Nelsan Ellis in 'True Blood'

Nelsan Ellis is a lonely Lafayette on "True Blood"

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'True Blood' recap: Death comes calling in 'Let's Boot and Rally'

A long-awaited return and a dramatic exit?

Is it wrong to feel a little bit excited we may have lost one member of the absurdly large "True Blood" ensemble tonight? Probably. But only because with the amount of fake outs and close calls on this show it's less likely someone was killed than just seriously injured.

Whoever did or didn't die this week, it was a typically busy, busy, busy episode with lots of movement on all story fronts, but little in the way of standout moments. Let's break it down...

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Joe Manganiello on 'True Blood'
Between "Magic Mike" and finally hooking up with Sookie, it was a big weekend for Joe Manganiello
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'True Blood' recap: Sookie hooks up in 'We'll Meet Again'

Also, Jason and Andy visit fairy land and Pam and Eric reunite

After last week's commendably focused episode, "True Blood" returned to its usual scattershot ways this week in an all-over-the-place installment. It was a hour heavy on vampire blood ties (the ways in which vampires consider themselves "family" were stressed throughout) but low on real thrills or surprises.

If it wasn't for Kristin Bauer van Straten's continued excellence as a suddenly dramatically dominant Pam, this week would've been a total wash. But let's break it down:

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Valentina Cervi as Salome on 'True Blood'

We got to know Valentina Cervi's Salome a little better this week. But not as good as Bill and Eric.

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'True Blood' recap: Pam rules in 'Whatever I Am, You Made Me

Also, Salome gets busy and Jason gets schooled in a solid episode

Well that was another solid episode of "True Blood." And the best of the season so far in terms of balancing the large cast of characters and giving a variety of actors room to shine. There's not a whole lot of momentum building after three episodes, but we still saw advances in several major storylines and got a better understanding of both a new addition and an old favorite.

Let's break it down...

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<p>Amber Riley and Lea Michele of &quot;Glee&quot;</p>

Amber Riley and Lea Michele of "Glee"

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Recap: 'Glee' Finale - 'Goodbye'

A surprising (and surprisingly strong) end to an uneven season suggests interesting possibilities next season
Having an ensemble can be an asset for a television program. Ostensibly, the more onscreen talent you have, the more diverse a set of stories you can tell. On “Glee,” perhaps less would have been more as a general rule. The show hasn’t narrowed its scope of storytelling over the years, but rather expanded it to the point where everything has become diffuse. It’s hard to focus on any one particular aspect of the show when it keeps shining flashlights into the corner of your peripheral vision. “Goodbye” was probably one of the best episodes of this uneven third season because it turned “Glee” into what it’s always truly been: the story of Rachel Berry. One can argue the relative merits of that focus. But having that focus tonight really did make a difference.
 
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