"Big Brother"

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Recap: The results for 'Big Brother''s soapy challenge are in - and a new HOH is on deck

A strong alliance is looking shaky after nominations take place

Ah, we’re still slogging along in the soapy HOH competition. It’s all fun until someone breaks a leg, Big Brother. Of course, the hamsters must sign really comprehensive rights wavers, so any unlucky accident victim would probably be patched up, slung into a humilitard or an elf costume and told to chicken dance for his or her housemates.

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Rachel of 'Big Brother'

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - The Sixth Eviction

Would Daniele finally vanquish Zombie Brendon? And what twist is coming?

Thursday's (August 18) "Big Brother" results show is sure to be anti-climactic, right? There's no way that Daniele fails to finally lop the head off of Zombie Brendon, is there? I know Shelly's been getting on everybody's nerves, but she couldn't find a way to become more obnoxious than Brendon, right?

Let's find out... After the break...

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Daniele of 'Big Brother'

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Wednesday - Another PoV Shakeup

Would the Veto mess with Daniele's nominations or perfect them?

I’m not much for prognostication, as a general rule. But even if I were a long-term “Big Brother” viewer, I would have ceased long ago trying to figure out who is the favorite to win this season. Trying to apply things like “logical reasoning” to what’s gone down this year is a sure fire way to drive oneself crazy. The best way to think about anything that happens is to assume that the person making the latest bizarre decision just got hit in the head with a shovel by Julie Chen. If you go off of that premise, then everything else falls into place.

When last I dropped in on the show here at Monkeys as Critics, Kalia was HoH, Brendon was out of the house, and Lawon had only just come up with what certainly has to be considered one of the worst strategic moves in reality television history. Daniele managed to win HoH at a critical time in the game…only to put up two relative floaters instead of purging the field of fellow veteran competitors. My best guess at to why she did it?? Brendon is in fact a Dementor. It makes sense, in that every time I look at him I worry that I will never, ever feel happiness again.

Guess that means the next hour will be sour, if you’ll indulge a brief moment of recap poetry. Only one way to find out…

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Ryan Kwanten of 'True Blood'

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Recap: 'True Blood' - 'Spellbound'

Eric and Sookie just keep having sex as the witches and vampires battle

To quote the late George Harrison, here comes the sun, do do do do. And it’s not all right, Jessica. Get away from the door! God knows you couldn’t survive two minutes in the sun even if you were still a human and slathered in SPF 50! Oh no! Don’t die, Jessica!

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Rachel of 'Big Brother'

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - The Fifth Eviction and The Twist

Would Lawon or Rachel get sent home? And who would America vote back?

With Liane using the HitFix Family Slingbox for the "So You Think You Can Dance" finale, I'm recapping "Big Brother" on Pacific time this week. So far, I've managed to avoid finding out who the hamsters evicted this week and I've also avoided the identity of the departed hamster America wanted to give the chance to return to the game, though half of my Twitter feed was blessing America and half was cursing this great nation of ours.

So click through for the minute-by-minute slog to this week's vote...

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Kalia of 'Big Brother'

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Wednesday - More PoV Drama

Will Kalia's best-laid plans be thwarted by the Veto?

Previously on “Big Brother”: oh, you know what happened. Let’s not play games, you and I. Games are for the sad souls inside the “Big Brother” house. Rachel and Jeff are up for eviction, though either one has the chance to return to the house thanks to the latest twist in the game. Will both remain on the block? Since it’s PoV night, we’ll know by the end of the hour. Onto tonight’s events…

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Deborah Anne Woll of 'True Blood'

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Recap: 'True Blood' - 'Cold Grey Light of Dawn'

As Antonia's plan becomes clear, silvering and introspection ensue

Welcome to the latest edition of "True Blood"! Well lookee here! Marnie and her spirit tenant have a brand-new pet vampire! And the pet vampire is helping Marnie escape from Bill’s super-well-lit kingly vampire hoosegow! But, hey, before we blow this joint: Vampire pet? Can you do Marnie a solid and kill that chick that posed as a witch before revealing herself as a pawn of Vampire Bill? Awesome! Thanks, pet vampire!

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Porsche of 'Big Brother' 

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - The Fourth Eviction

Did Brendon or Jordan get sent to talk to Julie Chen

Gotta start with big thanks to Ryan McGee, who's been filling in for me these past couple weeks while I've been covering Comic-Con and then the Television Critics Association press tour. While Ryan has been experiencing this season of "Big Brother" as a neophyte, I'm approaching Thursday (Aug. 4) night's episode from a different position of cluelessness, having missed two full weeks of episodes. In "Big Brother" land, two weeks is both a lifetime and the blink of an eye. I'm guessing that after I remember how to spell people's names, this won't be hard...

Click through for the minute-by-minute recap...

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Brendon of 'Big Brother'

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Wednesday - PoV Night endangers the Veterans

Will Brendon and Rachel be separated on Thursday night?

Last time on “Big Brother”: Daniele won Head of Household, Adam wore an elf costume, and Rachel and Porsche nearly caused the San Andreas fault to crack by running concurrently inside the house. Yikes. That was some bouncy TV, y’all. Also: Brenchel might be over, with the pair put on the block for elimination this week. Let’s see if the veteran alliance can hold in the face of their toughest challenge yet. But it still can’t be as tough as every time I have to type out the word “Brenchel.”

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Anna Paquin of 'True Blood'

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Recap: 'True Blood' - 'I Wish I Was The Moon'

A full moon brings about big changes for some characters

Breaking news from the city of Bon Temps: Sookie is just the most beautiful thing ever! Prettier than even the most well-stacked Viking lass bearing two gallon-tankards of mead, right Eric Northman? Eric? Hey! Eric! Stop making out with Sookie and answer me! Oh no! Here comes His Majesty King Vampire Bill running all fast and crashing into Sookie’s house and breaking up the bloodsucker-on-Tinkerbell romance! Bill arrests Eric in connection with this nebulous necromancy business. Sookie gets all pissy but can’t do anything.

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