<p>Bristol Palin gets a 'Dancing with the Stars' hug</p>

Bristol Palin gets a 'Dancing with the Stars' hug

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Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 11 Premiere

The 'star' of the show delivers, but a surprise dark horse emerges, too

Bristol, Bristol, Bristol. “Dancing with the Stars” hasn’t even started yet, and I’m already pretty sick of hearing about the younger, less interesting Palin. This is not about politics, mind you. Regardless of whether you love or hate her mom, if you’ve seen Bristol on television, you know she always looks a little shell shocked, as if she’d like to say “You know, I’m not really a public figure, if you could just get that camera out of my face,” and would gladly hand off her fifteen minutes of fame to any mouth breathing reality TV show idiot in a heartbeat. Which is normal behavior, yes, but makes for pretty awkward TV. And while this show has always played fast and loose with the definition of celebrity (I mean, Audrina Patridge? The friggin’ Situation? Can we have a snuff round of “DWTS”?), isn’t just being the spawn of a well-known person a little faster and looser than necessary? All I’m saying is, if Amy Carter shows up next season, I’m boycotting.

Oh wait, my bad. Bristol isn’t just famous spawn, she’s a “teen activist.” Well, that changes everything, because that’s why people are tuning in – an appetite for teen activism, not the hope of seeing a car wreck of anything. And can I just say Florence Henderson looks shockingly good? How old is that woman, anyway? But it’s time for dancing, so let’s get to it.
 
[Full recap of Monday's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere after the break...]
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January Jones of "Mad Men" is the guest judge on this week's episode of "Project Runway"

January Jones of "Mad Men" is the guest judge on this week's episode of "Project Runway."

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Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'A Rough Day on the Runway'

January Jones is the guest judge, but can the designers channel Jackie O?

And then there were nine.

It's quiet in the Atlas apartments as we begin this weeks' episode.  Why?  Because "does she think I'm retarded?" Casanova is gone. Boo (not really, that was one joke that went on way too long ).  Michael talks about last weeks' dramatic moment with Ivy.  She, on the other hand, says, "If I listened to those idiots I wouldn't be here today." Michael C. says Ivy has to use other colors besides green and pink.  Agreed.  Something suggests this week she will.

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<p>Candice Accola of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

Candice Accola of 'The Vampire Diaries'

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Brave New World'

Caroline's going through changes and the Lockwoods have a secret

After last week's crazy, murderiffic season opener, "The Vampire Diaries" doesn't let up as we find history repeating itself with another newborn vamp loose during a Mystic High carnival. But can Undead Caroline control her newfound bloodlust better than poor Vampire Vicky did? Will we finally see the hunky Lockwood wolf-men in action? And what do Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec have against carnival folk, anyhow?

[Find out in the full recap of Thursday (Sep. 16) night's "The Vampire Diaries" after the break…]

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<p>'America's Next Top Model'</p>

'America's Next Top Model'

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Recap: 'America's Next Top Model' - 'Diane Von Furstenberg'

With Demi Lovato guesting, the models tackle bullying and their own demons

Gee, I wonder if Demi Lovato may be on this episode. Something tells me Demi Lovato may be on this episode. Why do I keep obsessing over the fascinating fact that Demi Lovato may be on this episode? Could it be the eighty billion stories being lobbed at me by a merciless PR machine like a giant potato gun of high fashion propaganda?

Could be. Maybe. Not sure.
 
[Full recap of Wednesday's (Sept. 15) "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]
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<p>Enzo of 'Big Brother'</p>

Enzo of 'Big Brother'

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Recap: 'Big Brother' 12 Finale - And the winner is...

Will Enzo, Lane or Hayden represent The Brigade in the Winner's Circle?

It's time to wrap up another decent season of "Big Brother." I'm not sure that I'm rooting for any of the three finalists, but that doesn't mean that there haven't been a few fun moments along the way.

OK. Fine. I'll admit it: I'm rooting for Enzo. I'm not enthusiastically rooting for him, but if you figure that The Brigade was the season's dominant force -- and it'd be folly to say otherwise -- how can you not figure that makes The Meow-Meow the season's pivotal player? The problem? As we begin Wednesday's (Sept. 15) finale, Enzo's the only hamster with no chance of winning HoH. Uh-oh.

Full minute-by-minute recap of the festivities after the break...

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<p>Jimmy Johnson of 'Survivor'</p>

Jimmy Johnson of 'Survivor'

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Recap: 'Survivor' Premiere - 'Young at Heart'

All anybody can do is talk about Jimmy Johnson, but is that a bad thing?
Semi-notable fact: "Survivor" hasn't aired an episode without Russell Hantz since May 17, 2009. Leaving aside whether you loved Russell or hated him, that's a long time in "Survivor"-Land and it seemed worth acknowledging.
 
Now, on to the premiere of "Survivor: Nicaragua" after the break...
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<p>&quot;Huh?&quot; &quot;Sookeh!&quot;</p>

"Huh?" "Sookeh!"

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Recap: 'True Blood' Finale - 'Evil Is Going On'

Bill, Sookie, Eric, Russell, Pam, Jason, Tara and Sam reach a crossroads

After weeks of witchcraftin’ and werewolvin’, panther-shiftin’ and a revelation about fairy-human-hybrid breedin’, we have arrived at the finale of this season of "True Blood."

[Full recap of Sunday's (Sept. 12) "True Blood" finale...]

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<p>Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'</p>

Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley of 'The Vampire Diaries'

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' Premiere - 'The Return'

Katherine's arrival brings out Damon's dark side and threatens Stefan

"The Vampire Diaries" is back with more intrigue, more Katherine, and the juicy ramifications of that Damon-Fauxlena kiss that left us panting in Season 1's shocker of a finale! See how "TVD" keeps its balls in the air and ties its story threads together in the most unexpected ways (while giving us steamy action, love triangles, murder galore, stabbings, and a hunky new maybe-werewolf) in its Season 2 opener.

[It's back! Full recap of Thursday (Sep. 9) night's "The Vampire Diaries" after the break...]

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<p>Ivy Higa of 'Project Runway'</p>

Ivy Higa of 'Project Runway'

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Recap: 'Project Runway' - 'What's Mine is Yours'

The designers get paired up – and one team melts down

It’s time for another edition of the half-hour-too-long “Project Runway.” While I now find myself strangely drawn to Garnier products when I’m at Target, I have to say I haven’t found the newer, longer “PR” particularly rewarding. Except for the episode when Gwetchen lost her friggin’ mind. That, I could have watched the ten-hour director’s cut. I can only hope there are more Gwetchen meltdowns coming, or I’m going to start buying conditioner in cheap green bottles and it’s not going to be pretty.

[Full recap of Thursday's (Sept. 9) "Project Runway" after the break...]
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<p>Enzo of 'Big Brother' takes a swing at the first part of the final Head of Household challenge</p>

Enzo of 'Big Brother' takes a swing at the first part of the final Head of Household challenge

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - Why takes the Head of Househould lead?

Enzo, Hayden and Lane compete to determine their own finale fate

8:00 p.m. ET Why am I doing a minute-by-minute recap for a Thursday "Big Brother" episode that isn't going to feature an elimination? Well, force of habit for one thing. Also, I know my blogging structure for "Survivor" and "American Idol" and "The Amazing Race," but other than minute-to-minute Thursday elimination recaps, I don't have a feel for "Big Brother" and with less than a week left in the season, why am I going to bother experimenting with formats? Exactly. Plus... Final Head of Household!

[Full recap after the break...]

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