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'Real Housewives of New York City': Did the Singer Stinger ruin the party?

Heather can't forgive Aviva, but will she warm to Ramona and Sonja?

"The Real Housewives of New York City"

"The Real Housewives of New York City"

Credit: Bravo

Hey, who knew that a trip to South Africa can transform you into a lovable peacemaker? Okay, maybe not lovable, but Ramona swears that her vacation (the one she can't stop mentioning, just so everyone and their dog knows she went to SOUTH AFRICA) has turned her into a gentler, kinder, better person. Apparently being a better person, by her definition, means bullying other people into playing nice with someone they hate, then flaking out on them as punishment for not being as Zen and forgiving as she is. Excuse me, I think I have to lie down. The layers upon layers of hypocrisy are just making my head hurt. 

Interview: 'The Originals'' Danielle Campbell talks life, death and Marcel

The on-screen witch was discovered in a hair salon

Danielle Campbell

Danielle Campbell

Credit: The CW

As Davina on "The Originals" (airing Tues. at 8:00 p.m. on the CW), Danielle Campbell embodies the ultimate teen witch, plagued by the elders who are still angry at her for messing up the Harvest (but really, who wants to allow themselves to be sacrificed on the off chance of resurrection?) and other mean-spirited witches at her coven. In tonight's episode, Davina's fellow witches decide to mess up the Feast of the Blessings, through which members of the New Orleans community offer the witches gifts in return for blessings, to teach Davina a lesson. Man, she can't catch a break, can she?

Luckily, Campbell said that the show's roller coaster ride for Davina has only been a good thing for her -- even when that's mean finding out her character has been killed off (if only temporarily). I talked to Campbell about what's ahead, her other favorite character, and how she got discovered (in a hair salon -- yes, it happens). 

Exclusive clip: Things get weird on 'Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman'

The new Adult Swim show isn't your average dinner party

"Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman with Friends"

"Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman with Friends"

Credit: Adult Swim

You want to freak out your friends? Take a page from an exclusive clip from "Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends" (premiering Thurs. April 24 at midnight ET/PT on Adult Swim). While Gelman ("Eagleheart") seems to just be inviting his fancy Hollywood pals over for a night of chit-chat, things take a turn for the weird. The really weird. What better way to introduce the next course than sobbing on the floor?

'Real Housewives of Orange County': What do you think of Shannon?

The new addition to the cast is a complete bore thus far

"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

Credit: Bravo

Well, it wasn't much of a kick-off to season nine of "The Real Housewives of Orange County." Lydia, Gretchen and Alexis have all hit the bricks, leaving us with an uncomfortable trio of Tamra, Vicki and Heather. Usually we don't find the ladies jetting off for an adventure until much later in the season, but with only three returning Housewives in the mix, I'm sure some bonding seemed like a good thing. Unfortunately, what we learned is that Tamra and Vicki may be lunatics, but they're a similar brand of crazy. Heather is just too smart for the show and hasn't figured it out yet.

'Dancing with the Stars' recap: It's Disney night!

One couple gets cut, and you won't believe who it is

"Dancing with the Stars"

"Dancing with the Stars"

Credit: ABC

Did you know the Osmonds were discovered by Walt Disney? No? Well, that's part of the explanation for why Donny Osmond is guest judging tonight's episode of "Dancing with the Stars." Oh, and he was Captain Shang in "Mulan." And he was Gaston in "Beauty and the Beast." Look, I don't think we need to justify Donny showing up. He won "Dancing with the Stars," remember? He's going to be a better guest judge than a lot of these random stars who just like watching the show. So let's get to it!

Watch Chase and Todd pull pranks on 'Chrisley Knows Best'

Grandma never saw it coming

"Chrisley Knows Best"

"Chrisley Knows Best"

Credit: USA

Ah, father-son bonding! On "Chrisley Knows Best" (new episode airing Tues. April 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET on USA), Todd and Chase team up to prank call Grandma, who apparently thinks the worst of her grandson. While you wouldn't think it would be all that fun to find out your granny thinks you'll sleep with anything in a skirt, Chase doesn't mind one bit. In fact, he lays it on extra thick by telling Grandma he was in a hit-and-run. Watch the clip to get in on the joke. 

'Everest Jump Live' finally gets an air date, maybe

Joby Ogwyn's journey up - and off - Everest is set

"Everest Jump Live"

"Everest Jump Live"

Credit: Discovery

If you thought Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon (actually, the Little Colorado River Navajo Tribal Park if you want to be picky about it) seemed like a logistical nightmare, you'll appreciate the inherent challenges of Discovery's latest project. "Everest Jump Live" will not only have to wait for climber Joby Ogwyn to scramble up Mt. Everest, the weather will also need to be conducive for him jumping off of it in a wingsuit. Given that sudden weather changes account for a fair number of climber deaths, the May 11th 9:00 p.m. ET time slot has a caveat -- weather permitting. 

2014 MTV Movie Awards red carpet grades: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lupita

Was Grumpy Cat the stand-out?

Rihanna, Snooki, Nicki Minaj

Rihanna, Snooki and Nicki Minaj

Credit: AP Photo

This year was decidedly laid back, at least in the sartorial sense. at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. Okay, maybe that's a nice way of saying almost everybody phoned it in. Even Nicki Minaj played it cool, while Rihanna looked like she'd just taken a break from the hotel pool to drop by. But hey, this isn't the Oscars or anything, after all.

'Silicon Valley' recap: Richard finds out what friendship is really worth

It's time to put together a business plan, but at what cost?

"Silicon Valley"

"Silicon Valley" 

Credit: HBO

While "Silicon Valley" has been pilloried for whiffing the ball when it comes to current techie misbehavior in Palo Alto, I suspect that was never really a hard target for co-creator Mike Judge and company. A lot has been made of the fact Judge worked in Silicon Valley 25 years ago, but, other than using the setting as a backdrop for a few inside jokes, the show pretty clearly has a broader aim. There's certainly a laser-sharp parody of Silicon Valley to be made, but this isn't it -- and, I think, doesn't want to be anyway. 

Exclusive clip: The family prays for Rhonda on 'My Five Wives'

A family meeting about the cancer scare ends in tears - for Brady

"My Five Wives"

"My Five Wives"

Credit: TLC

Sometimes it's good to have some extra wives around, which Rhonda discovers on "My Five Wives" this week (airing Sun. April 13 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC). She's worried about her upcoming doctor's visit, but, as Brady reveals, it's not just pointless panic -- she's found a lump. In this exclusive clip, watch as the other wives come together for Rhonda, and Brady gets emotional. 

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