"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway" 

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'Project Runway' recap: 'There Is No I in Team'

The new season kicks off with a team twist - for the whole season

So, I guess "Project Runway" has been around so long (this is the 11th season) that the show has to start throwing gimmicks against the wall to see what sticks. This season? It's teams! Not just for one challenge, but to the very end! I can't see this creating a lot of good design. Traditionally, we get plenty of squabbling and whining and mish-mashy looks that suggest no one wanted to waste their really good ideas on an outfit when they're only getting half the credit. I'm sure someone thought this would be good reality TV drama. The problem is, I think most people watch this show because they really like design and they're interested in the process. If we just wanted fighting, we'd be watching "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."

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"Top Chef: Seattle"

 "Top Chef: Seattle"

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'Top Chef: Seattle' recap: 'Wolfgang Clucks'

It's a fried chicken challenge that has some of the chefs squawking

Waah-waah. I'm still so disappointed that Kristen nobly fell on her sword, and I think a few of the chefs who have souls and aren't Sheldon (who is, rightfully, pretty happy) are feeling a little sad about her exit. Stefan say that he would have thrown Josie under the bus like it's no tomorrow, but he thinks she'll be back via "Last Chance Kitchen." I think he's right. 

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"American Horror Story"

 "American Horror Story"

Credit: FX

'American Horror Story' finale recap: 'Madness Ends'

The second season wraps up with both some bitter and some sweet
So, season two of "American Horror Story" wraps up tonight in all its gory, erratic glory. As we learned last week, Johnny (whom I like to think of as Bloody Face 2: Electric Boogaloo) is ready to face off with dear old Mom, and I am not counting out Lana to pull off a last minute save. Not that I don't think Johnny can pull the trigger; I just think Lana has proven, though surviving Briarcliff and Johnny's dad, she can handle almost anything anyone, her kid included, dishes out.
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"Cheer Perfection"

 "Cheer Perfection"

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Exclusive: The mama drama heats up on 'Cheer Perfection'

The tension mounts between Ann and Shannon

Guess what? Crazy, bickering women aren't strictly confined to "The Real Housewives" franchise! They also pop up a-plenty on "Cheer Perfection" (Wed. 10:00 p.m. ET, TLC). In this exclusive clip, the mama drama reaches new heights as Anna and Shannon get into it in the parking lot outside the gym. As they battle to defend their teenaged girls, they oddly sound a lot like five-year-olds. 

If you're not familiar with the show, head coach Alisha chooses the top five athletes from youth silver to return to Chicago so they might compete in duo and trio divisions. Furious that her daughter Torrann wasn’t selected as one of the ‘fab five,’ cheer mom Ann continues to lash out at the other moms in the gym. And since she has unresolved issues with Shannon, she continues to pick fights with her. 

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Robin Strasser

Robin Strasser

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'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children' get one more life to live - online

Debbi Morgan, Robin Strasser and Erika Slezak will be returning to the revived shows

If we know anything, it's that you can never count out a long-running soap. After a previous deal to revive the canceled soaps "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" fell apart, now The Online Network has announced it has closed deals with the following talent to revive both shows. More deals are expected to come through in the following weeks, and soap fans can rest assured that at least some of their favorite actors -- and characters -- will be retuning to a screen (yes, a computer screen) near them. Below is a list of some of the writers and stars who will be continuing the story.

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"The Taste"

 "The Taste"

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'The Taste''s Anthony Bourdain talks fish confusion and bad table manners

The famous chef says

When "The Taste" premieres with a two-hour episode tonight (Tues. 8:00 p.m. on ABC), the new cooking contest promises to put 16 competitors of varying skill levels -- from professional chefs to home cooks -- to the ultimate taste test. Each must create a perfect bite for food icons and judge/mentors Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludovic Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey. To make it a little tougher on the judges, the taste test is truly blind -- they don't get to see the chef or learn anything about him or her before they must decide whether or not they want that chef to be part of their team. Then, at the end of each episode, they must judge the competitors' dishes blind to determine who's getting sent home. You know, like "The Voice," but with food. 

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: 'Home Is Where the Art Is'

Adrienne and Paul reemerge and Lisa holds a grudge against Mauricio

You know that fight Mauricio and Brandi had last week at Kyle's little Moroccan-themed get together? Well, it was so intense, it's still going on a week later! Not really, but we're picking up right where we left off last week, which means more of Brandi screaming and swearing, more of Mauricio wondering why he didn't just pick up McDonald's and have a quiet meal at home, and Ken nibbling on Mauricio's knees in defense of his glamazon faux-girlfriend. Oh, and as usual Taylor tries to make it all about her, not that anyone cares.

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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

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'The Bachelor' recap: It's a battle on the beach and paramedics are called

Twelve bachelorettes play a nasty game of volleyball to win time with Sean

Okay, I had massive Slingbox problems, so I missed the first ten minutes of the show. Still, I think I can get up to speed pretty quickly. I'm just guessing, but I'm sure some bachelorette said she's falling harder than she expected to fall, another said she's worried she's going home, another said she will do anything to get a rose, and Sean said he's just so happy and blessed. Am I right? Am I right? 

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: 'Battle of the Booty'

Phaedra and Kenya ask the eternal question: stallion or donkey?

Whatever did this show do before Kenya? Really, the girl is a one woman drama factory, and now that NeNe finds reality TV a bit beneath her, Kim has shuffled off to her own show and Sheree has been unceremoniously dumped, "The Real Housewives" desperately needs an unhinged nutbag like this one. Even with Walt out of the picture, she's still able to stir up plenty of drama all on her on with nothing more than a twirl-worthy dress and a hair flip. Bring it on, Crazypants!

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"Downton Abbey"

 "Downton Abbey"

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'Downton Abbey' recap: Season 3, Episode 3

Sybil and Branson return, but not under the best circumstances

We return to "Downton Abbey" this week and find that, despite Edith's horrifying rejection at the altar, life continues on for our beloved Brits. Though Matthew has (finally) agrees to save Downton from a fire sale, that hardly means everything is smooth sailing. This week's episode takes a while to warm up, but once it does it suggests some difficult times are ahead for some pivotal characters (no spoilers, no spoilers) and that we're going to see even more cracks in the problematic class structure and political landscape of 1920s England. As much as I've enjoyed the more insular storylines (and there's still plenty of house intrigue), I can appreciate that in season three we're moving into a broader view of what was happening in the world beyond Downton -- even if it's abundantly clear that not all of it was good. 

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