"Private Practice"

 "Private Practice"

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Interview: Amy Brenneman talks about the end of 'Private Practice'

The star promises that Violet will get a 'happy ending' - but not with a guy

The end is nearing for "Private Practice," (Tues. at 10:00 p.m.) which will be heading off into the TV sunset after six seasons on Jan. 22. I'll admit I'm sad to see the show, a frequently sudsy medical procedural with unexpected emotional kick, go. Even though I came to the party far too late, having gotten hooked on the show during a trip to Brazil (the show was subtitled instead of dubbed into Portuguese, so how could I resist?), it only took a few episodes for me to get so hooked on the travails of Oceanside Wellness Center's beleaguered staff I added it to my to-do list the minute I got home. 

So, I was excited to get a chance to talk to star Amy Brenneman (Dr. Violet Turner) about what's on the way. The actress,  unlike her grieving character, seemed upbeat and happy to talk about what's next for her (which, so far, isn't TV) and was excited about how Violet's character arc concludes -- hinting that women who might see themselves in Violet should be as well. We discussed whether or not it's possible for the recently widowed Violet to have a happy ending, why she isn't eager to be an "actor for hire" again, and why she found the mixed-up styles of the final season to be "fun, not a challenge." 

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Anthony Ryan Auld

 Anthony Ryan Auld

Credit: Lifetime

Interview: 'Project Runway''s Anthony Ryan Auld is one 'smart cookie'

The Baton Rouge designer explains why his BFF Josh couldn't pitch in

 

As promised (and hopefully this isn't a huge spoiler for anyone), I interviewed this season's "Project Runway All Stars" winner Anthony Ryan Auld today. It's always a relief to find that someone who seems personable and chatty on reality TV (which, given the sleep deprivation and stress, is not so easy to pull off) is just as friendly over the phone. Auld, who called from his Baton Rouge home, talked about what's next, what he thought of the other finalists, and what was really going on when his BFF Josh McKinley refused to help him in the finale. 

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

Credit: The CW

'The Vampire Diaries' recap: 'After School Special'

Shocking information is revealed in Mystic Falls

Before we get started, I'm assuming all of you have read about the "Vampire Diaries" spin-off? If not, just skip the following paragraph. I can't really say there are spoilers, because we know very little about the show. But if you watch "The Vampire Diaries," it's hard not to come to certain conclusions about how it might impact the original, no pun intended.

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

Credit: Lifetime

'Project Runway: All Stars' recap: Finale: Go Big or Go Home'

Anthony Ryan, Emilio and Uli battle for the title of All-Star winner

Before we start, a heads-up -- I will be interviewing the winner, whoever that may be, tomorrow morning. So keep your eyes peeled! Will post as soon as I'm able, promise. 

Uli, Emilio and Anthony Ryan are our final three, and they'll have to create a mini-collection for a runway show. And they have to create a theme, music, all that stuff. But they have $3,000 and have the night to think about it. Enjoy the sleeplessness, finalists! 

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"Top Chef: Seattle"

 "Top Chef: Seattle"

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'Top Chef: Seattle' recap: 'Restaurant Wars'

Kristen and Sheldon duke it out

It's time for Restaurant Wars! As Stefan says, this challenge is always a bleep show, and almost immediately I get the impression this episode will be no different than previous seasons. Stefan and Josh know nothing about Sheldon's Filipino cuisine, and Kristen has to put up with Josie. This is, I think, the greater disadvantage. 

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"American Horror Story"

 "American Horror Story"

Credit: FX

'American Horror Story' recap: 'Continuum'

Life after Briarcliff is dreamy for Kit, Grace and Alma - for a while

We're closing in on the end of the second season of "American Horror Story," and I'm still not sure how all of the different threads of this story can be satisfactorily tied up, though we do get a hint this week of one big, ugly potential resolution ahead for at least two characters. Of course, there's still plenty of time for everyone to be killed off in, say, a raging flu epidemic (topical, if not dramatic) or an alien invasion, so never say never with this show. 

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Credit: Bravo

'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: 'Moroccan Madness'

Brandi gets a threatening letter and Kyle's husband loses his cool

Aww, darn. This episode started out on such a pleasant, only mildly crazy note. But we know that mildly crazy is never as much fun as sobbing and fighting, so everything melts down pretty quickly. Plus with Taylor in the house (yes, she's still on the show; isn't that weird?), it only takes a moment for her to try to make an argument all about her, even when it's not and no one seems to have noticed she was there.

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"The Bachelor"

 "The Bachelor"

Credit: ABC

'The Bachelor' recap: Week two and the claws come out

The women pull off the gloves as they show their true selves - but not to Sean

Oh boy! It's week two of "The Bachelor," and you now what that means -- this is the week the women turn on one another! I could rattle on about how limited resources in a confined space tend to bring out a primitive, competitive urge in people, and how this artificial dating pressure cooker has transformed a decent guy into a demigod and otherwise normal women into psychotic monsters. I could, but what fun would that be? Bring on the crazy!

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: 'The Donkey Kicks'

Kenya and Phaedra discover that business and friendship don't mix

As one of the two new "Housewives" cast additions, Kenya has not disappointed in bringing the crazy. Porsha, on the other hand, has served no purpose whatsoever and, I think, will soon be disappearing from the show. In this episode, all we see of Porsha is Kordell bringing her breakfast in bed and promising he has powerful, twin-making sperm (yawn) and another moment in which Porsha proves yet again she's only slightly smarter than a bag of lawn clippings. Kenya, on the other hand, is a sassy drama machine. In fact, without her in this episode, I fear we'd have nothing else to do but watch NeNe drive around Los Angeles and whine about her early call times. I'd rather watch "The New Normal" than watch that, but not by much.

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"Downton Abbey"

"Downton Abbey"

Credit: PBS

'Downton Abbey' recap: Season 3, Episode 2

Rescue is within reach for the mansion, but not all is well

It has taken more than two seasons for "Downton Abbey" to do this to me. Yes, we've had break-ups and weddings and betrayals and deaths (yes, deaths) before now. We've had fights and veiled insults a-plenty. But I can honestly say this was the first episode of the show to truly punch me in the gut. If you let it, this one could break your heart.

And yes, stop reading right now if you haven't watched the episode. This is one you need to watch, I think. 

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