"Nashville"

 "Nashville"

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'Nashville' recap: Juliette's claws are out but Rayna isn't giving up yet

The race for mayor is heating up, but Rayna could be the weak link

Yes, sometimes it sucks to be the Queen of Country, at least when you're Rayna James (Connie Britton). Even her own kids freak out at the prospect of seeing Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) shooting a video outside their car. Rayna has no choice but to bang down the door locks, but that isn't going to keep Juliette out of her life for long. Juliette, of course, has her heart set on being taken seriously as an artiste, and that means stealing away Rayna's righthand man, Deacon Clayborne (Charles Esten). While Juliette is clearly a pouty little brat through most of this episode, when she looks at Deacon and whispers, "I think something about you makes me want to grow up," I wonder if she just might be tougher for Rayna to run off than I'd hoped.

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"American Horror Story"

 "American Horror Story"

Credit: FX

Recap: 'American Horror Story' serves a mash-up of horror's greatest hits

Jessica Lange rips into another character with a dark past

Like a lot of people, I have mixed feelings about the whole Murphy/Falchuk oeuvre. Loved "Glee" for a while before losing interest, thought "Nip/Tuck" became too silly, can't stand "The New Normal." But I've got to say, one thing these guys pulled off that will always impress me is the game-changing idea of rebooting "American Horror Story" (second season premiere Wed. Oct. 17 at 10 p.m.) at the end of its first season. It's a move that could only happen on cable (or maybe the Internet, if you want to include Web series), but there are plenty of shows I wish had made the same decision. If this is ultimately the only lasting impact (and I hope it's lasting) the show has on the television landscape, I'll gladly call it an epic win. Whether or not the reboot is a success on its own terms, of course, remains to be seen. 

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Tim Gunn and Kooan Kosuke

 Tim Gunn and Kooan Kosuke on "Project Runway"

Credit: Lifetime

Nina Garcia and Tim Gunn talk about the 'Project Runway' finale

Gunn is "enormously happy with the outcome of this season"

"Project Runway" fixtures Nina Garcia and Tim Gunn have wrapped up the show's tenth season (the finale on Lifetime airs Thurs. Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. ET), and the good news? While neither will give away any secrets about what happens, Gunn will only say he's "enormously happy with the outcome of this season," which I have to hope means Fabio threw out his pastel beachwear and started over. In any case, both Gunn and Garcia spoke to reporters in a conference call, revealing what the designers did after last week's disastrous Fashion Week preview, the winning designer Gunn didn't like and what they believe makes a "Project Runway" winner.

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"Dancing with the Stars"

 "Dancing with the Stars"

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Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' eliminates another couple and teams are picked

It's a 'Gangnam Style' guilty pleasure for the celebs next week

Well, it's Tuesday night, and that means it's elimination night. And presidential debate night, in case you're on the East Coast and were planning to watch something else on network television after "Dancing with the Stars." Or hey, you could watch the debates, too. It's a free country. 

First up, Bristol & Mark, Kelly & Val,  Sabrina & Louis, Shawn & Derek are on the block. The package is pretty zippy, but we do get at least one intriguing moment. We see Val kiss Kelly on the sternum before they go on stage. Okay, this has to be dating, right? Or they are just the absolute best of friends.

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"Dancing with the Stars"

 "Dancing with the Stars"

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars' starts handing out high scores

With Paula Abdul on the judges' panel, some stars nab nearly perfect scores

Paula's in the house! I'm hoping Paula will actually give some concrete advice beyond, "You're so great!" or "You make my heart smile!" After all, this is her wheelhouse -- dancing, not singing, is where her true talent lies. But, let's face it, she's still Paula, so I'm expecting lots of love and those hands-splayed slow claps and blown kisses. 

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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

Credit: Bravo

Recap: The final part of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' reunion

Andy Cohen declares this last installment is 'all out war'

It's the final installment of the three-part "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" reunion, and I'm really looking forward to this long, ugly rehashing of the season being wrapped up for good. I mean, this isn't the "Star Wars" or "Lord of the Rings" trilogy; this is a bunch of women screaming at each other for hours and hours on end. Given that the blood feud that started the reunion has shown no signs of being resolved, I guess this means another hour of insults. Yay, insults. But Andy Cohen declares that this episode will be "all out war," which makes me wonder what the previous two hours were -- war-ish? Skirmishes? What? 

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"Long Island Medium"

 "Long Island Medium:

Credit: TLC

HitFix Exclusive: Watch the 'Long Island Medium' call up the unborn

She talks to a woman's dead friend - and finds someone else, too

It turns out that you don't even have to be born to qualify as one of the undead popping up on the radar of Theresa Caputo, the star of "Long Island Medium" (Sundays, 9 p.m.)  In this exclusive clip, Caputo finds a woman's best friend, Brian, on the other side. Brian, who died in a motorcycle accident almost eight years prior, sends his regards -- and also lets the medium know that he's taking care of the woman's unborn child. Good to know that you can put your dead friends to work as babysitters, at least in the after life. 

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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

 "The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

Credit: Bravo

Reality TV Roundup: 'Housewives' battle, a 'Survivor' kvetches and more

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now

Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...? ?

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too. 
 
NON-COMPETITION REALITY TV SHOWS
 
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY
If you thought the first part of the season reunion was ugly, you clearly haven't watched the second part, which redefined ugly
 
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Henry Winkler

 Henry Winkler

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Watch: Henry Winkler talks 'Here Comes the Boom' and his Fonz legacy

The nicest guy in Hollywood shrugs off the title, talks MMA

 

Henry Winkler, who plays dedicated music teacher Marty Streb in the Kevin James comedy "Here Comes the Boom," looks pretty convincing as he conducts a high school orchestra. It turns out, he's had some practice. "Five years ago I got a call, and I was asked to conduct the Boston Pops in Cape Cod on the 4th of July. I didn't realize a piece can be 15, 20 minutes long, and how in shape you have to be. 'Cause you keep thinking okay, now, it's going... and we're still going...

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"All-Star Celebrity Apprentice"

"All-Star Celebrity Apprentice"

Credit: NBC

See the new cast of 'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice'

Trace Adkins and Bret Michaels return, but so does Gary Busey

NBC has announced that after just five seasons, it's time for a greatest hits version of Donald Trump's C-list beat down. "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" (which will air mid-season 2012-13) brings back a roster of favorites and a few memorable contestants whom we probably didn't want to see again. As usual, they'll be competing to raise money for charity when not tearing out their hair and picking fights.

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