"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' recap: Reunion Pt. 1

Things go from nice to weird in the lengthy special

Initially, the first part of the super sized "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" reunion is so placid, so even-tempered and loving, it's creepy. I'm almost wondering if Teresa and her husband have decided to deal with the 39 counts of fraud, theft, and crimes against the English language (tonight, we get a new word to send my spell check into a tizzy: "meanful") by taking fistfuls of Xanax or showing up to the reunion drunk. Hey, most people watch it that way, right?

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"Once Upon A Time"

"Once Upon A Time"

Credit: ABC

'Once Upon A Time' recap: Is Emma a 'Lost Girl'?

The enemy is within this week

I'm hoping that after this week, we get out of our main characters' heads and dig into some actual action. While these first two episodes have taken us to Neverland, introduced Peter Pan and opened the door to some dark and unexpected plot twists, not much is happening with all the navel gazing. But, if this is what it takes to lay the groundwork for what I hope will be (and expect can be) an exceptional season, so be it.

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"Witches of East End"

"Witches of East End"

Credit: Lifetime

Review: Is Lifetime's 'Witches of East End' silly girl stuff?

Is this a witchy romcom or worthy of the talent involved?

I get it, Lifetime. Clearly, the network directive is to go less chick-centric. You cancel "Army Wives" (and try to bump off "Drop Dead Diva" until fan protest forced you to reconsider) and  hop on the supernatural train everyone else is riding. That's fine. It's a shame, though, that you decided to rip a page from The CW in adapting "Witches of East End." So far, this show mostly serves to make me marvel at the fact Madchen Amick still looks this amazingly good naked at age 42, and sigh deeply that Julia Ormond and Virginia Madsen can't get better gigs.

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"Super Fun Night"

"Super Fun Night"

Credit: ABC

Listen: CulturePop No. 28: Steve Silverman, Miley, 'Sleepy Hollow'

We discuss 'The Inn,' Frankie and Annette twerking and more

I think Melinda and I are both agreed that, as much as we love all of our guests, Steve Silverman has a special place in our hearts. So yes, he's back for a record third time to talk about his Web series "The Inn"'s third season (debuts Monday, people! Do not miss!), the fall TV season, his new favorite show, his impending nuptials and twerking. It makes total sense, I promise. Here's the rundown:

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Si Robertson

Si Robertson

Credit: A&E

Why Si's new 'Duck Dynasty' book trumps 'Love, Italian Style'

There's a crucial difference between these two tomes

A&E's "Duck Dynasty" has built an enormous fan following on gentle, homespun humor and stories that are downright family friendly. But, a reality show is still a reality show, which means it's long past due for one of the Robertson clan to poop out a tell-all novel.

That honor goes to Vietnam vet Si Robertson, whose unfortunately titled book, "Si-cology: Tales and Wisdom from 'Duck Dynasty's' Favorite Uncle," is now available (for the record, Phil Robertson's book, "Happy, Happy, Happy" was not as revealing). For those who don't like words and reading, or just find it difficult to hold a book while drinking beer, holding a gun, and blowing a duck whistle, an audio version is available. Just kidding!

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"The Originals"

"The Originals"

Credit: The CW

'The Originals' premiere recap: 'Always and Forever'

Is it really family first for this messed-up vampire family?

Remember when you thought hybrids were just cars? Oh, those were the days! Watching the premiere of "The Originals," I'm a little overwhelmed with the new layer of mythology that has been slapped on top of what I thought I knew from "The Vampire Diaries." While I'm sure it entirely makes sense somehow (Julie Plec wouldn't lead us astray), I can't help but think, man, it's been an awful lot of work just for Klaus to claim dual citizenship.

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"Scandal"

"Scandal"

Credit: ABC

'Scandal' season premiere recap: Olivia is the target in 'It's Handled'

Is it time for Fitzlivia to confess the truth?

War makes strange bedfellows, doesn't it? As much as the drama on "Scandal" seems to swirl around Fitz and Olivia doing it in dark corners of the White House, the truth is this show is really as much about duking it out as an old special on the History network. In the season premiere, we see unexpected alliances and declarations of intent; battle lines are drawn and shots are sent arcing over the bow. The secret of Fitzlivia is out, and it's going to take a whole lot of force to stuff it back in the box. Oh, our poor gladiators. Their white hats definitely got dirtier this week.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

"The Vampire Diaries"

Credit: The CW

'The Vampire Diaries' recap: 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'

Elena and Caroline are off to college, but they won't be carefree for long

"The Vampire Diaries" is back, and for just a moment it's possible to pretend that the season opener might ease into the action. Caroline and Elena are skipping off to college just like regular girls who drink beer instead of blood, talking about laundry days and where to put the panini press, while devoted Damon has promised to keep the flame alive long distance while babysitting Jeremy. This makes me miss old, bad boy Damon just a little bit, as he seems to be one step away from wearing an apron and making French toast, but he's still his snarky self, so I'll let it pass. These first few moments are as charming as they are jarring, as we know "The Vampire Diaries" never lets our vampires relax for long. 

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"The Originals"
"The Originals"
Credit: The CW

Interview: Charles Michael Davis talks being mean on 'The Originals'

The man behind Marcel says he has 'an ace up my sleeve'

As Marcel on "The Originals" (premiering tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on The CW), Charles Michael Davis is all charismatic malice, charming even when he's tearing apart anyone who'd be stupid enough to stand in his way. Marcel might just be the guy to take on Klaus (Joseph Morgan), though we'll find out how that head-to-head turns out soon enough. The show, a spinoff from "The Vampire Diaries," follows Klaus to New Orleans, a little swamp he once built into a real city many, many years ago -- and, when he left, a city he left in the hands of his friend Marcel. Now Klaus is back, and Marcel isn't all that happy to hand over the reigns. I talked to Davis during press tour, and found out that, like Marcel, he's charming and, yes, funny. Unlike Marcel, I don't think he kills people when they displease him. Or at least I hope not.

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"American Horror Story: Coven"
"American Horror Story: Coven"
Credit: FX

Check out the spooky, well-dressed cast of 'American Horror Story: Coven'

Come for the voodoo, stay for the gorgeous costumes

Given that "American Horror Story: Coven" will be chock full of grand dames (Kathy Bates! Angela Bassett! Jessica Lange!), it's only right that the costumes be all kinds of awesome. Forget those mental patient rags and nuns' habits of "Asylum" and put these ladies in ornate frocks and elegant black dresses with on-trend peplums! It's highly superficial to gush over what these ladies will be wearing, but damn, these costumes are awesome! Plus, we don't have much else to go on at this point, other than some creepy promos that don't tie into the actual show and a teaser that makes the show look a little bit like "The Craft," which I'm hoping is just an unfortunate accident.

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