Jenny McCarthy

 Jenny McCarthy

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'The View' names Jenny McCarthy as a new co-host

The rumors are true

So, the rumors were true after all. Barbara Walters announced this morning that, after 17 appearances on ABC’s “The View” and eight as a guest co-host, Jenny McCarthy will join the talk show as a co-host this fall. The comedian/actress/host and best-selling author officially starts on Monday, September 9 to help kick-off to Season 17.

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"True Blood"

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'True Blood' recap: '***** the Pain Away' reveals a royally ticked Sookie

Eric takes a big risk, but is he up against a tougher adversary?

This week's episode takes us in some unexpected directions, which is never a bad thing in and of itself on "True Blood." Most importantly, we get a plotline for Sookie that reflects some of the mixed feelings I've had about her character lately (yes, faeries and half-faeries are delicious, but she always seems to be knee deep in one-note hot-guy adoration). A few of our favorites were put into physical danger (and one seems to be in the process of losing her mind), and it made for a tense episode with sometimes unbelievable moments, and it stirred up some potential plotlines that could be fabulous or less-so. Let's hope for the former.  This season holds plenty of promise, and with the vampire-human war afoot, it's anyone's game. 

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"The Bachelorette"

 "The Bachelorette"

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Reality TV Roundup: 'Bachelorette,' bath salts, 'Naked,' 'Big Brother'

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. 
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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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Listen: CulturePop No. 21 - Troy DeVolld, 'Duck Dynasty,' Kardashians

If you have any interest in reality TV, you must listen to this

This week Melinda and I had the great pleasure of having reality TV producer Troy DeVolld ("Hollywood Game Night," "Basketball Wives") as our guest on the show. I think it's safe to say that both Melinda and I learned a lot about how our favorite (and least favorite) shows work. We also talked about the Kardashians. A lot. It's tremendously reassuring to learn that an expert in the field thinks that their fifteen minutes might someday tick out, too. 

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"The View"

 "The View"

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Is Jenny McCarthy the right replacement for Elisabeth Hasselbeck?

Rumor has it the actress will be the latest addition to "The View"

Elisabeth Hasselbeck "voluntarily left" (read: was kicked off of) "The View" this week, and though I think it was her time to go, it's a little sad. Whether or not you agreed with her politics, she was able to do something you wouldn't expect from someone whose only real credential coming into the job was not dying on "Survivor."

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Michael G. of "The Bachelorette"

 Michael G. of "The Bachelorette"

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'The Bachelorette''s Michael G. talks about heartbreak, betrayal and Ben

He talks about the 'undeniable chemistry' between Brooks and Des

On Monday yet another bachelor was sent packing on "The Bachelorette," and this time the unlucky-in-love competitor for Desiree's heart was Michael Garofola, a federal prosecutor based in Miami. While Des gushed that he always looked on the bright side of life (and, to their credit, neither one of them launched into a Monty Python song), he lacked Brooks' smoldering hotness, Chris' bad poetry-writing skills and, more importantly, his relationship with Des wasn't quite as advanced as some of the others on the show. Michael G. talked to reporters in a conference call about being on the show, getting cut, and going after Ben and James.

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"Naked & Afraid"

 "Naked & Afraid"

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Watch: Skinny dipping with sharks on 'Naked & Afraid'

See three clips from the latest episode of the show

Did you ever watch "Blue Lagoon" and think, wow, I'd love to be stranded on an island! It's so romantic! Well, "Naked & Afraid" (Sun. at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery) will disabuse you of that notion in a hurry. Not only is foraging for food and water not in the least romantic, neither are sharks, tiny biting bugs or snakes. I don't remember Brooke Shields having to deal with any of those, do you?

In the clips below, watch the latest couple bicker, try (and fail) to make fire and, in one case, have an anxiety attack in the water (hint: it's not the woman). Then, if you really want to, watch "Blue Lagoon" if you want to think of being stranded on an island as a good thing.

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"Project Envy"

 "Project Envy"

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What the heck is 'Property Envy' anyway?

This bizarre little show is all about places you can't afford

Lately Bravo seems to have decided that the crappy, amateurish stuff we used to expect from public access programming has been overlooked too long. Who doesn't love talking heads nattering about nothing? Gosh, where have all the badly lit sets gone? The public wants an 80 year old woman dancing to Paul Anka songs in a bikini, dammit! Okay, Bravo hasn't snapped up that last one, but it's only a matter of time. 

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"The Getaway"

 "The Getaway"

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Watch: Joel McHale, Aziz Ansari, Seth Meyers travel for 'The Getaway'

See a clip from Anthony Bourdain's new celebrity travel show

There are a lot of perks to being famous. Free stuff, big money, annoying paparazzi following you around and taunting you... okay, it's not all fun. But super chef/writer/personality Anthony Bourdain has just created yet another win for stars with "The Getaway," the reality TV travel show he's producing for the Esquire Network. Premiering Sept. 25 at 9:00 p.m., the show follows stars like Joel McHale, Aisha Tyler, Aziz Ansari, Eve, and more as they wander around the exotic locale of their choice, drinking in the scenery and living like a local, probably all expenses paid. 

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"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

 "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

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Watch: 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' introduces 'cup-a-fart' for season 2

The season premiere gets stinky

So, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" returns for a second season Wed. July 17 at 9:00  p.m. on TLC, and fans can rest assured that Mama June and the kids are keeping it classy. In this clip, the family introduces us to the concept of "cup-a-fart" and how it might some day be the weapon of choice for professional wrestling. Bag on Honey Boo Boo and her kin all you want, but don't say they're not innovative. Or at least don't say they're not stinky. Let's hope this particular scent isn't included in the episode's scratch-'n'-sniff cards (available in People magazine this week). 

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