"The Bachelorette"

 "The Bachelorette"

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Reality TV Roundup: 'Big Brother,' 'SYTYCD,' 'Real Housewives' 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. 

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Nigel Lythgoe of "So You Think You Can Dance"

 Nigel Lythgoe of "So You Think You Can Dance"

Credit: Fox

'So You Think You Can Dance' to change results format

Nigel Lythgoe responds to fan outrage

It's not often that fans get exactly what they want from a TV show, but it seems that that's exactly what has happened with "So You Think You Can Dance." After the show launched a new format for eliminating dancers, fans took to social media to complain. Instead of saving the elimination for the end of the show, it had been moved to the beginning -- meaning that dancers would have to continue performing with their partners despite having been cut. 

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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

Credit: CBS

Listen: CulturePop No. 20 - 'Lone Ranger,' 'Big Brother,' Steve Silverman

We discuss 'Chopped' and Jennifer Lopez, too

Welcome to our Very Special Sort of Independence Day-themed edition of CulturePop! We invited back very special guest Steve Silverman simply because he's too much fun and we missed him. Plus, we talked about a lot of stuff -- whether or not Jennifer Lopez was irresponsible to perform for the leader of Turkmenistan, whether or not we should see the racist and homophobic comments being made on "Big Brother," why "The Lone Ranger" is a car wreck, plus why Steve loved the openly gay kid on "Chopped." Somehow we ended up talking a lot about racism, homophobia and "All in the Family," but that sounds more serious than it really was. Tune in. Hopefully you'll have just as much fun as we did. Here's the rundown:

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"Bizarre ER"

 "Bizarre ER"

Credit: Discovery Fit & Health

Watch: Three severed limbs get reattached on 'Bizarre ER'

Two reattachments take - but one goes south

Like gross stuff? Then you'll be happy to know that the  fifth season of "Bizarre ER" is almost upon us. The award-winning program from Maverick TV is narrated by actor John Barrowman ("Scandal," "Torchwood") and features the compelling and downright strange cases of medical survival that come through hospital doors from both sides of the pond. "Bizarre ER" is set to premiere with back-to-back episodes Saturday, July 6 at 10 PM ET.

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

Credit: Fox

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: 'Top 20 Perform, 2 Eliminated'

Two dancers are cut, but still have to perform with their partners

The opening number is pretty great -- dreamlike, ethereal, a little spooky, and it makes great use of the stage. Dammit. Now I don't want anyone to go home! I'll get over that shortly, however. It's better to just accept the inevitable. Two dancers will be getting the axe, and there's nothing anyone can do about it now. 

Our judges are Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and Christina Applegate. I'm glad to see her back. She's made some insightful comments in the past, and it's always good to have another female on the panel, I think. 

Flashback montage from last week. I still wish Wayne Brady had taken his clothes off and danced with Cat Deeley. That would have been memorable!

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The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders

 The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders

'Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team' set for fall on CMT

The show returns for its eighth season

"Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team" return for its eighth season Fri. Sept. 6 at 9:00 p.m. on CMT. The network’s longest running non-music series will feature eight one-hour episodes.  

Making dreams come true (or not) are longtime DCC director Kelli McGonagill Finglass and choreographer Judy Trammell. Once again, the hit series follows the girls as they must survive the auditions, training camp, the powerhouse technical coaching of former DCC Kitty Carter, and the demanding expectations of fitness trainerJay Johnson. 

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of Orange County': Did Vicki deserve what she got?

Brooks hooked up with a porn star, but should Vicki have seen it coming?

While ostensibly the focus of this week's episode is supposed to be on Tamra trying on wedding dresses, that's far too sweet an activity to fuel the tears, screaming and bad behavior the show needs. Thus, Lauri tags along on the trip to the bridal store. Yeah, she hasn't had much to do with Tamra in a few years, but who cares? Heck, even though we are reminded more than once that wedding dress shopping should be an activity for close friends of the bride, "RHoOC" would throw a street bum into the mix if that stirred things up -- and Lauri is more than happy to assist.

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"The Bachelorette"

 "The Bachelorette"

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'The Bachelorette': Five things we learned in Barcelona

Des must decide whether James stays or goes

A lot of things happened in this week's episode of "The Bachelorette," the least jarring of which might have been Kasey's use of the non-word "counteraccusate." Most of the drama was a continuation of the nastiness that broke out following last week's revelation that James may be a scumbag, but that hardly meant that the episode was predictable. It also didn't mean the bachelors or Des made a lot of sense most of the time. I've heard less circular arguments in high school student congress debates. I will attempt to boil down the pertinent information in a handy list of what we've learned in Barcelona, as I'm pretty sure no one wants to feel their head explode reading a detailed play by play of how James rationalized his skeevy behavior. 

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"Inside the American Mob"

"Inside the American Mob"

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Real mobsters tell all on 'Inside the American Mob'

Learn the three things that would get a mobster killed

Mobsters, both real and fictional, have long captured the attention of the American psyche. But rarely do mafiosi step out of the shadows to tell their own stories of violence, greed, omerta and La Cosa Nostra. Now, National Geographic Channel goes behind the scenes of the hidden empire of crime, money and violence for "Inside the American Mob," premiering Sun. July 28 at 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. ET.

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"Dance Kids ATL"

 "Dance Kids ATL"

Credit: TLC

Watch: 'Dance Kids ATL' brings kiddy hip hop to TLC

How do you think these kids compare to the ones on 'Dance Moms'?
If you like "Dance Moms" but don't like Abby Miller, this might be the show for you. At the heart of the hip hop scene in Atlanta is one dance studio that transforms raw talent into career driven superstars, where countless kids train at an early age to become the best dancers in the world. TLC takes viewers inside this destination, Dance 411, in the new one hour special "Dance Kids ATL" airing Wed. July 24th at 10:00 p.m.
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