Inside TV and Pop Culture with Liane Bonin Starr

Watch: Barbara Walters' announces her retirement - and why it matters

Watch her announcement and weigh in

Barbara Walters

 Barbara Walters

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It's the end of an era. Though we'd all heard the rumors weeks ago, Barbara Walters has officially announced she's retiring next year (and savvily saved that information until toda to steal the thunder during TV upfronts). "I'm perfectly healthy, this is my decision, I've been thinking about it for a long time," she said on "The View," before admitting, "There will special occasions and I will come back... I'm not dead yet."

See the first trailer from NBC's gritty take on 'Ironside' with Blair Underwood

The Raymond Burr classic gets a modern remake

"Ironside"

 "Ironside"

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In the ongoing quest to reinvent the police procedural, NBC has revamped the 1967-75 hit "Ironside." The original starred Raymond Burr as a San Francisco cop paralyzed by a sniper's bullet and confined to a wheelchair, thus forced to solve crimes using his wits. This time around, the action moves to New York City and Blair Underwood takes the chair.

Watch the first trailer from NBC's retro take on 'Dracula' with Rhys Meyers

"The Tudors" star joins the producers of "Downton Abbey"

"Dracula"

 "Dracula"

Credit: NBC

It's hard to argue that NBC's new series "Dracula" doesn't come with a pedigree. Starring "The Tudors" star and Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the show is also has the producers of "Downton Abbey" behind the scenes. They may have been able to reuse a few of the costumes from that show, too.

Watch a sharp, funny trailer from NBC's 'Michael J. Fox Show'

Fox isn't afraid to make witty fun of his Parkinson's

"The Michael J. Fox Show"

 "The Michael J. Fox Show"

Credit: NBC

The trailer for "The Michael J. Fox Show" suggests this just may be the perfect starring vehicle for the sharp-witted "Family Ties" and "Back to the Future" star. Just as he did on "The Good Wife," Fox isn't shying away from mentioning (and in this case, making great fun of) the Parkinson's that at one point sent him into early retirement. The tone of this single camera sitcom appears to be razor sharp -- and more than happy to make fun of the treacly poignancy that often gets heaped upon Fox. 

'Revenge' review: Was the 'Truth' twisty enough for you?

One character dies, another confesses, and that's just some of it

"Revenge"

 "Revenge"

Credit: ABC

Since I didn't put any actual money on who I thought might be the unlucky core cast member killed off this season, I can't say I was jumping up and down with joy when… oh, wait. Spoiler alert. I'll just leave the rest of this sentence for the next page for all of you DVR viewers who like to let your TV episodes age like fine wine or cheese or laundry. 

'Once Upon A Time' recap: 'And Straight on 'Til Morning' sets a new course

The season finale gives us more insight into Hook

"Once Upon A Time"

 "Once Upon A Time" 

Credit: ABC

Although if I had to pick an ABC show to get a two-hour season finale tonight I would have picked "Once Upon A Time" over "Revenge" (though I'll admit I haven't seen the "Revenge" finale yet, so that's admittedly unfair), I have to say the possible destruction of Storybrooke and the attendant twists created some solid cliffhangers. Some are mentioned below. So, you know, spoiler alert. 

Reality TV Roundup: 'Survivor,' 'Idol,' 'RuPaul's Drag Race' and more

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

"The Amazing Race"

 "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS

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. 

'Orphan Black': 'Parts Developed in an Unusual Manner' weaves a tall... tail

Body mods, biohackers and technoprogressives join the mix

"Orphan Black"

 "Orphan Black"

Credit: BBC America

Okay, this one minor detail from tonight's episode of "Orphan Black" is going to bother me for a while. Given all the amazing improvements Dr. Leekie promised his neolutionist followers, why would Olivier pick a tail? I mean, sure, it's a conversation piece. It's good for  delivering some of the episode's truly funny moments (and later, one horrifying one), but really, a tail? Why not just pick horns or a high-tech eyeball or at least a so-called "improvement" that won't get stuck under the waistband of your pants?

Listen: CulturePop No. 13 - Rihanna, 'The Great Gatsby,' RuPaul

We talk about 'Nashville' and RIAA changes, too

"Felt"

 "Felt"

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We're back for another installment of CulturePop, and Melinda and I had plenty to discuss. C'mon and listen. And I swear I cut out the part where I give away the ending of "The Great Gatsby," even though I think everyone probably knows what happens. 

'Scandal' recap: The answer to 'Any Questions?' is definitely yes

Olitz is back on, but for how long?

"Scandal"

 "Scandal"

Credit: ABC

I don't know about you, but I'm kicking myself a bit after last night's episode of "Scandal." If you haven't watched it, I'll say it here. Spoilers. Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers. I can't address the most important part of the show without spoilers. And what a doozy of a spoiler there was.

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