Jason Silva

 Jason Silva

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'Brain Games' Jason Silva talks pot, porn, white lies and more

Season two might include an episode about 'altered states of consciousness'
If you haven't watched "Brain Games" on NatGeo yet, consider tonight's season finale (Mon. June 24 at 9:00 p.m.) a chance to have your mind blown. Dedicated to the fine art of lying, the show asks the question whether there's an upside to bending the truth -- and yes, you might be surprised. The show, hosted by Jason Silva, puts viewers to the test (don't worry if you flunk) and explains why our minds do the crazy things they do. I spoke to Silva about tonight's finale, and somehow we ended up talking about pot and porn, too. 
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"Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda"

 "Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda"

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'Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda' pulls in 12.8 million viewers

"Naked and Afraid" becomes the network's highest rated premiere of 2013
It turns out that many, many people will watch if they think there's a chance you'll make a small splat at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. "Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda" featuring "The King of the High Wire" making history as the first person ever to cross over the Grand Canyon delivered 8.5 million total viewers and a whopping 13 million total viewers during the walk segment. These ratings shattering records across numerous platforms, including social media. The special generated 1.3 million tweets, driving it to become the most social show across broadcast and cable in the U.S.
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"Four Houses"

 "Four Houses"

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Watch: Design-obsessed homeowners duke it out on 'Four Houses'

Murray the magician turns up his nose at a secret passage

"Four Houses" moves to Monday nights on TLC at 10 PM (ET/PT) beginning June 24. The 10-part series follows four designed-obsessed homeowners as they snoop, tour and score each other’s homes in hopes of having their home ranked number one and winning the $10,000 cash prize.

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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

 "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" 

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'Real Housewives of New Jersey': If everyone ignored her, would Teresa go?

Even when she's not at the party, Teresa manages to dampen the mood

I always love an episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" with lots of Rosie in it. Though she's only "housewife adjacent," she's fiercely loyal, completely honest about her feelings, and possibly insane. She's the attack dog of the series, and while she can be embarrassing (she seemingly does not have an indoor voice), she usually says the things other people are thinking, and says them at very, very high volume. 

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"True Blood"

"True Blood"

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'True Blood' recap: Bill discovers whether Lilith's fair in 'The Sun'

Sookie meets a new boy, but she doesn't kiss him

Well, this week's episode of "True Blood" was another mixed blood bag (maybe A positive and a smattering of O), though the good news is that we learn that some (though not all) of the plot points that seemed truly predictable and ridiculous last week actually aren't so bad. Since it seems there's not a lot of love for traditional recaps, I'm dividing up the bad blood, the good stuff, and the ugly of the week below. 

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"Life with LaToya"

 "Life with LaToya"

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'Life with LaToya': Is LaToya Jackson a virgin?

In the season finale, Kathy Hilton asks a question the star can't answer

When the first few episodes of a TV series fall short of expectations, I don't always grit my teeth and hang on. All too often what starts out as disappointing ends pretty much the same way, but for some reason I didn't give up so easily on "Life with LaToya," which had its season finale on OWN Saturday. After all, there could always be a car wreck. She is a Jackson, after all. 

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway"

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'Project Runway' announces 12th season contestant, changes

Tim Gunn gets a new role and so will web savvy viewers

"Project Runway" is back this July, and fans of the show may be sorry to see that Michael Kors won't be back full time, but other tucks and trims might be more satisfying. 

Sixteen new designers will compete for the grand prize, including a designer from seasons past chosen by fans on the Lifetime website. While Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen are back as well as mentor Tim Gunn, it's Gunn who will be getting a twist. He'll be sitting in on the runway shows so that judges can suss out who's a behind-the-scenes troublemaker, plus he'll even get a chance to save a designer during the season. This may be a result of what happened last season, when Michelle Lesniak Franklin claimed that it was Gunn who begged the judges to keep her when she faced elimination. Franklin went on to win the competition. 

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"Whodunnit?"

 "Whodunnit?"

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'Whodunnit' could be good fun for amateur sleuths and mystery freaks

The creator of 'CSI' combines Agatha Christie, 'Clue' and dinner theater

It seems that every once in a while, I stumble across a local restaurant or social club or fundraising group promising an evening of fun revolving around a murder mystery dinner, which never really seems like all that much fun. I like theater, I like mystery, not so keen on murder though fake ones are fine, and I like dinner, so it should be 75% lovely. But breaking down the fourth wall for theater always makes me a little uneasy. Not the murder part, mind you, but the fact I will be stuck solving a fake crime with very real audience members who I may or may not want to murder before the dinner is over.

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"The Bachelorette"

 "The Bachelorette"

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Reality TV Roundup: 'Bachelorette,' Flavor Flav, orgasms 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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Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke 

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Listen: CulturePop No. 18 - 'Blurred Lines,' James Gandolfini, 'SYTYCD'

We weigh in on fake reality TV, Lady Gaga and Cher's duet and more

Melinda is back in town, and we had so much to talk about! Although we both reminisced over our brief encounters with the late James Gandolfini (R.I.P.), we also disagreed about a lot -- including whether or not "Blurred Lines" is a "rape-y" song and whether or not all of the bachelors looking for true love on "The Bachelorette" are full of crap. Listen in. We had a great time, so we hope you will, too. Here's the rundown:

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