Inside TV and Pop Culture with Liane Bonin Starr

'The Voice' recap: 'The Blind Auditions Premiere'

Blake snaps up talent, but will Adam choose anyone for his team?

"The Voice"

 "The Voice"

Credit: NBC

"The Voice" is back, and for the first five minutes of this two-hour marathon show we are reminded how awesome it is compared to, say, other singing competition shows. Cough, "American Idol," cough, "X-Factor," cough cough. "The Voice" cares about the artists! It's not superficial! The voice has Shakira! And Usher! And, you know, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine! And Usher launched Justin Bieber! Take that, Randy Jackson!

Before we get to the blind auditions, the judges perform "Come Together" by the Beatles. Adam Levine is on drums and Usher is on bass. There's Shakira being Shakira! You know, she can play guitar, too,

'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: Adrienne spoils Lisa's party

Faye and Adrienne manage to suck the fun out of a romantic vow renewal

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Credit: Bravo

It's the big finale of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," and that also means the big finale for Adrienne Maloof. As we know, not only is she not returning next season, she didn't even bother to go to the show reunion. I guess that means that the reunion will be like what most of this season has already been -- lots of people fighting on her behalf, talking behind her back, and generally making her the center of attention even though she isn't there. I can't say I'm sorry to see Adrienne go. I'm just hoping that means everyone can stop yapping about her. 

Is it time for Elisabeth Hasselbeck to leave 'The View'?

Rumors are flying that the conservative host will follow Joy Behar out

"The View"

 "The View"

Credit: ABC

After Joy Behar's announced she would be leaving "The View" after 16 years on the daytime show, it was only moments before the rumors about Elisabeth Hasselbeck following her out the door began. Barbara Walters even went so far as to attempt to dismiss them while on air, saying, "We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show," before ominously adding, "When one of you makes the choice to leave, that is your choice, and we will support your decision." Uh-huh. Most people interpreted that as a Hollywood way of saying Hasselbeck shouldn't let the door hit her in the butt on her way out as she makes "the choice to leave" her parking pass with the front desk and let security escort her to her car. 

'Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: Did Kenya or Phaedra win the workout war?

Plus, Greg asks NeNe for a second chance and Porsha seeks mental help

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

Credit: Bravo

We are right on the cusp of the season finale of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," and thus some important story lines are getting wrapped up. Or unraveled, take your pick. This week, the matter of the Kenya vs. Phaedra workout video war heats up, although a quick look at Amazon suggests exactly who might have won this skirmish, at least in terms of sales. Hey, on this show, dollahs make them hollah. Wait, that's Honey Boo Boo. But hey, same idea. 

'Scandal': Are Olivia and Fitz really ruined?

Olivia is paying the price for betrayal, but has she forgiven herself?

"Scandal"

 "Scandal"

Credit: ABC

I wish Olivia Pope wasn't just a TV character just so I could get some time management pointers from her. She somehow runs a hefty chunk of Washington D.C., manages a staff of gladiators, squeezes in an on-again-off-again affair with the President, takes all of her phone calls while walking quickly from one place to another (that must be her cardio) and always looks fabulous. I feel tired just looking at her, don't you?

'The Vampire Diaries' recap: 'Because the Night'

Damon and Elena head to New York, but there's trouble brewing back home

"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

Credit: The CW

Anyone else worried about Silas? Anyone? Just checking. It seems as if everyone on the show has gotten distracted with other stuff, so I'm guessing he'll be on the front burner this week. Unless, say, Elena eats the wrong person or Caroline finds a working cell phone number for Tyler. Of course, these are valid distractions, but, ahem, Silas? You know, the one who wants to bring back all the dead supernatural beings? It would be sort of like "Torchwood" times 200. I'd totally watch that, mind you, but that would not be a good thing for our beloved vampires. 

 

ABC sets summer line-up with 'Bachelorette,' 'Whodunnit' and 'Motive'

Two new series wil be joining "Celebrity Wife Swap" and "Rookie Blue"

"Mistresses"

 "Mistresses"

Credit: ABC

ABC announced its summer line-up, and good news! It won't be non-stop "Celebrity Wife Swap"! Well, not entirely. Two new series are joining the schedule: the procedural “Motive,” which will have a special debut following the finale of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” on Tuesday, May 21, before moving to its regular time period on Thursday, May 23 at 9:00 p.m.; and “Whodunnit?,” a new mystery reality competition show from Anthony E. Zuiker, the creator of the “CSI” franchise, which will premiere Sunday, June 23 at 9:00 p.m.  

Listen: CulturePop Podcast No. 6 - Justin Timberlake, Michelle Shocked, 'Splash'

We weigh in on Kacey Musgrove's new album and 'Dancing with the Stars'

Justin Timberlake

 Justin Timberlake

Credit: AP Photo

Welcome to our sixth podcast! While we (like everybody else) did talk about Michelle Shocked's alleged onstage rant, unfortunately we recorded the podcast a few hours before she released a written statement explaining her actions. However, that wasn't all we covered this week. Here's the rundown:

Watch: Pepper from 'American Horror Story' reveals the demands of being a pinhead

Naomi Grossman really had to go the distance for this character

Naomi Grossman of "American Horror Story"

 Naomi Grossman of "American Horror Story" 

Credit: HitFix

I'll admit it -- when I first saw Naomi Grossman as Pepper on "American Horror Story," I thought she really was microencephalitic. Yes, a pinhead. It didn't hurt that she'd shaved her head, slapped on a prosthetic nose and teeth, and wore a tiny ponytail at the top of her head, not unlike one of the real "pinheads" we've seen in Tod Browning's "Freaks." She looked like the real deal -- so, it had to be special effects, right? Nope.

'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills': Adrienne's gone, but do we care?

Given that she generates drama even in her absence, does it matter?

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Credit: Bravo

So, it's official -- Adrienne Maloof not only isn't returning to "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" next season, she didn't even show up for the reunion special (which begins Monday following the season finale) this season. It's likely that, given her then-plans to divorce, she just wasn't in the mood to deal with Brandi Glanville and the other carping housewives. I can't really blame her. But does it matter?

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