Zooey Deschanel

 Zooey Deschanel

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TLC revives ancestry-themed 'Who Do You Think You Are?' with new guests

After getting dropped by NBC, the show finds new life on basic cable

Remember the Lisa Kudrow-produced NBC series "Who Do You Think You Are?" Miss it? Well, after NBC dropped it TLC picked it up. Eight all-new episodes will begin airing on July 23. 

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"The Big Brain Theory: Real Genius"

 "The Big Brain Theory: Real Genius"

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Exclusive: Watch a preview of the robot challenge on 'Big Brain Theory'

The competitors get their craziest task yet

Who knew science -- not scifi, but actual science -- could be this cool? Probably scientists. And anyone who paid attention in science class. Never mind. Whether or not you loved science as a subject (and whether or not you are crushed that one of the few women on the show got eliminated last week, sniff), "The Big Brain Theory: Real Genius" is all about building cool stuff to rigorous standards, then trying to blow it up, set it on fire or destroy it in some other way. Who doesn't love blowing stuff up? Don't answer that.

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"Dog and Beth: On the Hunt"

 "Dog and Beth: On the Hunt"

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'Dog and Beth' gets an order for the back 11 episodes from CMT

The first season of the top rated series will now run 22 episodes
Though A&E determined that "every dog has its day" when it canceled "Dog the Bounty Hunter" after eight seasons, the Dog lives on at CMT.
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"Derek"

 "Derek"

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Ricky Gervais' comedy-drama 'Derek' to air this fall on Netflix

All seven episodes will be available at launch

Ricky Gervais isn't normally associated with semi-cuddly characters, but he takes a turn toward the sort of lovable with "Derek," which makes its Netflix debut Sept. 12 at 12:01 a.m. PT. All seven 30-minute episodes will be available at launch. 

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"Catfish: The TV Show"

 "Catfish: The TV Show"

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'Catfish: The TV Show' set to return with a supersized second season

The series will air 16 episodes this summer

Want a second helping of "Catfish"? Apparently MTV has decided people want exactly that, because the network today announced that "Catfish: The TV Show" will return for a supersized 16-episode second season on Tuesday, June 25 at 10:00 p.m. This season everything is apparently elevated: the catfish are more sophisticated, the investigations are deeper, and the stakes are higher. 

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"Dancing with the Stars"

 "Dancing with the Stars"

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A dark horse emerges as the one to beat on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Zendaya knocks it out of the park, but another dancer makes judges cry

Tonight was the performance finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (the results show is Tues. at 9:00 p.m.), and I'll admit I didn't see much reason to watch, at least not closely. Though Zendaya dropped the ball with last week's routine, she's been the one to beat since week one. Long limbed and naturally gifted, she was certain to get to the finale and a lock to win. 

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Kelly Rowland

 Kelly Rowland

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Rumors are flying, but who do you want at 'The X Factor''s judges' table?

Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio are rumored to be stepping up

The revolving door over at "The X Factor" might be pausing long enough to welcome in a new pair of judges. Kelly Rowland and Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio are the two names currently being bandied about as the most likely to fill the shoes of exiting judges Britney Spears and L.A. Reid. It seems Simon Cowell and the rest of the gang have decided once again that previous experience may be, if not necessary, helpful.

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"Orphan Black"

 "Orphan Black"

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'Orphan Black' recap: Bad news for Kira, clones and Fe on 'Entangled Bank'

Dr. Leekie proves he's not one to be tangled with
I was going to make some "Clone Wars" jokes, or maybe rehash some Cheech and Chong material, but given the way this week's episode of "Orphan Black" ended I'm not much in the mood for humor, are you? It was an awful, sour note on which to end and one that didn't entirely make sense, but one that I'm sure will reveal more strange layers once Sarah gets to the hospital.
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"American Idol"

 "American Idol"

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Reality TV Roundup: 'American Idol,' 'Survivor,' 'Amazing Race'

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. 

COMPETITION REALITY SHOWS 
 
ALL-STAR CELEBRITY APPRENTICE
I talked to Penn Jillette before the season began, and here's why I think he can win it. Not just the ice cream, either. 
 
AMERICAN IDOL
A recap of the final performances. It was a tight race, but HitFix had a favorite, dawg. 
 
A chick won this time. Here's a recap. 
 
Mariah Carey says she didn't lipsych during the finale. Okay. But really, everyone does it. 
 
SURVIVOR
HitFix talks to the winner, John Cochran, about the show and his "bipolar" strategy. 
 
 
Erik and Eddie talk about the show. And also not winning.
 
And here's a recap of the season finale. Which includes winning. 
 
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
 
 
Christina's coming back. Which I don't think anyone is too excited about, really. 
 
NON-COMPETITION REALITY TV SHOWS

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY
Teresa and Melissa are fighting, this time over "On Display." Whatever. 
 
 
MISC.
 
Watch how much "Life Below Zero" sucks as a lifestyle choice. It's, like, way cold and there are no supermarkets. Or roads. 
 
Exclusive survey! People hate polygamy! But watch "Polygamy, USA"! Crazy, huh? 
 
Barbara Walters is retiring from TV. This happens next year, so don't get all worked up just yet. But she was more than just the old lady on "The View," and don't you forget it. 
 
 
"All-Star Celebrity Apprentice"

 "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice"

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'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice' finalist Penn Jillette talks Trump, honesty

The magician just might beat the 'pretend game about pretend business'

I suspected Penn Jillette was going to make the finals of "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice." No, I'm definitely not psychic. I'm not deeply in tune with the production, or worse, Donald Trump. But I had a feeling before the show even began that the magician who makes up half of Penn & Teller might go a little further on the franchise this time around. 

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