"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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

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

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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"Splash"

 "Splash"

Credit: ABC

Do you plan to watch 'Splash'?

Can celebrity diving work for U.S. audiences?
I'm a big fan of reality TV, which I accept as being highly scripted and rarely real in any sense. But even I had to roll my eyes when not one but two celebrity diving programs made the programming slate (Fox's "Stars in Danger: The High Dive" two-hour special in January sunk like a stone in the ratings, bringing in just 3.4 million viewers). Now ABC's foray into celebrity diving, "Splash," is scheduled to air, and the big question is whether or not it will belly flop like its predecessor. 
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"Dancing with the Stars"

 "Dancing with the Stars"

Credit: ABC

Is 'Dancing with the Stars' back on track or burnt out?

The show lost a step last season, but this line-up has promise
Tonight "Dancing with the Stars" returned following an all-stars season that wasn't exactly sparkling in the ratings. While the show brought in 17 million viewers for the finale, that represented a 15 percent drop from the previous fall's wrap-up. We won't even discuss the 32 percent drop for the season premiere. Although "DWTS" was still a ratings powerhouse, it seemed to be beginning the slow fade we associate with aging shows. After almost seven years, it might be expected that a show would start leaching fans -- or should, if it doesn't find ways to either reinvent itself or get back to what made it great in the first place.
 
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Sarah Paulson of "American Horror Story" at PaleyFest

 Sarah Paulson of "American Horror Story" at PaleyFest

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Watch: Sarah Paulson talks 'American Horror Story' at PaleyFest

She's seen her next co-star naked, but 'tried to pretend' she hadn't

As Lana on the second season of "American Horror Story," Sarah Paulson had to take a character from naive idealism to battle-scarred warrior. I spoke to the actress at Paleyfest, and she talked about what it takes to create a tough cookie character who can go head-to-head with not one, but two serial killers. 

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Lily Rabe at PaleyFest

 Lily Rabe at PaleyFest

Credit: HitFix

Watch: Lily Rabe talks to HitFix about being evil for 'American Horror Story'

She explains why she'd gladly do an action movie - and her own stunts

 Let no one say Lily Rabe isn't one hell of an actress. Literally. As Sister Mary Eunice in the second season of "American Horror Story," she played an innocent nun who is taken over by the devil. At PaleyFest, she talked to HitFix about getting into character and why she wants to play an action hero.

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: Is Walter stalking Kenya?

Or is Kenya just overreacting to seeing her ex?

I think the greatest drawback of being on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," other than the invasion of privacy and the shrieking, has to be the non-stop social calendar. It's like being a member of the British aristocracy in the 1800s, when no one had television and everyone had to talk to one another because they had nothing better to do other than die of consumption. It seems like there isn't just one party per episode; there are many, meaning everyone just has time to rush home, select a fresh ball gown, pick a new wig, and head out all over again. Yes, I realize these things are edited to compress time, but still. Lotta parties. 

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"The Amazing Race"

 "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS

Reality TV Roundup: The latest on 'Amazing Race,' 'Project Runway' 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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"American Horror Story"

 "American Horror Story"

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Ryan Murphy reveals the witchy new title for 'American Horror Story'

Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe take the stage with a surprise guest

Joining some of the stars of "American Horror Story: Asylum" at PaleyFest in Beverly Hills, Ryan Murphy gave the audience a tantalizing hint of what's to come in season three. "I can't tell you what it's about," he admitted, before revealing the new title: "Coven." "It's a really cool idea we've been talking about for a couple of years," he added. 

He also revealed that the show, which has been heavily reliant on sound stages in the first two seasons, will be hitting the road this time around, shooting in New Orleans and "a couple of different cities." 

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: 'Bring It On'

Elena doesn't care anymore, and that's a problem for Stefan and Damon

When last we saw "The Vampire Diaries" (and man, that seemed so long ago, didn't it?), Elena had lost her brother, burned down her house, and stopped feeling anything (thanks to Damon turning off her emotional switch). Oh, and Catherine stole the vampire cure right out from under everyone's noses, but we can get to that later. The focus of this episode is really on Elena becoming, well, a petulant teenager who doesn't care about anyone or anything. Even better? This forces Damon and Stefan (with, to an extent, Caroline) to play the parts of her worried and often powerless parents. It's not the sexiest of triangles (or, really, sexy at all), but it's definitely interesting. I'm not sure this is an improvement, but it's a nice change of pace to see Elena behave like something other than a sad-eyed velvet painting come to life. 

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"Grey's Anatomy"

 "Grey's Anatomy"

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'Grey's Anatomy': Does Meredith Grey need to get fired?

A change of scenery might provide a new inroad into the character
Look, don't misunderstand me. I really do like Meredith, and she is, of course, the core of "Grey's Anatomy" (heck, her name is part of the show -- if she left, what would they call it? "Anatomy"?). Oh, and don't assume I mean that Ellen Pompeo needs to go. Fired doesn't mean gone, especially not on "Grey's."
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