"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'The Real Housewives of Orange County': Is Alexis being bullied?

She's still talking about Costa Rica, but should she just get over it?

On the season premiere of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," a lot has changed since cameras stopped rolling last year. Vicki and Tamra haven't seen one another for seven months, Vicki is about to become a grandmother AND had plastic surgery to look less like Miss Piggy, Slade got an actual job as an annoying radio DJ, Gretchen has to make her morning coffee ALL BY HERSELF, Alexis got a haircut and Heather is planning a clambake. A clambake! 

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: Is Kyle the ultimate mean girl?

Accused of being a liar who wants her sister to fail, is she as bad as she seems?

During the first season of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," Kyle was my favorite, hands down. She seemed far more grounded than, say, Camille (who sneered at poseurs who only had two or three houses and no islands or gold encrusted toilets in Aspen). She came across as fun, bubbly and, yes, concerned about her sister Kim, who seemed flakier than a lard-based pie crust. 

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"Private Practice"

 "Private Practice"

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Watch: 'Private Practice' star Taye Diggs kills hip hop for an ABC web short

The hunky actor brings his theatrical training to the studio

If you thought Taye Diggs spent too much time emoting and not enough time singing on "Private Practice," has ABC got the web short for you. As part of the network's evolution of its web comedy channel, www.abc.com/abcdotcomedy, the actor has starred in the aptly-named "Taye Diggs Destroys Hip Hop." 

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta' recap: Are you Team Kenya or Team Porsha?

Porsha wouldn't dress in character, but was Kenya justified in kicking her out?

Sure, some not-so-important things happen during the season finale of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." Phaedra and Kandi test tasers for Phaedra's new product line of pain-inducing electrical equipment (Phaedra Sparks? Well-played, Phaedra). Kordell and Porsha go to therapy (we may have to touch on that later). But really, this episode is all about Kenya's super fabulous, extra special, one-of-a-kind coming out gala. You know, the one we've been hearing about for weeks because Kenya can't stop talking about it. It's not just a gala, mind you. It's meant to make regular galas look like really crappy kiddie parties that don't even have bouncy houses or cupcakes. No, this is the gala to end all galas, the "Star Wars" of galas, the frozen hot chocolate of galas, the most exciting thing to happen in Atlanta since the airport. And peaches. And Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles. We should all just be grateful we can be a part of it through the magic of television. 

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway" 

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Can we skip the team challenges next season, 'Project Runway'? Please?

The team concept has sent home too many designers before their times

Last night on "Project Runway," the team challenge format worked about as well as it ever has. Richard, the weakest link, turned in an outfit so subpar (that white skirt? Nonononono) the judges had no choice but to send him home. They anointed Stanley the winner for an adorable A-line dress, and all was well in the world. Well, kind of. Not really.

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"Scandal"

 "Scandal"

Credit: ABC

'Scandal' recap: The mole is revealed in 'Snake in the Garden'

Hollis asks Olivia for help and Jake wears down her defenses

I haven't always liked Mellie. In the last few weeks of "Scandal," she's been particularly annoying, tiptoeing around the Oval Office, inducing labor to pull Fitz closer, and generally meddling in matters about which she doesn't have all the information. But tonight, Mellie won me over, at least for a little while. Instead of wheedling and manipulating, she finally stood up to Fitz, calling him out on his pouty, cranky behavior (and comes awfully close to calling him a drunk to boot). Honestly, it's news he doesn't want to hear, but I have to think that a moment like this one -- in which his wife serves up the straight, uncensored truth -- may be the only way for him to find respect for FLOTUS again.

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: 'American Gothic'

Klaus and Caroline spark while Katherine hides the cure

You know how every episode of "The Vampire Diaries" tends to have a central theme or issue? This one might be "Psyche!" or "Everything you know is WRONG" or "Only suckers assume, ha!" Nothing is quite what you think it is on this episode, which is all about messing with our expectations. Not that you can have a lot of expectations with this show, which tends to toss more curve balls than Nolan Ryan. But even your eyes will deceive you, whether or not you need glasses. So, that person? Looks like Caroline, but maybe it isn't. Might be Silas. Might not be a person at all. Or maybe it is. Gotcha!

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"Dancing with the Stars"

 "Dancing with the Stars"

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Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko talk 'Dancing with the Stars' groin connection

The pair jokes about Giggy, Ken's reaction and more
Lisa Vanderpump just may be my favorite on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" due to her wry assessments of her mostly hysterical castmates, so I was thrilled to see she'd be hoofing it for "Dancing with the Stars" this season. If anyone can find the humor in being tossed around or criticized for floppy hands, it's Vanderpump. Today I got a chance to talk to Vanderpump and her partner Gleb Savchenko about their experiences on the show, dirty dancing (kind of), and whether we can expect more Giggy in the future. As expected, Vanderpump was funny, dry and supportive of her newbie dance partner (this is his first season on the American version of "Dancing with the Stars"), who was just as big of a fan of hers. Who ever said a "Real Housewives" star can't play nice?
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"The Voice"

 "The Voice"

Credit: NBC

Listen: CulturePop Podcast No. 7 - 'Dancing with the Stars,' 'The Voice,' Justin Timberlake

We weigh in on 'The Real Housewives' and more

Welcome back to CulturePop! If you listened to us in the first weeks, you'll notice some of our sound is much better and some is not. Unfortunately, I've discovered that my line-in on my Mac isn't working and have to find a time to drag it in for repairs. We also had a little Skype slogginess, but that being said, we're getting there and we hope you'll tune in. Here's the rundown for our seventh podcast:

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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Are you surprised Kordell's divorcing 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Porsha?

The couple is splitting after just two years of marriage

While it should never come as a surprise when a reality TV couple decides to call it quits, I'll admit I was still a litte shocked when I saw that former Pittsburgh Steelers star Kordell Stewart is filing for divorce from his much-younger "Real Housewives of Atlanta" wife Porsha Williams. Heck, we only just got to some light squabbling between the two of them on the show! It's not that they were a great couple, or even an appealing one. It's just that Porsha seemed so determined to cater to Kordell's every whim that I couldn't imagine why he'd kick her to the curb. Maybe he found a country that sells affordable house slaves.

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