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'Rising Star' turns a clever voting gimmick into a reality trainwreck

There were reasons why I was feverishly anticipating the June 22 premiere of ABC’s Rising Star. Summer TV has been relatively weak so far, and it’s nice to think that a brand new reality competition might be worth investing in. We as a people may have grown tired of rote reality, but we haven’t yet gotten past that little inkling of hope that something will be the next big thing.

So is Rising Star that next big thing? The short answer is no. The long answer? Nooooooo. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelorette' special: 10 things we learned from the never-before-seen footage

Hello, rose lovers. Let me first offer my condolences for the fact that you’re currently sitting on your couch without having experienced any of the drama that typically lights up your Mondays. You know, the moments when Marcus makes you feel awkward and as though he’s willing to tattoo Andi’s name across his forehead? Or the moments when Brian warms your soul because he genuinely sucks at reading signals? Or even the moments when someone confesses yet another sob story to add to the season of sob stories? I know you miss all of it. I do, too.

But save your tears for the cameras, y’all, because we have a clip show to digest. More specifically, we need to dissect the bits of never-before-seen footage we just watched. And yes, I’m talking about how the whole house hates Nick.

Basically, after the show decided to cut last week’s rose ceremony to talk about Eric Hill, it finally gave us an inside look at what happened after Eric’s dramatic departure. Here’s what we learned: READ FULL STORY

Chris Bukowski claims his 'Bachelorette' visit was staged

Arguably the most exciting part of Andi Dorfman’s Bachelorette premiere was the moment when former contestant Chris Bukowski showed up, intending to crash the party and steal her heart forever and ever. Sadly, his grand gesture eventually fell flat when Andi asked Chris Harrison to send Bukowski away. But now, we’re learning that the excitement might have been staged.

Bukowski reportedly told TMZ that the whole thing was set up by ABC. “They made it seem like they didn’t know I was coming, but they knew,” he said. According to Bukowski, he’d wanted to join Andi’s season as a contestant but missed the deadline to apply. As a result, the show’s producers came up with the party-crashing plan. Even the roses were their idea, Bukowski said. READ FULL STORY

'Dancing With the Stars': The season 18 winner is...

It all comes down to this.

After last night’s performances, Meryl Davis, Candace Cameron Bure, and Amy Purdy are waiting to find out which one of them will become Dancing With the Stars‘ season 18 champion, and more importantly, the proud owner of a MirrorBall Trophy all their own.

But before we find out who’s won, we’ve got a little season recapping to do, followed by a few performances, and a lot more dancing. For now, the pressure is off, so kick off your shoes, sit back, and pray that Maks and Meryl kiss before the night’s over!

You all know the drill: Talk about the show here while it’s on, and I’ll update this post with the results later tonight. Then afterward, head on over for my full recap.

Update: After dominating the season, Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have been crowned the season 18 champions! Read my full recap here.

'Dancing With the Stars': Week 10 is liiiiiiive!

It’s time for one final Monday Funday on the dance floor.

The final four couples are all set to compete one last time to win the coveted Mirrorball Trophy in tonight’s Dancing With the Stars. Each couple will perform two dances: The judges’ pick, which will be the same style they danced during the Switch-Up, and then a freestyle, which ABC promises will come complete with “special effects and lots of surprises.” Here’s hoping the animated Disney characters make their return to the floor!

But animated fun aside, at the end of the night, one couple will be eliminated before the winner is revealed on Tuesday night.

You all know the drill: Talk about the show here while it’s on, and I’ll update this post with the results later tonight. Then afterward, head on over for my full recap.

Update: James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd left in the show’s final (shocking) elimination before a champion is crowned. Read my full recap here!

Barbara Walters and David Letterman don't want to retire, make 'suicide pact' -- VIDEO

Barbara Walters and David Letterman are pretty good at what they do. You might even call them icons in their respective fields. (You most definitely should, actually.)

So it’s no real surprise that when this pair of retiring television legends sat down for an interview on Late Show on Wednesday, they both admitted they’re having a hard time accepting that their jobs are coming to an end.

You’re retiring,” Walters said. “I do not want you to retire.”

“I don’t want to retire now either,” Letterman responded to applause. “I’ve changed my mind.” But, he conceded, “that ship has sailed.” The network’s already planning on repainting, after all.

Walters admitted that she feels the same way: “I said yes, I wanted to go; I’m not ready. Let’s walk into the sunset together,” she suggested, and they shook on it. READ FULL STORY

Shonda Rhimes, John Ridley, and more tell us their favorite TV finales at ABC/EW Upfronts party

Stars of current hits like Scandal and Nashville mingled with the stars of ABC’s next crop of shows Tuesday night at ABC and EW’s upfronts party in New York. More importantly, we spotted Scandal’s Tony Goldwyn giving showrunner Shonda Rhimes a loving kiss on the top of her head. Typical Fitz; make us swoon, why don’t you?

ABC’s new series include Rhimes’ college-set How to Get Away With Murder and Oscar winner John Ridley’s American Crime. The new shows aren’t all crime dramas though – Cristela, a sitcom that follows a law student and her Mexican-American family, and Black-ish, a comedy about a family’s relationship with racial and cultural identity, are just a couple of the more lighthearted options ABC will be rolling out later this year.

Although the event was all about new beginnings, in the spirit of finale season, we asked stars of ABC’s current and upcoming ABC shows about their favorite TV endings. The Sopranos and M*A*S*H were popular choices for all-time favorite finales, but there were some surprises too — read on to see who chose Golden Girls as their top pick:

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'The Goldbergs': How it changed since the pilot

The Goldbergs started out its first season loud — and by loud, we mean the characters spent basically the entire pilot yelling. But the ’80s-set show ended its season on a quieter note with less yelling and more tenderness (plus great use of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer”). READ FULL STORY

'Dancing With the Stars': Week 9 is liiiiiiiive!

Who’s feeling iconic?

Let’s hope the remaining five couples are, because tonight’s Dancing With the Stars semi-finals competition is American Icons Night. With director/choreographer Kenny Ortega sitting on the judges’ panel, each couple will hit the floor twice, both times dancing to iconic American songs.

One couple will face elimination, and the other four will be off to next week’s finals.

You all know the drill: Talk about the show here while it’s on, and I’ll update this post with the results later tonight. Then afterward, head on over for my full recap.

Update: Charlie White and Sharna Burgess were eliminated from the competition. Check out my full recap here!

ABC footing the bill for NYC marriage licenses ahead of 'Modern Family' season finale -- VIDEO

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In a heartwarming publicity stunt, ABC is paying for New York City couples to get married to promote Cam and Mitchell’s upcoming wedding on the season finale of ABC’s Modern Family.

Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson went on Good Morning America Monday morning to talk their fictional nuptials, which will be the center of the series’ final two episodes of the season, and to announce that ABC will be covering all marriage licenses at the New York City courthouse Monday.

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