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'House' helps doctor solve medical mystery

If you’re unlucky enough to be stricken with a rare medical condition, you’d better hope your doctor watches the right television show.

That was the lesson for one German man with severe heart failure and a puzzling mix of symptoms, including fever, blindness, deafness, and enlarged lymph nodes, which stumped doctors for months.

The 55-year-old man was diagnosed only when he was referred to Dr. Juergen Schaefer, a fan of the U.S. television medical drama House.

“After five minutes, I knew what was wrong,” said Schaefer, who works at the Center for Undiagnosed Diseases in Marburg, north of Frankfurt.
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'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' premiere: Season 2's 18 greatest quotes, so far

The second season of the decline and fall of western civilization Here Comes Honey Boo Boo premiered tonight on TLC — and it’s safe to say that fame and fortune haven’t changed the Thompson clan one lick.

They’re still living in a modest single-family home in tiny McIntyre, Georgia. They’re still eating their special brand of locally-sourced cuisine (on the menu tonight: roadkill pig!). They’re still making their own fun, breaking out buckets of butter for impromptu food fights and throwing a Dukes of Hazzard — sorry, that’s Dukesy Hazzard — theme party for patriarch Sugar Bear’s birthday.

And, of course, they’re still doing wondrous, eminently quotable things to the English language — which viewers like you can enjoy at home, thanks to TLC’s helpful subtitles. What are the lines you’ll be repeating incredulously over brunch this weekend? Try these:

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PopWatch Confessional: I just can't quit you, CT from 'The Challenge'

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Last night, The Challenge (a.k.a. MTV’s hybrid of Survivor and Temptation Island) made its way to Thailand for Rivals II, its 24th(!) season. As is the case with any event involving ginger terror Wes, there was plenty of hate going around. But my eyes were only on Wes’s partner CT. The jacked-up Bostonian was in rare form last night, briefly reigniting what Challenger Aneesa called “a classic love story” with ex-girlfriend Diem. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelorette' host Chris Harrison takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO

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The Bachelorette has entered the luxury travel portion of the season, having been to Munich last week and heading to Barcelona tonight. As last Monday’s tear-soaked promo demonstrated, this point in the season is also typically when feelings intensify and hearts get broken — and this year’s Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock seems to bring it out in the guys more than ever, says Chris Harrison.

“This season gets very emotional, and that has everything to do with Des,” notes Harrison. “These guys see that she’s a catch. They really start falling in love with this woman quickly.” He adds, “From here on out, these guys are laying it all on the line. … We definitely have some Mesnicks coming up — I don’t know if it’s a full Mesnick, but we have some pretty solid Mesnicks coming up.”

Before Harrison teases what’s to come in Spain and beyond, he sat down to take EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test. Which pop stars does he guiltily admit takes up prime real estate on his iPod? Which iconic geek franchise made its way into two of his answers? And what movie makes him do the full Mesnick? Watch below. READ FULL STORY

Gets Better Every Time: 'Nancy Jo, this is Alexis Neiers calling...' -- VIDEO

As The Bling Ring opens today, it’s important that we don’t forget the film’s roots. In 2010, Vanity Fair‘s Nancy Jo Sales wrote a brilliant exposé on the trial and trivialities of the real-life teen thieves who stole from Hollywood’s rich and famous. Alexis Neiers — the unwitting star of the story, later the intentional star of E!’s train wreck reality show Pretty Wild — was “petrified” by how Sales represented her in the piece and called the journalist to unload.

Of course Sales didn’t answer the phone, which left Neiers to make no less than four attempts to leave the most scathing voicemail indictment she could imagine (or pre-write, as it were). If only this “talented young woman” hadn’t been derailed by technology and constant interruptions by her overindulgent mother.

Below, watch Neiers’ epic telephonic unraveling. It really does get better every time. READ FULL STORY

'Bachelorette': One viewer gets tweet revenge

Though it’s pretty much irrefutable that Desiree and the suitors’ horrific rap video was the most embarrassing part of last night’s Bachelorette, ABC’s decision to flash live tweets at the bottom of the televised broadcast didn’t sit very well with some fans either. READ FULL STORY

'Ready for Love': Why didn't NBC's dating Franken-show hit?

NBC shuffled Smash offstage for this?

Though it benefited from both heavy promotion and having The Voice as a lead-in, the Peacock’s new dating show Ready for Love seems fairly dead on arrival. Its two-hour series premiere was the lowest-rated program in both the 9 and 10 p.m. time slots last night, earning just 3.8 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. (To be fair, the show did beat Smash‘s last-Tuesday episode, which garnered 3.0 million viewers and a .9 demo rating.)

This makes Ready for Love the latest example of a truth that broadcast networks — especially NBC — may be reluctant to admit: Copying The Voice‘s format just doesn’t seem to work.  READ FULL STORY

Did the Kardashians finally go too far with Scott Disick's gory gator hunt? -- VIDEO

Last night’s Kourtney & Kim Take Miami featured its most shocking images yet. Stay with me here. I know that, in the context of a hyperbolic, compulsively confessional reality franchise like the Kardashians’, superlatives have basically been rendered meaningless. And yet… could any Kardashian viewer, casual or otherwise, ever expect to see an animal murdered, bled out, and skinned? Because that is exactly what happened on the episode cheekily, cruelly titled “See Ya Later, Alligator.” Scott, a pop culture figure as fashionable and questionably moral as Patrick Bateman (one of his professed heroes), got it into his head to slaughter an alligator to make a pair of loafers from its hide. The subsequent gator  hunt lasted no less than three segments, probably about 20 minutes total, but it felt endless. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelor: Sean Tells All': Five ways to blow it with the shirtless wonder

Greetings rose lovers! Kristen Baldwin was waylaid earlier today by an Accent Table of Doom (those things really do pop up everywhere!), so I’ll be filling in for her for what Chris Harrison promised would be a  “very special episode.” And he wasn’t just talking about the extended, porn music-filled shower scene that came perilously close to introducing the world to Little Sean. No, there were more “very special” bits. Because what happens during Very Special Episodes, kids — you know, other than outlandish sexual assaults and fleeting drug addictions? We learn things! So, in the spirit of tonight’s Bachelor, let’s run down Sean’s five ways to score a one-way limousine ride to spinsterhood. READ FULL STORY

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